Best cheap hotels in Las Vegas
Don’t let the price tag fool you. This non-casino hotel 30 minutes from the airport is far more glamorous than its room rate suggests. Set along the surprisingly beautiful man-made Lake Las Vegas, the Westin is adorned with hanging lanterns, ornate tile work, terra cotta tones and an indoor-outdoor aesthetic that encourages you to make good use of the pool and expansive patio overlooking the water. This is the place to to heal yourself after a draining 24 hours at the slot machines—what it lacks in table games or pumping nightclubs it makes up for in standup paddle board lessons, yoga classes, beachy bonfires and access to an 18-hole golf course right next door.
A fresh addition to the Caesars family, this center-Strip casino underwent a complete renovation and rebranding in 2014, so the rooms feel contemporary and fresh, and the whole resort still has a bit of that new hotel shine. Designed with younger visitors in mind, the Linq offers rooms for a crowd with two queen beds and an extra lofted bunk, which is good if you're hoping to make new friends. Affordable spa treatments (hello, Himalayan salt cave) are a massive plus, there are also in-room fitness carts stocked with yoga mats and foam rollers available to guests free of charge. Best of all, you can fly high above the Linq Promenade—which is packed with restaurants, bars and shops—on their new zipline.
Once the celeb and nightclub capital of the casino corridor, today the Palms is a little more laid back. But many of the ingredients that made it such a hot spot are still in place, namely slick rooms with sensational views (book the Ivory tower, recently redesigned by Klai Juba), tasty restaurants (try Andre Rochat’s Alize), party options (Ghostbar Dayclub turns afternoons debaucherous all winter long) and one of the best concert venues in town with a lineup that’s had a welcome refresh.
The Hilton originally opened as a Ritz-Carlton, which means just about everything at the lakeside resort is a little more lovely than you would expect. That goes for the opulent interiors, elegant pool and formal garden, which leads to a “village” of shops and cafes where you can grab a bite or a souvenir. Two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses are within easy reach and there’s a shuttle service to the Strip for when you want to get your Vegas on. The best of both worlds, with a view to boot.
Want a comfortable hotel with a famous name and all the trimmings at a price that will leave plenty of cash left over to blow in the casino? Allow us to introduce the Golden Nugget. This Downtown gem apes the mega resorts of the Strip without the high-end price points. There's a glitzy casino, a handful of restaurants, regular live performances and an epic swimming pool that boasts—wait for it—a shark tank! What's more, the water slide at the pool zips straight through the tank via a (safe) clear tube). Look for rooms in the modern Gold or Rush towers, and when you’re done exploring the hotel, step out onto the street and into the madness.
In 2013 the former Lady Luck casino in Downtown Las Vegas reopened as the Downtown Grand, a sprawling, 600-plus room resort with a fresh new look courtesy of a $100-million makeover. Inside the property, there’s a full suite of gaming options, a beautiful pool, two bars, two restaurants (plus a pizza parlor opposite), and rooms starting around $30 per night. Outside, there’s all of Downtown Vegas, from the most debaucherous haunts to more innocuous delights. And e-sports fans will be pleased to know that Downtown Grand is host to regular tournaments and a dedicated esports lounge.
For an only-in-Vegas experience, it’s hard to beat the Luxor. The glistening black pyramid with a spotlight that shines into the heavens and a sphinx guarding the front door is impressive to say the least. While it’s not the newest kid on the block, this hotel still ticks all the boxes: clean, comfy rooms, a massive casino, an array of eateries and long-running shows like Blue Man Group. There's also a spa, sexy pools and a chapel to get married. Plus, its connection to Mandalay Place means you get two resorts’ worth of restaurants, bars, shops and games at your fingertips.
This old-school hotel in the heart of Old Vegas got a head-to-toe makeover in 2014, transforming a worn out property into a properly hip boutique hotel. Today, the Oasis has 44 rooms and suites (modest by Vegas standards)—including dog-friendly crash pads and a 5,000-square-foot penthouse. Unlike most of its neighbors, there’s no gaming or smoking, but to be honest, that might be a bit of a relief. Instead, you’ll find bike rentals, a co-working space, a media library in the lobby and the Gold Spike next door with a 24-hour restaurant and backyard full of games.
There are no pirates (in costume or otherwise) on the premises of this laid back casino—all the more reason to visit. Treasure Island is in a fancy neighborhood (across from Wynn and Palazzo with Mirage right next door) at a price point usually reserved for a few blocks off the Strip. You won’t find famous restaurants or a swanky club onsite (though there is a resident Cirque show), but there are plenty of those within walking distance should you feel the urge to splurge.
Spread yourself out at this veteran hotel, where every room is a suite and the baseline footprint is 600 square feet. Opt for an updated Samba room in the Ipanema Tower, then explore the carnival-themed casino, take a dip in the pool, indulge in the famous seafood buffet, play the black-lit mini golf course or zipline 800 feet from one casino tower to another at up to 33 miles per hour. It's like a kid's adventure playground, but for adults with credit cards and grown-up naughty streaks. While it's not directly on the Strip, there's a free shuttle right to the heart of the action, and with the money you save on your stay, you should be able to afford an Uber or ten.