Over the years the number one complaint from Las Vegas visitors was airport taxi scams. Today very few people talk about the I-215 tunnel taxi scam. Currently, the number one Las Vegas visitor complain is Las Vegas hotel resort fees.
What is a resort fee you ask!. Resort fees are surcharges imposed by hotels to cover everything from local phone calls, daily newspaper to guest use of the gym. You are required to pay these fees whether you use those services or not.
Ethically such fees should be included in the advertised room rate rather than tacked on to the final bill making you believe their rooms are cheaper than they actually are.
Imagine, finding and booking a room for $59 /night only to find out that the hotel plans to collect an extra $25 a day plus tax in resort fees. Instead of your 3 day stay costing $180 plus a 13.38% hotel tax, you are billed $180 + $75 + 13.38% hotel tax.
In early 2010 when a handful of hotels on the strip started charging resort fees, and the Excalibur for instance added a $4.50 "resort fee" on top of his $39 room rate for each night, there was an outrage from hotel guests and tons of complaint letters sent to the resort's management and the FTC. Harrah's Entertainment at that time resisted the resort fee trend but soon couldn't resist the millions of dollars flowing in via resort fees. Today, expect to pay a resort fee at 90 percent of Las Vegas hotels.
Are the resort fees unethical? Yes. Are they illegal? Unfortunately No, as long as it is disclosed. In most cases you will need help finding the fine print.
Avoid hidden charges and stay at the Las Vegas hotels that do not charge Resort Fees. These days finding hotels in Las Vegas that do not charge a resort fee is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Below is list of Las Vegas hotels with no resort fee. Unfortunately, since we created this list a few years ago, this list is gradually getting smaller and smaller as Resort fees are becoming the norm for 90 percent of Las Vegas hotels.
** Resort fees are charged per night (plus 13.38% tax)
Located in the heart of Fremont Steet in downtown Las Vegas, Four Queens Hotel and Casino delivers high quality, traditional Las Vegas gaming and entertainment. Four Queens features 690 comfortable and spacious rooms in twin 19-story towers.
Number of rooms: 690 rooms
Wyndham Grand Desert is a three tower Mediterranean-style, mega resort with beautiful views of the mountain, or courtyard view with its lagoon-style pool.
Wyndham Grand Desert offers one and two-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, dining rooms, large bedrooms with plenty of closet and storage space, and living rooms with pull-out sofas
Number of rooms: 787 suites
Located just one block from the famous Las Vegas strip, Desert Rose Resort is a non-gaming resort. Enjoy the one and two-bedroom condo suites with fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable living and dining areas
Number of rooms: 284 rooms
|No Resort Fee|
|Americas Best Value Inn|
|Casino Royale Best Western Plus|
|La Quinta Inn & Suites|
|Red Roof Inn|
|Travelodge Center Strip|
|WorldMark Las Vegas Blvd|
|Wyndham Desert Blue|
|Wyndham Grand Desert|
This list is updated periodically as more Las Vegas hotels adopt or reject the practice of charging resort fees.