FTC warns hotels about fee disclosures

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Twenty-two hotel companies that might have charged undisclosed fees to consumers received a warning from Federal Trade Commission.

FTC says the hotels might have added so-called resort fees to customers’ quoted hotel-room rate without notifying the customer.

The companies charged fees of as much as $30 per night and tied the fees to amenities such as a daily newspaper delivery, fitness room/pool use and Internet access, FTC says.

FTC spokesperson Betsy Lordan wouldn’t tell Consumers Digest the names of the hotel companies that received the warning, because the agency wants to give each company time to comply with FTC’s rules before the company’s identity is disclosed.