Las Vegas Hotel Deals: Luxury Within Reach

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Most people are dreaming of beach getaways this time of year, but Las Vegas has lots to wow the spring break crowd. And the hotel deals are heating up as well, with even luxury hotels going for less than $150 a night.

It is no secret that Las Vegas has taken a hard sock in the stomach from the recession. Over the past 15 years properties such as the Wynn, Venetian, MGM, and Bellagio opened with great fanfare and wowed visitors with golden amenities -- for a price. Not anymore. From its highs in 2007, the city has seen average daily room rates tumble from $132 to $93. And it's hard to fill all those rooms, especially in a city that has more than 150,000 hotel rooms available, more per capita than any other city in the nation, if not the world. So book now and take advantage of the heavily discounted rates for luxury rooms.

1. The Venetian
Back in 2007, the Venetian had regular rates of $350. As of late the hotel has been offeringpackages for $129 a night. The property's 720-square-foot classic Euro-décor rooms (more like suites, actually) are some of the most spacious on the Strip with sunken living room and humongous bathrooms. The property connects to a campus that includes the Venezia Tower, the Palazzo, more than a million square feet of retail, and a phalanx of restaurants run by some of the most celebrated chefs in the world. In fact, add it all together and the Venetian makes up the largest hotel in the world in terms of rooms, space and amenities.

2. Wynn Las Vegas
The $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas opened on the grounds of the former Desert Inn in 2005 as city excitement and growth mounted with the availability of easy money and a heated economy. The mocha-stained tower created a new tier of luxury in the city -- and charged $300 to $750 to get in the door. Today those same rooms can be had for $169. Centrally located, it is just a bridge stroll to the Fashion Show mega-mall and is connected to Encore, a second Wynn hotel that opened in late 2008.


3. Signature at MGM Grand
Vegas visitors were exposed to a new kind of stay when the Signature at MGM Grand opened in 2006. The three-tower, non-gaming property connects to the MGM Grand with luxury condo units featuring gourmet kitchen appliances, living rooms, and balconies. Staying at Signature was a convenience guests were prepared to pay for, especially as the average rates of $279 were a bargain even in the boom days. Today, the hotel offers rooms for as low as $109. Yes, there is no casino, but the rooms are just steps away from all the advantages and amenities of MGM Grand.

Bellagio Las Vegas

MGM Mirage

4. Bellagio
Nothing tops a room at the Bellagio (pictured) over the exploding fountain shows and a view of the Eiffel Tower and mini Champs Elysees at the Paris Las Vegas across the street. Bellagio was considered the top property on the Strip when it opened in 1998 on the dust of the former Dunes Hotel and ran average rates of $350 in good times. Now a walk-up rate of $159 is quite common and web rates of $129 are not hard to find, either.

5. Ravella at Lake Las Vegas
Ravella at Lake Las Vegas just opened in February 2011, taking over the rooms, the location, the layout and the dining spreads from the Ritz-Carlton that formerly occupied the site. The 349-room property still lives in much the same Old World style as its former owner, and is surrounded by rolling hills and golf course greens, plus views of Lake Las Vegas. Room rates at Ravella run at least 30 percent lower than what they were while the hotel was a Ritz-Carlton. Since opening in 2003, the Ritz-Carlton charged an average of $300 per night, whereas rates as low as $119 per night are common with the new management.



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