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We're a little over a month away from Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, the official kickoff of the summer season. A check in of rates reveals some pretty pricey rooms with a predictable drop off Monday night, the 26th, with rates as low as $21 downtown.
As indicated below, some hotels have a no arrival policy on Saturday, May 24. If you're thinking about a holiday trip to Vegas, you should probably make a reservation soon to take advantage of the few deals that remain. Keep in mind that rates are for standard rooms, do not include tax or resort fees and, as always, are subject to change based on demand. Inquire with the resort you're interested to see if any strings are attached. Rates listed are for the nights of Friday May 23 through Monday, May 26.
The Big Game hasn't even been played yet, but we're already looking forward to the next big sports weekend. The first weekend of March Madness is March 20-23 and may surpass Super Bowl weekend as the craziest sports weekend of the year. This isn't anything new for most Vegas watchers. March Madness has been growing in popularity for the past few years since it lasts four days, falls during Spring Break and is around St. Patrick's Day. Sportsbooks are usually overflowing with people.
There is a buzz around the books that may become bigger than the Big Game this year so we decided to check hotel rates now to see if they reflect that. If demand is high, hotel rooms will cost more. But, even we were astonished by the rates we found almost two months ahead of the madness. This writer's discounted Total Rewards rates are off the charts.
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The length of the average stay in Las Vegas is between three and four nights, and that’s exactly what many casino operators want it to be. You might be inclined to think that the house wants you to stay forever. The long-standing myth about pumped-in oxygen designed to keep you awake and gambling certainly suggests as much. It may seem intuitive that the longer you stay, the more the casino will make; but, that’s often not the case. In fact, many casinos have policies in place designed to limit the time you spend at their properties.
El Cortez has the most straightforward policy about over-staying your welcome. Guests who spend more than seven nights a month in the hotel are penalized with an additional nightly fee. Short of sending security up to pack your bags, there’s not a much more direct way to say “go home!”
Memorial Day is a great kickoff to the summer season (if you don't have plans yet, check what's going on here), but nothing can compete with the mid-summer July 4th celebration. It'll be hotter than hell in Vegas, no doubt figuratively and literally, yet we're hard-pressed to think of a cooler long weekend to pop into town. With the Fourth falling on a Thursday this year, you can make a nice little getaway out of our nation's birthday.
The best part is that there is no minimum stay for any of the hotels we checked, so it's a good time to hop around and catch the best value. For example, you could stay at the Luxor for only $55 on July 3rd, then Planet Hollywood on the 4th where it's only $105, and take your pick from there. In general, rates are pretty reasonable, though, so have fun and get creative.
*All rates are of Wednesday, May 15th. But, as always, the can change at a moment's notice based on demand.
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Well, if you can believe it, it's almost March already. Almost time for March Madness and pool season, and in another month, we'll be on the verge of spring. So, let's celebrate, yeah? Every
drinker's Irishman's favorite day of the year is coming up on March 17. We checked in to see what rates are looking like for the next big party weekend in Vegas.
Our price points below are based on the best available rate if you check in on Friday, March 15 and check out the morning of Monday, March 18th. We highlighted properties that have things happening for St. Patty's, as well as a few perennial faves.
Rates will fluctuate depending upon room availability and length of stay. For example, you can get a Luxury Suite at the Venetian for $169 the night of March 17, but if you arrive on Friday and stay until Monday, there are no Luxury Suites available. You'll have to pay a bit more for the Luxury View Suite at $209 per night. So, keep that in mind when playing around with the dates.
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Even though Electric Daisy Carnival isn't until the end of June (June 21-23), hotel rates are already significantly higher than they were for EDC this time last year.
If you're planning on attending this year's party, be sure to act quick! We've collected the initial rates below from some of the hotels we recommended last year. EDC also did everyone a solid when they partnered with a few of the bigger hotels, including Luxor, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Aria, and the Bellagio. You can check the discounted rates here. As of now, some of them are cheaper than the hotels below. For example, Circus Circus is cheaper if you go through the EDC website at $87/night, and a room at the Luxor is $135/night.
