While you may find a cheap “base” rate at the Artisan Hotel on West Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, keep in mind electricity is not included. Yep, you’ll need to pay a daily “power surcharge.” Welcome to Sin City.
This really isn’t a joke…
The Latest Las Vegas Resort Fee: Daily “Power Surcharge”
Las Vegas pioneered the resort fee, tacking on resort fees for amenities you think would be included in a stay like use of the swimming pool or TV. At many lower-end properties, these fees can approximate the base rate of a room, effectively doubling the price per night.
If that is not troubling enough, hotels and resorts in Las Vegas are not required to disclose these fees during initial booking, meaning you often will not see them until the final payment screen, causing frustration and wasted time.
But one brave hotel in Las Vegas is going beyond the daily resort fee (which of course it is still charging) and adding an additional fee for the use of electricity.
The Artisan Hotel is located two blocks from Las Vegas Strip near Circus Circus and Sahara. Yes, this “boutique” hotel is now charging guests a daily power surcharge.
(and no, you cannot opt out of it, just like you cannot opt out of other bogus resort fees)
In today’s ‘WTF Files’, Artisan Hotel on West Sahara is now charging 1) a daily $19.95 resort fee 2) a $3.95 a day power surcharge. No, you can’t opt out of electricity, and both of those fees are taxed. Way to welcome visitors back, Artisan. Thanks for the gouge! @VitalVegas pic.twitter.com/anPdLK3lZC
— Vegas Unfiltered Blog by Sam Novak (@sammasseur) May 15, 2021
Need I say anything else?
One reason I tend to avoid Las Vegas is for the silly nickel-and-diming. But this latest fee is truly the cherry on top of a ridiculous bait-and-switch system that is screaming for reform.
Anything under than all-in pricing is deceptive pricing. And in the case of the Artisan Hotel, the additional surcharge is truly an insult.
What are your thoughts on the Las Vegas power surcharge?
(H/T: Miles To Memories)