new thoughts on paying xtra for our own kids!

May 2nd, 2006, 06:05 AM
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I doubt Gekko has kids, if so, she(he?) probably wouldn't tell us to shut up, instead she might tell us to use our words...
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May 2nd, 2006, 06:14 AM
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Joan.. just a different point of view, I do agree with most people on here one way or another. Except the ones that sound like kids should not be allowed in society in a hotel or anywhere else @ any age. .But, I agree the waxiing was F-U-N-N-Y. We have 2 kids that are 18 and 21 so of course we pay anywhere they do go with us. when they are home between college,school,boyfriends,gilrfiends, working you name it..... I have no problem @ all with these ages.. never did with 15/16 and over. hey look @ kids menus.. they go rahter high in age if anyone is intested. Also my hubby and I are almost @ the ages we get AARP discount anyways. Is nice!!!!! ( feel we earned it) Have a good day all, i am off to work!
 
May 2nd, 2006, 07:22 AM
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Nobody is capable of answering a simple question??

It is an absolute & undeniable fact that children add to a hotel's costs.

Who should bear that cost? All of the hotel's customers, of those who actually cause the higher costs (the parents who've chosen to spend their dollars on leisure travel)?


(And, please, don't embarrass yourself by somehow equating leisure travel to public education or any of the other taxpayer-funded subsidies that parents receive that benefit society in general.)
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May 2nd, 2006, 07:45 AM
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Gekko, What cost? If the vast majority of hotels do not want to charge for children in a room, why are you so upset about it?

It doesn't seem to bother the hotels, I'm guessing they're happy to have full occupancy with the families that patronize them not to mention the additional profit from the meals and video game charges kids incur.
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May 2nd, 2006, 07:47 AM
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Do I remember correctly, or not? The OP's children are not "kids" but young adults.
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May 2nd, 2006, 07:49 AM
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I think the original gripe regarding charging "adult" charges for over 12 year olds. It was a blanket gripe, not specific to the OP's children. At least that was the claim.
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May 2nd, 2006, 09:00 AM
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Is it just me or does it seem like Melrose and bergers4 are one and the same? Both have 2 children, around the age of 17/18 and 21. Writing styles are very similar. Both have a similar gripe about paying extra for children in hotels. I can't find any posts made by bergers4 after the other thread was closed, and Melrose didn't show up until after that.

Here's the old thread for reference: http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...1&tid=34796209
 
May 2nd, 2006, 09:13 AM
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My assumption is that they are the same - for all the reasons TheWeasel cites.

Adults who are +/- 20 years old are NOT "kids".

I'll always be my momma's "baby" but I was born decades ago.
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May 2nd, 2006, 09:35 AM
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There is no way to claim that anyone who is 17 or older can conceivable be categorized as a child for the purpose of setting rates. 12 yo and under seems reasonable to identify as a child for setting a rate that is reduced for lodging or food or included with the parent’s rate but once they hit 13 or more, they take up more space, they eat more, they shower more (believe me!) and they are taller than me (boo hoo).

If the original poster – the Bergers, I assume – were complaining about paying for kids who are adults they are just delusional. Those “kids” are adult-sized people.
Just because one person in the group gave birth to some of the other people in the group does not make them children in the eyes of any business – hotel or restaurant.

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May 2nd, 2006, 09:48 AM
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There are still plenty of hotels that don't charge for under 16 (or even 18) year olds in a hotel room, so there are options.

Of course, I have a feeling my kids won't want to be caught traveling with me at that age....
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May 2nd, 2006, 09:51 AM
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I too was questioning what the "new thoughts" indicated by the title of this thread were. I never saw any "new thoughts".
 
May 2nd, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Nina,

Don't be so sure your kids won't want to travel with you after age 16. Ours did...not every year, but even after they moved out and were on their own they went with us.

Once in a while when we stayed at a private campground we would have to pay a couple dollars more for the extra person, but the vast majority of the time and at the national parks we did not have to pay extra for our kids.

Maybe the OP should go camping!

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May 2nd, 2006, 10:33 AM
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Nina, mine love to travel with us. Heck, I love traveling with my parents (perk, they pick up my bar tab).

My stepkids think their dad and I have too much fun and want in on the deal. They are 18 & 22.
 
May 2nd, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Go, I have a confession, I still travel with my mom, she takes my sister, me and our kids on a cruise every year, and picks up the tab. I have the best mom.

Actually, my 16 year old is bowing out of one of our trips to the OBX for the first time this summer. He's going to football camp (I guess it's not an option, mandatory camp) before school starts for varsity football. I'll just be taking my younger son, at least his cousins and friends will be vacationing with us so it won't be too lonely!
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May 18th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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I had to bump this topic.

I've been investigating rustic lodging on the Beach in Tulum for next winter, when I came across a highly recommended place called Ana Y Jose. I emailed them to ask if they had an extra charge for kids in the room over 12 years old.

I just wanted to report that the room is about $180,night, but if I want my kids to stay in the same room, with the same number of beds, they want to charge $65 EACH KID per night. That's an ADDITIONAL $130 a night, that doesn't include any food, etc., that's just the cost of them staying in the room with us!

I think that's the all time record high for an extra person charge in a room. I emailed them back and told them no thanks, I think they're extra person charges were outrageous. We'll probably be staying at Cabanas Conchitas, which charges $150 for a 2 room suite whether you have 1 person in it or 4. Actually, it includes breakfast for all of us too!
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May 18th, 2006, 03:09 PM
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Maybe it's one of those places that caters more to couples and they want to discourage families. That would not be all that unusual. If so, their plan certainly worked in your case.
 
May 18th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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I'm sure plenty of people are thinking the same thing ... "I'll be sure to call that place when I go to Tulum."

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May 18th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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Neopolitan,

I'm sure you're right, I took it as a definate way to discourage kids. No problem, I'd rather not be in an adults only cabanas in Tulum anyway, too many nudists, and some of them ain't pretty.....
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May 19th, 2006, 06:54 AM
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Nina, I would say that is for sure the highest I have ever heard of for kids of any age. There are places in the Poconos that the resort say " couples only" that we have been to, at least they are honest about it. I am sure there are a lot more .. good luck!
 
May 20th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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I got an email reply from the hotel, they said "maybe you can find a hotel that doesn't charge extra for children." I sent them an email back telling them that I already had (2 in fact!), and that their extra per person charges were the highest I'd ever seen.

I think it's a good idea to give hotels feedback.
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