Paid parking, monitored drink comps, 6-5 blackjack. The casinos seem to be tightening up everywhere. But one area where that’s not happening is room rates. Sure, they aren’t exactly what they used to be, due in most part to resort fees (which belong on the list above), but even when adding in the RFs, rooms in Las Vegas are still as inexpensive as they come.
The absolute best month for deep discounts is December, and the best part is right now—the period between the end of NFR and Christmas Eve. Accordingly, every year at this time, we conduct a monster rate survey at LasVegasAdvisor.com. It’s a serious study that encompasses every casino in town (89 this count), and we check lots of sources. This year we found 41 casinos with rates of less than $40. Twenty-two of the 41 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: Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Artisan, Bally’s, Boulder Station, The D, El Cortez, Super 8 at Ellis Island, Excalibur, Flamingo Las Vegas, Four Queens, Hard Rock, Harrah’s, Hooters, Luxor, Plaza, Rio, Silver Sevens, Stratosphere, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Westgate, Wild Wild West.
• Under $40 Club: California, Cannery, Downtown Grand, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Fremont, Gold Coast, The LINQ, Main Street Station, Monte Carlo, Palms, Rumor, Sam’s Town, Santa Fe Station, Tropicana, Tuscany. The good deals also extend to the higher-end casinos: New York-New York, $40; SLS Las Vegas, $41; Planet Hollywood, $47; MGM Grand, $48; Mandalay Bay, $65; Green Valley Ranch, $76; Red Rock, $80; The Cromwell, $85; Caesars Palace, $98.
It gets even better when you consider bundles, add-ons and other special promos. For example: Treasure Island has a rate of $60, but BOGO deals are also available this month—stay two nights at TI and it’s just $30 per. When considering the best bottom-line deal, California, Fremont and Main Street Station have a $38 rate that comes without a RF, but with a $10-per-day food-and-beverage credit. Apply the credit and it’s like the rate is $28. At MGM Grand, it’s a $50 rate plus a $35 RF ($85), and it includes two buffet passes per day. The dinner buffet is $30, so take $60 off and you get a $25-per-night bottom line. Circus Circus’ base rate is $20 and there’s a $24 RF (funny, I know). That’s $44, but you get a $20 food credit, for an adjusted rate of $24.
We live here and don’t need to rent rooms, but if there’s ever a time that the dynamic changes, it’s during the holidays, when relatives visit and perhaps a spur-of-the-moment, around-the-block getaway comes into play. Go ahead take a little staycation. You’ll have the best of the deal, at least for this month.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.