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Booking a hotel room in Las Vegas can feel like a game of roulette. But you don’t need to be a high roller to find someplace cool, comfortable and within your budget. Here are some seriously cool but cheap Vegas hotels for a Sin City trip that won’t break the bank.

*The fine print: These prices were taken from a single-night stay on a random weekday in August.

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Downtown Grand

This updated hotel will have you wanting to stay off-Strip every time you visit Sin City. Chillax in your spacious designer room or on the pool deck, which features an infinity pool, fire pit and grassy lounge area. Then, stroll over to the Mob Museum, tons of shopping, restaurants and even a farmer’s market. All are within walking distance. Oh, and you won’t have to leave the hotel to eat or gamble—there’s an onsite casino and four restaurants. (Starting at $33 a night; resort fee not included.)

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Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall

This place is like a city within a city. The 645 guest rooms and suites are part of a complex that also includes five restaurants, four bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, a pool and even a bowling alley. The hotel is located about 6 miles from the Vegas Strip, so take advantage of the lower room rates and free shuttle to the Strip and to downtown. (Starting at $35 a night; resort fee not included.)

The sprawling, palm-lined Desert Rose Resort looks far too serene to be on our list of cheap Vegas hotels. But it is cheap, and it sure is serene!

Desert Rose Resort

Casino resorts are everywhere in Vegas. But if you’re not about that life, consider this alternative that has all the bells and whistles, minus the on-site gambling. The 284 one- and two-bedroom suites come with full kitchens and private balconies, so you’ll have as good a time staying in as you will going out to the Vegas Strip, which is just 1 1/2 blocks away. (Starting at $153 a night.)

Did you expect your cheap Vegas hotel to have an indoor amusement park? Well, you're welcome.

Circus Circus Hotel and Casino

This town don’t exactly scream “kid friendly.” But with water parks, museums and cheap food, Vegas actually makes for a fun family getaway. A perfect base camp for frugal families is Circus Circus, which includes a theme park (!), free circus performances on the midway, nine restaurants, six bars and the only RV park on the Vegas Strip. (Starting at $22 anight; resort fee not included.)

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South Point Hotel and Casino

Seemingly everything’s bigger when you stay off-Strip. Exhibit A: This surprisingly cheap Vegas hotel, with spacious guest suites and bathrooms, a huge bingo hall and even an arena for horse shows. And because this is Vegas, there’s a pool bar and more than 10 restaurants onsite. (Starting at $59 a night; resort fee not included.)

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The Orleans Hotel and Casino

No need to ante up the big bucks when you opt for this Big Easy-themed resort about three miles from the Strip. The suites are spacious, and amenities range from a bowling alley to a movie theater to affordable childcare. And a spa. And 14 restaurants. If by some miracle you get bored, take the free shuttle to the Vegas Strip or one of the hotel’s six sister casinos. (Starting at $48 a night; resort fee not included.)

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You often can find travel deals on cheap Las Vegas hotels. But one hotel company has a policy that makes its Las Vegas hotels even cheaper.

Harrah’s Entertainment Las Vegas does not charge resort fees at its properties. Many hotels in Las Vegas and around the world charge a fee (per room per night) that covers services or amenities like water bottles, Internet, newspapers, etc.

The cheap Las Vegas hotels that belong to the Harrah’s family include

Bally’s

Caesars Palace

Harrah’s Las Vegas

Imperial Palace

Paris Las Vegas

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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Even if you’re on a budget, you can make travel plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. CheapTickets has unveiled the top five cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations and nearby destination alternatives for cheap New Year’s Eve hotels.

From big cities to the beach, you can join the party and save big on your travel budget by staying just a little bit further from the action. The top New Year’s Eve destinations and cheap hotel alternatives are based on hotel bookings on CheapTickets for arrivals December 27-31, 2008. Check out the average daily rates for the big cities versus the alternatives.

TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE DESTINATIONS AND ALTERNATIVES FOR CHEAP HOTELS

  1. Las Vegas Strip $154.50 / Las Vegas off-Strip $137.42
  2. New York City $256.53 / Newark, NJ $80.95
  3. Orlando, FL $93.43 / Kissimmee $75.32
  4. Cancun, Mexico $289.74 / Cozumel $165.71
  5. Miami Beach $197.22 / Ft. Lauderdale $91.81

LAS VEGAS STRIP/OFF-STRIP: If you’re planning to ring in 2009 in Las Vegas, booking one of the Las Vegas hotels off the Strip can save you up to 11 percent. Just take a quick cab ride downtown to partake in the New Year’s fireworks and live music on the Strip and at the Fremont Experience.

NEW YORK CITY/NEWARK: Newark is just a short train ride from Times Square, so you can take the train to see the ball drop and save an average of 68 percent on your hotel room.

MIAMI/FT. LAUDERDALE: Miami’s New Year’s Eve celebration is better than ever with Bayfront
Park’s free fireworks show, the annual Big Orange Festival — which
drops a 35-foot orange ball to a laser show and fireworks. Stay in one of the Fort Lauderdale hotels just 30 minutes away and celebrate average hotel savings of 53 percent.

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The Deal of the Day this week will help you plan a fun and affordable Las Vegas vacation.

One of the Las Vegas hotels we’re featuring is the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Right now this four-star hotel is offering a third night free for stays through January 29, 2009, along with low rates starting at just $41 a night.

Fun and value make the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino our pick among Las Vegas hotels. The Monte Carlo has a newly renovated casino and three pools including a lazy river and wave pool. For the ultimate Vegas pool experience, you can reserve your own cabana in the pool area, furnished with a flatscreen TV and refrigerator.

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By KateSchwartz

Live it up for less during CheapTickets’ sale on Las Vegas vacation packages. For a limited time only, you can save $75 on flight + hotel vacation packages of 3 nights or more. Just book by November 23 for travel by January 31, 2009 and use promotion code CTXVEGAS to take advantage of this Las Vegas sale. And if that weren’t enough, check out CheapTickets’ amazing deals on some of the hottest Las Vegas hotels:

  • Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower: Located at the top of the Las Vegas Strip, the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is the closest Las Vegas hotel on the Strip to downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience. See this breathtaking view for yourself as you dine 800 feet off the ground in the rotating Top of the World restaurant located at the peak of the Stratosphere’s tower. When you book your room now on CheapTickets, you’ll save up to 50% off regular room rates. With rooms from $26 per night, you will have plenty of money left over for the slots!
  • Wynn Las Vegas: Let Wynn Las Vegas show you what it’s like to do Las Vegas like a celebrity! With a see-and-be-seen pool, a luxurious spa and top-notch rooms, youwill feel like you just stepped of the red carpet. Thanks to CheapTickets, you don’t have to be on the big screen to take advantage of this lifestyle. For a limited time, CheapTickets is offering a free VIP upgrade to a Panoramic View Room, so book now and celebrate your cheapness in style!
  • Luxor Hotel: While you may not be able to see the Nile from your window, this luxury Egyptian-style hotel offers fabulous views of its palm tree-lined pool. Deemed “a marvel of modern construction,” the Luxor Hotel offers the best of the best for a reasonable price. And now when you book your room at the Luxor on CheapTickets, you can get a $25 resort credit as well as a 2-for-1 spa pass.

With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, Las Vegas’ more than 300 sunny days a
yearand 80-degree fall temperatures sound really good. And with deals on Las Vegas hotels, and $75 off Las Vegas vacation packages, CheapTickets can help you get there.

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Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them!  From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.

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The second annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week runs September 1-7.

Participating restaurants offer lunches for $25.08 and dinners for $50.08 (excluding drinks, tax and tip), with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local organization that fights hunger.

Restaurants in this year’s lineup include some of the top spots at Las Vegas hotels: Bradley Ogden and Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace; Fiamma and L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon at the MGM Grand; Japonais at the Mirage Hotel and Casino; StripSteak at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; and Stratta at WYNN Las Vegas.

Need some help choosing? Fiamma serves its dinner family style, so you can select three entrees  to share — like the risotto with lobster, scallops and shrimp; chicken with polenta and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus; and braised beef short ribs. Or, save room for coconut rum cake with vanilla ice cream at Bradley Ogden.

But that’s only the beginning. More than 70 restaurants are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week, so choose one of your favorite Las Vegas hotels, and eat your heart out!

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Hooters
By T. Hatcher

I’ll admit it. When a former co-worker on my flight to Las Vegas asked where I was staying — within earshot of a bunch of other passengers — I was a little hesitant to tell him.

