Las Vegas Resort Fees 2023 & How to Avoid Them
Love them or hate them (who would love them?), resort fees are not only becoming more prominent across the country, but they aren’t going anywhere (yet). As more and more properties implement resort fees and customers become more accustomed to them, I predict we will see resort fees as being the norm and not the exception.
One of the biggest markets where resort fees have spread like the plague is Las Vegas. These fees started as minor revenue generators during the Great Recession and have grown into hefty sums of money which on some nights can amount to MORE than the actual room rate. Thankfully in 2023 there are more ways to avoid Vegas resort fees than ever before. In this guide I’ll walk you through Las Vegas resort fees and show you how to avoid them at some of the Strip’s biggest properties.
Las Vegas Resort Fees Are Higher Than Ever Before
Over the past few years we have seen just about every major property in Vegas raise their resort fees multiple times. Both Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts joined in on the fun multiple times as did their smaller competitors. While we have seen an overall slowdown in resort fee increases lately, many Vegas casino resort fees are already topping out at around $50 per night + tax.
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Keep in mind Las Vegas resort fee values typically are published in pre-tax amounts, meaning that $45 resort fee is essentially costing you $51. (I have included all resort fees with tax factored in below.) While Vegas resort fees have seen continual pushback since their inception, it doesn’t seem like the price hikes are going anywhere as Las Vegas has seen record visitation, gaming revenue and demand these past couple of years.
Avoiding Las Vegas Resort Fees in 2023
Thankfully there are a couple ways to avoid the insanely pricey Las Vegas resort fees in 2023. Thanks to the new MGM Rewards, we have even more opportunities than before! Here is a summary of some of the best ways to avoid Las Vegas resort fees in 2023.
How to Get Waived Resort Fees at Caesars Entertainment Properties in Las Vegas
Caesars Entertainment Diamond & Seven Stars members get resort fees waived when booking rooms directly through Caesars Rewards. This should apply to both comp offers and to paid rooms. While you can earn Diamond status the hard way, there are a few shortcuts you should know about.
These strategies could get you waived resort fees at: Caesars Palace, Nobu, Cromwell, Paris, Horseshoe, Planet Hollywood, Linq, Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio.
- Founderscard – This membership costs between $300-$500 per year and includes Caesars Rewards Diamond status. In addition to waived resort fees Diamond status comes with a $100 annual celebration dinner, priority access to many lines, free tickets and more
- Wyndham Status Match – If you have Wyndham Diamond status you can match it to Caesars Diamond which will get you all of the perks mentioned above including waived resort fees
- Other Status Matches – From time to time Caesars will match status from competing casinos in Las Vegas and other markets. While this isn’t always available, it never hurts to go to a Caesars Rewards desk with your competing card to see if they will match you
How to Get Waived Resort Fees at MGM Rewards Properties in Las Vegas
MGM Rewards Gold, Platinum and Noir members receive waived resort fees at all MGM properties in Las Vegas when booking directly with MGM Rewards. This includes paid rates, comps and even MyVegas free rooms! While you can earn MGM Rewards Gold status the hard way, there are a few shortcuts you should know about.
These strategies could get you waived resort fees at: Aria, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, Signature at MGM Grand, New York – New York, Park MGM, NoMad and Vdara.
- World of Hyatt Match – World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards have a reciprocal tier match that you can use to get waived resort fees in Las Vegas. World of Hyatt Explorist & Globalist members receive MGM Rewards Gold status which will get you waived resort fees when booking directly with MGM.
- Other Status Matches – From time to time MGM will match status from competing casinos in Las Vegas and other markets. While this isn’t always available, it never hurts to go to a MGM Rewards desk with your competing card to see if they will match you
More Ways to Avoid Resort Fees in Las Vegas
There are a couple of additional ways you can avoid resort fees in Las Vegas:
- Utilizing casino comp offers – Many times comp offers from casinos come with waived resort fees. If you don’t have an offer with a waived resort fee, it doesn’t hurt to call the casino desk to see if they can extend that benefit to you. While this won’t happen unless they see you as a valued gambler, if you are loyal to a specific casino then it is worth a shot.
- Ask at checkout after a trip – If you have gambled a fair amount at a casino during your trip, you can ask them to check if you qualify for a waived resort fee when checking out. Many times the front desk agent will call a host to rate your play and if you gambled enough they may extend that benefit to you.
- Stay at a hotel with no resort fee – I have included hotels without a resort fee at the end of this post. The list of hotels in Las Vegas which don’t charge resort fees is diminishing, however there are still quite a few. Unfortunately almost all of the major Las Vegas Strip properties do charge resort fees meaning you may have to settle for a less ideal property
List Of Las Vegas Resort Fees for 2023
Here is an up to date list of the resort fees you can expect to pay at the major properties in Las Vegas as of April, 2023. As you can see Las Vegas resort fees have only gone higher and higher over the years.
