But, after 18 years, one of those resorts is now shifting some of that burden onto guests (at least openly). We asked the Golden Nugget, who recently surveyed guests on their feelings toward resort fees, to explain the coming FSE surcharge and to provide an update as to whether a resort fee was still a possibility, too:
The Golden Nugget will not be charging a Resort Fee. Our Strip competitors are charging up to $25 in daily Resort Fees for use of certain hotel amenities regardless if they are used or not. Beginning July 1st, we will be adding a $5 Fremont Street Fee per day to room bookings. The Fremont Street Experience is an amazing 5-block attraction with free nightly light shows, bars, retail, unique vendors, and security. There are significant costs associated with maintaining the Fremont Street Experience and rather than raise hotel rates or charge high resort fees we have chosen to keep our rates low and implement a nominal $5 fee (80% less than Strip Resort Fees).
Some may take the FSE/resort fee language as tomato/tomahto. We already know of one person who has vowed to never stay again. Others may say that at least this fee provides for something they'll use/enjoy. Let us know where you fall in the comments below.
The Las Vegas Advisor also caught wind of the Golden Nugget's new fee and called other downtown properties to see if it was planned elsewhere. They discovered that hotel operators at competing properties were not aware of it, nor knew of intentions to begin one at their own place of employment.
The Golden Nugget offers rooms beginning at $47 a night. The resort says that anyone who booked a room prior to June 1 will not be charged the fee. If you booked after June 1, the fee will apply. @Mitzula on Twitter breaks down the potential in new revenue ahead:
The Gold Nugget has 2,345 rooms at 70% occupancy & $5 a night that's almost $250k/month, no wonder they want a "FSE Charge"— Mitzula (@Mitzula) June 12, 2013
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