Here’s a guideline I didn’t know had a hotel, but wow …
Some Las Vegas hotels prohibit outdoor dining and drinking
Miles to Memories notes that the soon-to-be-open Virgin Las Vegas Resort has a surprising policy mentioned in the FAQs:
Can we bring our own food and drink?
Outdoor food and drinks are not permitted in our rooms. Our resort offers a variety of dining options, including stocked in-room minibars and 24-hour room service.
So yeah, apparently you can’t bring outside food and drink into your own guest room at Virgin Las Vegas. This is totally bizarre to me, but when I dig a little deeper it seems this is not the only hotel with such a policy.
For example, it appears that Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has a similar policy:
Outdoor food, drinks and refrigerators are not permitted in the resort or casino. Guests arriving with these items must dispose of these items or leave them in their vehicle for the duration of their visit.
Is this outrageous policy actually being enforced?
I should mention that my interest in Las Vegas is virtually non-existent, so I am not the target customer for these properties. I didn’t love Las Vegas before the coronavirus, and I’m sure I won’t love it after the coronavirus.
Even so, I am kind of incredulous that this is actually a policy because it is so outrageous. It’s one thing if they said you couldn’t have your own party in a suite without walking through the hotel, but the way these rules are written, you couldn’t even have a Starbucks iced coffee, a diet coke, Bring a protein shake or a bag of almonds to your room.
I have a few immediate thoughts here:
- I wonder if this policy will be enforced. If you walk into the hotel with a CVS or a bag of liquor, will they really search you?
- Even if this directive is not widely used, it rubs me in the wrong direction. I don’t want to go to a hotel because I know I’m breaking the rules and I might get kicked out for doing something very sensible
- I understand that hotels (especially in Las Vegas) try very hard to open their own F&B outlets, but there is a fine line between that and the fact that people don’t have the option to eat in their room, what you want
- When staying in hotels during the pandemic, I was more likely to get food from outside the hotel due to limited choice and a general desire to dine in my room rather than an indoor restaurant. Sometimes I pick something up, sometimes I order from Postmates or Uber Eats, and sometimes I just get snacks in a drugstore
It appears that several Las Vegas hotels have policies prohibiting all outside food and drink. I’m not sure if this policy is actually being enforced on a widespread basis, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous hotel policies I’ve ever seen. I totally get hotels that want to push their own outlets, but that is crossing the line in my opinion.
Las Vegas hotels often forget that they are still in the hospitality industry even after trying to operate like factories.
Did you know some Las Vegas hotels have such guidelines? Do Las Vegas Hotels Really Enforce These Rules?