Where to Stay in Las Vegas for Your First Time

Your first time in Vegas is always memorable.

The hard part is planning and deciding on where to stay.

So, what is the best hotel for your first time in Las Vegas? Keep reading as I help you answer this question.

Where to stay your first time in Las Vegas

There are dozens of fancy hotels and casinos in Las Vegas.

For someone traveling to Vegas for the first time, it’s tough to make a decision on where to stay. You’ve probably done some researched, checked out a few places, and now you’re stuck having to make a tough decision.

The good news is it’s very hard to make a BAD decision. However, we want to help you maximize the enjoyment of your vacation.

best hotel for first time las vegas visitors

The Top Hotels in Vegas to Stay Your First Time

Let’s start with the best of the best

Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn/Encore, Caesars Palace – all right on the Strip!

These aren’t just 7 of the best hotels in Las Vegas. They are some of the biggest and best hotels in the world.

They all have fabulous restaurants, posh nightclubs, large fancy casinos, incredible rooms, and much more. It’s not cheap to stay at these places. If your budget is unlimited, we recommend staying at one of these hotels. But you should expect to pay at least $125 per night and upwards of $300 on the weekends.

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Mirage - great first time hotel in las vegas

Other Options on the Strip for First Timers

You don’t have to stay at one of those 7 hotels to have a great time, be located right near the action, and have a comfy room. Many other hotels on the Strip are more reasonably priced.

Take one of my favorites, for example – The Mirage.

Since this is your first time in Las Vegas, you’ll love Mirage’s location and one of the best pools in Vegas. It’s right next to Caesars Palace and across the street from Venetian in the central part of the Strip. That’s exactly where you want to be because many of the best hotels, restaurants, shows, casinos, and clubs are in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip.

Another alternative is the MGM Grand, which is similarly priced, although a bit further south on the Strip.

Additional Cheaper Hotels Perfect for a First-Timer

We want you to maximize the enjoyment of your first trip to Las Vegas. A big part of doing that is staying in the right hotel.

Mirage will cost upwards of $200 during the weekends. If you want to keep costs down a bit more than that, below is a list of hotels right on the Strip that are more affordable.

These hotels all have the amenities you need on your Las Vegas vacation and you’ll love the rooms. If you really want to stay cheaply in Vegas, try Circus Circus (far North part of Strip).

If you want good value for your money at a hotel in a prime Strip location, try one of these…

Inside the Luxor in Las Vegas


Luxor is located on the far South part of the Strip, right next to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur.

The central part of the Strip is where much of the action is, but there is a lot to do farther South. You are within walking distance of Park MGM, New York New York, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Excalibur, and Mandalay Bay. Luxor has a very cool pyramid exterior that looks awesome at night.

The standard rooms are pretty basic – clean, comfy, and fairly spacious. The casino floor isn’t anything special, but there are a few decent show options on site.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

Planet Hollywood

Planet Hollywood is somewhat forgotten in the South Central part of the Las Vegas Strip.

But it’s an excellent, affordable place to stay. The location is great because it’s a short walk to MGM Grand and right across the street from City Center (home to fabulous shopping, dining, nightlife, and some of the best hotels on the Strip).

On-site, there is much to do. Planet Hollywood has one of the most attractive casino floors, which includes a decent poker room. Attached to Planet Hollywood are The Miracle Mile Shops – home to dozens of your favorite shops. Planet Hollywood is a great place to drink, party, gamble, shop, eat, and just plain have a good time.

Golden nugget - great first time hotel in downtown las vegas

Golden Nugget (Fremont Street)

If you wish to stay away from the main Strip, head down to Fremont Street where there is plenty of action. The best downtown hotel outside Circa is Golden Nugget.

It’s an old-school Vegas hotel with many new-school amenities. The Fremont Street Experience features an evening night show that you absolutely cannot miss, affordable tasty grub, cheap booze, a party atmosphere, bright lights, and a band playing nightly. All you have to do is walk outside and the action is right there if you stay at Golden Nugget.

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Tom Hamilton - Author

Hi, I am Tom, and I love Las Vegas. You may see me lounging at the pool, catching a late-night show, or trying my luck at craps while out in Las Vegas.

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