Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Transplant this ultraluxurious hotel to any other city in the U.S. and the rates would be three, four, or five times as much. True, it's located an unattractive ten-minute walk from any other hotel on the Strip. But this level of service, attention to detail, and luxury -- at these prices -- are an only-in-Las-Vegas experience.
Tuscany Suites Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Two (pretty long) blocks from the Strip, this 715-room hotel offers great deals on basic suites with dining areas and kitchenettes. (And we mean really great deals -- our reporter's room was $59/night). A free fitness center, inexpensive restaurants, on-site casino, and two smallish (but well-maintained) pools sweeten the deal. A great way to sleep within shooting distance of the Strip for the cost of a few hands of blackjack.
Treasure Island Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Excalibur Hotel And Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The medieval-themed castle on the Strip has lots of kid-friendly activities and way-low rates -- as low as $40 a night -- making it a very fine choice for budget-concious families. Four large pools, one with a waterslide, and an excellent location are among its appealing qualities. Standard rooms are basic and a bit worn, so spring for a $20 upgrade -- it's still a great deal.
Flamingo Las Vegas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls
For the price, the Golden Nugget is a steal, provided you don't mind staying in Vegas' older downtown neighborhood instead of the newer, livelier Strip. In exchange for giving up the prime location, guests can enjoy clean, well-appointed rooms, excellent service -- and a top-notch pool complete with a shark tank. New York Magazine rated Golden Nugget the best cheap hotel in Vegas.
The Platinum Hotel And Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A classy condo-hotel tucked behind the big casinos, this 255-suite property is one of the best off-the-Strip values in town. It doesn't have a casino, so it's not the typical Vegas experience -- but it's a great choice for extended stay guests and wedding parties. The huge suites start at 900 square feet; the gym is large and modern, the pool deck cooly elegant, and the lounge stylish and intimate.
Luxor Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
At the lower end of the Strip's price scale, this colossal, pyramid-shaped, Egyptian-themed hotel-casino offers rooms and features that can compete with those at some of its midrange neighbors. For under $100 a night, you get four large pools, well-apointed rooms (in the towers, at least), solid service, varied food options, and a fitness center.
California Hotel and Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The pool and casino at California Hotel and Casino may be small, but rooms are clean and comfortable, full meals cost as little as $9, and the room rates are astonishingly low. (You won't find many clean rooms anywhere for around $40/night). The hotel is quiet and away from the action, making it popular with an older crowd.
Wynn Las Vegas Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Vegas is probably the only cities in the world where an ultra-luxury hotel can appear on the best values list. Sure, the Wynn is on the higher end of the Vegas hotel price range, but you're still getting an extraordinary luxury hotel experience for a fraction of the price you would in other cities. (Try finding a five-pearl hotel for the same price in New York.) For around $200 a night you get giant rooms with top-quality beds, luxurious bathrooms with TVs and deep soaking tubs, an 18-hole golf course, three Michelin-starred restaurants, and top-notch service and attention to detail.