I wrote Beware Las Vegas Resort Fees about how Vegas hotels charge resort fees a few years ago.
At the time not all hotels had resort fees. In fact if my memory is right it seems that a good number of the major casinos did not. But that has changed. Vegas.com has a handy list of all the resort fees.
Now its pretty much a given that a Vegas hotel casino will have a resort fee.
The charges range from $10 to $25 typically. There are a handful of casinos that do charge less than $10. Silver Nugget is only $5. The average fee is about $17. The only major casinos that don't charge a fee are Four Queens and Fremont.
A selection of major hotels and their fees are :
Bellagio, Ceasars Palace, MGM Grand, Palms, Treasure Island, Venetian = $25
Tropicana, Ballys, Hard Rock, Luxor, Monte Carlo, New York, NY, Rio = $20-22
Circus Circus, Stratosphere, Riviera, Excalibur, Harrahs, LVH = $14.50 - $18
Fees have gone up a lot in the past few years. I don't have a full record from 2010 but in my previous article I did capture a few examples. Comparing those hotels from 2010 and today we can see the average has more than doubled :
One annoying part about these fees is that they are not included in the booking price of the hotels when you shop for rates. For example if you search on Orbitz you'll get a list of hotels and prices. But the resort fee isn't shown there and you have to click on the 'see details' button for each hotel to actually get the resort fee totals. For example I just did a random search for later in April and Riviera came up at just $15 a night. What a bargain! And only when you go to the 'book room' option do they point out the $15 resort fee which doubles the cost.