What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear that friends are coming to town? It’s probably something like, “I hope they’re staying in a hotel and not our house!” Well, that shouldn’t be a problem right now. Aside from December’s post-NFR, pre-New Year’s Eve period, July is the best month of the year for room bargains, with rates so low that nobody should have to be angling for a spot in your guest room.
How low are we talking? In late June, LasVegasAdvisor.com did an audit of 93 hotel-casinos, and the results turned up 52 properties offering nightly rates of $50 or less. Of those, 38 were $40 or less, 21 were $30 and under, and five—the D, Golden Gate, Palace Station, El Cortez and the Plaza—were below $20.
Pretty amazing results, but it gets better. While you’d expect to find great deals only Downtown and at locals digs, that’s not the case; several low rates were available on or near the Strip, including: Circus Circus and Flamingo ($26); Hooters, Luxor, and Wild Wild West ($27); Silver Sevens ($28); Harrah’s ($30); Stratosphere ($32); Artisan and Ellis Island ($34); Tuscany ($35); Bally’s and Gold Coast ($36); Hard Rock and Linq ($39): Orleans, Rio and Westgate ($40); TI ($41); Monte Carlo ($43); New York-New York ($44); Rumor ($45); and Planet Hollywood ($48).
Want to upgrade the experience for a nominal fee? Check out the rates at these higher-end properties: Palms $51, MGM $52, Tropicana $53, SLS $55, Mandalay Bay $56, Paris $59, MGM Signature $76, Red Rock $80, Green Valley Ranch $88, Vdara $88, Caesars Palace $89, Trump $90, Aria $107, Delano $109 and the Cromwell $112.
What doesn’t show up in these numbers are the strong bundled deals. For example, a nightly base rate of $73 at The Mirage comes with a $25 dining/drinking credit, effectively dropping the room cost to $48. The Fremont has a $36 base rate and a $20 credit. And the aforementioned $44 rate at NY-NY comes with a $50 bar tab and two roller-coaster rides, which makes the room effectively free!
Notice the term “base rate.” The real rate is often $10 to $30 more thanks to nightly “resort fees,” those aggravating mandated charges for things you probably don’t use. But even with the fees, Las Vegas room prices this month are as low as you’ll find anywhere in the country, let alone in a premier resort destination.
As I always caution when reviewing room rates, please note: These examples are the absolute lowest rates we found, even if they were available for a single day in July. So you may not be able to duplicate the numbers exactly. No matter; you’ll be able to get close enough to keep that guest room unoccupied for the rest of summer.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.