Exactly where you want to be – in the middle of the Strip, directly opposite Caesars and in between Harrah’s and Bally’s. You can walk to most other casinos from here.
Along with Circus Circus, they’re the cheapest in Vegas (with no pesky resort fees, either) and, of course, the location is unbeatable. So what's the catch? Well, the rooms are tired and could do with a refurb, and you'll have to choose between a quiet room overlooking the carpark or a fantastic Strip view that's noisy until the wee hours.
Having said that, they're clean, so bring earplugs or give up the view and you'll get a bargain. Where in Europe could you get an ensuite room in the best position in town on a serious shoestring budget?
Just one word of warning - because the rooms aren't great, don't bother upgrading here. The suites come with hot tubs in the bedroom and mirrors on the ceiling. Best keep it as cheap as possible.
Far better than the rooms. The casino’s pretty basic and attracts a cheap crowd, but it’s fun – there’s a whole area of table games, for instance, manned by “Dealtainers” – celebrity look-alikes, who take turns in belting out hits in between games. I didn't expect to like it the first time I went in, but I'm actually pretty fond of it now.
Eating and drinking
The buffet is cheap but you get what you pay for. On the other hand, restaurant Hash House A Go Go has an excellent reputation for good food and enormous portion sizes. Order wisely, or prepare to ask for a doggy bag.
Apart from the Dealtainers? IP is also surprisingly good on shows, with Australian crooners Human Nature and a hilarious drag queen show, Divas Las Vegas, in residence. And although the pool's pretty dull, since it's a Harrah's property, you're allowed to pool hop to any of the other properties. If it were me, I'd nip over the road to Caesars Palace and enjoy the Garden of the Gods pool area for free.
Not great. When I had (valid) issues with my room, it took a lot of arguing to get moved to another. But then, you're paying very, very little for a room, so you'll probably get over it.
Who stays there
Families and people on a tight budget – there’s a lot of young people and middle aged Americans who've been coming for donkeys years.
There's no resort fee.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Backpackers / Students
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Excellent location
- Tired rooms
- Noise issues