Las Vegas, dubbed as The Entertainment Capital of the World, is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. With over 600,000 residents enjoying its electric nightlife and robust entertainment offerings, it has become one of the most popular tourist spots on the planet. From the wide selection of casinos to one of the craziest nightlife experiences in the world, Las Vegas truly deserves a place in my top cities to visit!
If you are planning a trip to the lively city, then look no further as I will be guiding you through the best areas and hotels to help you decide where to stay in Las Vegas. As it is a vivid and busy city, there will be a lot to cover, so hang on tight as we venture out to the best offerings of this beautiful city.
If you are in a hurry:
If you are in a rush to know more about Las Vegas’ best accommodations and areas to look out for during your stay, then this list will suit your needs.
The Palazzo At The Venetian
Best luxury hotel
Strip View Apartment
Best Airbnb in the center
Marriott’s Grand Chateau
Best value for money
Skyline Hotel And Casino
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here is a brief map of the Las Vegas areas that I will be covering in this post to help you plan out and visualize your stay:
1. The Strip – Where to Stay in Las Vegas for the First Time
When Las Vegas comes to mind, we immediately think of the casinos, the insane nightlife, the bustling atmosphere, and the busy neighborhoods. If you are visiting Las Vegas for the first time, then I highly recommend you stay in the city’s heart of entertainment and fun. Being the city center, the Las Vegas Strip is where all the casinos, fine dining restaurants, noisy nightclubs, and lavish 5-star accommodations can be found. Basically the center for Las Vegas’ best activities!
This is also where you’ll find famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the 550 foot tall High Roller Observation Wheel. The Las Vegas Strip isn’t all about the shining lights and flashy billboards though. It’s also where you will find world-renowned brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci. Alongside the casinos and grandeur shops are fine dining restaurants. With this caliber of selection, The Strip is truly for those who want to enjoy a night in splendor fashion.
This 5-star hotel and casino resort is an attraction of its own because of its size and an indoor replica of Venice’s grand canal. With rooms filled with marble decor, free shuttle service, and an area situated in front of attractions like the High Roller and Caesars Palace, it will easily exceed your expectations for hotels in Las Vegas!
Other accommodation options on The Strip
Things to do on The Strip
- Travel the world in a day by visiting replicas of iconic international attractions such as New York, the Venetian and the Eiffel Tower
- See the world of Las Vegas from above on the High Roller Observation Wheel
- Go ziplining over the strip
- Check out the Fountains of Bellagio water show
- Enjoy a meal with a view at the famous SkyPod Rotating Restaurant
- Catch a performance by the Cirque du Soleil
- Party the night away at the Mandalay Bay Resort
2. West of The Strip – Where to Stay for Sightseeing
Just a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip lies an area that is perfect for those who would rather spend a casual and relaxed stay in the electric city. I can understand why The Strip may not be for everyone – some may find it too flashy, busy, or noisy that it doesn’t really translate into what one would describe as “relaxing”. But no worries – I got an alternative for you!
In the West of The Strip, you will be seeing some changes that may make your stay in Las Vegas better if you’re looking for a little more variety. There are still casinos like the Orleans Palms and Gold Coast, but they are flocked mainly by locals who will make you feel at home. You will also find movie theaters, bowling alleys, and dining options where you can chill out from the West Strip’s noisy neighbor.
The West of the Strip is perfect for those intimidated by the overwhelming choices and things to do in The Strip. It’s an area filled with the friendly locals of Las Vegas who are ready to welcome you warmly.
This Las Vegas hotel is themed with a South Pacific vibe – perfect for those seeking a relaxing stay. Equipped with rooms with a fireplace, spacious pools, and a location strategically placed close to the West of the Strip’s attractions, it’s the best place to stay and spend time with your partner.
Other accommodation options West of The Strip
Things to do West of The Strip
- Visit Mojave Max the tortoise at Spring Preserve
- Loosen up and stretch your legs at the Lorenzi Park
- Revisit ancient wonders and artifacts at Nevada State Museum
- Check out the Hollywood Cars Museum
- Go golfing at Angel Park Golf Club
3. East of The Strip – Where to Stay for a Cultural Experience
It may be odd to think of culture and history when you are staying in Las Vegas. But, there is a place just at the East of The Strip where travelers that are all about history and culture will surely appreciate. In neighborhoods like this, you will be hard-pressed to find the typical casinos or crowded hotels of the Las Vegas strip. Rather, this is where some of the notable museums, historical artifacts, art, and secrets of the city can be located.
