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  • So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

    CET (owner of the Rio) is implementing resort fees at its hotels after 3/1.

    If you're not familiar, a resort fee is a mandatory $10-30/night charge that usually includes free hotel internet, a newspaper, fitness center access, etc... Basically making you pay for amenities that you may not even use. In essence, profit for the hotel.

    Does this mean if you book after 3/1, your room rate will be going up $10-30 a night, or whatever Rio's resort fee ends up being?

    Pretty lame, IMO.

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    Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

    The fine print always says resort fees may be due at check-in. Free Internet? Well if it happens to be down, ahem, then they owe me a credit now, don't they?

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    • #3
      Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

      Some links to resources about this:

      URL1: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/las-v...-1-2013-a.html
      URL1: " $18 – Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio"


      URL2: http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/caesar...tels-1C8505058
      URL2: "The new charge, which will be tacked onto bookings made on or after
      March 1, amounts to $10-$25 a day depending on the property and covers Internet
      access, local calls and fitness center usage, said Gary Thompson, a spokesman for
      Caesars Entertainment. Guests cannot opt out of the fee, which will be added
      automatically to the bill."

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        Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

        Originally posted by astcell View Post
        The fine print always says resort fees may be due at check-in. Free Internet? Well if it happens to be down, ahem, then they owe me a credit now, don't they?
        That would certainly be a shame if the WiFi were to stop working for some reason.
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        • #5
          Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

          The Rio's resort fee is $18.00 per day.
          That's what they charged me when I booked my room.
          “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” - Dalai Lama (Seattle Times, 05-15-2001).

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          • #6
            Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

            $18 offering gym access to nerds, what a racket.

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            • #7
              Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

              the Rio is a Harrah's property. For years, the Harrah's group railed against resort fees... issuing press releases, sniping at competitors, etc.

              when did that change?
              "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
              - Trent Reznor

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                Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

                Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
                the Rio is a Harrah's property. For years, the Harrah's group railed against resort fees... issuing press releases, sniping at competitors, etc.

                when did that change?
                Check out the articles I cited above. Summary:
                They claim that consumers asked for a 'one fee for all services' instead of pay-as-you-go, and since all other hotels are doing it, they decided to do it to, in order to remain competitive. They claim they asked people on their facebook page with a poll.

                Eh. Spin. On one side, I can totally agree that "pay as you go" sucks for hotel wifi -- especially when they ask for a credit card over their wifi. (Who does that? Probably the same people that login to banking and other services from those business computers in hotel office centers.) On the other side, why should I provide a subsidy for other people with services I won't use? Again, I can always say no, and get a hotel room somewhere else. (Free Market, blah blah blah.)

                Really, it is a revenue stream; charge everyone for services even if they do not use them; the net result is more money than pay-per-use.

                When did it go into effect? March 1.
                TheCotMan
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                Last edited by TheCotMan; March 5, 2013, 15:41.

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                • #9
                  Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

                  It is in effect now? I got my room today and it said all fees were included, yet the tax and other costs are not itemized. Time will tell.

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                    Re: So, CET is implementing resort fees 3/1. Book today?

                    Originally posted by astcell View Post
                    It is in effect now? I got my room today and it said all fees were included, yet the tax and other costs are not itemized. Time will tell.
                    I got mine on the 28th of February and it said the same thing. Warning about a fee and actually implementing it may turn out to be two different things. However, fine print may give them some right to charge additional fee's.

                    As the old saying goes - It is what it is.
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