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finding a cheap hotel in
At one time, Las Vegas was known as a "cheap" vacation destination. Hotel-casinos banked on
the fact that visitors would spend their hard-earned money at the slot machines and gaming
tables, so they offered rooms, meals, and shows at deeply discounted rates. Even moderate
players could expect to receive meal and room comps to make their stays more affordable.
Today, though, it can be more difficult to find a cheap hotel room in Vegas, even if you plan on
doing a fair amount of gambling. Fortunately, there are still ways you can secure a hotel room
without putting a strain on your vacation budget.
1) Timing is everything. Like most vacation destinations, Vegas is busier during certain times of
the year. As you might expect, hotel room rates are highest during peak periods. Avoid traveling
in the dead of winter and early summer - room rates can double or even triple during these
periods. Also, keep in mind that a midweek rate for a room can be a fraction of what it will cost
you to stay on a weekend night.
There are also other timing factors to consider. If there is a convention in town, you can bet that
room rates will go though the roof. Check with the Las Vegas Convention Center or Tourism
Board to find out about major convention dates, and make sure you don't arrive in Vegas during
these times. Also, holidays like New Year's Day and July 4th typically bring in more visitors, which
translates to higher room rates.
2) Check off-Strip for bargain room rates. Most visitors want to stay on the Las Vegas Strip
because that's where most of the action happens. Keep in mind, though, that Strip hotels tend to
charge the highest rates. If you want to find a good deal, check the off-Strip hotels, including
those on and near Fremont Street in downtown Vegas. It's not uncommon to find off-Strip rooms
for less than $50 per night.
Off-Strip rooms are more than adequate for all but the most discerning of travelers. You might not
have programmable window curtains or a plasma television in your bathroom, but you will have a
comfortable place to recharge between outings. For most Vegas travelers, that's all that matters.
3) Consider booking your flight and hotel room as a package. Because Las Vegas is one of the
world's most popular travel destinations, there are a wealth of companies that offer package deals
for vacationers and convention attendees. Booking your room and flight together can save you a
substantial amount of money, leaving more of your budget for shows, meals, and gaming.
Some Vegas hotels even partner with specific airlines to give you the best deal. As long as you
are not set on flying with a particular airline, these packages can help make your Las Vegas trip
Finding a cheap Vegas hotel room isn't as easy as it once was, but with a little planning and
research, you can inexpensively enjoy a comfortable, attractive place to stay between excursions
to the casinos, restaurants and attractions that only Las Vegas can offer.