Finding a hotel in Las Vegas can be overwhelming. There are countless options to choose from, both on and off the Strip; some feature different types of accommodations within one location; some may be local brands you've never heard of. It's enough to cause all-out anxiety before you even hit the craps table!
Stress no more: Here are five hidden hotel values in Las Vegas. More than just sensibly priced, these hotels also offer a little something extra—be it a great location, distinctive room features, or value-added perks included in the room rate. To appeal to a broad spectrum of travelers, I've included hotels both close to the action (e.g., on or just off the Strip) and a little ways removed. Take a look at my five picks, and be sure to suggest your own Vegas hotel favorites in the comments section below.
Many of the entertainment, gaming, and hotel conglomerates on the Strip are known for their gargantuan size—and prices to match. Not so with Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, an unassuming spot right at the heart of the Strip. Guest rooms have 42-inch plasma television sets; some also boast a view of the Strip. The property has a casino, a steakhouse, and a 24-hour restaurant, as well as a nightclub and a lounge. Additionally, all guests have access to the four pools, two hot tubs, and poolside amenities at the Flamingo, located next door, for no extra charge. Rates in autumn start at $60 for weeknights and $120 for weekend stays, based on double occupancy.
Desert Rose Resort
The Desert Rose Resort is a non-casino resort hotel, located a block and a half off the Strip. Ideal for travelers who want to be near the action but not stay in a casino itself, the Desert Rose offers suite-style accommodations with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms with sofa beds, cable television, high-speed Internet access, and balconies or patios. Complimentary breakfast is available each day, and a manager's reception with drinks and refreshments is offered on weeknights. Additionally, the hotel has a pool, a hot tub, a fitness center, and a barbecue area. Prices for autumn stays start at $105 for weeknights and $150 for weekends, based on double occupancy. Discounts are available for Arizona, California, and Nevada residents; government employees; UNLV alumni; and members of the military. The resort also offers multiple savings packages, ranging from free nights with minimum-night stays, pre-payment discounts, and more.
Suncoast Hotel & Casino
Want easy access to the action, but also be a bit removed from all the hustle and bustle? If so, consider the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, about 20 minutes away from the Strip. The hotel has both standard guest rooms and suite-style accommodations, each with coffee makers and refrigerators, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. There is also a pool, a 24-hour fitness center, several on-site restaurants, a showroom for live entertainment, a salon, and a video arcade. Additionally, Suncoast has a casino with over 2,000 slot machines, a bingo hall, and more than 30 table games. Autumn room rates range from $39 to $119 per night, based on double occupancy. Special offers, including golf stay-and-play packages, seasonal savings, and dining getaways, are available.
The Carriage House
It may not look like the traditional style of building it's named for, but the atmosphere at The Carriage House seeks to provide a non-gaming respite from the rest of the Vegas craziness. Located one block off the Strip, it has 155 suite-style guest rooms, each with a fully equipped kitchenette, high-speed Internet access, MP3 clock radios, and DVD/VHS players. The property has an outdoor heated pool, a whirlpool, tennis and basketball court, a fitness center, a business center, and a convenience store. Complimentary parking is available to all hotel guests. Per-night prices in fall start at $79 for weekdays and $94 for weekends, based on double occupancy; discounts are available for AAA and AARP members.
Perhaps you're heading to Vegas not just for gambling, but also for hiking in nearby Red Rock Canyon. If so, the Element Las Vegas Summerlin may be a good home base, as it's located close to the natural attractions of the region, and is also about 15 minutes away from downtown and the Strip. The eco-friendly hotel features guest rooms with kitchenettes, high-speed Internet access, high-definition flat-screen televisions, and DVD players. Complimentary breakfast is available daily; there's also an evening manager's reception three times a week. The hotel also has a pool and a fitness center. Room rates start at $124 per night for weekend stays and $145 per night for weekdays, based on double occupancy. At publication time, a host of seasonal specials were available, including an offer where if you stay one night, you'll get the second for 50 percent off.
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