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Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2012 Guide

January 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (30)

This list is so 2012! Check out 2013's Resort Fee Guide here!

Since the inception of VegasChatter back in 2009, we've been chronicling the ups and downs of the dreaded Resort Fees. Well, actually it's just the ups of resort fees because that's the only direction these extra, nightly fees are going.

We've been updating our old Resort Fee List as best as we can but it's now two years later and pretty soon that list is going to be just a bunch of strike-throughs. So we've created a new list, something we'll continue to do every year. Groan.

Before we get into the Haves and the Have Nots, here's some notables resort fees news:

Going Off-Strip Hurts Your Wallet: The Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch resorts way out in the 'burbs charge some of the highest resort fees of $24.99 a night, plus tax. Yeah, that's a real good incentive to get folks to stay off The Strip. At least that fee includes shuttle service to the airport.

Resort Fee Rollbacks: The Westin Casuarina dropped their resort fee down from $15 to $11.50. (It's listed as a Service Fee on the price breakdown during online booking. That does not include Internet, though.) Meanwhile, Planet Hollywood went from charging $4 to nothing thanks to new parent owner, Caesars, whose properties are ferociously against resort fees.

My How They've Grown: Back in 2009, The Excalibur charged a resort fee of $5 while New York, New York was just a paltry $3.99. Today, those fees are $12.50 $15 and $15 $18, respectively. The Tropicana was charging $7.99 and now they've upped the ante to $14.99. Another big increase goes to the Hard Rock who charged $8 in 2009 but now charges $18.

Easy Tips for Remembering Who Charges: Any place that belongs to Caesars does not charge resort fees. Any place belonging to MGM, or starting with an M, does. If it's an independent property, they usually have a fee. If it's downtown, they usually don't.

Comped Rooms are Complicated: If you are member of MGM Resorts' MLife Players Club, sometimes they will waive the resort fees on comped rooms. This happened to us at the MGM Grand. But other folks have been charged at other MGM properties. Grazie members getting comped at the Venetian and Palazzo are out of luck. And across several properties, like Wynn/Encore and Venetian/Palazzo, if you book a special conference rate, the resort fee is optional.

Update (Jan. 5): MGM Resorts reports that Luxor and Excalibur do not waive resort fees on comped rooms, but all of their other hotels do waive it.

Shady Disclosures: Several hotels like the Hard Rock, Rumor and Artisan were not very forthcoming on their websites about what the actual resort fee involves. Sigh. We wish they could all be like Treasure Island.

With those notables out of the way, we now present the full 2012 Vegas Resort Fees List. Just remember, these prices DO NOT INCLUDE TAX. So that $20 resort fee will shake out to be $22.40 instead.

We'll be updating this space throughout the year. Hopefully, we won't have to make too many. Ya hear us, hotels?

Hotels That DO NOT Have Resort Fees:

· Bally's
· Bill's
· Caesars Palace
· Casino Royale
· The Cosmopolitan (at least until January 1, 2013)
· The California
· El Cortez
· Elara
· The Flamingo
· Golden Gate
· Golden Nugget
· Harrah's
· Imperial Palace
· LVH
· M Resort
· Main Street Station
· Planet Hollywood
· The Platinum Hotel and Spa
· Rio Las Vegas
· South Point

Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees*:

· ARIA: $20 $25. Includes: daily newspaper, fitness center access, Internet everywhere, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls (in-room) and boarding pass printing. Best amenity: Internet.

· ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95. Includes: Internet, valet parking, botteld water in the room and in the words of a front desk agent, "shampoo, soap and stuff like that." Best amenity: Um, soap?

· BELLAGIO: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, local and toll free phone calls, fitness center access and complimentary printing of boarding passes. Best amenity: Internet.

· CIRCUS, CIRCUS: $7.95 $8.95. Includes: Internet, two premium rides at The Adventuredome, chips and salsa at Garden Grill Lounge, two free Midway games, two free drinks at West Casino or Slots A Fun bar (or a $5 credit toward other beverage purchase), two Fitness Room passes valid each day of your stay for up to two people, and free local and 800-number calls up to 30 minutes. Also included is a Resort Passbook with up to $150 worth of savings. Randomest amenity: Chips and salsa.

