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Vegas is a bit famous for their inexpensive hotel rooms (so you can spend more money on the slots and shrimp cocktails of course)…however in recent years more and more of the hotels in Vegas have implemented infamous mandatory resort fee charges. I know I was bummed when the MGM-Mirage family of hotels added them a few years ago since it can add up over a three or four night stay. Resort fees often vary from about $5 – $25 per night and cover things like gym access, local phone calls, internet, and faxing. I know you are jazzed about faxing while on vacation. However the Caesar’s Entertainment properties held strong and even advertized proudly that they had no resort fees back in 2010 and 2011. This was a big deal since some decent Vegas rooms can sometimes be had for $30 – $50 per night. If there is a $10 – $25 resort fee added then that dramatically increases the total cost of the room.
I know my parents became big Harrah’s fans as a result of their no resort fee initiative. In fact, they just booked some super cheap rooms at Harrah’s without resort fees for an upcoming trip. But times are changing (for the worse) and as of March 1st, all new reservations with the Caesar’s properties including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, Rio, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo and The Quad will come with an extra resort fee of $10 – $25 per night. The breakdown by property is:
The Quad: $10
Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio: $18
Paris and Planet Hollywood: $20
Caesar’s Palace: $25
Since some of the rooms are so inexpensive, it is not hard for that fee to increase the room price by almost 50% on some dates. So, if you are not a fan of mandatory resort fees, then make your bookings for upcoming trips before 3/1. Along those lines, if you missed it, be sure to check out my post on how to search for good Vegas hotel deals.
I wish we would see resort fees on the decline instead of on the rise, but it seems that the trend is currently moving in the opposite direction.