Las Vegas' hotel and motel rooms number in the hundreds of thousands. But during conventions, on holidays (especially New Year's Eve) or when there's a major prizefight, Las Vegas can still sell out (more than 40 million people visit every year). At those times, rooms can literally triple in price.
If you have flexible travel dates, rates Monday-Thursday are significantly less than rates Friday-Sunday.
Most travelers still pay less for rooms in Las Vegas than they do in other resort cities, because casino executives believe that people will gamble most readily at their home base. Don't expect fire-sale prices at the major resorts, though, especially the newest higher-end properties.
If you're a member of a casino's players club, always call your casino host to inquire about rooms rather than the main reservations number—the players club often has discounted rooms or available rooms when the hotel is sold out. Also, ask whether the hotel is offering any discounts or comps on buffets, shows or other attractions. Booking early with flexible dates can save you a lot of money.
Increasingly, off-Strip properties are offering nongaming and condo-style hotels that are more like home, less crowded and quieter, but without the vast amount of entertainment options available in the major casinos.
Be aware that many Las Vegas hotels charge an additional resort fee on top of advertised room rates. This usually includes Internet access, access to the fitness center and other amenities. Upwards of US$32 per night, the resort fees are not optional. Downtown hotels, once the last bastion for visitors opposed to the fees, have begun instituting them as well. Expect to pay an additional US$9-$25 per night there.
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