What are the Most Underrated & Cheap Hotels to Stay on the Vegas Strip?

Vegas may be a city of glitz and glam, but beneath the opulence and extravagance is a place that thrives on more casual guests. Sure, establishments like the Wynn Las Vegas and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas may cater to a crowd that loves to spend. 

However, they’re supplemented by hotels and resorts that still boast affordable room rates with that classic Las Vegas feel.

Before you worry about going broke on the room alone for your Vegas vacation, consider one of the following hotels. These underrated establishments are the heart of the city, featuring comfortable accommodations, unforgettable entertainment, delicious cuisine, and so much more.

5 Cheap and Underrated Hotels on the Strip

cheap hotels on the vegas strip

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

  • Starting Price: $29
  • Resort Fee: $37

The Excalibur is one of the few resorts left that help the city retain its iconic skyline. The castle facade may look a little juvenile, but it’s not a sign of what awaits inside. Unlike Circus Circus, Excalibur is still about the Las Vegas experience, complete with MGM Rewards and over 2,000 slot machines and 100-plus table games to earn them at.

You’ll have your pick of comfortable rooms, ranging from 352 to 372 square feet. Snag a Strip view or upgrade to a luxury or two-bedroom suite to live like royalty. You’ll have no shortage of places to grab a bite, including an on-site buffet with all-you-can-drink specials, family-style Italian at Buca di Beppo, or hilariously rude service at Dick’s Last Resort. 

Related: Where to find cheap buffets in Vegas.

When staying at Excalibur, you can also enjoy:

  • A beautiful on-site pool.
  • Entertainment like Tournament of Kings and “O” by Cirque du Soleil.
  • An on-site spa.
  • An assortment of bars to kick off the nightlife.
Planet Hollywood - underratewd on the strip

Planet Hollywood

  • Starting Price: $27
  • Resort Fee: $49.95

Despite the name, there’s no connection between the Las Vegas hotel and the restaurant, so don’t expect some cheesy tourist trap that puts cinema first. On the contrary, the guests come first at Planet Hollywood, which remains one of Vegas’ unsung heroes. 

Tip: Planet Hollywood is a great Vegas hotel for Bachelor Parties!

Tucked away near the Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood is a gem offering more than 2,400 rooms, including a simple ultra-modern luxury king or a Strip-view contemporary queen. The Panorama Suite makes good use of the hotel’s placement, with a large picture window with a panoramic view of the Strip.

Planet Hollywood’s biggest claim to fame is the Miracle Mile Shops, an expansive shopping mall connected to the lodging. The mall features everything you could need, plus a few bonus features like sports bars and live entertainment.

When staying at Planet Hollywood, you can also enjoy:

  • Over 900 slot machines
  • A large pool with rentable cabanas.
  • Access to ongoing shows like Jeff Dunham: Still Not Canceled and Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • The chance to dine at Gordon Ramsay’s Burger.
LINQ during the day

LINQ Hotel & Casino 

  • Starting Price: $21
  • Resort Fee: $44.95

Toward the north end of the Strip, you used to be able to find the Imperial Palace. A quaint establishment that was as Old Vegas as you could get, it was eventually replaced by the LINQ. This joint represents the fresh coat of paint Sin City has been getting without driving out those who used to appreciate Imperial Palace’s low pricing.

The LINQ is on the smaller side, with just over 2,200 rooms and only a handful of bars and restaurants. However, it still excels in delivering the perfect Vegas experience thanks to its prime location. Right across the street from Caesar’s Palace and a quick walk to Harrah’s or The Mirage, you’re never without options. The LINQ is also right next to the Promenade, a strip of shopping and dining that’s always brimming with excitement.

When staying at the LINQ, you can also enjoy:

  • A chance to win on over 670 slots and 35-plus table games.
  • A large sportsbook with 50 TVs.
  • On-site entertainment like Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club.
  • A unique nightlife and concert venue at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
Harrah's is a great value on the strip

Harrah’s Las Vegas

  • Starting Price: $21
  • Resort Fee: $44.95

Some things will never change, and we hope Harrah’s is one of them. An unassuming spot near the center of the Strip, Harrah’s is a name that’s occupied Vegas for quite some time. It’s easy to navigate, and you’ll always have something to do, thanks to the 1,000-plus slot machines. 

Though Harrah’s like to keep things simple, its rooms are anything but. Enjoy views of the natural beauty of the Vegas Valley or the shimmering lights of Sin City from the comfort of your 340-square-foot modern deluxe king, or upgrade for something a little more extravagant (and just as affordable) with an executive suite.

Harrah’s is a charming hotel with a simple pool and plenty to keep you on-site for the duration of your stay.

When staying at Harrah’s, you can also enjoy:

  • Close access to the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas.
  • Reservations at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
  • The nightlife at Carnaval Court.
sahara las vegas

SAHARA Las Vegas

  • Starting Price: $47
  • Resort Fee: $47.95

After several remodels and a change of hands, the SAHARA is back in its prime. A classic Vegas name, SAHARA sits at the end of the Strip, dishing out its own array of comfortable accommodations and fine dining.

Three towers offer three unique styles, from the premium Alexandria Tower to the lavished palette of the Marra Tower. Standard rooms are available, too, each one designed with comfort in mind. With over 1,600 guestrooms, the SAHARA is a modest size, so it’s easy to navigate and won’t ever be too crowded.

Being a little isolated, the SAHARA has to ensure its guests have enough to keep them on site. An assortment of restaurants cater to varied tastes, like the Asian menu of The Noddle Den to casual dining at Zeffer’s Cafe. You won’t go hungry at the SAHARA, that’s for sure.

If you do want to access the Strip at any point, SAHARA is the last stop for the Monorail that runs along the east end of Las Vegas Boulevard. Catch a southbound ride and you’ll have the whole city at your disposal.

When staying at SAHARA, you can also enjoy:

  • Multiple poolside experiences.
  • On-site spa and fitness center.
  • More than 600 slot machines and 50 table games
  • Various viewing spots for sports.

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