Note: All Las Vegas resort fees listed below include the mandatory tax.
Las Vegas Strip Resort Fees 2023
- Aria – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Bellagio – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Caesars Palace – $52.10 resort fee including tax
- Circus Circus – $39.68 resort fee including tax
- Cosmopolitan – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Cromwell – $52.10 resort fee including tax
- Delano – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Elara – $28.35 resort fee including tax
- Encore –$51.02 resort fee including tax
- Excalibur – $39.68 resort fee including tax
- Flamingo – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Four Seasons – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Harrah’s – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Horseshoe – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Linq – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Luxor – $39.68 resort fee including tax
- Mandalay Bay – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Mirage – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- MGM Grand – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- New York – New York –$51.02 resort fee including tax
- Nobu – $52.10 resort fee including tax
- NoMad – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Oyo – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Palazzo – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Park MGM – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Polo Towers – $31.75 resort fee including tax
- Resorts World Las Vegas –$51.02 resort fee including tax
- Sahara – $48.19 resort fee including tax
- Signature at MGM Grand – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Strat – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Treasure Island – $46.49 resort fee including tax
- Tropicana – $41.95 resort fee including tax
- Trump International – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Vdara – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Venetian –$51.02 resort fee including tax
- Waldorf Astoria – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Wynn – $51.02 resort fee including tax
Downtown Las Vegas Resort Fees 2023
- California – $29.37 resort fee including tax
- Circa – $39.49 resort fee including tax
- Downtown Grand – $39.55 resort fee including tax
- El Cortez – $23.95 resort fee including tax
- Fremont – $29.37 resort fee including tax
- Golden Nugget Las Vegas – $38 resort fee including tax
- Main Street Station – $29.37 resort fee including tax
- The D – $33.84 resort fee including tax
More Properties Around Las Vegas with Resort Fees
- Aliante Hotel & Casino – $36.15 resort fee including tax
- Cannery Hotel & Casino – $28.24 resort fee including tax
- Ellis Island – $37.40 resort fee including tax
- Gold Coast – $36.27 resort fee including tax
- Green Valley Ranch – $51.30 resort fee including tax
- Hilton Lake Las Vegas – $32.82 resort fee including tax
- M Resort – $30.69 resort fee including tax
- Orleans – $41.80 resort fee including tax
- Palace Station – $45.34 resort fee including tax
- Palms – $44.22 resort fee including tax
- Red Rock Hotel & Casino – $50.85 resort fee including tax
- Rio – $45.30 resort fee including tax
- Sam’s Town – $30.50 resort fee including tax
- South Point – $27 resort fee including tax
- Suncoast – $36.15 resort fee including tax
- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas – $51.02 resort fee including tax
- Westgate – $45.34 resort fee including tax
- Westin Las Vegas – $36.28 resort fee including tax
- Westin Lake Las Vegas – $32.77 resort fee including tax
Las Vegas Hotels Without a Resort Fee 2023
One way to avoid Las Vegas resort fees in 2023 is to stay at a hotel that doesn’t charge one! Here is a quick list of Las Vegas hotels without a resort fee according to Las Vegas Direct:
- Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge
- Americas Best Value Inn
- Bluegreen Club 36 resort
- Casino Royale
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Desert Rose Resort
- Emerald Suites Convention Center
- Emerald Suites S. Las Vegas
- Four Queens
- Hawthorn Inn
- Holiday Inn Express
- La Quinta Inn
- Lucky Club Casino
- Marriott Convention Center
- Red Roof Inn
- Residence Inn
- Royal Resort
- Siena Suites Hotel
- WorldMark Tropicana
- WorldMark Las Vegas Blvd
- Travelodge Las Vegas Center Strip
- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
- Wyndham Grand Desert
- Wyndham Desert Blue
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Avoid Las Vegas Resort Fees 2023 – Bottom Line
With these sky high fees that have now crossed the $50 mark including tax, Las Vegas continues on its journey of being a pricey vacation destination. These past few years have seen prices go up across the board and things show no signs of slowing down. Between resort fees and paid parking, it is important now more than ever to make your Vegas hotel decisions when factoring in your TOTAL cost including all fees and parking.
What do you think? Is this too far or will we just keep seeing Las Vegas resort fees increase? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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The airlines can’t get away with this. Why can the hotels? What if they all started with “Airfare $19.95 plus (fine print) mandatory $480.00 seat fee.” It should be illegal.
Interesting article and nice to see a list of locations that do not charge a resort fee. however, there is a problem with the non-resort fee listing.
Last November I stayed at the Holiday Inn express because it stated no resort fee… but got stung with a parking fee
On another note and to stir the hornets nest, resort fees should be double what they are charging , or even triple … why you ask?, because clearly visitors are still going and not avoiding Vegas. As long as folk keep on staying, the resort fees will be here forever
It’s funny because most resort fees at the higher end properties have been stuck at $45 for a couple of years which comes to just over $50 with taxes. I wonder if they felt they sort of hit a ceiling at that amount. I’m sure they’ll rise more, but the pace of increasing on the high-end has slowed down while the mid and lower tiered properties are creeping closer to that number.
