Laughlin Buzz

Aug 12, 2022

Laughlin Resort Fee Guide - August 2022


Laughlin Casino-Hotel Resort Fee Guide


As of August 12, 2022

In 2018, several Laughlin Casino/Hotels started to add Resort Fees.   Since this time, all but fourof the properties in Laughlin added resort fees.  These fees have gradually continued to climb. 

This is a guide to resort fees you may encounter in Laughlin.  The guide is current according to the properties websites.  Keep in mind, many properties do waive the resort fee for certain player card levels or on comped rooms.  Check when booking your room. 

There is some good news, 4 properties currently do NOT have a resort fee. 

NO RESORT FEE PROPERTIES in Laughlin, NV are the New Pioneer, Laughlin River Lodge, Avi Resort & Casino, and the Bayshore Inn. 

Laughlin properties with a Resort Fee

Harrah's Laughlin   

Resort Fee  $17.99 + $2.25 tax per night  Total = $20.24 per night 

According to their website the Resort fee includes High speed WiFi for two devices per room per day, All local calls, Beach access, Electric Vehicle charging, Shuttle to/ from Tropicana Laughlin, fitness room access for 2 (18YO), Access to IVY mobile concierge, Over-sized vehicle and trailer parking.

The Resort Fee is waived for players card levels Diamond and higher. Comped rooms to players at lower card levels must pay the resort fee.

Harrah's Laughlin was the first to implement Resort Fees in Laughlin.    Their resort fee slowly increased from an initial fee of $8 to the current $17.99 plus tax   

Tropicana Laughlin

Resort Fee: $12.99 + $1.62 tax per night  Total = $14.61 per night) 

Tropicana Laughlin joined in charging resort fees as of July 2018 at around $5.99.  After their merger with Caesars Entertainment*, their resort fee has jumped to $12.  Now it is $12.99. 

According to their website the resort fee includes:  In room WiFi, Pool access at Tropicana and Harrah's Laughlin, Harrah's fitness center, Self parking, Complimentary bottles of water In-Room

*Harrah's Laughlin and Tropicana Laughlin are under the same ownership. 


Aquarius Casino Resort 

Resort Fee:  $19.00 + $2.38 tax per night   Total = $21.38 per night 

According to their website the 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 $15 in FREE slot play or $15 in FREE bet per stay.

Room rate includes Free Wi-Fi

History: Aquarius implemented Resort Fees as of May 2018 at $10 per night, their resort fee increased from $10 to $15 per night.  Now, in 2022 the resort fee is $19 plus tax per night


Edgewater Hotel and Casino

$19.00 + $2.38 tax per night   Total = $2138 per day

According to their website the Resort Fee includes:  Earn 200 base slot points and receive $10 in free slot play; Free Parking; Coffee makers and coffee pods in all rooms; Bottled water in all rooms; Pool and Spa access; Fitness Center access; Free local and toll free calls

Room rate includes Free Wi-Fi

History: Edgewater’s resort fee started at $4.99 and was called a service fee. Then it went up to $12.  Now, the current resort fee is $19 plus tax. 

The Edgewater and Aquarius are both owned by Golden Entertainment Inc. 

Colorado Belle

The Colorado Belle is also owned by Golden Entertainment and was closed "Indefinitely" in March of 2020.

Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino

$17.00 + $2.13 tax per night   Total = $19.13 per day

Resort Fee waived for guests who receive comped rooms and have a Silver or higher level King of Clubs Players Card.   Check before booking. 

Resort Fee Includes:  Hair dryer; In-Room Basic Wi-Fi for two devices; In-Room Refrigerator; In-Room Coffee for two; Fitness Center Access; Business Center Access; South Tower Pool, Oasis Bar & Fire Pit Access (Adults Only); The North Tower Pool is open to all. Children must be accompanied by an adult for safety.  

History: The resort fee at the Riverside started at $10 and was raised to $15 in mid 2020 and is now $17 plus tax.         

Golden Nugget Laughlin 

$9.99 per night + $1.25 tax = $11.24 Total 

According to their website the Resort Fee includes:  High Speed, In-room daily internet access for 2 devices daily, Two K-Cups of coffee per day (coffee located in the guest rooms), Two bottled waters, daily (Waters will be located in the guest rooms), Complimentary parking, Complimentary airline boarding passes printing via the front desk 24/7, Complimentary in room refrigerator, Pool access (Pool towels located in hotel rooms)

History: The resort fee at the Golden Nugget Laughlin started at $4.99 and was raised to $7.99 in mid 2020 and is now $9.99 plus tax.         

Important Notice (disclaimer): * Information on resort fees is based on the current information available at the time of publication and are subject to change by the property.  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. 

