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1. Posted by tobysavill (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Hello,

I will be staying in LV in 2 weeks from wed-fri. I have heard that you get good rates if you just turn up with out a booking. is this still the case for weekends, or is the risk of getting no accom on the strip too great?

thanks for any assistance,
tobes

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

You take a real risk trying to get a reservation in Las Vegas on the weekend--especially during the summer, which is a very busy time for them--even if the weather is 110 plus.

Yes, there are a lot of places, but I don't think you want to take a chance of being in the middle of a hot desert with no place to stay. I suppose you could always drive either 20 miles or 40 miles out of town to stay, but that's not that much fun when you want to go see a show or hang out at a particular casino.

Now, it is true that mid-week should be easier, but even then--during the summer--it can be difficult. (Sunday night is the only exception).

You might also think that fewer people would be travelling during a down economy, but what happens is that people spend more money gambling, drinking, and just hanging around pools (like in Vegas) locally than going on longer trips to places like Europe, Asia, Mexico or the Carribean--so Vegas actually gets more crowded, not less.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2008, at 9:26 PM by Calcruzer ]

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Toby,
I did a quick search and found some decent prices. Gary is usually right, summer can be a busy time, even with our toasty weather. It was only 100 today, should be 108. This summer has not lived up to our usual occupancy rate. Blame gas prices. But, that is good news for you. Here are some hotel prices for your dates.

Tropicana Hotel: $37, 37, 70, average $49/nite.
Plaza, downtown: $32, 32, 67, average $43/nite.
Stratosphere Hotel: $42, 42, 90, average $60/nite.
Sahara Hotel: $28, 28, 85, average $47.

As you can see, weekends are always more expensive than midweek. If possible, come Tuesday and leave Friday morning. And yes, I would book something before you get here. You will find something just showing on Wednesday, but I doubt you will save any money. These rates are about as cheap as it is going to get in Vegas.
Try here for a quote.

4. Posted by dimitris7 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Mike,

are these prices going to be roughly the same in beginning of November? Also is it cheaper to book the room via the site you linked or through the hotel's webpage?

Dimitris

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting dimitris7

Mike,

are these prices going to be roughly the same in beginning of November? Also is it cheaper to book the room via the site you linked or through the hotel's webpage? Dimitris

Dimitris,
Short answer is NO. I checked Nov 3-6 and found out that SEMA (auto con.) is coming to town and all strip properties jacked up their rates. The next week is back to normal, Nov 11-14. The exception was the downtown hotels. The Plaza and the Las Vegas Club were still OK the first week, better the week of Nov 11-14.

Just google 'las vegas hotels' and compare. Find what you like, then contact that hotel directly via their website. Compare prices for those dates. Then you can make an imformed decision. I would book something if you have firm dates. As a hotel fills up, the price goes up. This is profit maximization. Send me a PM if you have Vegas questions.

6. Posted by dimitris7 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Will do Mike. Thanks for your reply

Dimitris.

7. Posted by tobysavill (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

hello all,

thanks for all your replies and info. based on your recommendations, we have booked two week nights on the strip, and the weekend off the strip. otherwise, i probably would have just turned up looking for a room.

thanks again!

tobes.