Wynn added a $20 resort fee to their standard room rates. By way of these resort fees Wynn Las Vegas has, in essence, raised standard room rates by about 10% based on a check of rates on their website. Props to Vegas Tripping for being the first place where I saw the information.
Here is the official statement from Wynn Resorts:
In an ongoing effort to enhance our guests’ resort experience, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore has implemented a $20 resort fee to all resort room reservations. Responding directly to extensive customer feedback, the resort fee will offer value to customers with a bundling of the most sought-after amenities. Effective June 10, 2010, the mandatory resort fee will be applied to all resort rooms. The daily fee will provide guests with the following amenities during their stay:
Complimentary access to the fitness center (a value of $30 per person/per day)
Complimentary in-room Internet access (value of $13.99 per day)
Complimentary local, domestic long distance and toll free calls
Complimentary printing of boarding passes
Ultimately, if people are willing to pay resort fees than hotels will charge them. That’s how supply and demand works. It’s interesting to see that hotels are raising resort fees, but not room fees. I have to think this is probably because they keep 100% of the resort fee, while travel agents and booking sites (orbitz, etc) take a percentage of room fees.
I’m sure that Wynn Las Vegas thought long and hard about adding the $20 per night resort fee while the market is over-saturated with rooms. However, most rooms available aren’t on par with Wynn Las Vegas. From what I’ve read this doesn’t seem to be scaring most in the “luxury” travel market. In a good economy rooms at Wynn would be more money anyway.
This doesn’t encourage me to stay at Wynn but I’ll never say never. As always when I travel I’ll do price comparisons for where I want to stay. Hopefully, all resort fees will be disclosed when I look next so I don’t have to strain to do the math. I don’t want to have to deal with fighting non-disclosure.
I’ll share my new room rate math next week. One word – OBNOXIOUS.