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Circus Circus Las Vegas 3.0

The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • Huge indoor amusement park with 25 rides and attractions
  • Circus performances every 30 minutes
  • Famous Midway surrounding circus stage with carnival and video games
  • Interesting Vegas history
  • Major renovations completed in 2012; upgrades particularly noticeable in the West Tower Rooms
  • Good steakhouse
  • Plenty of restaurants serving filling comfort food
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs , free Wi-Fi, and cheap rates
  • Decent gym


  • On the northern end of the Strip, removed from the main Vegas action
  • Huge and chaotic
  • Rundown exterior
  • Resort fee

Bottom Line

This lower-middle-range hotel on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip has two main selling points: its super cheap rates, and its abundance of family-friendly activities. These include circus performances every 30 minutes and indoor Adventure Dome amusement park with numerous rides, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and 4D theaters. With the exception of the solid steakhouse, the restaurants tend to be unexceptional but satisfying, serving hearty comfort fare -- options include a pizzeria, a barbecue restaurant, a buffet, and a Mexican joint. The hotel is a behemoth, and the 3,700-plus rooms aren't bad for the price, offering flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

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A chaotic megahotel with interesting Vegas history and cheap rates

The Circus Circus's reputation precedes it: This huge, chaotic hotel was immortalized in the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. Its casino is one oldest in town, dating back to 1968 -- which counts as real history in a city that consistently tears down the old to make way for the flashy and new.

The exterior looks a bit rundown, but the inside is reasonably fresh (if nowhere near upscale) thanks to major renovations that took place between 2008 and 2012.


On the north end of the Strip, a long walk or a short drive from the major hotel-casinos

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Circus Circus Las Vegas is on the northern end of the Strip, about a 20-minute walk (or a short cab ride) away from the heart of the action. The area currently feels a little desolate, but two major luxury hotels slated to open in the vicinity in 2014 -- the Fontainebleau and the SLS -- may change that.

Many Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the Strip. Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There's also a monorail system, which stops at Bally's, Caesars Palace, Harrah's, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the nearby Sahara station (the hotel itself closed). If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, however, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

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2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, United States

Room Types

  • Casino Tower Room
  • Larger King Tower Room
  • Manor-Motor Lodge Room
  • Skyrise Tower Room
  • West Tower Room

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