Vegas Airbnb vs Hotels

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1. Posted by Slayerx (Budding Member 2 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Looking at Vegas next year for my parents 25 year wedding anniversary.

Given the number of travelling around 8 Airbnb certainly seems to be the more cost effective way of staying in Vegas.

Has anyone done this before or does anyone feel a hotel would be better suited?

We are happy to stay of the strip and commute to the strip and feel having a single location (house or villa) is going to better suited to the various people coming.

Thanks for any advice


2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 410 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Happy to stay off the strip? There are plenty of hotels off the strip, too.

Multiple folks traveling and coming/going? Perhaps an Airbnb makes better sense, then. It'll very likely be more cost-effective too, as you know.

Or you can go "rock-star" for your parents and book a suite at one of the strip hotels! That'll scream Vegas way more than anything!

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2019, at 12:57 by road to roam ]

3. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 206 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Will they be there during the week or on the weekend? Las Vegas has chaotic pricing for hotels and it is a bit of a mine field. A room that goes for $200 on a weekend can be $50 during the week, depending upon the hotel. Some hotels are there for vacationers and hotels for business, which is why the disparity. During the week you can get into places like the Flamingo (which is on the metro) for a reasonable price. Ask for an upgraded room, so it is not old. Do look at a map of the metro before making a decision. Monorail It can be hot and those properties are big. But the monorail is cheap transportation and you can get a ticket for several days to ride. I do not recommend places like Hooters. The one in Vegas smells and has plumbing problems.

In the business world, Airbnb is controversial. There are liabilities you don't have with a hotel. Who had that room key last and do they still have a copy. If something is missing or broken, you could be held for it, even if it was that way before they got there. I send a fair number of people to Las Vegas for business every year. Some years I could be looking at 20 rooms just in Las Vegas. Just because you save on the room, you have to consider the cost of transportation to attractions after you get there. If they are not on the strip, they are going to have cab fair. This can add up fast. Often times the difference in the room is there quickly.

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 410 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

IF you look and book a casino hotel online keep in mind this: The big "per-night" price you'll see on the screen DOES NOT include the hefty per-night RESORT FEE or the more innocent sounding NIGHTLY FEE as some places call it. These fees are totally separate to taxes! So, a room advertised for $187 per night will have an additional $40 added on, plus about $30 in tax.

Of course, this extra fee will be divulged as you dig a bit deeper and that fee will not be hidden - my point is a seemingly good price looks really good at first glance until you factor in an extra $40 or $50 on top of the rate you are seeing on the screen at first, then tax. Smoke and mirrors.

Having said that, I expect that ploy but would prefer to stay on the strip myself. Just be aware of the RESORT FEE!

Dymphna makes a very, very good point about the cost of transport if you stay away from the action. But, If you rent a car, keep in mind very few of the big casinos offer free parking anymore - many of the parking garages are only free for guests. The free parking garages just made sense in the past but are now just that - in the past. I can think of about a handful of parking garages that offer free parking.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2019, at 19:53 by road to roam ]

5. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 206 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Road to Roam is right about the resort fees. All Las Vegas hotels will charge these fees. They vary in price from place to place. They are meant to cover the use of wifi, pool, gym, and other luxuries. If your parents are not interested in these things, sometimes you can negotiate them away. But - and this is very important - it must be done before check in.

6. Posted by Slayerx (Budding Member 2 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the replies it's certainly been helpful.

The Airbnb I'm looking at is close to the strip but unclear if they have to charge a resort fee and would only be 8$ to the strip in an Uber.

I think resort fee's is the main factor from my last trip to Vegas it certainly did add up.

7. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 66 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Las Vegas passed a law this past December placing restrictions on short term rentals (being listed on AirBnB does not make a rental legal), here is an excerpt I found online, not posting a link since the mods don't seem to like many of them:

The City of Las Vegas is the only municipality in Southern Nevada that allows short-term rentals like Airbnbs.

Now they’ve tightened restrictions even further.

An ordinance passed last week will limit how homes can be rented out short-term.

It requires the homeowners to be on property overnight while their homes are being rented. In other words, new short-term rentals will not include entire homes, just rooms in a house where the owner is staying overnight

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2399 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

Airbnb rentals can also have another liability - invasion of privacy!

Your choice.

9. Posted by MilesTX (Budding Member 36 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

One issue with renting a large house for a group is how to allocate costs. It should be straightforward, but occasionally one person will come up with a reason why their share should be less...e.g., got there late at night, staying fewer days, cancel at the last minute, a less desirable room next to noisy kitchen, etc.

With a hotel, you can let everyone make and cancel their own reservations.