One of the main attractions in Las Vegas are the hotels, so deciding which one to stay in can be tricky. One thing is worth saying from the outset: even the cheapest hotels on the strip are quite expensive. If you feel like splashing out there are some definite perks like great pools, casinos and restaurants, and often great views over the city from your room.
If you’d rather flit away your money in the bars and casinos than on accommodation, there are cheaper options just off the main strip. However, there are lots of less-than-safe areas in Las Vegas that are just a stone’s throw from the tourist areas, so be aware and do your research first. Here are my recommendations for every budget.
Be warned; hotels in Vegas are essentially places to gather a massive group to go out partying with. Don’t expect a great night of sleep, but if you’re looking for an unforgettable (or probably forgotten) evening on the strip then it could be perfect. If you want a cheap and quiet option, try one of the many motels just off the strip.
Hostel Cat is rated as the safest hostel in the city, which is quite important as some areas off the main strip can be intimidating. They run nights out seven days a week and it’s an incredibly sociable atmosphere. If you’re not looking for an early nigh, dorm beds are from $12 per night.
For some amazing themeing without breaking the bank too much, try the New York, New York hotel. Not only does it have a working rollercoaster looping around the exterior, but it has a lot going on inside too. With a full arcade, complete with prize tickets that can be exchanged for rubbish winnings, and a bar with dueling pianos, there’s plenty to keep guests occupied. While it’s not right in the heart of the action, it’s only a short stroll from some of the most famous hotels in the world. Rooms from $125 per night.
It’s Vegas, so I thought I’d get crazy with the luxury option. Rather than picking a hotel, I’ve picked out a room. Specifically, the Mandarin suite at the Mandarin Oriental.
With floor to ceiling windows to look down at the strip 22 stories below, this is true luxury. In fact, you don’t need to leave the bath to watch the streets below, as the sunken bath offers a great view. Plus, you won’t have to rub shoulders with other well-to-do people in the gym, as you have a private fitness area with a Technogym Kinesis Wall and exercise bike. The style is stunning. I can’t even tell you how much it is per night as it’s only revealed once you inquire, but I can assure you that it’s several thousand dollars per night. At least.
Would you blow all your money on Vegas accommodation or save it for the casinos?