There’s a lot of talk about the amount of hotel rooms in Las Vegas with the poor economy and lack of occupancy. I never did the math to even guestimate the answer. The Associated Press was kind enough to share the information, when reporting on the Marriot/Cosmopolitan deal.
The Cosmopolitan’s opening will push Las Vegas to more than 151,000 hotel rooms, and before the Marriott deal, it was starting from scratch on customers.
When I started going on my annual December trip years ago, I was told that the week before Christmas was one of the most quiet weeks in Las Vegas and that room occupancy was about 23%. That would mean just under 35,000 hotel guests at that time.
That’s still nice and quiet as there will be more places to spread the people out. It also means that there will continue to be bargains for a while, as long as you don’t have to stay at the hot new joint.