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.
Don't be surprised when you see the resort fee on your bill when you checkout! It'll cost you $13.43 per night to stay at Rumor Boutique Vegas.
There is a $9.99 resort fee plus tax per night per accommodation. Get's you 1MB or Wi-fi for up to three devices. Guess you're outta luck if you wanted 2MB of wi-fi.
Santa Fe Station Las Vegas has a resort fee of $14.55 per night. You get internet, a 10% gift shop discount, a free cup of Starbucks coffee, a daily newspaper, unlimited local/toll free/domestic long distance calls. There is also a "free" game of bowling, which is kind of cool, even though you kind of paid for it.
Silverton Hotel and Casino Las Vegas charges $11.18 a night, which includes local phone calls, use of fitness center, airport and shuttle service, and use of the in-room safe.
$14 resort fee per room at South Point.
Suncoast Hotel Las Vegas charges $9.99 a night for 1MB of WiFi for up to three devices, local and 800 calls, scheduled airport shuttle, use of a 24 hour fitness center, in room coffee, in room safe and in room fridge. Did they seriously include the safe in fridge as part of the resort fee? Psh...Does the resort fee include pillows and sheets too?
The Sunset Station Vegas resort fee is $14.99 per night. You can enjoy wireless Internet, local and domestic long distance calls, fitness center access, a daily paper, copy and fax service at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino Las Vegas.
New look, new resort fee. Silver Seven's resort fee is only $3, and includes WiFi on the Corona Cantina bar area, local calls and an airport shuttle. Not a Terrible deal.
Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel Las Vegas is $14.55 per night, which gives you internet access, a game of bowling for two, a 10% gift shop discount, an outlet line pass, a daily newspaper and unlimited local and long-distance calling. You can call some Texans and see if they think Las Vegas is representing them well.
Sad day in Downtown. As of August 19, 2013 the D 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.
$28 per night. You get in room and property wide internet access, access to the fitness center, a daily newspaper, notary services, printed boarding pass, copies and faxes at the Business Services Center and unlimited local and toll-free calls.
Resort fees here is $9.99 a night. You get 1MB of wi-fi for three devices, a coffeemaker in the room, local and 800 calls, ten minutes of Internet access in the business center and fitness center access.