Las Vegas is a very peculiar destination - and hotels in Las Vegas have a lot of peculiarities that you won't find in other cities.
The vast majority of visitors to Las Vegas arrive on Friday or Saturday nights and stay for the weekend. As such, room rates can seem ridiculously cheap from Sunday-Thursday night but zoom upwards on weekends. Travelers can plan a trip to their advantage: by staying, say, Sunday through to Thursday, one can not only save a bundle on hotel rates, but also take advantage of package deals that may include a show, meals, and gambling coupons—occasionally worth more than the cost of the hotel room itself.
A bad surprise at check in are so-called "Resort Fees". Many hotels in Las Vegas collect this fee on top of the actual room charge(typically between 10$ and 20$ per night) when you check in. You won't get around paying it, even if you claim that your hotel booking website had indicated the total pricing as final. The resort fee is apparently an attempt of introducing low-cost airline pricing to hotels: splitting up the price into an attractively cheap basic fee, and charging the customer for almost everything separately. Thusly, in Las Vegas, the resort fee typically "covers" the usage of the swimming pool and of the fitness centre. Some hotels do not collect resort fees. It may be worth it to ask the front desk to remove this fee; especially if you had a bad experience with your stay. However, keep your expectations low but be polite and reasonable.
Be aware that in Las Vegas hotels, even the resort fee does not always cover hotel amenities that are included for free in hotels in the rest of the world: These charges may be quite expensive; most hotels charge for use of the fitness center with rates around $20 to $40 per visit, local calls are usually billed, and wireless internet is generally at least $12 per day. Unless the service is free; it is better to use your own cell phone or mobile router.
Due to the flamboyant and lively atmosphere of most casino hotels, be aware that you may not get a good night's sleep, especially on weekends or during busy tourist seasons. Drunken parties and associated recklessness are frequent occurrences in most of the motels and hotels on The Strip. Most hotels will send security personnel up to dispel loud parties or to warn drunk patrons to keep the noise down if you call the front desk, but their effectiveness may vary.
In Las Vegas parlance, the words "hotel" and "casino" are interchangeable. There is a big difference between casino hotels and mainstream hotels without gambling. Casino hotels tend to be large (often with a long walk from the parking to your room and often via the gambling floor). The size of casino hotels means that they often have a wider range of services (restaurants, bars, shops, coffee shops, etc.) and many facilities have long opening hours or are open 24 hours.
On the Strip
Aria3730 Las Vegas BlvdTwo hotel towers, nine bars, 17 restaurants, 1,840-seat theater, gift shop, 800,000 square foot spa, pool and 300,000 square feet of meeting space mean you need never leave. Bally's3645 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 888 742-9248A moderate hotel and casino, but the location at the center of the Strip and the large rooms makes it one of the best values around. Bellagio3600 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 693-7111Tollfree: +1 888 987-6667One of the most upscale hotels in Las Vegas, the Bellagio features an art gallery, a massive indoor flower garden, and the Cirque du Soleil show "O". Cool. One thing to do at the Bellagio (you do not have to stay there) is to have afternoon tea at the Petrossian Bar. It costs around $32 per person. Very classy. You have to book at least a day in advance. Caesars Palace3570 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 877 427-7243Renowned for its originality and features, Caesars Palace offers 3,300 hotel rooms and more than 26 different restaurants and cafes. Circus Circus2880 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 877 224-7287A cheaper and less upscale casino that caters to families. The Manor is in poor shape; the Tower rooms are somewhat better. Scheduled for demolition and rebuilding. Cosmopolitan3730 Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1-702-698-7000The resort's uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized, residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. Excalibur3850 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 800 697-1791Named after the mythical sword of King Arthur, this family friendly hotel has a large pool and rides for the kids. Flamingo3555 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 733-3111Fax: +1 702 733-3528A pink-colored resort located in the middle of the Strip, the Flamingo was one of the first casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, and is famous for being owned by Bugsy Siegel. Four Seasons3960 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 632-5000Fax: +1 702 632-5195Occupying the top four floors of Mandalay Bay's main building, the Four Seasons is one of the most exclusive and high-end accommodations in Las Vegas. The Quad3535 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 731-3311Until December 2012 known as the Imperial Palace. Is right now (April 2013) being refurbished, and some of the rooms have already been upgraded. Parts of the premises are not accessible to the public due to these works. This is probably the reason why the rates right now are a little lower compared to the other resorts on the Strip. In addition to the usual game tables, slot machines and restaurants, The Quad also hosts a car museum. Luxor Resort and Casino3900 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 262-4100An Egyptian-themed hotel with a massive pyramid that offers interesting room layouts. This hotel is a good option for those looking for a lower-priced but still upscale room on the Strip. Mandarin Oriental3752 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 590-8888Price: From $345The most luxurious, nongaming hotel in CityCenter. 