Mandatory Resort Fees Increase at Three MGM Hotel and Casino Properties in Las Vegas

Mandatory resort fees at Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and Vdara Hotel and Spa — which are all properties of MGM Resorts in Las Vegas — increased from $39.00 per night to $45.00 per night effective as of Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Mandatory Resort Fees Increase at Three MGM Hotel and Casino Properties in Las Vegas

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Aria Resort & Casino.

The difference of six dollars — not including tax — represents an increase of greater than 15 percent and matches the fees already in place at Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, The Venetian and The Palazzo hotel and casino properties in Las Vegas.

After applicable taxes are added, the total cost of the mandatory resort fee to guests is $51.02.

Thankfully, parking rates have not increased again like they did last year — not yet, anyway.

Summary

Although mandatory resort fees remained unchanged at the Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and Vdara Hotel and Spa for greater than a year, increasing them only weeks after Marriott International was sued for charging deceptive resort fees by the attorney general of the District of Columbia and Hilton was sued for charging deceptive resort fees by the attorney general of the state of Nebraska is a rather gutsy move, in my opinion.

I personally hope that the attorneys general in the 50 states and territories in the United States follow the lead of the offices of the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and the state of Nebraska and also take action against the lodging companies which have shamelessly engaged in this nefarious practice for years. No matter how euphemistically they are marketed or explained, mandatory resort fees and their brethren are simply deceptive at best to consumers who are price conscious and seeking value for the money they pay to stay in a hotel room. Mandatory resort fees thwarts the efforts of consumers to truly compare room rates between competing hotel and resort properties.

That I vehemently oppose the implementation of mandatory resort fees, facilities fees and now destination fees is no secret to you if you have been a reader of The Gate for years — they should either be optional or eliminated altogether — and I will just let this extensive body of work over the years pertaining to mandatory resort fees speak for me…

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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