When to go to Las Vegas
The best time to go to Las Vegas is when you are in the mood to go to Las Vegas. If you're coming during a holiday or convention period, book 3 months
in advance. Don't dwell—Las Vegas is a commodity—as demand increases, so do the prices. Therefore, all things "Vegas" are commodities,
including hotel rooms, nightclubs, shows, restaurants, tours and everything else. Good deals can be had anytime, it's just that there are better times for
better deals than others. The strategy is to plan in advance, understand how conventions and events can influence prices, decide the level of quality and
comfort you want, and then go for it!
Las Vegas seasons. It is a good idea to know when the high, middle and low seasons are in Las Vegas. It is also important to understand how weather,
holidays and special events influence those seasons.
- Low Season: Falls between mid June and mid September. Prices are low, temperatures are high and lines are short.
Middle Season: Begins mid-September and builds to a raucous crescendo December 31 (New Year's Eve). Prices are high, temperatures are mild,
lines are long, and reservations for anything "Vegas" is a must.
High Season: Shifts into high gear the first week of January, and runs in fits of starts and stops until falling to its knees from sheer exhaustion
about the last week of March. A short rest and it's off again with several overlapping conventions that form a convergence over the city that finally
fills out the calendar in mid-June.
Lowest rates and shortest lines happen a few days before and right after conventions and major holidays. Unforeseen special events come and go all
the time and can also affect availability and rates. Weekday rates are always lower than weekend rates. When major conventions or major holidays occur over
a weekend they are considered 'certain sell-out dates.' The basic axiom to remember during high season or certain sell-out dates is: you cannot plan too
soon, but you can wait too late. That said, below is a list of
Certain sell-out dates in Las Vegas:
July 3-5, 2009: Independence Day Weekend
September 4-7, 2009: Labor Day Weekend
October 9-12, 2009: Columbus Weekend
- November 3-6, 2009: Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week
November 25-26, 2009: Thanksgiving
December 31-January 2: New Year's Weekend
- January 7-10, 2010: International Consumer Electronics Show
- January 7-10, 2010: Adult Entertainment Expo
- January 19-22, 2010: Annual International Builders Show
- February 2-5, 2010 : World of Concrete Exposition
February TBA, 2010: Super Bowl Weekend
February 13-15, 2010: President's Day & Valentine's Day Weekend
- March 1-4, 2010: ASD/AMD Show
- April 12-15, 2010: National Association of Broadcasters
May 29-31, 2010: Memorial Day Weekend
Hotel rates in Las Vegas almost always start out low but climb as desired dates near. This is a function of market demand that all hotels keep a
close watch on. You can wait and hope rates drop, but that strategy depends on their reality matching your wish. Las Vegas casinos get
rich on wishful thinking every day! Use the 90-10 Rule: 90% of the time rates will increase over time, only 10% of the time will they drop.
Rates during convention periods. Apart from standard tourism, which brings about 30,000,000 people to this city every year, Las Vegas is also one
of the most popular places for conventioneers (who fill up everything that remotely appears to have a bed in it.) To accommodate them adequately
Las Vegas NV hotels
provide about 144,000 rooms (and counting.) During certain large conventions, and times when there are several overlapping conventions and/or special events
and/or a major holiday, Las Vegas hotels selling-out is a foregone conclusion. So, the thing to do is to check the Las Vegas Conventions calendar for dates
you might be repelled by or attracted to. With that understood:
- Go to our
Las Vegas Conventions
pages and check the dates you have in mind. If over-lapping conventions and events anticipate bringing in more than 50,000 people, you can be certain hotel
rates will reflect a high demand. Conversely, if there isn't much planned during your period of stay, hotel rates will reflect lower demand with lower
- Narrow in on two or three hotels that will work for you by using Vegasrooms to review as many hotels as you like. Start with any hotel listed and virtually
walk through every hotel in Las Vegas.
- Check rates and availability for your itinerary dates—start with Best Deals. If there isn't a special deal available for your desired hotel
and dates, then search All Hotels.
- Make your
Las Vegas hotel reservations
. If your trip will include air transportation, be sure to check for
Las Vegas Travel Packages
which is where you may realize your greatest dollar savings.
For the most part
cheap Las Vegas hotels
are going to be found off the strip. They will be one, two and three-star properties which are at least one mile off the strip. They will get cheaper
the further away from the strip they are. Hotels that fit into this category include:
, and for dirt cheap,
Wild Wild West Hotel
On the strip rates are always higher, but two hotel-casinos you will want to check out for great discount rates are the
Imperial Palace Las Vegas
Riviera Las Vegas
. They are both full service 3-star hotels in the heart of the strip. These hotels do deliver a quality product, they just don't have the four or five star
ratings. They have good sized rooms and large swimming pools.
Hooters Las Vegas
which is off-strip, right behind the Tropicana, is also a good choice for discount rates, and is a favorite of Sun-Gods and Goddesses, not to mention the
Weather. If you love soaring 3-digit temperatures, come between June and mid-September. Otherwise you'll find mild-cool temperatures in spring and
fall, and cool-cold weather in winter, with perhaps a few sprinkles of snowflakes, if you're lucky.