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Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2014 Guide

January 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (27)

2014 could be the year Las Vegas loses the last handful of resort fee holdouts. We've lost one already. Last year, 15 new hotels began tacking on the extra fees in a generally stated 'you asked for them' or 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' mentality. Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas properties and downtown's Golden Gate and D hotels being the most surprising resort fee about-faces of the year.

The biggest bummers we discovered upon updating this guide for 2014? Venetian and Palazzo deciding there would be no more declining their resort fee and that downtown's El Cortez will be adding one in February.

In 2013 (January through November), room rates on the Vegas Strip averaged $120 night compared with $69 a night downtown. Just like last year, that's up from the year before with occupancy about the same at 85 percent. So, same amount of people being asked to dig deeper into their pockets with not just slightly higher room rates, but the addition of $5-$25 extra a night in fees, too. And, that's before taxes are added into the mix. And then, there are the Vegas hotels happy to charge you for a guaranteed room type, two beds, early check-in, late check-out or an express check-in, too.

Last year, VegasChatter feared Sin City resort fees might cross over into the $30 a night territory. That didn't happen, but could it in 2014? Perhaps. Some 20 Las Vegas hotels, from Aria to Wynn, are currently billing fees at the $25 mark. And, many of those were at that rate due to a $5 increase from the year prior. Could another $5 bump be in the future? We wouldn't be surprised to see a Vegas hotel test the threshold this year, and for others to follow suit if public outcry doesn't seem to impact the bottom line that much.

While some travelers hope the FTC will take a harder line against 'drip pricing' in 2014, we're not holding our breath. But, we will do what we've done for many years now, provide you with a comprehensive guide to resort fees in Las Vegas. We hit the Internet and the phone to compile the latest fees and what they'll get you in return. If you come across a new addition to our list, or see an increase we need to know about, email us at tips@vegaschatter.com.

Hotels That DO NOT Have Resort Fees:

· Arizona Charlie's Decatur
· Arizona Charlie's Boulder Highway
· California
· Cannery
· Casino Royale Best Western Plus
· Eastside Cannery
· Elara
· Four Queens
· Fremont Casino
· Hilton Grand Vacations on the Las Vegas Strip
· Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas Convention Center
· Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo
· M Resort
· Main Street Station
· Platinum Hotel and Spa

Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees:

· ALIANTE: $9.99. Includes: In-room Internet, coffee and tea service each morning, unlimited local and domestic long distance calls, choice of local paper or USA Today, concierge services, airport boarding pass printing, valet parking, "and much more." Best amenity:: Internet.

· ARIA: $25 $29. Includes: daily newspaper, fitness center access, WiFi everywhere, local and toll-free calls and boarding pass printing. Best amenity: Internet.

· ARTISAN: $9.95. Includes: WiFi as well as access to the pool and valet service. (No mention was made of the bottled water and adult TV channel included with the fee last year.) Best amenity: Internet.

· BALLY'S: $18 $20 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· BELLAGIO: $25 $29. Includes: WiFi everywhere, local and toll free calls, fitness center access and boarding pass printing. Best amenity: Internet.

· BOULDER STATION: $14.55, tax inclusive. Includes: Access to fitness facility and pool, in-room Internet, newspaper (Mon-Sat), copy and fax services, and unlimited local, toll-free and domestic long distance calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· CAESARS PALACE: $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· CIRCUS CIRCUS: $12.95 $15. Includes: WiFi, one premium ride at The Adventuredome, chips and salsa at Blue Iguana (this was offered in the Garden Grill Lounge last year), two free Midway games, buy-one-get-one free drink in West Casino or Slots A Fun, two Fitness Room passes valid each day of your stay for up to two people, boarding pass printing, free local and 800-number calls up to 30 minutes, and two K-cups for your in-room Keurig coffee maker. (Gone this year, mention of a resort passbook "with up to $150 worth of savings.") Randomest amenity: Still, the chips and salsa.

· COSMOPOLITAN: $25*. Includes: Internet, unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance calls, 24-hour fitness center access, and tennis court access. Most Unusual Amenity: Tennis courts. *Resort fee waived for Gold and Platinum Identity players club members.

· DELANO LAS VEGAS: $25 $29. Includes: WiFi, cardio room access, local and 800 calls, outgoing faxes, boarding pass printing, and a daily newspaper. Best amenity: WiFi.

