The Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas has jumped onto the Resort Fee Bandwagon, adding a fee that kicked in on Jan 1st, 2012. The fee is $24 per night plus a 12% room tax, making the final total $26.88 per night stay. The fee is charged on all regular rooms and suites under 1500 square feet.
I don’t see much value here. Internet access is fairly standard, the newspaper has to be requested at check-in and the two hour window for morning coffee could be seen as a cruel joke. On the plus side the option of taking classes in the fitness center is a nice feature for those into Yoga or Pilates, however I wonder what percentage of guests will take advantage of this amenity.
The only non-resort fee hotels now left on the Las Vegas Strip are the collection of Harrah’s properties and the Cosmopolitan. How long can Harrah’s hold out? They market themselves as a Resort Fee Free company, yet they charge fees in Atlantic City & other locations.