It’s always been a hard habit to break, but I think we can finallyiox away from the Wynn. They’ve gone back free parking and complimentary valet if you’re planning on staying there for some time – which means no more money spent with sickening taxes or Resort fees!
There are as yet a couple of gambling clubs on the strip with free stopping like SLS and Planet Hollywood yet it gets more enthusiastically.
When did Paris jump to $45/night? (As of writing this, not yet updated on the list but showing on official website for Paris that their resort fee is $45 plus tax per night)
There was a targeted credit card offer for some that would give them diamond status
Thanks for the information. Is this published anywhere? I thought the highest level you could get through the credit card
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I think Marshall is confused about tier points vs rewards credits. Spend on the TR CC earns reward credits, which can be cashed out at 1c/RC. To qualify for Diamond, and thus waived resort fees, you need tier credits, which you do not earn from credit card spend on the TR
i got bug outta my system and ever since my friends and i have stayed at downtown specially at 4 queens since they dont have resort fees
You all say you are skipping Vegas but how many of you really will? I used to go about 10X year but have limited going due to the outrageous fees and being nickeled and dimed for EVERY little thing. Done. Sick of it. I for one am not going to stop going to Vegas but I will drastically reduce the frequency.
As a Platinum Bonvoy member, we should not even have to pay for the resort fees at any member hotel. I feel that the amount of money spent for that is well enough. The Westin Las Vegas is a good hotel with a tiny casino that’s not worth the extra costs. It’s not even a good “resort” Oh and by the way, what’s the definition of a “resort”?
I’m going with a contrarian view. I am Caesar Rewards Diamond, so I don’t pay resort fees at their properties. Likewise for parking (but I fly in and almost never rent a car anyway). If there were no parking fees, and no resort fees. they would probably have to hike the room rates. It could very well be that I would be paying more overall.
Carl WV – I agree with you. If no resort fees overall rates would be higher. BTW, I’m also a Diamond Member for many years (always Diamond Plus and close to Diamond Elite) and I’m almost always comped or have an incredibly low rate (like on a 5 night stay comped 3 nights and then $29 a night for the other 2). Don’t you get comped? Not sure if you got your Diamond card via playing (like I do) or from Founders Club (which IMHO is basically a rip off) or from a match. If you didn’t get it playing you likely don’t get all the room comps but that, along w no resort fees, is the main benefit I get from Diamond. In a typically year I spend 30-40 nights in a Caesars property and average saving at least $150 a night with my comps so well worth giving them enough play to keep my status.
I’m a Wyndham match, but have still received comped nights, and ridiculously low rate nights, on the flex calendar. I also transfer Wyndham points for Caesar credits (even swap for a good really good value). I use those to pay what I do owe on my bill, including meals or whatever I charge to the room.
I’d be interested in your take on Reno, including some idea of costs and resort fees compared to Vegas. While I won’t make some absolute statement about how I’ll avoid Las Vegas forever, I’m certainly a lot less interested in visiting due to the ongoing crusade to wipe out value for visitors. Moves like constantly jacking up resort fees just illustrate that I’m absolutely not valued as a visitor. In circumstances like that I tend to avoid the place in favor of one where I feel like I’m not purely a mark to be preyed on.
I have found an absolutely 100% effective way to avoid the resort fees in Vegas. I simply don’t go there . Has worked for me every year since 1996.
I’m with you. Absence makes the wallet stay fuller.
People have accepted resort fees to be the norm so it is the norm.
Even in Hawaii, most hotels have resort, destination, city fees in addition to parking fees and taxes. I think Vegas and Hawaii have the worst fees. New York and San Francisco are probably up there too.
Do you know if you get Ceasars Diamond status and book via hotels.com, if you can get the resort fees waived still?
Yes I believe you will. I know several people who have successfully had resort fees waived on third party stays.
I USED TO GO TO VEGAS, NEVER AGAIN UNTIL THEY STOP FEES. ITS A RIP OFF. JESSE JAMES NEEDED TO A GUN TO STEAL! VEGAS USES FINE PRINT YOU CANT READ.
I took my wife to Vegas in October, 2019 for our 15 year anniversary. I had booked my trip through an airline. We stayed at The Venetian. I was shocked at getting charged like $40 a night for a Resort Fee. WTF is that? Why not just include it in the price of the room? No… it’s like a bait and switch. Lure you in with let’s say $100 a night room, but it will cost you $140-150 a night plus tax. This should be illegal. I know I won’t be going back to Vegas.
At least I can say that none of the casino’s got a penny out of me or my wife. We didn’t gamble or drink!!!
