The Dreaded Resort Fees

If a hotel claims "Rates from $29" what that might actually mean is "Rates from $29 plus a semi-hidden fee of $14.99". Woah! So now your room is 50% more expensive than the hotel advertised? The difference is the dreaded "Resort Fee". It is mandatory, but never really explained.

For the most part, the fees are masked in fine print or in "Terms and Conditions" that you have to click through to read. In some cases, we couldn't find any fee explanations on the hotel web sites, so we had to write and ask. On almost all sites, they don't even add them in when they give you a "total" cost for a reservation.

What do you get for your "Resort Fee"? In almost all cases, nothing you don't get included in the basic rate at a Super 8 or Holiday Inn. The facy hotels give you "more" for the resort fee, but you are also paying more. Before "Resort Fees", you had the option to opt in to things such as wi-fi. At some hotels you'll also get things like free incoming faxes and a gift shop discount. (Big whoop). The fees are also explained by the resorts as a way to cover the cost of free self-parking, lounge entertainment, energy, pool access and pool towels.

Below is a comprehensive list of the hotels in Las Vegas that charge resort fees. Not even Downtown Las Vegas is safe anymore. Be sure to factor in these extra fees before you book a room at any of these hotels.

Aria Hotel CityCenter’s $28 per night resort fee goes toward  in-room and campus-wide internet, in-room local and toll-free calls, Fitness Center access, a daily newspaper and airline boarding pass printing.

There's no resort fee at Arizona Charlie's Boulder Hotel, which is awesome if you're trying to save money, but also means you can't expect to receive the same Vegas resort pampering you'll find at other Vegas hotels.

One of the many perks of cheap rooming at Arizona Charlie's Decatur Casino Hotel is there there are absolutely no resort fees.

At Bally's Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, there is now a resort fee of $18... say what? Includes internet for one device, fitness center access for two and local phone calls.

$28 a night for in-room high speed and wireless internet, In-room local and toll-free calls, Fitness Center access, and airline boarding pass printing. What's next... a "Bellagio Fountain Fee!?"

Resort fees on the Strip are pretty standard, but Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon Las Vegas Strip isn't a resort, so they can't justify charging a resort fee. Since the hotel is now temporarily closed  from February 4th until early 2014, Casino Boy will let you know if anything changes when the Bill's gets its new look and name. 

The Boulder Station Hotel Vegas resort fee is $14.55/night which covers access to Fitness Facility, Pool, in-Room internet, daily newspaper, copy/fax services at front desk, local and toll-free calls and unlimited domestic long distance calls. At least you can fax the bill to your friends to show them how lame this resort fee is.

Sorry Cheapos,  Caesars Palace now charges a resort fee as of March 1, 2013. $25 resort fee includes: daily in-room high speed internet access for one device, local calls, and fitness center access for two daily. 

California Las Vegas Hotel doesn't charge a resort fee, so slip on that flowered shirt and relax in peace. 

Circus Circus Las Vegas has a $9.95 nightly resort fee that gets you in-room wireless internet, 1 premium ride at The Adventuredome, free chips and salsa at Blue Iguana Mexican Express with minimum $8 purchase valid for one visit, two free Midway games, buy 1, get 1 well drink at West Casino or Slots A Fun bar, two Fitness Room passes valid each day of your stay for up to two people, and free local and 800-number calls up to 30 minutes. Not a bad deal if you have kids and use the drink special.

$25 resort fee includes high speed internet, unlimited local, toll-free, and domestic long distance telephone calls, 24-hour fitness center access and use of tennis courts. Who the heck is going to go to the gym in the middle of the night?

$11 per night is cheaper than most and you get high-speed Internet, fitness center access, and more.

Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino Las Vegas doesn't charge resort fees. But it doesn't come with complimentary Internet access, so don't think that free is all inclusive.

No resort fee at El Cortez Casino Hotel Las Vegas. This is the only time "No" is a good thing.

No resort fees at Elara Hotel in Vegas! However, that does equate to a surcharge for high speed internet access. At least there won't be a surprise charge when you're ready to book.

Ellis Island Super 8 Hotel doesn't charge a resort fee. You'll see why when you get here.

The Encore Hotel at Wynn Las Vegas charges $25 a night and gets you fitness center access for two people each day, local and long distance phone calls, and in-room internet access. We expected more from the Encore than that!

A daily resort fee of $16.80 includes wired high-speed internet, access to the fitness center, incoming faxes, daily newspaper and domestic and long distance phone calls. Boo for no wireless internet. And who the heck is going to send me a fax in Las Vegas?

$11.29 daily  resort fee to stay at Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Gets you  VIP Buffet Line pass in-Room internet, a daily newspaper, copy/fax services at front desk, 10% Off Starbucks, unlimited local & toll-free calls, unlimited domestic long distance calls.

Fiesta Rancho Hotel and Casino Las Vegas charges $11.19 a night for internet, a daily newspaper, local, long distance and toll free calls Hope you came to Vegas to make $10 worth of phone calls...

The Flamingo Las Vegas now charges an $18 resort fee for internet on one device, local calls, and fitness center access for two. Sorry Cheapos! Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars guests don't pay a resort fee. Not impressed, Flamingo.

No resort fees at The Four Queens Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, because well, it's not a resort.

Thankfully no resort fees at the decidedly non-resort Fremont Hotel downtown Las Vegas.

$9.99 plus tax is the resort fee here. You get up to 1 MB of Wi-Fi bandwidth for up to three devices, Local and 800 calls, in room coffee, fitness center access, shuttle service to The Orleans and the Strip, valet and self parking. So, if you use the shuttle it's not a total ripoff.