It was Hooters, after all, home of the tasty chicken wings and well-endowed waitresses, but not exactly a place that carries a lot of cachet.

But I was at a travel industry event, and Hooters — the Hooters Casino Hotel, I should say — was where we were being housed.

And as I discovered over the next few days, Hooters actually has a lot going for it.

Las Vegas hotels these days seem to be all about glitz and glamor — who’s got the hottest acts, the hippest clubs, the tallest towers and the most lavish suites.

But there’s still room for visitors who don’t want to spend hundreds a night for a hotel. And Hooters is a reliable, relatively cheap hotel option for a Las Vegas vacation. (A quick search on CheapTickets– where Hooters earned an average 4.2 out of 5 customer rating — showed rooms going for $49 on Thursday, July 17, and $135 on July 18.)

Hooters is right off the Strip on Tropicana Avenue, just across from the MGM Grand and a 5-minute walk to the Las Vegas Monorail. It’s big but not overwhelming — with nearly 700 rooms and 30,000 square feet of casino space — so you don’t have to spend 20 minutes meandering through rows of slot machines to find an elevator.

Rooms are fairly sizable, with light orange- and green-hued, Florida-themed décor (think Panhandle, not Palm Beach) and big, super-comfy beds.

Downstairs, Hooters has nine dining and drinking options, including the namesake establishment and a Dan Marino’s 24-hour restaurant. Entertainment includes country music at Dixie’s Dam Country Bar, "The Mentalist," and comic Bobby Slayton — whose off-color act, I’m told, is really quite funny.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the joint isn’t wall-to-wall women in orange hot pants. But you’re bound to spot a few Hooters Girls during yourstay near the Strip.

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T. Hatcher is a CheapTickets editor.

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Looking for cheap flights to Las Vegas? We have them! CheapTickets has compiled cheap airfares to Vegas for travel in June.

Here are some sample airfares:

  • Chicago to Las Vegas: $257
  • Denver to Las Vegas: $151
  • Houston to Las Vegas: $256
  • Minneapolis to Las Vegas $253
  • Philadelphia to Las Vegas: $275
  • Seattle to Las Vegas $205

These cheap flights to Las Vegas are for June travel — leaving Thursday, Friday or Saturday, returning Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Plus, during the CheapTickets Summer Sale, you can get an extra $50 off flight + hotel vacation packages of three nights or more.

So choose one of your favorite Las Vegas hotels and plan your weekend getaway today!

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By Melissa Lomibao

Here are the top 3Las Vegas hotel deals that caught my eye this week:

1) MGM Grand Hotel and Casino –- 4 stars

This grande dame of Las Vegas hotels is offering a $25 resort credit, 2-for-1 spa admission and airport shuttle passes to guests who stay two or more nights between May 28 and September 13. You just need to schedule your arrival on a day other than Friday or Saturday.

Why I love this deal: I don’t know what I’d do first: Usemy 2-for-1 spa admission to get myself a 100-minute "Amazon Rainforest Ritual" massage, complete with plantain and cocoa powders, or put my resort credit toward a Mediterranean meal at SeaBlue.

2) Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino –- 4 stars

This 4-star Las Vegas hotel on the Strip is offering a $25 credit at the Spice Market Buffet for guests who stay anytime by April 30.

Why I love this deal: Have you been to the Spice Market Buffet? Eat the world over at this top-rated Las Vegas buffet. Load your plate with Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asian specialties.

3) Tropicana Hotel and Casino Las Vegas –- 3 stars

This Las Vegas hotel is offering 2-for-1 meals, free shows and discounts at a dozen stores to guests who stay between April 1 and December 31, 2009.

Why I love this deal: In the laundry list of freebies, free cannoli forced a double-take. Yes, just have dinner at Carmines Restaurant, and you get a crispy shell with creamy goodness inside for dessert. Need I say more?

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Melissa Lomibao is a merchandising analyst for CheapTickets.com. Her first job, though, was filling cannolis.

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We crunched the numbers and pinpointed the least expensive months to visit the most traveled-to CheapTickets destinations in 2008.

