Resort & Parking Fees Can Double The Cost Of Staying In Sin City
You’re scoping the Internet and find what you think is a screamin’ deal on a hotel in Vegas. Say it’s $39 a night, not an uncommon price for a mid-week night. It’s one of the casino properties on The Strip. You call your friends and get ready to party.
But when you get there, you are stunned to discover that your $39 room rate has soared to more than $100 a night. Suddenly, that “screamin’ deal” has you screaming.
The culprits are the extra charges the casinos are now implementing on guests in Vegas. They are resort and parking fees – yes, parking fees in Vegas – and quite they can often more than double the room rate.
Let’s take that $39 room, for example. Say it’s at New York-New York, which has a $37 resort fee. If you drove, you’re also paying $24 a night to park (that’s the valet rate, the overnight self-parking fee is $15). That now takes your cost to $100 a night. And that is before all the taxes.
On the Strip, you’re going to be paying $35-45 a night in resort fees alone. Even Hooters, the generally laughable hotel just south of the MGM Grand, is $29. Depending on the time of the year, day of the week, hotel and whether or not any big conventions are in town, you could be paying more in resort fees than the actual cost of the room.
And we’re not done yet. Parking fees range from $10 to $24 a night. Granted, if you fly into Vegas you don’t have to worry about this charge, but it’s definitely something to consider for those who drive in from California, Arizona and other places.
The headline to this post is not a tease. It’s reality. One of the hotels in Vegas is called Mirage ($37 resort fee, $24 parking fee). When it comes to room rates, that’s the real mirage in Sin City.