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Venetian, Palazzo Up Resort Fee, But Give You An Out

April 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (4)

It probably wasn't hard to see this one coming.

Venetian and Palazzo have hiked their resort fee five bucks to $25. The increase now puts them on par with a spate of other Vegas resorts including Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Four Seasons, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, HOTEL32, The Mirage, The Signature at MGM Grand, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, Trump, Vdara, Wynn and Encore.

What will the extra five dollars get you? Nothing as far as inclusions. They remain the same as before:

Access for two to the fitness facility within the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®
In-suite internet access (WiFi or Ethernet)
Free boarding pass printing
Unlimited local and toll-free calls
A complimentary daily newspaper
Coffee or tea at Café Presse (one time for two people)
One two-for-one drink coupon for well drinks, domestic beer or wine at any casino bar excluding The Bourbon Room (must be 21 or older to redeem drink coupon)

What is different, however, is that guests are being given the opportunity to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out. That's right. YOU CAN NOW SAY NO. Venetian and Palazzo state that the only caveat is that if you decline the resort fee, and still use some of those services, you'll be charged for them "at regular prices."

Could the optional resort fee be the next new "thing" in Vegas? It's looking like it. Treasure Island is offering a way around its resort fee and so is Caesars Entertainment. Although, one is notably easier to achieve than the other. You can probably guess which one.

A special thanks to @VickTran7 on Twitter for the tip!

(PHOTO: Venetian)

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Good Business

I have been opting out of the resort fee at Venetian/Palazzo for almost a year now. I travel to LV almost exclusively for business. I never use any of the amenities you are offered as part of the resort fee except for internet/wifi. Sometimes you just have to ask.

How Many Devices...

I wonder how many devices the wifi covers under the resort fee.  I am more than happy to pay a resort fee when it doesn't restrict the number of devices.  

Not paying that just for internet...

If the resort fee is mandatory with the inclusion of internet access then I will be happy to use their internet. If I don't have a choice then I won't let it ruin my day. However, internet is just about the only thing I use when it comes to resort fee offerings, so If I'll have a choice to decline I will do so with a smile. I'll try to use my phone's hotspot to conduct my internet needs, if the circuits aren't loaded. It may not be as fast but it won't cost me an extra $75 +tax for 3 nights.

Great strategy

On my recent stay here, they offered the resort fee as being optional before we even asked to waive it at check in.  Great business strategy for those who do want the bundled package (not sure who) to take it at one price, and those who won't be using those amenities to decline it and pay a la carte.  Hopefully this becomes a trend at other properties, as it seems resort fees are here to stay in the long run.

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