Visitors to Las Vegas have countless options when it comes to accommodations. Las Vegas can be the kind of place where you can have a lot of fun without spending very much money at all or it can be the place where you can spend inordinate amounts of cash for the most lavish experience possible. The best hotels and places to stay will really depend on your particular needs and preferences.
Best Hotels on a Budget
When choosing a cheap Las Vegas hotel, one of the most important factors to consider is location. Given the wealth of entertainment, dining and gambling options, you don't have to feel restricted to the hotel casino where you are staying.
- Flamingo Las Vegas: Located near the same intersection where you'll find Caesar's Palace and Bellagio, the Flamingo is easily one of the most centrally located hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. As one of the older hotels on the Strip, this property is more affordable than the newer, more luxurious resorts. Become a member of both the Hilton HHonors Program and the Total Rewards Program to reap the greatest benefit. The hotel is listed on theguardian.com's list of the ten best alternative and old school hotels in Vegas. Its buffet and coffee shop are among the better values in town.
- The Quad Resort and Casino: What was once the Imperial Palace received a major facelift and rebranding in 2013, becoming the Quad Resort and Casino. It is also very centrally located, right across the street from the Forum Shops at Caesar's and it is also an affordably-priced member of the Total Rewards Program. Perhaps one of the most unique features are the Dealertainers, blackjack dealers who dress up as celebrity look-alikes, complete with impromptu musical performances!
- Golden Nugget: For travelers who prefer the "old Las Vegas," heading downtown to the Golden Nugget is one of the most historic experiences available. Reviews on TripAdvisor are generally very positive, with "excellent" or "very good" ratings being given by the vast majority reviewers. One reviewer says it is "smaller, cheaper, and way better than the main strip." Quick access to the Fremont Street Experience, complete with zipline, is a big plus.
Las Vegas Luxury Hotels
Living in the lap of luxury is close at hand in Las Vegas. Most of the larger resorts have fantastically large suites that can go for thousands of dollars a night, but even their more modest accommodations are among the swankiest in the country.
- Mandalay Bay: A Frommer's review describes Mandalay Bay is "one of our favorite hotels," offering "public areas [that] really do make this seem more like an actual resort hotel than just a Vegas version of one." It is located a little further down the Strip than the most central resorts, but a monorail quickly connects guests to Luxor and Excalibur to get closer to the heart of the action.
- Encore at Wynn: The original Wynn Las Vegas was met with a lot of fanfare, most notably because Wynn is the winner of the most Forbes Five Star rating awards in the world. Encore at Wynn continues that award-winning tradition with more Asian-inspired decor in public areas. The most stunning and sweeping views can be enjoyed from the Panoramic Suites and the Wynn Resort even has its own golf course, right on the Strip.
- Mandarin Oriental: It is truly rare to get a near perfect rating on Expedia, but that is exactly what the Mandarin Oriental has been able to achieve. The overall guest rating on the travel site is nearly perfect with the overwhelming majority of guests recommending the hotel. It is located adjacent to the equally stunning Aria, Vdara, and the rest of the newer City Center complex.
While it has a reputation for being Sin City, Las Vegas also has a lot to offer for families with children. Several area hotels are particularly well-suited for families.
- Circus Circus: It may be one of the older hotels and it may be a little isolated from the heart of the Strip, but Circus Circus is a mainstay for families visiting Las Vegas. The carnival-like atmosphere is very much geared toward both the young and the young at heart. Circus acts perform frequently and are free to watch. The attached Adventuredome Theme Park offers thrill rides, bumper cars, midway games, a video arcade and free clown shows.
- ARIA Sky Suites: The Aria Resort and Casino is a 4,000+ room mega-resort with a wealth of amenities, including spa, five pools and a fitness center. Oyster.com applauds the "stunning modern design" and "good service, especially for a hotel of its size." For families, the larger Sky Suites are most appropriate, offering up to 1,630 square feet with two bedrooms. Even the standard deluxe rooms are 520 square feet, larger than most standard rooms at other hotels.
- The Mirage: From the "live" volcano out front to the tropically-themed interior, kids have a lot to like at the Mirage. It is connected via a complimentary tram to sister hotel Treasure Island, a pirate-themed resort complete with a free pirate show out front. The very central location, between Caesar's Palace and the Fashion Show Mall, make the Mirage a convenient hub for your Las Vegas vacation.
Las Vegas Hotels for Conventions
Many people see Las Vegas as a place to gamble, party and take in a grand show, but it is also home to many major conventions and trade shows like the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). People visiting Las Vegas for work purposes may have different hotel priorities than leisure travelers.
- LVH: Previously known as the Las Vegas Hilton, the LVH is located right next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, making it as easy as possible for attendees to get from their hotel room to their event in just a few steps. The attached Las Vegas monorail allows for quick and easy access to the main part of the Las Vegas Strip as well.
- Venetian Resort Hotel: Many conventions are held at Sands Expo instead of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Sands Expo is connected directly to the Venetian and the Palazzo, so guests don't even need to go outside to walk to their event. The hotel's canals with singing gondoliers, exquisite shopping areas and lavish designs inspired by Venice, Italy add greatly to the charm and appeal of this luxury hotel.
Wide Variety of Options
The hotels, resorts and other places to stay in Las Vegas are incredibly diverse in their price range, size and amenities. No matter what sort of room or suite you seek for your stay in Las Vegas, you'll definitely have several options that can fulfill those needs.