Places to Stay in Las Vegas Without Breaking The Bank
If you’re looking for places to stay in Las Vegas, you know there are so many resorts and hotels to stay in that it can be overwhelming. As a teenager, my parents had us stay at the Westgate every single year since that’s where their timeshare was. It was like, whenever we’d walk down the strip, these other fun resorts would be calling out to me, yet they felt so distant… Ever since I’ve gone back on my own dime, I like to book a different place to shake things up and get a feel for the different themes.
And what I’ve learned from that is most of the resorts really aren’t that expensive at all. In fact, they’re rather a steal. Of course, there are some gems like Caesars Palace and Bellagio that will live up to their swanky, luxurious reputations. But if you play your cards right, you can find yourself at a much more affordable place with inside access to these places too. Now that’s a deal.
Check out this list of places to stay in Las Vegas from my personal experience, plus one that is definitely worth splurging for.
Book It On Vegas.com
Quick tip, that you almost NEVER want to buy a hotel stay on the resort’s main website. I pretty much always rely on Vegas.com because it gives you the best deals. Plus it shows you all the resorts at once — sometimes I just scroll through and click the cheapest one, which is how I’ve always been able to mix it up!
Table of Contents
|Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino|
|Luxor (The Pyramid) Resort & Casino|
|Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino|
|The Cromwell Las Vegas Boutique Hotel|
|Tuscany Suites & Casino|
|BONUS: MGM & The Venetian|
I feel the need to start here because this is a lesser-known hotel that has truly served my family for years. If you’re wanting someplace that’s right off the busy Strip, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is for you. Sure, you might be thinking — why would I not want to be on the main street of Vegas?! Well, for one, if you’re with a family and young kids, it’s much easier to keep track of them. And also, if you’re just staying for business and didn’t come to Vegas to face the large crowds, it has that exclusive feel with meeting space.
If you’re in Vegas to play some golf, Westgate sits rights next to the Las Vegas Country Club and provides seasonal golf packages to access this exclusive course that has hosted PGA & LPGA events. Personally, as an avid golfer, I find it shameful to have never taken advantage of that. But also I played golf practically full-time back then in high school, so it seemed more like work than fun to me.
Lastly, maybe you’re just wanting a quiet, luxurious stay complete with going to the spa and getting the royal treatment? You can find that here too.
Luxor (The Pyramid)
If you’re looking for someplace with a story when it comes to best places to stay in Las Vegas, here’s your chance. Not going to lie, Luxor Resort & Casino was pretty creepy (thus also super exciting) to stay in. This is the pyramid-shaped hotel for those who aren’t familiar. And it has a few large Egyptian statues around the resort and marking the entrance, which are neat. But it gives you a very “Night at the Museum” type of vibe.
While checking in at the front desk, we were told there was a haunted side of the hotel in which guests have noticed “weird things or sounds.” Of course I asked not to be put on that side because I don’t take chances with ghosts, y’all. Here’s one visitor’s encounter of being haunted while staying here. The front desk also told us that there have been jumpers on some of the top levels in the past so they closed off some of those floors… I know right, WTF. It’s so the movie “1408.”
Not sure how true any of this was. BUT I will say, since the building is shaped like a pyramid, the higher up you go, it feels like you’re going to topple over the railings. Were those so-called “jumpers” just drunk people that let gravity do its thing to cause them to fall over? Maybe. Oh yeah, and going up the elevator is a startling experience too because you’re going up sideways. It’s just weird, you guys! But the pool is extra nice, so that helps…
Bally’s Las Vegas is one of the most classic, conveniently-located places to stay in Las Vegas. There’s not much of theme at this hotel, but it has its perks. My boyfriend and I simply picked this one because it had been one of the cheapest on Vegas.com. It’s also sandwiched between two of my favorite themed hotels — the Flamingo and Paris (we could see the Eiffel Tower from our room).
Plus, it’s directly across the street from two of my other favorites — Bellagio and Caesars Palace. So basically, you can watch the Fountains of Bellagio show depending on your room location.
Right in front of the hotel are the Grand Bazaar Shops, that boast several boutiques and restaurants that stay open quite late. Plus, there’s a CVS right next door for any last minute things you forgot to pack. Bally’s is also home to quite a few shows and attractions. Our favorite was the Real Bodies Exhibit, which was otherworldly.
I recently stayed at The Cromwell during the second part of a business trip — when it became time to kick back and relax. We chose this boutique hotel for a few reasons. It had a pretty affordable deal on Vegas.com and the interior looked pretty interesting (the rooms are very “50 Shades of Grey”). When looking for places to stay in Las Vegas though, it’s all about the perks.
You can see our room in the video below that shows the swanky, BDSM vibes. Just so many cool posters on the wall and in the bathroom. The tile in the bathroom shower even was designed so well. And the plush headboards on the bed — ugh, my dream.
Plus, the carpets… I normally don’t fan-girl over carpets like ever, but every hallway upstairs has carpeted floors with French written all over it and I just died. It was so chic.
Gotta Have Those Perks
The perks though… First, this hotel is home to Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub, which I’ve heard people brag on for years. Unfortunately, since we were limited on time and had some hiccups throughout our down time (what happens in Vegas, am I right?), we never actually made it up there. Guess I have another reason to come back!
What was pretty cool though about staying at The Cromwell was that we were granted access to a couple other pools like the one at Caesars Palace. Since staying at Caesars would have been much too expensive for this trip, we settled for just using the pool instead. And it did not disappoint.
Caesars Palace has like 7 pools and the area is called Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. There’s Temple Pool (the main one), Venus Pool & Lounge, Fortuna Pool, Neptune Pool, Apollo Pool, Jupiter Pool, and Bacchus Pool. The latter is actually reserved for VIP and celebrities!
I stayed at the Tuscany Suites & Casino during the first part of my business trip for a conference and it honestly shocked me how gorgeous this hidden hotel was. It’s just two blocks east of the Strip, so definitely walking distance or a quick Uber even. But again, this is another perk if you’re looking for places to stay in Las Vegas that are off the main street and a little more elegant.
The grounds here are just breathtaking as you can see from our photos in front of the fountain and garden. Another major highlight are the four different restaurants available, from a high-end steakhouse to pub food and two cafes. There are several meeting and banquet rooms available if you’re hoping to put on an event like we did. And best of all, the rooms were not only so spacious and nice, but were also only like $50 a night!
MGM & The Venetian
I’m looping these two resorts together because these are two of the top places to stay in Las Vegas that I haven’t personally stayed at. To start with MGM, I got an exclusive tour of the MGM Skylofts by knowing a friend of a friend who was hosting a bachelor party here. These room are absolutely insane and are a total must-see experience. And The Venetian is a resort I fell in love with because of their beautiful Gondolas and Venice charm. But also, it’s home to TAO Beach Dayclub.
To read more of my experience at both of these places, including how to party for FREE at TAO Beach Dayclub, head over to my blog “Free Things to Do in Las Vegas — Including Partying With VIP Access.”
What are some of your experiences at these places I’ve listed? Or what are your favorite places to stay in Las Vegas that I didn’t cover? I’ve heard Resorts World is awesome, and that’s where my boyfriend wants us to stay next! Let me know your thought in the comments below.