The Dreaded Resort Fees
If a hotel says "Rates from $29" what that might actually mean is "Rates from $29 plus a well-masked 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 totally explained.
For the most part, the fees are hidden 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 requested 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. Some give you wireless internet access, whether you want it or not. Before "Resort Fees", you had the option to buy it, and usually for less. At some hotels you'll also get things like free incoming faxes and a gift shop discount. 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. Be sure to factor in these extra fees before you book a room at any of these hotels.
Aria Hotel CityCenter’s $25 per night resort fee goes towards Internet access on the whole property, local and toll-free calls, Fitness Center and spa access, daily newspaper, two welcome cocktails per stay 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... say what? Yep, as of 3/1/2013.
$25 per night for in-room high speed and wireless Internet, local calls, fitness center access, and airline boarding pass printing.
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 $12.99/night which covers Internet access, local and long-distance calling, faxes, a weekday newspaper, use of the fitness and business center, and self or valet parking.
Sorry Cheapos, as if they weren't already charging enough for the room, Caesars Palace now charges a resort fee as of March 1, 2013.
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 $8.95 nightly resort fee that goes toward that free high-speed Internet in your room and a series of free perks the kids will love including two free rides at Adventurdome and two free midway games.
$25 Resort Free at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel and Casino includes unlimited local calls, toll free, domestic long distance calls, internet, 24-hr fitness center, tennis courts.
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 a $25/night resort fee which covers Internet access in the room, local and long-distance phone calls and use of the fitness center.
$15 per night gets you access to the fitness center and spa at Excalibur Las Vegas, as well as a daily newspaper and local and long-distance calling. If you have kids these rooms might not come in all that handy so look for Excalibur Las Vegas promo codes that get rid of those pesky resort fees.
$9.99 a night to stay at Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel Las Vegas, for Internet phone pool parking (self/valet)
Fiesta Rancho Hotel and Casino Las Vegas charges $9.99 a night for local and long distance phone calls. Hope you came to Vegas to make $10 worth of phone calls...
The Flamingo Las Vegas now charges an $18 resort fee. Sorry Cheapos!
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.
3 bucks per night for local phone calls, the use of the pool, spa tub and fitness center, free Strip shuttle service, in-room coffee and self parking. Not a bad deal for Vegas.
This Vegas hotel has closed as of April 14th, 2013...so there are no fees whatsoever since they're not taking any bookings.
No resort fees here, as Golden Gate Hotel and Casino Las Vegas has no pretense of being a resort.
Luckily, the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Las Vegas charges no resort fees. This is awesome cause it's actually pretty close to a full-fledged resort.
A stiff $24.99 resort fee is charged per night, per accommodation at Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas.
$22 per night. You get valet parking, Internet, Strip shuttle, fitness center access, local and long-distance calls (make a chatty friend in Malaysia), self-parking (so do non-guests), daily newspaper, notary service, boarding pass pritning, and pool towels.
Shucks, there's resort fee at Harrah's Hotel and Casino Las Vegas as of March 1st, 2013. Looks like you're gonna have to dish it out.
$22.40 a day. Not sure exactly what it'll get ya, but you'll definitely feel like a VIP.
Optional resort fee of $25 per night.
Thankfully, there are no resort fees at the Las Vegas Cannery Casino Hotel.
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 to stay at the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel is $12.99 per night. Yeah, we don't really even know what that almost $13 goes to, but it's required. So pay up! Or check out other Las Vegas hotels and promo codes if the resort fee is that big of a deal to you true Cheapos. We do know that the Stratosphere resort fee does get you $5 food and beverage credit, 20% discount on some spa services, and discounted tickets for Frankie Moreno....it doesn't include internet though...hmmm
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.
$18 per night. You get high-speed Internet, fitness center access, local and long distance calls and daily paper.
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 litte off....dont 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 $25 per night to get the Internet access, local calling, gym access, and a daily newspaper. You can still stay in touch on your vacation, and have the ability to stay in touch with your healthy habits at the gym, should you choose to take advantage of them. Maybe you can find some Mandalay Bay Las Vegas promo codes to make up this $25.
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas has a $25/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 $20 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.
The New York New York Hotel and Casino is $18/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.
Apparently they don't want to exclude us normal folk from staying here - there are no resort fees for Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. At least for now, while it's still new, that is.
Palace Station Hotel Las Vegas charges $16 per night. The resort fee is rarely avoidable in Sin City. The resort fee at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino Las Vegas helps cover the cost of amenities such as the fitness center, pool area, city shuttles, and other great services. You're paying so be sure to take advantage of the things it covers... Casino Boy always does! The Las Vegas hotels offer great promo codes that can help you REALLY take advantage of Vegas.
Palazzo Hotel at the Venetian Las Vegas charges $20 a night which gets you wireless Internet in the rooms, depending on which room you stay in. The resort fee is waved when you upgrade to a room with personal concierge assistance.
Snagdabbit, Paris Hotel and Casino Las Vegas started charging a resort fee as of March 1st 2013 so looks like theres no option anymore. At least there are still Paris Las Vegas promotion codes to help save some dough.
Oh shucks, there's now a resort fee at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino since March 1st 2013...now how will they justify those room prices anymore?
The Plaza Las Vegas Hotel JUST announced that they would now be charging a $10 resort fee beginning July 24. To that, Casino Boy says "BOO!" sir. "BOOOOOOoooo.....!"
UnliThere's no resort fee here, a rarity in Vegas! Maybe you can find Rio Las Vegas promo codes for all the rest of the deals.
The $11 a night resort fee at the Riviera Hotel Las Vegas gets you Internet, pool and fitness center access.