El Cortez Adds Amenities Fee And More Bizarro Overcharges
El Cortez has jumped into the resort fee game, adding an "Amenities Fee" of $8.95 per night to all reservations starting Feb 1. The "Amenities Fee" includes access to the fitness center and "limited" internet access, whatever that means.
But that isn't all. They've also added some mystical charge called "Amenities Fee Tax" a layer of thoroughly baffling math - and probably illegal charges - to their room booking matrix. Check this out:
Night one: $40 room rate + $5.20 tax + $8.95 amenities fee + $6.36 amenities tax = $60.51. Tax + fees ($20.15) is 50% of the room total!
Night two: $48 room rate + $6.24 tax + $8.95 amenities fee + $7.40 amenities tax = $62.59. Again, tax + fees ($22.59) is 50% of the room total!
Night three: $119 room rate + $15.47 tax + $8.95 amenities fee + $16.63 amenities tax = $160.06. Now, taxes and fees ($41.05) are 30% of the room total.
$41 dollars in taxes and fees for one night in an El Cortez hotel room. I sincerely hope that this is a technical glitch, but if it isn't and El Cortez has instituted a sliding percentage based resort fee model, it raises Las Vegas Innkeeping to a brand new level of lameness.
Big thanks to VT reader @travelingace for the tweet tip.
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