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Bella Bellagio: Enjoy free shows at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Credit: Ken_Lund.

By Kristin Dillon

Forget making the naughty list. Why not surprise Santa this year with your grown-up Christmas list? From chocolate factory tours to Winter in Venice, show him you’ve checked it twice with cheap Las Vegas hotels under $150 and these budget-friendly attractions: Continue reading

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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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Lasvegasstriplvcva_6Animatronic dragons, volcanoes that erupt on a dime, fountains that dance to music, satin-clad female pirates doing battle and trapeze artists under the big top are some of the fascinating free sights in and among all the Las Vegas hotels on the Strip.

The Fall of Atlantis is an animatronic wonder in Caesars Palace‘s Forum Shops, the most successful shopping mall per square foot in the world. The Fall starts at 10 a.m. and goes throughout the day, portraying the quandary of King Atlantis as he tries to decide which child will take his throne. At the other end of the mall, the Festival Fountain show features the animatronic portrayals of Bacchus, Venus, Apollo and Pluto in learned and humorous discussion.

The dancing waters in the man-made lake in front of the Bellagio are one of the most relaxing and pleasant sights of the Strip. With the precision of ballerinas and the jolting creativity of a Van Gogh, the fountains have been used as the backdrop for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of newlywed couples. They are also featured at the end of the movie remake, "Ocean’s Eleven."

What gets you about the volcano that erupts in front of the Mirage is that you know it’s just light-coloredwater that’s spewing out of the conical shape, but the heat from the fire can really be intense. There’s no narration to go along with the faux blast, it’s just something you have to stop and look at, knowing you’ll never see anything quite like it anywhere else in the world.

Then there are the pirates of Treasure Island, er … make that TI. Treasure Island was the name of the resort when Las Vegas was trying to be more Disney-fied. After a huge drop in tourism after 9/11, the city went back to its more adult roots and Treasure Island changed its name to the more urbane TI. Its pirate show also changed. Where before it had swashbucklers of the kind you might find in "Pirates of theCaribbean," now the white-washed ship is adorned with white-silk-clad maidens who do battle for the throngs of onlookers.

Perhaps the best thing about the freebies of Las Vegas is that, well, they are free. And in a town where you can lose your shirt in the time it takes to say "Las Vegas," that’s nothing to sniff about.

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