I just checked out of my hotel in Rome at the Hotel Indigo which I used to pay with points and was informed that I needed to pay the accommodation tax for my stay . I was surprised by having to pay this much (or at all since I was using points) and was told that a new tax increase went into effect Sept 1, 2014 and it is per person per night. Below is the picture of the different rates. You can also go to this website to see the rates better.
Update: Readers in the comments stated that these taxes were waived for other hotel properties in Rome when using points. I guess I just got unlucky and got stuck with the hotel that passed the taxes on to their customers. This tax is still applicable for people paying for rooms.
There are exemptions for children under 10 and residents of Rome but if you are a tourist and staying at hotels, B&Bs, etc and even staying with points, be prepared to pay this extra tax.
This reminds me of what a tour guide joked about, “You’ve heard of the saying all roads lead to Rome, well so do all taxes”
Are you SURE about having to pay the tax if staying on points? I’ve never had to pay a dime for any of my stays at any location. Though I’ve never stayed in Rome.
I’m on the line right now with SPG and they are telling me that points cover ALL taxes. And I’ve talked to 2 different reps.
I was staying at the Hotel Indigo on IHG points and I had to pay the tax. Maybe I was mistakenly charged. I’ll send an email to IHG. I wasn’t expecting to pay it either so I was surprised. Thanks for the comment. I’ll follow up and update if this is incorrect.
So the hotel Indigo taxed me but the Radisson Blu didnt so this may be just hotel specific. I contacted IHG and they said that the points dont cover the tax so Im just stuck paying it. Let me know how your experience goes
Just got back from my stay at the Westin in Rome and my points covered the entire cost of my stay. No additional payment was required.
It must have been just the Hotel Indigo that charged me for some reason. Thanks for the update!