The hidden hotel fees in Las Vegas continue to skyrocket

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Always a trending destination, Las Vegas has seen a surge in tourism lately, but so have hidden fees. This city offers travelers the best shows, entertainment, casinos, quick weddings and a unique ambiance that can only be found here.

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

And many visitors have stayed or plan to stay at the iconic resorts, which also offer travelers fascinating amenities absurd fees and taxes. Travelers have complained about these extra fees for the last few years, but in 2022 these hidden fees appear to be higher than ever and could even surpass the base room rate!

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, especially when guests get angry about those extra fees that aren’t usually as visible and clear as people would like. Here’s what travelers should know about hidden fees at Las Vegas hotels:

Resort fees in Las Vegas

These “resort fees” refer to extra, extra costs that travelers see first when they book a night at a hotel. Currently, these additional “taxes and fees” costs range from $40 to $80. This fee is often in the fine print and will be charged at check-out.

Las Vegas hotels have been known for years to charge these additional fees that companies excuse as taxes, perks, or amenities. The amount varies by hotel and location, but travelers need to know that These fees are often charged daily.

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

  • parking spaces.
  • Entrance to the gym.
  • Internet Services.
  • Pool access.
  • Use of the minibar.

It doesn’t matter if visitors didn’t use those 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 reservation platforms make it confusing or unclear, only highlighting the basic room rate the fees are only added at the checkout. This is a strategy many hotels use to differentiate themselves from other hotels and make their stay look cheaper than it really is.

For example, on Booking, a basic room for one night at the legendary Caesars Palace seems to cost $80 compared to other hotels, and considering it’s in a very special location, it doesn’t seem expensive. However, in the fine print, there is this $63 extra charge for “taxes and fees”; The actual price per night for a budget room is $143. It also offers – as extras – very basic services such as shower, towel, radio, telephone, alarm clock and access to the elevator.

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

Young male tourist taking photos Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Is there a way to avoid resort fees?

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

Hotels can often show through the fine print that these charges were disclosed and included and customers signed a contract or accepted the long terms and conditions, if disclosed.

The best way to avoid surprises is to read all additional costs carefully before booking, enroll in a hotel membership program, search specifically for hotels with no resort fees, or rent accommodation directly from the owner.

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