It’s definitely a niche area, but it rewards explorers who are keen on knowing more about the untapped culture of Las Vegas with fun activities that do not relate to gaming. It’s also perfect if you’re on a budget since accommodations here are relatively cheaper than those in the Strip. If you do decide to party one night, The Strip is only a 5-minute drive away.
Be sure to secure bookings for rooms on the top floors so you can enjoy staring at the breathtaking skyline and panorama of modern Las Vegas at night. You can also get active at the gym and outdoor pool. With spacious, luxury rooms, you can’t go wrong with this 4-star hotel in Las Vegas.
Other accommodation options East of The Strip
Things to do East of The Strip
- Check out the National Atomic Testing Museum to learn more about history
- See the animals at SeaQuest Las Vegas
- Enjoy the vintage vibe of arcade games at the Pinball Hall of Fame
- Visit the Botanical Cactus Garden
- Watch a show and an event or two at Thomas & Mack Center
4. Henderson – Where to Stay in Las Vegas for Families
Being in a city that is dubbed as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, you may find it hard at times to look for places suitable for children. Thankfully, Henderson is the perfect area for families who want to discover Las Vegas’ best offerings that do not relate to casinos. In Henderson, you can enjoy life 20 mins drive away from the crowds of the center’s casinos and bustling cosmopolitan. It is also filled with accommodations that are good for families and children.
Enjoy the variety of attractions and parks in Henderson, such as the Cowabunga Bay Water Park and the Henderson Bird Preserve. Another benefit of staying in this area is that it’s extra safe for families since it’s kilometers away from the heart of Las Vegas, which can get chaotic on busy days. If you are looking for a day activity that will take you to nature’s beauty, check out the Valley of Fire in the desert surrounding Las Vegas.
A tropical-themed resort with rooms that embrace contemporary design. Enjoy fine dining at their restaurant coupled with breathtaking views. With a lounge, en-suite with bath, private beach area, a spa, and many more, this is one of the best hotels for families who want to have a great time away from the city’s center.
Other accommodation options in Henderson
Things to do in Henderson
- Experience the beauty of wildlife in Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and Lion Habitat Ranch
- Visit the Clark County Museum
- Spend the day with your family at Clark County Wetlands Park
- Zipline across Bootleg Canyon
- Watch the beautiful sunset at Lake Las Vegas
5. Downtown – Where to Stay in Las Vegas on a Budget
If you are down to experience the city’s extremes but with a budget in mind, then Downtown Las Vegas is the best place to be. Situated at the north end of The Strip, Downtown Las Vegas has all the casinos, boutique hotels, and adrenaline-rushing attractions while being more friendly to your wallet.
If you are a gambler who wishes to try your luck out, then the world-famous Fremont Hotel & Casino is going to be a great choice. For those who’d rather see the beauty of the area, take a walk along the world-renowned Fremont Street to truly experience Downtown Las Vegas. Just east of Fremont Street is the Downtown Container Park, a shopping mall that might not be as luxurious as The Strip’s, but it is best for those budget tourists who want to shop till they drop (without having to take out a loan).
What makes the Downtown area great for budget travelers is that it has the same vibe as The Strip – just without the huge price tag on restaurants, malls, and many more. It’s also just a 10-minute drive away from the center, so if you decide to go all out, you are more than welcome to do so. With its plethora of choices for casinos, bars, and shops, Downtown Las Vegas truly is one of the city’s places for an unforgettable night.
The spacious rooms of this 4-star hotel-casino are a perfect representation of its offerings beyond the suites. With an in-house theater, casino, restaurant, and upscale outdoor pool, it is one of the ideal Las Vegas hotels to stay in when traveling with your partner.
