Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth take a look at an excellent holiday topic, doing all of the legwork so that you don’t should. This week: Last-minute holidays to Las Vegas.
Leaving Las Vegas to the last minute could repay this summer, with loads of deals on offer as the town fights to get visitor numbers back to pre-pandemic highs.
Prices are likely to edge down as temperatures rise (it might top 100F in summer), but holidaymakers now get their pick of hotels with recent attractions, renovated rooms and added extras.
Book a last-minute trip to Las Vegas this summer and you would possibly bag a bargain – prices are likely to edge down as temperatures rise, and there are deals on offer as the town fights to get visitor numbers back to pre-pandemic highs
Check in to The Strat – formerly The Stratosphere – and also you’ll stay in a sleek, modern hotel that’s visible from all across the town.
While rooms are usually not huge by Vegas standards, each has been refurbished through the pandemic they usually give quick access to the town’s SkyPod and Commentary Deck set 1,149ft above the Las Vegas Strip.
Thrill-seekers can take a rollercoaster ride within the sky on the SkyPod, or can brave the hotel’s other mile-high attractions corresponding to Insanity, Sky Jump and X-Scream. For a more serene experience, sip on cocktails at Level 108 Bar or dine on the retro, revolving restaurant on Level 106 with knockout views.
The Strat hotel is best for thrill-seekers because it has its own amusement rides, corresponding to Insanity (pictured)
Big attractions: The Mad Apple circus show is the recent recent attraction at Recent York Recent York hotel
Take a three-night mini-break at The Strat with British Airways Holidays from £1,099pp including flights, or stay seven nights this summer, also including flights, from £1,229pp (britishairways.co.uk/lasvegas).
Mad Apple, a just-opened Cirque du Soleil show with close-up magic performers, is the recent recent attraction at Recent York Recent York hotel. One other of the hotel’s recent claims to fame is the Nine Advantageous Irishmen pub. The interiors were made in Dublin, shipped to Vegas and rebuilt in the guts of the hotel. Book a table for the likes of shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash with imported beers and whiskeys.
Look across the road from the hotel lobby for something much more American: an enormous branch of M&M World.
Book flights and a three-night break at Recent York Recent York with Kuoni’s recent online offshoot Breeze from £816pp (breeze.kuoni.co.uk).
Nearly 25 years after first opening its doors, and 20 years after appearing in Ocean’s Eleven, The Bellagio stays considered one of the final word Las Vegas hotels.
This yr guests check in to remodelled rooms, with hand-made mattresses and a mixture of granite, marble and mother-of-pearl within the bathrooms. Eat in restaurants corresponding to Picasso, with the artist’s paintings and ceramics adorning the partitions, book a personal cabana by the pool or wait till dusk to see the Bellagio fountains – probably the most photographed events in America. Book ahead to get flights and five nights later this yr from £1,059pp (dialaflight.com).
The Bellagio (above) stays considered one of the final word Las Vegas hotels, and this yr guests check in to remodelled rooms
Discover a younger, much more opulent vibe at the brand new Virgin Hotels outpost just a few blocks down the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel’s restaurants include a steakhouse, a branch of celebrity-friendly Nobu, a juice bar and a branch of After’s Ice Cream, probably the most vibrant, and Instagram-friendly, recent brands in America.
You’ll be able to head outdoors to search out DJs playing on the poolside Elia Beach Club, book hot stones, warm scalp or other treatments within the spa, or see emerging acts perform in 24 Oxford, a nod to Virgin Records’ starting on London’s Oxford Street.
Book a seven-night stay, including direct flights on Virgin Atlantic, from £1,070pp this summer (virginholidays.co.uk).