It’s about time for hotel transparency

While Congress gets a bad rap for finding ways to agree on just about anything these days, there’s one cause where they’ve found common ground.  There’s bipartisan support for a new piece of legislation that’s under discussion now to get hotels to post their true rate during the reservation process.  The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 has recently been introduced to Congress, and it requires hotels to disclose all fees up front.  The Inns Along the Coast support this legislation.  Unlike hotels which hide their resort fees, cleaning fees, wi-if and parking fees during the reservation process, the Inns Along the Coast are joined by other B&Bs in Maine to include these amenities in their rate. 

According to Peter Greenberg, Travel Expert, this year alone three billion dollars in revenue from hidden  fees will be collected from travelers.  It’s called drip pricing.  How many times have you been shocked with the final bill handed to you at check out in the hotel?  Sometimes it’s not even the hidden fees that give pause, but also the $25 breakfast or the $10 bottle of water which didn’t even have a sign that you’d be charged to drink it.

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One of the best things that sets inns and B&Bs apart from hotels, vacation rentals, motels and campgrounds are the incredible amenities that are included in the price.  You will not go into sticker shock  with surprise fees when you check out of any of the Inns Along the Coast  because the amenities are included.  And those amenities add up.  Look forward to a hearty multi-course breakfast, complimentary afternoon refreshments or a 24-7 guest pantry, free wi-fi, free parking and the friendly advice from innkeepers in the know.  These are all amenities you’ll find included in your stay at the nine Inns Along the Coast. Stay at a resort hotel, and these necessities all come with an additional price tag.

In addition, when you book direct with any of the Inns Along the Coast and most inns and B&Bs in the country, you’ll find a better rate or more amenities that come fee free.  For example, at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden, a special goodie bag is waiting in your room if you book directly, rather than through an online travel agency (OTA) like Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, TripAdvisor and others.  At Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, you’re guaranteed the best rate anywhere, plus the possibility of upgrades you can’t get with an OTA-booked reservation. Did you know that those OTAs charge innkeepers a 15-to-20-percent commission for that reservation?  Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you’re booking directly.  Click here to read how you can tell whether you’re booking directly with the inn or through a third party.

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Next time you’re planning a great romantic getaway, choose to stay with the Inns Along the Coast. You can book direct by clicking on their websites below.

Don’t forget to book direct when you visit any of the nine Inns Along the Coast.

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com/, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  Daniel and Ashley Bonneau and their daughter, Vieve.

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: innkeeper@aysgarth.com, website: https://www.aysgarth.com/, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg.

In Camden

Hawthorn Inn: Email: info@camdenhawthorn.com, website: https://www.camdenhawthorn.com/,  207-236-8842, Your hosts: Ted & Lisa Weiss

In Freeport

Brewster House B&B: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: https://www.brewsterhouse.com/, 207-865-4121, Your hosts: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany & family.

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom.

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn:  Email: info@newcastleinn.com, Website: www.newcastleinn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Your hosts: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu.