Believe it or not Las Vegas with kids can be a fun vacation! If kids live there, kids can visit too.
Our girls have been to Vegas three times and loved it for its big city lights and fun atmosphere. To help you plan your family trip to Vegas, we’re sharing what we think are the most kid-friendly hotels in Las Vegas.
We also have a post on things to do in Las Vegas with kids, plus cool things to do in Downtown Las Vegas, how to visit Vegas on a budget, and four fantastic day trips from Vegas – you’ll be stunned at the beauty that lies just under two hours from Vegas in every direction.
Bear in mind, this is Vegas, so many of the Las Vegas hotels we recommend will have non-family guests as well.
Many of the Vegas hotels are in casinos so if you don’t like this you may want to search off the strip and find some Las Vegas resorts that are more suited to a family vacation.
Vegas’ uniqueness lies in the Strip and its casinos, so I do think staying in a casino on the Strip will give you a memorable vacation.
It’s one of those rare places where I say the accommodation is a major feature of the experience, so choose wisely.
Ways to Save Money on Hotels in Vegas
Firstly, lets look at some simple tips for finding cheap places to stay in Vegas for families. There are a few important things to note that are specific to Las Vegas.
It’s a unique destination and cultural experience.
Not only is it a major international tourist destination and weekend vacation hot spot for Americans, it’s also huge for conventions. All of which can impact the price of your hotel.
Here are a few tips to reduce that.
Visit Vegas Midweek
Sunday to Thursday is typically when you get much cheaper prices on hotels in Vegas. Tuesday and Wednesday night are generally the cheapest. Don’t worry, Vegas parties like it’s Saturday every night.
Cheap rack room prices don’t tell the full story
Room rack prices are very cheap in Vegas as they know how to get money out of you in many other ways. Don’t let the room rack price fool you into thinking you have a deal – the extras will quickly raise that.
For that cheap room rack price all you’ll get is a bed, a TV, and an ice bucket.
If you want anything else, you’re going to be paying for it like a $25 daily fee for a bar fridge. Just bring in your own cooler and fill it with ice from the machine.
If you don’t need any of the extras stick to the basic cheap price and get your Vegas cheap hotel.
Prices based on two people
You will have to pay extra for any extra bodies over two people in your hotel room. It’s ridiculously high and important to know when booking family accommodation in Vegas.
You can pretend you don’t have children when you check in as they won’t verify it. You didn’t hear that from us and you accept all responsibility if you get caught.
Las Vegas Resort Fees
Pretty much all Las Vegas hotels charge a resort fee.
I think the only way you can get out of it is if you are a certain membership level on their reward cards. The resort fees are to help the government pay for roads etc. as they have a lower local population tax base.
That is what our Downtown Las Vegas walking tour guide told us anyway. The following hotels don’t have resort fees, but as you’ll see most are not on the Strip. Be sure to double check as things change.
- Best Western Plus Casino Royale (on the strip)
- Alexis Park All Suite Resort
- Arizona Charlie’s Decatur
- Arizona Charlie’s Boulder Highway
- California Hotel & Casino
- Cannery Hotel & Casino
- Casino Royale Best Western Plus
- Eastside Cannery
- Four Queens Hotel & Casino
- Fremont Hotel and Casino
- Lucky Club
- M Resort Spa & Casino
- Main Street Station Casino Brewery & Hotel
- Wyndham Grand Desert
Conventions and Events
Hotel prices will be more expensive in Las Vegas when a convention is on. A LOT more expensive.
It’s also a huge sporting city, especially for UFC and boxing, and now the Raiders football team call it home, as well as the Golden Knights Ice Hockey team – there is always something going on in Sin City!
You’ll be paying a premium if visiting Vegas during this time. It’s probably not the best time to visit Vegas with kids. Check out the Las Vegas Convention Calendar.
Location is important in Vegas
Staying in the center of the Strip will save you money getting around and time. We like this area of the Strip the best so spend most time here anyway.
The Strip is much longer than you realize and walking from the south end (Mandalay Bay) up to the center (Mirage & Caesars Palace) and back again is exhausting especially with kids and in the HEAT.
We have never stayed at the north end of the Strip (Stratosphere) as we don’t think it’s that great.
Player Cards and Casino Reward Programs
Signing up for player’s cards and casino reward programs is such a clever way to save money on hotel rooms and in preparation for your next Vegas visit.
Because once you stay and use your card to collect points, they’ll send you offers almost immediately after your stay.
Vegas knows how to get you to come back and spend more money at the casino.
- Mlife (MGM Grand Resorts rewards program)
- Total Rewards (Caesars Entertainment rewards program):
- Grazie (Venetian and Palazzo)
- Wynn Insider
- Wynn & Encore Red Card (Loyalty Program)
- Identity (Cosmopolitan Rewards Program)
- Station Casinos Boarding Pass (Palms, Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station and more…)
- The Code (SLS Vegas)
Are you members of any professions?
Members of the military can save anywhere from 10-20% on room rates. First responders can save 10% off Caesars Properties. Teachers and students can also save 10% on Caesars properties.
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Family-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas (we have stayed in)
We want to start our best Vegas hotels for kids recommendations with places we have stayed at. We stayed at these properties on multiple trips to Vegas.
1. Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Central Strip
We think Harrah’s Casino is the best value hotel on the Strip for families.
