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Vegas Hotels Are Now Charging Guests Up to $200 for Poolside Chairs
Nabbing a poolside chaise so you can recline in the desert’s rays and show off your smokin’ body is the God-given American right of anyone who has ever booked a room at a hotel with a pool. In Las Vegas, however, poolside real estate just went ka-ching, with some hotels charging an exorbitant amount for guests to reserve a chair by the cool water, according to the Wall Street Journal.
At the Bellagio, one poolside chaise will set you back $200 a person. Perks include “a side table, umbrella, and towels.” At the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, it’s $125 for a pair of chairs. At Caesar’s Palace recently, it was $200 for one “Neptune Deluxe Chair.” And at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, reserving a chaise in the “front row of the hotel’s infinity pool” will cost you $125.
This way, hotels say, you can make a reservation without rising at dawn to stalk the pool area and “reserve” a chaise with your scraggly towel.
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