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On a getaway to Las Vegas, you’re guaranteed to spend more money than you’d expect — whether you're a gambler or not. Vegas has made an art form out of parting travelers from their hard-earned cash, thanks to a slew of tempting restaurants, epic clubs, jaw-dropping show spectaculars, and, yes, the casino floor itself. That’s why it can be helpful to avoid breaking the bank right off the bat by starting with an affordable hotel.
Sin City’s famed Strip offers a surprising number of great stays, often at prices that are so low you might think they’re a typo. With the budget hotels below — directly on the Strip, might we add — what happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas, but at least you’ll leave with some money still in your pocket.
Best Overall: New York – New York
An MGM-Resorts property toward the southern end of the strip, the four-star New York-New York Hotel and Casino is inspired by — where else? — the Big Apple. Inside, the sprawling resort offers city themed streets, with twelve New York-style skyscrapers offering guests more than 2000 rooms and suites. Rooms are extremely large, with refrigerators and coffee machines available for a fee. The hotel also boasts a 150-foot Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge-replica, a Central Park-esque casino, and the world’s longest virtual reality roller coaster, as well as more typical amenities like a pool, spa, and hair salon.
Just like its namesake city, there are no shortage of great restaurants, with outposts of Shake Shack, Tom’s Urban, Il Fornaio, and the rollicking pub Nine Fine Irishmen, while entertainment includes the R-rated Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity. The hotel is also located right next door to T-Mobile arena, making it a perfect choice if you’re in town to see a concert, as well as being adjacent to outdoor dining and entertainment destination The Park. Wi-Fi is free, and parking is available, although for a fee.
Best for a Girls' Trip: Excalibur
Decorated like a castle from the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the three-star Excalibur is a fun, buzzing hotel and casino located on the southern end of the strip not far from the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada sign. Rooms are basic, lacking amenities such as fridges and coffee makers, although they include TVs and some offer views of the Strip. Suites are nicer, with some, such as the Royal Two Bedroom Luxury Suite, sleeping 7 and including two bedrooms, a separate sitting area, a 42-inch flat screen TV, soaking tub, glass enclosed shower, wet bar, and fridge.
While Excalibur is known for its King Arthur-themed dinner show, Tournament of Kings, the main attraction is for the ladies: Australia’s all-male revue Thunder From Down Under. Popular with bachelorette and birthday parties, the PG-13 show features beefcake Ozzie dancers and is always packed to the gills. For those seeking a tamer experience, there are restaurants to choose from including Excalibur Buffet, Dick’s Last Resort, Buca di Beppo, and Baja Fresh Mexican Grill. There’s a pool and spa, and the hotel also features the well-regarded The Steakhouse at Camelot. Wi-Fi is free and parking is included for a fee.
Best for Luxury: Paris Las Vegas
A four-star hotel directly in the center of the Strip, the Paris’s location can’t be beat: it’s directly across from the Bellagio, meaning guests with rooms overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard will have a front and center show to the world famous Bellagio fountains light and water extravaganza. Remodeled rooms feature flat-screen TVs, fridges, and coffee makers, with some — such as the Burgundy Rooms — boasting whimsical Parisian décor and chic touches. The Charlemagne Suite also offers “Eiffel Tower” views, iHome dock, and whirlpool tub.
Here, a slew of restaurants cater to every taste (and budget), including Gordon Ramsay Steak, Martorano’s Italian, Mon Ami Gabi casual French, French-themed buffet Le Village, Beer Park rooftop bar and grill, and the fine-dining restaurant atop the “Eiffel Tower,” with spectacular views of the entire city. There’s an I Love the 90’s residency, with rotating headliners including Salt-N-Pepa, All-4-One, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Dru Hill, and Kid ’n Play. Wi-Fi is free and parking is available for a fee.
Best for Nightlife/Singles: LUXOR
An iconic black pyramid located at the southern end of the strip, the three-star Luxor is owned by MGM Resorts International. Here, guests have a range of nightlife and entertainment experiences to choose from, including the newly opened bars Aurora and Flight, Centra and Playbar on the casino floor, and LAX nightclub. There’s also a Blue Man Group show, Criss Angel Mindfreak Live!, 18+ Fantasy strip tease revue, and a show from iconic flame-haired comedian Carrot Top. Sports enthusiasts, meanwhile, can enjoy Esports Arena, the strip’s first permanent esports venue, with a state-of-the-art gaming and broadcast center, as well as food and drink offerings from renowned chef Jose Andres.
Guests report preferring renovated Tower Rooms over rooms in the Pyramid, and while many rooms are fairly basic, some feature 50-inch flat screen TVs and refrigerators. Wi-Fi is accessible with a resort fee, and as a Pearl, Gold, Platinum, or Noir M life Rewards member; self-parking is free.
Best Old School: Flamingo
While many of Vegas’s top casinos attract buzz by looking to the future, the three-star Flamingo is planted firmly in the past — just the way its patrons like it. Opened by mobster Bugsy Siegel in 1946, the hotel remains true to its vintage Vegas roots, despite a recent renovation and current ownership by Caesars Entertainment. Not only does the Art Deco resort have a Miami-flavored theme, but its marquee show forgoes the current pop charts in favor of headlining 70’s icons Donny and Marie Osmond. With a spectacular location just across from Caesars Palace, steps from The Cromwell, and close to the Paris, it’s also well-positioned for perfect views of the Bellagio fountains from some of its strip-side rooms.
