- Press gets first peek at the new toys and technology showcased at CES (Jan. 8, 2012)
- More taxis on the streets for upcoming conventions (Jan. 9, 2012)
Looking for a cheap room on the Strip this week? Good luck.
The Riviera, which is close to the Convention Center, had rooms available for $39 this past Thursday night. Tuesday and Wednesday nights, those same rooms are going for $499.
Next week, the rooms go back to $39 per night.
Other Strip casinos also have much higher rates this week during CES, the largest trade show in North America, with more than 140,000 attendees from 140 countries. The convention officially begins Tuesday and ends Friday, but many attendees get in town early for preshow events.
The highest room rates this week are Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with prices dropping significantly Thursday night.
Most of the show is at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but it also overflows to the Las Vegas Hotel (the former Las Vegas Hilton) and the Sands Convention Center.
Rooms at the Las Vegas Hotel average $353 per night for the three nights. The Venetian, which is connected to Sands, is sold out through Tuesday night but has rooms available for $599 Wednesday night. Rooms at the Palazzo average $519 per night.
At the remaining Strip hotels, rooms are available every night, but they are going to cost extra, according to rates from VEGAS.com, a sister company of the Las Vegas Sun.
After hosting huge crowds for New Year’s Eve, January is shaping up to be a good month for Las Vegas. In addition to CES, Chinese New Year brings in many tourists, and other draws include the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, Jan. 19-21 at the Hard Rock Hotel.