Don’t get too excited: that $34 per night hotel room isn’t just $34. Make sure you budget for resort and parking fees per day. Read the fine print before you book!
Most hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip add a resort fee per night to charge for amenities such as wifi, gym, and pool access. According to Las Vegas Jaunt, resort fees on the Las Vegas Strip can range from $14.99 to $45 per night. Only on very special circumstances they can waive the resort fee for you (but don’t count on it).
You also need to prepare for parking fees. Unfortunately, most properties on the Las Vegas Strip charge when you park your car in their parking garage. Parking fees can range from $13 to $30 per day according to this blog post by The Las Vegas Advisor.
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The first on this list is Bally’s affordable hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. While it’s not as trendy as the other resorts on The Strip, Bally’s has a great location in the middle of The Strip. It’s next to a pedestrian bridge that goes straight into The Bellagio and a CVS drugstore in case you forget to bring your toothbrush.
For the budget-conscious, you can store snacks in the mini-fridge and grab lunch at the food court. If you want more options, stop by The Grand Bazaar Shops in front where you can eat at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken and other affordable restaurants.
On New Year’s Eve, my family and I stayed at their Resort Tower with two double queen beds. The bathroom was small, but I liked the updated decor with red accents.
Pros: central location, mini-fridge in the room
Excalibur is a resort for budget travelers who want to stay by other family-friendly attractions at the south end of The Strip. It looks like a castle on the outside and continues with medieval-themed touches on the inside. Like the other themed hotel-casinos on The Strip, it’s a souvenir from the past when themed resorts were a thing.
Excalibur has a food court with several budget-friendly options like Popeye’s, Pizza Hut Express, and Krispy Kreme.
If you have kids, you don’t have to walk outside in the heat to entertain them. You can take them to the small arcade downstairs or see Tournament of Kings.
Pros: arcade, bigger food court, free tram to Mandalay Bay and Luxor
When you see bright pink neon lights while walking on Center Strip, you’ve reached The Flamingo. It’s known for its small outdoor habitat where you can see real live flamingos.
Consider staying at The Flamingo if you’re part of a bachelorette party or on a trip with friends and have a small budget. Their Go Pool pool party with a live DJ is free on the weekdays for all hotel guests. Bird Bar has 50-cent beers starting at 5 pm during happy hour. Next door is the LINQ Promenade, where you can hang out at affordable restaurants and bars with outdoor patios.
If you’re here for a convention, the monorail stops here and takes you to the Las Vegas Convention Center for $5 ($13 for an all-day pass).
Good for: anyone who likes pink, friends trip, bachelorette party, couples, convention-goers
Harrah’s is a Mardi-Gras themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s another resort that can appear dated compared to the newer additions on The Strip, but it has a great location on Center Strip.
What sets Harrah’s apart from the other resorts on this list is their selection of free, live entertainment. They usually play classic rock and music from past decades here. You can watch an Elvis impersonator, Dueling Pianos, or sing karaoke at The Piano Bar. You can dance for free at Carnaval Court or Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
Next door is a collection of wallet-friendly dining with McDonald’s, Panda Express, and Chipotle.
Pros: center strip, free live music, monorail stop
Another budget-friendly resort on The Strip is The LINQ. The former Imperial Palace and The Quad rooms have been updated with a modern look. They have unique details like colorful murals on the wall, white marble design in the bathroom, and shampoo dispensers built into the shower wall.
The pool is 21-years-old-and-above only. Their pool parties on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are free to get in according to their website.
Next to it is The LINQ Promenade, an outdoor collection of restaurants and attractions, which include The High Roller Ferris Wheel. Last time we went there, my husband and I drank cold beers at the outdoor patio of Yardhouse.
There’s a monorail station here as well, so it’s convenient for convention goers.
Good for: honeymoon, bachelorette party, bachelor party, friends trip, couples, convention-goers
Luxor is the most unique resort in Las Vegas in terms of ambiance: you’re inside a pyramid! Like the other themed designs, it’s a throwback compared to the newer properties on The Strip. However, Luxor’s hotel rates are perfect for travelers on a budget.
Luxor has a casino, pool, and a small food court. To spare your feet, there’s a free tram that can take you to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur, MGM’s sister properties.
This South Strip resort is popular among families traveling to Vegas. I always see parents with kids every time I stop by here. My mother-in-law swears she is luckier here compared to the rest of The Strip!
Good for: families, free tram to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur
Two words: FREE PARKING.
It’s technically not free because they have a daily resort fee of $37 (plus taxes). However, we can all agree that free parking (and valet parking) is a rarity on The Strip nowadays.
You can find Tropicana at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Good for: Free parking and valet parking
Cheap hotels near the Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip and its attractions are still walkable (or a Lyft away) from these budget hotels:
Circus Circus is a resort known for its family-friendly activities which include a pool, arcade, and an indoor amusement park called The Adventuredome. Tickets start at $19.99 for an all-day ticket for kids under 48 inches.
This budget resort is farther along Las Vegas Boulevard. You’ll have to drive or take a taxi each time you want to go to the more concentrated part of The Strip.
Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery has a great location a block away from Mid Strip by Bally’s. They are known for their top sirloin steak special for $7.99.
Hooters Casino Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from Las Vegas Boulevard on the southern end of The Strip. They have free parking and affordable restaurants like Steak ‘N Shake and its namesake, Hooters.
If you’re staying at The Rio, you’ll have to walk for a mile across a bridge to get back on the Las Vegas Strip by Caesar’s Palace. It’s a sacrifice budget travelers are willing to make, since The Rio has one of the lowest rates on The Strip.
Rio hosts The World Series of Poker every year.
The Stratosphere has been rebranded and currently under renovation as The Strat to keep up with the times. The Strat is known for its observation deck with a 360-degree view of the whole valley (for a separate fee).
While it’s technically on Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s a long 2.8-mile walk according to Google Maps to the center of The Strip where the Bellagio fountains are. The walk can be sketchy, so I recommend driving or using a ride share service like Lyft instead.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Las Vegas has several affordable hotels to choose from. If you’re into aesthetics, consider upgrading to a remodeled room for an extra fee at check-in (free if you’re lucky). You can also wait for a good deal with more expensive hotels.