· ENCORE LAS VEGAS: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited in-room local and toll-free phone calls. If you are staying in the Tower Suites, you do not have to pay a resort fee. Best amenity: Fitness center as the in-room Internet doesn't even work that well.

· EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS: $12.50 $15. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, incoming faxes, daily newspaper and domestic and long-distance calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $20. Includes: Internet for multiple devices, fitness center access, pool access, in-room coffee and tea, daily newspaper, unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls and shoeshine service. Best amenity: Internet for multiple devices.

· GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99. Includes: wired and wireless Internet, unlimited local and 800 calls, fitness center access, daily local newspaper, shoe shine service and airport shuttle service. Best amenity: The airport shuttle service.

· HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $18 $24.64. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, shuttle service to and from Strip, local and long distance phone calls and pool towels. Best amenity: The Strip shuttle service. 8.14.12 Update: Hard Rock now clearly lists its resort fees on the site as we as what is included. In addition to what we have noted below, it also offer a daily newspaper (you have to go get it), complimentary access to the fitness room, complimentary notary service and complimentary boarding pass printing.

· HOOTERS: $9.95 Includes: Internet, pool and fitness center access, local and 800 phone calls, in-room safe, two in-room bottles of water. Randomest amenity: In-room safe.

· LUXOR: $15 $18 Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local, long distance and 800 phone calls, and daily newspaper. Also, guests receive a coupon book with over $800 in savings. Best amenity: We'll go with the coupon book. Hopefully, there's a coupon to get out of the Luxor.

· MANDALAY BAY: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, daily newspaper, boarding pass printing and outgoing faxes. Randomest amenity: Outgoing faxes for the win.

· MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24. Includes: Internet access for up to five devices, fitness and wellness center access, scheduled yoga or Pilates classes, coffee and tea from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls, a daily newspaper upon request and overnight shoe shines. Best amenity: Tie between multiple device Internet and pilates classes.

· MGM GRAND: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, daily newspaper, cardio room access, boarding pass printing, business center services like notary and faxes, and unlimited local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· MIRAGE: $20 $25. Includes Internet, cardio room access, daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, notary service, faxes and unlimited local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Notary service. KIDDING! Internet, of course.

· MONTE CARLO: $15 $20. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, daily newspaper, copying and faxing, boarding pass printing and local and toll free calls. Randomest amenity: The copying and faxing.

· NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $15 $18. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800-number calls, boarding pass printing, notary services, some faxes and daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet.

· PALACE STATION: $14.99 Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local, domestic long distance and 800 calls, daily local newspaper, gift shop discount, copy and fax services, special daily offers and discounts and airport shuttle service. Best amenity: Airport shuttle service.

· PALAZZO: $20. Includes: Internet, Canyon Ranch fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse and a 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at La Scena, Oculus, Laguna, Fusion or Salute lounges. Best amenity: The drinks, of course.

· PALMS PLACE: $15. Includes: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar. Best amenity: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar. Randomest amenity: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar.

· PLAZA: $10. Includes: "Free wireless, free 800 and local telephone calls, complimentary bottled water, free parking and a coupon book with over $250 in valuable offers." Best amenity: Free WiFi.

· RAVELLA: $22. Includes: Internet, local phone calls, daily newspaper, fitness center, access to kid's club/arcade, in-room safe, in-room coffee, in-room bottled water, self-parking, some Welcome amenities and wait for it, use of the pool. Best amenity: The pool is tempting us but we'll go with shuttle service since it's an off-strip property.

· RED ROCK: $24.99. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800 calls, daily local newspaper, shoe shine service and airport shuttle service. Best amenity: Airport shuttle service.

· RIVIERA: $11. Includes: fitness center access, some incoming faxes (with restrictions), unlimited local and 800 calls, access to the pool and tennis courts, half-off drinks at Le Bistro Bar, entertainment at the Le Bistro, enrollment in Club Riviera Players Club, slot promotion and some ticket discounts for shows at the Riviera. Best amenity: Half-off drinks. Also, we'd like to note that the Riviera has insanely cheap rooms so we're not going to get all amped up about this resort fee.

