1. The West Tower at Circus Circus
UPDATE: Turns out that on 1 July Circus Circus increased its resort fee to $6. FYI.
We’ve said it before, but this was the nicest surprise we’ve had in Vegas. A new, spotless room with flatscreen TV and internet included in the paltry $4.95 resort fee – excellent value. Definitely a winner – but make sure you’re in the West Tower! VegasChatter will not be held responsible for your misery (or your bedbugs) if you balls up and land yourself a Manor room instead. Use this link to get yourself 20 percent off rack rates, taking rooms to as low as $25 (then just upgrade to a West Tower room).
2. Paradise Tower at Tropicana
We’ve made no secret of the fact that we heart the new Trop rooms quite bad. And with WiFi soon to be included in the resort fee, we’re feeling the love even more. The only thing that stops them from taking first place is that we’ve noticed the prices creeping up unless you’re booking a deal.
The good news is that they are pumping out the deals regularly. The latest: $49 rooms Sunday to Thursday, including a "VIP experience". Or you can get a 30 percent Twitter discount booking through this link. On 31 August, it'll cost you a mere $34.
3. Masquerade Tower at the Rio
Yes it’s off the Strip, but hey, the shuttles are regular and the views are good. The Rio casino doesn’t do it for us, but the Masquerade Tower room we landed definitely did – especially because we nabbed it for $50 on a Friday night. Best of all, the Rio is assiduous about sending cheap rates the way of its Twitter followers – for the last few months, we’ve seen room rates pretty steady around $40 midweek and weekends from $50ish. Just tweet them and ask for the latest link to their "insider deals". Currently, you can get rates from $35 here.
Yes, really. This comes as as much of a surprise to us as to you, but on our recent stay we found the room to be rather nice, and the price to be an amazeballs $20. Also, they’re perennially under threat of extinction, so you’re keeping Men of X clad in velcro with every night you stay there. Have a heart.
First, the cons: the rooms here are not to the same standard as the others, and the casino has a baked in smell of sick. But the pros are that our room was clean and perfectly stayable in, the pool area’s cute if small, and rates are good, even if you don’t get a $1 room, as we did. Watch their Twitter and Facebook, because they’re consistently billing/guaranteeing themselves as having the cheapest weekend rooms on the Strip. The latest: $39 for Friday and Saturday nights if you like them on Facebook, or rates from $30 here. Bonza.
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