When in Vegas, there’s no avoiding the Strip! With extravagant shows and buzzing casinos, South Las Vegas Boulevard is the electric spine of a legendary town that lives on chills, thrills and a perennial buzz.
And let’s not forget the hotels – slightly tacky and undeniably wacky. From oversized replicas of famous landmarks to over-the-top themes, there’s no mistake in spending a day or two hotel hopping on the Strip. Here are ten of the most iconic temples of entertainment — all at surprising prices (we’re talking under C$100/night) that undercut their neighbours!
The D Las Vegas
The spirit of vintage Vegas is alive and well at The D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Amenities include over 42,000-square-feet of space to strike gold among 1000 slot machines and 22 table games, all decked out in a vintage theme. Dancing bartenders hustle up drinks and the boom of the Freemont Street Experience is at your door. The hotel and casino have moved into the modern era by accepting Bitcoins as payment for your accommodation or the gaming.
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Fremont Hotel & Casino
With its vibe firmly cemented in Vegas’ swinging Sixties past, the Fremont Hotel & Casino is a solid choice for budget focused Sin City travellers. The casino is packed with action and an entire section of penny slots for gold chasers with pockets full of coppers. Several restaurants and bars are located on the property and guests also have access to the California Hotel’s rooftop pool.
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Plaza Hotel & Casino
From videos for Pink Floyd, Lil Wayne and Iggy Azalea, to acting as the setting for nearly every important Las Vegas-themed movie including the Hangover Pt.3 and Casino, The Plaza is quintessential Vegas. A rooftop swimming pool invites guests to cool down in style and its great value sees many folks still favouring this hotel over more modern up-and-comers. Flashing bulbs and friendly service all the way from the front desk to the dealers make The Plaza the ultimate Vegas tradition on the cheap.
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Those looking to cash in during their trip, the Downtown Grand is looking to line your pants with gold. Over 500 slot machines plus Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Pai Gow offer a myriad of opportunity for your vacation to pay for itself in a stylish industrial setting unique to this hotel. They also have a fantastic rooftop pool area totalling 35,000 square feet, the biggest in Vegas, with an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, cabanas, grassy seating area and plenty of daybeds for lounging.
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The Excalibur Hotel
Named after the mythical sword of King Arthur, the Excalibur embraces everything fabled and fantastical — just look at those castle spires! Medieval touches adorn the resort, including generously spacious rooms for the noble knights and maidens, lit up candles in rusty chandeliers, goblets placed on round tables, and cold stone walls throughout. The Camelot-like hotel even treats guests to a jousting tournament feast!
You want grand? Well you’ve got it. The MGM Grand is the third largest hotel in the world with 5,043 guest rooms. More than 70,000 people enter the doors every day and the hotel even has its own floral arrangement department! Situated on the south end of the Strip and fronted by a signature 45-foot bronze lion, there’s no chance you’ll miss this mammoth.
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
If you’re seeking out star power and a chance to do some real celeb spotting, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is your natural choice. Two onsite celeb-frequented clubs, excellent dining and blackjack dealers dressed in skimpy lingerie make the property sparkle with appeal. Rooms are decked out in movie motifs inspired by Hollywood classics like Bonnie and Clyde and King Kong and some have views of the famous Bellagio fountain show. For the next couple of months, you can still catch Britney Spears’s performance show “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS with Jennifer Lopez lined up as the next star resident follows Brit’s departure in December.
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Palms Casino Resort
If you’ve got a lust for luxury but find yourself on a tight budget, the Palms Casino Resort should be your Vegas hotel destination. For partiers, the rooftop GhostBar is the place to be seen on any night of the week and with celebrities often found sipping cocktails under the stars, it’s a great place to people watch. If you manage to win enough to splurge a bit, the Michelin- starred restaurant on site is the perfect location to dive into high-end dining.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
From the collection of music memorabilia totalling over 4 million dollars to the nightclubs, Tahitian-style beach and a live music venue, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas shows Sin City visitors a good time. Rooms are spread across three towers with funky decor and views of the expansive five-acre pool complex or the mountains and some come with private terraces and wet bars.
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Article has been adapted in part from trivago magazine US.