Booking websites are doing a better job of communicating additional fees that will need to be paid directly to the property at check in, however, travelers still feel rage when having to fork over resort fees. Las Vegas resort fees range from $0 at a few select hotels all the way up to the mid $40’s at high end properties like Wynn, Venetian, and Waldorf Astoria.
Whether you have come to terms with their existence or not, resort fees give you the feeling of being in the hole in the first minutes of your vacation.
It’s important to note that resort fees are also taxable which makes the hit to your wallet a bit more painful. While some visitors simply accept resort fees as a fact of life, others have pledged to never pay them.
With that in mind, we wanted to start, and maintain, an updated list of Las Vegas hotels in tourist areas that don’t charge a resort fee to their guests. We can only hope the list grows with time as resort operators come to their senses.
Best Western at Casino Royale
A budget option, this small, center Strip hotel doesn’t charge resort fees or for parking. The value doesn’t stop with the advantageous fee structure, however, as the hotel is part of Casino Royale, which caters to low rollers. The casino has a vintage Vegas vibe and commonly offers table minimums of $5 which is rarely found on the Strip these days. Location of the property is the real win though as Casino Royale’s hotel is smack dab in the middle of the Strip surrounded by a plethora of entertainment and dining options.
TI Hotel and Casino
While TI does typically charge a resort fee, guests who book online via the TV Ad Special can opt out of paying it. TI’s strategy appears to be a response to guest complaints about paying for services they don’t intend to use like WiFi, fitness center access, and the business center, TI’s no resort fee offer allows you to opt out of the fee in exchange for not using those services. Note that you need to book the TV Ad Special specifically online and the deal cannot be added retroactively if you have already booked. More on the optional resort fee deal at TI here.
4 Queens on Fremont Street
Opening in 1966 in the middle of what is now the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, 4 Queens has never charged a resort fee to hotel guests. Like Casino Royale, 4 Queens extends it’s value proposition to the gaming floor where low rollers are welcomed with open arms.
Binion’s Hotel Apache
Recently remodeled and re-opened after being shuttered for years, Binion’s Hotel Apache does not charge a resort fee. The boutique hotel’s 81 rooms reside behind the blue neon facade that adorns the casino property and thus don’t have a view of Fremont Street. Binion’s also offers inexpensive gaming, dining options at various price points, and a unique rooftop pool which resides on the top of the old Mint hotel tower.
We recently stayed at Binion’s – We documented our hotel experience here!
Were hopeful that more and more resorts in Las Vegas eliminate resort fees and simply charge a flat rate for the room that is transparent. Without legislation outlawing this type of fee, however, we’re doubtful that many will as resort fees allow hotels to offer lower rates on 3rd party booking websites allowing their offering to rise to the top when sorted by price. Additionally, hotels pay commission to 3rd party booking websites on the room rate booked. Charging less up front, and utilizing the resort fee which is paid direct to the resort by the customer helps to lower their commission burden.