In 2007   Louis Theroux spent a weekend in Las Vegas as part of  a television series for the BBC. Louis Theroux, son of travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux, is known for bringing his low-key and somewhat intellectual style to unusual and  exotic situations and topics.

The six links below will take you to to You Tube for the video, note there are a few hiccups at the start of the first video, but then its smooth sailing.

The six videos document Louis’s interaction with some of the top gamblers at the Las Vegas Hilton. It is interesting to see host interaction with high-rollers and as Louis frequently points out, never forget who pays the host’s salary.

Part One: Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas” Meet the Canadian Mattress King.

Part Two: Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas” Two salesmen on a weekend blitz; Mattress King plays Roulette at $5,000 a spin.

Part Three:  Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas”

Part Four:  Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas” Mattress King gets a $3000 Neiman Marcus comp.

Part Five:  Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas” Mattress King hits the high limit slots.

Part Six:  Louis Theroux: “Gambling in Las Vegas” Louis puts $3,000 of his own money at risk and wins!


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Vegas Hotel Rooms: Room Rates Down, Room Fees Up

As room rates at Las Vegas hotels have dropped precipitously during the current economic downturn, hotels have found away to partially counter this trend, the resort fee. The resort fee is added as a daily charge to your room charge, fortunately, most Vegas Hotels include extra services and items with the resort fee.

Resort Fees Come with Extras

Resort Fees often include some, or all, of the following:

  • Internet Access
  • Local Telephone Calls
  • Newspaper (usually USA Today)
  • Spa / Exercise room admission
  • Bottled Water in the room.
  • Free cocktails or beverage credit
  • Business Center services , such as printing-out boarding passes

Resort fees range between roughly $5-$25 per day with the higher end Hotels charging the higher fees. The higher fees often include additional services, such as the $24.99 fee at Green Valley Ranch includes Airport Shuttle Service and Free Shoe Shine Service in addition to Free Internet Access and Spa Access. Many Resorts now include those Bottle waters that were conveniently places next to the complementary shampoo and hand lotion in the bathroom, which I’m sure many people assumed was also complimentary. Other resorts are including items that were always free in the list items included in the resort fee, such as the Hard Rock lists towel service at the pool.

The following table is an edited version from vegas.com, since vegas.com is notorious for leaving outdated information on their site, please help keep this list current by posting updates in the comment section of this post

Click on the Hotel Name in the table below for more information on the Resort.

