As an esthetician, I try to attend the IECSC (Esthetics Conference) in Vegas annually and if you book early, there are plenty of budget friendly travel options during conference time!
In the past, I have stayed at the Luxor, Tropicana, Las Vegas Hilton and Excalibur. Each had a decent price but nothing beats this year at the Imperial Palace. Sure it is not the Venetian, but here are the major advantages. Price on weekends: Harrah's hotels offer RED HOT DEALS when you search and book online. For a Saturday night we got a smokin' dealThe Imperial Palace is located mid-strip so, eating, shopping, transportation, is very easily accessible. There is actually a Monorail stop right in the hotel. If you have a conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Monorail takes you right to it.
You can also get a fantastic breakfast deal at La Salsa Cantina...they are the restaurants that sell giant margaritas you can carry around town. They have a daily breakfast special of $3.95 for 2 eggs (your way), homestyle potatoes and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage with 2 tortillas! You have to eat before 11am which was no problem for us!!! Delicious and great service to boot!!!
We also made a stop at our local CVS to get a case of water and some snacks and we brought oranges and nectarines to snack on as well.
Don't forget, hotels are also offering incentives like gas cards and special dinner offers etc. when you book now. Do your research and have a blast in VEGAS!!!!