Hotels in Las Vegas always tend to be a great value. With some 70,000 hotel rooms on the Strip, supply is ample; and because they make most of their money off their casinos, many properties keep room rates low to attract as many gamblers as possible. We visited over 100 hotels in Vegas to evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants, to see which offered the best bang-for-your-buck. Take a look at our expert picks for hotels with the best value in Sin City, and start planning your Vegas getaway!
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.
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.
For a reasonably priced, clean, and comfortably modern room in a convenient central-Strip location, it's hard to do better. Treasure Island has a great location near the Wynn, Mirage, Palazzo, and Venetian; and the rooms were renovated in 2008.
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.
The Flamingo celebrated its glory years in the 1970s. Today it's a fun, retro-flavored value option smack on the middle of the Strip. Rooms are understated and comfortable; and the spa, fitness center, and Lagoon Pool are impressive amenities for a hotel that often charges less than $100 a night.
The upscale, 1,613-room SLS Las Vegas is in the building that once housed the iconic Sahara Resort & Casino, on the far north end of The Strip. The casino area isn't huge but all the typical gaming options are available, and there are a wide array of restaurants to fit anyone's budget -- including the trendy Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Three nightclubs and a gorgeous outdoor pool area lure a younger crowd. Rooms are small by Vegas standards, but chic and modern with high-tech amenities
For travelers who need a cheap place to stay in Vegas, the upper-middle-range Harrah’s is a no-brainer. It’s conveniently located in the middle of the Strip, has a mid-size casino, an OK pool, and a few restaurants and bars. But for anyone who expects to be wowed, Harrah’s is no showstopper. Most of the 2,530 rooms are heinously dated and reek of cigarette smoke. And compared to its neighbors, Harrah’s casino is small, its pool is boring, and its entertainment options are lackluster. A more modern and cleaner Strip pick is the slightly more expensive Tropicana, though it lacks Harrah’s prime location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 47-story, 599-room Palms Place Hotel Spa is one of the best values for a luxury hotel in Vegas. It's location off the Strip makes for lower prices, but there's a free shuttle to the Strip (ending in the evening) and the action-packed Palms Casino Resort is right next door, so guests still have easy access to the gambling, parties, and celeb sightings Vegas is known for. The Palms Place is quieter, sans casino, and smoke-free, and the big suites are chic and contemporary; all have kitchenettes. Thechic sixth-floor pool is a hub for couples and families.
This 2,163-room suburban hotel has big modern rooms and amenities apleny -- great pools, a movie theater, a 64-lane bowling alley, a huge casino, even the occassional rodeo. But this is a much mellower version of Vegas, most popular among locals and families. For a party scene, stay closer to the Strip.
A $180 million renovation completed in 2011 turned the once-dingy Tropicana into one of the nicer mid-range hotels on the Strip. This storied hotel is one of the oldest in Vegas -- it was built in 1957, and once had mob associations -- but today it is clean, modern, and even somewhat stylish, with South-Beach-inspired decor and a sprawling pool club and nightclub,Bagatelle Beach. The casino isn't as large as others on the Strip, but the central location makes it easy to gamble elsewhere -- the hotel is connected via pedestrian bridges to MGM Grand and Excalibur. The basic contemporary rooms have fresh tropical style; guests should stay in the Paradise Tower to be close to the Strip or the Club Tower to be close to the pool. But note that prices tend to be a bit higher than at other mid-range options such as Treasure Island and New York New York.
Palace Station Hotel and Casino is a mid-range property with 1,011 rooms across two buildings, located within five minutes of the strip, but a world away in terms of price (the older Courtyard rooms are especially affordable). The low rates and numerous gaming and dining options make this a popular choice. There is a resort fee, however, and like many casino hotels in Vegas, the smell of cigarette smoke in the public areas can be overpowering. Rooms are spacious and smart, with flat-screen TVs, and the hotel offers extras that other off-strip hotels like Boulder Station don’t -- such as a fitness center, hair and beauty salon, and free shuttle to the strip and the airport.
This mid-range hotel and casino has 300 modern rooms and offers an all-encompassing Vegas experience. There’s enough gaming, dining options, and entertainment to keep guests satisfied, yet the off-strip location means it’s priced at a budget level compared with properties on the famed Vegas thoroughfare. The rooms have a contemporary style, and are certainly among the smartest in town at this price point. It’s worth noting that there's a resort fee to pay on top of the room rate, but the hotel still offers great value.
The 447-room Fremont Hotel and Casino is a mid-range, classic Las Vegas property complete with flashing lights and lively casino action. This solid value pick doesn't have a pool or fitness center, but the affordable rooms are clean and quiet and guests have access to the California Hotel's pool. There is no direct shuttle to the Strip, but there is plenty of casino and bar action as well as nightly entertainment on-site. The Fremont Street Experience is right outside the door, but some guests have complained about lingering cigarette smells.
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.
For those looking for a reasonably priced, one- to two-bedroom suite who don't mind being off the Strip, the Club De Soleil All-Suite Resort is a solid option. But keep in mind: this is a time-share property that also rents rooms. That means guests won't find a resort atmosphere and services, despite the name (for instance, there is no bar and no restaurant). And it's hard to avoid at least one sales pitch. But if that's OK, then guests can get a clean suite or studio apartment style for a bargain price by Vegas standards.