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South Point Adding A Resort Fee, Too

Where: 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89183
February 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (11)

Remember when Oprah surprised her audience with cars and was all like, and you get a car, and you get a car and you get a car! Well, subtract the thrilling excitement and replace "car" with "resort fee" and you get the state of things in Vegas.

Since last July, the Plaza added one ($10), the Cosmo added one ($25) and all of Caesars Entertainment's Vegas properties added one ($10-$25). And, you guessed it, one more resort is saying, 'wait for me!'

The Las Vegas Advisor reports that South Point will add a resort fee as of March 1. Guests will be charged $12.50 a night. According to its website, the fee will include:

...in-room Wi-Fi, fitness center access, local and toll free in room phone calls, boarding pass printing, airport shuttle (based on availability), 24-hour complimentary parking and a casino funbook.

Obviously, the best perk here is the already complimentary parking free in-room Internet. Of course, South Point already offered free WiFi in its public spaces, but it's best not to think of that. Now, the question is -- who's next? M Resort? LVH? More downtown hotel-casinos? Lay out your guess down below.

(PHOTO: South Point on Foursquare)

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my thought

I think a section of Vegas regulars will be looking at non-casino hotels now.  People that don't play enough for full room comps.  However, they do play a few bucks, buy a few drinks at the bar, buy a branded shirt at the gift shop and collectively will impact non-hotel revenue.  

Free Wifi

They have been promoting free wifi for the past few months. Awesome (not really).

Downtown

My prediction is that Golden Nugget will be next, followed by the 3 Boyd properties, then Golden Gate/The D, with the Four Queens falling into place.  Expect Downtown Grand to have it when they open.  El Cortez already wrote to me yesterday and said they won't have fees for the IMMEDIATE future, which doesn't bode well, either.

Something Has To Give

Given the bed tax that the LVCVA does NOT collect on resort fees, I'm a little surprised that there isn't some lobbying for "truth in advertising" legislation that would force the fees to be optional -- you use none of what they are offering and don't pay -- or bundled into the price of the room (old school, one room rate that includes certain amenities).

This isn't like the airlines, where you can choose NOT to check a bag, purchase food, or similar.

In a world of free wi-fi, selling it for a premium is just so not cool.

As much as I love downtown, most of the properties there can't begin to call themselves a "resort" which means bringing on a "resort fee" is a bit disingenuous.

The Federal Government to the rescue!

AccessVegas, you're on the right track.  Apparently the Federal Trade Commission is keeping an eye on this:

<a href="http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/11/hotelresort.shtm">http://ftc.gov/opa/2012/11/hotelresort.shtm</a>

Don't be surprised if hotels are eventually forced to advertise prices that include any mandatory fees, just like the airlines.

Here's the link for clicking!

Boyd Charges now

I just checked into Sam Town and they have a $4.50 Resort Fee

Access Vegas?

if the LVCVA does not collect on Resort Fees then why am i being charged 12% Occupancy tax on my fee at Sams Town?

I really don't get it.

Why wouldn't raising your rates for everybody, say $5 a night cover the same things?  Then you could still advertise no resort fees, which is going to be something I look for from here on out.  Problem is it seems everybody has them.  If the goal is to have the cheapest rates for an internet search and then add once you get there they are insulting the intelligence of their consumers, or just blatantly bait and switching them.  Either way it seems more than a bit unfair.  I really thought the South Point was above this.

@ManInBlack

Yes, some Boyd properties do have resort fees. It's primarily the ones in downtown that are resort fee free.. right now.

Stratosphere

The Stratosphere raised their resort fee from 7.50 to 12.99 a night.  And that does not include internet.  Another 11.99 a day for internet.

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