Charges for hidden hotels in Las Vegas continue to rise

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Las Vegas is always a trendy destination and tourism has increased recently, but so have the hidden fees. This city offers travelers the best shows, entertainment, casinos, quickie weddings and a unique atmosphere that can only be found here.

From January to June, over 18.5 million tourists visited this city this year. Compared to the same period last year, tourism increased by 37%. Sin City was one of the busiest destinations in the United States this summer.

And many visitors have stayed or plan to stay at the iconic resorts, which offer travelers charming amenities but also absurd fees and taxes. Travelers have been complaining about these additional fees for the past few years, but this 2022, these hidden fees seem to be higher than ever and may even surpass the base room rate!

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, especially when guests end up getting angry because of these extra fees, which are usually not as visible and clear as people would like them to be. Here’s what travelers need to know about hidden fees at Las Vegas hotels:

Las Vegas Resort Fees

These “resort fees” refer to additional costs that are not included in the price that travelers first see when they book a hotel stay. Currently, these additional “taxes and fees” costs range from $40 to $80. This fee is often written in the fine print and is charged upon check-out.

For years, Las Vegas hotels have been notorious for charging these extra fees, which the companies excuse as taxes, special services or amenities. The amount varies by hotel and location, but travelers should be aware of this these fees are often charged daily.

Typically, these additional costs are attributed to “perks” that guests are used to having included in the price – as in other US hotels – such as:

  • Parking spots.
  • Entrance to the gym.
  • Internet services.
  • Pool access.
  • Use of minibar.

It does not matter if visitors did not take advantage of these amenities or services. Travelers usually pay for these additional costs and almost every hotel in Las Vegas—especially on the Strip—has these fees.

Many booking platforms make it confusing or unclear and only highlight the price of the basic room and only upon payment are fees added. This is a strategy that many hotels use to stand out from other hotels and make your stay look cheaper than it really is.

For example, on Booking, a basic room for one night at the iconic Caesars Palace seems to cost $80 dollars compared to other hotels, and given that this is a very special location, it doesn’t seem expensive. However, in fine print, there is this special $63 charge for “taxes and fees”; the actual cost per night, in a low-cost room, is $143. It also offers – as perks – many basic services included such as shower, towel, radio, telephone, alarm clock and lift access.

Some hotels even charge fees for the same price as the room — or more — and may add special fees at the end of the stay. Tips are also expected. Travelers should keep this in mind when going to Las Vegas and read the fine print carefully.

Young male tourist photographing Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Is there a way to avoid resort fees?

Many travelers wonder if they really have to pay for these extra fees. According to some sites, travelers are not legally required to pay for these hidden fees and could fight back, but hotels have their way out.

Often through the fine print, hotels must prove that these charges were displayed and included and customers signed a contract or accepted the lengthy terms and conditions when this was disclosed.

The best ways to avoid surprises are to carefully read and find any additional costs before booking, sign up for a hotel membership program, specifically search for hotels without resort fees, or rent directly from the owner.

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