On a side note… I was checking out about going to Hawaii, and most of them charge Resort Fees.
you will pay 60 dollars to celebrate NYE at the Fremont Experience
When I stayed at the Golden Nugget on New Year’s Eve, they charged a resort fee and the pool areas was CLOSED. I told them to waive that resort fee off, but they insisted they can’t do it. Why was the pool closed? Too save money- they are just too stingy. plus, getting to celebrate at the Fremont Experience was too expensive. You had to pay 60 dollars to purchase a wrist band to get into the NYE celebration at Fremont Experience. That is a Rip off NYE fleecing. Do not go to the FREMONT EXPERIENCE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE. YOU WILL PAY A HEFTY ADMISSION FEE TO GET IN . foget Vegas, you suck fo ever
Get ready for the CLEANING FEE, it will be added too, Honolulu and others are now adding cleaning fees, parking fees and resort fee, so Marked off Hawaii off your list
I feel cheated before I even begin with these resort BS fees. Why don’t they just show the darn real price. This has turned me off. I am going somewhere else for vacation. Vegas is not longer the place just to go have fun. Everything is too expensive.
I bet they will stop the fees once they notice the decline of clientele! I’ve been to Vegas 17 times and this one last time for my brothers 40th birthday, hence I had NOO idea they implemented these resort fees. I call it shaking down the customer, not only were there to spend and have fun. They want everything you bring to Vegas. Yup last time I’ll be going there! I rather go elsewhere…
I was just going to book a room in Vegas.Was there about 6 times.Read some of these reviews,I did not know about resort fees.I wont be going to Vegas soon
I stay at Stratosphere every time- yes they have resort fees, but free Valet and Free Parking. Internet is decent enough to download files and watch videos. Go on the off season, November December January February and you will have a great time, plus it won’t be 110 degrees. I’m booking in February and it’s less than $400 for a whole package with everything!
Elara now charges a resort fee!!!!
So disappointed because that was one hotel which was awesome, on the strip, without resort fees. So upsetting to see it has joined the list
you’ve been Elarasized
Resort fees in Vegas hotels is highway robbery and a money grab. The place has become too big, too crowded and too expensive for regular families. We spent our honeymoon in Vegas 40 years ago and it was a nice place to have fun back then but sadly now that’s not the case anymore!
38 years old angeleno here, after first time staying and partying on the strip in my early 20s i got bug outta my system and ever since my friends and i have stayed at downtown specially at 4 queens since they dont have resort fees ( ive never used their telephone,newspaper,their wifi,pool ,gym nor “business office) less traffic,less people and better beer prices
i didnt see wild bill gambling hall on the list. i t is a run down days in that charges 19.95 resort fee the rooms are as low as $24. ITs a dump has no amenities and has a resort fee. This all started with MGMs money grab. What they do is lower the hotel rates and then add this back so its the same price. then MGM started charging for parking. most had to follow because cars would park in other properties and walk over to mgm. At least some properties dont charge for parking still. Wynn and Veneitan. Unfortuantly its not just a vegas thing. A lot of properties in California charge resort or they call them destination fees. I went to santa monica on a “free” night with my points and was charged a $25 destination charge which was not disclosed on my reservation. This is not just a vegas thing its spreading like the plague and needs the FTC to strart clamping down on it
Bill’s Gambling Hall has been gone for a few years now. It has been turned into The Cromwell.
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We love the Wynn They have gone back to free parking and complementary valet parking if staying there. We watch for sales and promotions offering perks like free buffet, then bite our tongue when paying the sickening taxes and resort fees.
Not only are the resort fees and parking fees driving people away from Vegas, but tonight I looked to see what entertainment was available were we to stop there on our way back to California this coming weekend, and there wasn’t one single show I’d pay to see. Endless Cirque du Soleil crap that’s been there for 20 years, magicians galore, washed up old singers and comics, and who knows what other garbage shows in the lesser venues. When I saw the increased resort fees AND then found out that parking was charged separately, we decided to just stay in a normal hotel in a normal part of town and forget the Strip ever existed. In tribute to the greed of Las Vegas hotel owners, we are planning to take two nights’ worth of resort fees and have a couple of the best steaks we can find in LA.
I’m passing through Vegas in August, looking for a hotel to just sleep for the night….see “no resort fees” on a search engine but guess what? Click through and there is an added “property fee” instead! Usually in the $40 range. Will look on the outskirts since I don’t care about the touristy things but that is pretty shady.
Stop the resort fees!!
Resort fees in Vegas hotels is highway robbery and a money grab. The place has become too big, too crowded and too expensive for regular families. We spent our honeymoon in Vegas 40 years ago and it was a nice place to have fun back then but sadly now that’s not the case anymore!
I live in Las Vegas, but I sometimes book rooms for incoming friends and family. The parking fees have been an absolute joke, and now with the resort fees skyrocketing, my friends and family have been finding other alternative places to vacation. Although, if you do your homework, and research the hotels that don’t charge all these fees, you can still have a great vacation in Vegas. Plan ahead and it will save you enough money to come back to Vegas. I dread having the Raiders coming to Vegas – its only more traffic congestion, accidents, and crime. Only top executives profit from this outcome. But they expect lots of California tourists for this attraction. All I can say is to plan ahead. And, btw, these fees are being transferred in paying this new Raiders stadium.
