2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Education, No fuss
Best for On a budget - Expert review of Circus Circus
The most overtly family-friendly hotel in Vegas, thanks to its theme (a circus, naturally) and the Adventuredome – a mini amusement park spliced onto the back. It’s always been a good choice for the severely cash-strapped, but thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation of one of the towers last year, its fantastic West Tower rooms are now some of the best bargains on the Strip. This is the biggest surprise I've had in the whole of Vegas.
Not the best - not only is it on the northern part of the Strip (so a long walk to the action) but the area around it is something of a wasteland – building projects that were started in the boom and left unfinished in the bust. Having said that, it’s only about a 10-minute walk to the Wynn and a quick taxi ride to Caesars Palace and the central part of the Strip.
There are five categories of rooms at Circus Circus, but you should only be interested in one of them: the newly-renovated West Tower rooms, which come with flatscreen TVs (practically unheard of for a budget, or even a mid-range property in Vegas), high beds (most budget ones in Vegas are set so low on the ground you’d almost mistake them for futons, were it not for their ricketiness), marble fittings in the bathroom and on the desk, and sheets that seem highly unbudget-like.
Unusually for a Vegas hotel, WiFi is free – or, rather, included in the resort fee (US$6).
To get a West Tower room, you can either book the category direct (about $20-25 more per night than a standard room) or request an upgrade at check-in (this should cost $20 a night, but if you’re particularly charming, you might swing it for free - I got one without even asking, which I put down to the English accent). It’s less likely you’ll get a free upgrade on a weekend, though.
On a side note, the rooms you really want to avoid are in the Manor wing – despite the name, it’s a motel-type building situated round the back of the main complex.
The downside of staying here. As a casino, Circus Circus is pretty much a Vegas by-word for grottiness. The casino’s pretty grim, and there’s a high number of children (mostly around the Adventuredome). In other words, it’s not somewhere you’d want to spend your holiday. But on the plus side, the West Tower lifts are directly opposite check in, so you don’t actually have to walk through any part of the casino to get to your room.
Weirdly, the steak house at Circus Circus (imaginatively called THE Steak House) is meant to be one of the best in town, although it’s expensive and populated largely by OAPs. Rock & Rita’s – which opened in June 2010 - is the trendiest place, with flair cocktail-making and diner-style food. The Garden Grill does a phenomenally-priced US$12.99, all you can eat deal on prime rib, but let’s just say you get what you pay for. You can also order take-out from various local set ups direct from your room.
The Adventuredome – in a huge pink Big Top round the back of the hotel – is a five acre indoor theme park. And there are circus acts performing (free) throughout the day in the Midway area.
Average by Vegas standards (which are actually pretty high) – nothing special but nothing to complain about. It’s a budget hotel, so staff aren’t falling over themselves to help you, but if there’s a problem – when I stayed, I couldn’t get my internet to work – they’re very good.
Mainly families and people on a tight budget – think groups of young people.
Rates include tax but not the resort fee of US$6 ($6.72 inc tax) a day.
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