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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
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The off Strip casino-hotel used to charge $4.99 for standard rooms and $9.99 for its suites. Now, the resort fee is a flat $9.99 (not counting tax), no matter the spaciousness of your room type. The policy change quietly went into effect September 1. Here's what the website says guests receive for their money:
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It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.
The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:
I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.
It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.
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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.