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Resort Fees / Flamingo / Bally's / The Quad / → All Tags
On The Strip, good things come to those who wait. But, at a cost.
The Quad is about to finally start remodeling those rooms. Flamingo will soon be at the center of the new center Strip, flanked by The Linq and The Cromwell. Bally's has new accommodations and a revamped Jubilee as well as a
brave bazaar new world on the way. And, don't forget the rumor that WiFi is coming to each property, too.
Sometime between late January and now, the Palms decided a resort fee increase was in order. What was a $20 fee has now been bumped up $5 a night. That places the Palms in the $25 resort fee club alongside such resorts as Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Encore, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Palazzo, Venetian, and Wynn.
A comparison of the Palms' resort fee amenities finds no changes. Guests still receive Internet, Strip shuttle service, a daily newspaper, and cardio center access as part of the fee. Nothing more, nothing less.
3.7 Update: Palms says amenities have been expanded to include WiFi (1mb) and access to the Fitness Center at Palms Place, too.
Resort Fees / Hotels / Strip / Off Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
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 email@example.com.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / Treasure Island / Total Rewards / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
In April of 2013, Venetian and Palazzo upped their resort fee, but gave us an out -- the ability to decline it at check-in or check-out. The only caveat was that we'd be charged for services at regular prices if we did end up using them.
The days of being able to say no to that, however, have sadly ended. A front desk agent told us over the weekend that it's no longer an option.
The resort fee will include the following:
Resort Fees / Plaza / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
We're not sure if 2014 will see more Downtown Vegas hotels jump on the resort fee bandwagon, however, we do know at least one is planning to increase its fee soon. (Update: We wrote too soon. A new downtown hotel is joining the resort fee gang.)
Off Strip / Hooters / Resort Fees / WiFi / → All Tags
In 2013, we saw more resort fees introduced or raised at Vegas hotels than in any other year. It was so bad that the hikes and add-ons got our biggest disappointment of the year award. Going into 2014, we know that fees aren’t likely to go away soon. Nearly every hotel has one and they serve as significant sources of revenue. We can, however, hope for a break in the action. After so many additions and increases in 2013, don’t we need a little rest?
Well, not according to Hooters. They started off the New Year by tacking an extra $2 on top of their existing $12.95 (before tax) daily resort fee. What’s included? Nothing that wasn’t there already. Hooters guests still receive bottled water, coffee, fitness center access, pool use, and Internet access in addition to the basics that are usually free anyway, like parking.
It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we finish bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
Everyone hates them. Unfortunately in Vegas, almost everyone is paying them now. The year 2013 was a major disappointment when it came to resort fees. And, no one let us down more than Caesars Entertainment which dropped its widely touted "no resort fees: your money, your choice" policy back in February.
Active Vegas / Fitness / Fitness Center Fees / Amenities / Resort Fees / Spas / Healthy Vegas / → All Tags
We at VegasChatter like to keep you informed of the most current trends. While we were preparing this article for a post-Thanksgiving publishing date, the New York Times ran its own piece on exercise and wellness in Las Vegas. Clearly, we’re onto something big. Sin City isn't just a place to “eat, drink, and get married.” It’s also a place to keep yourself in top physical shape while still having lots of fun.
We often hear people say “I don’t come to Vegas to workout.” Our usual response is “why not?” We all love the indulgences of Vegas, but usually regret the tightness of our clothing (and the belly pokes from coworkers), afterwards. Enjoying free cocktails and expansive buffets doesn’t mean you can’t work in a fitness plan as well. A couple of exercise sessions, along with some smart decisions, and you’ll have one less thing to feel guilty about. And, with all of the Vegas residents who are acrobats, performers and dancers, you can be assured Vegas has some terrific exercise facilities available.
VegasChatter Reviews / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Grand / Lady Luck / Hotel Rooms / Resort Fees / Renovations / Openings / Name Changes / → All Tags
Remember the old Certs commercial? “It’s two (click) two (click) two mints in one!” Here at VegasChatter, we’re going retro and doing the Certs version of Downtown Grand room reviews. Two opinions from back-to-back stays (with a one-night break in-between to recharge our objectivity). And, just like that breath mint, the former Lady Luck is now as fresh as a mountain spring and as yummy as the tastiest candy. But, is that enough to lure people away from the beer-and-onion breath (if you will) of Fremont Street? Let’s take a peek behind those guestroom doors and find out. First, a review of the hotel-casino's Premium rooms. Tomorrow, we'll check out the Grand's Deluxe guestrooms.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the Downtown Grand, both in person and by way of our site. If you’ve been reading our updates, you’d think we haven’t yet stayed. That’s not the case. We've actually spent a lot more time there than we'd planned to, especially this particular writer thanks to an unpleasant flu/cold/fever thing that kept me in bed for much of my stay. And, when you’re feeling miserable, you’re especially aware of your surroundings, no? Thank goodness the first four nights of my visit were in a 450 square foot corner Premium Room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. (Cue the deja vu music to remind you of my review of the corner petite jacuzzi suite at Eastside Cannery just a few weeks ago.)
I’d like to think it was my dazzling smile and always irresistible Brut 33 splash that got this writer moving on up from a bottom-tier room to a dee-luxe corner room in the sky. (Hey, it’s worked before.. maybe..) But, more than likely it was the fact I’d received a special media rate for a VegasChatter meet-up and they were hoping to make a good impression. After a slight delay coupled with a pleasant and unexpected greeting by the VP of Operations, my reservation agent escorted me to a elevator banks where I was whisked to the top floor of the Casino Tower (room 1802, to be precise).
Resort Fees / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Golden Gate / The D Hotel / Vegas Observations / Hotel Rooms / → All Tags
The ‘No Resort Fee’ era of Downtown Vegas came to an end over the summer when Golden Gate and The D introduced $20 a night charges. CEO Derek Stevens didn’t sugarcoat the decision, explaining it was necessary in order to compete on third-party travel search engines that sort hotels by price. Competitors like Plaza, who were already using resort fees to make their nightly rates appear lower than they really were, have been consistently outranking those hotels that don’t charge such fees. Golden Gate and The D took the if you can’t beat ‘em, join 'em approach and introduced their own fees, while lowering their displayed rates, in August.
While we hate the resort fee game, it clearly makes a difference for hotel operators. Since tacking on the $20 upcharges, both The D and Golden Gate have slashed their room rates and are now dominating listings on travel sites like Priceline and Orbitz. We checked Priceline for the cheapest room we could find next week and The D came out on top. Its $11 advertised price will actually be closer to $35 once the resort fee and taxes are added on.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Grand / Resort Fees / Openings / Grand Experience Fee / Deals / → All Tags
The biggest complaint most have about resort fees is that you really don't get anything out of it. Who cares about local calls when you have a cell phone, or gym access if you were planning to divide your time between the casino, the bar and the closest restaurant, right?
But, when Downtown Grand told us they would, indeed, have a resort fee -- or, as they phrase it a Grand Experience Fee ($11) -- they said an accompanying coupon book would hold real value to guests. And, it's true. For the most part.
A friendly front desk agent let us peek inside the Grand Experience Pass that's, umm, passed out upon check-in. And, if you only end up redeeming just two of the coupons inside, you'll likely still make your money back, so to speak. Here's a complete list of the offers: