5 Worst Cheap Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip

The top 5 worst cheap hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Thinking of booking a cheap hotel in Las Vegas? You might want to reconsider if it’s one of these hotels! Las Vegas has some amazing luxury hotels, and then it is also some really really awful hotels. Based on tripadvisor rankings, I walk through the five worst cheap hotels on the strip.

5. Excalibur Hotel:
3.5 Stars with 3,588 Reviews

The Excalibur is big and soulless. The problems are with the size of the hotel, its a giant over 4500 rooms, many rooms have awful views in to the depressing courtyard. Long check-in lines… often waits of 45 minutes The whole hotel has a musty/smoky smell, that you don’t get in other Las Vegas Strip hotels.

4. Hooters Hotel
3 Stars with 3,646 Reviews

The Hooters hotel is very dated. Looks like it hasn’t been kept up since it was built. They could at least do better with cleaning with a facility this run down. It was slightly better than a Motel 6. Starting Advertised room price of $36 become almost $60 at booking checkout the to additional $27 per night as resort fee. This hotel is in desperate need of renovation. The only glimmer of hope was the food and the hospitality staff inside of the Hooters restaurant.

3. Travel Lodge Center Strip
$67 / night
3 stars with 1,079 Reviews

If you’re interested in a location in the heart of Las Vegas: this is perfect. If you care about feeling safe, clean room and nice surroundings: the don’t stay at the Travel Lodge Las Vegas Center Strip. The windows looked like someone had try to pry them open in the past. I did not feel safe in this hotel. The corners of the hotel inner courtyard were used as urinals by pedestrians of the strip crossing the hotel entrance.

2. Travel Lodge Las Vegas
$37 / night
3 Stars with 537 Reviews

The Travel Lodge Las Vegas hotel has a good location right next to the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. However, it has nothing else. You get what you pay for so don’t be expecting much. The outside stairs coming from downstairs to the second floor smelled like human urine.

1. Circus Circus Manor Motor Lodge
$19.80 / night
2.5 Stars with 295 Reviews

Located in the back of the Circus Circus hotel, the Circus Circus manor rooms are extremely old and run down. The place is filthy , the carpet is disgusting . The windows on the doors are dirty filthy. The wallpaper in the halls is peeling off and looks nasty. A step above a homeless shelter. Entire hotel has a wet smell to it.

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heaven's love says:

Fake eyelashes on the wall? EWWW

Michele Barbalet says:

How did the Stratosphere not make this list? No way is the Excalibur worse than the Stratosphere. BTW I’ve experienced crazy wait times at Bellagio and Mandalay Bay. When you’re dealing with a hotel that has 1000+ rooms it’s hard to check that kind of volume in at a reasonable time frame.

Ed Snow says:

100% agree about Circus Circus, the trashyest place in Vegas

Jake Clanton says:

The resort fee is not the hotels doing! That’s the city of Las Vegas.

Carla Méndez says:

And Harra’s is cheap and is the worst too

TheStuffz says:

and I thought the golden nugget was bad!

Harman Tiwana says:

Haha I live there

Liane Layman says:

The manor in Circus Circus isn’t fancy but they are clean and comfortable and cheap and you can spend your money on other things like gambeling and shows and sightseeing.

AJ Mausten says:

This title is really reaching.
Only two of these locations are hotels on The Strip (there is a difference between a hotel and a motel).

erich84502ify says:

Circus Manor has been through hell! ITS OLD!

eg1885 says:

I disagree about Excalibur, the view was fine and the room was good enough for what I paid. We were even upgraded for free. However, I completely agree about the Travelodge. The door was obviously broken into before and we did not feel safe leaving our belongings there.

Liane Layman says:

I live in MD and we get commercial all the time for Treasure Island for $67 a night Sun-Thurs. But They don’t tell you about the resort fees.

aidan burr says:

I think this is your options of hotels well some hotels people like

J Brown says:

What did you expect for the prices charged. This is a low hanging fruit peice by someone who seems to know very little about hotels and travel. In the last section he hits on trash on top of the can, a cart used to move linens, and a broken ice machine. He was obviously there in the evening when there is little or no housekeeping staff. How else are they going to move hundreds of pounds of linen, by hand? Finally, oh no an ice machine was broken in the $19 hotel. There were so many other weaknesses to the piece but not worth it. These are run down hotels or ones in need of better management, or simply one you didn’t like (which seems likely in a case or two).

