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Downtown Grand to charge $11 resort fee

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by makikiboy, Sep 12, 2013.

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  1. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    Uh oh, looks like the Downtown Grand will be charging a resort fee when they open. :Þ

    http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2013/9/11/18282/5298/vegas-travel/Downtown+Grand+To+Charge+Grand+Experience+Fee

    This is a gist of the fee:

    When guests check into the Grand, they will be agreeing to pay a Grand Experience Fee billed at $11 a night. That will include high-speed internet access (although, free public WiFi will be available in certain locations), in-room bottled water, local and toll-free calls, morning coffee at one of multiple locations and a Grand Experience Book featuring a variety of discount and complimentary offers from Downtown Grand Las Vegas, Downtown3rd (think Mob Bar, Triple George) and many of its selected neighbors.


    But with downtown offerring free wifi and most of us having cel phones (I don't drink coffee, nor visit the bars) I won't make much use of their "Grand Experience". I usually drink a lot of water but with bottled water being so cheap (you can get a gallon of bottled water for under $2) I won't make much use of their bottled water unless they resupply the stock and give us 3 to 4 bottles a day.

    The article said that nightly rates start at $59 a night (that means $70 a night with resort fee) so I will probably gaze at the grand from the EC which usually offers much lower nightly rates. I really hope that the EC doesn't jump on the resort fee bandwagon, they can raise their rates and still be much lower than most of the downtown hotels.
     
  2. Bazzito52

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    “Grand Experience Fee.” :haha:

    Don’t you just love it?

    What they say: “high-speed internet access”

    What they mean: “We’ll provide intermittently working internet for one device per person per room. Hope you love that, geek.”

    What they say: “in-room bottled water”

    What the mean: “You’ll love our bottles of water. You’ll especially love being charged for them if you should open one.”

    What they say: “local and toll-free calls”

    What the mean: “...for the WORST TELEPHONE SERVICE IN AMERICA!!”

    What they say: “morning coffee at one of multiple locations”

    What the mean: “You'll enjoy having to get dressed and schlep through our casino (where we’ll have a crack at your money) to redeem your coupon. Too bad you’re not at the Four Queens! Their coffee maker is already in your room!”

    What they say: “Grand Experience Book featuring a variety of discount and complimentary offers from Downtown Grand Las Vegas, Downtown3rd (think Mob Bar, Triple George) and many of its selected neighbors.”


    What the mean: “10% off mechandise at our crappy gift shop and lots of 2-for-1 offers for our overpriced restaurants."

    Sooooo looking forward to the era of Downtown resort fees.
     
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  3. ruralhipster

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    I think the resort fees are here to stay unfortunately.

    I always thought it was a way to short change the third party bookers on part of their commission as well as appear higher on their lists when you sort by price. If that's the case I would love to see an incentive to book through the actual properties websites.
     
  4. Jimbo338

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    What a shame!

    Jimbo338
     
  5. keno60

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    Another one bites the dust. Drinks the Kool Aid. DT has a chance to really bring strip people, younger people into being DT regulars, with their good gambling and entertainment. But they are probably going to blow it.
     
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    Actually, charging resort fees would be the best way to accomplish that.
     
  7. C0usineddie

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    $70?

    Please be sure to post some pics so i can see what the rooms look like seeing as i will never stay in one myself.
     
  8. smartone

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    They're not even open yet and already we hate 'em? C'mon folks give 'em a chance!
     
  9. merlin

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    Well, how did that high end experience work for the Plaza? How did the upscale gold spike turn out? Fill me in people, just got back from Bora Bora.

    $70? that's about 30 or $40 too much, just wait till they come out with their VP payouts...or 6/5 tables.
     
  10. tatterdema

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    My favorite part of the story is that they will be reaching out in the next couple of weeks to people who have booked direct, or through 3rd party websites.

    Ummm, good luck with that one. 3rd party websites do not provide contact info to the hotels.....
     
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    not exactly complimentary if you are getting it for paying a resort fee..
     
  12. ruralhipster

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    website booking engine working

    Looks like you can start booking after November 1 on the website now. Prices and photos seem to indicate they are trying to position themselves as a younger hipper Golden Nugget or conversely a Downtown Cosmo light.
     
  13. Royal Flusher

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    Here's a message I got to come up by trying to book for tonight.


    Not Available for Selected Date(s)

    Property Closed from 07/18/13 til 10/26/13



    Looks like Oct 27 opening?
     
  14. woodsie

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    I couldn't care less about the resort fee. It's going to boil down to table game rules, craps odds, and limits for me.

    Give me 3:2 BJ, $5 craps with 10x odds and $3k max bet and I'm all yours. Full pay VP would be a plus.

    Also interested in the pool deck. If it's uncrowded or if you can purchase premium seating for $20 like the Hideout at GN then this place will be my new go to.

    $11 resort fee? Don't care.
     
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    Yes, I read a while back the target opening date was going to be Oct 27th. I believe it said it was going to be a "soft opening" and they had picked another date for the biggie Grand Opening.
     
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    Thats interesting because I know a young group that just back from Vegas and stayed on the strip but intended to go downtown and gamble and they never made it. They plan another trip and told me they would stay on the strip and hopefully gamble downtown because their father wanted to gamble there. Thats my take on it. I also have 3 sons from 25 years old to 36, so I know their attitudes.
     
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    Bingo! You nailed it.
     
  18. Auggie

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    Huh? What does that have to do with anything?

    I've had trips to Las Vegas where I've intended to go Downtown and gamble at least one night but never made it... I've had trips where in the planning stages I was certain we were going to stay Downtown but wound up not... None of that had anything to do with resort fees, we just wound up not going Downtown.

    If your friends said they weren't going Downtown because of resort fees thats just stupid - resort fees were on The Strip before they were Downtown and resort fees don't have an impact on the casinos...

    If your friends didn't say anything about resort fees then I have no clue why you even brought this up...
     
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