Eight of the best value hotels in Las Vegas

If there is one thing the global economic meltdown has actually helped with, it is bringing prices of travel down to its lowest level in years.

Even some of the luxury hotels in Las Vegas have not been able to escape the clutches of the recession, which means ultra-luxury has become affordable for everyone. Here are the top 8 hotel deals in Las Vegas, as selected by Oyster Hotel Reviews. After the jump, a list of the hotels, their lowest rates and amenities on offer.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas

Price: From $119 for a city view studio suite
Room amenities: Stearns and Foster “sleep system”, Sub Zero appliances, entertainment center
Hotel amenities: Two restaurants, spa, Trump Kids services
Web site: trumplasvegashotel.com

Treasure Island

Price: From $67 for a strip view deluxe room
Room amenities: Floor to ceiling windows, in-room safe, recently renovated rooms (2008)
Hotel amenities: Fourteen restaurants and bars, two shows, various nightclubs and a casino
Web site: treasureisland.com

Excalibur Hotel And Casino

Price: From $40 for a standard room, additional $20 for upgraded rooms
Room amenities: Recently renovated, 42″ plasma TV’s, iPod alarm clocks, granite bathroom countertops
Hotel amenities: Seven restaurants, $25 all you can eat – all day long buffet, shopping mall, kids rides,casino
Web site: excalibur.com

Flamingo Las Vegas

Price: From $55 for a deluxe room, $85 for upgraded rooms
Room amenities: Flat panel TV, premium sound system, bathroom mirror TV
Hotel amenities: Nine restaurants, spa, pool, casino and shows
Web site: flamingolasvegas.com

The Platinum Hotel And Spa

Price: From $99 for a large 2 room balcony suite
Room amenities: Flat panel TV, whirlpool tub, kitchen
Hotel amenities: Two restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa
Web site: theplatinumhotel.com

Luxor Hotel & Casino

Price: From $50 for a pyramid room ($70 for an upgraded tower room)
Room amenities: $210/night room offer for unlimited food, passes to most shows, spa admission, vip check-in
Hotel amenities: Ten restaurants, various shows, spa, pools, casino
Web site: luxor.com

California Hotel and Casino

Price: From $36 (standard room)
Room amenities: Flat panel TV,
Hotel amenities: Five restaurants, shows and entertainment at Fremont Street, casino
Web site: thecal.com

Wynn Las Vegas

Price: From $200
Room amenities: Panorama view, electronic drape controls, flat panel TV
Hotel amenities: Ten restaurants, various shows, art gallery, casino, amazing outdoor pool complex
Web site: wynnlasvegas.com

$8.5 billion Vegas resort bringing green features to the desert

One of the largest construction sites on the planet (short of some stuff going on in Dubai) is taking shape in Las Vegas.

The $8.5 billion City Center complex is big – really big. Even on a Vegas scale, the project is mind blowing. Three new towers, a brand new casino with over four thousand rooms, and a half-a-million square foot retail development, all on a 67 acre site.

From the ground up, the development is one of the most sustainable ever built on the strip.

Everything from construction waste to worker education has been incorporated in the plans.

The development even includes new technology like slot machines that house AC units and the first all natural gas powered limo fleet.

In its construction, the developers were even able to recycle over 80% of the waste generated by the implosion of the Boardwalk hotel.

The first part of the development will be opening later this year, hopefully just in time for Christmas.


Las Vegas Hard Rock hotel shows how to throw an opening party

Yesterday, we showed you photos of the newly renovated Paradise Tower at the Las Vegas Hard Rock hotel and casino. It goes without saying that when a hotel like the Hard Rock plans a party, it knows what it is doing.

The party was held at the Rehab pool area, and if you were not one of the hip people shown in the photo above, then you can still experience your own “day at the beach party” during one of the upcoming Sunday Rehab parties. It’ll cost $150 to get in, or $1000 for a “season pass”.

Real high rollers will probably want to rent themselves a cabana where they can enjoy some personal attention, and a nice place to relax and get drunk off Bacardi soaked watermelon.

In the gallery below, you’ll find some more photos from the Paradise Tower launch party, courtesy of Oyster hotel reviews.


Daily Travel Deal – Las Vegas MGM Grand getting close to paying you to stay

This was bound to happen sooner or later – Hotels in Las Vegas are so desperate happy to have you come and stay with them, that the deals are better than ever.

Short of being comped, this deal at the MGM Grand is one of the hottest out there at the moment.

Starting at $48, you get a night at the hotel, $35 in dining and activity credits, a 2 for 1 spa pass, 2 VIP passes to Studio 54 or Tabú and $25 in free slot play.

If a standard room isn’t good enough, you can drop an extra $25 for a bungalow suite, or $30 for a celebrity spa suite (700 sq ft).

Seriously, this is indeed getting close to having the hotel pay you to come and stay with them. Of course, the hotel would prefer if you left them some extra cash on the gaming tables or at one of their other amenities

The fine print is simple – you can stay at this promotional rate between April 22nd 2009 and December 29th 2009, but you need to book before April 30th 2009. The $48 rate is only available on certain dates, but a quick peek at the availability calendar shows that most of the summer months have that rate. Some dates are very high, but on average, it won’t be hard to snag yourself a really good deal.

Still trying to plan your summer vacation? Check out these hot international travel deals!