Visitors to Las Vegas are now experiencing another annoying service charge. According to multiple reports, LV casinos are beginning to charge service fees on drinks. It’s disappointing news for tourists here, many of whom are getting fed up with the rising costs in Las Vegas.
There’s been a discussion brewing about the resort fees that different hotels are now charging. Today, we’re going to look at these casino’s decision to start charging drink fees. We’ll also look at the recent push to make hotel-resort fees more transparent for guests. Let’s get into it!
Resort Fees Continue to Increase in Las Vegas
Just about every single hotel in Las Vegas charges resort fees. Essentially, these are fees that different venues charge their guests to help pay for different amenities. Resort fees allow guests to access the hotel pool, gym, Wi-Fi, and more.
This past summer, MGM Resorts International announced that resort fees at the company’s Las Vegas hotels were increasing. MGM spokesperson Brian Ahern confirmed to the media that fees were rising by $6 in three different hotels. The Aria, Vdara, and Bellagio would all experience an increase in resort fees.
It’s unclear whether or not these fees will decrease now that the Bellagio has been sold. The Blackstone Group officially purchased this property from MGM Resorts for an astounding $4.2 billion. It’s the biggest Las Vegas resort sale in history.
Blackstone Group will begin leasing the casino-resort back to MGM Resorts International for $245 per year. Officials within the company have not commented on changes to the hotel’s fees.
Recently, a huge number of LV casinos have begun charging service fees on drinks. Let’s look at why exactly this is.
LV Casinos Charge Service Fees on Drinks
Most of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas are home to nightclubs. These venues are usually open every day of the week and draw in a huge number of visitors. In the past, almost none of these nightclubs charged service fees on drinks. Over the past three years, however, almost all of them have begun charging these fees.
Juan Carlos Diaz, chairman of the American Nightlife Association, claims no other city outside of Las Vegas charges these fees for customers.
“I’m sure it’s something that’s good for business that can help cover costs, but they have to be more creative in the ways they take care of their customers,” he told the media.
Nightclubs at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort claim to charge a 7% fee on drinks. Wynn Resorts charges a flat $1 fee. MGM Resorts International did not comment on their drink service charges.
Many visitors are getting fed up with these new fees. Recently, a bill was presented that would make these resort fees much easier for guests to see.
Resort Fees Legislation is Still Waiting On Approval
In late September, a bill was presented to the US House of Representatives that would require all casino-resorts to clearly list their resort fees for guests. Hotels are currently allowed to advertise room rates without the resort fees included. It can give the impression that a room costs much less than it actually does.
This bill piqued the interest of many individuals in Las Vegas. The NV Resort Association quickly began studying the bill. The group wants to understand the impact that this bill would have on hotel-casinos in the state.
If approved, casino-resorts around the country will be required to post their resort fees. It would help many travelers avoid paying for fees they did not know were included. The bill is still being reviewed in the House.
LV casinos are continuing to charge service fees on drinks. The specific cost of these fees is known at some casinos. Others do not disclose their drink service charges.
Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!