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Mandalay Bay, Hard Rock Upgrade Resort Fees

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 7th April 2010 3:39am
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Long time VT reader Robbienomi tipped us off to two interesting developments in the resort fee debate... both Mandalay Bay and Hard Rock have embraced resort fees.

Mandalay Bay was, until very recently, one of the last of the MGM Mirage joints to charge a resort fee, they have jumped into the pool with a $15 dollar fee that actually adds value to the mix.

Two drink tickets and in room internet access? Now we're talking.

Hard Rock, which previously had a resort fee of $7, has (according to travel retailer QuikBook) upped it to $15. Worse still is what they claim to offer:

Covered self parking, valet parking and pool towels??? Are you f'ing serious? A reasonably thorough search of the Hard Rock website and reservation system yields zero reference to any resort fee whatsoever. Omission... or fluke by QuikBook?

In related news, as part of Harrah's acquisition of Planet Hollywood, they've dropped their resort fee (if you booked previously be sure to ask for them to return it.)



Comments & Discussion:

That's a resort fee I'd gladly pay, I would use the in-room Internet (provided it's faster than my circa 1994 dial-up) and two drinks at any of those bars would run you close to $15 alone.

My love of Mandalay has been reconfirmed

Usually I'm not a fan of resort fees, as I find them a dirty trick to keep room rates "artificially low" while still charging patrons more and evading higher room taxes. However, Mandalay Bay's doesn't look all that bad... $15 for the beach fitness room, drink credits, daily newspaper, and high-speed internet? I'll take it! And since they charged it up front whe I booked my THEHotel suite, I'll give them some props for honesty.

Now HRH OTOH... That's just douchey. And what they're doing is reason why I usually can't stand resort fees.

Yeah, looks like similar to the Venetian/Palazzo model, where the resort fee gets you in-room access and entrance to the fitness center. If you use those two items, it's worth it right there.

But two drinks? Hell, that's even better.

To me, most hotels here in LV charging "resort" fees is like Motel 6 charging "hotel" fees..... getting money for something they're not. Personally, I dont call a hotel a "Resort" unless theyve at least got a golf course, half mile long private beach, or being nestled up to a mountain ski slope.

Charging extra fees for something you already get at any hotel (covered parking, valet & towels) is only telling your guests you think they're stupid and are going to nickel and dime you into submission during your stay. What's next, a $3 charge if you want salt and pepper in the cafe?

Does HRH pay the valet tips from my resort fee???

It sounds like the Hard Rock is hard up -- sort of sad. It's a great property and I've got to believe they will stop the resort fee or at least start offering something for it.

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