Las Vegas resort fees suck

These are not 'happy feet'.

These are not ‘happy feet’.

When I finally discovered Las Vegas in 2010, I couldn’t wait to go back.

Fell in love with the chic tacky feel of the place, the pool at my hotel and a certain swimsuit store at the Fashion Show Mall.

I returned in 2011 and 2012.

It wasn’t until my last visit that I became annoyed at paying the nearly $30 USD per night resort fee at my hotel. A fee that added $120 to my bill. I was particularly outraged about being given a room next to the ice machine in a city that NEVER sleeps. (The manager offered me a discount on my next visit within 12 months. I haven’t been back).

Here, according to the hotel, is what it buys:



  • In room high speed internet access
  • Access to fitness center
  • Buy 1 Cocktail Get 1 Free (one per stay)
  • Buy 1 Buffet Get 1 Free (one per stay)
  • Daily newspaper at Guest Services
  • In room local and toll free phone calls
  • Printed airline boarding passes
  • Copies and faxes (up to 10 pages)
  • $20 credit for future stay (one per stay)

Is the exclamation point supposed to make me feel like I’m getting a superb deal?

Can you say rip off?

I’ve only ever used the following:

  • wifi  (this is as necessary nowadays as pillows on the bed. should be free);
  • drink (which I need to prepare for seeing the added charge on my credit card bill);
  • buffet (cheap food, especially when bought in bulk).

Not worth $120. Especially when Vegas has tens of thousands of hotel rooms it needs to sell.

I don’t gamble and I have enough swimsuits to last me for a while.

That’s why I’m giving Vegas a time out for the time being.

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