Vegas opulence is second to none: Some of the very best Las Vegas hotels offer palatial penthouses with ensuite bowling alleys, 10,000-square-foot villas with rooftop patios, access to the city’s best pools. And it can all yours—for about $35,000 per night. But the city’s visitor stats haven’t swelled to nearly 43 million people per year thanks to casino whales and celebrity guests. The magic of Vegas is its ability to give you what you want, including a comfy hotel room at a reasonable price. And, with these amazing (and cheap) hotels in Las Vegas, saving on accommodations doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or amenities. At these affordable resorts—many within earshot of not-to-be-missed Las Vegas attractions—you’ll sleep soundly and save some cash for an extra show or night on the town.
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 man-made Lake Las Vegas, the Westin has a grand Middle Eastern feel 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. What it lacks in table games or bumping nightclubs it makes up for in standup paddle board lessons, beachy bonfires and access to an 18-hole golf course right next door.
The newest 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 (starting around $69), affordable spa treatments (hello, Himalayan salt cave) and in-room fitness carts stocked with yoga mats and foam rollers available to guests free of charge. Best of all, the Linq Promenade, packed with restaurants, bars and shops, is just a few steps away.
Once the celeb and nightclub capital of the casino corridor, today the Palms is a little less bumping and a little more laid back. But many of the ingredients that made it the hottest of hot spots are still in place, namely slick rooms with sensational views (book the Ivory tower, recently redesigned by Klai Juba), tasty restaurants (try N9ne Steakhouse or 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. It may not be on Las Vegas Boulevard, but the Palms is still a fabulous place to base your vacation.
Las Vegas’s newest casino resort opened last winter just off Las Vegas Boulevard with an emphasis on giving guests an “authentic Asian experience.” What does that mean? Multilingual signage and staff; table games popular with Asian gamblers; restaurants serving seafood, bao, modern Chinese cuisine and Chinese street food; and an indoor/outdoor tea lounge with a menu unlike anywhere else in town. The decor is modern and glam, from the well-appointed guest rooms to the resort’s visual centerpiece, a 23-foot glass dragon chandelier in the center of the casino floor.
The now-Hilton originally opened almost 15 years ago 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, the elegant pool and the formal garden, which leads to a “village” of shops and cafes where you can grab a bite or a souvenir. Two Jack Nicklaus golf courses are within easy reach and there’s shuttle service to the Strip for when you want to get your Vegas on. The best of both worlds, with a view to boot.
The Monte Carlo is in its final days. By the end of 2018, the property will undergo a $450 million transformation into two new hotels: Park MGM and a Vegas location of NoMad Hotel. Why should you stay in a hotel that’s also a construction site? Because the price is very right. For now, rooms are starting around $40, and you have access to the brand new Park Theater (Cher residency, anyone?), the Park dining corridor and T-Mobile Arena (where the NHL’s Golden Knights will play this fall). Most of the Monte Carlo is still operating as usual, and though the pool is closed for renovations, guests get free passes to Mandalay Beach or the MGM pool.
You want a comfortable hotel with all the trimmings at a price that will leave plenty of cash left over to lose in the casino. May we introduce the Golden Nugget. This Downtown hotel is a close cousin to the Strip’s mega resorts, complete with a full casino, an array of restaurants, live entertainment and a one-of-a-kind pool, which boasts a massive shark tank and a three-story water slide that zips safely through it. Look for rooms in the modern Gold or Rush towers, and when you’re done exploring the onsite amenities, step out the front door to join the Fremont Street fray.
In 2013 the former Lady Luck casino in Downtown Las Vegas reopened as the Downtown Grand, a 600-plus room resort with a fresh urban flavor courtesy of a $100 million makeover. Inside the property, there’s a full suite of gaming options, a gorgeous pool deck, a couple of eateries and rooms starting around $30 per night. Outside, there’s all of Downtown Vegas, from the well-crafted pies at Pizza Rock to the Mob Museum to Fremont East’s cocktail bars. And for esports fans, Downtown Grand is the place to be, home 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. 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 shows like Blue Man Group. 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—including dog-friendly crash pads and the 5,000-square-foot penthouse featured in a recent season of MTV’s Real World. Unlike most of its neighbors, there’s no gaming or smoking, but instead, you’ll find bike rentals, a co-working space, a lobby library and the Gold Spike next door with a 24-hour restaurant and backyard full of games.
The pirates have vacated the premises at this casually themed casino, but that doesn’t mean you should skip a visit. Come for the location—right on the corner of the Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road, 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-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.
Space comes standard inside 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. 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 two.