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Most people either hate them or take them with a 'whatcha gonna do' shrug, but resort fees are at their most maddeningly when there's nothing resort-like about the business that's tacked the charge onto your tab.
While they're pretty much inescapable at Las Vegas' mega-resorts, it can be a rude awakening to discover your run-of-the-mill, off-Strip motel is charging them, too. VegasChatter reader Scott C. wrote us to alert us that the Mardi Gras "Hotel" & Casino on Paradise (shown above) has a $5 resort fee. The holder of 2 1/2 stars on Yelp, the property offers an airport shuttle, in-room coffee and WiFi in exchange for the fee. Although, the wireless Internet, according to one Yelper, hasn't worked on any of his four previous stays. Four!
It’s always exciting to find a piece of Las Vegas while away from Las Vegas. We were surprised when we discovered multiple world’s largest gold nuggets outside of Vegas. And, just last month, we were delighted to find our favorite Vegas horse racing game up in Lake Tahoe. During a recent overnight stay in Reno, this writer was stunned to find something even bigger, a second El Cortez.
This hasn’t been a great year for El Cortez Las Vegas. First, they added an $8.95 resort fee. Shortly after, gaming legend and former El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan passed away. El Cortez continues to thrive, however, and remains one of my favorites in Downtown Vegas. When I came across a hotel and lounge that shared its name, I couldn’t resist exploring.
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It hasn’t even been a year since Silver Sevens arrived along with a resort fee, but the Off Strip budget destination feels it’s time for an increase. It’s not all bad news coming from the casino, however, as they have also introduced new entertainment options, as well as some bargain meal deals at the café.
We’ve written about the $3 Silver Sevens resort fee before. While one of the lowest in Las Vegas, it also came with some of the worst inclusions we’ve seen. No Internet access, a too-complicated-to-redeem “free” cup of coffee, a poorly conceived business-gym combo, and boarding pass printing are among the disappointing amenities. Now, the resort fee has jumped to $9.99. That's still on the low end of the resort fee range, but the overall value has dropped because nothing new was introduced.
Las Vegas continues to nudge those hated resort fees higher and higher.
Since our annual guide to resort fees dropped in mid-Janaury, five hotels (Palms, Quad, Flamingo, Bally's, Plaza) have increased their nightly charges while one Downtown Vegas holdout (El Cortez) switched gears and joined the fee frenzy.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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.)
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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.