· DOWNTOWN GRAND: $11 $18. Includes: Internet, bottled water, local and toll-free calls, morning coffee and Grand Experience coupon book. Best amenity: Coupon book for the drink discounts.

· EL CORTEZ: $8.95*. Includes: WiFi, local calls, access to the fitness center, entry into daily slot tourney, two bottles of water, complimentary bottle of wine with purchase of dinner for two at Flame Steakhouse or two glasses of wine with a single dinner. *Resort fee begins February 1, 2013. The fee will be applicable for comped rooms and Cabana Suites, too.

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

· EXCALIBUR: $18 $20, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, incoming faxes, daily newspaper, domestic and long-distance calls. (Missing from last year? Two free drinks per stay.) Best amenity: Internet.

· FIESTA HENDERSON: $11.29, tax inclusive. Includes: in-room Internet, newspaper (Mon-Sat), copy and fax services, and unlimited local, toll-free and domestic long distance calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· FIESTA RANCHO: $11.29, tax inclusive. Includes: in-room Internet, newspaper (Mon-Sat), and unlimited local, toll-free and domestic long distance calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· FLAMINGO: $18 $20 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· FORTUNE: $10. Includes: WiFi, breakfast, shuttle service to Strip and McCarran Airport, local calls, and TV as well as business center, gym, pool and hot tub usage. Best amenity: Shuttle service. And, the free food. Hopefully, guests in a rush can take breakfast on the road with them!

· FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $25. Includes: WiFi everywhere for multiple devices, in-room coffee and tea, local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: WiFi by the pool.

· GOLD COAST: $9.99 $12.99. Amenities unclear. Check with resort for specifics.

· GOLDEN GATE: $20. Includes: High-speed WiFi, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll-free calls. Best Amenity: WiFi.

· GOLDEN NUGGET: $5. While saying it is not a resort fee, Golden Nugget enacted a $5 Fremont Street Experience Downtown Destination Fee on July 1, 2013. Includes: an "added value card" offering select discounts to several downtown destinations (hee), from $2 off admission to the Mob Museum to a free autographed photo of Rick Dale when you visit Rick's Restoration.

· GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $28.24, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, unlimited local and 800 calls, fitness center access, newspaper (Mon-Sat), shoe shine service and airport & Strip shuttle service. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· HARD ROCK: $22. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, shuttle service to and from Fashion Show Mall, daily newspaper (must pick-up), notary service, boarding pass printing, and unlimited local and domestic long distance calls. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· HARRAH'S: $18 $22 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day, and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· HILTON LAKE LAS VEGAS: $22. Includes: Internet, 20 percent off valet, shuttle to Strip, boarding pass printing, golf club storage, exercise classes, overnight shoe shine, and 800 calls. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· HOTEL32 at MONTE CARLO: $25 $29. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, daily newspaper, copying and faxing, boarding pass printing and local and 800 calls. Best Amenity: Internet.

· HOOTERS: $14.95. Includes: WiFi, fitness center and pool access (available 24 hours), parking, two bottles of water, two cups of coffee, and local and toll-free calls. Best Amenity: Coffee.

· JW MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA: $14.99. Includes: High-speed Internet access, fitness center access in Spa Aquae, two drink coupons valid at any casino bar at Rampart Casino, $20 credit towards any spa treatment of $100 or more, free local and domestic long distance calls, free shuttle to the Strip, free dessert in the Carmel Room, and two small bottles of water. Best amenity: Five-way tie between the free dessert, spa credit, Internet, Strip shuttle and drink coupons. (*Elite Marriott members receive enjoy a 50% discount on the resort fee!)

· LUXOR: $20 $25, tax inclusive. Includes: Wired Internet, fitness center access, local, long distance and 800 calls, coupon book "with over $800 in savings!" and daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet...?

· LVH: $18. Includes: WiFi for one device, fitness center access for two, "use of an in-room safe" (their words!), a coupon booklet "with hundreds of dollars in potential savings!" and local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet, we guess. The LVH is now Westgate Las Vegas.

· MANDALAY BAY: $25 $29. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local and toll-free calls, boarding pass printing, outgoing faxes and daily newspaper (must pick-up). Randomest amenity: Outgoing faxes.

· MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $25. Includes: Internet access for up to six devices (up one from last year), fitness and wellness center access (two passes daily), coffee and tea from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls. (Missing from last year: yoga or Pilates classes, daily newspaper upon request, and overnight shoe shines.) Best Amenity: Internet.

· MARDI GRAS: $5. Includes: airport shuttle, in-room coffee and WiFi. Best Amenity: Shuttle?

· MGM GRAND: $25 $29. Includes: WiFi, daily USA Today newspaper (must pick-up), cardio room access (open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.), business center services like notary, copies, boarding pass printing and faxes, and unlimited local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· MIRAGE: $25 $29. Includes: WiFi everywhere, cardio room access, daily newspaper (must pick-up), boarding pass printing, notary, copies and faxes (up to 10 and black & white only) and local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet, duh.

· MONTE CARLO: $20 $25. Includes: Wired Internet, fitness center access, two daily in-room K-cups for Keurig coffee maker, 2 daily bottles of water, daily newspaper, copying and faxing, boarding pass printing, and local and toll free calls. Best amenity: Coffee.

· NEW YORK-NEW YORK: $20 $25. Includes: WiFi everywhere, fitness center access, local and 800 calls, boarding pass printing, notary, faxing (five page limit) and daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet.

· NOBU HOTEL: $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· ORLEANS: $9.99 $12.99. Amenities unclear. Check with resort for specifics.

· PALACE STATION: $16.79, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local, domestic long distance and 800 calls, newspaper (Mon-Sat), copy and fax services, and airport and Strip shuttle service. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· PALAZZO: $25*. Includes: WiFi, Canyon Ranch fitness center access (for two), local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse, 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at any casino bar, excluding The Bourbon Room. Best amenity: Canyon Ranch access. *The resort fee does not apply to Prestige Level suites.

· PALMS: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, cardio center access, Strip shuttle service and a daily newspaper. (Missing this year: 2-for-1 drinks.) Best amenity: Internet, now that the drinks are out of the mix.

· PALMS PLACE: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, cardio center access, Strip shuttle service and a daily newspaper. (Missing this year: 2-for-1 drinks.) Best amenity: Internet.

· PARIS: $20 $22 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· PLANET HOLLYWOOD: $20 $22 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· PLAZA: $10 $12*. Includes: WiFi, 800 and local calls, two bottles of water, parking (self and valet) and a coupon book. Best amenity: WiFi. *Resort fee will increase to $12 as of March 1.

· QUAD (formerly Imperial Palace): $15 $20 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device and local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· RED ROCK: $27.99, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local and 800 calls, newspaper (Mon-Sat), shoe shine and airport and Strip shuttle service. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· RED ROOF INN: $5. While not labeling it as a resort fee, Red Roof charges an "energy surcharge."

· RESORT AT SUMMERLIN: $14.99. Includes: High-speed Internet access, fitness center access in Spa Aquae, two drink coupons valid at any casino bar at Rampart Casino, $20 credit towards any spa treatment of $100 or more, free local and domestic long distance calls, free shuttle to the Strip, free dessert in the Carmel Room, and two small bottles of water. Best amenity: Five-way tie between the free dessert, spa credit, Internet, Strip shuttle and drink coupons. (*Elite Marriott members receive enjoy a 50% discount on the resort fee!)

· RIO: $20 $22 $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet. *Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status can waive the resort fee.

· RIVIERA: $15. Includes: WiFi, fitness center access, local and 800 calls, use of in-room safe, parking, and a coupon book with a $350 value. Best amenity: Internet.

· RUMOR: $11.99. Includes: WiFi, two bottles of water, parking and pool access. (Gone from last year: the adult TV channel.) Best amenity: WiFi. (Tip: If an operator asks if you can be placed on hold, say no!)

· SAM'S TOWN: $9.99 $12.99. Amenities unclear. Check with resort for specifics.

· SANTA FE STATION: $14.55, tax inclusive. Includes: Access to fitness facility, in-room Internet, free game of bowling, 10% discount at gift shop, free cup of Starbucks, newspaper (Mon-Sat), and unlimited local, toll-free and domestic long distance calls. Best amenity: Internet. (Runner-up: Bowling.)

· SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25 $29. Includes: Internet everywhere, fitness center access, local and 800 calls, in-room coffee and a daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet.

· SILVER SEVENS (Formerly Terrible's): $3 $9.99. Includes: Airport and Strip shuttle, WiFi in the Corona Cantina bar, copy and fax services, boarding pass printing, access to fitness center, coffee coupons redeemable in Gift Shop (one per day). Best amenity: Shuttle.

· SILVERTON: $4.99 $9.99 Includes: use of in-room safe, fitness center access, in-room Internet as well as WiFi in the lobby and Starbucks, in-room coffee maker, airport and Strip shuttle service, and Bath & Body Works toiletries. Best amenity: Internet.

· SLS LAS VEGAS: $25. Includes: In-room WiFi, local and toll-free calls and fitness center and pool access. Best amenity: WiFi.

· SUNCOAST: $9.99 $12.99. Amenities unclear. Check with resort for specifics.

· SUNSET STATION: $14.99. Includes: In-room internet (wired and wireless), local and toll-free calls, fitness center access, daily newspaper, copy and fax services, and a gift shop discount. Best amenity: Internet.

· SOUTH POINT: $12.50 $14. Includes: WiFi, fitness center access, local and toll free calls, boarding pass printing, airport shuttle (based on availability), and a casino fun book. Best amenity: Shuttle.

· STRATOSPHERE: $14.99 $17.99. Includes: Admission to the tower during regular operating hours for up to four guests, $19.99 tickets to see Frankie Moreno, 2-for-1 tickets to see PIN UP, access to fitness center, 20 percent discount on select services at the Roni Josef Spa and Salon and a discounted thrill ride pass. Does not DOES include Internet! Best amenity: Discounted tix to Frankie Moreno.

· TEXAS STATION: $12.99. Includes: In-room Internet (wired and wireless), local and toll-free calls, fitness center access, newspaper, copy and fax services and a gift shop discount. Best amenity: Internet.

· THE CROMWELL: $28 (with tax). Includes: fitness center access for two, in-room Internet for one device, and local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· THE D: $20. Includes: WiFi, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and local and toll free calls. Best Amenity: Internet.

· THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $28, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, Cardio Center access, local and toll free calls, daily newspaper (must pick-up), boarding pass printing and outgoing faxes. Best amenity: Internet.

· TREASURE ISLAND: $25*. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access, 2-for-1 cocktail, 2-for-1 buffet, daily newspaper (must pick-up), local and toll-free calls, boarding pass printing, up to 10 pages of copies and faxes, and a $20 credit for a future stay. (See the breakdown of value here.) Best Amenity: $20 credit for future stay. *TI's resort fee can be optional with the booking of its TV ad special as well as for qualified players club members and groups.

· TROPICANA: $19.99.: Includes: Internet, fitness center access, two bottles of water per stay, 50-percent off well cocktails, beer and wine at Tropicana Lounge from 5-8 p.m., faxing, copies (10 per day), and local and toll-free calls. Best Amenity: Drinking discount.

· TRUMP: $28, tax inclusive. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, $25 credit at the Trump Spa, Shuttle service to Wynn and Forum Shops, coffee and bottled water, daily newspaper, shoe sine service, local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Spa discount.

· TUSCANY SUITES: $17. Includes: Parking, pool and fitness center use, in-room coffee machine and safe, and in-room WiFi as well. Best Amenity: WiFi.

· VDARA: $25 $29. Includes: Internet everywhere, fitness center access, local and 800 calls, newspaper (must-pickup), turndown service (upon request), boarding pass printing, and two bottles of water. Best amenity: Internet.

· VENETIAN: $25*. Includes: WiFi, Canyon Ranch fitness center access (for two), local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse, 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at any casino bar, excluding The Bourbon Room. Best amenity: Canyon Ranch access. *The resort fee does not apply to Prestige Level suites.

· WESTGATE LAS VEGAS: $19.99. Includes: Wireless Internet access for one device, cardio room access for two, use of an in-room safe, and local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· WESTIN CASUARINA: $19.95. Includes: A newspaper, nightly hosted reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., WiFi, fitness center access, pool, sauna and steam room access, local and 800 calls, bottled water, boarding pass printing, notary and incoming faxes. Best amenity: Hosted reception?

