Skip Resort Fees at These Four Downtown Las Vegas Hotels

March 2, 2016

There’s been a lot of news about resort fees lately, including some pretty steep resort fee bumps at several hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Visitors will be glad to hear there are a number of downtown Las Vegas hotels which do not charge resort fees.

Resort fees, of course, are mandatory surcharges tacked onto one’s nightly room rate. Resort fees are often charged for bundled services, covering things like Wi-Fi, spa and pool access, newspaper delivery and other amenities, but some travelers would rather avoid resort fees altogether.

Here are four downtown Las Vegas hotels that don’t charge resort fees.

California Hotel & Casino

The California Hotel & Casino, also called “The Cal,” boasts great dining, affordable rooms and some of the best gambling in all of Las Vegas. The Cal is undergoing an expansive renovation and looks better than ever. Take a look.


It may be called the California, but many of The Cal’s guests are actually from Hawaii.


Four Queens Hotel & Casino

Four Queens Hotel and Casino has been a go-to bargain in downtown Las Vegas since it opened in 1966. The casino is one of the liveliest in Sin City, and the hotel’s Hugo’s Cellar is one of the most celebrated in town. Go now.

Patio Bar at Four Queens

Four Queens is a favorite of those looking for an outdoor bar, a great spot for people-watching on Fremont Street.


Fremont Hotel & Casino

The iconic Fremont Hotel & Casino wows guests with its vintage neon, and has been doing so since it opened in 1956. Fremont is a craps mecca, and has a number of popular restaurant offerings, including the only Tony Roma’s in Nevada. Learn more.

Fremont casino Las Vegas

The Fremont casino has some of our favorite neon, ever.


Main Street Station Hotel & Casino

Just a block or two from Fremont Street, Main Street Station Casino, Brewery & Hotel is a mix of classic Vegas style and modern games of chance. Explore the hotel’s antiques and curiosities, or visit the hotel’s microbrewery. Book your stay.


Main Street, The Cal and Fremont casino are all operated by Boyd Gaming, so sign up for their players club card for perks.


Make sure you know all your options before you book your Las Vegas hotel, and consider staying downtown.

Here’s a list of all our casino and hotel-casino partners.

For some, resort fees provide convenience (avoiding separate charges for amenities), but others view them as a practice that diminishes their ability to choose which amenities they’d like. Whatever your preference, we think you’ll like the value when you stay at a downtown Las Vegas hotel, and you’re always close to the non-stop action of Fremont Street Experience.


  • My favorite is The Cal. I try to stay here each time I come to Vegas. I refuse to stay anywhere that charges a “resort fee”. I don’t plan to use their facilities anyway. I just want a place to stay, eat, and gamble. The more they charge for these additional fees the less guests have for gambling and eating. If any of these 4 start charging this fee then I more than likely will not stay in Vegas.

  • s. laster

    we stayed at the 4 queens and it was a good resort fees and that’s the way it should be..we drive from Tennessee there..if other places are raising resort fees then they are driving away customers.if we come again it will be the 4 queens again..awesome place..personally no place should have resort fees when they bring people there to gamble and stuff.

  • Nancy

    This “resort fee” scam was “tested” on the Las Vegas visitors at a low rate to see if they would resist. Clearly there wasn’t enough resistance to convince the bean counters that it would not be eventually accepted.

    So the rate was raised higher and higher until it is what we are looking at now.

    I WILL be staying at one of these four hotels… and I will remember to say thank you to the front desk personnel and fill out a comment card if that is available.

    If enough people rebel this scheme eventually will fade and maybe even vanish if those willing to comply grow too few.

    • allen f.

      when the hotels started implementing the resort fees years back, the rate was not as ridiculously high as they are now for people to complain and hotels weren’t passing off bullsh!t amenities like getting wifi, cable channels and bottled water as the reason for the fees, so people weren’t really complaining then. if other cities can give you wifi included in the rate, why can’t hotels in vegas?…or just f’ing include the fee in the room rate and start jerking people about. let’s hope the downtown four stay resort fee free.

  • Jack

    My son and I are looking for a week in Vegas in a couple of months. I am a Canadian and have been there a half dozen times in the past years and Resort fees of ANY kind are keeping me away from those establishments now. Our currency exchange rate is high enough to keep us away from Vegas, let alone adding Resort fees.

    We will definitely be staying at a Hotel that does not charge a Resort fee.

    • greg

      mate we love Vegas and as a AUSSIE the cost AIRFARES around $2700 return and the Australian doller being =to 74 us then resort fees of say $35us thats $47.80 in our money plus tax. So when we return in Noverber 2017 we will stay off the strip and catch the bus

  • Big rip off, don’t accept it . Go somewhere else , refuse to go to dumps downtown, only nice hotel is Golden Nugget, and not sure if they charge the resort fee.

    • The Nugget does have resort fees…

      • harold gardner

        I don’t go for the hotel, I go to gamble. Vegas is the city that never sleeps. So i don’t sleep much, so i don’t care what the room looks like. Just clean!!

  • commentor

    i feel tricked every time i want start to book a 50 $ hotel in vegas and suddenly seems over 80 $ when it comes to pay time. i end up cancel the booking, and not going to this town. it is a scam before i even arrived. it used to be fun in the 90’s when prices were real .

  • commentor

    The next thing we can expect from these new Vegas business plans is that we have to pay another mandatory fee for use of the elevators ,
    That’s another 39 $ (great useful tip guys? )
    Let me not forget to mention an extra Hotel tax 12 % , Tourist tax 17% , parking tax 24 % weather you are use it or not , Cleaning fee 16% + 32 $ mandatory fee. etc etc etc .
    advertised price is 19 $ deal , but when pay the final total will be 259 $
    it is like buy a new car for 19 $ ,but it seems that is just for the inside mirror.
    Total scam at first hand. i skip my trip to vegas. too bad.

    • chared99

      the taxes going to go up when they start building the Raiders stadium

  • Jo Burchfield

    I think there should be law requiring that resort fees be listed in the price of the room. I feel sorry for someone getting a real good deal on a room for $21.00 and at check out finding the resort fee is $33.00. I think that is the same as in other scam.

  • Nancy

    The “resort fee” can be found if you look carefully on the advertising site. But it is NOT right up front where it can be factored into the price per night.
    It definitely IS a “bait and switch” scam.

    Another issue I have with these hotels is the “deposit”… why are they asking for a deposit? They already have my credit card information and surely have checked to validate it… so WHY do they charge a “deposit”?
    If it is a DAMAGE deposit then why isn’t it a flat rate instead of XXX dollars per night? After all I am renting ONE room not a different room every night.

    I plan to go to Vegas sometime next spring and I will be staying at 4 Queens or Main St. Station… I lived in Vegas for 14 years when it was a wide open FUN city, that truly never slept… NO resort fees, not even at Caesars!!

  • Jan

    We travel to Vegas at least once per year. We always stay at the Golden Nugget downtown. We were very disappointed last year when we opted to stay mid week for the low rates and realized they added a $25 per night resort fee. I see it is now up to $27.50. What a scam! While we love staying at the hotel, we will not do so again in protest of the resort fees. We have stayed at the Cal when we could not get into the Nugget and it is fine…..and Main Street Station is a great place to gamble and eat. Our new stay……

  • seekless

    Avoid the town, used to be good, they are even talking about adding fees just to enter the casino for next year too.