· RUMOR RESORT: $11.99. Includes: valet parking, self-parking, pool access, Internet, local and 800 calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $20 $25. Includes: Internet in-room and public areas, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800 calls, in-room coffee, two bottled waters and a daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet in the public areas.

· SILVERTON: $7.50 Includes: toll-free and local phone calls, fitness center access and shuttle service. Best amenity: Since Internet is not included, we'll go with shuttle service.

· STRATOSPHERE: $7.50. Includes: 2-for-1 "Bite" show tickets, admission to the tower during regular operating hours and pool access. Best amenity: "Bite" tickets!

· THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, Cardio Center access, unlimited local and toll free calls, daily newspaper, boarding pass printing and outgoing faxes. Best amenity: Internet.

· THE PALMS: $15 $20. Includes: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar. Best Amenity: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar. Randomest Amenity: $15 daily drink credit at any casino bar.

· TUSCANY SUITES: $14. Includes: 2-for-1 entree at either Cantina or Marilyn's Cafe, $20 food credit with $40 purchase at Tuscany Gardens, Match play on table games, valet parking, fitness center, in-room safes, local phone calls, in-room coffee, and Internet throughout the reception building and convention public area. Note: this resort fee does not include in-room Internet. Best amenity: Um, mmm, aah, um, ok, let's see, um, the 2-for-1 entree?

· TREASURE ISLAND: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, 2-for-1 cocktails, 2-for-1 lunch or dinner buffet, daily newspaper, VIP viewing for Sirens of TI, triple/quad occupancy surcharge waived, local and toll free phone calls, boarding pass printing, up to 10 pages of copies and faxes and $20 credit for future stay. (See the breakdown of value here.) Best Amenity: Sirens upskirt shot from the VIP area.

· TROPICANA: $14.99 $19.99.: Includes: Internet, fitness center access, 50-percent off drinks from Ambhar Lounge from 4-6 p.m., local and 800 phone calls, incoming and outgoing faxes and photocopies and boarding pass printing. Best Amenity: Internet.

· TRUMP: $19.95 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, $25 credit at the Trump Spa, Shuttle service to the Strip and Forum Shops, 10 percent discount at Trump Stores and retail area at the spa, two bottles of water, local and toll free phone calls, incoming faxes, boarding pass printing, newspaper delivery, in-room coffee and shoe shine service. Best amenity: Spa discount.

· VDARA: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local and 800 phone calls, newspaper, turndown service and two bottles of water. Best amenity: The water bottles are a nice touch.

· VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20. Includes: Internet, Canyon Ranch fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse and a 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at La Scena, Oculus, Laguna, Fusion or Salute lounges. Best amenity: The drinks, of course.

· WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50. Includes: daily newspaper, fitness center access, pool access, unlimted local and 800 calls, boarding pass printing, notary public services and incoming faxes. Randomest amenity: Tie between incoming faxes and notary public.

· WYNN LAS VEGAS: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls. Once again, this fee does not apply to those booking the Tower Suites. Best amenity: See Encore above.

*NOTE: We've abbreviated the description of resort fee amenities in the interest of space and eye-strain so, as always, make sure to read the fine print to see if the fax service will allow you to fax your grandfather all ten pages of your family tree history...with color photos.

SEEN A RESORT FEE THAT WE FORGOT? LET US KNOW WHICH ONE! OR EVEN BETTER, TELL EVERYONE IN COMMENTS BELOW.

[Top photo: Jason W; All Others: VegasChatter]

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Palms Ressort Fee

Last week I was staying @ the palms. The  Palms was charging resort fee AND additional internet fee! That's a shame.

Wynn

Actually Wynn bumped up their resort fee to $25

Thanks!

The update has been made!

@AndyFanti

Yes, the two are separate charges. Sad face.

What about...

That epic palace known as Casino Royale?

@vegasmaze

I just called to check and no resort fee! I'll add them to the "don't" list. Thanks for asking!

The Cosmopolitan

They don't have a resort fee, but the free internet they opened with now costs $15 a day.

