Say what you want about prices overall, but room rates continue to stay low—especially in December. Each year at this time we conduct a monster rate survey at LasVegasAdvisor.com. It’s a serious study that encompasses every casino in town (94 this year), and we check lots of sources. Since we count the best rate, even if it’s available for only a day, you won’t be able to duplicate everything you see here. But you’ll get pretty close.
We found 48 casinos with rates of less than $40. Twenty-nine of the 48 were below $30, and five were under $20, including two on the Strip. Here they are (note that these are base rates; in many cases resort fees and taxes will be added):
Under $20 Club: Fiesta Rancho, Palace Station, the Quad, Riviera, Santa Fe Station.
Under $30 Club: Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Boulder Station, Circus Circus, Clarion, The D, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, Excalibur, Fiesta Henderson, Flamingo, Four Queens, Gold Coast, Golden Gate, Harrah’s, Hooters, Plaza, Primm Valley, Rio, Sam’s Town, Silver Sevens, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Whiskey Pete’s, Wild Wild West.
Under $40 Club: Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Artisan, Bally’s, California, Ellis Island Super 8, Fremont, Gold Strike, Golden Nugget, Hacienda, Luxor, Main Street Station, Monte Carlo, Orleans, Palms, Silverton, Stratosphere, Suncoast, TI, Tuscany.
The Rio rate was $29, Bally’s was $32, Orleans was $34, Golden Nugget was $37, Monte Carlo was $38, Palms was $38.50 and TI was $39.97. And some are even better than they look. For example, the Monte Carlo and Palms deals come with two buffets per day, and Bally’s comes with $35 in resort credits.
The good deals also extend to the higher-end casinos: Hard Rock $40, New York-New York $40, Palms Place $41, Tropicana $41, Planet Hollywood $43, Aliante $48, MGM $49, Paris $53, Mandalay Bay $54, Mirage $54, Green Valley Ranch $62, Caesars Palace $76, Red Rock $81, Signature $85, THEhotel $85, Trump $90, Aria $97, Vdara $98, Cosmopolitan $105, Wynn $125, Encore $132, Bellagio $149 and Nobu $149.
You have to work to find the best rates— and sometimes it’s simply about getting lucky. Plus, you have to be looking at the right time: The best deals always land between the end of the National Finals Rodeo and Christmas—this year, that’s December 15 through December 24.
If you have friends coming in for the holidays or just want to hang out for a night, use the lists above as a starting point and dig a little. Your efforts will be rewarded.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.