This is a story about Las Vegas resort and parking fees, those extra charges paid by most of the visitors to Las Vegas.
Let’s say a business owner from Arizona is attending a convention in Las Vegas and he is driving. He is staying at the Wynn Las Vegas and his chosen room is $251 a night. The “resort fee” for that room is another $39 a night per person, so his add-on for the resort fee and taxes (taxes are 13.38%) is $77.81 a night, and his daily valet parking fee is another $20 a day. The total daily cost, therefore, is $348.81 a night, almost $100 more than the advertised room rate. But what the heck, says this visitor, the stay is a company expense.
(Las Vegas is building several new convention facilities. Ever wonder why?)
But what if a tourist lives in California and is on a budget contemplating a trip to Las Vegas. The tourist sees that the Flamingo Las Vegas is offering a special room rate of $55 a night for a single. Whoopee! But when the tourist goes to book online, the tourist sees a resort fee of $35 a night and taxes (on the room and the resort fee) of $12.04. Parking? That’s another $12 for 24 hours of self-parking. So the $55 a night room ends up costing $114.84 per night. Yikes!
So why was the room advertised at $55 a night? To stay competitive in the online reservations marketplace and also…one may assume, to fool the unwary.
These days, virtually all Las Vegas casinos now have resort fees. They typically range between $32 to $45 per person per night. One can argue about the resort fees, saying that the services they cover such as wifi, fitness center passes or priority access to the local nightclubs, are not necessary. But most folks end up paying.
Some observers have suggested that the “scam” of resort fees, taxes and parking fees NOT included in advertised casino/hotel prices should somehow be regulated, though I don’t know of any pending legislation in that regard.
As for now, visitors to Las Vegas should just be ready for not-so-pleasant surprises at check-in.
Self-parking fees are not yet universal, so drivers can eliminate those charges by staying at Strip (or near-Strip) properties without fees for parking. Strip properties currently without parking charges are:
TI Treasure Island Las Vegas
Tropicana Las Vegas
The Venetian Las Vegas
Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Circus Circus (self parking only)
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
Typically the nearby off-strip properties such as the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, The Palms Casino Resort, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, The Orleans, Hooters Casino Hotel, Tuscany Suites & Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, along with most downtown and local casino/hotels, don’t have parking fees…yet.
So how much are parking fees? Typically, they are zero for up to 60 minutes of self-parking, but some of the Las Vegas self-parking areas are so large, simply parking in a self-parking garage, then walking to a ticket office, buying a ticket and walking back to the car can take an entire 60 minutes (or longer).
The Caesars Entertainment properties have two levels of parking costs. For The Cromwell, Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s and The Linq, the cost for 1 to 4 hours is $9; 4 to 24 hours $12 and $12 each additional day or fraction thereof. For Caesars Palace, the cost for 1 to 4 hours is $12; 4 to 24 hours $15 and each additional day $15. Valet fees start at $15 and run up to $23 for additional days. (Caesars Entertainment properties’ parking fees will be waived for Total Rewards gamblers of certain levels.)
MGM properties have three levels of self-parking fees. Luxor and Excalibur self-parking for 1 to 2 hours is $6; 2 to 4 hours $8, 4 to 26 hours $10 and each additional day or fraction there of $10. MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York New York have a cost for 1 to 2 hours of $9; 2 to 4 hours $12; 4 to 24 hours $15 and $15 for each additional day or fraction thereof. The Bellagio and Aria charges start at $9 for 1 to 2 hours; $15 for 2 to 4 hours $18 for 4 to 24 hours; and $18 for each additional day or fraction thereof. Valet fees start at $12 and run up to $30, depending on the property. (MGM properties’ parking fees will be waived for M Life gamblers of certain levels.)
Note: At Caesars and MGM properties, application for credit cards linked to the properties automatically gives the holder a card providing free self-parking, a strategy used by many local Las Vegans (this writer included.) Local Las Vegans in particular “hate” the parking fees, having grown accustomed to free parking at all the properties.
Self-parking fees at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas begin at $7 for 1 to 4 hours; $10 for 4 to 24 hours and $10 for each additional day. Says the Cosmopolitan web site: “During events and peak periods on The Las Vegas Strip, special pricing may apply although registered hotel guests will not be subject to the special pricing.”
Enjoy Las Vegas folks. Bring money.