29 destinations for 2009: Las Vegas

 
LA Times | Travel
 

Place: Las Vegas Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: Bargains, bargains, bargains. Remember when Sin City was synonymous with \"cheap getaway\"? It seems like ages ago. After the gambling mecca went glam and morphed into a chic adult playground, some weekend rooms on the Strip zoomed past $200 and ...

By Jane Engle // 01.17.09
 

Place: Las Vegas

Why it's a hot ticket in 2009: Bargains, bargains, bargains. Remember when Sin City was synonymous with "cheap getaway"? It seems like ages ago. After the gambling mecca went glam and morphed into a chic adult playground, some weekend rooms on the Strip zoomed past $200 and into the stratosphere (the atmospheric zone, not the casino-hotel).

No more. The economic downturn has humbled Vegas, which toward the end of 2008 was logging about 10% fewer visitors than the year before. Average hotel rates were down more than 9%.

Stalwarts such as the Luxor on the Strip and Golden Nugget downtown were recently offering rooms at less than $50 per night. Of course, you can still pay more than $300 a night for a weekend stay at fancier or newer places, such as Steve Wynn's latest Strip behemoth, the all-suite Encore. But the point is this: You no longer have to be rich to lounge in style.

And when you spend less for your sleep, you'll have more money for the slot machines or blackjack tables. Maybe the winnings can pay off your mortgage -- or not.

Information: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority