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The best cheap hotels in Las Vegas

Headed to Sin City on a budget? The best cheap hotels in Las Vegas offer killer amenities in prime locations

Written by
Sarah Feldberg
&
Sarah Medina
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Danielle Goldstein
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Despite the glitz and glamor, there are ways to explore Sin City on a budget in style. Veteran Vegas penny pinchers know it’s wise to save your money for the slots, shows and other attractions by booking a room in one of the best cheap hotels in Las Vegas.

For the uninitiated, finding overnight accommodations in Las Vegas ain't for the faint of heart or the light of wallet. (If money is no object, check out our guide to the very best hotels in Las Vegas). It can be an expensive town to visit, especially on peak weekends and during major events, but bargains can be found—it just requires some sleuthing.

That's where we come in. These budget-friendly options offer all the amenities you need and a location you’ll want, at a fraction of the prices charged by the Strip’s big-ticket luxury hotels. Choose cheap lodgings and you’ll save enough cash to dine at the best restaurants and sip at the best bars in Vegas. That's a win-win!

We’ve scoured the local landscape to locate the best cheap hotels in Las Vegas, each providing easy access to the city so you can hit the casinos knowing you’re in the black by saving hundreds with one of these affordable hotels that won't break the bank.

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Best cheap hotels in Las Vegas

  • Hotels
  • Henderson
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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 heal yourself after a draining 24 hours at the slots—what it lacks in table games or pumping nightclubs it makes up for in standup paddleboard lessons, yoga classes, beachy bonfires and access to an 18-hole golf course right next door.

  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • West of the Strip
  • price 2 of 4

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 own zipline.

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  • Hotels
  • Las Vegas
  • price 2 of 4

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 a room in the Ivory tower, designed by Klai Juba), tasty restaurants (there are nine to choose from), party options (Ghostbar turns afternoons debaucherous all year long) and one of the best concert venues in town with impressive daily line-ups.

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  • Las Vegas
  • price 2 of 4

The Hilton originally opened as a Ritz-Carlton, which means just about everything at the lakeside resort is a little more lovely than you'd 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.

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  • Hotels
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

Two words: shark tank. That's right. This quirky Fremont Street stay has its own shark and what's more, there's a transluscent section of the slide that zips directly through the tank. Whether you're questioning the ethics surrounding this spectacle or counting down the seconds until you can jump on in, there's no denying that it's a big draw for the Golden Nugget. Away from the pool you'll find a glitzy casino, ten restaurants, a Starbucks, and regular live entertainment.

  • Hotels
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

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 look courtesy of a $100-million makeover. Inside, there’s a full suite of gaming options, a beautiful pool, two bars, two restaurants (plus a pizza parlor opposite), and rooms can be sniffed out for as little as $30 per night if you're flexible with dates. Outside, there’s all of Downtown Vegas, from the most debaucherous haunts to more innocuous delights. And Esports fans will be pleased to know that Downtown Grand is host to regular tournaments and a dedicated Esports lounge.

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  • Hotels
  • The Strip
  • price 2 of 4

Even if you've never set foot in Sin City before, you'll likely know the Luxor. It's the massive pyramid shaped hotel that shoots a beam of light from its peak. Oh, and there's a sphinx guarding the front entrance. Very distinctive, very Vegas. Situated on Las Vegas Boulevard South since 1993, it's no spring chicken when it comes to flashy hotel-casinos in the city, but it offers everything you need and in style too. It's clean, comfy, has a sweeping pool, a variety of restaurants, a pub and a chapel, not to mention a load of long-running shows, including Blue Man Group. Plus, its connection to Mandalay Place means you get two resorts’ worth for the price of one.

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  • price 2 of 4

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.

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  • Hotels
  • The Strip
  • price 2 of 4

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.

  • Hotels
  • Las Vegas
  • price 2 of 4

Spread 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 33mph. 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.

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