Las Vegas Room Budget:
Everyone making room reservations whether it is your first time or your tenth time, should have a budget for the selected hotel or casino. Make sure you don't go overboard on your Las Vegas room reservations budget in a way that you will not be able to attend places (clubs, shows, buffets, etc) that you had previously planned on attending. Don't count yourself out of being able to afford a room at a nice Hotel/Casino. A motel in Las Vegas can run anywhere from $50 a night to $100 a night. Whereas, I've booked nice clean rooms in multiple Hotel/Casinos on the strip for less than that.
Save Money on Room Reservations:
How can you save money on room reservations? You can save money by making your room reservation a month or two in advance. This is the same as any other events. The sooner you make your reservation the more you will save. Timing is everything with room reservations on the Las Vegas Strip. You will not save money making room reservations a week before attending Las Vegas. Look for deals online can also save you money. If you are already a member of any “rewards" program in any casino, do log into your account online and check availability using that reward member id. If you don't want to make an account online, you can simply call the casino directly. You'd be surprised as to the price difference of being a non-member vs. member! Even if you don't gamble and have a reward card call anyways. Rewards card holders almost always get a better discount. On another note: if you are calling in directly to the Casino of choice, try to shoot the bs to the person on the phone they have the power to lower your rates or even comp your rooms.
Picking the Right Hotel and Casino:
First off, motels and hotels off the strip are just places that I do not recommend staying at unless you have no choice (There almost is always a alternative). I previously stayed at many of these motels/hotels off the strip and it was an experience I do not ever want to try again.
Motels cost almost the same by the end of your trip in Las Vegas. The amount of money you may spend on all those taxi drivers become ridiculous after some time. If you drove yourself, the gas and the headache of navigating through all the traffic is just not worth it. The difference may only be $10-$20 for just a regular room with 2 beds.
Hotels off the strip almost always do not contain any Casino games or multiple restaurants if any. This can turn into a very inconvenient stay for you in a short period of time. Your in Las Vegas to relax and you most likely want to be pampered as much as possible. The only ones places that can really do this is the more mainstream Casinos located on the Las Vegas Strip.
You want to make sure that you choose a Casino that in your budget. Make sure you know what type of people (young, old, very old, LOUD) are going to be staying there. For example, if you like young and beautiful looking people, stay at the Palms. If you like the more older people who just seem to like gambling stay at Harrahs. If you enjoy people of all ages who just enjoy sight seeing and shopping, I recommend Caesars palace. This can make a huge difference in the Casino that you plan on staying at. Everyone is there to be happy and enjoy not to be bored and depressed in a sense.
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