One of the great things about Las Vegas is the variety. There’s a place for anyone no matter their vacation budget. One group visiting Las Vegas might have a budget that affords them to eat, drink, and stay at a luxury resort. A family might have a smaller budget for their annual vacation. They might have less money to spend on hotel rooms and meals. That’s okay, there’s always an option for places to stay, things to do, and things to see in Las Vegas.
I’ve always been someone that enjoyed a little luxury in my budget vacations. When first visiting Las Vegas my friends and I might stay at a low priced hotel and play minimum limits when gambling. We’d supplement that with at least one high-end dinner and night out in a club. If anyone had a big win at the tables, we might splurge for something else. Before we did it for the gram, what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas.
This allowed us to explore a world we couldn’t afford back home at least once in Las Vegas. It really was the best of both worlds. We maximized our low budget while vacationing above our means for a little while.
Even though I live in Las Vegas now, I have a similar approach to life. There are amazing bargains all around town so I can keep spending down. Every now and again, there’s room in the budget for a great, possibly overpriced, night on the town with expensive dinner and drinks.
Vegas is a great place to visit. Las Vegas is a great place to live.

Las Vegas Hotels

This week we’ll look at different hotels for different budgets. One the dates and travel plans are secured, this is the next part of vacation planning. Here are some options for hotels to stay on (or near) the Vegas Strip for all budgets.
The hotels are grouped based on advertised prices. Loyalty clubs (you should join), credit cards, and travel websites (like Travel Vegas) might offer discounted or complimentary rates. Consider this as a guide to planning a stay.

Low budget hotels
  • Casino Royale (Best Western)
  • Circus Circus
  • Excalibur
  • Gold Coast
  • Harrah’s
  • Linq
  • Luxor
  • Treasure Island
  • Oyo (formerly Hooters)
Mid-priced hotels
  • Caesars Palace
  • Delano (at Mandalay Bay)
  • Elara (at Planet Hollywood)
  • Flamingo
  • MGM Grand
  • Mandalay Bay
  • The Mirage
  • New York-New York
  • The Orleans
  • Palace Station
  • Paris
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Park MGM
  • Sahara
  • Tropicana
  • Tuscany (all suites)
Luxury hotels
  • Aria
  • Caesars Palace
  • Cosmopolitan
  • The Cromwell
  • Encore
  • Four Seasons (at Mandalay Bay)
  • Nobu (at Caesars Palace)
  • The Palazzo
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Wynn
  • The Venetian

Best of the Best

I’ve stayed at almost every hotel on this list. My favorite hotels may not be the same as yours but I’ll share in case you’ll looking to narrow things down.
Low budget: The Linq is my favorite. The rooms are small but relatively inexpensive. The mid-strip location is walking distance to just about everything.
Mid- Priced: I don’t love any of the options here. They’re mostly fairly priced. I’d select Delano or The Mirage for this range. Delano rooms are all suites and cost the same as The Mirage. What you gain in room space, you lose in location. I prefer center Strip to south Strip.
Luxury: Cosmopolitan and Encore are my favorites. The Cosmopolitan is probably my favorite property in Las Vegas and the rooms are great. I prefer the Encore tower to Wynn. Both have great service but Encore feels younger and has a little more energy. Also, the rooms are all suites. Word of caution about Encore – ask for rooms away from club noise. XS can be loud.
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