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Flamingo's GO Pool Charges $10...for Hotel Guests

July 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

A VegasChatter reader, CindyK, recently wrote in to us about a disturbing new charge going down at The Flamingo.

The Flamingo webpage shows a $10 charge for their own guests to use the pool. Earlier I had heard that it was only if they had a guest DJ but the website doesn’t say that and isn’t that part of what the Resort Fees are supposed to be for? Do you know anything about this?

Two years ago, getting into the GO pool was free for guests, $20 for non-hotel guests and $10 for guests of other Caesars hotels but now today, the website does say it's $10 for hotel guests of the Flamingo, $15 for other Caesars guests and $25 for non-guests.

This is outrageous especially since The Flamingo already charges a $25 resort fee plus tax (that fee includes internet, local calls and two passes to the fitness center.) And it might be the only hotel on the Strip that is charging its own guests to use the pool. True, this is the Flamingo's "party pool" and there is another general pool area for hotel guests to use. But still. Nothing says "We Love Our Guests!" by dinging them $10 for entering the pool.

The Flamingo's official stance on this is that guests are only charged for special events, as our reader alluded to above. Here's a Facebook comment posted by The Flamingo just the other day:

We look forward to your visit! Admission to the GO Pool is complimentary to hotel guests, however there is a $10 entry fee during special events.

The problem with this is that there is an event, or at least a DJ, happening nearly every day at the GO pool during the summer. So it's hard to tell what's a special event and what's a normal day.

We called the pool to ask them what was the deal with the charge and no one was there to pick up the phone. But we think it's safe to say if you're looking to party at the GO pool on the weekends, stuff a tenner in your bikini or board shorts just in case.

[Photo: Flamingo]

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Is El Cortez 'Amenities Fee' About To Nearly Double?

Where: 600 E. FREMONT STREET LAS VEGAS, NV [map], 89101
July 20, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

Update 7/22/15: A small victory for VegasChatter fans? Our helpful tipster "Brad" has tipped us off that El Cortez has possibly changed their mind about raising their "amenities fees" (or perhaps just delayed the decision) after reading our post. In his own words: "Vegas Chatter was responsible for rattling the cages and having El Cortez think twice about an increase. Hotels.com was contacted to change the resort fee back to $10.02. LMAO..." We checked hotels.com, using the same selections as earlier this week. Sure enough, the old rate has been restored.

An entire seven days has passed since our last update on controversial resort fees. We’d be thrilled to let another seventy pass by before the next announcement…but no such luck. VegasChatter fan “Brad” tipped us off on Saturday that El Cortez was raising its daily mandatory surcharge to $15.00.

It all began three years ago this week, when the newly-renovated Plaza Hotel, which caps off the west end of Fremont Street, became the first major Downtown hotel to impose a mandatory daily fee (the little Gold Spike beat them to that dubious honor back in 2010 with a negligible $1.99 fee).

Since then, the primarily Strip-centric resort fee trend has rolled down Fremont Street like a bowling ball, eventually striking into the old-timey El Cortez Hotel Casino.

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Confirmed: Excalibur and Circus Circus Have Raised Their Resort Fees

July 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM | by | ()

When it comes to resort fees, we hate being right. But those rumors that we told you about Excalibur and Circus Circus raising their resort fees are now true.

A tipster emailed us to say that Excalibur officially bumped up their resort fee to $28 a night tax-inclusive, while Circus Circus raised their fee to $20 a night. With taxes, that's about $22.40

Keep in mind that room rates for Circus are currently being advertised for $26 a night. On Sunday, rooms are just $34. Excalibur on the other hand is going for $29 on Wednesday night. #Insane

So, what are you getting for your resort fee increases? Well...

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The Platinum Hotel Shines a Little Less Brightly, Thanks to New Resort Fee

June 29, 2015 at 1:23 PM | by | ()

It's getting hotter in Vegas (temps today are expected to hit 109 degrees) but the thermostat isn't the only thing that's rising in Sin City--resort fees are increasing too.

Already, we've seen the increase in resort fees at Hooters from $15.95 to $17.95 (before tax and starting on July 1) and at Tuscany Suites, where the $24 a night resort fee (up from $17) is now almost the same price as the room rate. Plus, we've heard whispers that Circus, Circus, Excalbur and SLS are all eying at least a $5 jump in their current fees.

And now, VegasChatter reader, djexeter, tells us that Platinum Hotel, a non-gaming hotel behind The Strip on Flamingo, has just jumped from zero to a $15 per night resort fee (totaling $16.80 after taxes.) Yup, one of the few remaining hotels to NOT charge a resort fee has just caved.

Deej tells us that the fee began in early June but includes "no increase in amenities that were included in the non-fee period."

