If I told you that you would have to pay $25 a day to access the internet from your hotel room what would you say?
What if it was called it a “Resort Fee” would that make you feel any better about paying it?
When you visit Las Vegas and many other places around the world you will most likely have a “Resort Fee” added on to your hotel bill. The fee will also have Tax added on to it so it will really cost you more like $28. The government needs their cut too right?
In case you are wondering what is included in the “Resort Fee” at most hotels in Las Vegas here is a list.
- Internet Access
- Daily newspaper available at the gift shop
- Fitness Center access
- Local and Toll-Free calls from the room phones
- Boarding pass printing at the business center
Out of these five things provided which is the only one that most people will use? If you answered Internet Access you are correct.
How many people are actually going to get the newspaper?
What about exercising? Only the hardcore people exercise when on vacation. If you are in Las Vegas you are going to get enough exercise just walking up and down The Strip and around your hotel.
The local phone calls must be worth the extra fee. I doubt it since almost everyone carries their cell phone with them.
I stayed in two different Resorts on my last trip to Las Vegas and both charged this fee. They did however differ in what the internet access included. One hotel, the Aria Resort & Casino, had WiFi access throughout the property and you could use as many devices as you wanted.
The other resort was Caesars Palace where the internet access was limited to your room and to only one device. If you wanted to use more than one device or have property wide access you had to pay $14.99-$24.99 a day extra per device. I was traveling alone so I could get by with only using my iPad on WiFi. Families and couples would have to pay a lot of extra money just so everyone could have internet access.
I can not complain about not knowing about the Resort Fee like many others do on online review sites. I knew about them and I paid them. I can complain that the price is 15x higher than I pay for my home internet access which is much faster. I would like to see some more tangible features included in the Resort Fee to make me feel like I am getting my moneys worth.
I hope this extra fee trend goes away in the travel industry and we can just go back to a one price system. Unfortunately I do not see this happening any time soon.
How do you feel about Resort Fees?