Your friends want you to take a trip – to Las Vegas no less – but you don’t want to spend too much on a getaway right now. But you just can’t pass up the opportunity … it’s VEGAS! So how do you get the most bang for your buck without compromising the fun that only Las Vegas can deliver? Here are a few suggestions, on the house.
Most visitors know that there are plenty of luxury hotels on the Strip that offer extravagant suites, but what many don’t realize is that there’s plenty of affordable luxury to be had. If upscale value is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out New York-New York Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Las Vegas on the Strip. Both hotels are centrally located and have had recent room upgrades. SAHARA Las Vegas and Treasure Island are also great deals and are located right on Las Vegas Boulevard. Off-the-Strip hotels can be less expensive options as well. Palace Station, about two miles off the Strip, recently went through a complete renovation and its rates are stellar. The Downtown Grand has contemporary, luxurious rooms and amenities at reasonable prices.
Insider tip: Weekday prices tend to be much lower if you stay anytime from Sunday through Thursday. And be sure to avoid visiting during holidays as prices tend to be much higher during these times. Doing a bit of research or checking our Deals page can save you some cash too.
Food and Drinks
One of the best ways to take advantage of cheaper meals is to dine at restaurants during lunch or happy hour. You’re sure to find plenty of dishes at reasonable prices, not to mention a fine selection of wonderfully priced cocktails to round out your meal. The happy hour at Tom’s Urban at New York-New York offers 50% off “anything that pours,” and bar bites from $5 to $10. Keep in mind happy-hour times tend to vary from place to place, but you’ll find some delicious deals.
And for all you night owls, be on the lookout for reverse happy hours. If you’re in need of an unrestricted time frame, Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a foodie’s paradise with many selections under $15 – including Nashville’s famous Hattie B’s hot chicken. Don’t look past a hotel café for a great meal at a great price. Café Americano at Caesars Palace offers classic American dishes at bargain prices for all three meals, or late night. Don’t sleep on Downtown Las Vegas for great meals that cost less. Grab a bite and a beverage on the rooftop patio at Carson Kitchen or at one of Container Park’s restaurant patios.
Attractions and Entertainment
One of the best things about Las Vegas is that plenty of big attractions are completely free or extremely affordable. The Fountains of Bellagio and the resort’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign; the beautiful flora and fauna in Wynn Las Vegas’ atrium; the Wildlife Habitat at The Flamingo; and the Shark Tank at the Golden Nugget are great sights you can see without opening your wallet.
You can also check out the incredible art murals lining Downtown Las Vegas, as well as the fun that Fremont Street is known for. Catch some (cheap) thrills on the rides atop The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, or by ziplining through the Fremont Street Experience on Slotzilla. Take a fun selfie or group photo at the Insta-ready Neon Museum or channel your inner superhero at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island.
Besides using rideshares, getting around Las Vegas for less is easy and convenient. There are always taxis you can hail from any resort. Or you can branch out and take the bus called the Deuce. It runs 24 hours a day, stops at every Strip hotel, and is your cheapest option. When you’re Downtown, hop on one of the more than 200 bikes from the 21 RTC bike share stations spread throughout the area for some fun, two wheel action.
Now that we’ve saved you from breaking the bank, get out there and have fun! Don’t forget to be mindful of your surroundings and thoughtful of others: keeping your distance, wearing mandatory face coverings and washing your hands. Be #VegasSmart.