Odds are, you won’t be thrilled to find that Caesars has raised resort fees at its Las Vegas hotels.
Beginning March 1, Caesars began tacking on $1 or $3 to its resort fees. The extra bucks cover services such as Wi-Fi in guest rooms, access to a fitness center and local telephone calls—those little niceties that are often included in the price of a hotel room.
But what if you choose not to use those services? Sorry. You still pay.
Caesars resort fees level out
Blame it the marketplace. Caesars says it’s just keeping up with other hotel groups such as Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, whose resort fees have run a bit higher.
On the bright side, at less than the price of a pull on a $5 slot machine, the boosts won’t break the bank.
Here’s a list of hotels that were hit by the hike:
Plus $3: Caesars Palace, including the Nobu Hotel; The Cromwell; Planet Hollywood; and Paris Las Vegas. The new resort fee: $35
Plus $1: Bally’s; Flamingo Las Vegas; Harrah’s; The Linq; and Rio. The new resort fee: $30.
Adding a little more sting, resort fees are subject to Las Vegas’ hotel tax. That means you can add about 12 percent to the tally.
And while the increases put Caesars on par with competitors Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, its resort fees still fall under the Venetian’s at $39.
Free parking on The Strip endangered
Still, if you’re booking rooms for 50 people, these costs add up—particularly if you throw other recent increases into the equation.
For instance, last year MGM Resorts began charging visitors for parking at their resorts on The Strip. Caesars Entertainment followed suit. That put anyone who parked in a hotel lot for less than four hours on the hook for an $8 to $13 fee. It your car stayed put for four to 24 hours, your parking tab would range from $13 to $18.
For visitors, free parking on The Strip had been an expected perk. The Venetian, Encore, Wynn, Palazzo and Treasure still uphold the free-parking tradition.
Parking aside, resort fees—though an irritant for meeting planners and visitors—have been a great gamble for hotel companies. Studies estimate that annual U.S. resort fees top $2.5 billion.