October 2010 Resort Fee Updates

Another 5-Star Resort adds a resort fee!

As if the price of a room at a 5-star resort isn’t enough, the MGM group has added a resort fee to their new City Center property, Aria.

Aria now charges a $20 per night resort fee. Here’s what guests receive:

  • Access to the fitness center
  • In-room internet access
  • In-room unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls
  • Two welcome cocktails (beer, wine or well drinks) per stay to be used at select bars
  • Complimentary boarding pass printing

This isn’t horrible but I remember the good old days (about a year ago!) when guests had the CHOICE to pay for Internet and fitness center access. Now it’s pretty much manditory to pay for these amenties, whether we use them or not.

The two free drinks, per stay, isn’t bad for a weekend but the value shrinks on each subsequent day of a stay.

The Bellagio is now the only accessible 5* hotel in central Las Vegas to not charge a Resort Fee. Since the Bellagio is owned and operated by MGM, it’s likely only a matter of time until they charge $15+ for fitness center & internet access.

5-Star Resorts that Charge a Resort Fee:

Venetian/Palazzo – $17

Wynn (non-suites) – $20

Aria – $20

Vdara – $15

Trump – $20

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  2. Jeff

    It was only a matter of time. I expected this to happen when I went to Vegas in July 2010. Luckily, I got away with it and although Aria is nice and I’d love to go back, this is something that makes me think twice when booking with them. I’d definitely consider a Harrah’s property knowing they will never charge a resort fee.

  3. T. Mando

    The resort fees, internet fees, charging for a small bottle of water, $175. and up for show tickets to see old has beens, $25. cab fares, the oppressive heat , 6 to 5 blackjack, $24.00 buffets forgetaboutit, No wonder this place is heading for bankruptcy. Good riddance.

  4. Ben Dover

    Vegas sucks! Go somewhere else that doesn’t charge a resort fee. Instead of getting bent over – start making Vegas hotels bend over.

  5. Joomba

    Treasure Island as of 10/15/2010 has a $22.40 resort fee. Keeps rising!

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