Caesar Entertainment Group confirmed on Thursday that they will raise the resort fees at four of their Las Vegas Strip Properties starting next Tuesday.
The fees will be bumped up by $2 at each property, going from $35 to $37 a night before tax. Affected properties include The Linq, Bally’s, Flamingo and Harrah’s Las Vegas.
The reason for the hike up could have to do with the company’s 4th quarter loss of over $300 million, which was seen several days before the resort fee announcement was made.
What Do Resort Fees Really Include?
Some guests might not know this, but resort fees are managed independently of a property’s quoted nightly rate. This is the reason why when guests go to book their stay online or check in at the hotel lobby, they’re often surprised (outside of the expected taxes) when the total is higher than they expected.
Because of this, many guests look at resort fees as hidden charges. In some cases, the resort fee can even end up being higher than the nightly room rate.
And while resort fees are found in properties nationwide, they’re especially rampant in Las Vegas.
With most, if not at, Las Vegas hotels implementing the charge within the past few years, it’s right to ask: What do resort charges really include?
Well, it varies depending on property. Resort fees include anything from free Wi-Fi, to access to pools, to other on-site amenities.
At the Flamingo, for example, the resort fee includes daily in-room high speed internet access, free local calls, and daily fitness center access for two.
The Rally Against Resort Fees
A movement is currently underway to get lawmakers to make resort fees more transparent for hotel guests, so there’s all-around less confusion. It would also enable guests to better financially prepare for the costs.
The Federal Trade Commission released an Economic Analysis of Hotel Resort Fees back in 2017 and found that:
“This analysis finds that separating mandatory resort fees from posted room rates without first disclosing the total price is likely to harm consumers by increasing the search costs and cognitive costs of finding and choosing hotel accommodations.”
Lauren Wolfe, founder of the Kill Resort Fees website and attorney for Travelers United, is a vocal opponent of resort fees who believes that short-term revenue gains are more harmful in the long run and affect guest’s perception and enjoyability of their stay.
“I think people are upset and people want to see an end to these fees so it’s really disappointing to see these hotels go in the opposite direction,” Wolfe said.
Other Resort Fees Increase on the Strip in 2020
Other properties on the Las Vegas Strip are also raising their resorts fees in 2020, with the average amount being around a $2 increase for most of the properties. However, Aria, Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, Encore, Nobu, Vdara, and Wynn are seeing the highest hike up, with a $6 increase in fees.
|From $39 to $45||Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Encore, Nobu, Vdara, Wynn|
|From $37 to $39||Treasure Island|
|From $35 to $37||Tropicana|
|From $33 to $36||Hard Rock (to be Virgin Hotels this Fall 2020)|
|From $33 to $35||The STRAT|