Like a lot of things in Las Vegas, reserving a hotel room can feel like a bit of a gamble. Sometimes you can get a suite for $70, and other times a standard room with one bed and a view of the parking garage is $300. Pricing can vary wildly based on season, day of the week, major events like CES and Electric Daisy Carnival, holidays and what sometimes feels like the mysterious whims of some unseen desert deity.
Still, there are a handful of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip that offer reliably cheap rooms—some of which are often priced so low they seem too good to be true. If you’re currently trying to choose between a $20 room at the Stratosphere and a $30 room at the Flamingo (yes, rates really get that low), it can be hard to tell the difference between a hotel that’s good and inexpensive and one that’s just, well, cheap.
Here to help you on your quest for an affordable hotel room in Las Vegas that’s surprisingly awesome, we present the definitive ranking of cheap hotels on the Strip:
Location, location, location. Bally’s is smack-dab in the center of the Strip, making for a great home base for Vegas adventures. Recently, the resort finished a $125 million-dollar renovation of 2,052 guest rooms in the Resort Tower, so try to nab a redesigned room when checking in.
The oldest hotel on the Strip is looking a little fresher these days, thanks to a $90 million-dollar renovation that added minimalist decor and splashes of pink to 1,280 rooms. The Flamingo’s center Strip location, waterfall-studded pool and actual live flamingos make it a great choice. Floor-to-ceiling windows in guest rooms don’t hurt either – just be sure to get one with a view.
Harrah’s is another center Strip option with recently renovated rooms. The resort recently spent $140 million dollars on renovating 1,622 rooms in the Valley Tower. This hotel doesn’t have much flair, but it’s a great jumping-off point, it’s right on the Monorail line and it’ll serve you well for a night of sleep.
Oh, the LINQ. What was once the sketchy Imperial Palace and then (briefly) the forgettably-named Quad is now a surprisingly hip destination for millennial travelers. The rooms here are a little pricier than others on this list, but the 21+ pool, excellent sports book and easy access to the LINQ Promenade and High Roller make it a popular and affordable choice.
Maybe it’s because it’s an ominous -looking pyramid, maybe it’s because it’s in the shadow of the more glamorous Mandalay Bay, but for some reason, the Luxor is often overlooked. Rooms here are typically under $50, they’re very quiet thanks to the design of the hotel, and they’re clean and comfortable. And staying inside a pyramid is such a weird concept that it’s worth experiencing at least once.
Yep, it’s called The Strat now. You’re going to swing by there to have a drink at the Observation Tower, so you might as well stay awhile. Rooms at The Strat have always been cheap, but a massive makeover of 252 rooms on three floors made them desirable for other reasons, too. These new rooms not only boast a sleek design at a low price, but their dreaded resort fee also actually comes with perks you’ll want to take advantage of, including $20 off rides, drink coupons, 20-50 percent off restaurants and access to a 24-hour gym.
The north end of the Strip gets a bad rap, but if you can live with the fact that it’s not super convenient (and accept the fact that it will take you over an hour to walk to the south end of Las Vegas Blvd.), you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the rooms at Circus Circus. As an added bonus, the hotel has one of the best under-the-radar steakhouses in town, plus there is the added weirdness of clowns, carnivals and the feeling of being inside an Hunter S. Thompson novel.