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Las Vegas hotel resort fee is nothing new and Las Vegas hotels are not the only hotels that impose such a fee. Analysts believe that at least 10 percent of the hotels in the United States currently charge resort fees.
What is a resort fee you ask! Resort fees are surcharges imposed by hotels to cover everything from local phone calls to guest use of the gym. Some of the things that are included in a resort fee really should be included in the cost of a hotel room.
Unfortunately more and more Las Vegas hotels are adopting this method of making extra profit and quietly imposing these unpopular surcharges. It used to be all it took to have the fee waived was a polite complaint, but not anymore. Increasingly, most Las Vegas hotels are refusing to remove fees when a customer complains.
Are the resort fees unethical? Yes. Are they illegal? Unfortunately No, as long as it is disclosed. All Las Vegas hotel disclose their resort fee and what that fee get's you. Make sure you read fine print before booking, since these fees are not added to your bill until you checkout. If you are not sure what the fee is, call the hotel and ask.
Note: Resort fees are charged per night (plus tax)
|Aliante Casino and Hotel||No Fee|
|Aston MonteLago Village||$20|
|Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas||$25|
|Desert Rose Resort||No Fee|
|Delano Las Vegas||$28|
|the D Las Vegas||$20|
|Elara - Hilton Grand Vacations||No Fee|
|Four Queens||No Fee|
|Golden Nugget ***||No Fee|
|Green Valley Ranch||$28.99|
|Hard Rock Hotel||$22|
|Hilton Grand Vacation||No Fee|
|Hilton Lake Las Vegas||$22|
|JW Marriott (optional)||$24.99|
|Westgate Las Vegas||$20.16|
|Las Vegas Marriott||No Fee|
|Marriott's Grand Chateau||No Fee|
|M Resort||No Fee|
|New York New York||$22.40|
|Paris Las Vegas||$20|
|Plaza Las Vegas||$10|
|Red Rock Resort||$27.99|
|Renaissance Las Vegas||No Fee|
|Residence Inn by Marriott||No Fee|
|Rio All Suite||$22|
|Santa Fe Station||$14.55|
|Sam's Town Hotel||$9.99|
|Silverton||$5.60 - $11.19|
|SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand||No Fee|
|Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino||$3|
|The Signature at MGM Grand||$28|
|Treasure Island (TI) (optional)||$25|
|Westin Las Vegas Hotel||$19.95|
|Westin Lake Las Vegas||$25|
|Wild Wild West||$4.95|
** Resort fees are charged per night (plus tax)
*** Golden Nugget Las Vegas charges a $5 per night Downtown Destination Fee
Note: This list changes frequently as more and more hotels are adopting the resort fee practice. Always check our list of RESORT FEE FREE HOTELS or call the hotel directly to check before you book. Here is a list of Vegas hotels with their phone numbers
Resort-Fee Optional Las Vegas Hotels
The following Las Vegas Hotels offer a Resort Fee option to it's guests. Resort-Fee option means you may decline the Resort Fee and the services included in the fee at check-in or check-out. However If you decide to decline the Resort Fee, the services included in the fee are charged whenever you use them at regular prices.
|Hotel||Resort Fee||Hotel||Resort Fee|
Fremont Street Experience fee
Starting July 1, 2013 guests at Golden Nugget Las Vegas will incur a daily $5 Fremont Experience Fee plus applicable taxes. This fee will be added to the room rate at check-in.
Note: This is not a resort fee but rather a "Fremont Street Experience fee", used to fund among other things, the overhead light show.
What can you do if you are charged a Las Vegas resort fee
There are a few things you can do if you find yourself caught in the Las Vegas resort fee web. However, there are no guarantees any of these will work but it's worth trying
1) Before leaving the resort, ask for the manager. Sometimes they are able to waive it, although it's getting harder and harder these days.
2) Try contesting the resort fee charges with your credit card company after you receive your statement. Make sure you keep accurate records, for example the original advertised rate for the room.
3) Stay at Las Vegas resorts that don't charge resort fees. This is the only guaranteed way to avoid the resort fee scam. Here is a list of Las Vegas hotels that do not charge resort fees.
The Federal Trade Commission("FTC") Warning
The Federal Trade Commission("FTC") has investigated whether certain hotel operators are violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act("FTC Act"), 15 U.S.C.§45(a), by misrepresenting the hotel room reservation price quoted to consumers.
So far ... FTC have warned hotel operators that price quotes that exclude 'Resort Fees' and other mandatory surcharges may be deceptive.
Don't hold your breath. This warning went out in November 28, 2012 and so far nothing has happened.
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