Despite the classic vibe, the hotel has recently undergone renovations, meaning GO and Flamingo Rooms are clean, spacious and bright, with amenities like a fridge, coffee maker, and bathroom mirror TV — and some featuring automatic drapes — although travelers complain about non-renovated rooms elsewhere. Restaurants include Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, and there’s also a buffet and classic “old Vegas” steakhouse called Center Cut with a retro theme. Guests can enjoy time by the 21+ pool with entertainment from go-go dancers and DJs, get pampered at the spa and salon, or book tee-time at nearby golf courses Rio Secco and Cascata Golf. Wi-Fi is free and parking is available for a fee.
Best Historic Stay: Tropicana
A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel located opposite the MGM Grand, the Tropicana is one of the few Ratpack era hotels — and the second oldest — remaining on the Strip. The storied stay has appeared in movies like Diamonds Are Forever, The Godfather, and Viva Las Vegas. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Tropicana’s guestrooms, pools, bars, restaurants, and casino have all been modernly revitalized. Rooms are South Beach-themed and cheerful — although some guests complain of slow-to-work ACs — with amenities like euro top mattresses, 300-thread-count sheets, and LED HDTVs, and guests can rent a fridge or coffee-maker for a fee.
Quieter than some other hotels due to its location at the southernmost end of the strip, the Tropicana nonetheless enjoys a lively vibe, especially on the casino floor. Unlike newer casinos, where gambling is a sideshow, here the old school casino is the star — guests can even play swim-up blackjack at the oasis-like Tropicana Pool. There’s a spa and a Starbucks on-site, as well as numerous restaurants including Robert Irvine’s Public House, Oakville Steakhouse, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, and Bacio Italian. The hotel also boasts an outpost of the renowned comedy club Laugh Factory. Free Wi-Fi and parking are included.
Best for Families: Treasure Island
With an unbeatable location — directly across from the Wynn and Palazzo, and just next door to the Mirage — the four-star Treasure Island offers budget-conscious families an excellent option in the heart of the Strip. While the famed pirate show no longer runs at night, the pirate ship is still visible in the lagoon, and pirate-themed touches are on display throughout the resort, which includes a buffet and spa. Rooms are clean and spacious, with blackout curtains, connecting rooms, and rollaway beds available. The pool offers ample seating, including cabanas, lanais, and oversized daybeds, as well as a 25-person hot tub, but is best for families in the mornings before the DJ shows up. Restaurant options include Phil’s Italian Steakhouse and Gilley’s BBQ, while there's also a slew of fast-food restaurants attached, like Starbucks and Krispy Kreme.
A pedestrian bridge connects the resort to myriad other options at both Fashion Show Mall and the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo. Guests hoping for a classic Vegas show experience can enjoy the Mystere Cirque du Soleil show or check out the Marvel exhibit Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., showcasing props and costumes from the Marvel Avengers movies. Free parking is available, although there is a resort fee to access Wi-FI.
Best View: Stratosphere
This three-star hotel features decent sized rooms, some with large jacuzzi bathtubs, coffee makers, face-lit vanities, and walk-in showers, and all with flat-screen TVs and pay-per-view programming. Basic rooms don’t have fridges, but they are available in upgraded room categories, while thin walls mean that noise might be an issue for light sleepers. Still, the real superstar here is the view, available not just from some rooms but also from the tourist-magnet Stratosphere Tower — the tallest free-standing observation tower in the US — featuring breathtaking views of the Strip (and beyond), plus a restaurant and bar with a happy hour.
The hotel also features attractions like SkyJump Las Vegas — a decelerator descent that mimics bungee jumping — and literal record-breaking thrill rides like BigShot and X-Scream. The hotel charges a resort fee that, in some cases, is equivalent to the actual fee of the room; despite this, the entire night’s stay is still low, and the resort fee includes discounts on Tower entry fee, thrill rides, and drinks. The casino itself is 80,000 square feet, and free internet and parking are included for each of the 2400+ guest rooms and suites.
Best for Business: Bally's Las Vegas
With a primo center-Strip location, Bally’s is an excellent choice for business travelers on a budget who also want to experience some classic Vegas pizazz. The four-star resort makes work easy thanks to chic, spacious rooms in the renovated Resort Tower with free Wi-Fi, large desks, flat screen TVs, docking chargers, coffee makers, fridges, and bright, updated bathrooms. Executive Suites also feature soaking tubs and robes, as well as king-sized pillowtop beds for a restful night’s sleep after working (or playing).
Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, is in residence at Bally’s, while other shows include the Nitro Circus sports extravaganza, Motown-themed Solid Gold Soul, and adults-only X Rocks topless revue. The hotel has outposts of BLT Steak and Buca di Beppo, as well as coffee joint Lavazza, and fast-food spots Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Sbarro pizza. There’s also a large pool, with cabanas and daybeds available for reservation, plus a shopping promenade with more than 20 shops. Parking is available for a daily fee.