It seems, in summary, that while these hotels are difficult to recommend, so is your posting. Please learn more about what you choose to review and make comments based on your own knowledge and observation, instead of cry babies on Trip Advisor. What were they expecting for the rates they paid? At $19 someone should be happy with a door and maybe a bed.

david johanson says:

One bonus, unless you something really, really wrong the cops ain’t coming. Smoke all you want. Can’t do that at any big name hotel.

cliver says:

I awfully can’t go on the manor I rather go on the casino tower

DrLab61 says:

Your an idiot if you stay at a Travelodge…. seriously. especially if you’re there to gamble


roses are red violets are blue i think monte carlo is dead beacause MGM buyed it

(the thing is named park mgm)

Jay Ibakumarra says:

HOOTERS is hit or miss. The rooms aren’t that great but they do have the pool area open 24/7 . It’s a cheap place for party people, and most are in Vegas for that. We stayed once about 5 years ago, and the first room was not our favorite since it had a problem which escapes me ATM. (Must of not been that important, but important enough to get moved). The 2nd room was nice, and we ended up having a great time for cheap. There is/was a restaurant downstairs that had amazing prime rib.

KDUBS79 says:

stay downtown, the strip sucks these days.

Everton Luiz Bastiani says:

Hi everyone … about Golden Gate Hotel. What do you think about it ? Any suggestion ? Thanks

oavirus says:

It seems the resort fee happens at all the major hotels now.

DougGlendower says:

Avoid the strip, you could spend five days at Sam’s Town and never leave the building.

karal guidubaldi says:

Agree!!! Circus circus has always been a dump…

Steven Miller says:

Where are the Riviera and Stratosphere? Both of them have cockroaches all over the place. Disgusting

ejones9924 says:

Flamingo and Harrahs my fav

DougGlendower says:

The resort fee is a tax on the Strip (both LV and Boulder) the hotels don’t control. US law says you can advertise without-tax prices.

smithraymond09029 says:

Agreed with the Excalibur review. I stayed there about 10 years ago. Never again. I left my room service cart outside for pick up. It stayed there for the 3 days I was there.

Just Dri says:

I stayed in circus circus its actually beautiful i loved staying there sure checking in area is a pain but so? Hotels are always like that. There is two pools and four water slides and a arcade also its like a mall its really an amazing hotel

Rick McMurtry says:

They are discraceful in that they charge you a resort fee pool fee parking fee and they charged my sister $9.00 for two 20oz bottles of pepsis and at the pool one regular bottle of budweiser and a 32oz cup of daquari that didnt even taste like it had alc. In it and boom $36.00 but the dj was rockin it with the tunes and if your going to stay at any hotel on the strip get the all day buffet 30 dollers per person it covers any buffet on strip all day as many times as u desire or pay 26 dollars per person per meal so truely go to the north end of the strip to fremont street area the prices drop 3/4 in every area drinks parking souvinears clothes food rooms and guest dont pay extra to park so go to old town and save alot of money

Priyanka Lakshmi BK says:

can anyone recommend me good sites for las vegas hotel booking, i would stay between monday to thursday next month. thank u 🙂 can we trust hotelwire.com??

Liane Layman says:

OK when you get home are you going to remember the great fancy clean room you had or all the fun you had in Vegas?

Liane Layman says:

Most people fly to Vegas, spend money on gambling and eating, shows aren’t cheap for a well known entertainer, maybe throw in some sight seeing, some shopping and the money really adds up, so your room isn’t the best, as long as you get a decent hotel I don’t care so much as long as it’s cheap. Yea sure, I don’t want a piece of crap, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not rich.

David Alvarado says:

I stayed at the excalibur and had no problems at all

Yellow Productions says:

Have you stayed at some awful Las Vegas strip hotels? Maybe one of these? Or did I miss another awful cheap hotel that should’ve been in this list?

Daniel Young says:


Daan Demeyer says:

This is basically just a guy reading tripadvisor reviews

MonsterCookieIsScary says:

In 6:23 on the right the hotel called circus circus I stayed there it was good

Jason Taylor says:

was this meant to be comedy? $19 a night and it’s a crappy place to stay, no surprise with that.

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