I've been traveling around China quite a bit this year. I usually use a travel agency to be sure everything is prepared before I arrive at a destination. I'm wondering about these "single room supplement fees"...It has been explained to me that when you rent a room in a hotel and you are alone, you must pay this fee because all the hotels have "twin rooms" with 2 beds and one is not being used.. This fee is around 1000RMB !!!. I think the entire thing sounds ludicris but it seems every agency has it in place..
Have you heard of this fee and what the heck am I paying for?
Thanks for your time
I've heard of that fee but never been charged with it (never travelled alone). However 1000RMB sounds rather expensive, for how many days? Just as a thought everything is negotiatable (as I'm sure you already know), in my opinion all these fees can be waived or merged into other costs. ie, you want to charge me 1000RMB? Ok, the total is too expensive, you have to cut the price somewhere else, etc...
Single traveller supplement fees are quite common in many places in the world. The reasoning is as you have stated, because they lose revenue for the room by not having two people in it, so they want a little extra to cover the lost revenue.
I have found that you only get charged single supplements in mid-range hotels. High end hotels never charge supplements for single travellers (they are making enough anyways), and low end hotels never do.
If you don't want to pay the fee, the best thing I can think of doing is actually not booking the hotels in advance. I have found very few places that will charge a singles supplement as a walk in customer.
1000rmb for a room in china??? for how many days? assuming that you are staying in a 3 star hotel, the hotel fee is not more than 250 yuan per night.Now you cna calculate the number of nights you can get with your 1000 yuan.
Most important point:
If your travel agent is asking for single suppliment for a hotel in China, then you are being taken for a ride. Most hotels(not sure of 5 star ones) charge only ON ROOM basis and NEVER ON PER PERSON BASIS. This is uniqueness of chinese hotels.If the room charge is ,say, 250 yuan per night, it is PER ROOM basis and NOT per person basis.If there are 2 beds in the room , then max two persons can stay in the room at 250 yuan per night.
This so different compared to hotels in europe , USA or even in asia.
Also never make advance reservation in Chinese hotels except during festival seasons.You can go there and negotiate the rooom per price.You can get alteast 30% discount.If you have some one in china, take the help of that person to get more discount.
Also final negotiation, ask then to include breakfast also.