If you are planning your Las Vegas Spring Break, this is a short, no-nonsense guide for all budgets:
You’ll probably want to book a hotel which is most suitable for how you want to spend your time in Las Vegas. Of course, unless you are over 21, you will not enjoy Vegas in its real sense (no alcohol, no clubs, no casinos) and you’ll have to limit yourself to the pools and the various activities targeting teenagers or families in Vegas (not many). If you are over 21, essentially your choice will fall into 3 categories:
1 – Vegas Spring Break with no budget (the sky is the limit).
2 – Vegas Spring Break on an average budget
3 – Vegas Spring Break on a very tight budget
a If you have no budget and you can spend as much as you want, then Vegas offers so many choices you can spend weeks trying to make up your mind. The only thing you may want to bear in mind is that many Vegas ‘classy’ hotels and resorts may not tolerate crazy, drunk-and-wild behavior as much as ‘other types of resorts’.
Beyond that, it’s only about what type of pools and pool parties they offer, how suitable the suites or standard rooms are for your needs, and any other special events a particular Las Vegas resort may be hosting. Although many spring breakers end up renting limos and driving around Vegas whilst sipping champagne and the like, other spring breakers prefer the huge crowds of a pool party or night club party.
If you want to stay on the Strip, however, you can pretty much pick all the best hotels, with perhaps particular emphasis on Venetian (it offers the famous Tao club, which is extremely versatile), or Wynn if you want to go to XS club, or Caesars Palace (another very versatile, huge, chaotic, busy place with its famous ‘Pure’ club). Bellagio is always a popular choice with those wanting to be treated like royalty no matter the age group. You may also want to go through our best Vegas pools page if you want to know about which pool areas are best for your requirements.
b If you are on an average budget, MGM Grand is probably one of the best choices, since they have tried to attract young, sports-like crowds for some time, and for that they have revamped their pool area to suit pool-party lovers. Planet Hollywood is always a fun mid-budget choice and, for those seeking a bit of chic, Cosmopolitan (partly retro and partly modern chic) and Aria (modern chic) are great choices too.
Golden Nugget offers a great mid-range option if you want to stay downtown. Rio and Palms are great alternatives just off Strip but offering (Rio) free shuttles to the Strip. We have a section titled ‘Which Vegas Hotels’ focusing on helping you make the right choice for your needs.
c If you are on a tight budget, on the Strip you’ll have Excalibur (huge pool areas), Hooters (not the best by all means but they do provide a 24/7 pool and jacuzzi area! One of the very few ‘resort pools’ in Vegas open at all times), possibly Flamingo and Bally’s but their rates spike during any higher season or ‘special dates’; we do have a list of cheap yet great hotels if you want to know more on room choices.