47 floors. The guest rooms and public spaces subtly reference Asian design with art and decorative accents, paintings of kimonos, panels that slide like shoji screens, pendant lamps that resemble Japanese lanterns, and high-sheen built-in drawers that suggest the lacquer and tiers of Tansu chests. Mirage3400 S Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 791-7111Price: $75-500An upscale hotel located near the middle of the Strip, the Mirage features a "volcano" that erupts every hour, a white tiger exhibit, a 200,000 gallon tropical aquarium, and a tropical rain forest. MGM Grand3799 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 891-7777Price: start $79Opened in 1993, this Hollywood themed resort has 5,044 guest rooms. The theme "Maximum Vegas" refers to the point that almost anyone can find something to do. With 6.6 acres of swimming area, 2 wedding chapels, 3 theaters, multitudes of resturaunts, a spa and salon, a 380,000 square foot conference center, shops galore, and 165,000 square feet of casino floor. Riviera2901 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 479-5488Price: From $49This Riviera Casino Hotels accommodations and service is above average and the best value for the money. The location is preferable because it is located on strip but not smack in the heart of the strip so you're not overwhelmed with hordes of crowds and traffic. The Palazzo3325 Las Vegas Blvd SEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +1 877 444-5777The Venetian's sister property located right next door, The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino has an extraordinary 50-floor luxury tower with 3,066 suites, along with a 100,000-square-foot gaming casino, and a 450,000-square-foot meeting and convention facility. It is home to over 60 international boutiques, Barneys New York, the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, the 40/40 Club, the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, and 15 incredible restaurants. The Venetian3355 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 414-4100A high-end hotel located near the center of the Strip and offering everything from the Grand Canal shops to shows and connected to The Palazzo complex. Rooms are spacious with quality furnishings although no coffee/tea making facilities and it can be a long walk from your room to facilities. Plumbing occasionally questionable (noise and temperature). Wynn Las Vegas3131 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 770-7000Price: From $250Built at a cost of $2.7 billion, this is the most expensive resort in the world, with the money plowed into (among other things) a private golf course, an artificial mountain with a 5-story waterfall and a million-gallon water tank for the nightly show. Vdara2600 W Harmon AvePhone: +1 866 745-7767Price: From $12957 floors. Includes a sizable spa, pool complex, restaurant, bar and nearly 1,500 suites. Vdara is one of the few upscale Las Vegas hotels hospitable to families. 250 Panoramic rooms, include a four-person dining room table, a washer-dryer and full-sized kitchen appliances. A non-smoking hotel.
Off the Strip
Claremont Hotel Las Vegas2601 Westwood Drive, West of the Las Vegas Strip 89109Phone: +1 702 862-4114Rooms with double bed, deluxe king bed and suite, all equipped with air conditioning, Safe and Plasma cable TV. Facilities and services are high-speed Internet access and awimming pool. Desert Rose5051 Duke Ellington WayPhone: +1 702 739-7000.Spacious 284 condo-styled suites with the comforts of a vacation resort. Sparkling resort pool and hot tub, surrounded by lush foliage. Hard Rock4455 Paradise RdPhone: +1 702 693-5000A premier destination entertainment resort located on 16.7 acres on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road, inside the Paradise Corridor. Hooters Casino Hotel115 E Tropicana AvePhone: +1 702 739-9000Price: From $35Located right behind the Tropicana and quick walk to the Strip or monorail. Guests can expect to see the Hooters Girls throughout the property. Las Vegas Hotel3000 Paradise RdTollfree: +1 888 732-7117This 3000 room hotel/casino is situated just north of the Las Vegas Convention Center, a couple of blocks east of the Strip. A monorail station is located next to the lobby. Platinum Hotel211 E Flamingo RdPhone: +1 877 211-9211Boutique non-gaming hotel, all rooms are suites with kitchen and private balcony. Two blocks from the Strip, near the Bellagio. Super 8 Las Vegas4250 Koval LaneWorld's Largest Super 8 located only 1 block away from the Strip. Trump International Hotel & Tower2000 Fashion Show DrPhone: +1 702 982-000064 floors. Sweeping panoramic views of the city against a majestic backdrop of surrounding mountains. 1,232 suites and 50 penthouse suites, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Spa at Trump and Health Club. Westgate Flamingo Bay5625 W Flamingo RdOne and two bedroom villas equipped with a full kitchen, whirlpool tub, spacious living room and a fireplace. 2.5 miles from the Strip.
Many modest hotels, well-away from the Strip and downtown, cater to "locals"; many offer lower rates and (often) better games. Among them are:
The Station Casinos. Located throughout the greater LV area, to include deluxe resort properties.
Sam's Town. On Boulder Highway toward Henderson. Large property with considerable parking, to include excellent facilities for RVs.
Fiesta Henderson. At intersection of I-215 and I-515. Standard rooms, economical and tasty dining, and excellent games. Room rates for players are especially attractive.
They are complemented by plush, full-resort hotels/casinos in select locations. Examples include:
Bed & Breakfast
Michele's French Country Cottage4429 Casa SenciaPhone: +1 702 454-6992When the flashing neon lights of Vegas get too much, try this great alternative. Capturing the essence of an Alsace-Lorraine French country farmhouse.
USA Hostels Las Vegas1322 Fremont StPhone: +1 702 385-1150A definite budget option. A reasonably well kept hostel with very friendly staff. Free beer and BBQ at the weekend is not to be missed. Surrounding area is not overly safe. Walking alone at night is not recommended. The pizza parlor next door does a deal on a soda and a generous slice of pizza for around $3. Fremont Experience is roughly a 20 minute walk from the hostel. Sin City Hostel1208 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 868-0222Hostel located near the north end of the Strip. Simple, clean, efficient. $15 per night in a 6-bed dorm includes continental breakfast.