One of the most frequently-asked questions I’ve seen online by solo travelers about a trip to Vegas is: What’s the best place to stay for a solo traveler?
There is no “best” place to stay for all solo travelers. Where you stay is a very personal choice, based on your preferences and your budget. You will have to research Vegas hotels yourself to get a feel for whether one would be comfortable for you. Most first-time visitors to Las Vegas stay on the Strip, since there is a lot to see and do there. You could literally spend your entire Las Vegas vacation on the Strip and still not see everything. Here are some things for you to consider regarding where to stay as you do your research for your trip:
I haven’t stayed at all of the hotels in Vegas, but I am willing to bet that the majority on the Strip–and many that are off-Strip–would fall under the category of “solo-friendly.” Because Vegas is such a hot vacation destination and a convention mecca, properties are very accustomed to solo travelers. I’ve never been made to feel uncomfortable at any Las Vegas hotel because I was traveling alone. Just how friendly the staff are can vary from property to property and from staff member to staff member. It’s really hit or miss. But I will say that I’ve found customer service in Las Vegas in general to be superior to most places I have traveled to.
Different properties also seem to draw different demographics, though. I’ll go into this more on the Hotels page. As a solo traveler, you might want to avoid family-friendly hotels such as Excalibur and Circus Circus, where you will find an above-average number of families with children. Upon first glance, you might assume a hotel like Paris or Bellagio would be very couples-oriented, but I have stayed at both and been very comfortable as a solo traveler. The South end of the Strip seems to draw a lot of twenty- and thirty-somethings, so if you’re in that age range and looking to make new friends, you might look there. People with mobility issues may be better off staying at smaller Las Vegas hotels where the distances between point A and point B on property are not as far. If you see a property that looks interesting to you, be sure to read online reviews (at TripAdvisor and Raveable, as well as here at VegasSolo.com) about it and ask questions at Vegas forums online.
Again, most hotels in tourist areas fit this criteria. You can’t really go wrong with most of the hotels on the Vegas Strip. Most of the hotels Downtown on and around Fremont Street are perfectly safe, too. This area tends to make some people nervous, perhaps because they see more homeless people here than on the Strip, or perhaps because the crowd that it draws tends to be more “down to earth”; I’m not really sure why. I’ve never stayed Downtown myself, but I go there on almost every trip to Las Vegas, and I’ve been comfortable walking around at night as a solo female. (On the other hand, I’ve always found the neighborhood around the Stratosphere to be a bit spooky at night.) Your mileage may vary.
All casino resort hotels have a strong security presence on site, and many have someone checking room keys at elevator banks at night. You can count on your room door having a lock on it, and most have in-room safes for your valuables. I do recommend not staying on the first floor when you’re traveling alone.
Most hotels in Las Vegas are towers with interior hallways. There are some exceptions, though. If you would be uncomfortable staying somewhere that is structured more like a motel (with exterior access to your room door), be sure to check that out at the hotel website before booking.
If you don’t want to have to stray too far from your home hotel at night for dining or entertainment, you’re in luck. You can pretty much count on in-house dining at all the major casino-resorts in town and most of them usually have some form of entertainment on-site as well. If you do want to go somewhere else, you can always grab a cab at the taxi stand, although most of the hotels Downtown and on the Strip are close enough to neighboring hotels that you could easily walk somewhere, too.
If you’re looking for a cheap Las Vegas vacation, consider staying Downtown or at an off-Strip hotel (with shuttle service to the Strip if you don’t have a rental car) where you can often get better prices. On the Strip, your least expensive options will be the Stratosphere, Riviera, Casino Royale, Imperial Palace, Tropicana, Circus Circus, and Excalibur. If money is no object, go for luxury with the Wynn, Encore, Venetian, Palazzo, Bellagio, Four Seasons, and Caesars Palace. If your idea of a great solo vacation involves lying around the pool all day, then look for a hotel with a nice pool area and cocktail service (not all Vegas hotels have pools, and of those that do, not all are created equal).
For my reviews of Vegas Hotels I’ve stayed at, please go to my Hotels page. Ready to book your hotel? You can making your reservation online directly at the hotel’s website, or if you’d like to support The Vegas Solo, you can book via my recommended Vegas hotel booking website by clicking this link. I’ve gotten some great deals from them in the past.