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A million lights in the desert: Las Vegas Club shimmers with old-school appeal.

By Susan Johnston

There’s a big difference between cheap Las Vegas hotels and those that deliver the biggest bang for their buck. But that still doesn’t make much of a difference when you’ve only got a certain amount of money to spend. After all, what good will a thousand-dollar-per-night room at a 60-percent discount do you if all you can afford is $50 per night? For those determined to have a blast at cut-rate prices, we give you the three highest rated cheap hotels in all Sin City.

Terrible’s Hotel and Casino
The only thing terrible about this place is the fact that there aren’t more of them scattered throughout the city. I don’t know about you, but at under $30 per night, I don’t expect to leave feeling impressed. Alas, Terrible’s Hotel and Casino is one of those “little places with a big heart.” Its downstairs casino and café are perfect for a quaint night in, but its location is also conducive to a night out on the town.

Vegas Club Hotel & Casino
Bingo lovers will love the Vegas Club for having the one and only bingo room in town, but fans of cheap hotels will love it even more for its location right in the heart of the action of historic Fremont Street. “Old school” is the focus here, as evidenced not only by the bingo but by actual coin slot machines that hearken back to the days before computerized slot machines and tokens. Rooms are simple but functional, another under $30-per-night steal with a location you’d be hard-pressed to beat.

Circus Circus
You probably didn’t expect to find Circus Circus on this short list of cheap Las Vegas hotels, but its $40-per-night rooms make this an obvious choice for the vacationer on a budget who doesn’t mind spending an extra $10 or so for an upgrade. Circus Circus isn’t just cheap, it’s also teeming with cool stuff. Like its 4-D kid movies theater and Adventuredome, its indoor amusement park. Note: There’s extra admission for both, so make sure it’s in your budget before you stay here.

Not everyone who visits Vegas strikesit big, transforming their vacation from a strictly budgeted jaunt into a free-for-all spend-a-thon. The majority of us can’t even afford to gamble much, let alone take in the uproariously expensive entertainment. Fortunately, there’s free entertainment throughout the city. You can take the kids to check out the big variety of circus acts that perform for free throughout the day at Circus Circus, or you’re traveling sans younglings, you can swing by Treasure Island and see the Sirens of TI, a show that takes place outdoors at the strip entrance to the hotel. As always, you can tighten your belt even further by booking cheap flights together with your hotel room online.

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Susan Johnston is a Boston-based writer. As much as she loves New England, she can’t wait for her next West Coast trip.

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