· WILD WILD WEST DAYS INN: $5.99. Includes: Use of pool, local calls, laundry facilities and WiFi. Best amenity win: Hanging by the pool using the WiFi while you have a load of laundry running.

· WYNN:$25*. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Fitness center. *Once again, this fee does not apply to those booking the Tower Suites.

All the resort fee information cited was gathered from either each hotel's website or, when not published, by speaking to a hotel representative.

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Parking?

Orleans actually lists "Parking" as being included with the resort fee?

Resort fee for using room phone

How many people ever use the room phone in the hotels?  Everyone now days carry their own phone with services that they use for making long distance and local calls.  So why are we paying for a service that most people never use?  Maybe include laundry services instead, I don't know anyone that wouldn't mine taking home clean clothes.

$9.99 a night

That should be the price of every room in Vegas. Then they should charge $100 in resort fees to subsidize their deceptive marketing techniques. It's ridiculous. I'm surprised they don't have in their amenities "access to gaming floor" or "free toilet paper" or "breathable air." It's a shame. They're missing a great opportunity to trick their customers.

@mobycat

Yep, I listed them as they were relayed to me or stated online. Ridic, right?

Resort?

Shouldn't some of these places become Resorts before they start charging a resort fee?

Most of the services covered by the resort fee are BS.  Phone use? I don't think I have touched a phone in Vegas other than to move it out of the way.

Get (free) Total Rewards Visa = No Resort Fees!

TIP: Get the Total Rewards Visa (no annual fee)-> Platinum status for year = no resort fees at Caesars properties!
  • better upgrade chances (still use $20)
  • keep credits from expiring w/o setting foot in casino

Thought I was alone

WOW I thought I was the only one feeling the effects of higher rates and resort fees. My next trip is the most expensive yet. Definitely thinking about scaling back....all the way back.

The Title of This Story Should Be

Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2014 Guide (So Far!)

Very Annoying

These resort fees are not just in Vegas anymore.  Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in CT. have had them for a few years now.  I think Atlantic City has them as well.  Ugh! I would rather pay a higher room rate and not get nickel and dimed.

@Steveskin1

They also have them as far south as the L'Auberge in Baton Rouge, which is $9.99, along with a $50 a day authorization fee placed on your credit card daily. Complete ripoffs.  

Another city....

About a year ago while booking corp. travel I saw even a Radisson in Orlando charged a $20 resort fee. Its like every hotel I have have to check now a days....

Sigh

Las Vegas loves to punish its customers.

RESORTS?

Thanks for the info.Everyone should refer to this list before booking there next trip. I did not know that to be considered a resort a hotel only needs to have a parking lot and phones in the rooms. Hotel phones are now mostly only used to call the front desk or housekeeping.

Rip Off Resort Fees

Not sure how they are justifying charging these fees when these amenities are free at a typical Motel 6.

Everyone expects the phone to work in a room and who do I know locally while visiting Vegas? By nature 800 numbers are free anyway

Boarding pass printing? You can print this free at the terminal what people need is access to check into the flight.

 Who uses a fitness center or reads the newspaper at a resort when your phone has all the daily news AND Internet which you pay for every month anyway.

The worst justification I've seen is giving out coupon books, which used to be at all concierge desks for free to anyone. Why not give out logo'd cozies of the property while they are at it?

Total Rewards Visa was Disappointing

I got the Total Rewards Visa, but Planet Hollywood charged me a resort fee still, and my platinum status only lasted 9 months, instead of the full year. It doesn't seem like a big deal but it means my platinum status will fall just short of covering another trip.

Knowledge is good. Great post!

Thank you, Becca and VegasChatter for providing the keen SuperHeroine/Sherpa skills to successfully navigate the Vegas Resort Fee jungle.

I too am an impetuous traveller and love the thrill of the hunt and bagging a last-minute Vegas hotel deal with my arsenal of iPhone apps and now the 2014 Resort Fee guide. All my skills were put to the test during my recent "what if I leased my house in LA and just moved to Vegas and lived in hotels" experiment.

There is one part of the map missing. Especially for those of us that are also conducting the "what if I gave up using credit cards and travelled using only cash and debit cards" experiment.

The world needs a "Vegas Hotel Security/incidental Deposit Option Guide" to complete the picture of how much it's really going to cost to check in to this hotel and what method of payment I should use to get my deposit back soonest.

