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Has the increase in resort fees caused you to look at off strip casinos

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Bernie2, Jan 26, 2015.

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  1. Bernie2

    Bernie2 High-Roller

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    With the resort fees getting a healthy increase from CET & MLife to name a few have you thought about staying off strip where some of the increases may not be as high. The GC and Orleans are about to drive me away.
     
  2. Sweetvibes

    Sweetvibes Low-Roller

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    It just makes me continue to focus on maintaining my Identity gold perks which removes the resort fee; but yes it does remove my interest in "trying" other hotels due to the added cost of this resort fee, which I am unable to waive
     
  3. tfcoach72

    tfcoach72 Low-Roller

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    Yep----unless it is a comped room with resort fees waived-----
     
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  4. smartone

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    It continues to amaze me that folks who will think nothing of parting with hundreds and often thousands of dollars in machines or at tables will move away from properties they enjoy to others over a $20+ something fee. Hard Rock has a $24 fee and I could care less, I like the place and am comfortable there. Before my post inflames others... I understand it's the "principle of the matter" for most and your hard earned money is best spent in a manner you desire, rather than on fees you don't agree with or that include things you don't use or partake in. I just wonder when all legitimate properties in Las Vegas require the fee (Nugget coming on board), if you'll truly decide to avoid Las Vegas? I'm not really seeking answers to that, as I don't want to sidetrack the OP's thread... I just wonder if the fee is that "powerful" that you'll stop doing what you enjoy?
     
  5. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    We have, for years, assessed resort fees everywhere we travel, and not just in Vegas. It's just one of the line items that goes in to determining where we are going to spend our vacation dollars. A resort fee never has been an automatic disqualifier in and of itself.
     
  6. skybank

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    My answer is yes in the case of CET properties, the up keep of their rooms is not that great!
    The second part of the yes for me is that I am now getting comped rooms from the Orleans, so free rooms and full pay VP is far better than I can get on the strip.
     
  7. firstkill

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    I think its psychological for me. If they would increase the price of the room to "hide" the resort fee, I would be better off.
    Now, I wont try mid tier mlife properties due to resort fees. Since my trips are short and frequent, Id rather pay a little more and stay where I like.

    CET with the "same" resort fee for all the properties looks silly to me.

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  8. cjohnson202

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    I've been getting my resort fees comped the last few trips and don't plan on changing my play any time soon, so until my play no longer qualifies me for comp'd resort fees, my plan won't change. Even then, I don't know if I'd ever go off strip, I just prefer to be in the centre of the action. Maybe if I got real cheap I'd stay somewhere like Treasure Island that had an optional resort fee, especially since with Rogers new "Roam Like Home" service, I won't be needing in-room wifi anymore.
     
  9. Auggie

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    Not me. When I am in Las Vegas I like to be in a nice hotel on The Strip... not trying to nickle and dime my way through a vacation.

    Plus then I don't have the added cost of having to taxi to and from The Strip or trying to work my schedule around some free shuttle service just to try and save a couple of bucks - I'm on vacation and all that would cause me more headaches and problems than worrying about paying a few bucks more a night.

    The other thing is that the resort fees mostly just represent the increase in time of the hotel rooms - room rates in Las Vegas, other than the resort fee, are pretty much the same as they were 7-8 years ago. The room that was $80 back in 2005 should probably be about $100-120 today thanks to inflation and cost of living increasing, but for the most part they are still the same $80, just with a $25-30 resort fee added on. So it all really just evens out in the end anyhow.
     
  10. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Resort fees just started becoming all the rage right before my play reached a level where everything got comped, so my perspective might be a bit skewed by the fact that the fees were a bit lower when I had to deal with them. I just started adding them into the price I would pay nightly for a room. It never drove me off the Strip, but it would impact which hotel I wanted to stay at on the Strip.
     
  11. bdautch

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    I'm bummed out about resort fees, but I accept it as a cost of staying dead center on the Strip. I'm basically paying CET $84 for a long weekend of perfect access to many other desirable attractions.

    That said, I do like going to NOLA and only paying CET $2 a night instead of $28 (with taxes).
     
  12. Aces and Eights

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    I get my room comped so I don't get charged the resort fee (yet). Although I don't like the labeling of "Resort Fee," even if I did have to pay it, I would just consider it as part of the room cost and weigh it with the total cost of other places. Part of my Vegas experience is the atmosphere of the place that I stay and its surroundings, so I would pay a little more to stay at a place I liked. I just don't know how much more. I'll deal with it when it happens to me. Everybody's different, so there are some costs that people don't have an issue with, there are some costs that people have a big issue with, and there are some who don't have an issue with the cost as much as how it's presented.
     
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    I've accepted paying the resort fees and it will not deter me from continuing to stay on-strip. Tried staying off-strip once but I wound up back on strip as that's where I have most fun.
     
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    Not at all I am paying about the same per room as I did 4 years ago. I never get totally comped stays because I am not a high roller. But I do get one or two nights free with a great rate. If I have to whine about $30 room charge and a $25 resort fee --- I need to start looking elsewhere to vacation -- like a Motel 6 in the barrio. I haven't stayed at TI in a couple of years and I still get offers for rooms for around $39 a night with optional resort fee. Between my husband and I we get a free night at Luxor and MGM. I love having a huge variety of restaurants and shows at my doorstep. I don't have to rent a car and I am never bored.

    We may stay at GVR or Red Rock for a night or two on our next trip - I believe both charge resort fees.
     
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    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    As a "comped" player it has had no effect on my play/stay choices.
     
  16. Sweetvibes

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    As with most things with Vegas, the planned expenditures (including, flights, hotels, dinner reservations etc) are always scrutnized more, whereas the unplanned, even though irrational when compared to things we try to save on, always look worse.

    For me, I always spend irrationally in Vegas, usually gambling and nightlife and always over budget, but knowing I saved the "resort fee" does help alleviate that blow.
     
  17. bubbamsu

    bubbamsu Low-Roller

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    NOPE

    If I had to pay for a room, which has not happened in a long time, I would just include it into the cost of the hotel. In Vegas, I would just gamble $20-30 less a day or maybe choose different places to eat. But, it would not deter me from staying at a place I enjoy.
     
  18. VegasDave

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    Just add it into the price you are payinG. They cant hide the fees like they were able to in the beginning. If another better option comes up at a better value, go with it. Not a surprise anymore that they are adding the fee
     
  19. LolaDoggie

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    No.

    I did things backwards. I started out off strip. Then moved to the strip. Then to downtown. And my ideal is a split week between downtown and the strip. I might end up off strip again in the future. But, for now, no.

    Somebody in here said something about resort fees that changed my attitude towards them. They said it's all about travel site search engines. How to raise prices without losing their spot in search results. Light bulb over my head. Made total sense. Is it wrong? Of course. But, it's legal. Maybe one day it'll be illegal and search engine results will mean something again. One can dream.

    Having said that. I want value for that resort fee. So, I take a good look at what's included. And then include it in my budget. Sucks, but, there it is.

    Also, there's enough coupons and assorted bargains available that I can make up the added expense of resort fees pretty easily.
     
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