At check out I find the large American hotel near Marble Arch have quietly added a "Discretionary accommodation service charge of £25.00 per person, per night + VAT " to the bill. This seems like a rip-off as a15% service ( + VAT ) is already added on to bar and restaurant charges. 'It's quite standard ' says the stern young man behind the desk. This is not a reassuring reply. This additional charge is removed at my request in what might best be described as passive aggressive silence. I'm guessing 75% of folks pay this 'stealth' charge without even noticing. Why not simply raise ( the already stellar ) room rate ? I'm also pretty sure that this 'discretionary' charge goes straight to the corporate bottom line.
Hotels are becoming ever more creative in their attempts to separate guests from their money. At a hotel we've booked in Denver for later this year there is a $45 per person per night amenity charge. How can amenities become an add on ? I'd seen amenity charges at swanky coastal resorts but never expected to see them at a downtown hotel. Presumably by this logic the elevators are an amenity.
We do find a good restaurant on Marylebone High Street . It's hidden behind a real fish shop and receives a fresh daily catch every morning. They have Monkfish which we opt to have grilled rather than oven roasted. Monkfish is not a pretty fish.