Marriott passed along this infographic about saving money in Las Vegas. I like it because it actually has some good tips and fits this blog’s mission better than most. I know summer is the off-season for Las Vegas, but it’s my favorite time to go because I want the heat. Take a look if you’re thinking of visiting sometime soon. Read my comments at the end of the post for more elaboration.
Marriott actually has several hotels in Vegas, including some near the Strip. On my last trip to Las Vegas, I stayed at an airport hotel, and it was one of my favorite visits to the city. You clearly do not need to splurge on the typical resort. However, the Cosmopolitan is part of Marriott’s Autograph collection and is near the new City Center complex, which I quite like.
My follow up advice:
Yes, sign up for everything. You might get some spam, but Vegas is all about hunting for deals. Like anything to do with travel, stay flexible. I’ve usually saved some good money at Tix-4-Tonite, and signing up for a casino players’ club once earned me $40 off $5 of free slot play. I’ve written before that Costco sells $100 gift cards for booking hotels and shows at Vegas.com for only $80 — a 20% discount. But I’ve also read some recent reports that these may be starting to disappear. Check your local Costco if you think you might use them.
My favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is to lounge by the pool during the day and walk the Strip at night. It’s practically free entertainment. Don’t pay for expensive shuttle services; a taxi is just as good and probably cheaper as long as you aren’t being scammed. Look up your preferred route in advance and don’t let him drive you down Las Vegas Boulevard. Upon reflection, I realize that the last few times I had a “confused new guy” he was probably just trying to get an extra $20 out of me. But once you’re on the Strip, the Deuce bus is definitely the cheapest (and a good) way to get to Fremont Street.
Finally, watch out for overpriced booze. I like to drink as much as the next guy, but I often find cocktails are ludicrously expensive and poorly made. One bartender claimed he used to work at the Four Seasons but didn’t know how to mix a Negroni. Beer can be $10 a bottle at the pool. So if you plan to set the bar low, make sure you pay low. If you want something nice, find a decent bar in a restaurant away from the casino floor. Those drinking on the casino floor do get drinks for free, but definitely tip your waitress if you want her to come back. Love it or hate it, Vegas runs on tips.