Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the top vacation destinations in the world, and the vast majority of visitors to the city come to experience the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip is unique when it comes to its hotels in that you can experience just about any type of diversion you might desire all without having to leave the premises, making your choice of accommodations in Las Vegas especially important.
Luxury Hotels On The Strip
There is no better example of a high-class Las Vegas one-stop-shop resort than the world-famous Caesar’s Palace, a five-star hotel featuring all that you would expect in hospitality from any world-class resort, and so much more. Caesar’s Palace features a top-notch luxury shopping mall in the Forum Shops, entertainment from the likes of Celine Dion and Jerry Seinfeld, restaurants run by big-name celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay, and of course, any type of gambling your heart could desire. The Bellagio is another top-of-the-line luxury resort on the strip featuring the world famous Bellagio fountains, epic entertainment of the likes of Cirque du Soleil’s “O,” and word-class fine-dining establishments such as Jasmine, Picasso, Michael Mina and Prime Steakhouse.
Budget Hotels On The Strip
If you want to stay in the middle of all the action but not break the bank, there are some surprisingly inexpensive hotel options on the Strip, granting you access to all that the Strip has to offer at a fraction of the cost of higher-end Strip resorts. Bally’s Hotel is a great family-friendly choice to strongly consider if you want to stay on the Strip but are visiting Vegas with kids. The Luxor, with its Egyptian pyramid-themed design, and New York, NY, which is made to look like a built-to-scale replica of New York City, are other great choices in budget lodging in the spirit of Las Vegas’ amusing themed hotel tradition.
Downtown Vegas, old Vegas’ main drag, is the area of Vegas where you get to experience a taste of what the city used to be like. Most of the trendy hipster bars are in this area, and the hotel/casinos that line Fremont Street are brimming with old-school Vegas character. It is also cheaper to stay in Downtown Vegas than the Strip, making it appealing to budget-minded Vegas vacationers. If you are a rugged individualist and want to stray a bit from the beaten path and experience the gritty character of Sin City, you might want to stay Downtown. Hotels in this area to consider include the El Cortez, the Golden Nugget, the Four Queens, and Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel.
The Strip can be very busy, expensive, and perhaps a bit stressful for some. If you are in Vegas mainly just to gamble, relax, and have a laid-back good time without breaking the bank, you might want to stay at one of the locals-oriented off-Strip hotel/casinos, offering low room prices, solid dining and drinking options, and of course gambling. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, (featuring one of the top music venues in Vegas in The Joint) and the Rio Hotel and Casino, are two of the better off-Strip hotel/casino options. Although less expensive and more low-key than some of their Strip counterparts, these two establishments offer much of the same excitement and appeal as many of the resorts on the Strip. They are also not far at all from the Strip if you want to head that way during your Vegas stay. If you want to stay further off-Strip on the super-cheap and gamble where the locals gamble, you might want to look into the Station properties, a chain of hotel/casinos throughout Vegas catering to locals and budget-minded travelers looking to avoid the riff-raff of the Strip.