With millions of visitors to Las Vegas, it is becoming clear just how much strip casinos are willing to gouge patrons. You would think they would have learned their lesson but apparently not. A bottle of water was purchased at Caesar’s Palace for $5.49 last week. This is just one example of many that continue to baffle visitors unprepared for the high cost of food and drink. You can drop 20 cents in a slot machine and order a drink such as a Bloody Mary and tip the hostess $1 or you can walk up to the bar in the center of the Venetian and order one for $14. Just how stupid do you think people are? But yes, people continue to spend it and as long as that happens the rest of us will suffer.
Here are a few tips.
- Stay off the Strip for food. Most hotels however, now have food courts with McDonald’s, Denny’s, Burger King, etc. for only slightly higher than one just down the road.
- Head to Fremont Street and eat at American Coney Island at the D for under $20 for a couple, Du Par’s at the Golden Gate is an outstanding choice, and there are a few other locations with Prime Rib specials and more. Fremont is the best value for visitors.
- Finally, budget and anticipate $100 per person for food a day. If you don’t do that, you will miss a vital part of your trip planning. Nearly every steak restaurant on and off the strip will run you $48-$68 for a bone in Ribeye. Anticipate the high costs and you will be fine.