Will Charges Eventually Have An Effect On People’s Gambling?
If you think you’re getting a great hotel deal in Vegas with a room for as little as $19.99 a night – which is possible early the week – then it’s not as great at is seems at the time.
That’s because the actual price will cost $50 or more due to resort fees. And many hotels along the Strip have raised their resort fees from $1 to $3 a night early in 2017. This pushes the per-night price more than double of what you first think you may be paying in many cases.
Here’s the resort fees you will be paying per night at these properties:
• $30 – Bally’s, Harrah’s, Flamingo, the Linq, Rio
• $35 – Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Nobu, Paris, Planet Hollywood
And then there’s tax on top of that, so add an extra couple dollars to your bill.
Now you may argue that $50, $60 or even $70 a night in a big, nice hotel with a large room in a desirable tourist destination within walking distance to many of the things you want to see and do is still a bargain. And you would be right. Think what that room would go for in New York City or Waikiki Beach.
But like hotels across the USA (and certainly other areas), Vegas properties have adopted the airline industry’s policy of coming up with creative ways to squeeze money out of travelers and with resort fees you have no choice but to pay them. It’s not like you can decline, and often the only benefit is WiFi, which of course you often don’t even need because can still post your selfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram with cell signals or a free Wifi signal.
And Vegas is different from pretty much any other destination in that it has long used the successful model of practically giving away the rooms to make their money off of you in the casinos. Now, with resort fees adding around $75 for a two-day weekend stay, it has to be questioned if people will pass on gambling, having a couple extra drinks at a bar or even seeing a show to make up for those resort fees.
Oh, and at many hotels, you now also have to pay for parking.