Luxury for Less in Las Vegas

Budget Travel
By Andrew Lincoln, May 2009 issue

A man who works at a casino was sitting next to me in a restaurant not long ago. He had a watch that looked like a hubcap from a Bentley, except that it had diamonds on it. He’d worked for Bellagio, the hotel-casino that helped reinvent Las Vegas as a luxury destination for the masses in 1998. He’d worked for MGM Grand. He’d worked for Wynn. He would be going to Las Vegas in a week, he said, and he would be staying in a room that was 900 square feet, where you could talk on the phone and watch a flat-screen TV while you were in the Jacuzzi. The kind of room that even on discount websites goes for $900. Only he would be paying, if things went according to his plan, no more than $200 a night. And what was his secret? I asked. Because people who tell you stuff like this are usually dying for you to ask what their secret is.

“The thing people don’t realize,” he said, lifting his glass of pinot noir, “is that if you want a better price on a room in Vegas, all you have to do is ask. So I’m planning to negotiate. In Las Vegas, you just can’t be afraid to ask.”

Link to full article: http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2009/04/03/AR2009040302940.html

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