There’s no such thing as something for nothing, even in the land of Vegas, but it is still possible to scout around for that evasive, all-inclusive Las Vegas package deal.
Las Vegas all-day buffets
A relatively new thing in Vegas is the all-day buffet concept. Basically, you pay one price per day, and get to eat multiple meals within a 24-hour time period. It’s close to being all-inclusive because for a little extra added to your hotel bill, you get unlimited food. Drinks are not included, but if you gamble, you get those for free anyway.
In this category, we have Excalibur’s all-you-can-eat, all-day buffet plan for $24.99 per day. Children eat free. If you’ve spent any time in Vegas, you know that $25 doesn’t buy much in the way of food. So this is a compelling deal. Other hotels with all-day buffets are Luxor, Palace Station (one of the cheapest on the strip), Stratosphere, and MGM Grand. If you like variety as well as spice, then the Buffet of Buffets program by Harrah’s is the crème de la crème. You stay two nights and get two all-day-all-access buffets to any of Harrah’s eight properties: Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Harrah’s Imperial Palace, Paris, Rio, and Bally’s.
Las Vegas dining credits
Another alternative is to find hotel packages that offer dining credits or special food programs. For example, the Prestige program at Palazzo Las Vegas entitles guests to continental breakfast plus afternoon appetizers and drinks in the Prestige Lounge.
Another way to get your hands on discounts and dining credits is to sign up for a player’s card, and then gamble. A lot. A player’s card is offered is most hotel-casinos, and it rewards big gamblers with certain perks, ranging from complimentary drinks to stays. Alternatively, you can sign up for rewards member books, such as Anthony Curtis’ Las Vegas Advisor or American Casino Guide for updates on the latest casino promotions.
Las Vegas entertainment promos
Food aside, entertainment is another expense that could be included in certain packages. This could include an evening show, or spa treatments. Most hotels will offer special deals for evening shows at the same hotel for their staying guests. For example, some of MGM’s properties offer guests an air plus hotel accommodation plus Cirque dinner show package. At the Luxor, there is a packaged offer for accommodations, tickets to Chris Angel’s Believe, tickets to exhibitions held within the hotel, day passes to the spa, and all-day buffet.
Packages can mean that you pay for the price of convenience. So those on a tighter budget might want to revert back to coupons or last-minute deals for better offers.
Remember, there is no truly all-inclusive Las Vegas hotel (the likes of what you’d find in the Caribbean for example). But with all-day buffets and other Las Vegas hotel packages, you can get pretty close.