The big question is whether you stay in hotels on Las Vegas Strip or not.
A hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard puts you at the heart of the action and is likely to be the more glamorous choice, while somewhere in the grid of streets off-Strip is likely to offer more quietude and better value.
Cheap Las Vegas hotels tend to be located in Downtown.
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To have the quintessential Las Vegas experience, you need to stay in one of the Strip’s legendary casino-hotels.
Every one of the big names has rooms, and most have hundreds, or even thousands of them.
Sin City typically lacks for nothing, and that includes capacity. A whopping 15 Las Vegas hotels in 2016 make up the top 25 largest hotels in the world by room count, all of which are on the Strip. In total, the city has over 150,000 rooms.
Cruise along the Boulevard and you’ll see a succession of beckoning Las Vegas hotels with familiar names: the MGM Grand, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, and on and on.
Many are luxury five-star Las Vegas hotels, along with some accommodation-only paradises such as the Mandarin Oriental.
Pretty much every hotel has a pool: in the spirit of Las Vegas excess, most have several pools, including topless pools, adults-only pools and entire water parks.
Expect an enormous variety of accommodation categories, too, from identikit double rooms to luxury penthouse suites so big you risk getting lost. You’ll also find spas, bars and restaurants galore as a standard part of the casino-hotel complexes.
Savvy travellers can find great deals at Vegas’ posh resorts – discounts are available all year, so shop around to find the best deal for you.
The Strip and its environs also major in three-star and four-star Las Vegas hotels.
Among the most famous four-star Las Vegas hotels are the Rio, Treasure Island and Mandalay Bay, but there are hundreds in all.
Below these come the true budget options, cheap Las Vegas hotels, inns and motels generally secluded up side roads a block or two from the main action.
Hotels in Downtown Las Vegas tend to be more affordable, but can be dated and lacking a pool or decent facilities. That’s why they’re cheap, of course. One definite exception is the four-star Golden Nugget, the oldest hotel in Las Vegas, which has two pools, a casino, a spa and food-and-drink spots from steakhouses to Starbucks.
There are plenty of family hotels in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, for instance, houses a 72-lane bowling alley, a supervised play area and floor-to-ceiling climbing maze for children.
Yet your best bet might be to stay somewhere casino-less and away from the Strip – sufficiently distant that kids are guaranteed sleep, yet close enough for parents to enjoy a night out.
Look out for amazing hotel deals offering suites for the price of rooms. Additionally, note than many hotel packages include access to some areas and not others, so it’s vital to read the small print carefully.
Be mindful also of non-optional resort fees, cunning charges covering amenities such as WiFi, health-club access and newspapers. Most of all, try to stay between Tuesday and Thursday on short breaks, when room rates tend to be lowest.
Wherever you plump for – and especially if it’s on the Strip – try to book well ahead. Even the 6,800-room MGM Grand can fill up sometimes, while prices are generally hiked for short-notice bookings.
Found a cheap hotel? Then arrange your airport transfer or car hire for less. Read our page on how to get around Las Vegas for advice on getting to your hotel.