Of all the great deals in Las Vegas, the very best of them is something most locals don’t take advantage of on a regular basis: the low cost of a room. We live here and don’t need to rent rooms, but if there’s ever a time during the year that the need arises, it’s in December, when relatives visit and perhaps a spur-of-the-moment, around-the-block getaway comes into play.
While room rates in Vegas continue to be low year-round, the absolute best month for deep discounts is December, which is why every year at this time we conduct a monster rate survey at LasVegasAdvisor.com. It encompasses every hotel-casino in town (92 this year), and we check lots of sources. Since we count the best rate we find 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.
This year we found 44 casinos with rates less than $40. Eighteen of the 44 were below $30 and three were under $20. Here they are (note that these are base rates; in many cases resort fees and taxes will raise the bottom line by $20-$30).
Under $20 Club: Circus Circus, Golden Gate, Palace Station. Under $30 Club: Bally’s, Boulder Station, the D, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, Excalibur, Fiesta Rancho, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Hooter’s, the Plaza, Silver Sevens, Stratosphere, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Westgate, Whiskey Pete’s, Wild Wild West. Under $40 Club: Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Artisan, Buffalo Bill’s, California, Ellis Island Super 8, Fiesta Henderson, Four Queens, Fremont, Gold Coast, Gold Spike (Oasis), Green Valley Ranch, Hard Rock, Luxor, Main Street Station, Monte Carlo, Orleans, Palms, Rio, Rumor, Sam’s Town, Santa Fe Station, Silverton, Tuscany.
Check out some of the names on these lists. The rate at Bally’s was $27; Harrah’s, Hard Rock and Westgate were $30; Rio and Monte Carlo were $32; Luxor was $34; Palms was $35; and Green Valley Ranch was $39.
The good deals also extend to the higher-end casinos: Golden Nugget, $42; Planet Hollywood, $46; MGM, $48; New York-New York, $48; Mandalay Bay, $56; Paris, $56; SLS, $59; Red Rock, $68; Aria, $87; Caesars Palace, $94; Cromwell, $97; the Cosmopolitan, $105; and Nobu, $149.
These are straight rates collected from different sources. If you search around, you’ll find some amazing “bundled” deals. For example, Hooters has a $21 rate that comes with $10 in slot free play and $10 in table-game matchplay. Or stay two nights at Monte Carlo for $32 per night and get a $50 food and beverage credit. And my favorite as of this writing (because new things pop up every day) is MGM Grand’s $48 rate with a $50 resort credit. They’re paying you $2 to stay! OK, that’s not really the case when you factor in the $34 resort fee, but a $32 bottom line at MGM is plenty good in my book.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.