Laughlin Buzz

Jul 18, 2018

Guide to Resort Fees in Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin, NV

Resort Fees and Pay to Park Fees are skyrocketing in Las Vegas, especially on the Vegas Strip.

Now Laughlin's Casino "Resorts" are jumping on the Resort Fee trend. 

For those who haven't experienced resort fees these are a fixed fee usually charged per night.  Plus tax. They are not included in the quoted room rates.  Often times they are for amenities guests may not use. 
What does your nightly resort fee get you?

Amenities, which usually do not amount to very much or are things that used to be part of the rate. Generally they will include Wi-Fi, Fitness or spa access, local phone calls, access to a business center, even a newspaper. Pool or beach access you would expect to be part of staying at the hotel is now often bundled in the resort fee.  
This article will be a guide to resort fees you may encounter in Laughlin*.  We will update it as new information is made public.  Our guess is that will be quite often....because once a property institutes a resort fee it is very easy to keep slowly raising the amount. 

Important Notice (disclaimer)
* Always check or ask ahead of time to see exactly what the resort fee might be or if you are qualified for it to be waived. While we try to include accurate information, things change. If you are aware of a change we have not included please email us.

The Resort Fees by Property

Harrah's Laughlin   
$14.00 + $1.75 tax per night (Total $15.75 per night)
Resort Fee waived for Diamond or Seven Stars Players Card Level
Includes various amenities such as WiFi in room, use of beach and pools.

Harrah's Laughin was the first to implement Resort Fees in Laughlin.  This was, no doubt, because they are part of the Caesars Entertainment. All Caesars hotels in Las Vegas have resort fees.  The resort fee at Harrah's Laughlin has slowly increased from an initial price point of about $8.

Edgewater & Colorado Belle
$8.99 + $1.10 tax per night  (Total $10.11 per night)
As of this posting, they still call it a service charge on their website. 
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms. 
Resort fee includes:
Pool access
Internet access (may be limited)
In-room coffee
The Colorado Belle and Edgewater are both owned by Marnell Gaming (for now).  Big, recent news is that they will be acquired by Golden Entertainment sometime in 2019. 

They quietly began resort fees at around the $1.99 per night level.  The resort fee was initially called a (disguised as) "service fee".  The fee quickly jumped up, a couple dollars each time an is now at: $8.99 per night.  

Aquarius Casino Resort
$10.00 + $1.25 tax per night (Total $10.75 per night)

Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms.  

Aquarius started Resort Fees as of May 2018

Resort Fee Includes:
Access to Fitness center;
Access to Resort Pool;
Unlimited Local and 800# calls;
Self and Valet parking;
Earn 300 base points and receive $10 in FREE slot play
or $10 in FREE bet per stay

Rooms also have free WiFi.  At least you get your first day of resort fee back in free slot play.  All these amenities you are forced to pay for in the resort fee were available to guests before the resort fee was implemented. Notice how free valet and self parking is included in the Aquarius resort fee, but (as of this writing on July 17, 2018).  Yet Valet and Self Parking is still FREE to all guests. Does this mean free parking at the Aquarius is coming in the future?

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Riverside Resort
$10.00 + $1.25 tax per night (Total $11.25 per night)
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms and  have a Silver or higher level Players Card.

According to the Riverside Resort Website (as of 7/17/18):
Resort Fee Includes:
In-Room Basic Wi-Fi for two devices
Add two additional devices for $5 per 24 hours
Upgrade to Premium* Wi-Fi for $5 per 24 hours
In-Room Refrigerator
In-Room Coffee for two
Coming Soon - Fitness Center Access
Coming Soon - South Tower Pool, Oasis Bar & Fire Pit Access
Coming Soon – Business Center Access
Coming Soon - In-Room Safes

Tropicana Laughlin
$5.99 + $0.75 tax per night (Total $6.74 per night)
Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms.

Tropicana Laughlin just joined the Resort Fee action. As of July, non-comped rooms are subject to a nightly $5.99 + tax resort fee.
Resort fee inclusions:
Pool access
Internet access (may be limited)
In-room coffee

Laughlin isn't Vegas and the visitors, customers/clientele are not similar to Las Vegas.  However, now that the Resort Fees are in the area they will most likely spread to the rest of the properties.

Golden Nugget Laughlin is owned by a corporation that has properties elsewhere with Resort Fees. So far, no resort fees are in place at the Golden Nugget. The only other two hold outs are the Laughlin River Lodge and the Avi Resort Casino.   Plus, the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall, which has new owners, and as of today no gaming license and no resort fees.

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