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If you've ever thought about suing over resort fees, a Southern California man may be your new hero.
The Associated Press is reporting Benjamin Brin has filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo for failing to cite resort fees until after his June 2014 reservation was booked. While it isn't in extra large print nor included as part of the "starting from" costs, the websites for both hotels do list the fees. At least, they do now. The suit reportedly states that, until a warning letter and a site redesign late last year, the fee was not mentioned at all until after a reservation was submitted. (Venetian|Palazzo fans, feel free to weigh in on that one below.)
In a previous VegasChatter article, one of our readers and Twitter friend Dave R. (@LasVegasSO) was unhappy because The Cosmopolitan charged a resort fee on a comped room. Since he reported this, I've stayed there twice, each time comped, without getting charged a resort fee. So, obviously, it can happen either way.
As I've shared in the past, Cosmo has been comping me rooms, because of my
savvy excessive video poker play. Since I reached platinum status in its player club, I've received an offer for a comped room about every two months. I haven't yet been charged a resort fee on a comped room, but I also don't want to start! Out of naked self interest altruism, I wanted to find out what the criteria was for who gets charged a resort fee on comped rooms. So, I put on my investigative reporter hat and starting asking around. I asked the people at the slot club desk. I asked a nice lady that answered the phone at reservations. I asked a casino host. I even asked the head of VIP reservations! None of them would give me a direct answer. They all said the same thing, "it depends on your offer."
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The just-off-the-Strip Trump Hotel is one day into a resort fee hike.
March 1 marked a rise in the casino-less hotel's nightly fee from $25 to $29, before tax. The price change has yet to be updated on the Trump website nor disseminated to operators.
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It's going to be a long year because these hits just won't stop.
It hasn't even been a month yet since our 2015 resort fee guide dropped and already we've had to update it four times. Over the last few weeks, Golden Nugget has zinged guests with a $22.60 nightly charge, Cosmo's fee climbed to $30 before tax, and Hooters jumped to $15.95 pre-tax. The only good resort fee news we had (if that's not an oxymoron) was hearing TI was raising its future stay credit (offered as a resort fee amenity) from $20 to $25.
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After news of not one, but two new resort fee hikes (if you haven't heard, read here and here) and the enacting of brand new resort fee in downtown this month, we were quite wary when an email from Treasure Island referencing the nightly charge hit our inbox. This time, however, we're much relieved to pass on a spot of good news. No, TI is not rescinding its resort fee, but it is making it more of a value and it is still optional, if you book your stay a certain way.
“Hooters rings in the New Year by raising its resort fee.” Sound familiar? That’s because it’s exactly how the just-off-the-Strip casino hotel started 2014. One year later, they’re doing it again. We were perplexed by the increase last year, but we’re really puzzled now after scouring the Hooters website for an explanation of this month’s bump to $15.95 (pre-tax):
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On Monday, Golden Nugget ended its $5 Downtown Destination Fee in exchange for a $22.60 tax-inclusive resort fee. But, if you don't want to pay, you don't have to. Of course, there's a string attached.
Just days after the release of our 2015 Resort Fee Guide, we already have our first update. The Vegas Rover Facebook page is reporting that downtown's Golden Nugget will enact a nightly $22.60 tax inclusive resort fee beginning Monday, January 19.
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With more hotels charging resort fees than not, the year of 2014 was all about that bump.
On the Strip or off it, nightly charges continued climbing to new heights. Since we published our 2014 guide a year ago, Boyd Gaming raised its rates and enacted a flat fee of $12.99 at The Orleans, Suncoast and Sam's Town. MGM Resorts raised the charges at all of its properties by two to five bucks. Caesars Entertainment instituted a one-rate-fits-all-properties fee of $25 in November 2014 and has, somehow,
sneakily already topped that with five of its resorts now at $29. Hooters, Silver Sevens, Silverton, Plaza and Palms also bumped their resort fees higher in 2014.