Hotel Discount Deal Comes With All Meals, Premium Scotch and Champagne

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.

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  1. Thanks for the share. It’s interesting to note, that “Thirty Three” used to ONLY be accessible to top-tier players via a host. It’s great to see a “true” VIP product being offered to revenue customers. Fun fact, about Mohegan Sun. If you qualify for a COMP room there is NO resort fee. Does NOT depend on your status level (or you can have no status). COMP means COMP. You can literally check-out with a *zero* folio.

  2. Used to go to Vegas once a year….often two or three times in a year. Our average spend wasn’t “high roller” levels….usually just $1k to $2k for a three day trip—mostly gambling, shows and meals. In the last few years, we’ve gotten tired of crazy resort fees (why am I paying a ‘fee’ or wifi and pool use?–and does not include the ‘nice gym/spa’—even the local roadside hotel offers these amenities as part of the room rate!) and “nickel and dime” fees all over the strip just ate into our fun money…..instead we’ve been buying quick trips to Costa Rica and other inexpensive destinations. Until Vegas resorts re-learn what ‘service’ is all about….we’ll go somewhere else.

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