NYE hotel prices in Las Vegas lower than in years past

Need a room for NYE in Vegas? Still plenty of deals out there. http://Hotels.com has Westgate listed as low as &173/night. (Heather Mills | KSNV)

The countdown to New Year’s Eve is on and people are already filing into downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. They’re ready to ring in 2018.

There’s still a crowd, but it’s different than last year. There are still empty hotel rooms and the prices are much lower.

Revelers come in from all over the world to celebrate. They arrived in Las Vegas with high hopes for an unforgettable Las Vegas night.

Many, like Shane and Scott Grove from Orlando, planned their trips for months. “It was a good deal, yeah. We booked it back in March through Expedia, so yeah, it was a good deal.”

Others didn’t start planning until the holiday season. Willie Bolden arrived from New Orleans. He said, “We booked it three weeks in advance.” Erica Story & Kathy Ortiz booked Thursday, December 28.

One thing they all seem to share in common is that they got good deals.

Ortiz said they paid $485 for three nights on the strip. The Grove’s said, “I think we were probably $230 or right around there.” A few years ago that would have been unheard of.

Many hotels sold out in 2011 and 2012. The rooms that were available were as much as $1,500 for one night.

This year, hotels.com still had plenty of inventory as of Friday, December 29. The Westgate was listed as low as $160 a night and Mandalay Bay was listed as low as $212.

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimated 330,000 people will visit Las Vegas for the New Year’s holiday, that’s down slightly from last year. There are also 700 fewer rooms due to resort renovations.

Those who work the tourist spots said they can feel the difference.

Gilbert Galarza is a rickshaw driver. He said, “It has been a little slower, I would say. But, I think it’ll pick up next year.”

That positive outlook seems to be shared by many.

“I actually kind of had some anxiety coming here because of what had happened at the Mandalay Bay, but surprisingly I feel the energy. The energy here hasn’t changed," said Myra Elder.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police were already out in force on Friday night as revelers are out and ready to celebrate.

“We're going to watch fireworks with the kids and just enjoy and have a good time," said Armando Gutierrez.

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