To calculate the savings for each location, we compared the lowest and highest monthly 3-star hotel rates between December 2006 and November 2007. Here’s the month-by-month breakdown:

Athensgreece_3 JANUARY: 68% savings in Athens, Greece
Athens is best known for such historic sites as the Acropolis and Poseidon’s Temple, but January travelers will be pleasantly surprised by the downhill and cross-country skiing accessible during an adventures day-trip outside the city. Athens hotels

FEBRUARY: 47% savings in Napa-Sonoma, CA
Nothing says romance like a trip to the scenic Northern California wine country.The regions rolling hills are lush and green and the dormant vineyards offer a striking vista. Unlike the busy summer and fall, February travelers will find wine tasting a breeze with fewer crowds and more personal attention from the vintners. For those less wine-enthused, Sonoma’s Olive Festival is a perfect alternative, as locals and visitors celebrate the fruit in first-class style. Napa Valley hotels

MARCH: 40% savings in Montreal, Canada
In this French-speaking city, travelers can indulge their cultural side during Montreal’s world-famous celebration of film and art held in March. And with hotels offering significant savings of up to 40% during March compared to peak rates, visitors can feel equally inspired by the money still in their pocket. Montreal hotels

APRIL: 32% savings in Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC
Discover the world of science in North Carolina this April.  The area’s renowned centers of science offer kids and kids at heart unique hands-on experiences that will please all generations. If a trip through history sounds more intriguing, check out the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University for a time-traveling retreat. Greensboro hotels

HawaiicvbMAY: 22% savings in Hawaii
April showers bring May flowers. Travel to Hawaii this May and help KAHEA, the Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, protect the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands … and their flowers. Travelers can lend a hand in protecting the sacred summit of Mauna Kea and preventing ocean pollution. These and other volunteer opportunities are available through The United Way of America at volunteer.cheaptickets.com. While on break, travelers can enjoy the ocean they are working to keep clean with a surfing lesson. Hawaii vacations

JUNE: 26% savings in Las Vegas, NV
The Strip has never been so cool. Escape the heat this June with a night helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip for $82 per person. Sip champagne and then sit back and enjoy the elevated vantage point as the air-conditioned helicopter soars above the lights and the crowds on the street below. Las Vegas hotels

JULY: 57% savings in Phoenix, AZ
With an average temperature of 105 degrees in the summertime, Phoenix can feel more like sauna than a sanctuary – but it doesn’t have to. Spa your way to bliss on a budget by booking in July, when this off-season locale boasts 57% savings compared to peak rates and travelers can take refuge in the serenity of Phoenix’s many world-class spas. Phoenix hotels

AUGUST: 45% savings in Florida Keys, FL
Key Marathon, Key Largo, Key West: CheapTickets has found the key to Florida – August! Take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities available in the Florida Keys during the summertime, when savings of 45% compared to peak rates are available. To beat the heat, hit the water for a romantic Champagne Sunset Sail on the Atlantic. Key West hotels

SEPTEMBER: 45% savings in Cancun, Mexico
Forgo spring break madness and fly south of the border in September. Beyond the white sand beaches and twenty-something’s dance clubs, visitors can day-trip to nearby Chichen Itza, one of the world’s seven wonders, for a guided excursion that takes travel to new heights. Cancun hotels

Puntacanadr OCTOBER: 56% savings in Punta Cana, DR
As the air turns a bit cooler, Punta Cana becomes a most desirable Autumn retreat, offering 56% savings in October compared to peak rates.  With over 25 all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean hot spot, visitors are guaranteed the best bag for their buck.  From snorkeling to wave ridding to drinks on the beach, travelers will be glad to finally vacation without feeling like an open register. Punta Cana hotels

NOVEMBER: 53% savings in Lake Tahoe, CA/NV
Winter activities can get pricey and when you add the skis, boots and thermal gear, the bill adds up.  But in 2008, travelers can kick the ski season off right without spending a fortune.  With 53% savings in November, compared to peak rates, Lake Tahoe’s 12 alpine ski areas have never looked better for budget-minded ski aficionados! South Lake Tahoe hotels

DECEMBER: 48% savings in Rome, Italy
All roads lead to Rome this December with 48% savings compared to peak rates. As vacationers become ever more conscious of the value of the Euro to the US Dollar, Rome-bound travelers will appreciate the hefty holiday savings in 2008.   Whether tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain or exploring the architecturally spellbinding Vatican City, Rome is for amore. Rome hotels

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