There is no talking your way out of a mandatory $1-a-night telephone service charge at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. And when Dennis C. Tucker saw the surcharge on his bill recently, he did not even try.

“I paid it,” said Mr. Tucker, a librarian from Modesto, Calif., who was in Las Vegas for a job interview. “But I don’t think I should have. I never picked up the phone, except to call room service.”

Mandatory extras such as Excalibur’s phone fee, which covers the cost of unlimited local calls made from its rooms, are hardly new. For years, hotels have increasingly saddled their customers with nonnegotiable surcharges for everything from the use of an in-room safe to a general resort fee that pays for amenities that were once part of the room rate.

Industry revenue from these fees has roughly tripled, to an estimated $1.6 billion this year from about $550 million in 2003, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm. But the way in which the add-ons are disclosed to hotel guests is changing.

Wyndham International recently reached a $2.3 million settlement with the attorney general of Florida over stating surcharges that could move the industry closer to disclosing a complete hotel rate upfront.

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