A Las Vegas vacation can cost a fortune. You and your spouse roll into town feeling like high-rollers, dropping $200/night for the hotel room, $100 on dinner, $50 on lunch, $25 on breakfast, $225 to see Cirque du Soleil, $50 at the bar and then maybe a few hands of Texas hold' em. Before you place a single bet, you've already spent $650 in one day!
If your vacation spans the whole week, you're in for some real trouble. So to be realistic, you should decide where your money will be best spent. For some, they'd rather stay in one of the cheap hotels and spend their money on entertainment instead. After all, sleeping is just recharging your batteries, right?
First of all, if you're not fussy about when you travel to Las Vegas, then you can find cheap deals at hotels that are otherwise very expensive, but they just happen to have vacancies. Weekdays are half the price of weekends.
The two weeks before Christmas (after the December rodeo and before the 25th) are a steal. Also, January is a good travel time because most people are nursing New Year's Eve hangovers and paying off Christmas bills.
The middle of summer in July or August will offer lower rates too because some people just hate the heat, although the savvy traveler knows that every place is air conditioned on the Las Vegas strip! When you call a hotel, be sure to ask specifically if they have any specials going on. It's one of those secret traveler hotel tips that could save you a ton; ask and ye shall receive!
If you're the online, cheap hotels bargain hunter type, then try the following sites: "Travel Worm", "Hotel Club", "Hotels Cheap" and "Hotel Discounts". This site, "Las Vegas Direct" was advertising rooms at the MGM Grand for $79, which is pretty reasonable. At "Las Vegas", you can book at The Stratosphere, Palace Station or The Tropicana for $30-$37/night.
Also, "Travels" has rooms as low as $23, such as at the Las Vegas Club Casino & Hotel, as well as a number of under-$40 options. At "Orbitz" you will find that Circus Circus has rooms for $36 and Harrah's for $57, as well as nice off-strip locations for as low as $27. The best way to shop online is to book in advance, but find a site that allows you to cancel, if need be. This website, "Kayak", is also a great resource because it allows you to peruse 140+sites at once to hunt for the best deals.
If you're looking for cheap hotels but secretly pine to stay at a Vegas hotel like the Bellagio Hotel or another luxury resort-casino, then you'll be surprised to learn there are deep discounts at even the nicest Las Vegas Strip properties! You can consider it a reward for booking directly through the hotel website, rather than going to one of the competitive online discount sites. Usually, these offers are very limited, so bargain hunting may require an obsessive love for internet perusing and lucky timing. Right now,
The Mirage is offering rooms for as low as $77/night and Chef Paul at The Wynn Hotel is offering $200 in free food for a $199/night stay. The MGM Grand has deals for $79/night now, where you receive a pair of free drinks by the pool and a $25 entertainment credit.
Mandalay Bay is offering "Stay three nights, get one free" and New York-New York has a promotional package for $89 that includes a dazzling view, 2 welcome cocktails, 2-for-1 breakfast, $15 off a spa treatment, a $10 Free Play,a $5 Starbucks credit and a 2-for-1 rollercoaster pass. The Monte Carlo offers spa, golf and dining credits with a $69/night stay and the Paris Hotel has offers as low as $79/night. Check out "Visit Las Vegas" for a full list of current promotions.
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