Wow, ready to book a flight and room for a friend and I. Read the resort fee and that changed everything. She gets free airfare, motel and food to go to Laughlin. No more Vegas for me!!
Don’t let the resort fees be a deturent. Vegas can still be a cheap vacation spot if you stay downtown as there will be small if any resort fee. The Four Queens Hotel and Casino has NO resort fee. You can get a city bus from the airport to downtown for about $4. The Strip is a rip-off but if you want to go there, it’s another $2 bus fare on “The Duce” double decker bus from downtown.
I used to go to Vegas 3 to 4 times per year. Rooms were approx. 40 to 50 per night. NO resort fees. Now they all nearly double the room price with rip-off resort fees. Who has used a telephone to make outside calls in last 5 years. Only used to call front desk. I don’t need internet or newspaper as I am on vacation. Now I no longer go to Vegas so they miss my lost gambling monies. Too bad. There are just too many other vacation places with out rip-off resort fees. I used to play in many poker tournaments but now, due to these silly resort fees, I simply play online. Restaurants are also way over priced. Vegas used to mean good prices on rooms and food so you would spend $$$ gambling. They are cutting their own throats.
Mr. Ripowski says , that is a good great decision. You are so wise
The only way to avoid the dreaded resort fees is not to go. They started the resort fees when many people visited Vegas & business was very good. If you don’t go, & they start to lose money, they will be forced to remove the resort fees & parking fees. All businesses look for new customers & don’t treasure the ones who have been loyal throughout the years. The new customers come in the front door & the once-loyal ones leave through the back door. It appears as thought their customer base is increasing but it’s really not.
Instead, I spend my money travelling to Asia & it costs less, per day, than the resort fees alone in Vegas. I have seen & enjoyed so many diverse cultures & enjoy their foods. I needed this push to enrich myself. Don’t go. Stay away like I do.
that is very good choice , you know how to be a real traveler nor a touristy tourist
I live in Vegas and won’t go to free shows given to me by friends. I won’t pay for parking or $25 for a can of beer at the House of Blues. I now travel internationally. I flew to Vietnam for $388 from LAX. Nice hotels on the beach from $20 to $50.Food was $1.50 to $5.00. Beer $.50. Massage $6. American travel is all the same now in any city. Starbuck, Olive Garden , Red Lobster….all crap.
you are the great traveler, you will go beyond what is good , bad for Vegas, they don’t know how to create value for the long term
I just called and cancelled our upcoming vacation in July to Vegas after reading all these comments. Holy crap!
I agree, was going to go to Vegas, but there are so many other options. I won’t be bent over at the end of the booking process with a 42.00 per night, small print, resort fee. … for amenities I’ll never use.
I was just traveling thru Vegas and was booking a stay at Ceasar’s Palace. When I saw the resort tax and the parking charges, I just kept on moving thru to my next destination. I wouldn’t have been upset to lose $1000 gambling, but I don’t like being ripped off. If they advertise a room rate, it should have all the fees included. I will never go there again. Plenty of casino action in Connecticut and elsewhere.
if they want you to gamble they better go back to cheap Vegas vacations. I think it will cost them more by upping prices/adding fees.
We stopped going to Vegas a few years ago when the resort fee bs became popular. We have enjoyed other vacation cities that don’t charge a fake fee. Im not a high roller, and must get value for my spending.
Also we previously stayed at Luxor, it was a very nice room, about the 25th floor, we really enjoyed the room. However, each time we came down thru the casino or lobby, we were set up by the time share weasels, who had booths set up and followed us around like leeches.
They made their resort fee statement, and now my wallet has made my response, please don’t be sheep and play that lame game.
and don’t go there nye , you will pay a admittance fee of 60 dollars and 50 dollars parking at the golden nougat and the no Fremont experience
I also was hit with large unknown Resort fees. We thought we were paying for a deposit for the 3-day stay but turns out there was a hundred and fifty some dollars tacked on top of it.
There was very small print that said not including Resort fees on the flight/Hotel combo reservation but it did not give an amount.
Then I stupidly play slot machines I lost 8x more than the trip cost in a couple hours. The slot machines at the Westgate Resort were worse than the ones at the Indian casinos where I live…
Better to spend your money on a nice relaxing vacation than the hellhole of Vegas…
it’s got to be the 60 dollars admission to celebrate nye 2020 at Fremont
Just by reading everyone’s Responses, I have to agree. I was searching Hotels and with the extra resort fees there is no way I will be going , it is really a shame too. Vegas used to be reasonable and fun!
Yeah resort fees suck! I may go back in Vegas and stay in a NO-resort fee hotel.
