Finding a hotel room bargain in Las Vegas is getting trickier. It’s always been wise to book so that you avoid major holidays, events, and weekends. Those are the busiest days and night in Las Vegas. Saving money isn’t easy when it’s busy. When more people visit Las Vegas there are fewer hotel rooms available and prices usually rise when the supply of rooms decreases.
We’ve often discussed avoiding major conventions when looking for the best hotel room rates. Conventions are often a foil for low mid-week rates. This year there are about 5 – 7 of those large conventions that will affect prices. The hunt for hotel room bargains will be even more complicated in the future.
We recently told you about Las Vegas casino operators expanding and upgrading their conference, meeting, and convention space. Well, there’s a reason for that. The average daily room rate (ADR) is higher during these periods. This part is nothing new. What is new will be the frequency and size conferences in Las Vegas. The spaces will come in all shapes and sizes and casino operators are putting an emphasis on filling those spaces.
We’ve always looked to avoid large conventions like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This is the largest convention in Las Vegas and just about every hotel room in Las Vegas is occupied during the show and expo. The ADR in Las Vegas in January was a record high of $150.21. That was helped by New Year’s Eve falling having a three day weekend but there was a shortage of rooms during CES. There were plenty of complaints about high prices for CES 2017. The same is expected for CES 2018.
The Las Vegas Convention Center, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and Sands Expo Hall will continue to book the largest conventions in Las Vegas. The new conference spaces will focus on smaller meetings and conferences. Earlier this year MGM Resorts signed deal with Microsoft to host four separate meetings and events over three years.
Every hotel in Las Vegas won’t be affected by these meetings. However, prices, on average, will be higher during these events. You may see a shortage of hotel rooms if you want to stay at an MGM Resorts property when these events take place. Many of the rooms at MGM properties will go to Microsoft employees as they’ll act first and pay more money to be near their event. This will make prices higher for the rest of us just looking for vacation.
This scene will be replicated in other casinos as they improve their conference and meeting facilities. The micro effect of the new conference spaces should make finding less expensive rooms a bit more of a hunt.
An event at the Stratosphere (considering expanding their conference space) might not affect room prices on the south end of the Vegas Strip. Prices at Treasure Island and other nearby properties might be a little higher than usual.
Midweek dates have always been a bastion for anyone looking to save money on hotel rooms in Las Vegas. That won’t be so easy as you try to navigate through more conferences and meetings in more locations. LasVegasTourism.com has a useful website to bookmark so you can keep track and avoid conferences or certain hotels during conferences.
The least exciting part of tourism in Las Vegas is probably conventions and meetings. We all want to see the newest restaurants, bars, casinos, clubs, and attractions on our own time. However, the catalyst to experience Las Vegas for many people over the years are company conferences, conventions, and meetings.
Casino-resort operators in Las Vegas are planning for even more people to visit Las Vegas for work. All over town the casinos are expanding convention and meeting spaces more than any other part of the property. These convention and meeting spaces can be inexpensive and simple or modern and elaborate.
We’re deep in the heart of summer and you might not be ready for the fall. You know what time it is? It’s time to start getting serious about plans this fall. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, about 14% of people plan their trip to Las Vegas 61-90 days in advance.
The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM started on October 3, 2016. The vision for this area actually started a few years ago when MGM Resorts International started construction on T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York casino. The Park opened on April 4, 2016, in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo just before the arena finally opened its doors.
The Park works nicely as a restaurant row as visitors make their way to the arena and the Park Theater at Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM) from the Vegas Strip. The area with two casinos, an arena, and the park-like area will become one when the transformation of Monte Carlo is complete in 2018. It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the progress of Park MGM so let’s get to it.
The large casinos on the Vegas Strip are always upgrading and renovating. Downtown Las Vegas is growing in popularity and that’s showing. Last year the Plaza renovated their rooftop pool deck. The property continues to renovate and upgrade the experience for their customers.
Two other casinos in downtown Las Vegas recently reveals plans to upgrade and expand. The Golden Gate will reveal its new expanded casino in late August. Downtown Grand is just beginning the planning stages of a hotel expansion.
MGM Resorts International recently announced that Samba Brazilian Steakhouse at The Mirage will close on Aug. 31. Samba has been a unique restaurant to be inside of a Las Vegas casino. You’ll find a traditional steakhouse in almost every casino today. However, Samba was one of a kind restaurant only at The Mirage. You will not find an all-you-can-eat Churrascaria rodizio restaurant in on any other casino floor.
The price was right for Samba. It was only $40 for a meal with all the meat you could eat and a salad bar. What made the experience special at Samba was that all of the meats were prepared throughout the night. Unlike a traditional buffet, you would never have to settle for old food that may have been sitting around.
Casino food courts and quick serve restaurants can be a savior when visiting Las Vegas. Not only do these venues offer a variety of food but they’re often the least expensive dining option in and around a casino. Las Vegas food courts aren’t necessarily filled with fast food that’s sitting and waiting for you.
Today, you’ll find plenty of fast casual and quick-serve dining options in food courts all over the Las Vegas valley. This kind of restaurant is faster than a traditional sit-down restaurant but slower than the restaurant you’ll typically find with a drive through.
Finding good and unique food in Las Vegas on the cheap can be a challenge. While they might offer great food, some of the restaurants on the Vegas Strip can be pricey. Finding a delicious and interesting meal for under $15 is nearly impossible. Sure you can grab a quick bite a food court or get a sandwich for under $10, but you can do that anywhere.
T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York has been open for over a year and seems to be booking more concerts and sporting events every month. When the Vegas Golden Knights begin their first season in the NHL this September there will be more events at the arena each month than ever before. This will continue to increase as Las Vegas continues to offer large “only in Vegas” style events.
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