We spent three months travelling around the United States and only spent money on accommodation twice. One of those times was when we visited Las Vegas. Thom had booked a hotel as a surprise (a surprise I almost ruined by trying to book a hotel myself as we rolled in to Vegas).
Hotels in Vegas are unlike any hotel I’ve stayed in before. They’re the types of hotel you could imagine living in since they have shops, casinos, pools, restaurants and bars. They’re pretty cool. If you’re going to go to Vegas you simply have to stay in a hotel and treat yourself a little bit – in anticipation of that big gambling win you’re going to have, right?
What you need to know about budget hotels in Las Vegas
When you start looking at hotels in Las Vegas you’ll probably be surprised at how cheap they look. I sure was! I mean, a hotel in Vegas for £16 a night?! It sounds too good to be true. And it is.
Before you book a hotel make sure you read the small print. The hotels in Vegas have hidden charges such as a resort fee (which isn’t optional) and parking charges. You also have to be 21 to check in to the majority of the hotels in Vegas.
The good news is that even with the hidden charges, hotels in Las Vegas aren’t nearly as expensive as you’d think. With that, here are my picks of the best budget hotels in Las Vegas.
The best budget hotels in Las Vegas
The Signature at MGM Grand
This is the hotel that we stayed in while in Vegas. And I’m not lying when I said I was so sad to leave.
The room was lovely, so spacious (especially after having spent the past few months in a van!) with a huge bathroom, living room area and kitchen space.
We spent the afternoon by the pool with a frozen cocktail and then wandered around the MGM casino and shops. I’d highly recommend staying here for at least one night while you’re in Las Vegas.
Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park
Circus Circus hotel is right on the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the best budget friendly hotels in Las Vegas.
Aside from the hotel, there’s an Adventuredome inside the building. The Adventuredome is an indoor theme park with a large roller coaster plus circus-themed acts. There’s a water slide area at the pool, the casino itself and plenty of shopping. Plus, Circus Circus also has a food truck for that hipster touch.
Silverton Hotel & Casino
The Silverton Hotel & Casino is 5 miles from the Las Vegas strip but you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything since it has its own 90,000 square foot casino and a bowling alley!
The rooms are great for relaxing in with cable TV and plenty of space. Should you fancy something a bit different then there’s a 117,000 gallon salt water aquarium in the hotel too!
And, for when it’s just too hot to do much else, you can relax at the outdoor pool with a frozen cocktail. Delicious.
Luxury Suites International at The Signature
These luxurious suites are only 10 minutes’ walk from the Las Vegas Strip. In fact, they’re right behind the MGM Grand which is a pretty fancy building complete with casinos, outdoor pool parties, shopping and clubs. There’s no casino at this budget Las Vegas hotel, but there are three pool areas and a sun terrace.
You can save yourself even more money by making the most of the kitchenette area in your room. Or, pop down to Starbucks in the morning for a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat.
New York New York
You can’t miss this hotel when you take a stroll down the Las Vegas strip. Outside you’ll find a replica of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline; it’s pretty cool!
Besides the New York Skyline, there’s also a state of the art casino, a roller coaster, live entertainment and not one, not two, but ELEVEN! restaurants on site. These restaurants serve pretty much everything from burgers to pizza, street foot and sushi. And if you’re missing home then you can grab a beer in the Irish pub that was built in Ireland before being shipped over to Vegas!
When you’re not relaxing poolside, in the hot tub or in the cabana with a good book, then head to Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” show which happens inside New York New York.
The best part is all this is still affordable!
Palms Place Hotel and Spa
At Palms Place Hotel you’ll find a spa, casino, and a variety of restaurants and nightclubs. AKA everything you need for the real Las Vegas experience. You’re also only three blocks away from the Strip and the Eiffel Tower.
From your room at the Palms Place Hotel you’ll get great views of Las Vegas thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Head upstairs to the 6th floor and cool off in the massive pool complete with waterfalls and stone gardens. There are three bars surrounding the pool and, if you’re visiting in summer, you’ll probably catch some live music here too!
The Downtown area of Las Vegas was one of my favourite parts of the city. This hotel is right in the centre of that and you’re only steps away from the Fremont Street Experience, plenty of cool bars and restaurants and the awesome zip-line!
This hotel also has it’s own pool (as do most Las Vegas hotels) and there’s a pretty good happy hour between 5-7 on drinks there too!
*Prices are per night based on two people sharing in January 2018