“Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven must look at night.” Chuck Palahniuk, the author of many bestselling novels including ‘Fight Club’, thus described his reaction upon visiting Las Vegas for the very first time in his life.
It’s an understated reaction, albeit a powerful one. Visitors who have visited Las Vegas before can rarely resist the temptation of visiting this Sin City again and again. That’s the modus operandi of this place, of a brand called Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is unabashedly capitalist. There’s no place for remorse or sympathy here. The only thing that works here without exceptions is the power of cold, hard cash and nothing else. Many people seem to detest the idea of a city that sells its very spirit like this, but others love it simply because the Sin City is honest enough to tell them what is being sold.
Las Vegas is a city of anecdotes that may or may not be true. Movies, novels and music tracks of countless repetitions have added fuel to this notion of ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. As a result, most tourists flock into Las Vegas looking for the best time of their lives, and, erm, succeed in achieving just that.
That’s the beauty of a city like Las Vegas. It’s about being levelled and honest about being commercial. Unlike anywhere else, you will be told that you are being sold this product, only in Las Vegas.
Many people call Las Vegas the city of second chances. Well, that’s a profound name for a city like Las Vegas, but still, it’s a fitting one. Because of unusually high number of weddings it hosts, it is also called the city of weddings.
Tourism is one of the largest revenue generators in Las Vegas, and that’s why, this post intends to overview various options for tourists as far as Las Vegas hotels are concerned.
Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas
Nothing comes cheap in Vegas, as the popular adage goes.
But if you are really determined to find cheap hotels in Las Vegas to save up as much as you can (only, most probably, to spend it all in a card game), you can find a handful of delightful options.
Among these options, the best known, perhaps, is the Orleans Hotel & Casino. In spite of being a cheap hotel, the Orleans bears no outlook of one. It is housed in a beautifully grand building that is located just off the Las Vegas Strip. The Orleans also houses an in-house casino to make your nights more interesting.
Gold Coast Casino and Hotel is a hotel of pretty much the same kind as the Orleans. Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall provides a no-nonsense accommodation experience to tourists, coupled with a state of the art casino.
Luxurious Las Vegas: a Memorable Affair
Moving on from cheap hotels of Vegas to real glitzy and glamorous ones, it must be stated that the difference between these two couldn’t be starker.
Las Vegas is known worldwide for its luxury resorts that regularly set the benchmark for hospitality.
It would be quite a travesty to rank these luxury hotels in Las Vegas in ranks according to their services or quality. But still, in any case, the Mansion at the MGM Grand would certainly take the top spot. Nestled amidst the chaos that is MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the Mansion provides a retreat that tourists who are looking for some exclusive luxurious treatment can take advantage of.
Wynn Tower and Suites, a grand project by Steven Wynn, is also a great hotel (a collection of many, to be clear) that houses two five-star properties, many four-star properties, three four-start spas and a five-star business tower.
Mandarin Oriental and Hotel Nobu at Caesar’s Palace are not too far behind these leaders in terms of quality of hospitality and level of luxury accorded to their guests, either!
Independent Hotel Scene in Las Vegas
There is a thriving indie hotel scene in Las Vegas that many industry experts still have trouble explaining.
In spite of having the largest concentration of hotel rooms on the planet, Las Vegas regularly falls short on availability of hotel rooms, especially during summer season.
To take business advantage of this fact, many hotels in Las Vegas have come up with novel ideas of independent holiday rentals to accommodate guests with larger number of occupants.
Time sharing has also risen in importance in this sense, in last few years. Time sharing apartments are virtually no different than regular hotel rooms, the only difference being the illusion of ownership created by marketing masterminds.
Things to Remember When in Vegas
Sensible and wise tourists need not be told the travails that irresponsible gambling and booking inherently entail. So, the only thing you need to remember when you are touring Las Vegas is that no matter how badly you want to unwind, don’t let yourself off the tracks.
Examples of tourists losing fortunes of a lifetime in one night of bad decisions and questionable life-choices are not at all novel in Las Vegas, and if one is to guess correctly, nobody wants themselves to see as a protagonist of such anecdotes.
Even if you are staying at one among many Las Vegas hotels that provides additional credits for you to try your hand at their in-house casino, you need not lose balance and get sucked into endless vicious cycle of lost gambling money.
Other than this, there aren’t many things that need your special heed.
Getting Around in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is well connected to nearby cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco by road and air. However, getting around when you are actually in Vegas can be a difficult preposition. Public transport, as such, is not a thing in Las Vegas, and most people seem to prefer taking their own vehicles.
Private taxis can be a good choice, but the fact that they cost a great deal of money might be enough to put some tourists off.
- Top Attractions:
- Bellagio Fountains, Fremont Street Experience, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Vegas! The Show, The Strip, High Roller
- City Size:
- 136 mi²
- Average Temperature:
- 56°F (13°C), Wind WNW at 3 mph (5 km/h), 35% Humidity