If you are one of many visitors who want to do Las Vegas cheap and need advice on the where and how here’s some good information from people who know….us. Keep in mind that room rates fluctuate all the time depending on the time of year, what events and or conventions are in town etc. Summer in Las Vegas and the weekdays between Christmas and New Years are always among the cheapest times to book. The hotels that we recommend are still going to be significantly cheaper no matter when you visit. Don’t forget to factor in resort fees and taxes which may apply. Some of the hotels we suggest don’t charge a resort fee. For a list of packages being offered look under hotel/casinos on the homepage. We broke it down by area to make it easy.
Where to Stay – see our hotel map here
If you’re like many travelers who just want a basic clean room so they’ll have more to spend on gambling and sightseeing, entertainment and dining, we’ve got a few suggestions. However we will not go so far as to suggest arriving on the red-eye, checking your bags with the bellman and then grabbing a bite to eat followed by sleeping by the pool area until check-in time so you can save on the cost of a nights stay. (I actually came across a website that suggested this!)
This is one of the older properties on the Strip and the location isn’t the best (not the worst either). You’ll still get a clean room at the Riviera with the usual complimentary iron/ironing board, flat screen, hairdryer and pillow top mattresses at very reasonable rates (“best rate guarantee” for booking online). To sweeten the deal they also have an ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE for $69 per night (two night minimum). It includes all day dining at the R Buffet and drinks at the Le Bistro Lounge (well, draft beer, house wine & non-alchoholic beverages only). The price is for two people! This is a great deal if you don’t care about any upscale fine dining and don’t tire of the buffet scene. A food court is on site for more cheap eats and you’ll have access to a pool, entertainment and one of the best Comedy Clubs in town. Walk next door and visit the very retro Peppermill, a Las Vegas landmark and a favorite of locals. The Riviera is also the only Strip hotel with Bingo! Don’t laugh. Bingo is not just for old farts. I like it because you have a chance to win big money and it takes longer to lose your money. P.S. They take pets. Go here for all details.
(For a list of hotels that allow pets go here.)
Like the Riviera, The Quad is an older property but has a better location on the Strip. They also DON’T CHARGE A RESORT FEE, which can really add up depending on how long a stay you’re planning. Read about our stay here. By the way….they also allow small pets.
These two sister properties are not on the Strip, but are close by and they offer a free shuttle to the Strip and also to the Orleans from the Gold Coast and visa versa. Go online and sign up for their gaming rewards card; B CONNECTED. It will asure that you get the best rate guarantee when you book online and is good for several hotels in Las Vegas including Downtown. The Gold Coast is older and will be the cheaper by about $10 per night. In addition to the usual things a casino offers, both hotels also have bowling and offer late night specials (Gold Coast) with $1 games, $1 drafts, $2 shoes and $2 well drinks!!! The Orleans has a movie theater and a Kids Tyme play area that is a babysitting facility (ages 3 – 12), so you can keep the kids happy while you do a little gambling. You MUST have proof of immunizations!! The Gold Coast has Bingo. Both hotels have headline entertainment, plenty of inexpensive dining options, and very nice rooms for the price.
One of the best things about staying Downtown, is not only will you find cheap rooms, there is a tremendous variety of cheap things to do and see within walking distance or a short ride away. For a cheap rate check anyone of the following: Golden Nugget is first class, El Cortez (be sure and check out this deal), Fremont, California, The D Las Vegas, Plaza (newly remodeled and no resort fee) , Main Street Station, Vegas Club and Four Queens. There is also the Golden Gate which we don’t recommend. Read about our stay here.