LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. HOME OF TOTAL RESORT FEE COLLUSION.
Las Vegas has lots of interesting issues to what is going on in their resort fee scam world. The fees started to pop up about ten years ago and at the time in resort hotels. Today, almost every single hotel in Las Vegas charges resort fees and many Las Vegas hotels now have their deceptive resort fee higher than their advertised room rate. The ubiquitous hotel resort fee has caused a downtown in Las Vegas tourism which has resulted in thousands of layoffs at Las Vegas hotels. In a city where tourism is the industry, hotel resort fees are singlehandedly ruining an entire town’s livelihood.
Do hotels in Las Vegas really regularly advertise rooms that cost less than their resort fees?
Yes. The Circus Circus and the Excalibur Hotel, both on the Vegas Strip, regularly advertise room rates during the week that are less than their add-on mandatory resort fee. There is nothing stopping them from advertising a $1 room and a $99 resort fee, but for now they seem to be set at advertising $28 a night room with a $39.68 resort fee.
Does every single Hotel Room on the Las Vegas Strip has a hotel resort fee / second room rate?
Almost. Though every hotel on the Strip is not worthy of being called a resort, they all have mandatory scam resort fees. There is total and absolute resort fee collusion on the Las Vegas Strip. This means that if you want to avoid a hotel without a resort fee, you will have to not stay at a hotel. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Airbnb has seen a surge in Las Vegas due to a "backlash to hotel resort fees."
What are the taxing issues related to Las Vegas resort fees?
Hotels say resort fees are an exchange of service. Resort fees are not an exchange of service, they are a way for the hotel to lie about their advertised price and charge a second hidden room rate when a guest gets to the hotel. At least the hotels in Vegas recognize that they are not providing any service. Resort fees in Las Vegas are not taxed at the sales tax rate (as a service item would be taxed at 8.15%). Resort fees in Vegas are taxed at the hotel occupancy tax rate (13.38%) as they should be as they are a second hotel room rate. That means consumers are being charged for two hotel rooms for one night when they stay in Las Vegas.
Who donates to Nevada politicians campaign coffers?
All of the top contributions from interests related to casino and gambling are to politicians from Nevada. Below are the numbers from Open Secrets.
What is being done to stop this tourist scam in Las Vegas?
Nothing. I, Lauren Wolfe lawyer and consumer advocate, have personally reached out to every member of the Las Vegas City Council, every member of the Clark County Board of Commissioners, every state representative and senator in Las Vegas, the Attorney General of Nevada, the Mayor of Las Vegas and the US Senators for Nevada. No one has gotten back to me with interest in our sample legislation banning hotel resort fees. The hotel and gambling lobby in Nevada is very strong (see above graphic). We, all visitors to Las Vegas, have apparently been ignored in favor of political contributions. There has to be a few good politicos out there though. Politicos! Reach out anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
If all these hotels are just trying to mislead and deceive me with resort fees, do I have to pay this "resort fee"?
No. You do not legally have to pay any hotel resort fee. Resort fees are in violation of Nevada's Deceptive Trade Practices Law. Fifty Attorneys General are currently investigating hotel resort fees for being deceptive and misleading. It is unlawful in the United States to tax internet services at hotel occupancy tax (as many hotels allege they provide with a resort fee) due to the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The Wynn is currently getting sued over this. You legally can and should refuse to pay any hotel resort fee. For more information on how to do that, visit here.
So what to do if I go on a trip to Las Vegas?
IF YOU ARE GOING TO LAS VEGAS, PLEASE STAY AT AND SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING HOTELS. THESE HOTELS DO NOT CHARGE DECEPTIVE, MISLEADING, ILLEGAL HOTEL RESORT FEES.
America’s Best Value Inn
Casino Royale Best Western Plus
Desert Rose Resort
Marriott Las Vegas
La Quinta Inn + Suites
Red Roof Inn
Travelodge Center Strip
WorldMark Las Vegas Blvd
Wyndham Desert Blue
Wyndham Grand Desert
THE FOLLOWING HOTELS IN LAS VEGAS USE RESORT FEES TO MISLEAD, DECEIVE AND LIE ABOUT THEIR ADVERTISED PRICE.
DO NOT STAY AT THE FOLLOWING HOTELS.
Alexis Park All-Suite Resort Hotel
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Arizona Charlie’s Boulder
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur
Artisan Hotel Boutique
Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Boulder Station Hotel Casino
California Hotel & Casino
Cancun Resort Las Vegas - Diamond Resorts
Cannery Casino & Hotel
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Circus Circus Hotel & Resort
Delano Las Vegas
Desert Paradise Resort
Elara (by Hilton Grand Vacations)
El Cortez Hotel and Casino
Ellis Island Hotel + Casino
Fiesta Rancho Hotel & Casino
Flamingo Las Vegas
Fortune Hotel & Suites
Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay
Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel
Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Boulevard
Hilton Grand Vacations on Paradise Las Vegas Convention Center
Hilton Grand Vacations at The Flamingo
Hilton Lake Las Vegas
Hooters Casino Hotel
JW Marriott Resort + Spa
Luxor Las Vegas
M Resort Spa Casino
Main Street Station
New York New York
Nomad Las Vegas
Oasis at Gold Spike
Paris Las Vegas
Renaissance Las Vegas
Sante Fe Station Hotel & Casino
Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
Silverton Casino Hotel
SLS Las Vegas
Suncoast Hotel & Casino
The Cromwell Hotel & Casino
The D Las Vegas
The Orleans Hotel & Casino
The Signature at the MGM Grand
Tropicana Las Vegas
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
Tuscany Suites & Casino
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
Westgate Las Vegas
Westgate Flamingo Bay Resort
Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Wild Wild West Gambling Hall + Days Inn by Wyndham
Wynn Las Vegas
These prices are accurate as of July 22, 2019. If any corrections need to be made, please contact email@example.com and corrections will go up immediately.