Doing the Room-Rate Limbo: How Low Will They Go?


If you follow the news, you know that new casinos have been opening and more are on the way. You also know that Las Vegas is on pace to break its all-time visitation record this year. Everything seems to be getting back to normal, except that room rates remain at low levels. Actually, not just low, but amazingly low.

Aside from the December holiday period, July is the best month of the year for room bargains, as the casinos compete for tourists who aren’t already committed to family vacations elsewhere. Hence, the Las Vegas Advisor always does a big July canvassing to see just how low the rates can go.

This year’s audit of 94 hotel-casinos turned up 52 properties offering rates of $50 or less. Of those 52, 40 had rates of $40 or less, 28 had rates of $30 and under, and eight—Golden Gate, Palace Station, Circus Circus, the Quad, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, Riviera and El Cortez—were below $20, which is double last year’s total in that category.

Pretty amazing results, but it gets better. While you’d expect that the good deals would all be at Downtown and locals digs, that’s not the case: Several good rates were found on or near the Strip, including $18 at the Quad and Circus Circus; $19 at Riviera; $22 at Hooters; $23 at Wild Wild West; $25 at LVH, Excalibur, and Flamingo; $26 at Harrah’s; $27 at Stratosphere; $29 at Luxor; $37 at Monte Carlo; $44 at New York-New York; and $46 at Planet Hollywood.

Want more? Check out the higher-end properties: Palms $50, Tropicana $50, Hard Rock $51, The Mirage $60, Palms Place $62, Mandalay Bay $64, Vdara $79, Caesars Palace $82, MGM Grand Signature $84, Aria $95, THEhotel $96, Cosmopolitan $101 and even the ultra-posh Nobu at $149.

As good as these low rates are, there are even better deals to be had when you consider some of the bundled offers that include resort credits and other add-ons. Bally’s had a $29 base rate with $20 in daily (as in, yes, you get them every day of your stay) food and drink credits. Apply the credits and that’s a $9 base rate! Rio had $34 with $20 in credits and Paris had $50 with $25. Remarkable!

Keep in mind that these examples are the absolute lowest rates found, even if they were available for a single day in July, so you may not be able to duplicate the numbers exactly. Also, the rates don’t include resort fees where applicable (which is most places), so the bottom line for most is higher than listed. As an example, the best base rate of all that we found was $9 at Golden Gate, which turned into $33 after the tax, resort fee, and tax on the resort fee, but that’s still mighty low. I mean, try finding that at a Motel 6 in Victorville.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and, a monthly newsletter and website dedicated to finding the best deals in town.