There are many major destinations where you'll have to pay $400/night or more for a four-star room. Las Vegas isn't necessarily one of them. There are four-star hotel deals readily available for budget travelers willing to find them.
This city has one of the world's largest inventories of hotel rooms, and innkeepers are willing to make deals depending upon the time of year and which convention is in town.
Here are 10 properties with at least four-stars (listed in no particular order) where frequently you can book a room for $175/night or less. The quoted prices cover only the room rate; taxes and fees will add more to your tab. The star ratings here are those used by Kayak.com. You might find other ratings elsewhere.
A four-star hotel where discounted room rates often fall far below the advertised $200/night. Located in the heart of The Strip at 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Just like its namesake, there is a restaurant here open 24 hours a day. It's is bounded by Tropicana Blvd., which means you are fairly close to the airport. You must be 21 years old to stay here.
This apartment-style property at 372 E. Tropicana Ave. is near the northern end of the airport property and east of The Strip. Kayak rates it in the four-star category, but it should not be confused with a ritzy or prestigious address. Expect clean, well-appointed suites and prices under $120/night are possible on many nights. A few report rates in the $80 range.
Rooms often can be found at about $100/night for this four-star at 3000 Paradise Rd. It's one of the largest hotels in the world, with more than 3,000 guest rooms. Some people absolutely hate it. But the venerable Las Vegas Hilton plays host to conferences and exhibits every day, and its earned its place as a Vegas institution. The hotel has its own monorail that links it with The Strip. The ride takes about five minutes under the best of conditions. Super Book, its sports wagering facility, can receive broadcasts from up to 40 live events at the same time from anywhere in the world.
No casino, no prime property on The Strip and a long run (20 minutes) to the Convention Center. If you can live with all of that, there are advantages: free 24-hour airport shuttle (two miles from McCarran Airport) and another shuttle to and from MGM Grand, where you can catch the monorail. Best of all, rooms under $100/night are fairly easy to find here.
This is an old-timer in Vegas, and in a way an attraction as well as a hotel. It's at 129 E. Fremont in the downtown section of Las Vegas, north of The Strip. In an effort to draw visitors downtown, the "Fremont Street Experience" went up across the street. It's a Main Street filled with neon and cheaper casino games--often billed as a throwback to the old days. Golden Nugget rates four stars and more than 1,900 rooms. You'll find good and bad reviews, but it's definitely worth thinking about if you want a budget escape from The Strip.
On The Strip at 2650 Las Vegas Blvd., Hilton Grand sits on 10 acres of real estate. It's another place where you'll be challenged to stay within the $175 budget, but the value of this four-star is hard to beat. Nearby are the Fashion Show Mall and outlet shopping, along with Circus Circus. But you might have to cab to the heart of The Strip. The trade-off: there isn't much casino traffic or congestion here. It's a bit slower paced than other major hotels.
Kayak rates Palms Casino Resort as a four-star address at 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., which affords nice views of The Strip from many rooms. You might need a cab to get to The Strip itself. If you can live with that, consider that rooms sometimes come in at under $100/night. Dining, hot tubs, a spa and a hotel casino are available on property.
You might see $300/night for this property, but you could also see a price that's just more than half of that price. Desert Rose is at 5051 Duke Ellington, just across the street from the monorail station. This is not a large hotel, so don't be surprised to see it sold out on the dates of your intended visit. The condo-style rooms provide comfort and represent a nice alternative to the standard hotel room. If you can find it at the low end of the price spectrum and with rooms available on your dates, it's well worth strong consideration.
A downtown Las Vegas hotel at 160 E Flamingo Rd. where the basic rate sometimes is very close to our $175 limit, but also a place where discounted prices can mean $100 if you hit it right. There's a 20,000 sq. ft. casino and a 10,000 sq. ft. spa on the property. Smokers take note: the hotel is completely smoke free.
This is a five-star property on The Strip at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. You'll have to shop for a favorable arrival date to find a room under $175, but it can be done. Mandalay Bay offers more than 1100 rooms, pillow-top mattresses and sweeping views of Vegas. This property is famous for its "beach" which was closed for quite a while so renovations and improvements could be installed. It includes a lazy river, 30,000 sq. feet of sand, cabanas and of course, a poolside casino.