Surviving Vegas 101: Parking and Hotels
I’ve heard lots of reasons why some don’t like or won’t visit Vegas. Too expensive, high crime rate, drugs, drunks, prostitution everywhere. That’s everywhere, completely not unique to Sin City. Believe me, I know. I lived there most of my life. The key to visiting Vegas and getting the most out of your vacation there while not breaking the bank: think like a local.
Parking. For the most part, parking is going to set you back anywhere from $15 to $30 depending on where you‘re at. There are only a handful of hotels on or within short driving distance that are free.
Hotels. How much are you willing to spend on a room per night? Hotels will take up the bulk of your budget so knowing that answer before anything else is crucial. For me, I prefer staying off the Strip. For one, rooms are less expensive.
Case in point: I’ll be traveling to Vegas in September. For two nights a room on the very edge of the Strip would cost about $750 before taxes and parking (which is another $22 per day). A second hotel off Strip closer to the Summerlin area for the same days is $298 before taxes and it’s free parking. It‘s a savings of almost $500 before I factor parking should I drive.
If you want to be in the middle of the action, let your travel agent know what you’re looking for and they will look for the best deals out there and what’s available when.