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Las Vegas has always been a trendy destination and tourism has increased recently, but so have the hidden fees. This city offers travelers the best shows, entertainment, casinos, quickie weddings and a unique atmosphere that can only be found here.
From January to June over 18.5 million tourists visited this city this year. Compared to the same period last year, tourism increased by 37%. Sin City was one of the busiest destinations in the United States this summer.
And many guests have stayed or plan to stay at the iconic resorts that offer travelers exciting amenities as well as unreasonable fees and taxes. Travelers have been complaining about these additional charges for the past few years, but this year 2022 these hidden charges seem to be higher than ever and could even exceed the base room rate!
Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, especially when guests end up angry because of these extra charges that are usually not as visible and clear as people would like. Here’s what travelers should know about hidden fees at Las Vegas hotels:
Las Vegas resort fees
These “resort fees” refer to extra costs that aren’t included in the price travelers first see when booking a hotel night. Currently, these additional “taxes and fees” costs range from $40 to $80. This fee is often written in the fine print and is charged at check out.
For years, Las Vegas hotels have been notorious for charging these extra fees that companies justify as taxes, special services or amenities. The amount varies by hotel and location, but travelers should be aware of this these fees are often charged on a daily basis.
Typically, these additional costs are attributed to “perks” that guests are used to including in the price—as is the case at other US hotels—such as:
- Parking spaces.
- Entrance to the gym.
- Internet services.
- Access to the pool.
- Mini bar use.
It does not matter if guests did not use these amenities or services. Travelers generally end up paying for these extra costs and almost every hotel in Las Vegas—especially on the Strip—has these fees.
Many booking platforms make it confusing or unclear and only highlight the basic room rate and only at checkout are the charges added. This is a strategy that many hotels use to stand out from other hotels and make their stay look cheaper than it actually is.
For example, on Booking, a basic room for one night at the iconic Caesars Palace appears to cost $80 dollars, compared to other hotels, and considering it’s a very special location, it doesn’t seem expensive. However, in fine print, there is this special fee of $63 for “taxes and charges”. the actual price per night, in a low-fare room, is $143. It also has – as privileges – very basic services such as shower, towel, radio, telephone, alarm clock and access to a lift.
Some hotels even charge fees for the same price as the room—or more—and may add special fees at the end of the stay. And advice is expected. Travelers should keep this in mind when going to Las Vegas and read the fine print carefully.
Is there a way to avoid resort fees?
Many travelers wonder if they really have to pay for these extra fees. According to some sites, travelers are not legally required to pay for these hidden fees and could fight back, but hotels have their way.
Often, in the fine print, hotels can prove that these charges were shown and included and customers signed a contract or accepted the lengthy terms and conditions where this was disclosed.
The best ways to avoid surprises are to carefully read and find out all the additional costs before booking, join a hotel membership program, search for specific hotels without resort fees, or rent a place directly from the owner.
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