Thursday, November 29, 2007

Best Cheap Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip

Zeke Quezada at has the best coverage of Las Vegas anywhere. He's a local and writes extensively about the best places to eat and stay as well as shows and nightlife.

This week Zeke profiled several of the best "cheap" hotels in Las Vegas, noting that you don't have to sacrifice a nice room if you want to sleep cheap.

It's also important to note that rates vary enormously in Las Vegas. I'm heading down for the Computer Electronics Show in January and all the hotels know they'll fill up, so rates are about triple the normal price. I stayed at the Hilton a couple years ago for 55 - rooms during CES were 450!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

McCarran Airport, Las Vegas Bus Service

Las Vegas offers bus service from McCarran to the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Fremont Street area. Depending on where you are staying and how much you value the savings of a few dollars over the Shuttles that leave the airport fairly regularly, this may not be the best option, though I've often found the shuttles to have a wait of 15+ minutes and then a -long- slow trip down the strip. If, for example, you are booked at the Stratosphere I have a feeling the bus would offer a faster trip down there than the Shuttle, which could take an hour or more depending on where the other passengers are heading.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Airfare and four nights: $356

Normally I pay about $320 for the flight and another $300 or so for hotels in Las Vegas. When looking for bookings for the Computer Electronics Show January 7-10, 2008 I started to get worried when I notice that one hotel I'd stayed at before for 55 per night - the Hilton at the Convention Center - was running $456 per night for CES. Yikes! Even some of the clever discount options in Las Vegas like the Best Western Mardis Gras (walking distance to Convention Center, modest but clean and spacious rooms) were running almost three times what I'd paid last year for WebmasterWorld. CES is the biggest tech show on earth and everything will fill up, so the prices go sky high.

Therefore, I was thrilled to find a Flight/Hotel combination at $356 - the lowest price I've ever paid in Las Vegas by far. I will be staying in downtown Las Vegas at the Fitzgerald rather than the strip, but reviews indicate it has been nicely remodelled. This deal was through US Airways.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Welcome to Las Vegas

As one of the world's top travel destinations, Las Vegas offers visitors glamour, gambling, fine dining, superb hotels, and amazing shows. Here, we'll reveiew the newest shows and attractions in Las Vegas, the best restaurants, and much more. We'll feature all the major hotels and offer we'll offer great travel tips for this amazing city.