Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Adds Parking Charge

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It joins Caesars Entertainment resorts and MGM Resorts International in ending free parking for hotel guests

There’s more bad news on the paid-parking front in Las Vegas.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week began charging for valet parking, with fees starting at $13. A minimum charge of $7 will be instituted for self-parking beginning May 16.

Caesars Entertainment properties also have begun to charge, starting at $5-$7 to self-park at Linq, Bally’s, Paris and Caesars Palace. Valet rates top out at $18.

And MGM Resorts International, the first to implement fees last year, has raised its rates by $2 to a minimum of $5-$7 for self-parking, and by as much as $8, to a max of $25, for valet.

Bellagio fire: A section of the roof over the retail area at Bellagio caught fire last week, causing the Strip to be shut down. A light-fixture malfunction was blamed for the blaze, which was extinguished 19 minutes after it started. It caused an estimated $450,000 in damage to the exterior of the hotel. No evacuation was necessary and no injuries were reported.

Buffet price hike: Already the most expensive buffet in Las Vegas, the price of the Sunday Sterling Brunch at Bally’s has been raised by $5 to $95. It’s in a league of its own price-wise, but it’s the most opulent in Vegas, featuring king-crab legs, American sturgeon caviar and unlimited Perrier-Jouet Champagne.

Britney and JLo: Britney Spears has become a box-office powerhouse at Planet Hollywood. Her shows in the Axis Theater have earned more than $100 million through ticket sales of more than 700,000. No slouch herself, Jennifer Lopez earned $36 million from sales of 170,000 tickets in 2016.

Question: Is the new “Blade Runner” movie being shot in Las Vegas?

Answer: The upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” will have a scene set in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t shot here. A future Caesars Palace depicted in the movie that’s set for release in October was filmed in Hungary.

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