The vast majority of sleeping options here are chain motels.

The Return of the Castañeda

Las Vegas was thrilled in 2014 to hear that downtown’s landmark Hotel Castañeda is to reopen. Built alongside the railroad station in 1898, as the first in legendary entrepreneur Fred Harvey’s chain of Western hotels, the Castañeda only lasted 50 years before closing its doors in 1948.

Now this Mission-Revival gem has been bought – reportedly for a mere $400,000 – by Alan Affeldt, the man responsible for the hugely successful restoration of the extraordinary La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona. Set to be refurbished with historic furniture transplanted from the Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, there's lots of potential here – though on our last visit, it still seemed to be a long way off from opening.