$60 Visitor Fee Because She Might Be a Prostitute?

Depending on where you are staying, being charged an extra fee for inviting a visitor to your hotel room may be standard practice — despite how often you may have stayed at the hotel or resort property and regardless of whether or not you have earned elite level status in a frequent travel loyalty program.

$60 Visitor Fee Because She Might Be a Prostitute?

The front desk clerk at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose informed FlyerTalk member jdsphoto that he was not allowed to have a visitor without first paying $60.00. “This after I had had visitors a few times before that with no mention of a fee, and an email I received later from the front desk manager seemed to infer that it is a company wide policy to charge $60 for visitors. When I pushed Hilton Guest Assistance for clarification on this, they went silent”, jdsphoto posted in this discussion on FlyerTalk. “This was the 14th night within a month that I had stayed here as a Diamond. The visitor was a Costa Rican woman, actually my best friend. It was 11am, and I was checking out at 1pm. We do remote construction design, and she was coming to work with me. And lastly, she had been there as a registered visitor 3 other times during those 14 days I had been there, but the obvious difference with those visits was that she was either with her boyfriend, or another friend of ours, also a male, that we work with. This time she arrived alone.”

This led jdsphoto to think that “My feeling is that this guy presumed she was a prostitute, because why else would a Costa Rican woman being visiting a gringo at a hotel?”

One FlyerTalk member wondered that — in this day and age — do we really assume that every woman visiting a room is a prostitute?

“It is a hooker fee”, posted FlyerTalk member Jaimito Cartero. “Complain to the manager, and to corporate if the manager doesn’t fix it.”

Summary

“You almost certainly agreed to this charge when you checked in. It is very common in latin america. They typically have you sign a specific acknowledgment agreeing to pay”, according to FlyerTalk member Kacee, who acknowledged that this policy is specific to individual hotel and resort properties and not a corporate policy of any lodging company. “Yes, it’s ridiculous. But it is very common and usually fully disclosed.”

I can understand a hotel or resort property not wanting to be transformed into a makeshift brothel for men who frequently travel and want to…er…be relieved

…but is the “hooker fee” really necessary — or is it yet another way for hotel and resort properties to profit off of their guests at little to no cost to themselves?

I am not certain as to what exactly is the answer to that question — but I would not consider staying at a place known for its unencumbered prostitution traffic…

…and I have never been charged a “hooker fee” at any hotel or resort property at which I have stayed; so I fortunately have no experience with this…

The original image of Penny Flame by Alan of Chicago and uploaded by Sodakan was used under the Creative Commons 3.0 license and is found here. Illustration and alteration of the image is by Brian Cohen.

11 thoughts on “$60 Visitor Fee Because She Might Be a Prostitute?”

  1. Hal says:

    It’s a pretty common fee. In Medellin, the fee was $140 and the room at the Marriott was only $95 a night

  2. Debit says:

    After the us secret service agents shamed the US by bringing in prostitutes in Cartagena is it any wonder the rest of the world has poor impression of white american males. Also the common stereotype is most white males in the military or law enforcement are Republicans. So we have these hypocritical dumbfuxks talking about family values and screwing prostitutes when they get a chance.

  3. Dustin Evans says:

    Never have had a problem with this sort of thing at a international hotel. Isn’t that the place you have to go in certain countries if you wanna do the naughty naughty ? The last couple hotels had signs saying no prostitutes in the elevators and in the room. But again not a international hotel. Surprising a international hotel doing this. The manager is prob just a jerk.

    1. TxJim says:

      Sounds like you’re the racist.

  4. Anthony Levin says:

    I got hit with this few 3 times in one night in San Jose. But it was one hell of a night!

  5. JDS says:

    I’m the guy that started the discussion on Flyertalk. For those not familiar with San José, Costa Rica, there is a hotel downtown called the Del Rey where the bulk of the prostitution takes place. My office is on the opposite corner. When I first started going to CR for work, I stayed at another chain hotel right next to the Del Rey, the Sleep Inn. I didn’t like the vibe of that hotel, and left after a couple days, but I witnessed several men happily paying the $40 “visitor fee”, and taking obvious prostitutes back to their rooms. A fee for that sort of thing at that hotel, in that location, made sense, and they were honest about it. That is where the problem lies with what happened at the Doubletree. They weren’t consistent and they weren’t honest, and they tried to cover themselves by claiming there was a chainwide fee for visitors, for any reason, after I had had many visitors.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for sharing your experience on FlyerTalk, JDS — as well as clarifying your experience.

      I agree that consistency and honesty would have gone a long way towards greater credibility pertaining to the policy of the hotel property.

  6. GUWonder says:

    Hotels that have hotel security/front desk on the alert to charge “the hooker fee” or to deny “hookers” at hotels have a very nasty tendency to engage in racist profiling, even in countries where prostitution is very deep underground due to criminalizing the purchase of prostitutes’ services and aren’t common destinations for sex tourism. The places that charge “the hooker fee” are just making a money grab, whether or not they claim its for security by charging the fee at the time of “registering” “the visitor” (i.e., suspected “hooker”. They aren’t doing so due to any legal or moral opposition to the de facto market for sexual services. [[Much of the sex tourism market that previously had touchpoints at major international brand hotels has shifted to taking place at AirBnb type accommodations, whether or not that shift involves the AirBnb guests bringing in prostitutes or prostitutes/pimps running a pop-up brothel.]

    Couples — even long-married couples — that are perceived to be “interracial” are often hassled by hotel front desk and hotel security types for no good reason and hit by hotels engaged in racist profiling and sexist and/or ageist stereotyping of guests — even of guests who may have been staying at the hotel/resort for several days at a stretch or even repeatedly visited the same hotel/resort over many years. When wrongfully targeted by the “hooker fee” or “hooker suspicion”, I suggest complaining and seeking a substantial goodwill gesture from the hotel for being insulted by the hotel — if only to stand against the pernicious racism, sexism and ageism that is part and parcel of this “war on prostitution/sex trafficking”.

  7. TxJim says:

    Sounds like you’re the racist.

  8. GUWonder says:

    TxJim,

    Flagging racist profiling as racism is not racist. But give it to a racist to try to downplay the damage that racism inflicts and represents.

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