I have been to Vegas about 30 times in the last 40 years. I live in Ontario, Canada & stopped going to Vegas because of the resort fees & parking fees. I usually rent a car too but, with the exchange rate for the US$ & the additional fees, it doesn’t make sense anymore. Instead, I play at the local casinos in Niagara Falls, get comped pretty good when you play at either of the 2 casinos, do not pay 30%+ for the exchange rate, enjoy a beautiful view of Niagara Falls (sans fees lol) & no tax on any winnings (in Canada).
What a sweet deal.
See ya LV !!!
I miss the good old days when Vegas was run by the mafia. Was so much cheaper, and you got many perks.
LOL! How bad is it that we miss the Mafia?!!
I agree with everyone the resort fees charged are excessive. The prices of most things in the big hotels on the strip is a rip. A starbucks coffee at MGM properties at $4.75 US is an illustration of the level of greed being promoted in LV these days. The club scene is outright absurd with bottle service and admission fees. If people stop going the prices will drop.
17$ at California hotel now
Fees for hooters are $35 Plus a tax on top of that. When all is said and done, you are out about $75/night, not the $20/night that tripadvisor and hotels.com advertise. And the place is pretty disgusting and dirty. There is no way I would get in that shower without shower shoes. All the rooms in the Bayview tower smell like greasy french fries because it’s right above the restaurant fryers.
The resort fees certainly make comparison shopping for rooms a pain in the butt… Instead of being able to see who costs what at a glance i have to click every link, find the fee, add it to the advertised rate and write them down… this is just false advertising plain and simple.
If anyone knows a hotel booking site that just adds vegas resort fees into the advertised price please mention them here so I can give them all of my business for the rest of my life.
Just got back after our third visit in six years, I mistakenly thought the resort fee was a Local Government tax not another con by the Hotel/casino owners. Whilst in town we went to the Mob Museum where I discovered the casino’s used to be controlled by various dodgy mobsters, I now see one bunch of crooks have now been replaced by another bunch but this time they are call Big Business, and now the coffee shop (as well as Diablo’s) near the strip entrance to what was the Monte Carlos have gone you cant even get a good cup of coffee in the vicinity.
Good buffet in the Tropicana
I agree with every comment here. It’s just not fun there anymore and I fear that the entire city will live up to their namesake . . . sin city a kind of hell on earth.
its called RIPOFF city
I agree with everyone above. When I go to Vegas with my wife we stay at the Wynn. It’s a beautiful property but last time we were there it felt like we were getting nickel and dimed to death. They also tried to hit us for an internet fee that was supposed to be included in the Resort Fee. You shouldn’t have to monitor your statement that closely at a resort of the stature to make sure you’re not being fleeced. We are currently receiving eMails like crazy from them. What a surprise (not really) they are now waiving self parking and valet fees for hotel guests. A friend of mine told me that the Supreme Court decision taking the Sports Book monopoly away from Nevada and the public finally getting fed up with getting ripped off by the hotel consortiums is has the Strip hurting. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority can play this any way they like but…, see the following article. http://www.latimes.com/travel/lasvegas/la-tr-las-vegas-fees-may-mean-fewer-visitors-20180501-story.html
well , at least you had the last lunch and tell Wynn that his property is still a shoeshine for every sheep- A sucker Is born every minute.
I can’t keep track anymore but does booking with points with any of the partner chains (Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton) allow fees to be waived? I know a lot of places outside of Vegas when you booked with purely points (not point + cash) you can generally avoid any taxes and fees as well
So sad that resort fees were applied. My husband & I used to visit Vegas more times than I can count but have not been there for the past few years since resort fees were added. We visit local casino’s now with no resort fees & comp rooms. We miss Vegas but now have more money to gamble with. Your lost VEGAS.
maybe try Greenland or Baja or Tasmania
Just got back from excalibur.
Truck was stolen off their lot. Funny…I can’t leave the lot without checking out with the hotel key.
Truck returned. After a 100 dollar taxi ride to the tow station and a 300 dollar get the truck put of jail. Truck was thrashed but drivable
Hotel gave us a 100 food credit.
Went to the steak jouse. The 32 dollar steak was just that. If you want a potato or side it costs extra.
Booked an extra night cuz the truck was found 2 days later. Lady printed 2 new door kwya cuz of the extra night.Drivable but thrashed. Of course they aren’t responsible.
Next day the front lady forgot to book the extra night.
Went to go get in our room and of course…couldn’t get in.
Oops. Went to the management and she comped a couple of nights and said sorry it happens like when she vlbought a new air condtoner and it capped our 2 days later…what? Lol
Last day room wasn’t cleaned or new towels given. Called the front desk and the girl that answered the phone atated…is this about what you already called about
Checked out and of course we got charged for the food. The credit wasn’t there after 3 attempts and being told it was there twice.