This Vegas hotel has closed as of April 14th, 2013...so there are no fees whatsoever since they're not taking any bookings.

The Era of no resort fees in Downtown is over. As of August 19, 2013 Golden Gate Hotel and Casino Las Vegas will have a $20 resort fee. You get wi-fi, $10 off the D showroom tickets and local and toll-free phone calls.

They claim to have no resort fee, but they really just renamed it a "Downtown Destination Fee." $5 Downtown Destination Fee plus tax gets you absolutely nothing but a coupon book. Oh, and you get to enjoy Downtown.

A resort fee is charged per night at Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas. You get access to the Fitness Facility, internet, airport and Strip shuttle, daily newspaper, shoe shine and local and toll-free calls.

You gotta pay to party like a rockstar. $22 per night resort fee at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It includes internet, a daily newspaper, access to the fitness room, round trip shuttle to fashion show mall, local, domestic long distance and toll free calls, notary service and boarding pass printing.

Shucks, there's resort fee at Harrah's Hotel and Casino Las Vegas as of $18 a night. The fee includes internet access for one device, local calls, and fitness center access for two people. 

$28 a day. Gets you fitness center access, a daily newspaper, internet access, copying and faxing, boarding pass printing, and local and 800 calls.

No mandatory resort fee. Guests can choose to pay more for amenities they might actually use. 

Thankfully, there are no resort fees at the Las Vegas Cannery Casino Hotel. And free Wi-Fi!

The resort fee at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas is $12.95 per night.  Yep, they raised it! With this, you get pool access, fitness center access, an in-room safe and two bottles of water. It might sound silly, but if you do Hooters right the beers will dehydrate you in just the right ways and then those bottles of water will be priceless.

The resort fee is $14.99 a night, but there's some perks. You get unlimited tower admission for up to four guests, 2-for-1 Tickets to see the PIN UP show, discounted Frankie Moreno Tickets, 24/7 access to the fitness center, 20% discount for select services at Roni Josef Spa and Salon and an All-day Thrill Ride Pass for $25. Wish the rides were free!

The resort fee at Tuscany Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is $14 per night.  Includes access to the pool and fitness center, coupon book and live entertainment.

Dang, $20.16 per night. You get high-speed Internet, fitness center access, local and long distance calls, a daily paper and a coupon book.

Oh, no they didn't! But yes, yes they did, and Casino Boy is not happy about it. LVH, as of June 1st, 2013, will be charging a resort fee. They plan to charge a resort fee of $18 plus tax. With rooms starting at $49.95, this seems a little off....don't ya think? Looks like Casino boy will have to look for some other Las Vegas deals! For more ways to save cash in Las Vegas, check out our Vegas promo codes.

You won't find a resort fee at Main Street Station Hotel, Casino and Brewery Las Vegas!  Thank God, I mean what would you be paying for anyway?  Access to a different hotel's seedy pool?

You have to pay $28 per night to get the Internet access, local calling, gym access, outgoing faxes, boarding pass printing and a daily newspaper. At least you can work out in the beach cardio room. Maybe you can find some Mandalay Bay Las Vegas promo codes to make up this $28.

 

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas has a $28/night resort fee which does towards Internet access in the guestrooms, a daily newspaper, local calling, and use of the fitness and business centers. Find some MGM Grand promo codes to get more bang for your buck when you stay here.

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas charges a $22.40 per night for resort fee with includes local phone calls, Internet, incoming and outgoing faxes, daily newspapers, use of the fitness center, printing for boarding pass, coffee in-room, and two bottles of water.

$22.40 in resort fees are charged per night at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas. The fee includes daily newspapers, Internet, local phone calls, in-room coffee, printing for boarding passes, incoming and outgoing faxes, two bottles of water and use of the fitness center. During the Monte Carlo WNFR Offer! rooms will start are only $44 per night.

The New York New York Hotel and Casino is $22.40/night which provides you with Internet access in your room, local phone calls, faxes, a daily newspaper, and use of fitness center. Don't go too crazy sending your faxes though, you only have a limited number before they start charging you overtime. New York New York promo codes can probably help with everything else, but the resort fees are always required.

Daily $25 resort fee gets you in-room high speed internet access for one device, local calls, and fitness center access for two people.

Palace Station Hotel Las Vegas charges $16.79 per night. At Palace Station, you'll get access to the fitness facility, internet, airport and Strip shuttle, daily newspaper, copy/fax services, local, toll free and domestic long distance. Now you can chat up all your out-of-state relatives on your Las Vegas vacation...yay?

Palazzo Hotel at the Venetian Las Vegas charges $25 plus tax a night which gets you wireless internet in the rooms, a access for two people at the fitness facility within the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, boarding pass printing,local and toll-free calls, daily newspaper, one coffee or tea at Café Presse, one two-for-one drink coupon for well drinks, domestic beer or wine at any casino bar except the The Bourbon Room. Hey, at least there's free drinks.

Palms charges a $20 a night resort fee which includes internet , cardio center access, expanded shuttle service hours to and from Forum Shops on Las Vegas Blvd, and a daily newspaper.

Looks like Paris is saying "oui" to resort fees. $20 isn't so bad for a Strip hotel, but it doesn't get you much. Internet access for one device, local calls and fitness center access for two people.

$20 resort fee at Planet Hollywood. Gets you internet for one device, local calls and fitness center access for two people. Meh. We wish it included buffet passes!