Las Vegas lost almost 300 cheap hotel rooms when Bill’s Gambling Hall closed in February. The plan was to replace it with a ultra-cool-young-hip-celebrity-friendly boutique hotel. Caesars Entertainment did that by partnering with Gansevoort and Victor Drai for the new Gansevoort Las Vegas.
As with every new casino Gansevoort Las Vegas will open with prices starting at the top of the market, currently $249, and why not? Last year at G2E a rep from MGM Resorts said that across all of their properties room occupancy is at 90% or more. Cosmopolitan says that they’re regularly almost at 90% capacity. Room rates will continue to rise with increased visitation. Last year I wrote about that the low rates at luxury hotels in Las Vegas were nice while they lasted but things are changing.
Don’t worry there are still plenty of hotel rooms on the Vegas strip (let alone downtown and off strip) that can be had for as low as $20 a night. Of course, you get what you pay for. Here are the least expensive hotels on the Vegas strip.
- Best Western at Casino Royale
- Circus Circus
- The Mirage
- Monte Carlo
- New York New York
- The Quad
- Treasure Island
There are almost as many luxury hotel rooms on the Vegas strip as there are non-luxury hotel rooms. Las Vegas hotel room rates will continue to rise as demand increases with the better economy. The excess room supply that hurt Las Vegas during the recession will allow overall room rates to remain relatively stable in the future.
For the most part you get what you pay for in Las Vegas and you won’t get the same quality amenities at these hotels as you would at new and/or luxury hotels. This list is a great place to start if you’re looking for hotels with less expensive prices on the Vegas strip. If you’re looking to save even more money look away from the strip. Check out the list of cheap places to stay in Las Vegas.
For now…VIVA LAS VEGAS!
Photo: Las Vegas Guide
With Caesars Entertainment adding a resort fee to all of there hotels in Las Vegas beginning March 1, almost every casino on the Vegas strip has a resort fee. That is except for one.
The Best Western at Casino Royal is the only hotel with a casino on the Vegas strip that doesn’t have a resort fee. The rooms at the Best Western have recently been renovated so they should be what you’d expect at a top notch Best Western.
So, if you want to take a stand on resort fees but still want to stay on the Vegas strip Casino Royale is your only option.
Personally, I don’t care about much resort fees specifically (although I got a little cranky when I saw a $7 resort fee on my $35 room at Silverton). I care about the bottom line. The total cost of the room. The Caesars resort fees will raise all of their room rates by $10-$25 or somewhere from 10% to 40% depending on when and where you stay.
Adding $25 to a $250 room at Caesars Palace this may not be much of a big deal but if you’re staying at The Quad, for example, $10 is about a 25%-40% increase. That’s a hefty increase for a budget hotel.
When all is said and done Bally’s and Harrah’s may still be among the better bargains on the strip along with Monte Carlo and Luxor. Time will tell.
If you reserve rooms with now on the Caesars Semi-Annual sale you won’t be charged a resort fee and you’ll get a discount of 10%-25%.
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After trumpeting they have “No Resort Fee’s” for a couple of year Caesars Entertainment decided to join every other casino hotel on the Vegas strip, except one, by adding a resort fee in March.
Yesterday, Caesars Entertainment, which had been promoting itself for some time as the hotel group with “no resort fees,” notified online travel agencies that mandatory nightly surcharge will be applied on all bookings made for stays at its Nevada properties that begin on or after March 1.
The only casino hotel on the Vegas strip without a resort fee is Best Western at Casino Royale. If nothing else this puts all the casinos on the strip on a level playing field. I guess the economy is looking up. The Caesars properties will have a different resort fee based on how clean they are.
- $25 – Caesars Palace
- $20 – Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood
- $18 – Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio
- $10 – The Quad
The cancellation policies are great at the Caesars properties (you can usually cancel with a two day advance notice without being charged) are pretty good so I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you to take advantage the the semi-annual sale happening now and you may be able to avoid the resort fee added to your reservation. Check the reservation cancellation policy when making reservations just to be safe. Leave a comment if the policy has changed this year, I haven’t stayed at a Caesars property yet.
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