What's even more egregious is that the Platinum doesn't mention this resort fee anywhere in the booking process on their clunky website until the very end, when you need to put in all your information. But even then, only a "Resort Fee" breakdown is shown. Otherwise, there are no descriptions about what's included in the resort fee.

So we got on the horn, called Platinum and discovered that the resort fee includes the following:

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Hooters The Restaurant is Open at The Palms While Hooters The Hotel is Upping Their Resort Fee

June 17, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | ()

In continuing to keep you "abreast" of the newest openings in town, we thought you'd like to know that the world's largest Hooters Restaurant is now open at The Palms. Here's a snapshot posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, inviting everyone in for a visit.

The restaurant is also now officially listed on The Palms website. Hours for the beer and wings joint are 10am to 10pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry, no Sunday brunches here for now.)

There are no surprises on the menu with the joint serving wings, quesadillas, tater tots, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers, including a Double D for $16.99 and which has two 1/2 pound patties served on a brioche bun with your choice of cheese.

Hooters is also promising "a tremendous bar experience" with comfortable booths and high-back chairs as well as nearly 50 TVs. Remember, the mammary joint will also have a poolside bar. We'll let you know when that part opens.

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Another Round of Resort Fee Increases May Hit The Strip

June 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM | by | ()

Looks like our 2015 Guide to Las Vegas Resort Fees will need to be updated...again.

Two of the lower-end resorts within the MGM Resorts portfolio must think of themselves as rather high-end, at least when it comes to charging resort fees. Yup, you might want to sit down for this one.

Sources say Circus Circus is upping their resort fee from $15 to $20 a night, plus tax ($22.40.) Currently, the Circus Circus site is advertising $26 room rates with $150 coupon savings book to be used for dining, retail outlets, The Adventuredome and "more!"

The Excalibur is also planning on increasing its resort fee from $20 to $25 plus tax. Room rates at the hotel start at $159 a night next weekend. And we thought paying $25 at the Wynn sucked. Paying $25 for a resort known for its dated castle turrets and male dancers will suck even more.

But what's especially egregious--if these increases do go into effect--is that MGM Resorts just made increases to these two properties in December!!! Seriously, how is this rampant and random raising of resort fees still legal?

There is some good news here and that is that the resort fee hikes are not in effect right now. So you will continue pay $15 and $20 respectively at Circus and Excalibur. Reservations through at least October are also using the existing $15/$20 resort fees for the hotel. But you know how it goes with resort fees in Vegas--they can hike 'em up anytime.

And that's not all!

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VegasChatter Questions: Can You Waive the Resort Fee at The Venetian?

Where: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 8, 2015 at 6:16 PM | by | ()

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

VegasChatter reader K Wood, who has an upcoming trip into town, recently has this question for us:

“We are going to be staying at the Venetian for six days. Can we waive the resort fee (they quoted U.S. $348.00 for 2 rooms)?

We don't want a newspaper and will not use the Grand Canyon fitness room. We will not have a car to park. We only want to use the pool. Is there a way to waive the fee?”

Those damn resort fees sure are a pain, just ask Benjamin Brin who recently filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo because of those pesky fees. Unfortunately though, it looks like you may still have to pay $29 plus tax a night.

We featured an article back in 2013 about Venetian/Palazzo giving guests the opportunity to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out, but that has since changed. As of last year, declining fees was no longer an option, according to a front desk agent.

There are still some hotels in town without resort fees. For a full list, check out our 2015 Las Vegas Resort Fees guide.

[Photos: Venetian]

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Tuscany Suites' New Resort Fee is Almost as Much as Their Room Rate

May 26, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

Tuscany Suites, which bills itself as "the best kept secret of Las Vegas," has been hiding a secret of its own--its recently hiked up resort fee.

Previously, the fee was $17 but it's now been bumped up to $24 a night, not including tax. With tax, it's $26.88 a night. That fee is almost as much as the hotel's room rate which is $35 a night tomorrow.

Supposedly the fee includes parking, laundry, pool and fitness center use, in-room coffee machine and safe, and in-room WiFi. But there are reports on TripAdvisor that there is a pay option for WiFi as well.

We think Tuscany Suites should just double their room rates and then advertise that they've done away with resort fees. That might get them more business instead.

[Photo: Tuscany Suites/Facebook]

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Venetian, Palazzo Being Sued Over Resort Fees

Where: 89109
March 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM | by | ()

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.)

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Will Cosmo Charge A Resort Fee On Your Comped Room? It Depends

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 23, 2015 at 6:51 PM | by | ()

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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Venetian, Palazzo Raise Resort Fee Again

Where: 89109
March 5, 2015 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

After holding steady at $25 for almost two years, Venetian and sister resort Palazzo have (to no big surprise) hiked their resort fee.

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Trump Bumps Resort Fee

Where: 2000 Fashion Show Drive [map], 89109
March 2, 2015 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

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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