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Aug 10, 2022

Evaluating the Future of the Colorado Belle in Laughlin

Laughlin, NV

Golden evaluating plans for shuttered Colorado Belle in Laughlin

Golden Entertainment is maintaining its gaming license for the Colorado Belle Casino Hotel in Laughlin that has been closed for 29 months, but the company is evaluating plans for the riverboat-themed property.

Las Vegas-based Golden currently operates two casino-hotels in the Colorado River gaming community, the 1,900-room Aquarius and the 1,052-room Edgewater. The nearly 1,200-room Colorado Belle is adjacent to the Edgewater.

"That is a one-of-a-kind piece of property on the riverfront and has a multitude of potential uses,” Golden CEO Blake Sartini said last week on the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call. “I won't get into what we've explored.”

The Colorado Belle is the largest of the five casino hotels in Southern Nevada that have not reopened since the pandemic caused a 78-day shutdown of gaming in 2020.

Last month, Red Rock Resorts said it would demolish its three closed properties — Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station in North Las Vegas and Fiesta Henderson — and then clear the sites and sell the land without the gaming entitlements.

Boyd Gaming has no plans to reopen, nor demolish, its Eastside Cannery property on the Boulder Highway. The company said customer demand in the market is not strong enough to handle another casino. Boyd also operates Sam’s Town in close proximity to the Cannery.

Sartini made similar comments about Golden’s presence in the Laughlin market.

“I think the capacity that we currently have with the rooms and the casino inventory is sufficient for what we see going forward down there,” Sartini said. “That market at some point could use a significant traffic driver." 

Laughlin, which was one of two markets in the state that didn’t set a gaming revenue record in 2021, has more than 8,600 hotel rooms. The community 90 miles from Las Vegas and across the Colorado River from Bullhead City, Arizona, has seen 624,500 visitors through June, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a less than 1 percent decline from 2021.

Golden operates the Laughlin Events Center, which has an active performance schedule.

Without Colorado Belle, Golden and Caesars Entertainment are essentially tied as Laughlin’s largest casino operators. Caesars has the 1,500-room Harrah’s Laughlin and the 1,450-room Tropicana Laughlin.

Even as Colorado Belle remains idled, Golden is looking at acquisition opportunities, including slot machine routes in markets outside of Nevada where it is the largest operator of gaming in taverns, bars and other third-party locations.

Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Carlo Santarelli suggested Golden would look at casino opportunities in Nevada, given the company’s presence in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Pahrump.

“Buy-side mergers and acquisition opportunities would be more of a (casino) recycling effort, in which Golden would be likely to dispose of a non-core (casino) or (casinos), prior to an acquisition,” he wrote in a research note following the conference call.

Article link/credit:  The Nevada Independent, Howard Stutz

Colorado Belle in previous years during a Laughlin River Run 
Photo: Laughlin Buzz 

Aug 3, 2022

Labor Day Fireworks at the Avi Resort & Casino

 Laughlin, NV

Sunday, September 4th, 8PM

All-day music in Avi's Beach Overlook and grounds beginning at 10AM.

 The choreographed Fireworks music will be simulcast on the KNACK 107.1 FMRadio Remote on the KNACK 107.1 FM broadcast from Avi’s Beach Overlook, 6PM – 8PM with games, prizes, giveaways, and live call-ins..

The ArrowWeed Lounge will feature DJ Dave/Party Boyz Productions following Fireworks.

Feathers CafĂ© is open until midnight for late-night diners.  Plus there will be Labor Day weekend dining specials in the Moonshadow Grille and Feathers Cafe. 

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Bikini Bay Sports Bar & Grill Menu and Specials

 Laughlin, NV

Make a visit to Bikini Bay Sports Bar & Grill and check out our new video poker, keno, slot machines and delicious food.  

Bikini Bay has their own player card and offers generous free play and drinks, including top shelf, and 25% discount on food  (not specials) for players when playing with your player’s card. 

Bikini Bay recently added new specials on Sunday and Monday after 4 pm,  They have HOMEMADE turkey or pot roast dinner for only $7.99 for players and $11.99 (price without gaming).  These are huge portions and just like Grandma used to make.  Coming soon - Watch for a Meatloaf special for the same price. 

 Bikini Bay has a extensive menu and various specials on certain days of the week.  As it says on their menu: 

We are NOT a fast food restaurant. We are a bar with GREAT FOOD! Everything is made fresh with each order so please be patient. It will be worth it!

Bikini Bay is working hard on adding items to the menu that are top quality and price friendly.  They would love to hear what meals you would like to see available.  
Drop by their Facebook page and send them a message.  Their goal is to shop local and smarter to pass the savings onto our customers.

View their full menu here

View their late night menu here

Bikini Bay Sports Bar & Grill has an outside entrance to the Laughlin Outlet Center. There is parking right outside the door or covered parking with a very short walk to the back door. 

*Prices, menu, and availability is subject to change.