Bitterwallet Travel Guide to Las Vegas #2: Top Hotels at Bargain Prices
There are plenty of choices for where to stay in Vegas. Being our first trip, we had no idea we'd be hit with information overload by the number of offers both on and off-Strip. All I knew was that I wanted the best value for money and to stay on the Strip.
Initially we reserved a room at the Stratosphere, after finding a bargain deal for $19.99 a night on eBay.com. It transpired only afterwards that the hotel is at the far end of the Strip in a somewhat seedy area. Thankfully, our eBay seller was kind enough to refund our money.
After doing a bit more research on MSE’s Las Vegas thread, we were down to choosing between the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, and the Luxor. It turned out that by utilising sites like Cheapovegas and Fatwallet, special links on the Caesar’s website mean we can get a classic room at the rate of $75/ night. According to advice from MSE from Vegas expert, the Caesar’s rooms are also slightly larger and better value than Bellagio’s, so we went with that. It was worth every penny, especially since we got upgraded to a Augustus tower room.
Rates for the Augustus Tower rooms start from around £110 a night, but we managed to get it for under £65 a night, with a breathtaking view of the Bellagio fountains. The Tower opened in 2005, and from here you can visit the famed Guy Savoy French Restaurant, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, and the Neptune Pool. Besides all this, the 1,000 rooms in this wing will surely take your breath away.
So how did we bag it for just an extra $20 a night? We pulled the $20 trick.
Don’t leave for Vegas without reading these tips:
1) Watch online sites. The lowest rates are often hidden from the less web savvy. This includes keeping certain sites bookmarked, including Fatwallet and Cheapovegas and the Vegasuncovered's Weblog and EarlyVegas, where the latest special codes are posted to give you the best rates possible. For example, Luxur Hotel has a $48 rate for the month of February. Do beware that booking at last minute at some hotels incur an additional charge in the region of $10. You can also check out the travel deals section on HUKD.
2) Stay during the off-peak days and months. This includes from Sundays to Thursdays. Weekend rates tend to be higher, along with the month of Feb and summer months.
3) Try the $20 front desk tip. If you don’t learn anything from this article, know that if you have the balls to sandwich a $20 tip in between your credit card and driving license during check in, you may get a complimentary upgrade. Just politely ask the receptionist if there are complimentary upgrades. If they can't give you one, they'll usually hand back your $20 bill.
4) Increase success rate with $20 front desk tip. This trick is mostly effective with male receptionists between the ages of 25-35, or during the late hours (10 pm or later). By that time, the hotel is usually overbooked, and the receptionists would know which rooms are available. Even though we checked in around 1pm, and were in a Tower room by 1:30. Also look at Frontdesktip.com, where you can look at the success/failure rate for individual hotels. The success rate at Caesar’s is about 85%. Our Palace Tower Room overlooking the Bellagio is a £225 room in value, so that's £115 in savings.
Review of Augustus Tower Room at Caesar’s Palace
Upon entering the Augustus Tower, you feel as if you’re in a different part of the hotel. Welcomed by an elegant entrance hall, high ceilings complete with ornate Roman decorations, we soon found ourselves on a high speed elevator taking us to the 36th floor, where we entered a gigantic designer room with a view of the Bellagio fountains.
You can get a drink or two from the room's refreshment center while watching Las Vegas' real-life crime detective counterpart, CSI, on the 32-inch flat screen TV.
And if that isn't enough, you can enjoy a nice, warm bubble bath in the spa tub while watching shows on the bathroom's 17-inch flat screen TV.
For those on a business trip, high-speed internet access and Ethernet cable for laptops are provided in the room. You can keep your important documents inside the electronic in-room safe and call your clients on the desk or bedside phones. E-mailing is easy (not to mention comfortable) away with the classical writing desk.
And if your polo is a little distressed from your packing disaster, there's an iron and an iron board that you can use before you go to that all-important business meeting. Remember to set the room's alarm clock or might run in late!