Anyone game?

Used car salesmen mentality

Sooner or later, more than likely sooner, they are all going to resort to these sheer profit fees. It will simply become the cost of doing business just like when buying a new or used vehicle. After you negotiate the absolutely best price that you can and after the dealer tells you what he will give you for your trade in and after you pay for BS items like laser glass etching, under carriage rust protection Scotchgarding the upholstery AND paying for and extended warranty which is all noting but extra money for the dealer. THEN they tell you, you have to pay for "dealer prep and handling" which is once again nothing more than even more profit for the dealer.

They should just call it the "you didn't lose enough money gambling even though you paid for the room and ate at our restaurants and saw a show but we want to squeeze every last dime out of you" fee!!!

Scam o Rama

What is a crying shame is that evidently Priceline and other booking sites are in on the scam also. Booking sites say "other fees may apply".  Uh, and what are these other fees?  You have to hunt the web for them.  They can add link to baggage rates for airlines, but not for hotel resort fees?  Since it IS part of the package, why not include it into package deal so you can make a choice on ACTUAL prices?

Last time I stayed at Excalibur, was charges $20+/day resort fee for a fitness center that was closed, newspaper that was non-existent on any day, and "high-speed" wired internet that was half dialup speed...not to mention zero bars on cellphone from in the room.
Forcing a resort fee on you for services is scummy.....not even receiving the services paid for is just plain theft.

Caesar's Palace Resort Fees

I stayed at  Caesar's on Saturday March 8th and Sunday the 9th and the "resort fee" was $28 per night'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus the tax was calculated using that in addition to the room cost! The rate amount seems to be whatever they want to charge without any type of notice!

Locals

I find it a little humerus that locals have to pay these fees as well. Most of us work in the Casino/Travel business and still pay. I don't see why these can't be waived for us or discounted. I prefer to get a room on the strip and enjoy my night out. Thus avoiding a DUI. Come on Casinos make this happen!!!

Resort Fee Class Action

There may be some lawsuits over these fees

<a href="http://www.consumerclassactionlawyers.com/resort-fees-class-action.html">http://www.consumerclassactionlawyers.com/resort-fees-class-action.html</a>

tourism lost?

One way to lose tourism, so many other places in the world to go........

Tourism Lost

You took the words right out of my mouth, these fee's will slowly kill the tourism trade in LV and once its gone hard to get back.

2014, No excuses to not understand Resort Fees

Do we all hate resort fees? Of course we do, but they've been around for years now and it's no excuse anymore to not understand them.  As someone who started working in the industry a little before they started popping up in Vegas, I can give a little insight:

  1.  Resort Fees almost always go directly to the hotel. So if you book wholesale (which you should know by now the hotel considers you a second class citizen if you do) then you are not paying the resort fee up front 99% of the time. The exceptions I've seen to that rule is hotels tonight and international bookings thats it.

  2. Resort fees aren't illegal, especially since they are posted everywhere now that you book. Will it be in small print? Most definitely, but it's definitely there.

  3. Why do these vegas hotels think it's good business?  As one of the presidents of a vegas strip hotel said to a fellow colleague, "It's like making the revenue of a whole resort without the operating costs".

  4. Why is it much harder to get the resort fee waived now?  Because the word is out to all hotel execs about how much money can be made so all line level front desk employees can be easily fired over taking off these resort fees.

It sucks but these things are here to stay so might as well educate yourself on them.

Easy as pie

It's a lot easier than people realize, to get the hotels to eat the resort fees.  At checkout, I typically just say that the internet on our floor wasn't working and that when I called about it at say.....3 AM.....they didn't have anyone who could come reset the wireless router at that hour.

Everytime I've done this, they just graciously take off the resort fees without batting an eye.  It's better for them to eat the fee, mind you a fee they have no overhead/materials/labor in and is nothing more than a money grab, than to piss off a guest in a hotel/casino market as competitive as Vegas.

yes

it needs someone one to sort it

Luxor Resort Fee

I wanted to confirm Luxor resort fee and looked it up on their site.  You forgot one more thing included -

Free printing of M life Players Club cards

LOL - if they start charging for players cards I am doomed as I loose or shred them all the time.

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