A newly married couple at the iconic Las Vegas sign. Midweek stays at several… (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles…)
The new TV show "Vegas," set to begin Sept. 25 on CBS, shows Dennis Quaid standing in front of the Golden Nugget, circa 1960s -- except it's a re-creation of the landmark casino on a set in Santa Clarita.
The real Golden Nugget still stands, of course, and offers some amazingly low prices for fall and winter. The Fremont Street lodging and several other hotels are showing rates of $100 or less for a two-night stay.
The deals: Room rates change pretty quickly in Las Vegas, but here's a sampling of prices I found Wednesday afternoon. Stick to staying Sundays through Thursdays and buying using the website, and you'll likely find them too. Most of these deals require up-front payment and have zero flexibility, but they allow you to spend your money on blackjack and show tickets rather than a room.
The castle-shaped Excalibur (3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) has rooms starting at $36 a night Oct. 8-10 and $29 a night from Nov. 18-21 and Nov. 25-29. I found availability Oct. 8-10 for a room with two queen beds that comes to $72 plus tax and a $15 daily resort fee.
Circus Circus (2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S) has a Fall Escape promotion through Thursday that starts at $26 a night plus tax. I found plenty of availability on midweek dates through the end of the year. I found a room with two queen-sized beds in the Skyrise Tower for $31 a night plus tax and $8.95 daily resort fee.
The Golden Nugget (129 Fremont St.) features $49 rooms Sept. 17-19 and $53 room Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-22, excluding tax. I found availability for a room for $49 a night plus tax (no resort fee) from Sept. 17-19 that comes with one king-sized bed or two doubles.
The Plaza (1 Main St. at the Fremont Street Experience) shows rooms priced at $29 a night Oct. 8-10 and $31 a night Nov. 5-8, excluding taxes. I found a two-night stay available for Oct. 8-10 at the $29 rate, plus tax.