Las Vegas resort fees are on the rise again. Despite widespread backlash on social media, Caesars Entertainment is joining rival MGM Resorts in going against the critics and upping the add-on charges.
Caesars Palace has increased its daily resort fee from $39 to $45. With taxes: $51.02. The casino operator says the rate hike is for its namesake property to fall in line with other luxury Strip properties where $45 is the norm.
They include The Venetian and Palazzo, Wynn and Encore, Bellagio and Aria.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is also upping its daily resort fee from $32 to $35. With taxes: $39.68.
Caesars reached a deal last month to sell Rio to New York-based Imperial Companies. Under the arrangement, Caesars will continue operating the casino resort at a cost of $45 million in annual rent for a minimum of two years.
Caesars hadn’t raised its resort fees at any of its Las Vegas casinos since 2017. The casino giant is set to be officially acquired by Eldorado Resorts early next year.
Las Vegas resort fees are defended by casinos as affording guests such amenities as in-room and resort-wide Wi-Fi, local and toll-free calls, fitness center access, boarding pass printing, and newspaper services.
“We no longer tip and assume the resort will properly pay the server out from the outrageous prices they now charge us,” Adelin explained.
That is the employee’s problem with the employer now. It is no longer the customer’s problem.
Late last month, legislation was introduced to Congress that would require hotels to include all fees in the advertised price of a room.
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Aside from government taxes, the rate would need to be inclusive of all mandatory add-on charges like resort fees.
Other non-mandatory charges parking, for instance, wouldn’t need to be included, as someone without a car won’t be forced to pay for space.