Here’s what we loved about Harrah’s:
- Ideal location on the Center of the Strip across the road from Caesar’s Palace and the Mirage.
- Recently renovated rooms made it more modern and attractive.
- We had great views out over the High Roller and mountains.
- While the pool area is smaller and maybe not as glam as other casino pools, I still liked it.
2. Treasure Island Hotel & Casino- Strip Central
Treasure Island is a little more upscale than Harrah’s, but with the extra amenities it may be worth it and place it as one of the best family hotels in Las Vegas.
There might be a bit more of a party scene here in the actual casino area.
What we liked about Treasure Island
- Ideal location on the Center of the Strip
3. The Mirage Resort & Casino – Central Strip
While technically Craig and the girls stayed down at Treasure Island when they visited Vegas with his family, they spent a lot of time at The Mirage as his family stayed there.
They loved the amenities and felt it was an amazing family resort in Las Vegas.
What we liked about The Mirage
- Variety of dining options within the hotel
- Great, central location
- Clean, elegant and modern
- Good resort style pool area
- You might be able to watch the nightly volcano show from your room
4. Excalibur Hotel – South Strip
If you’re looking for cheap family accommodation on the strip and a basic room, you’ll find it at Excalibur. If you don’t intend to spend a lot of time at the hotel it’s a good option.
After hours of research it was the cheapest we could find.
Excalibur is at the southern end of the Strip, which is about a 30-minute walk to the center.
The Excalibur is a good option for lower budget. We did have to step over a pile of vomit on the casino walkway one morning, but they cleaned it pretty fast, and hey you’re in Vegas!
You are right next door to the New York New York hotel here and will see that roller coaster zipping around each time you walk out. Our girls went on this ride and loved it. Although at $15 a ride, it was once in a trip experience for them.
The Luxor is next door to here as well. We have not stayed at the Luxor with kids before, but Craig and I have stayed there pre-kids.
It’s another good budget Vegas option similar to Excalibur. The kids may think it’s pretty cool to stay in a pyramid!
Other Kid-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas
While we may not have stayed at these kid friendly hotels in Vegas, we have spent time researching them for you.
Some of these Vegas hotels are connected to a casino, which we’ve spent time in to get a feel for the vibe.
We’ve also checked out reviews and amenities. Some are also Las Vegas family friendly properties that friends or families have stayed in.
For cheaper Vegas hotels, but still offer a great experience, we recommend the following:
5. Flamingo Hotel & Casino
I want to stay at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino when we return to Vegas. It’s been recently renovated, so I now love it’s modern spin on what is quite a retro style.
I also love it’s location on the center of the Strip and near to the Linq Promenade which is one of my favorite areas on the Strip, which gives a more local alfresco feel.
The best family hotels in Vegas on a budget in the center of the strip would be:
Las Vegas Hotels for Kids “Off” The Strip
Hotel rates will be cheaper off the strip. But do consider the extra time to walk or Uber to the Strip if that is where you want to hang out.
Some to check out would be:
Airbnb in Las Vegas – great family accommodation option
Don’t forget Airbnb when visiting Las Vegas, particularly if you want a quiet space to escape the madness on the Strip.
It’s also a great idea for saving money on eating out in Vegas. While you can find cheap deals on eating out, it can add up, AND it’s so bad for your health.
We have friends who rent an Airbnb every time they visit Vegas. They love it for how affordable it is.
And we were going to rent an Airbnb with friends in Vegas for a conference. It was a great deal in comparison to the hotel prices. That all fell apart with the Rona virus.
We found a couple of Airbnb family homes that look wonderful and with your own private pool to relax in and escape the Vegas heat.
Best Family Hotels in Downtown Las Vegas
Consider staying in Downtown Las Vegas. We loved the revitalized vibe here. We especially love Downtown East.
Do your research, as you may not wish to stay here with kids. Fremont St, while fun in the day is really NOT kid-friendly at night.
Golden Nugget Saloon
The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is an awesome property and has a pool with a lazy river and waterslide through an aquarium that was named in the Top 10 list in the world.
Of course, there is an aquarium in the middle of the pool with sharks and a water slide that goes through the middle. I do want to stay here.
The Golden Nugget Saloon is on my list of places to stay in Vegas when I return.
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
This is not your typical Vegas style casino and hotel. It’s a boutique hotel with an industrial-chic vibe. You’ll find a ground floor casino, restaurants, including the famous and much loved Pizza Rock, and a rooftop pool.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino
If you’re looking for nostalgia on your Vegas vacation, you’ll find it at Las Vegas’ oldest running casino (since 1941) – a pretty impressive feat once you learn how quickly these casinos crash and burn.
The infamous mobster, Bugsy Seigel once owned this hotel, but the retro look from his era remains.
Golden Gate Hotel
The Golden Gate Hotel is also a century old casino that has plenty of history and vintage decorations to check out, as well as their Prohibition Bar serving up cocktails out of coffee mugs. Got to be discreet about these things.
Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort
Some of you may be traveling through Las Vegas on an RV trip and are looking for more affordable Las Vegas accommodation.
We stayed for about a week at the Oasis RV Resort just south of the strip.
This is a really great RV Park and the staff are so helpful and nice. The kids loved riding their bikes around and swimming in the pool, which had a great tropical feel. It was one of our favorite RV parks in our trip of the USA.
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Do you have a favorite Kid-friendly Las Vegas hotel to recommend? What do you love most about it?