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MGM Resorts Bringing WiFi To All Its Hotels, But Will It Bring Higher Resort Fees, Too?

January 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM | by | ()

We might begrudge them for annoying resort fees, but MGM Resorts is rolling out free WiFi to all... those in its public spaces.

The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.

MGM Grand should have WiFi in all of its guest rooms by March. Look for Mandalay Bay to be the next after that. "Other resorts will follow," including Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, and New York-New York. Curiously absent from today's announcement is Circus Circus.

MGM Resorts says the new WiFi system will be "30 percent faster." And, if you want an even speedier connection, it will be available, for a fee. What we really wanted to know, though, is if the new amenity will mean new bumps in resort fee rates which include Internet as an 'amenity.' Those rates currently range from $8.95 to $25 at the company's Vegas hotels. We posed the question to officials who say resort fees won't go up with this 'added service.'

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