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We're not forgetting that dirty about face regarding resort fees, but this is helping us to be slightly ok with them now.
If you haven't been to the Las Vegas Marriott lately (and we're thinking that's pretty much all of us), you may be shocked to discover it's practically all new.
In the summer of 2012, we told you about an $800,000 renovation that brought a "refreshed lobby, restaurant (Cafe 325) and pool area" to the off Strip property. Fast forward a year and a half and we're now learning that an additional $4.3 mil has gone towards renovating the non-gaming hotel's 278 accommodations.
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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 arenít 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, donít 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. Whatís included? Nothing that wasnít 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.
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Time to debut another new member of the VegasChatter team, @Ramblin Gamblin who is always, erm.. ramblin' and gamblin'. He impressed by not only uncovering a spate of forthcoming resort fee hikes, but also by providing tried and tested tips on how to (fingers crossed) beat the system.
The Orleans is not the only Boyd property set to increase its resort fee next week. Both Gold Coast and Sam's Town will be raising their nightly fees beginning August 1 while Suncoast will courteously wait until the 15th.
Gold Coast, which for years has maintained one of the lowest resort charges in town at just $3, will soon begin to bill $9.99. Included amenities do not appear to be changing so far, although we would expect to see in-room WiFi added based on the changes set to take place at The Orleans.
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Sometimes, working from the desk of a Las Vegas hotel room just doesn't work. And, for a recent Luxor guest who needed to get online, a working Internet connection just wouldn't work. Christian T. took to the hotel's Facebook page to write:
It's pretty pathetic that this is what I need to do in order to get internet in my room at the Luxor - 2001 called and asked for their network cable back. Tomorrow I'm getting a room at the Mandalay bay and checking out of here...I will never again stay here.
In January, MGM Resorts announced it was bringing free WiFi to everyone.. in its public spaces. At the time, the gaming company mentioned that speedier service would be available for a fee. But, specific pricing wasn't mentioned.
drinking trip to Mandalay Bay last night put the answer in the palm of our hand when we put down the Crabbie's picked up our smart phone and found the screen shown above. Basic connectivity was offered at a speed of 256 kbps while a Web Browsing speed of 512 kbps was billed at $7.95 for 24 hours. For those in search of Media Streaming, 1.5 mbps was available for $14.95 for 48 hours.
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When we stayed at the Silverton a couple weeks ago, we noticed a lot of strange things for the first time. Our special room rate was booked before Caesars Entertainment and South Point announced their resort fees so, at the time, finding that there was a $4.95 resort fee attached to our reservation was a bit surprising for a mid-tier, off-Strip hotel. Like most resort fees there is no mention on the hotel website until you click to reserve a room and, even then, there's no detail on what you get for the $4.95.
When we checked in, the desk agent informed us that WiFi was not included in the resort fee and that we could purchase it for an additional $11.95. WiFi is free throughout Silverton... except for the rooms. We were also advised that we could come to the lobby and use the WiFi on one of their couches or chairs. So, we grabbed a cup of Starbucks and took them up on that offer. No big deal.
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Caesars Entertainment began charging†resort fees†on March 1. They haven't released detailed information on the resort fees so we've had to do a little exploring on exactly who will pay resort fees and what we will get.
Nobody will argue that resort fees stink, but the Caesars resort fees aren't as bad as many initially thought. Why? Because not everyone will pay a resort fee. Caesars is "rewarding" their bigger players by waiving the charge. Total Rewards players with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status won't have to pay a resort fee.
The resort fees at Caesars include only three items: local calls, fitness center and "Internet service for one device." According to a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson, this is what customers demanded. Many of us look at resort fees as the cost for WiFi since we don't bother with the local calls or fitness center. Well, the resort fees at the Caesars properties don't exactly include that.
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The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.
The machines may be rising, but smartphones are taking over. More than†50% of mobile phones in use are smartphones and 2/3rds of mobile phones being purchased right now are smartphones. Smartphones are awesome, but when you bring them together with a lot of people in small old buildings you sometimes run into problems.
You may be getting poor cellular service because you're in an old casino that interferes with your signal. It's annoying. We know. That service may also be poor because there are so many people in a small area. This happens less on The Strip, but still happens during conventions.
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If you drive north on Las Vegas Blvd, just past the Stratosphere and near the Pawn Stars shop, you'll pass the Gateway Motel. The Gateway is an unassuming motel and you'll most likely drive by one of the best bargains on The Strip.
Although it may not be in the best part of town, the Gateway offers something that none of the 3-5 star resorts on the strip offer -- free WiFi.
We can all agree that we'd like our hotel fees to be simple with no added resort or extra fees added into the mix after we make our reservations.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to matter to
The Man the hotels. While some are still adding resort fees†for our "convenience," others are trumpeting their lack of resort fees, but nickel and diming us with fees for everything from coffee to using a safe.