Errors People Making Booking Vegas Hotels

There are some costly errors that people make when booking their Vegas hotel. A little knowledge can save visitors time and money, not to mention a lot of frustration.

It is a mistake, sometimes a costly one, not to know where your Vegas hotel is and what it will cost you when you finally check out. What are the ups and downs of Vegas hotels? And, what do you need to know and do? We will offer some tips to help you prepare for your trip.  This information applies to folks who have not been to Vegas in the last 5-10 years too, not just first timers. When you finish reading this article, you will hopefully not make a mistake when booking your hotel.

You are going to Las Vegas, maybe for the first time, so where do you stay? This is kind of like a “do you like blonds, redheads, or brunette” question. What one person likes, for one reason or another, someone else will hate.  This is true for picking a hotel, too. Let’s talk about Las Vegas hotels, and hopefully, help you make a good choice. We will help you choose a place that is perfect for you. We will help you avoid some common errors.

If you visit Las Vegas regularly, you may not need our help. But, if you have not been there for a while, some things have changed. One thing, that we have discussed before, is the resort fees that are now tacked on to your hotel bill. This is something everyone has to plan into their budget. These fees can be as much as $35 per night.

On average, Strip hotels will have a resort fee of $25-30 per night. Downtown, they average about $15-18 per night, and off the Strip, about $20 per night. You will get hit with these at check out.

Now for some other considerations. First, is location. If you have never been to Vegas or haven’t been in years, the Strip is where the action is. You can still find some good rates at some of the mid-Strip properties such as Harrah’s, Flamingo, Linq, and Bally’s.

On the south end of the Strip, the deals are found at Luxor, Tropicana, and Excalibur. On the north end, Stratosphere and Circus Circus. If you choose to stay at the extreme north or south ends of the Strip, you may need to factor in a cab or bus ride to get to the mid-Strip area. Keep in mind that from Mandalay Bay on the south to Stratosphere on the north, is about 4 miles, a long walk.

If you want to stay in Vegas, but don’t want to be in a hotel with a casino consider staying at Mandarin Oriental, a mid-Strip hotel in the City Center area. There is also Trump Towers, Four Seasons, Vdara, and Signature at MGM. All of these will usually be more pricey than most hotels with casinos.

The ambiance is totally different in the Fremont Street, downtown area than the Strip. We always recommend visiting both locations. Each has different things to offer. Boulder Highway with Samstown, Boulder Station, Cannery East, and Arizona Charlies is another good choice for off-Strip lodging. Some casinos, like Samstown, offers free transportation to and from the Strip. This saves you on parking fees and traffic hassles.

Another of the costly errors some people make is to go to Vegas on a weekend when prices jump much higher. Go during the week if you can.

If you are going with a small group of 4-6 people, consider taking bunk beds at the Linq. It’s a cheap way to stay and you will be right on center-Strip.

If you are flexible consider coming to Vegas mid-December. Prices are lower. It’s cooler, and there are many Christmas venues to enjoy. Now you are armed with the information you need to avoid those costly errors.

Hopefully, now you have a better idea of where to stay. Wherever you choose to stay, research it first. Check out Trip Advisor for one. Or, Expedia. Oh, and don’t forget to check the convention schedule. Avoid Vegas when big conventions are in town.


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