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 mandatory resort fee per night to charge for amenities such as wifi, gym, and pool access. Resort fees on the Las Vegas Strip can range from $14.99 to $45 per night. Las Vegas resorts can waive the fee for you only in very special circumstances (so don’t count on it!).
You also need to budget for parking fees. Unfortunately, most properties on the Las Vegas Strip charge for parking. Fees can range from $13 to $30 per day according to The Las Vegas Advisor.
You don’t need to rent a car if you’re mostly hanging out on The Strip. You can easily walk or take the free tram to most attractions. If you’re too tired to walk back to your hotel, there are taxi and ride-share queues in each resort.
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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 right next to a CVS drugstore.
For the budget-conscious, you can store your own 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 food stands.
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 and laid-back atmosphere.
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 chains 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. It’s free to look around the small arcade in the lower level.
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 weekdays for all hotel guests during pool season. Bird Bar has 50-cent beers starting at 5 pm during happy hour.
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
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
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