Hotel resort fees have been in the news a lot this year. Just about every hotel operator in Las Vegas is raising this mandatory nightly fee. The advertised price of a hotel room isn’t the actual price you’ll pay for the room. There’s now a little math involved with putting together the actual nightly cost of a hotel room in Las Vegas.
Room Cost = Base Room Fee + Resort Fee + Tax
Base room fees are the large advertised prices you see on websites and in email offers. The resort fees are never prominently available. They might be listed in a smaller font next to the base price or when you click to reserve the room on the website. You’ll usually only see “plus taxes and fees” listed in ads or promotional offers.
The math isn’t difficult but it’s annoying and would be easy if the fees were the same at every hotel. Unfortunately, resort fees different in almost every casino-hotel so you have to do a little work to actually find the rates. Even comparison shopping sites don’t add the fee to the prices so you’ll always have to do some math.
What Are Resort Fees?
Resort fees are an additional charge to your nightly hotel room rate by the hotel. Travel websites don’t prominently display resort fees because they don’t see any revenue from the fee. Hotel websites don’t prominently display the fee because they want the prices to appear as low as possible.
The resort fees cover the expense of things that used to be free or a la carte charges at hotels in Las Vegas. Some items including in resort fees are wifi, local calls, gym access and more. It’s not rare to hear this called the “wifi fee” by people visiting for a working vacation.
Vegas Strip Resort Fees
Vegas Strip resort fees are on the rise at almost every casino-hotel. In fact, if you want to stay on the Vegas Strip, there’s only one casino that doesn’t charge a resort fee. The Best Western at Casino Royale still doesn’t add a mandatory resort fee on top of the nightly base fee.
Here’s a look at current resort fees on the Vegas Strip sorted by casino operator. These will probably change again later this year or next year.
- Circus Circus – $28
- Delano, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, MGM Signature, Monte Carlo/Park MGM, New York-New York – $37
- Excalibur, Luxor – $35
- Aria, Bellagio, Mandarin Oriental, The Mirage, Vdara – $39
- Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, The Linq, Paris, Planet Hollywood – $35
- The Cromwell – $37
- Caesars Palace, Nobu – $39
- Cosmopolitan – $39
- SLS Las Vegas – $32
- Stratosphere – $33
- Tropicana – $35
- Treasure Island – $37
- The Venetian, The Palazzo – $45
- Wynn, Encore – $39
Downtown Las Vegas Resort Fees
Resort fees aren’t only charged at hotels on the Vegas Strip. Most of the hotels in downtown Las Vegas charge resort fees too. However, there are four casino-hotels that don’t charge a resort fee.
- The D, Golden Gate – $28.25
- Downtown Grand – $25.99
- El Cortez – $16.89
- Golden Nugget – $33.34
- Plaza – $24.86
California, Four Queens, Fremont, Main Street Station don’t charge resort fees. You’ll have to pay extra for wifi at each of the properties. The all-in prices are usually comparable with the hotels that charge a fee. The no-fee hotels are a great value if you don’t need wifi on a trip to Las Vegas. (Note: California, Fremont, and Main Street Station will start charging a $14.99 fee on April 16th, 2018).
Resort fees are a part of Las Vegas that we have to deal with when booking hotels. Regardless of how you feel about the additional fees it’s good to know they exist. If nothing else you can visit Las Vegas being an informed traveler and not surprised when your hotel room costs more than the advertised price.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.