Las Vegas Hotel Resort Fees
Vegas Hotel Resort Fee Fee Includes
Boulder Station $12.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Local newspaper (Monday – Saturday)
  • Gift shop discount
  • Copy and fax service
  • Special daily offers and discounts
Circus Circus $4.95
  • A coupon for free chips & salsa at our Garden Grill Restaurant
  • A coupon for two free well drinks (beer or wine included)
  • A coupon for two free Midway games
  • A coupon for two free Adventuredome Premium rides
  • A coupon for two free adult passes to the Fitness Room
  • Free local and toll-free calls (up to 30 minutes each call)
  • Miscellaneous retail, restaurant, and gaming coupons (over $100 value)
  • Free in-room wireless internet access
Encore $20.00 Suites do not have a resort fee
  • Daily access to the Fitness Center (does not include wet rooms or spa facilities)
  • In-room high-speed internet access
  • Unlimited in-room local and toll-free telephone calls.
Excalibur $9.95
  • Access to the fitness center
  • Two bottle waters each day
  • Free incoming faxes
  • Free guest welcome reception at casino floor lounge
  • Free daily newspaper
  • Free wired internet access in guest room
  • Unlimited local telephone calls, toll free calls and domestic long distance calls.
Fiesta Henderson / Fiesta Rancho $9.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Fitness center access
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Gift shop discount
  • Copy and fax service
  • Special daily offers and discounts
Four Queens No Fee There is no resort fee, but there is a $3 per day parking fee if you have a car.
Gold Coast $3.00
  • Use of fitness center
  • In-room coffee
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Shuttle to the Strip and The Orleans
  • Valet parking
Green Valley Ranch $24.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Fitness center access
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Shoe shine service
  • Airport shuttle service
Hard Rock Hotel $15.00
  • Scheduled shuttle service to and from the Strip
  • Access to the Rock Gym and Fitness Center
  • Local and long distance telephone calls
  • Covered self parking
  • Valet parking
  • Pool towels
Hooters $7.50
  • Pool and gym access
  • Local phone calls
  • In-room safe
  • Two bottles of water in room
Luxor $12.95
  • Unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance calls
  • Daily newspaper
  • Daily bottled water delivery (two bottles per day)
  • Daily admission to the fitness center (does not include use of spa facilities)
  • Internet access in room
Mandalay Bay $15.00
  • Free high speed internet access
  • Cardio Center access
  • Unlimited local and 800-number calls
  • Boarding pass printing
  • Outgoing faxes
  • Two bottles of water per room per stay
  • Daily newspaper
MGM Grand $10.00
  • Daily high speed internet access
  • Daily newspaper available at Front Page newsstand
  • $15 per stay beverage credit (applicable at all bars)
  • Complimentary printing of boarding passes at the business center or concierge
  • Complimentary business center services (notary, faxes and copies, limited)
  • Unlimited local and toll-free calls
Mirage $15.00
  • Daily in-room internet access
  • Daily newspaper available for pick-up at the Impulse Store and the Bell Desk
  • Daily admission to the cardio room (does not include spa or fitness center)
  • Two robes provided during stay
  • Complimentary printing of boarding passes at the business center or concierge
  • Complimentary notary services at business center
  • Unlimited local and toll-free calls
  • Free copies and faxes (up to the first 5 pages) at the business center (excluding color and large print jobs)
Monte Carlo $12.95
  • Daily fitness center access
  • Daily newspaper
  • Two daily bottles of water
  • Free copying and faxing
  • Free boarding pass printing
  • Free local and toll free calls
NY-NY $12.95
  • Free high speed internet access
  • Unlimited local and 800-number call (domestic long distance phone calls will incur an additional charge of $0.10 per minute)
  • Boarding pass printing
  • Notary services
  • Incoming/outgoing faxes (limit 5 pages)
  • Two welcome cocktails per room per stay
  • 20 percent discount on select retail merchandise per room per stay
  • Daily newspaper
Orleans $5.00
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Gym access
  • 10 minutes of free internet daily in the business center
  • In-suite coffee
Palace Station $14.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local, domestic long distance and 800 calls
  • Fitness center access
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Gift shop discount
  • Copy and fax services
  • Special daily offers and discounts
  • Airport shuttle service
Palazzo $19.04 w/ tax
  • Daily access to the Complete Fitness Center located inside the Canyon Ranch SpaClub for up to two guests
  • Unlimited in-suite high-speed internet access
  • Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls
  • Daily newspaper
Palms/Palms Place $1.00 Unlimited local and 800 calls.
Red Rock $24.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Fitness center access
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Shoe shine service
  • Airport shuttle service
Riviera $7.84
  • Free access to Achilles Fitness Center (up to two people)
  • Up to 10 free incoming faxes received at the Riviera Business Center located in the Convention Center Lobby during regular business hours
  • Free unlimited local and 800 calls placed from your room
  • Free Le Bistro Late Night Entertainment Tuesday – Saturday, 9 p.m. – 12:15 a.m.
  • Free access to Riviera Tennis Courts and Oasis Pool Complex
  • Free towel service at the Oasis Pool Complex
  • Free enrollment in Club Riviera Players Club Win up to $1,000 in Free Slot Play with new enrollment
  • Free drawing ticket for free slot play, shows, rooms & more
  • 25% off entry to $40 for $20 slot promotion (value $5 minimum)
  • 50% off drinks at the Le Bistro Bar
  • 50% off tickets to the Riviera Comedy Club (must purchase tickets through Riviera Box Office)
  • Special discounted rates for other shows at the Riviera (must purchase tickets through Riviera Box Office).
Sahara $6.00
  • Access to the pool and gym
  • Unlimited local calls
Sam’s Town $4.50
  • Unlimited local phone calls
  • Voice mail
  • Fax services
  • Valet and self parking
  • Shuttle service to the Strip and downtown
Signature at MGM $20.00
  • Access to the gym
  • High-speed internet in room and public areas
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • In-suite private label coffee
  • 2 bottles of water a day
  • Daily newspaper
Stratosphere $11.99
  • 2-for-1 “American Superstars” and “Bite” show tickets
  • Admission to the tower during regular operating hours
  • Shuttle service to the Strip
  • Pool access
Sunset Station $14.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Access to fitness center
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Gift shop discount
  • Copy and fax services
  • Special daily offers and discounts
Texas Station $12.99
  • Wired and wireless high-speed in-room internet
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Access to fitness center
  • Daily local newspaper
  • Gift shop discount
  • Copy and fax services
  • Special daily offers and discounts
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay $15.00
  • Free high speed internet access
  • Cardio Center access
  • Unlimited local and 800-number calls
  • Boarding pass printing
  • Outgoing faxes
  • Two welcome cocktails per room per stay
  • Daily newspaper
Tropicana $7.99
  • Access to gym
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Two free drinks on property
  • Use of the pool and jacuzzi
Treasure Island $20.00
  • In-room high speed internet access
  • 2-for-1 lunch buffet (Monday – Friday, one per stay)
  • 2-for-1 cocktails (one per stay)
  • Admission to the fitness center
  • Admission to Christian Audigier The Nightclub
  • In-room local and toll-free phone calls
  • VIP viewing area at the Sirens of TI show
  • Daily newspaper at Guest Services
  • Printed airline boarding passes at Guest Services
  • Copies and faxes (up to 10 page) and notary services at business center
Trump $19.95
  • Free high speed internet
  • $25 credit towards a qualifying spa service at The Spa at Trump
  • Shuttle service to Las Vegas Boulevard and the Caesars Palace Forum Shops
  • 10% discount on retail purchases at The Trump Store and The Spa at Trump
  • Valet parking
  • Access to fitness center
  • Use of pool
  • Daily newspaper
  • Shoe shine
  • Incoming faxes
  • In-room coffee
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • 2 bottles of water daily
Vdara at CityCenter $15
  • Internet access
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Bottled water in room
  • Daily newspaper
  • Unlimited local and 800 calls
  • Turndown service
Venetian $17.00 ($19.04 with tax)
  • Daily access to the Complete Fitness Center located inside the Canyon Ranch SpaClub for up to two guests
  • Unlimited in-suite high-speed internet access
  • Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls
  • Daily newspaper
Wynn $20.00 Suites do not have a resort fee
  • Daily access to the Fitness Center (does not include wet rooms or spa facilities)
  • In-room high-speed internet access
  • Unlimited in-room local and toll-free telephone calls.

