On a recent Saturday morning in Las Vegas, customers waited as long as a half-hour to get their coffee fix at the Starbucks at the Mandalay Bay resort. By midday there were lines to get into the Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores at the Crystals mall. A queue of about 50 people waited to ride the gondolas at the Venetian resort.
Visitors to Las Vegas these days can expect to see a city that’s largely open for pleasure, although not that busy for conventioneers traveling midweek. Crowds regularly swarm the city on weekends when leisure travelers pack the casinos, restaurants, and showrooms, and hotel prices almost exceed those before the pandemic.
It’s best to book as much as 90 days early to get the best room rate. That’ll also make it easier to get a spot in one of the Strip’s more popular eateries, such as Lago at the Bellagio, Carbone at the Aria Resort, or Mizumi, the Japanese seafood house with a view of the waterfall at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yet convention attendance last year was only one-third of its 2019 levels, and turnout for recent events such as the Consumer Electronics Show in January has been weak. That’s lead to some downright steals from Sunday to Thursday. On those days, rooms at the $4.3 billion Resorts World, which opened on the north end of the Strip last year, were recently going for $89 a night. Older properties such as the MGM Grand can be had for $61.