Anyone else charged 3 euro per night for "city tax" for free nights stay? I stayed 7 nights and was charged 21 euro at checkout. I never was told of this hidden charge when making the reservation nor when I checked in. I have never been charged tax for a free night stay in the US or Europe.
Same thing happens at many timeshare resorts in Hawaii where the state collects the transient occupancy tax on timeshare stays by timeshare owners even though most timeshares are fee simple real estate on which the owner already pays property taxes.
HI gets away with that because its home-towning state legislature and state supreme court says its OK. And, guess what?--most owners are absentee and have no vote on the matter.
I don't sympathize with Hawaiians that have been moaning about low tourism durng this recession --- they have brought some of this onto themselves through overtaxation.
We experienced the same thing when we stayed at the Village d"Ille de France - timeshare outside of Paris - absolutely beautiful country French environment, but again tax was collected even thought we used reward points for our stay - had nothing to do with Marriott - apparently either Paris or France expects this to be collected from guests. Only word of advice might be that Marriott should perhaps make the guests aware of this added expense - NO ONE likes surprises when it comes to others putting there hands in your pocketbook.
I just returned from a trip to Europe and stayed at the Paris C-E for 3 nights using points. Upon checkout they did charge me 3 Euro a night as a room tax. I just paid rather than making a fuss since I had to catch a plane. I haven't decided whether to call corporate to inquire or leave it as is as it is only $15. However, i did see a similar complaint logged through Flyertalk discussing the same thing.
Within that same trip I used my free night stay (Visa annual free night) to stay in Milan and was not charged a thing. The flyer posts went back and forth and indicated it was strictly a Paris thing. However, when I stayed using points in 2007 I don't recall being charged a thing. Weird.
We were just charged 5 Euros for city tax on a 1 night stay on a Reward Certificate in Ghent, Belgium. We were not informed about this charge until we saw it on the bill at checkout. Customer Service told me that in some cities they charge this tax but again this was after the fact.
We are scheduled for CE in Paris next month all on points. We have a confirmation which clearly states that we are responsible for the city tax of the free nights stay. I am certain if you check your docs you too will see that you were forewarned as our reservation was made last July. This may not be what you wanted to hear...sorry about that.