Click on the Hotel Name in the table above for more information on the Resort.

Mark posted the following information on MGM Grand on the Yahoo Group “Casino Comps”

‘For your convenience, for arrivals after July 4th, a daily resort fee of $10 plus tax will be added to your room account and includes the following hotel services: Complimentary high speed internet, $15 beverage credit per stay available at any MGM owned bar, daily USA Today newspaper, local and toll free numbered calls, limited Business Center Services such as outgoing faxes, copies, notary, and boarding pass printing.’

This is still a dreaded Resort Fee, but depending upon how you look at it, you might benefit from it. If you are only staying one night, the bar comp is more than the fee. I think it is worth noting that it is lower than a lot of the other resort fees out there, too. Even if you are staying a couple days, the fee is less than what most places charge for Internet access alone when done
ala-carte.

Resort Fees and Comped Rooms

The answer to the question, “Do I have to pay the Resort Fee, if my room is comped?” is really uncertain. I have recent personal experience, May 2010, with New York New York and Excalibur, at both hotels I had comped rooms, with extras. When I booked the rooms, I was told I would have to pay the daily resort fee. After my stay at both hotels, I noticed I was not charged the resort fee. Note the resort fees at both these resorts included internet access, which I used at both hotels.

The following exchange on “Casino Comps” demonstrates some of the recent experience at Venetian/Palazzo:

“I was not charged anything for my free nights. There is a special floor with a lounge with some food which carries a daily fee and this could be what u were told about….it is in the Palazzo, I don’t know if there is one in Venetian.”

“I was just there 2 weeks ago on Grazie Gifts offer for 3 nights and was not charged a resort fee either.”

I stayed two comp nights at Palazzo. I was charged the resort fee $19.95. This provided free internet, use of Spa/exercise room and we could pick up a free paper at the second floor shop, “Presse”. No complaints. I would do it again.

I stayed at Palazzo 4 nights at the end of June. I was not charged a resort fee and was comped for everything.

The resorts fees seem to be in a continual state of flux. Please help to improve this post by posting your own experience with resort fees in the comment section.

Update from Tom:

The Las Vegas Hilton, which has no resort fee, will actually give you a $10 voucher, per day, if you do not use housekeeping services. You simply place a tag on the door handle in the morning.


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