Caesars Entertainment has announced that it will start charging a resort fee with new reservations starting on March 1st, 2013. This will apply to Bally’s, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Quad and the Rio in Las Vegas. The new resort fees do not apply to existing reservations or new reservations made before March 1st.
Although Caesars had based a marketing campaign entirely around their previous “no resort fees” position, they are now adding them “in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees.” The resort fee amount will vary from hotel to hotel (much like those of the various MGM Resorts) and will range from $10-$25 per night. They will cover Wi-Fi, local phone calls and fitness center access. Additional property-specific amenities might be added before the resorts fees take effect. I think it is worth noting that free fitness center access had previously been a perk for Total Rewards Diamond players.