Las Vegas can rightfully boast of a number of high-class hotels, but those on the famous Las Vegas Strip are the most well known among them. Among the most popular are The Bellagio, The Luxor, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, New York New York and Treasure Island. The Westin and Hilton hotels are also located in this area.
As the hotels on the Strip mainly cater to the wealthy, it is difficult to find discount hotels in this locality. During off-seasons (usually December and January), however, many Strip hotels offer lower rates and discount deals. Some of the other most popular hotels in the city are Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Tropicana Resort and Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It is wise to avoid weekends while staying at a hotel unless you want to burn a deep hole in your pocket or like to melt yourself in a wild party crowd.
For the not-so-rich, Las Vegas has a host of cheap hotels to offer. Some of them are Riviera, Villager-Flami, Orleans, Cancun Resort, La Quinta Las Vegas Convention Center, Sahara Hotel and Casino, Desert Paradise Resort, Hawthorn Suites, Boulder Station Hotel and Casino, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn Nellis AFB, Royal Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
Let us now look at some of the leading hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, and when they opened for business:
1) El Rancho (April 3, 1941),
2) The New Frontier (October 30, 1942) first opening as the Pair O?Dice nightclub in 1930,
3) Flamingo Las Vegas (December 26, 1946) first opening as Flamingo,
4) Sahara (October 7, 1952) first opening as Club Bingo (July 24, 1947),
5) Thunderbird (September 2, 1948).
6) Desert Inn (April 24, 1950),
7) Venetian (May 3, 1999) first opening as the Sands (December 15, 1952),
8) Royal Nevada (April 19, 1955),
9) Riviera (April 20, 1955),
10) Bellagio (October 15, 1998) first opening as Dunes (May 23, 1955),
11) Mandalay Bay (March 2, 1999) first opening as Hacienda (June 1956),
12) Tropicana (April 4, 1957),
13) Stardust ( July 2, 1958),
14) The Mirage (November 22, 1989),
15) Planet Hollywood (opened as Aladdin) (April 1, 1966),
16) Caesars Palace (August 15, 1966),
17) MGM Grand (December 18, 1993)
18) Harrah’s Las Vegas (April 1992)