More than simply a playground for high rolling gamblers and couples keen to be married by Elvis, Las Vegas is rich with luxury travel experiences. And they don’t have to cost the earth either so we’ve put together top Las Vegas travel tips that will make your trip more fun and affordable.
Las Vegas is home to plenty of affordable options for the stylish traveller keen to enjoy something special. Although known affectionately as ‘Sin City,’ Las Vegas has plenty more to offer than just gambling and pool parties.
From lazing by the pool with a mojito, to flying high above one of the great wonders of the world – Las Vegas offers something truly unique. And luxury doesn’t come sweeter than when it has an affordable price tag attached which, when you follow these top tips, you’ll be sure to enjoy.
Las Vegas travel tips
1. See the sights for less with a Power Pass
If you’re planning to see a few of the main attractions, then investing in a Power Pass will save you some serious cash.
Starting at $85 for one day up to $170 for five days, it’s one of our top Las Vegas travel tips because it covers 30 different attractions and even includes day trips to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.
Just some of the Las Vegas attractions included in the pass are the Mob Museum, Stratosphere observation deck, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden, the Bellagio art gallery and Madame Tussauds.
2. Eat at a Michelin starred restaurant for budget prices
This city isn’t just for the drinkers and gamblers, it’s also a place to flex your foodie muscles. So skip the casino buffet and head to one of these mouth-watering Michelin-starred restaurants instead.
At the MGM Grand, French chef Joël Robuchon serves up caviar to rival that of his home country. You’ll also find Joel’s other restaurant there – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.
Guy Savoy is also bringing French flair to the city’s dining scene in the Augustus Tower, including a the only Krug Chef’s Table in the US, providing guests an intimate view of the kitchen while enjoying a tasting menu curated to pair with Krug’s prestige cuveé Champagnes.
While these restaurants typically come with a high price tag, they also need to stay full most of the time. So head down for an early bird dinner between 4pm and 7pm and expect world class dining at bargain prices. However remember to check the restaurant’s policy before settling down to eat.
3. Catch a show for a snip of the price
Some of the world’s greatest and starriest stars have held Las Vegas residencies. But if you aren’t keen on a Britney set, or even a Penn and Teller magic show, don’t worry.
Stroll along to Cirque du Soleil or Wynn’s La Reve instead and enjoy a dreamlike, underwater affair that’ll keep you entertained for hours.
And you don’t have to worry about paying full-dollar for the privilege as you can simply head to one of the Tix 4 Tonight booths on the day for 50% discounts. Booths open at 10am and are located at Fashion Show Mall, Four Queens downtown, Circus Circus and Town Square.
4. Travel the world in a day for free
You might be surprised to learn that you can hop from Venice to India in a matter of minutes when you wander around Las Vegas.
Simply go from hotel to hotel and you’ll be able to enjoy some of the most wacky and wonderful sights of the world. The Venetian Las Vegas is home to stunning replicas of the most famous sights from Venice. And it’s all free.
5. Enjoy a day by the pool
There isn’t much that screams Las Vegas more than a pool party, but skip the costly entry prices and head downtown for something a little more elegant – and more affordable too!
The Downtown Grand is one of our great Las Vegas travel tips because it offers incredible views of the up and coming downtown area along with a gorgeous pool to escape that crazy Vegas heat.
If you get peckish, the hotel restaurant, PICNIC, serves up tasty morsels including garlic edamame dip and fried chicken.
6. Drink cut-price cocktails
You simply cannot visit Vegas without at least one night imbibing cocktails.
But you don’t have to worry about spending all of your hard earned pennies in one go as many restaurants and bars offer a handy twist on the traditional happy hour. You will just have to stay up a little later!
When performers have finished their shows, they need to eat – so although many restaurants officially stop serving food at 10.30pm – they continue on a little later for the clever few who want to grab some great value food washed down with a cocktail or two.
7. Bottomless brunch
An activity so popular it involves a whole day, bottomless brunch is akin to religion in Las Vegas. For a set fee, you can expect an unlimited supply of Mimosa or Bloody Mary cocktails with a delicious brunch to soak it all up.
This is one of the best ways to enjoy a whole day of eating good food with cocktails without it costing the earth.
Places like La Cave at the Wynn offer a $40 all-you-can-eat brunch, with a $20 all-you-can-drink upgrade for mimosas, caipirinhas, or mojitos.
8. Stay somewhere swish for less
Swimming pools, a spa, a luxury restaurant and impeccable service are all yours for the taking when you stay at the Mandarin Oriental. One of the only hotels on The Strip without a casino, this is the hotel to stay in if you want luxury without the hustle.
But if you dig a little deeper, right next door to almost every fancy hotel is a cheaper alternative. At the MGM Grand, one of the largest hotels in the world, you can find ‘unrenovated’ rooms for $65 per night (plus tax).
And using a hotel booking site like LastMinute or Expedia could score you a stay in one of the Strip’s five-star resorts when you book one of their ‘Top Secret’ hotels.
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9. Window shop ’til you drop
Head to the Aria and enjoy a Bond Street-esque experience, or sample the full on opulence of the Bellagio. The shops are an experience in themselves and you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy them.
But for something a little more quaint, try out the Downtown Container Park where the shops are made from up-cycled shipping containers. More than just a shopping venue, you can expect to find live music and art galleries too.