Where to stay in Las Vegas? That’s one question I get a lot, so here are my recommendations:
If you’re only in Vegas for a couple of days and you want to be close to where everything is happening, make sure you book a hotel on The Strip. The Strip is the long stretch of road also known as Las Vegas Blvd. South, and this is where you find the large majority of the giant casino resorts and shopping malls.
On The Strip, I suggest that you stay somewhere between Wynn/Encore to the north and Mandalay Bay to the south. Further south and further north will be too far from all the action.
During the summer, Las Vegas is hot (literally speaking) so walking any longer distances is out of the question.
There are plenty of taxis on The Strip, but they’re expensive, and they’re only allowed to pick up passengers at the designated taxi stands in front of the casinos. Picking a hotel, which isn’t too far from the places you’re planning to visit, can save you both time and money.
Regarding room rates, you’ll find some real bargains during the weekdays, but Friday-Sunday and on holidays the prices go up significantly.
If you like pool parties:
..and you are in Las Vegas during the summer months, make sure to pick one of the hotels with a dayclub. Dayclubs are like giant pool parties, and some of them have regular guest performances by celebrated DJs and artists from around the world. Some of the resorts with popular dayclubs include MGM (Wet Republic), Marquee (Marquee Dayclub) and Encore (Encore Beach Club). If you don’t want to dress up to go to the pool, but prefer to tan in peace and quiet, while reading a book or knitting a sweater, choose Palazzo, Venetian, Caesar’s Palace or Bellagio, which all got beautiful pool areas without the unga-bunga ambience.
If you love shopping:
Most of the casino hotels have some kind of retail area, but if you’re looking for shopping that goes beyond souvenir shops and luxury boutiques, consider Planet Hollywood (Miracle Mile Shops), The Palazzo/The Venetian (Grand Canal Shoppes) and Caesars Palace (Forum Shops).
The Palazzo, The Venetian, Wynn and Encore are all located just opposite Fashion Show Mall, which is the biggest mall in Las Vegas. From these hotels, you’re also just a short bus trip from the big Ross store north of The Strip and the outlet shopping mall Las Vegas Premium Outlets North.
If you’re into clubbing:
Some of Las Vegas’ hottest clubs right now are Marquee at Cosmopolitan, Hakkasan at MGM, Omnia at Caesars Palace and XS at Wynn/Encore. If you’re looking to party all night long, it makes good sense to stay close to the nightclub. Being able to walk right up in bed, while the other partygoers are queuing in the taxi line is priceless. If you aren’t sure which club you’ll be visiting, stay at Caesars Palace or one of the other hotel on that part of The Strip. Then you’ll be within walking distance (of course depending on what kind of shoes you’re wearing) to most of the popular clubs. The southern part of the Strip (from New York New York and further south), doesn’t really have a lot of options when it comes to fancy clubbing. but the dining opportunities are fabulous and the room rates usually a tad lower than the rest of the Strip.
If you’d rather spend your money on something else than hotel rooms:
One of my favorite budget hotels in Las Vegas is The Linq, which is located just opposite of Caesars Palace, right at the heart of The Strip. Excalibur and Luxor also both offer an ok location at a budget friendly price. Spend a little more, or look out for special offers, and you might be able to get yourself a nicer room at New York New York, Planet Hollywood or MGM.