Today’s Thing We’re Not Sure How Much We’re Supposed to Give a Crap About

Apparently, starting Jan. 1, 2015, the Riviera Las Vegas Hotel and Casino will become the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip to offer guaranteed room type preferences at no extra charge. Which this blog sort of assumed was already a thing, but apparently not.

Riviera Las Vegas

Staying at the Riviera is like kissing your sister. It feels wrong at first, but there’s pinball, so it makes it OK. Or something.

From what we can ascertain from the Riv’s news release, hotel room type requests are usually categorized as “preferences” and are not guaranteed without additional fees. We are no expert, but this sort of makes Las Vegas hotels sound like jerks.

Now, the Riv will guarantee preferred room types for all direct bookings on the Rivera’s Web site.

Room rates at Riviera start at $29. Although, in Las Vegas, if you include resort fees, that ends up being about $240.

Since this blog resides in Las Vegas, we don’t often make room reservations via the Interwebs. If you do, please let us know if the guaranteed room type thing is something we should give a crap about. Thanks.

6 thoughts on “Today’s Thing We’re Not Sure How Much We’re Supposed to Give a Crap About

  1. bob

    Almost every hotel Ive worked for room bedding types (views are paid for upfront or comped) are always “requests” and those exceptions are when the occp. is low. HOWEVER, I hear the winds are changing in Vegas and soon will see QB/QB combinations as paid for (force paying for 3+ people in the room) to drum up extra money like resort fees.

    1. JK Grence

      It’s already happening. At Aria, two queen rooms are $30 more a night than the king rooms, and a guaranteed nonsmoking room is a $30 charge for the stay. I adore that hotel, but the nickel-and-diming is so annoying that I don’t like staying there anymore.

  2. wanker751

    I read fine print in a Mirage room I booked, Rate was $49. Resort fee $25. Whatever but tucked away down there was $35 per person after two people. As we may have a 3rd I quickly changed my reservation to a different property.

      1. wanker751

        I booked Flamingo and set the guests in room to 4. I am staying on a comp there so maybe that is why? But my confirmation still says $0 plus resort fees.


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