Be Friendly to Your Wallet With a Budget Hotel in Las Vegas

By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

A trip to Las Vegas can be a big splurge, or it can be a budget-friendly destination. The great thing about finding a room in Las Vegas is that the city's large number of rooms (about 150,000) means you can find a room to fit any budget.

Many of the older Strip and Downtown properties cater to the value-conscious traveler. Places like the El Cortez, Tropicana, Flamingo, and Gold Spike have stayed busy keeping rooms and amenities up to date for travelers, but at a budget price. Stylish rooms offer a basic array of features, but without any over-the-top luxuries. A little dose of historic charm at any of these places may leave you wondering who else may have stayed in your room–after all, Las Vegas is known for attracting the famous and infamous.

Many Vegas visitors don't plan to spend much time in their room. If you're more interested in going out than in hanging around the room, you'll benefit from a hotel in a great location. The Excalibur, Luxor, and Bill's Gambling Hall will give you a room that has everything you need, in a location that puts you within easy walking distance of some of the Strip's most well-known hotel casinos. Stay at one of these hotels and as long as you're up for some walking, you'll have no drive anywhere.

Staying at a budget-priced Las Vegas hotel will give you more than just a good value on your room. Amenities throughout the hotels are priced to match a value-conscious sensibility, so look for reasonably priced food and entertainment as well.

10. The LINQ Hotel & Casino
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Known for great value in everything from its budget-priced rooms to food, the LINQ's center Strip location is a bonus to its array of restaurants and attractions.

9. Gold Spike Hotel Las Vegas
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What was once an old, smoky hotel has been renovated to inject new life into an entire property from the casino to the rooms. Offering budget-priced Vegas rooms in Downtown, the Gold Spike has found a new life as a little property with big value. This isn't a mega casino or an arrestingly hip hot spot, but it is a fun little Vegas hotel that will give you a terrific value on rooms. Renovations added updated features throughout the rooms. A short walk from Fremont Street, the Gold Spike gives visitors a budget-priced option that will leave you plenty of cash for the tables.

8. The Orleans Hotel & Casino
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A few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip, you'll find a hotel that caters to both visitors and locals. The Orleans knows that people are looking for good deals and offers rooms, food, and entertainment at budget prices. Check their website first for great deals and packages. In addition to basic rooms at budget-friendly prices, you'll get to enjoy onsite amenities like bowling alleys, movie theaters, and child care. The expansive buffet gives you an all-you-can-eat option that won't break your budget. You'll be just a few blocks off the Strip, but a short cab ride will take you to Las Vegas Boulevard if you don't want to rent a car.

7. Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park
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The Circus Circus has always been a family-friendly hotel, and it's also a great budget hotel. Renovations have given a new look to many of its rooms, adding updated features and a freshened-up decor. Circus Circus charges one of the lowest resort fees on the Strip, giving guests WiFi at a bargain price. Free circus acts in the casino are entertaining for the whole family, and a kid-friendly circus midway and theme park gives parents something to do with children. Located a little north of Wynn and Encore, Circus Circus puts you right in between the new resorts on the Strip and Downtown. While you won't find luxury here, you will find rooms and food at a reasonable price.

6. The Cromwell
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This small hotel in the heart of the Strip might be easily overlooked. In comparison to its large neighbors, The Cromwell feels cozy. If you enjoy smaller hotels, as well as a wallet-friendly option, consider it. You'll get standard accommodations at a great price, leaving plenty of money for gambling and going out. Across from Bally's, Caesars Place, and the Bellagio, The Cromwell will give you a place to stay on the Strip at a price you'll appreciate.

5. Luxor Hotel and Casino
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The pyramid shaped hotel with the powerful light in its apex is the Luxor, the Las Vegas Strip's nod to ancient Egypt. Only in Las Vegas will you find Egyptian pyramids next to a castle, which is part of the hotel's appeal. Rooms here will offer you everything you need for a comfortable stay at a reasonable price. Instead of an elevator, guests ride an "inclinator" to their rooms, and architectural adjustment because of the shape of the hotel. Located in the southern portion of the Strip, the Luxor puts guests in a location loaded with options for restaurants, shows, and things to do.

4. Excalibur Hotel Casino
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The Excalibur is literally a castle, complete with turrets and a moat. The medieval theme attracts families, and its budget-priced rooms attract visitors looking for a good value. Located right in the heart of the South Strip area, the Excalibur's rooms offer travelers basic accommodations in a terrific location. You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do, like a carnival midway on the lower level, but in recent years the Excalibur has done its best to attract adults as well, with shows like the all-male review Thunder Down Under and Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer. A tram connects the Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay, so guests at Excalibur have easy access to all three properties.

3. Flamingo Las Vegas
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The Flamingo is one of the Strip's most well-known hotels, thanks to the notorious "Bugsy" Siegel, who helped build the hotel. Also one of the oldest Vegas hotels, the Flamingo has been pulling in customers since 1946. Today it attracts guests who appreciate value-priced rooms in a great location. Room renovations are giving the rooms updated features throughout, from the color palette to the electronics. For location, the Flamingo is hard to beat. Stay here and you can easily walk to nearby hotel casinos like Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, and the Venetian. Plenty of food and nightlife offerings include many mid-level, wallet-friendly places.

2. Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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The Tropicana's renovation have given its budget-friendly rooms a fresh, South Beach flavor. Flat screen televisions, king and queen beds, and desks fill the nicely-appointed rooms. Throughout the property, attractions and restaurants give travelers plenty of things to try during their stay. The Tropicana is an older Las Vegas hotel that's used its age in a great way, offering a hotel that's got a hip, boutique feel in comparison to the larger Strip properties. Rooms are priced well here, and the Trop's website frequently offers packages. Pedestrian bridges just outside the front doors give guests easy walking access to the MGM, New York-New York, and Excalibur.

1. El Cortez Hotel and Casino
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One of Downtown's most historic hotels has been doing its best to ensure visitors get a taste of Old Vegas at a budget-friendly price. Known for its storied past, including a long-ago partial ownership by Ben "Bugsy" Siegel, the El Cortez is a blast from the past that has kept up with changing times. A competition for innovative room design is turning into a yearly event, giving guests even more options for cheap, hip rooms. Located on Fremont Street, a stay at the El Cortez puts you in the heart of Downtown, walking distance from all the hotels of Glitter Gulch. The Strip can be a spendy proposition, but Downtown is the place to find deals on everything from rooms to food.