Other accommodation in Downtown Las Vegas
Things to do in Downtown Las Vegas
- Go shopping for bargains at the Downtown Container Park
- Learn about organized crime at the MOB Museum
- Walk down the ever famous Fremont Street and experience the glitz and glam of Downtown Las Vegas
- Unwind while exploring The Neon Museum
- Take a ride on the SlotZilla Zipline
- Take in some culture at the Metropolitan Art Gallery
BONUS: Things You Should Know Before Visiting Las Vegas
When thinking of a place on where to stay in Las Vegas, consider the following factors in your decision making:
- Most of the tourist attractions in The Strip are leisure activities that lean towards the interests of adults such as gambling, nightclubs, concerts, and more. I heavily advise those planning on visiting Las Vegas to wait until you are at the legal age of 21. There is no sneaking in here and even if you manage it, since it was illegal for you to be there in the first place, you won’t be able to collect any winnings.
- With that said, there are things to do in Las Vegas that do not relate to gambling or nightclubs. Luckily for you, there are fun outdoor activities too like an ATV ride around Lake Mead, as well as countless day trips to surrounding landmarks like the Grand Canyon that you shouldn’t miss out on.
- Las Vegas’ Taxis are only allowed to pick up and drop off people in specific areas, so hailing taxis are a no-go there. Your options are to either wait in line or utilize apps like Uber (who still have to arrive at special taxi stops). If you are in a “normal” taxi, don’t tell your driver that you are a tourist or a first timer in Las Vegas – they’ll usually offer you a “tour” of the city and overcharge you.
- What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas! Marriages are legalized here upon your decision to get married, so keep that in mind. 🙂
- Getting around Las Vegas, specifically in The Strip, can be tiring on foot. Thankfully, there is a Monorail service that arrives approximately every 5 mins at 7 stations. Some of them are located at the MGM Grand and Las Vegas Convention Center.
- Stick to a strict budget for gambling, activities, etc. Las Vegas can be one of the worst rabbit holes for your money if you are not disciplined enough. Plan out your spendings, get your finances straight, and learn how to be smart with it. Set aside the perfect amount for gambling, for a party, and maybe for shows and food. Remember, everything is well in moderation.
- The cocktails in casinos are usually free or very cheap, including refills. Yup! So don’t hesitate to ask the staff for a glass or two, just don’t forget to tip your waiter afterwards.
- Since it’s a party-centric city, you may ask your hotel if they have a concierge service. It will save you hours of waiting in line that could be spent partying and enjoying the city!
- Try asking for a room upgrade. Often, they will be more than welcome to do it as long as availability allows it. Oh, and did I mention that breakfast buffets of Las Vegas hotels are something you should look out for?
Frequently Asked Questions about Staying in Las Vegas:
🏘️ What is the best location to stay in Las Vegas?
Because of its trademark attractions and one-of-a-kind nightlife, The Strip is the must-visit location to indulge yourself in Las Vegas’ best offerings.
🛑 Which areas should you avoid in Las Vegas?
Whitney is an area in East Las Vegas with a crime rate 191% higher than the national average. With those numbers, it’s safe to assume you shouldn’t wander off around that area. Stick to areas populated with tourists like The Strip and Downtown.
🎰 Is it better to stay on the Strip or Downtown Las Vegas?
Due to the much larger variety of choices in The Strip, I highly recommend it for the best stay you can possibly have. Downtown is a great area because of its budget-friendly attractions and activities while possessing the same vibe as The Strip.
👎 What is the bad side of Las Vegas?
Las Vegas’s charm can also be its downside. Its plethora of casinos and invitation to gamble can be bad for those who are easily pulled to such activities. It’s also not friendly for budget-oriented travelers who seek cheap deals as Las Vegas can get really expensive.
Yay! Thank you for reading my complete guide of places and hotels to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada! In this post, I’ve shown you the best areas for different types of visitors to Las Vegas. Not only that, but I’ve also recommended the best places to stay and hotels for every budget in each of the different areas to make it easy for you to choose the best place for you! I hope you found the Las Vegas Hotel of your dreams on this list.
For a bit of a recap, the list of hotels in Las Vegas is fairly abundant given the demand. The best hotels from experience are:
- The Palazzo At The Venetian for its size, lavish aesthetic, and spacious rooms.
- Circa Resort & Casino for its hotel and casino combination, location, and luxury vibe.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa is another excellent alternative, but it’s often fully booked. Make sure to plan and book ahead of time as accommodations are in demand as Las Vegas is a very popular tourist spot!
If you have any questions or thoughts about the guide or the city itself, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments, and I’ll be happy to respond!
Stay safe and happy travels,