By the way, three-day passes to EDC are still available. They're priced at $500 for those over 21. Single day admissions aren't being offered this year, but a lay-a-way plan is!
Consider this your friendly reminder that the most romantic day of the year is a month away. Yes, it's time to start thinking about another holiday already. If you're like us, you haven't committed to any plans yet. Or, ahem, even really given it much thought... at all. So, this is likely the jump start that we all need.
This Valentine's Day finds great digs at all price points, up and down the Strip and in Downtown Vegas as well. Here's how rates are looking right now. And, where it's already too late.
SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand
February 14: Sold Out
February 15: Sold Out
Strip View at Mandarin Oriental
February 14: $280
February 15: $280
We said earlier in December that you were running out of time and now you're downright up against the wall. While many hotels are sold out or high-priced, such as the Rio and the Hard Rock, you can still find a room out there if you want to make a last minute New Year's trek to Vegas.
We know that The Strip is packed, but what about the surrounding blocks? Here's a look at what's left at some of the more popular places off-Strip which we think are good options for those just looking for a crash pad. Gold Coast and Orleans are essentially steals given the time of year, and reduced rates on the 1st take some of the sting out of stays at places like the Hard Rock or the Palms.
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Yesterday, we took you through what it would cost to get a semi-last minute standard room at various Vegas hotels on New Year's Eve, but we know you've got more flash in you than two beds and a sink.
New Year's Eve rates at Circus Circus ($478) might incite a raise of an eyebrow so how about a one-bedroom balcony suite for two nights at Signature for a few dollars more? Given that rates for the 1st of January always drop way low, you can easily come out on top if you play your cards right. Time is running out to get creative, but here are a couple sweet suites that are still available:
We're just under three weeks from New Year's Eve, but hotels still have room for those who wish to ring in 2013 under the bright lights of Vegas. (Except for New York-New York, they're now sold out on the 31st. The Cosmopolitan's standard rooms, which had required a three-night stay, are sold out, too.) Most Vegas hotels are requiring at least a two-night stay to ensure a room on the city's biggest night. Some require booking both the 30th and 31st while others allow you to stay the 1st as your second night, which is significantly cheaper across the board. In some cases, staying the nights of the 31st and the 1st can save you almost $200 (which is the case for Bally's).
Here's the breakdown on the policies and prices of some randomly selected Vegas hotels. And, don't forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to New Year's Eve once you get a room!
If you're heading to Las Vegas for the Fourth of July, consider staying at least through the 7th as that's when the fireworks are shooting off on the Strip. But, regardless of your dates (Wednesday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday), room rates in Sin City are looking pretty good right now.
Doing a cursory look at Expedia for July 6-8*, we found The Wynn for just $216 a night while the The Encore (above) is just $209. That rate is so good, we hardly would look elsewhere. (Of course, that doesn't include the resort fee.) The Venetian is even cheaper at $204 a night, sans resort fee. The Cosmopolitan, however, is $295 a night -- the highest in the land.
Still thinking about hitting Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend? If all-you-can-golf for $85 convinced you to book a last minute flight from Iowa or the razzle dazzle of our sparkly 2012 Pool Guide had you packing a
Speedo bikini, hotel rooms are likely next on the shopping list.
When we last checked rates in early April, a $300 budget meant you were shacking up at Circus Circus ($284) or the D ($272). For those that had a grand to burn, The Cosmopolitan ($807) and Aria ($992) but not quite Mandarin Oriental $(1,257) were within reach. In other words, hotel rates for this weekend were already ridiculous nearly two months out. With one eye closed, we pray to the booking engine gods at hotelrates.hotelchatter.com and check in on what those rates look like today. You might want to be sitting down. With a stiff drink.