We just left. It was nothing but nighte mares everyday
This is what you get for resort fees and parking fees.
alternative is , ask the homeless to camp on the strip and use the pools for a restroom and bath wash. and curse Vegas for ripping you off fo ever fo ever
i go to vegas often , but due to the resort fees will no longer be returning unless this changes..if i do go back i will be looking for a hotel without the fees
maybe they will be more avarice in the roaring 2020’s and beyond, it will not be fix unless visitor visitations decrease by 66.6 Percent
I just wrote Wynn this note It’s not just Resort fees Its Fee on top of the fee taxes on top of fees >>
Wynn sent me a great opportunity to stay at your property We have always wanted to stay at your property and its our favorite place to visit Having breakfast by your pool is exquisite but, tell me if this is right>>>?
$311.60 for 2 nights with buffet Then you ad on another 41% of taxes and fees that are not detailed. Then another 25% of $78 of resort fees are added on? 66% of fees? 66%? $208.11 in addon fees? Ask this question What do you pay 66% in fees? You advertise a fair fee for your product then add 66% in fees? does this sound like a good deal? So the $311.60 turns into $519.71 The $156 a night is now $259.85 a night . I understand you need to make a profit but does this seem legitimate?
its called Fleecing the sheep
Please show your working
$37.40 resort fee per day at Stratosphere but no parking fees. Was just there Oct 3-6, 2018. Staying at Cortez in Fremont St for SEMA Show and only $10 Resort fee there and free parking. I’d rather spend my money on food and drinks than gamble or outrageous hotel fees. Used to visit Vegas at least 6 times a year but after SEMA will not go back anytime soon.
Shawn …. Elara by Hilton “PH Tower” now charge a daily resort fee of $25.00 USD I just wanted to book a room but I got this : ” Daily Resort Charge will be added to the room rate and includes: Guest Internet access; domestic long distance calls (30 min per day max); DVD Now w/unlimited movies; 2 Starbucks coffees or 2 16oz bottles of water per day; 1-800/Local Calls. ” At least you get 2 starbucks coffees a day lol …. I’m pretty sure in no time Elara will charge also for the parking … I’m really upset with all these resort fees and parking fees and what more next?
I am from Belfast Northern Ireland we stayed in one of the hotels on the strip before I got the keys to our room we were charged 495 dollars resort fees to be honest people from all parts of Ireland will think again about going there and it’s not that we our young we don’t do th gym it’s a shambles people will think twice about going back to Las Vegas what about giving the resort fees to the homeless
I’m pretty sick of these fake resort charges that account for nothing that hotels haven’t already included before. You can go to a hotel anywhere and get free internet and pool without these charges and what pay 2.50 to print a piece of paper and fax? If they needed to include the cost of these “amenities” include it in the room rate. I was going to get married in Vegas next year, but some family members have never been there, may budget for the hotel when they book, and be surprised to find these disgusting charges upon their checkout. I won’t be subjecting them to that and won’t be going to Vegas as planned this year due to MGM suing victims of the shooting as a ploy to relieve themselves of any responsibility.
Rob, I used to love Vegas, too, especially since I live only 4 hours away and can drive there. It was really one of the cheapest weekend getaways for us. Now, it’s ridiculous. I used to HAVE to go at least once a year, but I honestly never have to go again. They are taking major advantage of tourists mostly, and people are so excited about overrated LV, that they are just coughing up the ridiculous fees. About 3 days in Vegas is my limit. The city becomes extremely depressing and boring and it’s time for me to go home. I concur with your entire post.
Now, we just drive for an hour and a half to Pechanga and it’s just like a Vegas casino. We stay in a nearby hotel for a few nights and have a great time. Who needs Vegas??
I don’t , your opinion counts highly, I approved of your messages
There is nothing unique about Vegas anymore. Most states have casinos and entertainment. last month I stayed at the Excalibur. I enjoy it because of the pools. The rooms are fairly nice as well. However, the resort fees and a separate parking fee PER DAY did it for me. I will not return. Vegas has turned into a tourist trap. The prices would not be nearly as high if half the strip wasn’t owned by MGM and the other half Ceaser’s. They have a very tight control on the lower half of the strip. A resort fee for local calls and 800#? really??? When was the last time you used a phone in a hotel room. A newspaper? Good luck finding one. Internet?? Again, if you can find internet that works correctly and is not “Spotty”, best of luck! It is the hotels choosing to provide a pool for its guests as well as a phone. the Federal Trade Commision needs to look at this much closer. Vegas is just a joke.
you just avoided the VEGAS VIRUS
Vegas can be CHEAP if one knows the “tricks of the trade. First off, you can fly there incredibly cheap if you go on “off-days” and on economy airlines. Second, once your in McCarran International Airport, you can get a city bus at the terminal to the Strip for a few dollars and to Downtown for around $6. A cab there will be like $25-$35 or more! Fourth, Downtown has decent hotels and many do not have resort fee’s and if they do, they are small compared to the Strip. Fifth, when staying Downtown, you can take FREE shuttles to the Strip and back (via Sam’s Town) at the Fremont Casino. If it’s late in the evening and the shuttle stops running, take a 24-hour city bus. I think that you can take UNLIMITED rides on the “Duce” for $10 a day. Look online for the City of Las Vegas bus schedule. No need to start getting screwed the second you leave the airport terminal. Bottom line, if you want to have a Liberace Vegas Vacation, then paying the resort fee’s won’t be a big deal for you. If your like me, staying Downtown with next to free transportation over the entire city, I have more fun than than 95% of the new-comers and even some repeat visitors. Besides, staying Downtown is as close to “Old Vegas” as one will get and the live bands and entertainment on Fremont Street in the evenings brings me back to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!
