Enjoy Las Vegas on Next To Nothing:
Where To Stay For Less - In Great Locations
Would you like to visit Las Vegas for less than you pay to stay home? How long has it been since you've really had a blast? Learn what the locals know about having a good time on a budget. Their Staycation just may be your dream! Las Vegas casinos are giving away less and charging more in an effort to survive the current economic times. Here are a few ways to tip the balance in your favor!
Rates tend to change on a daily basis; so there is no one place that is always a better deal. Whether traveling as a couple, or with the kids, you'll likely save money by staying somewhere near the activities you want to enjoy. That said, the "Downtown" hotels and the "Neighborhood" casinos usually charge much less than in the heart of "The Strip." But most of the parking Downtown is only free with validation.
The hotels that have everything going on can easily get higher room rates. So the trick here is to look for a hotel that is either next door or across the street form where you want to hang out, and stay there for less cost when possible. Transportation also makes a difference in that cheaper doesn’t work if you end up spending the difference just getting around.
So, before getting started, you will want to ask yourself a few questions:
Am I traveling with the family, or is this an all adult excursion? If traveling with the family, and you'd like the children to have a good time too, the downtown hotels are near Neonopolis which is a large open-air entertainment center with 14 movie theaters, a video and game center, a bowling alley, a food court, and restaurants. Fitzgerald's is the closest of the affordable hotels in this article to Neonopolis.
Do I want to be near any specific Hotel/Casino for my stay? Please notice that many of the suggested hotels are next door to, across the street from, or connected by a free tram to many of the convention/event hotels in town.
Am I looking for a pampered, luxury experience? If so, then expect to pay more, and you likely won't care much for the less pricy hotels mentioned here. Online reviews of these hotels tend to reflect a 25% to 40% disappointment rate; usually by visitors that were looking for more luxury. I have personally stayed at all of the mentioned hotels. The hotels in this article are not dumps; but they are not top of the line either.
Will I be driving or flying into Las Vegas? If you have chosen to fly, not to rent a car, and not to pay for several expensive taxis, then you will want to stay in a location that is transportation friendly. Everything downtown is within about five short blocks of each other - very walkable - and The Four Queens is smack in the middle of it. Most of the free trolleys are by the hotels listed on the south end of the strip. Bill's Gamblin' Hall is near the exact center of The Strip. And The Deuce (bus) runs day and night to connect you affordably with any other part of The Strip.
We'll be looking at four different areas that will cover most of your desired activities, yet still save on the room rate. The areas will be: The Southern End of The Strip, Northern End of The Strip, The Downtown Area, and Nearby Neighborhoods or Off Strip Locations. Then we'll address transportation and parking.
If you'd like some help figuring what part of town you'd like to be near, and what you'd like to see or do in Las Vegas other than go to a casino, there are several suggestions listed in the other subtitles to this "Enjoy Las Vegas on Next To Nothing" series. For your convenience, there is a list at the end of this article.