The $200-a-night room you just reserved in Las Vegas? It’ll cost you a bit more now given the two biggest players on the Strip — MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment — have increased resort fees at many of their hotels.
I’ve learned that MGM Resorts last month increased the resort fees at some of their properties, and that Caesars Entertainment did the same earlier this year.
Here’s how the charges, implemented Nov. 8, play out at MGM Resorts for five properties. Most fees stayed the same, but remember, these figures are per night:
Aria: $35 (up $3)
Bellagio: $35 (up $3)
Circus Circus: $24 (up $3)
Delano: $32 (unchanged)
Excalibur: $26 (unchanged)
Luxor: $29 (up $3)
MGM Grand: $32 (unchanged)
Mandalay Bay: $32 (unchanged)
The Mirage: $32 (unchanged)
Monte Carlo: $30 (unchanged)
New York-New York: $30 (unchanged)
The Signature at MGM Grand: $32 (unchanged)
Vdara: $35 (up $3)
A spokesperson for Caesars Entertainment told me their latest resort fee increase took effect March 1. Here are the current charges at their hotels:
The Cromwell: $32
The Linq: $29
Planet Hollywood: $32
The resorts say the charges cover such things as fitness center admission and Wi-Fi access, regardless of whether you use those amenities.
Fees are taxable too, currently at 12%. But guess what? Nevada’s Clark County commissioners voted in mid-November to raise the hotel tax to 13.35% starting Jan. 1. That means, with tax, you can expect to pay resort fees of $36.27 a night at Caesars Palace and $39.67 a night at the Bellagio next year.
Adding to the pocketbook pain, Caesars Entertainment announced last week that most of its hotels would begin rolling out paid parking during the second half of December. MGM Resorts began charging for parking in June.
Both companies also are experimenting with technology that determines when a casino player gets a free drink based on how much money he or she has put into certain video poker machines.
What this means for you: Many of Las Vegas’ traditional freebies are disappearing, unless you’re a big spender.