How would you spend a couple as-yet unplanned days in Las Vegas? I’m asking myself that very question right now as I look to book the last two nights of my multi-event trip for later this month. I’m not a hotel snob – far from it, in fact – but Las Vegas can make some luxurious options affordable. Then again, I’ll be there on my own and don’t really need the luxury so much as a place where I can get a bit of work done each day and a base for day trips out of town to explore life beyond the Strip.
I’ve had my share of $20 Vegas hotel rooms in the past and they were fine but I’m also considering trying something a bit different this time around. I’ve also already booked nights at Mandalay Bay and the newly rebranded Delano (formerly THEhotel) so those are lower on the priority list. Still, comparing the room rates an interesting question struck me:
Is it better to buy up to the nice room at a lower-end property (king of the slums, as it were) or to take the low-rate room at the nicer hotel.
Put another way, if my budget is $100/night do I book a standard room at Mandalay Bay or The Delano over a suite at Excalibur or Luxor? Do I move up the strip for a couple days to Vdara, splitting the difference in cost/amenities? All of them have a pool and a gym available. Restaurants and such, too.
Or even go completely off the strip. I’m not looking to spend time in the casinos so being removed from the bright lights might be a good thing, right? Maybe this is the time I should finally explore downtown Las Vegas and see if it has anything worth my time.
What do you think? Am I crazy for thinking that the “nice” rooms at the low-end properties would be a better way to spend my cash?
Or there’s always option C: Book cheap and see what $20 gets me at check-in.
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