Las Vegas visitors may find a surprise in their hotel bills: the dreaded resort fee that more and more U.S. hotels are charging. What is this mysterious resort fee? It’s an extra charge for things like Internet access, daily newspaper delivery, local calls, faxes, the use of the fitness center, and a variety of other goodies and discounts, depending upon the hotel. It’s not an optional fee, however, which makes some guests feel like it’s a sneaky way to charge more for the same room.
Resort fees in Las Vegas range from $3.00 at the off-the-Strip Gold Coast to $25.00 at M Resort in Henderson. Not all Vegas hotels charge the fee–most notably the Harrah’s Group (Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Rio, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, and Bally’s) which has vocally opposed the practice.
How can you avoid a resort fee? Be sure to ask about the fee when you book your room. Several properties are still resort-fee-free–not just the Harrah’s Group–but since rates and policies change frequently, always ask. Both Aria and Bellagio recently began charging a resort fee, and in this tough economy, you may see more Las Vegas hotels tacking on an additional charge for the niceties.
Picture of man with statement courtesy of Jason Rogers
Picture of Caesars Palace front desk courtesy of Jim G