Las Vegas is one of the most fun and vibrant cities in the USA and it’s the perfect place for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. If you’ve booked a trip there soon, chances are you’ve decided to stay in the heart of the Las Vegas strip in one of the amazing hotels in the city centre. There’s no better place to stop – you’ll be in the middle of everything and most attractions are walking distance.
If you haven’t decided which hotel is for you yet, here are a few we recommend…
The Cosmopolitan (upscale, luxury, rooms have balconies)
Aria Hotel (modern, laid back, amazing pool area)
Planet Hollywood (super central, very fun, great casino)
Bellagio (the iconic vegas hotel, you could get a fountain-view room!)
If you’ve already booked your room at a hotel… You might have noticed something in the small print about a ‘Las Vegas resort fee‘. If you’re unsure about this, and how it work, keep reading.
What is a Las Vegas resort fee?
A resort fee in a hotel is a additional daily charge (that all guests will pay) that is added onto your bill. This charge is mandatory and is often separated from the regular ‘room’ quote that is advertised.
Why do I pay a resort fee?
It covers access to the resort ‘amenities’ such as a swimming pool, WiFi, fitness centre, etc. It varies from hotel to hotel what they classify under their resort fee, but that’s the general gist of it. Unfortunately, even if you don’t plan on using the things listed under the resort fee, you’ll still be entitled to pay it.
Here are few of the main hotels in Las Vegas, and what their resort fee currently is (note: this can change year on year, but not by much).
Caesar’s Palace: $39
Circus Circus: $32
Four Season: $39
Golden Nugget: £32
Hard Rock Hotel: $33
Mandalay Bay: $37
MGM Grand: $37
New York New York: $37
Polo Towers: $28
Rio All Suite: $32
The Cosmopolitan: $39
The D: $25
The Linq: $35
Treasure Island: $37
Waldorf Astoria: $45
As you can see from the above, the amount you’ll pay for resort fee in Las Vegas depends on the hotel you’re staying at. Usually, the rule is, the more you pay for your room rate, the more you’ll end up paying for resort fees too. The most expensive hotels charging $40+ in resort fees, are also the hotels charging some of the highest room rates too.
Are there any hotels in Las Vegas with no resort fees?
Yes there are a few, but they’re not centrally located and they’re usually smaller than the main hotels.
If you’re visiting Las Vegas to truly experience the city, you’ll want to stop centrally and you’ll most likely want to try out one of the well known hotels (of which all charge resort fees).
When planning a vacation to Las Vegas would recommend always thinking of the resort fee as part of your overall budget, that way you won’t be surprised or shocked when you check out and come to pay. If you’re unsure at any point when booking, you can email or call the hotel and ask them what the resort fee will be for your stay – they will always be happy to let you know in advance.
Yes resort fees are frustrating, but if you know about them and research them ahead of time, you shouldn’t be left with any nasty financial surprises when you check out at the end of your vacation.