Just an FYI an Uber to/from the airport is only around $6-8 a lot of the time.
Vegas used to be one of my favorite places to go. All these fees have really chipped away at my love for it. The parking fee tacked on to a hotel you’re already paying a separate resort fee on has been the straw for me. I haven’t been back since last summer, and don’t know if I even want to at this point.
What I loved about Vegas was the free flowing booze, the relatively cheap (and good food), and the dream of having the chance to win some money. I’ve turned my sights to Laughlin now. Is this the surest sign that I’m getting older and am no longer hip?
There are still a few casinos on the strip with free parking like SLS and Planet Hollywood but it is getting harder.
Vegas is vastly overrated and over priced. There are better and cheaper places to go.
Maybe it’s overrated to you but so many people go there every year and they don’t stay on the Strip.
Vegas is saturated with pools of greed and fees of Sins
Is there any membership that can work at MGM Grand?
Do you have to reserve the hotel thru the Founderscard system to get the waiver? Do you still get credit for stays and points with the hotel loyalty club?
No. Founderscard gives you Total Rewards Diamond status. It’s the TR Diamond status that yields waived resort fees at Caesars Entertainment (CET) Total Rewards properties.
I go to Vegas often. Because of the frequency of my visits, I don’t feel a need to be on the Strip or even anywhere close to it, perhaps a better description is that I avoid the Strip like the plague! Always remember, Vegas is also a very large city, there’s plenty of options for “regular” hotels with chains we all use to glean our points. Maybe consider those unless you’re a Vegas newbie and absolutely must stay on the Strip.
Hi Shawn. Confess I’ve really let you have it on Vegas fees and charging you for EVERYTHING before (e.g., it’s like flying Spirit airlines — on the ground, only worse) Yet credit to you for gamely (ahem) trying to put lipstick on the proverbial … whatever. 😉
I do truly (and sincerely) hope you’re prediction about resort fees being the wave of the future is quite wrong. The king of misdirection, shady dealing, buy ‘n switch and resort fees may be in the White House for now, but I honestly do not see resort fees spreading across the country. Frankly, I avoid them like the plague — and when I find out ANY hotel is trying to slip them on me, I’ll either cancel that reservation, or see if by paying 100% on points, I can have them waved. (as many chains do)
Bottom line: single best and easiest way to avoid paying Vegas resort fees….
is to avoid traveling to Vegas.
(when your Chamber of “Commerce” reads that, they’ll likely pound you for not deleting it. *tic)
cleaning fee in Hawaii is the new resort fee you can add that to your Hawaiian paradise
Whats the foundercard addidas code for 30% off?
Does Hyatt Globalist get resort fee waived at Bellagios?
No, Mlife hotels are not Hyatt properties so the waived resort fee benefit does not apply.
Booking Caesars with Wyndham reward points, do you still pay resort fees? Do I even need to ask?
What if you have Diamond TR Tier but you book with Wyndham points to stay at Caesars or Ballys?? That’s my predicament now.
The Total Rewards card will waive resort fees if you spend $15,000 in one year or if you get 15,000 tier points thru Total Rewards they waive all resort fees at their properties which include Caesars Palace.
Thanks for the information. Is this published anywhere? I thought the highest level you could get through the credit card is Platinum status which doesn’t waive fees. Are you saying simply by earning 15K through credit card spend they will waive the fees?
The only thing I can find related to a spending benefit on the TR card is maintaining Platinum at $5k and getting “VIP” status at $10k which gets you line access at restaurants, check-in, taxis, and pool access. Nothing is mentioned about waived resort fee.
I think Marshall is confused about tier points vs rewards credits. Spend on the TR CC earns reward credits, which can be cashed out at 1c/RC. To qualify for Diamond, and thus waived resort fees, you need tier credits, which you do not earn from credit card spend on the TR card but rather for gambling and qualifying spend at Caesars resorts.
There was a targeted credit card offer for some that would give them diamond status
That is correct. I was just assuming that Marshall interpreted $15k of spend on the TR CC as a way, outside of the bonus, to earn 15k TCs. If that is the case, it is incorrect. If Marshall is referencing something else, then I made an incorrect assumption.
I suspect you’re right with your assumption but I just wanted to put it out there in case that is what he meant.