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Best Downtown Las Vegas Hotels: Top 10 Famous Hotel You Should Book

Written by: Julia Dokashenko
Updated May 28, 2024

Downtown Las Vegas was where the original Las Vegas strip was built; it is also referred to as Old Las Vegas. This is a location where you are able to get fantastic deals on hotel accommodation as it is a cheaper choice than the strip. Downtown Las Vegas started in 1905, was incorporated into a city in 1911, and was the business center of Las Vegas. Then in 1931, gambling was legalized in the city, and casinos and hotels were built. One of the very first hotel casinos in Las Vegas was El Cortez in 1941.

Downtown Las Vegas offers tourists the famous Fremont Street which features light shows, live music and street performances. With the amount of quality hotels and casinos in downtown it is a perfect place for budget travelers. You are able to spend a lot less money when you stay in downtown Las Vegas, compared to the main strip. What makes downtown Vegas so attractive is the friendly atmosphere and incredible attractions.

The Fremont Street Experience is something not to be missed, as well as The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and not forgetting the Art District. Overall, downtown Las Vegas has it all.

Best Hotels

1. Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Bedroom in Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Address: 3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 89103, NV, US

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is an oasis which is located a block from the strip on Flamingo Road. This hotel casino boasts a beautiful 3-acre pool paradise and a huge 150,000-square-foot casino, which will leave every gambler satisfied. If you are interested in clubbing, this hotel has a supper club known as Club Rio, which was opened in 1994. There are various shows you can catch at the Rio, such as Wow, the Chippendales, the Comedy Cellar, and the famous Penn and Teller magic show.

When it comes to eating, Rio has something for everyone. There are some outstanding restaurants in the hotel including Voodoo Steak, Royal India Buffet, KJ Dim Sum and Kangs Kitchen to name just a few. The Rio Hotel and Casino offers some fabulous suites, apartments and rooms. The hotel has recently gone through a refurbishment of 1,500 rooms with the west rate of $18, making it an excellent choice when you visit Las Vegas.

2. MGM Grand

Property Building in MGM Grand

Address: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89109, NV, US

This is one of the most famous Las Vegas hotels and casinos in the city. You can find luxurious rooms in this hotel and plenty of entertainment options, too. The MGM Grandwas established in 1993 and has hosted some incredible events over the years. It is a famous venue for huge boxing events, including the likes of Mike Tyson. With almost 7,000 rooms and prices starting from $41, there is something for every budget. The MGM Grand is located on the southern end of the strip, making it an easy destination from the main airport in Las Vegas, McCarran International.

If you are interested in a relaxing day the MGM Grand has one of the biggest pool and spa areas. There are three whirlpools, four swimming pools and a lazy river. And if you would like to treat yourself to a facial, massage or other body treatment it is possible at a fair price. One of the best places to eat in Las Vegas can be found at the MGM Grand, which is Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant.

3. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

Facade/entrance in Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

Address: 206 North 3rd Street, Las Vegas, 89101, NV, US

If you are interested in staying right in the center of the city, the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casinoshould offer you a great experience. The hotel is located at 206 North 3rd Street, basically the heart of Las Vegas, where you will be surrounded by typical American hotels, casinos, and restaurants. Downtown Grand Hotel offers affordable stays with free cancellation on our website. The prices start at $45 and plus the hotel carries attractive deals throughout the year. Book two nights and get one free to expect your stay in Las Vegas. Downtown Grand Hotel also allows you to stay with your furry friends. The rooms offer a wide range of services and amenities, plus a stunning view of Vegas streets.

Here, you can feast on the city’s favorite steakhouse, Triple George Grill, which has classic American cuisine every traveler would enjoy. The good thing about having dinner at Triple George Grill is that it is 20% off on $100 spent. A great deal while staying at one of the best hotels in downtown Las Vegas. Also, AARP and seniors over 55 can receive 10% off their stay here. If you feel like gambling, there is a casino on your doorstep with slots open 24/7.

4. Bellagio

Bedroom in Bellagio

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89109, NV, US

If you are craving a premium stay while in Las Vegas, we can certainly recommend Bellagio - a fantastic 5-star resort where windows open up a view on iconic downtown streets with casinos and restaurants. Do you need a dog-friendly room or a room with a fountain view? This hotel room prices start at $159 and provide all the necessary amenities to make your stay pleasant.

During your stay at Bellagio, you can take advantage of a list of entertaining events, including the "O" show by Cirque du Soleil, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, and performances by world singers. Allow yourself to relax in the hotel's spa, visit the fitness center, and enjoy an outdoor pool on a sunny day with cabanas, daybeds, and yummy cocktails.

Bellagio is located at 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South and provides access to world-class casinos, museums, and pawn shops, as well as a choice of restaurants and bars that cater to everyone's taste. The hotel welcomes travelers from around the world and treats everyone to generous deals. Some of the current offers include a 25% discount on longer stays over 4 nights, 20% off when paying in advance, 5% off for senior guests, and many other attractive deals.

5. Mandalay Bay

Property building in Mandalay Bay

Address: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89119, NV, US

Opened in 1999, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino is a first-class resort. The location is close to the MGM Grand on the southern end of the strip. There is a choice of over 3,000 rooms, with some beautiful views of the mountains or over the strip. Actually, the cheapest room here is the cheapest for $59 which is amazing for such a premium stay. When it comes to unique Las Vegas experiences, Mandalay Bay has them. They offer a Shark Reef Aquarium, which has over 2,000 fish. Guests can also enjoy a beach area that covers 11 acres and includes beach bungalows and sandy beaches.