Ugh on the Wynn

Sorry about that, I had heard the $25 increase but thought it wasn't in effect yet. But oh yes, it is. Sucks.

As for the Cosmo, I wouldn't be surprised if a resort fee happened in 2012.

TI

The TI doesn't charge the resort fee if you are comped the rooms.

The MGM properties are hit and miss with resort fees when comped rooms.  Luxor has charged me once and the other time they didn't.  The Mirage charged my room but when I raised a stink at check-out, they waived them.

Comped Rooms are complicated

Another reader wrote into us saying that MGM doesn't always waive the fee on comped rooms. It seems to be on a property-by-property basis. We'll look into the policy again but we've updated the info above.

palms rooms resort fee sometimes comped

invited gets can get there resort fee comped by there host ,ive had it happen to me a few times

Comped Rooms at MGM Resorts

We contacted a representative for MGM Resorts and here is their response regarding resort fees and comped rooms:

"Luxor and Excalibur do not waive resort fees on comped rooms. All of our other hotels do waive it."

MGM Resort Fees

Every time I've stayed at a comped room at MGM properties and simply asked to have the resort fee waived, it has been waived.  So far they've been waived for me at Excalibur, NYNY, Monte Carlo, MGM, and Mirage.  Sometimes they are waived at the reservation process, sometimes at check-in, sometimes at check-out (and just FYI, I'm M Life Gold if that matters).

$22 Resort Fee at Ravella

FYI - Ravella charges $22 daily resort fee plus tax.

Ravella has been added...

to the naughty list. Thanks!

Bills Gambling Hall

Hi, I believe Bill's doesn't charge a resort fee. We stayed there last year and it was a lovely hotel and center strip with great room rates and NO Resort Fee!

@Mandymagenta

Yes! You're right. It's part of Caesars' "no resort fee" family. Will update our list!

MGM Resorts ALL Get Bumped Up

Just an update here that MGM resorts bumped all their hotels' resort fees. We've reflected the new costs above but if you were curious, here's the old prices too:

The Mirage $25 from $20
Vdara $25 from $20
Circus Circus is $8.95 from $7.95
Monte Carlo $20 from $15
New York-New York $18 was $15
Excalibur $15 was $12.50
Mandalay Bay $25 was $20
MGM Grand $25 was $20

Hate resort fees

I will be staying at the Palms and at least we get some drinks out of it. I was reading how angry people on trip advisor were about the Palms resort fees and a manager was appologetic and saying they are working on removing it. Probably a lie.

TI Resort Fees Update

I have just stayed at the TI Resort, the fees do include 2for1 meals, but only 1 voucher for the week! 2for1 cocktails or other drinks were also 1 voucher for the whole week - big it up boys at the TI - really worth the value - NOT!

Hard Rock Hotel Resort Fee

The Hard Rock Hotel's resort fee went up to about $24.64 after taxes by the way.

Plaza

just a heads up, you have Plaza on both the does and the does not lists...

@Plaza

Good catch. I removed it from the "does not" list!

@cozybop64

Thanks! I updated that section of the post.

@rjlynch21086 on Twitter

Notes that while the Cosmo doesn't have a resort fee, it does charge $20 a day for gym usage.

Golden Nugget

They might not charge a resort fee but do charge for many things like: internet $15, pool lounger $20, etc.

resort fee question

i refuse to pay the hotel resort fees. how do hotels verify the number of guest staying? cant someone say 2 people when they really have 4 guest? dishonet i know; but how will the hotel know?? do they have anyway to verify the # of guest in the room??

@Annie

Due to the sheer size of Vegas hotels, there's no way for staff to really know or to monitor this. You might have difficulty getting a load of extra keys, but as long as you don't ask for enough towels for five rooms, you should be cool. :)

elara

I think elara doesnt charge a fee if u want to add them

Orleans

The orleans was charging only $6 resort fee last year. It is ok, but if you are comped, they don't charge it.you get free internet in the lobby coffee shop ( java vegas) and it is really fast, 10 minutes free daily in business centre ( for printing boarding passes) and usual tea coffee in-room. It is good value since the room prices are cheap too.

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