Mailbag: Some Golden Gate Tips
Every once in a while we dip into the ol' mailbag and pull out something interesting sent in from one of our lovely readers. Today's email comes from VT reader Michael, who has some thoughts/tips based on a recent stay at the Golden Gate... this is very timely as a sizeable throng of us will be staying there in a few weeks. Take it away Michael...
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Not sure what happened, but this may help others.
I try not to visit often, Vegas is for errands of mercy or business. Regardless, after one disappointing week on The Strip, I found a small niche downtown. My girlfriend and I, both former students of Historic Preservation and History, fell in love with The Golden Gate; specifically, the old part. Room 407 - best kept secret downtown for a young, frugal couple - is long, making it larger with more windows, a bigger closet and huge bathroom compared to the rest of the hotel. It's also out of the hall in an unused stairwell. It is also near the corner of Main/Fremont so you can hear the party with the option of still being able to turn it out. Very hidden, very private. (Okay... tangent)
Anyway, on my latest trip having been unable to book online because they were sold out I decided to call their reservation line. I was able to get a reservation at their "Casino Rate" but was informed of the new resort fee (I first found them because they didn't have a fee). Confused,in the middle of Oklahoma during a cross country road trip I didn't have any ways to change plans or research other options (Did I mention I am frugal and still use the dumb flip phone) I settled for their rate.
During check in I was again informed in very legal ways of this "Resort Fee". However, being Southern, Country, and South Carolinian I was nice the whole time (That's what we do down South, kill with excessive... demeaning politeness). They were even accommodating in getting me a room out of the way in the old section since the trusty 407 wasn't open.
The stay itself was blah at best, but it was also spring break so the ship from the zoo sank and all the weird animals washed ashore. Wait... that's called people from California and Jersey (My bad).
Long story short! When I went to check out the Resort Fee was comped. Because I don't play enough for points I know that had nothing to do with it. So I figured it was for 1 of 4 reasons or a combination. 1) I called to make a reservation, so they waived it since they wouldn't have to split a fee with an online site. 2) Something happened during a previous stay or they gave me the benefit for something I don't know about. 3)They do it for all Player's Club members. 4) I was just too damn nice not to Comp it.
Thought you would like to know my story since the rationale for resort fee comps seems to be a closely held secret.
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So, the Gate is in the habit or randomly comping resort fees based on smiles and niceness? How dare they!
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