Las Vegas On A Budget


las vegasI’ve never been to Las Vagas, but the Mayweather/Pacquiao boxing match on Saturday has flamed my interest in going once again. I’d love to see a boxing match there, but with tickets close to ringside going for over $100K, this is not the fight that I will be attending. In any case, this post comes from Fiona Moriarty, who knows all things Vegas and taught me some stuff about the city. I hope you enjoy!

Las Vegas is one of the top vacation destinations in the U.S. because it’s a city with the goal that everyone should have fun. Visitors arrive from all over the world to see the shows, do some serious gaming and take advantage of the low prices. Even the luxury hotels in Las Vegas offer budget prices, so you can visit the city and enjoy world-class entertainment on a small vacation budget.

Affordable Hotels

Most of the budget hotels offer excellent in-room amenities and good facilities such as swimming pools, restaurants, bars and spa treatments. The room rates are low, and they have a nominal resort fee that gives access to the fitness center and discounts on cocktails and buffet meals. It also includes high-speed Internet access and in-room local telephone calls. All of the luxury hotels and many of the budget hotels offer free attractions such as a 75,000 gallon aquarium with a three story water slide that takes you right through the middle of the shark tank.

Extravagant Luxury

Las Vegas is also home to some of the most luxurious suites around. You can book a 3,000 square foot penthouse with three bedrooms and private infinity pool. The luxury hotels have 18-hole golf courses, award-winning spas, a wide variety of cuisines in up to 10 restaurants and several differently themed nightclubs.

Budget Options

Vacation rentals are a good way to save money on accommodation and food. You can rent a home or apartment that has several bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, TV with DVD player and Internet access for less than a budget hotel. Since you can cook some of your meals, you won’t need to spend in restaurants every day. Some local people rent rooms in their house to single travelers. The cost is low and they may let you use their kitchen.

What To Do In Las Vegas

The big attraction is gaming, but Las Vegas has made it a point to provide great entertainment for children and others who don’t want to gamble. Freemont Street Experience is the best part of downtown Las Vegas. It’s a completely covered pedestrian mall full of street entertainment, outdoor cafes, high-end shops and much more. There is a sound and light show every night when all the lights under the canopy are turned off during the show. For the adventurous, there is a zip line that lets you fly 77 feet above the length of the street.

You’ll find plenty of free entertainment throughout the city. The most popular venues are:

  • Circus Acts at Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  • The Aquarium at the Mirage
  • The Carroll Shelby Museum and Factor Tour
  • The Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio
  • Ethel M. Chocolate Factory tour with free samples
  • The fountain show at Caesars Palace with live statues
  • The color and music fountain show at the Bellagio

When To Visit

You can plan a Las Vegas trip for any time of the year. The climate is warm year-round with cooler months in the winter and warmer months in the summer. New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July are the busiest times, but there are low-priced hotel rooms throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking for Elvis or for 24-hour entertainment, Las Vegas is the place to be. The luxury and budget hotels do their best to attract you with their low room rates.

This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides, to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.

13 thoughts on “Las Vegas On A Budget”

  1. Great post! I leave for Vegas tomorrow and I’m so excited. I love going and there are definitely ways to go there for cheap.

  2. I’m not really a bright lights kind of girl so I never thought Las Vegas would be on my ‘must visit’ list but a couple of friends have gone there on their recent US trips and raved about the place. Endlessly!

    Besides, who can so no to a chocolate factory that gives free samples?!

    1. Yeah I think there is something for everyone there. Granted I’ve never been, but I’ve never heard of someone saying it wasn’t for them.

  3. Definitely spend way to much time and money every time I make the trip to vegas…which is an hour flight from me. Over the years, I have definitely picked up on some of the ways to cut costs. The real advantage to travelers is knowing going in, that most all prices for anything on the strip are going to be extremely inflated.

  4. Julie @ The Family CEO

    We just got back from Vegas last week. If you knew me in real life it would seem like the least likely place for me to enjoy, but I really do like it. You could entertain yourself endlessly just from checking out all the themed hotels.

    1. Yeah, I would guess there is something for everyone – heck you could just people watch and have a great time!

  5. We visited Las Vegas in 2011. It was an absolute bargain – $25 per night for a hotel room and free drinks if you do a little gambling (we never gambled more than $5). I loved walking up and down The Strip, it costs nothing and there is so much to see. I’d love to go back again.

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