A $5 per night "non-resort fee" fee for the Golden Nugget in Vegas

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  1. dgreen12
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    http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-las-vegas-golden-nugget-fee-20130618,0,6328308.story

    The Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas will start to impose a $5 per night "Fremont Street Experience Fee" for its hotel guests starting July 1.

    For those who haven't been to downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street Experience is a free, outdoor attraction that was designed to lure more visitors away from the Strip into the downtown casinos.

    The interesting part is that the Golden Nugget claims it's not imposing a resort fee --- "no resort fee" is prominently displayed on its website! And when doing a dummy booking for a post-June 30 stay, there's apparently no disclosure of the new fee prior to making the reservation.

    Perhaps they'll impose a "we think you might want to gamble fee" if this one works out.
     
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    Ridiculous..
     
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    Was not planning on staying in the trashy downtown area.... And now will absolutely not.

    Plenty of properties on and off strip with no resort fees.

    Either raise rates or don't but don't call it a fee. What if I promise not to look at the fancy led board when I get there?

    Besides, I would imagine most of the folks visiting Fremont street are not even staying there.
     
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    Indeed.
     
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    Those are actual hotels? I thought it was just a bunch of casinos with potemkin hotel facades... ;)
     
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    Haha. Golden nugget is supposed to be fairly nice for freemont.

    I travel to Las Vegas regularly. Will likely be there again next month.

    I went to Fremont twice. Once with the wife to see it for ourselves the first time, and the second with my friends, when it was their first time.

    There is no reason to go back. Dirty, trashy , full of drunks.

    The more I go to Vegas, the more I dislike staying at a casino hotel. Primarily.... Tooooo damn smokey, and too many stupid fees.

    For casino hotels, I like Wynn or Venetian palazzo for a nicer stay. If budget, the Rio is a terrific stay, and yo can typically get a room for around $40 a night. No resort fees with any Caesars properties.

    Non casino... I really like the MGM Signature, and the LaQuinta by the airport is not terrible for budget. Courtyard in Summerlin is nice too.

    Get a rental car, stay off strip. Best of both worlds.
     
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    I don't find that Fremont is any more full of drunks than the Strip. They sell yard-o-booze margaritas on the Strip too.

    I tend to prefer Fremont because it's much more walkable, the gambling rules are better (3-2 BJ at $10 instead of 6-5 at $25, there's even single deck and double deck at low limit, craps odds are better, VP is better), and the area has gotten better over the last few years as places like GN, the D, the Plaza and Golden Gate have refurbished. There are places where even locals will hang out (and trust me, the locals avoid the Strip unless they work there).
     
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    I'll be damned. Ok. No reason to stay at Caesars properties anymore. My last visit to Vegas was this January, and last three visits, stayed at the Rio because of no fee. Well have no preference anymore... And will most likely stay at the non smoking marriott or Hilton properties.... Or factor in the fees.
     
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    Absolutely agree for gambling.... Downtown offers much better rules.

    However I do not go to Vegas for gambling. It is either for trade shows or when I shoot matches in Las Vegas or Utah.
    Downtown casinos are far worse with smoke.

    During the daytime, the downtown area is not terrible, but in the evening.... That is when they are out. I had drunks run into me, more people begging for money, downtown, then on the strip.

    I am not even an old fart... I am only 30. Besides the fact that I need to take a shower by going there, from all the smoke, downtown casinos are not your typical establishments that cator to service.

    Is the strip for tourists? Absolutely..... Is it expensive? Yes. But it is for entertainment and enjoyment. I never once felt unsafe there.... And there is a place on the strip for everyone, no matter your budget or what you are looking for. From circus circus, Excalibur and riviera..... All the way to Wynn, encore, palazzo and cosmopolitan.

    Gambling is an expense.... And it is a business expense for us, you cannot expect to win long term. I would rather, when having the urge to waste and contribute a few hundred dollars to someone's salary and taxes, gamble next to people I would consider forming friendships and relationships with..... CEOs, business owners, etc.... On the strip, then some drunk local with a gambling problem pissing away his weekly paycheck and then begging me for money.

    Yes.... My experience in Vegas.

    People have no class downtown from the two or three hours of my life I spent there. I have no urge to pay $5 to experience it again.
     
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    They must have surveyed the same people Delta surveyed in reaching the conclusion that Delta's SkyClub beverage changes are based upon customer feedback.
     
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    Gold Nugget/ Caesars must also be striving to be "Best in Class" like the SkyMiles program.
     
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    The whole idea of a "non-resort fee" fee, borrows from Spirit Airlines' "DOT unintended consequences fee" which the airline imposes.
     
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    Reminds me of how University of Denver claims people want a new mascot despite nobody coming out and saying so. Yeah for stupidity!!!
     
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    They were interviewing a lot of people here in LAS and a lot of people said they should have just included the fees as part of the room bookings and not made the announcement public. Instead, this apparently has made plenty of people steer away from Golden Nugget.
     
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    That's not my experience in downtown (I go there regularly and, yes, gamble and have friendships with business owners, doctors, professionals from all walks of life and all over the world, as well as locals who are certainly not losers of the type you describe), but I've spent considerably longer than 2-3 hours there. The East Fremont area has been cleaned up quite a bit as well as some of the downtown casinos.

    That being said, if your tastes run to the Strip, that is where you should be. Horses for courses.
     
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    Well, as we say down at Colorado College, you can't spell dumb without DU.

    Sorry couldn't resist.
     
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    If you're referring to the administration then I fully agree.

    All in good fun. :D
     

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