Tejal Rao IN as Bloomberg's New Restaurant Critic4

Tejal Rao is a GOOD DEAL and a STRONG BUY. The former Village Voice critic is re-joining the fray over Bloomberg, where I reviewed restaurants full-time from February 2006 until March 2014, when I left to join Eater! Tejal will be one of the few high-profile female critics surveying the American dining scene, and I can’t wait to see what restaurants she’ll review and re-review. — Ryan Sutton, Editor at The Price Hike & The Bad Deal and Eater’s Chief Food Critic. 

Alinea’s Nick Kokonas is starting to roll out his SLEEK ticketing system to restaurants around the world. To reserve a table, guests put down a small deposit on dinner — or sometimes they pay for the full price of a meal in advance, including tax, tip and wine pairings. The key here is that this system shifts the financial risk of dining out, which can easily approach $1,000 for two, from the restaurant to the guest, as the tickets are usually non-refundable. Is this a GOOD DEAL or a BAD DEAL? Your call, world. In the meantime, we break down the math over at Eater!

Alinea’s Nick Kokonas is starting to roll out his SLEEK ticketing system to restaurants around the world. To reserve a table, guests put down a small deposit on dinner — or sometimes they pay for the full price of a meal in advance, including tax, tip and wine pairings. The key here is that this system shifts the financial risk of dining out, which can easily approach $1,000 for two, from the restaurant to the guest, as the tickets are usually non-refundable. Is this a GOOD DEAL or a BAD DEAL? Your call, world. In the meantime, we break down the math over at Eater!

Resort fees are a pox upon Las Vegas4

katkinsman:

"A daily Resort Fee of $25.00 plus tax is posted to each guest room to offer amenities and services for a nominal all-inclusive fee. Please note the inclusions you receive for this charge: High-speed internet service in your room & public areas, unlimited local and toll free calls, daily newspaper…

Resort fees, like hotel internet usage fees, are designed to nickel and dime guests for things they will almost certainly use, and whose cost should often be factored into the base price. Instead, we get an artificially low price at the time of booking. That said, charging guests for water bottles they might not drink and printing services they might not use is straight up RIDICULOUS and should be itemized out.

Even worse: I once payed a $5-$10 hotel administrative fee because I had a UPS package delivered to my hotel in Vegas (not a delivery fee, a “recipient” fee). Yep, we’re calling these practices a BAD DEAL.