Although Las Vegas is a city of great opulence, there are numerous excellent values on hotel rooms throughout the city, whether you prefer the strip, downtown, or one of many hotel casinos through Las Vegas and Henderson. The deals are there - you just have to know where to look, and I will show you.
Off of the strip you're going to find some good rates on Las Vegas hotels. Some people do not mind staying off the strip, in fact if you go to a place like the Gold Coast, you can have yourself a nice Las Vegas type vacation without even leaving the hotel. The Gold Coast has very affordable room rates and they have all of the amenities, including Spa, bowling alley, arcade, headliner shows and a lot more. Its sister property the Orleans is also a good value, and like the Gold Coast is not too far off of the strip. The Orleans also has the bonus of offering extra-large rooms, and also has a multiplex movie theater.
Other ways to save money on hotel rooms is with the Station casinos. You can go to their website and check the rates on all of them at once. They are scattered all about Las Vegas and Henderson, and although none are very close to the strip, they are of a good standard and have large modern casinos in them.
Downtown is an excellent option if you're looking for cheap hotels in Las Vegas. Downtown has become much more visitor friendly in recent years, even family-friendly if you consider the Fremont Street experience as a family attraction. At the very least, if you do not stay downtown, you should bring the family at least once to see the Fremont Street Experience as well as to tour around in some of the more interesting casinos.
But if you're looking to sleep cheap, the El Cortez has been on our list for years as the most economic downtown hotel that's at least up to acceptable standards. It's basically a two star hotel, but it's clean and we have found rates there recently as low as $ 15 per night on weekdays.
If you want to upgrade a little, Fitzgeralds and the Four Queens are a step up from the El Cortez and are both decent places to stay, basically in the 2 1/2 star range. These two hotels are consistently priced below the competitors.
The majority of folks, however, will prefer to stay on the strip if they're going to be visiting Las Vegas. Not to worry, there are some great values on some of the nice hotel casinos on the strip. We usually recommend people start with the Stratosphere, the Sahara and Circus Circus. All three of those large casino hotels are traditionally very affordable, and give you access to the north part of the strip.
More towards the center of the strip, the cheapest hotel we have found on average is the Imperial Palace. It's not only reasonable, but has a lot of great attractions including the world's finest classic automobile collection, as well as the very popular Luau and Polynesian Revue. The Imperial Palace is also a monorail stop, which is a big plus.
The southern end of the Las Vegas strip is a favorite of many, including myself. Some of the newer and more interesting casinos.are down there, such as New York New York, the Luxor, and on and on. Fortunately, many of these are connected by walkways and overpasses. My favorite cheaper places to stay on the south strip are the Excalibur and the Tropicana. Generally there are no lower rates than these two hotels, and they are right in the middle of the South end of the strip.