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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)
|Hotel||Resort Fee||Hotel||Resort Fee|
|Aliante Casino and Hotel||No Fee|
|Aston MonteLago Village||$20||Monte Carlo||$22.40|
|Bellagio||$28||New York New York||$22.40|
|Boulder Station||$14.55||Palace Station||$16.79|
|Caesars Palace||$25||Palazzo (optional)||$25|
|Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas||$25||Palms Place||$25|
|Desert Rose Resort||No Fee||Paris Las Vegas||$20|
|Downtown Grand||$11||Planet Hollywood||$20|
|the D Las Vegas||$20||Plaza Las Vegas||$10|
|Elara - Hilton Grand Vacations||No Fee||The Quad||$15|
|El Cortez||$8.95||Red Rock Resort||$27.99|
|Encore||$25||Renaissance Las Vegas||No Fee|
|Excalibur||$20.16||Residence Inn by Marriott||No Fee|
|Fiesta Henderson||$11.29||Rio All Suite||$18|
|Four Queens||No Fee||Santa Fe Station||$14.55|
|Four Seasons||$25||Sam's Town Hotel||$9.99|
|Gold Coast||$9.99||Silverton||$5.60 - $11.19|
|Gold Spike||$9||SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand||No Fee|
|Golden Nugget ***||No Fee||South Point||$14|
|Green Valley Ranch||$28.99||Sunset Station||$16.94|
|Hard Rock Hotel||$22||Suncoast||$9.99|
|Harrah's||$18||Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino||$3|
|Hilton Grand Vacation||No Fee||Texas Station||$14.55|
|Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa||$22||The Signature at MGM Grand||$28|
|JW Marriott (optional)||$24.99||Treasure Island (TI) (optional)||$25|
|Las Vegas Marriott||No Fee||Trump International||$28|
|Mandarin Oriental||$24||Venetian (optional)||$25|
|Marriott's Grand Chateau||No Fee||Westin Las Vegas Hotel||$19.95|
|MGM Grand||$28||Westin Lake Las Vegas||$25|
|Mirage Hotel||$28||Wild Wild West||$4.95|
|M Resort||No Fee||Wynn||$25|
** 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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Feb 26, 2014
That is why I stay on Fremont Street. Got tired of all the fees on the strip. Fremont Street is fun and you can always take the bus to the strip.
Jan 18, 2014
Stayed a week at New York New York. Was charged $150 in resort fees before checking in. What a shock and also what a sour taste that left upon my first visit to Sin City. The whole city is a soulless heap of plastic garbage. Can't wait to fly home.
Dec 14, 2013
Paying for something not used? Ridiculous. Would you pay for two dinners when you want one? Would you pay for $84 more for the hairstylist even if you don't want to use one? How can anyone rationalize this fee? It is the principle here -one of what is right and one of their greed. You save for a tri... read more »
Oct 20, 2013
just got back from Caesars Vegas 3 night stay was 84bucks in fees I had bought a package flight and hotel. it should have included. pissed off
Jul 29, 2013
Get a player's card! Most hotels still offer some free (comped) nights if you use your card. We have never been charged a resort fee with a free night (yet!). The resort fee is a fact of life now, so it's good to add that extra $20-$30/night when planning your budget, if you are paying for a room in... read more »
May 2, 2013
why not just raise the room rates as all-inclusive instead of the 'in your face' power trip?
Apr 22, 2013
Oh yah, and dont forget the early check in for an extra $25.00 (Bally's). We were also told that the tower we were staying in had not been renovated for 19 years...so she placed us in another tower..I thought was a courtesy. WOW, another $20.00 per night for that tower. It cost me another $120.00 a... read more »
Mar 1, 2013
The point of the matter is they nickle and dime you to death on everything. It should be included in the price of the hotel. Maybe they should be force to do what the Gov made the airlines do. One price no extra fees except for luggage.
Oct 9, 2012
If they stopped charging the resort fees, they would simply raise the room rates accordingly.
Jul 5, 2012
Hooter hotel desk person asked for security deposit and sign the security deposit form, please read before signing because this form is for resort fees.
Dec 21, 2011
The Four Seasons is now charging a resort fee. I believe it's about $20 a night. That made the decision to go to the Mandarin Oriental (with no fee but also no free wifi) easier for me.
Apr 12, 2011
Isn't it illegal to charge for something you havent. used?
Jan 4, 2011
Monte Carlo is now 16.80 a night. My 35.00 room now turns to 52 a nite... Still not bad but I wish they'd give the option to waive the amenities.