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Las Vegas Hotels - Local Hangouts
Local Las Vegas Hotels
Starting in the year 2000, Las Vegas experienced a tremendous boom in growth. The housing manufactures along with Las Vegas hotels had a heck of a time keeping up with demand.
Reviewing the Properties
The hotels/casinos are called "properties", and during the "boom" there was also a boom in the construction of local properties.
The majority of local hotels have survived the economic downturn.
Lots of people love staying on the strip where all the big hotel/casinos are. It's convenient and there is a lot to see.
Some repeat visitors never tire of the glitter and energy found on the strip. There are fantastic hotels like Caesars Palace, Ballys, Paris, Venetian and the Wynn hotel. There's nothing like it for first or second time visitors. It can be a "mesmerizing experience" to say the least - the light shows hosted by the Treasure Island and Venetian hotels can give people "Vegas fever" fast.
But what happens after you have seen the glamor and glitter a few times? Could a change of pace be in order? If so, then it's time to venture away from the strip and explore places where the locals hang-out - local Las Vegas hotels.
Some of the older local hotels/casinos are just plain old and dingy but some of the newer local properties are just as glamorous as the strip hotels. One in particular is "Red Rock," it sits in a very nice area surrounded by the red rock mountains and shopping centers.
Downtown Las Vegas - some people consider downtown a "local hang-out," but it really isn't. Downtown is really called "Old Las Vegas". Many of the hotels are in need of a face life, but there are still plenty of people who love the history.
Now, lets take a look at some of the more desirable local hotels you might consider staying at next time you come to Las Vegas.
Red Rock Hotel and Casino
Out of all the Las Vegas hotels Red Rock is considered one of the nicest, if not the nicest of the group.
Reviewing the Red Rock Hotel and Casino
The Red Rock hotel and casino is part of the station property group. They own some older properties like Palace and Texas Station hotels, but Red Rock is newer (built 2005) and it is much nicer.
Most of the newer hotels have improved ventilation systems as compared to the older ones, and this in itself attracts more patrons.
Red Rocks gaming area is roomy and even on a busy night you can still move around without feeling "claustrophobic."
Amenities - the pool area sports a tropical setting (palm trees, music, jacuzzi's), there's a workout center, business center, shops, spa - basically anything you need is there. If you like to bowl then there's a full service bowling alley with private lanes available for parties and special events. They even offer day care for the tots; arcade for the kids.
There's a variety of menus to choose from at the food court. There is also the feast buffet, Italian restaurant, cafe, and T-Bones steak house (fine dining).
Right across the street you will find several other restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory and Islands.
One of the advantages of staying at a local hotel is the options for shopping.
Again, right across from the hotel there is Best Buy, Costco, Lowes, and Ross stores. Down the stress you'll find KFC and Papa Johns' pizza if you're in the mood. There are grocery stores, gas stations, and all the familiar establishments you have at home.
The Red Rock has a cozy lounge area where different bands play on the weekend.
Most of the time there is no cover charge, with the exception of when a named performer comes to town.
In the center of the casino there is another bar that has been remodeled; it's a great place to just hang-out and talk.
In the summer there is an outdoor concert area where musicians like Daughtry, Tommy Lee and others perform. It's out by the pool and the atmosphere is quite nice; the summer concerts provide locals and guests with a variety of entertainment.
As you can see going local may not be quite as bad as you might have thought. Now lets look at a quieter local property you might like.
Las Vegas Entertainment Guide
The Rampart Hotel and Casino
A little deeper in the local community you will find the "Rampart Hotel and Casino."
Reviewing the Rampart Hotel and Casino
Much smaller than the Red Rock, the Rampart Hotel caters to the older local crowd. The gaming area is separated from the hotel which leads me to believe that Rampart owns the hotel and the casino was added on later. I'm not sure, but I heard the casino is run by a different company.
Amenities - are mostly located on the hotel side. As mentioned this is a smaller, quieter casino where the clientele is older. So you ask, what's the big deal? The big deal is just that, if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, place to stay and play in, this is for you. The area is also very nice with plenty of places to shop.
Some people don't care about fancy spas or exotic pool areas, they want a more homey atmosphere. If this is you, then the Rampart is one place you need to check-out. At certain times of the year you'll find room rates to be quite reasonable and you can even get meals included with the price of the room.
There is a very casual lounge located in the center of the casino where a nice, mellow duo performs.
If you're looking for a place to dance and let loose, then you will find Ramparts lounge/showroom more to your liking.The local talent comes in on the weekend to entertain and give patrons a break from gambling.
Finally, there's a cute Irish pub just off aways from the casino floor where local Irish bands perform on weekends.
Vacationers who want to do a little gambling, want a little poolside relaxation, but don't want the "hustle and bustle" of the strip will find the Rampart hotel the perfect getaway.
Las Vegas Hotels - Give Locals a Shot
The local Las Vegas hotels not only want the local business, but they want visitors to notice them too. The two hotels mentioned above are examples of what local properties have to offer.
Room rates are generally 20 percent cheaper for local hotels and even less if you come on the off season.
Here are some tips for your next trip:
- Just like airlines, room rates jump all over the place. Check the hotels website frequently for price changes. You could pay $100.00 for a room a month in advance, and then 2 days before you can get the same room for $60.00 because they are under booked and need to fill the rooms. Crazy, but that's the way it can end up.
- If you gamble a little or a lot, get to know a casino host. They can offer you over and above what is on the website.
- Get a club card - they often send out offers even if you don't play.
- Club Card - just by having the card you can get 20% or more off your dining bill for the buffet at most hotels.
There's no doubt the "strip" is a fascinating place to stay, and it's obvious that many visitors feel the same way - it's packed.
Local hotels offer patrons the option to eat and shop away from the hotel, which is nice especially if you don't want to pay "casino prices" for food.
Check-out some of the hotels we suggested, you can always visit the strip - it's only minutes away from most local properties.