When your favorite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is booked up, check for availability in one of its sister properties.
A weekend trip to Las Vegas means sun, fun, food, and Margaritas by the pool. However, depending on what time of the year you’re planning on going, you better start sorting out where to stay early since the most popular casino hotels book up quickly.
While Las Vegas is always busy, the city is buzzing between Christmas and New Year, during spring break, when hoards of college students turn Sin City into party mayhem, and when special events attract loads of visitors from abroad. For example, with F1 confirmed to race in LV in November 2023, you better start looking for accommodation now.
But even if your favorite hotel has sold out, there is no need to get desperate. In Las Vegas, most casino resorts are connected with other hotels by ownership, which means you will get the same or a similar treatment at another address. Let’s have a look at the owners of the most popular LV casinos & hotels.
As the largest holding company, MGM Resorts owns a third of all Las Vegas hotels. If places like Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage, or MGM Grand are high up on your list – and they should – you might be pleased to know that all of them belong to MGM.
While the company plans to sell The Mirage to Hard Rock International in the second half of 2022, Cosmopolitan will join the group, keeping the number of owned hotels by MGM Resorts at 10 of 29.
So, if you had planned on staying at Aria for the weekend, but it’s sold out, try Cosmo instead. Since it’s the same company operating the hotels and casinos, you can expect a similar experience, guest treatment, and overall quality of service in the hotel and casino.
The concept of running several casinos under the same ownership works both offline and online. Operators of online casinos regularly borrow this strategy and run numerous brands, usually referred to as sister sites, using the same technological engine with different skins (designs). The idea is to develop a core concept that works and only slightly alter the look to attract different types of clientele.
Caesars Entertainment is another big player in Las Vegas, owning mega-popular casino resort hotels such as Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Paris, or Planet Hollywood. The Flamingo is actually the oldest remaining establishment on The Strip, built in 1946.
In 2005, the company merged with Harrah’s, surpassing MGM as the largest gaming company in the world with over 40 properties.
If you’d rather stay away from large corporations, there are more related casino hotels in Las Vegas, but on a smaller scale. For example, Encore and Wynn are both owned by Steve Wynn. Phil Ruffin owns and operates Circus Circus and Treasure Island, and Palazzo and The Venetian belong to Apollo.
Of course, you can also save yourself a few bucks and stay off The Strip, but the experience will change quite dramatically. For that reason, you should check availability at some of the sister casinos and hotels should your number one pick be sold out.