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Stay for free on your next visit

Here's our best tip for Las Vegas hotels for cheap: Casinos will send you offers for free or deeply discounted rooms for your next visit if you simply sign up for a free Player's Card and use it a little when you're playing slots or table games. Sometimes they'll make these offers even if you never use the card at all. As I write this I'm staying for three nights for free, on a weekend, at a casino that I think I played maybe an hour or two of blackjack in two years ago. Sign up for a Player's Card at every casino you visit, whether you're staying there or not, and whether you expect to gamble there or not. If you do gamble, either table games or slots, be sure to use the card.

This doesn't help you for the visit you're about to make, but it's the #1 way to get a great deal on your next visit.

Timing is Everything

Weekday vs. Weekend. Friday/Saturday rates are often two and a half times as much as Sunday-thru-Thursday rates! If you're able to stay between Sunday through Thursday, by all means do so.  Not only will you save on your room, but you'll also find lower limits on table games, and the casinos and restaurants won't be as crowded so you'll be able to enjoy yourself more.

Cheap Times of the Year.  Whenever business is slow, hotels drop the rates to induce more business.  These are the best times of the year to score deals:

  • December before Christmas. Rooms at some classy hotels go for as little as $20, even on weekends!
  • July & August.  It's 100 degrees outside, so that discourages some tourists.

Expensive Times of the Year.

  • Major holidays, like Memorial Day (late May), July 4th, Labor Day (early Sept.), and New Year's Eve.
  • Superbowl Sunday (usually the whole weekend of the Sunday in February)
  • Convention times (CES in early January, and Comdex in mid-November)
Let me give you an example:  In January on the Wednesday before CES in 2011, the cheapest hotel on the Strip for Thursday night was $439.  For a Thursday!  Granted, it was a suite (because that's all they had left), but the point is, when there's a big convention and the Strip gets close to sold out, prices soar.  Book ahead.

Location matters

The Strip -- Strip hotels are generally the most expensive, but Stratosphere, NY NY, and Excalibur often have rock-bottom prices, as low as $35/night (including the Resort Fee).  Circus Circus is just as cheap but dumpier and smokier.

Downtown -- Downtown digs are generally cheaper than the Strip, and downtown is only 1.5 miles from the Strip (and there's a bus that runs 24/7), so you'll never be far from the action. Budget downtown hotels include Vegas Club, Golden Gate, and the Gold Spike.

Off-Strip. There are many hotel-casinos near the strip but not quite on it.  Of these, Tuscany, Clarion, and Palace Station have some of the best rates.

Get a room upgrade for $20

A little-known secret is that you can often get a nice room upgrade by tipping $20 to the front desk. Put the $20 between your ID and your credit card, then casually ask if there are any complimentary room upgrades available. Most front desk staff reportedly will give the $20 back if they can't help you. More about this at


Hotel/Casino Info

Hotel Themes & Table Minimums. To see what kind of themes the hotels offer and whether they have low table minimums, check out our hotel/casino table.

Alphabetical Hotel Listing. We have an alphabetical list of all hotels, including phone numbers, and links to the hotels' websites.

Special Needs Hotels.
Here are lists of kid-friendly and pet-friendly hotels.

Other Resources

Cheapo Vegas' guide to cheap rooms

Most expensive Las Vegas suites

Las Vegas Hotel Search

Kids (2-17)

Vegas Hotel Search Engines

These are my favorites:

They don't all find the same deals -- often one service shows a much better price for the same hotel, so your best bet is to try all of them. See my Vegas map so you can see where these hotels are.


Cheap & Sleazy for as little as $23/night

There are a bunch of motels that advertise $23/night Sunday through Thursday, on Las Vegas Blvd. on the one-mile stretch between the Strip and downtown, and also on Fremont St. downtown, west of Las Vegas Blvd.  Of course their weekend rates are higher, but still less than what you'd find at any hotel-casino.

Lots of the motels won't accept reservations, and they're not listed in the online search engines anyway -- it's walk-in only.  If you haven't gotten a room before you arrive in Vegas you can be fairly certain that you can get one by checking the motels in the areas mentioned above. Once during the Superbowl the only rooms in Vegas showing online were $175+ per night, but downtown motels still had clean rooms for $45/night (and I got one).


Death of the $16 room at the Western

For years, my favorite deal was the $16 room at The Western (downtown), the sleaziest and most dangerous casino in all of Vegas.  I took advantege of a $16 room there as late as 2001. It was $16 even on the weekends!  However, by 2007 the price has gone up to $35/night weekday and $55/night weekends.

Obviously you don't get luxury even at the new improved rates, but if you just need a place to sleep, and you're not easily intimidated by shady characters, this is it.  The Western redefines sleaze. But that's one of the reasons we find it so charming. When in Vegas we've never missed an opportunity to play $1 blackjack in a dump that's the exact opposite of Bellagio. Here's the hilarity that ensued when we tried to make a reservation by phone. We enjoyed the humorous writeup about The Western in Las Vegas on $19 a day.

I wrote a humorous article about the above hotels for the Wizard of Odds newsletter.

Note that these hotels are all Downtown, not on the Strip. Before you grab one of these rooms, make sure to check the tips below; sometimes you can get a room in a nice hotel on the Strip for $39 or less. (I once got a room at the Stratosphere for $19 during the week.)


The cheapest hotel-casino in Vegas

While the Western takes the prize for the sleaziest casino, it's no longer the cheapest. That honor belongs to the El Cortez, just a couple of blocks away on the same downtown street, Fremont. Their regular weekday rate is only $32. (Last verified: Jan. 2007)


The Gold Spike Diner

A friend relayed this story to me:

 I used to occasionally stay at the Gold Spike when the rooms were still $22, even on weekends. The rooms are better than you might expect after seeing the casino. With your $22 room you also got a coupon good for a free breakfast at the snack bar. Unfortunately, the snack bar is located in the casino. My first time there, I looked over the snack bar and decided that I'd pass on the free breakfast.

As I walked out the door, I was accosted by a panhandler. In a moment of generosity (unusual for me), I gave him my breakfast coupon.

He examined it closely, and then handed it back to me and said, "Thanks, man, but I ain't that hungry."

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