Steve Lundin, the owner of a public relations firm in Chicago, assumed that by reserving a room on Priceline.com, he could avoid all the surcharges that are cropping up on hotel bills these days. He thought everything would be included in the room rate. He was mistaken.

When Mr. Lundin checked into the Casa Marina resort in Key West, Fla., on a business trip this month, the desk clerk told him he would have to pay a $14 "resort fee" on top of the room rate for his one-night stay. "She told me it was for parking my car, using towels at the pool, shuttle service to the airport, yada, yada, yada," he said. When he told her he had arrived by ferry and did not plan to use the pool, she only shrugged.

It didn't get better. The hotel's water system had been temporarily shut off, and to slake his thirst, he opened a bottle of spring water in his room that sold for $5. "It was so sad it was funny," said Mr. Lundin, the chief executive of the BIGfrontier Communications Group.

Funny for him, maybe, but for most business travelers, such unexpected swipes at their wallets are no laughing matter. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers published in May found that United States hotels this year will take in more than $1.4 billion by tacking on fees to room rates, more than double the $600 million they extracted from guests in 2002, according to Bjorn Hanson, a PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst for the hospitality and leisure industries.

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