In fact, it’s quite common to see a hotel’s room rate going for about the same price as the hotel’s resort fee. And like the odds at the sportsbook, the resort fees are constantly changing. As it stands right now, there’s no law on the books that restricts Vegas hotels and casinos from raising their fees whenever they want to however much they want. Consumers are losing out.
The casinos are also constantly adjusting what’s included in the resort fee, typically paring down the amenities. For example, MGM Resorts, which runs about a dozen properties in Las Vegas, did away with free parking, without lowering their resort fees.
We also include what the properties claim the money is going to—but of course, most of the things they name used to come in the price of a room, so ignore their hot air if you will.
Are you as turned off by these oversized surcharges as we are? You can always try to get out of them—here are Frommer's' tips on how. There's one thing you can do to curb them in Vegas: Head downtown, where the resort fees are nearly half what they cost on the glitzy Las Vegas Strip.
Encore Las Vegas: See Wynn/Encore Las Vegas, below
SLS Las Vegas: $32 plus tax.
Includes: Wi-Fi, local and toll-free calls, pool and fitness center access, concierge services, valet and self-parking.
Tropicana Las Vegas: $35 plus tax