The dining choices are excellent, and you can enjoy wonderful Italian cuisine at Lupa by Wolfgang Puck. There is also Fleur by Hubert Keller and Stripsteak which offers amazing steaks and seafood. Mandalay Bay Hotel is the perfect getaway for business or if you are looking for entertainment. You will find a large range of shopping options from well known brands to convenient retail outlets.

6. Luxor

Property building, City View in Luxor

Address: 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89119, NV, US

If you love the Egyptian pyramids, staying at the Luxor Hotel is an ideal choice. As soon as you enter this hotel, you will find details about ancient Egypt. It was opened in 1993 and captivates everyone who stays there. The striking pyramid shape is a real talking point of this hotel. Guests can use the free tram from Mandalay Bay as this hotel is situated in the southern area of the strip, with easy access to the airport. The buffet at Luxor is great value since the cheapest room here can be booked for as low as $24.

If you would like to eat some delicious Mexican food, there is Diablo's Cantina. At this establishment, you will find delicious food for the entire family. If you prefer meat or fish, you can always try Tender Steakhouse and Lounge. This place offers an exceptional dining experience. Luxor is a hotel that will inspire you. The distinctive pyramid architecture offers guests a lasting impression of Las Vegas.

7. OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Property building in OYO Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Address: 115 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, 89109, NV, US

OYO Hotel and Casino is one of the cheapest options to stay in the city that never sleeps. The hotel offers a pleasant stay on a budget (the prices get as low as $14), a pool you will not want to leave, and some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. You are within walking distance from the Las Vegas Strip, one of the city's main attractions, where you will be offered tons of entertainment, such as the botanical garden, fountains of Bellagio, high roller observation deck, etc.

Looking through OYO Hotel and Casino rooms on their website, I was pleasantly surprised with sleek and cozy designs. It is simple yet perfect for a nice stay. However, you can choose a simple room or a suit if you want a luxurious experience. Dining is on your doorstep here with spots like Hooters Restaurant and Steak' n Shake. Just like many downtown hotels, OYO has plenty of deals for their visitors. You can save up to 25% when reserving 7 nights or longer.

8. Excalibur

Facade/entrance in Excalibur

Address: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89109, NV, US

The design of the Excalibur Hotel is unique; it is a great big castle, and it is based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This is a family-friendly hotel with rooms starting at $15. Excalibur is located at the end of the strip, and you can use a free tram to take you to other hotels like Luxor and Mandalay Bay.

When it comes to eating you are in safe hands in Excalibur, as there are plenty of excellent places to fill your stomach. You can use Dick's Last Resort, where there are fun American meals. And the Steakhouse at Camelot is a meat lovers paradise. If you like your shopping, you can use the Castle Walk shopping arcade, which is convenient and fun. Excalibur Hotel offers fantastic value for money as well as an enchanted hotel experience.

9. The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower

Swimming Pool in The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower

Address: 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, 89104, NV, US

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Tower is another budget option to stay while visiting Las Vegas, gambling and enjoying the lights of the city. The hotel offers competitive prices, starting from $13 a night, therefore, it always has reservations and good feedback. The STRAT may not be located downtown but it is only 2.4 miles away from the city centre which you can reach by having a pleasant walk or by rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft.

The hotel's rooms look comfy, each offering a mini fridge, HD TV, and coffee maker, as well as a designated work area. You also have easy access to the casino, bars and lounges. And if you feel like having a romantic dinner, there is no better place than the actual STRAT tower. Visit the award-winning Top of the World restaurant with a spectacular view and elegant atmosphere. The restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, making guests' experience truly epic.

10. Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park

Property building in Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park

Address: 2880 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 89109, NV, US

Lastly, I would like to recommend the Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park, which is known for being the world's largest permanent circus with entertainment for adults and kids. The circus was opened in 1968, and the hotel was added 4 years later. Nowadays, all the rooms have updated furnishings, TV, and Wi-Fi internet access. Choose to stay at the Casino Tower, 29-story Skyrise Tower, 35-story West Tower, or Manor Motor Lodge, which has the cheapest rooms.

Circus Circus offers free parking and is located just 3 miles away from downtown. If you are a big walk lover, you will enjoy strolling to the city center and visiting the famous Fremont Street. Circus Circus Hotel invites people from all over the world for an adventurous stay at affordable rates. The lowest rate you will find for a one-night stay is $24.

While staying at the Circus Circus, you get to attend the best shows, play carnival games in arcades, go on rides, relax by the pool, have fun at the splash zone, and dine in a wide range of restaurants offering classic American and Mexican cuisine. Actually, there are free circus acts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and at 11:30 a.m. on Friday to Sunday. A great bonus to your stay, especially if you visit with kids.

Final Thoughts

Las Vegas is a holiday destination that never fails to deliver, and with so much competition along the famous strip, there are plenty of amazing deals. These are some incredible hotels that offer great prices. It does not matter what type of budget you have for your holidays; Las Vegas will have something for you. One thing is guaranteed, and that is once you visit the city of sin, Las Vegas, you will certainly be back for more. With first-class restaurants, entertainment from the world's biggest stars, and, of course, all the gambling you can dream of, Las Vegas is one of the most visited places on earth.

Article by:

Julia Dokashenko

Travel Expert