Which is the best hotel for party people on a budget?

We're going to Vegas in September. The Stratosphere and Golden Gate seem like they have good prices. What are these places like? What hotel would you recommend for a price-conscious couple looking for a party atmosphere?

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The Strat and the Golden Gate each have their own charm -- from the top of the Stratosphere you have a fantastic view of Vegas, and the Golden Gate dates to the early 1900s and is home to the best shrimp cocktail I've ever put in my mouth -- but are they party spots? Uh... no. Not at all. They're both pretty far from being party spots. The Stratosphere is an excellent hotel and casino, but suffers from an unfortunate location in no-man's land between the Strip and Downtown. It also tends to have a lot of families, complete with children, as guests, which I don't think is what you're looking for. The Golden Gate is one of my favorite spots, but it is the oldest of Old School -- small, a little cramped and all about the gambling.

The best party hotels are the Palms and the Hard Rock, but while neither is outrageously expensive, neither do they qualify as budget accommodations. They are also both too away from the Strip or Downtown to walk, so staying at either of these locations means a cab ride whenever you want to see a little more of Vegas glitz. I always think it's a good idea to stay on the Strip for a first trip, because that's where you'll get the full Vegas experience.

For what you're looking for, you might consider the Flamingo. The hotel itself is closer to tame than wild, but the rooms and pools are excellent for the price and it's located squarely in the middle of the Strip, right across the street from Caesars Palace, and its hot clubs, and within walking distance of nightspots in the Venetian and Wynn/Encore. The monorail stops here, and it provides handy transport to other spots on the Strip.

If you REALLY want to immerse yourself in a Las Vegas ultra-party, make plans to visit the Hard Rock's pool on a Sunday morning to experience the bloody-mary-and-flesh fest they call "Rehab." The scene is packed and is guaranteed to give you a few good stories to take home with you.

11 responses to “Which is the best hotel for party people on a budget?”

  1. jennifer said:

    I'm taking my hubby in june , for 3 days what would be some good place to take him

  2. Steve the Texan said:

    Here's a link that may be helpful:
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  3. Natalie said:

    what is the weather like in may?

  4. Steve the Texan said:

    October is usually a very good month to visit. The weather, especially early in the month, is often still warm without being overpoweringly hot. The desert does cool quickly after sunset, though, so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater or overshirt.

    Circus Circus is a fair enough hotel, but it's not one of my usual favorites, because it does have a couple of drawbacks: It's located far on one end of the Strip, a good walk from the center, and it's more of a family place (meaning more kids) than most other Strip hotels. On the plus side, rates are often very good at this hotel, it has some solild non-gambling attractions and it's home to a very good steakhouse with prices that aren't sky high.

  5. Vallie_J said:

    I am going to Vegas Oct. 14 for a week for my bday. We are planning on stayin at Circus Circus. Is that a good hotel? What is the weather like in October?

  6. Steve the Texan said:

    I wouldn't recommend Hooters right now. There have been recent financial problems with that casino and it's soon to be sold at auction.

    Even in good times there are better options for first-time visitors, I believe. It's worth paying slightly more to stay in the thick of the action.

  7. Huw said:

    I'm going to Vegas soon and will be staying at Hooters for the second time. It's cheap, the rooms are basic but it's in a great location.
    The casino is small compared to the mega hotels, but you get lower limit tables even on weekends and the drink service is quick.
    It's also within walking distance to MGM Grand, NYNY, Excalibur, Cosmopolitan etc.

  8. imelda said:

    strasthophere was not one bit good for its price i would hav bein better going elsewhere it was terrible and the staff was no better

  9. Ron said:

    The Imperial Palace is the best on a budget, I love the place, right in the middle of the strip. It is old and not as pretty but it works, you only sleep there anyway.

  10. Jeanne said:

    We come to Las Vegas every year and have tried many hotels but would recommend Imperial Palace, its facing ceasars palace and is very reasonable. Enjoy your holiday.

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