How to Choose a Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Millions of people plan vacations to Las Vegas every year and millions of people have no idea how to find the right hotel and casino for their trip. Before you book a room, don’t assume that all Las Vegas hotels are created equal. A little bit of thought and research before your trip can make the difference between a perfect vacation and a perfect disaster.
With most of the world, the hotel is where you stay after seeing the sites. In Las Vegas, the hotels are the sites. In a city with more than 135,000 hotel rooms available, the selections are bound to vary widely. By asking yourself some simple questions, you can narrow down your choices to a select few and find the best casino fit for you.
What are you going for?
Visitors flock to Las Vegas for every reason from business to gambling to weddings and beyond.
If you’re one of the millions of business travelers, your priorities will probably include the location of the conference you’re attending and whether a hotel has fax machines and high-speed wireless internet in the room.
Narrowing down the search to the reason why you’re going is the best step in determining what type of hotel you’re looking for.
If you’re planning, like many Vegas-goers, to get married during your stay you should think about what type of honeymoon you would like to have. Are you going to want a quiet, relaxing time at the spa or party all day and night? Find a casino hotel that fits your idea of the perfect time.
With the amount of options available, you’re sure to find a great match.
Are you going for a specific game?
If the main goal behind your trip is to play poker 24-7, you’ll want to find a casino that’s got an always-active poker room. Almost all of the major casino websites contain a listing of which types of games they have. If you’re looking for a specialty game, make sure the casinos you’re checking out have the game.
People who want to play slots and video poker will have an easier time finding a casino than those searching for a non-traditional poker game or European Roulette. If you don’t want to stay at the place where your game is, you can always find a hotel more suited to your preferences in the surrounding area.
What part of town do you want to stay in?
Do you want to be in the middle of the action or far away from it? Las Vegas, for the most part, can be separated into three different areas. Directly on Las Vegas Boulevard, commonly known as the Strip, the Downtown area, and off the strip.
The Strip is where most people stay, almost all of the major casinos are within walking distance, which makes transportation much easier. The Strip is where you’ll find the massive, mega-resorts like Bellagio, the Venetian, and the Luxor. Downtown is the older, more classic-style casinos. Most of the Las Vegas landmarks are in this area.
Don’t know where you want to stay? You can determine an area of town by also basing your choice on why you’re going to Vegas. If you’re out to have a shopping extravaganza, you’ll want to be in the hub of the strip, where the majority of the malls are.
A related question you need to ask yourself is whether you’d like to stay at hotel with or without a casino. Believe it or not, there are actually hotels to stay at in Las Vegas that don’t have casinos. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the hotels without casinos are less-expensive, though. To make up for lack of gambling revenue, many of the non-casino hotels charge higher rates per night than their comparable hotel-casino counterparts.
Who are you going with?
The people you are going with and the people who will be around you at different casinos plays a big factor in finding the right hotel fit. If you stay somewhere like the Hard Rock, expect to find a younger crowd and lots of loud music.
In recent years, Las Vegas has been catering to a younger crowd, a much younger crowd. Although not typical, a few hotel-casinos are now ‘family oriented’ with activities and attractions for people with children. Roller coasters, movie theaters, kids areas, and shows are just a few of the options for family vacationers.
Conversely, if you plan on traveling with an older group, you’ll want to take other factors into consideration. The amount of time spent waiting to check into the mega-resorts is often far longer than the wait at smaller, less-popular hotels. The distance from the front to the rooms, along with the availability of transportation options, like the monorail and taxis, is also important to research.
Other details to look into can include the type of hours the people you are traveling with keep. Checking out the hours of the restaurants and the available hours of certain attractions at the hotel can also help with your decision.
What is your hotel budget?
This is the last question to ask yourself because in a city like Las Vegas, you can basically find any type of price range you are looking for. In Las Vegas you can find room prices ranging from $20 to $20,000 per night.
In a single hotel alone, room prices can vary from mere pennies to thousands of dollars.
In general, though, rooms are significantly cheaper on weekdays than weekends. Purchasing your room in advance can also save you a lot of money. During popular conventions and sporting events, room rates can skyrocket and it’s important to schedule around these events, unless you plan to be one of the people attending them. In that case, reserving the room as far in advance as possible is an advantage.
The types of available rooms in Las Vegas can be divided into four categories. Budget, or basic, rooms go for less than $100 per night. Mid-priced will open your choices and is generally considered to range from $100 to $200 per night. The majority of hotel rooms fall in this category. Luxury rooms vary widely, anything from $200 per night to $1,000 is considered a luxury-class room. Lastly is VIP, which includes rooms that go for $1,000 and up. This type of room is available at almost all of the mega-resorts.
Finding hotel and online casino deals can also save you a lot of money. Hotel stay is normally included in these types of packages, along with airline tickets, car reservations, and other additional perks.