Las Vegas hotels generally reduce room rates as low as they have to in order to fill rooms, figuring they’ll make money on a guest’s other spending while in town. They want the gambling, shows, drinking, retail and other activities.
However resort fees are effectively a floor for how low they can drop prices. When hotels are empty that’s a problem. Resort fees and parking charge add-ons may be hurting business now that Las Vegas tourism has slowed.
Hotels and resorts that make their money on gambling or in-house services want to fill their properties, and keep guests on property. Old School Vegas did this by treating guests well, especially their big spenders. And they did this through lavish buffets and shows offered at surprisingly affordable prices.
Via TravelZork, Las Vegas Advisor highlights a deal at Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut casino hotel a couple of hours from Boston and about three hours from New York. There’s a Travelzoo rate starting at $209 that includes high end meals and drinks. It comes with Aspire Thirty Three Lounge access.
Thirty Three Lounge, Credit: Mohegan Sun
Aspire guests have private check-in and elevator, and rooms have L’Occitane bath amenities. The lounge is what’s unique.
- “breakfast [with omelette bar] starting at 7 am and food available until the evening close. Free multiple meal presentations including breakfast, lunch, snacks and meal service in the evening” and “evening food presentations including shrimp cocktails with peeled shrimp and lobster salads with giant chunks of lobster”
- “How about a Glenlivet 18 or Macallan 18? A nice Rémy XO or Hennessey XO Cognac? Oh, and the house pour for Champagne is Moët.” There are 14 beers.
TravelZork tells me this is “[t]he third largest casino in the USA and my favourite casino in the world.”
It shouldn’t be hard to eat and drink more than the cost of the room on any given night, and that’s the sort of value proposition only old school casino hotels can offer.