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OYO Las Vegas – Standard King Review – The Bad & The Worse

Key Points:

  • OYO is a budget resort near the Strip that’s known for cheap blackjack, rooms, and drinks.

  • My standard king room was egregiously dirty, especially the bathroom.

  • OYO’s room wasn’t worth the $79.98 I paid (room + fees + tax), and I can’t in good conscience recommend others stay here.

OYO, formerly Hooters Hotel & Casino, is located within walking distance of the Las Vegas Strip and is known for being budget-friendly.

Rooms are cheap, they deal a $1 blackjack game around the clock, and serve $2 bottles of beer.

Ever since the resort transitioned to the OYO brand, I’ve been itching to check out their hotel product to gauge if it was a good value.

I finally pulled the trigger on a room, which cost $20 + $39.95 resort fee, with the intent of sharing my experience with you.

Exterior of OYO Las Vegas

OYO Check-In Experience

I parked in their surface lot, steps away from the front door, which was convenient, and made my way to the check-in counter.

There wasn’t a line, and I was able to step right up.

The process of clicking, typing, and verifying my ID seemed to take an eternity, but we eventually got the the point where I needed to hand over the card I wanted on file for incidental charges.

It was at this point that I was asked if I had a car, and because I did, would be charged $15/night parking fee.

I was shocked.

OYO of all places is charging for parking.

After paying $15 for a piece of paper to place on my dashboard to verify I paid for parking, I looked up OYO’s policy on their website, which reads, “Overnight guest parking is $15/night. Short-term parking is free.”

Staying at the hotel? Pay $15.

Gambling in the casino? Free parking.

How on Earth is this enforceable?

There’s no way that a parking lot attendant could go through the lot, look at a car, and determine whether or not that car’s owner was sleeping in the hotel tower or pecking the slots.

All this amounts to is a cash grab, taking advantage of folks staying in the hotel to drive a small amount of incremental revenue while leaving an atrocious first taste in the mouth of the guest.

My parking spot cost 3/4 the sticker price of my hotel room. Laughable.

Anyway, enough blabbering about parking – Just know, that you’re going to be asked at check-in if you have a car, and be prepared to answer accordingly.

Inside My Standard King Room at OYO

On the way up to the room, I like to scope out the common areas like elevator lobbies and hotel hallways, as they often hint at what’s to come.

OYO’s were uninspiring.

An elevator lobby at OYO with faux wood floors, a dirty heating/AC Unit, and a busted hand sanitizer dispenser.
A close up picture of a dirty climate control unit.
Needs a good “once over” with a rag…
A busted up remnant of a hand sanitizer dispenser on the wall.
How a maintenance employee walks past this daily, and just thinks “whatever” is beyond me.
A hotel hallway at oyo with relatively new carpet, but old popcorn textured walls and ceilings.

The room was about as underwhelming as they come from a first impression standpoint and only got worse as I dug in – Especially in the bathroom.

Very basic, as to be expected at a $20 price point, the room had a king bed, a couple of nightstands, a TV, and a table with two chairs.

I ripped that bed up and examined the sheets/mattress and found it to be surprisingly clean, contrasting the rest of the room.

A wide angle view of the room, which shows a king bed and a window in the background.
A white dining room table with 2 yellow chairs next to it.
Another angle of the room, showing the entry door in the background and the king bed in the foreground.
A close up of the king bed with white linens.

The closet doubled as a mirror. Inside was an iron, an ironing board, and a safe.

A closet with full lenggh mirrors for doors.

From a distance, the room looked fine but was both unclean and beat up.

A very old, yellow, AC unit on the wall.
This thing is ancient.
A very old outlet, which has darkened and yellowed.
Is this what cigarette smoke does to your lungs?
There was dust everywhere.
Almost every corner was a dust trap.
The TV stand counter with dust and staining.
The TV stand top.
The closet shelf was pretty disgusting.
The shelf in the closet.
The white table top with dark perma-stains.
The dining room table had these dark permanant stains, and plenty of scratches.
A door frame and door that are in disrepair or rotting where they meet the floor.
That door frame and door to the bathroom have seen better days.

While the room had left me unimpressed, the bathroom only exacerbated those feelings.

Holy moley.

A wide angle photo of the bathroom which shows a single sink vanity and mirror, and a toilet.
A shot of the shower, floor to the shower head.
A close up of the shower floor, which is dark and soiled.
Do they expect me to stand in here barefoot?! I enjoyed cleaner communal showers in the Army.
A showerhead encrusted with mineral buildup.
Did OYO run out of CLR?
A shower corner with worn, discolored sealant.
Calk lines weren’t holding up well around the shower.
A dirty corner in the bathroom.
Essentially, any and all corners were an issue at OYO.
Bathroom counter with 2 yellow permanant stains.
A couple yellow smudges on the bathroom countertop.
A sink that is actively dripping.
The sink was dripping, and it couldn’t be stopped. Heck of an action shot on my part to catch a drip.
The base of a toilet with failing caulk, and a dried stain on the floor around it.
A dried (urine? It has to be urine) stain on the floor at the base of the toilet. Some hairs are encased in the hardened mess. Zoom in on this bad boy to get the full effect.

There Has To Be SOME Good, Right?

I’m going to do my best here. At this point, you can surmise that I’m unimpressed. Here’s what I got:

The Chandelier: There was this fancy little light fixture in the room. They even used an energy efficienet bulb.

If you’re sensing sarcasm, you’d be right.

A glass light fixture that i sarcastically describe as a chandelier.

Free Water: I recieved 2 complimentary bottles of water in the room, which were refreshing.

2 tiny bottles of water next to an ice bucket.

Cheap gambling: OYO deals a $1 blackjack game, 24-hours per day. Low rollers rejoice.

Is OYO Las Vegas Worth Booking?

Let’s level set before diving in – I review a lot of Las Vegas hotel rooms that span the price spectrum.

I knew coming into this experience that OYO wasn’t going to be luxurious. It’s a budget hotel, and I didn’t expect it to stack up to upscale resorts like Encore or Aria. My intent, rather, is to gauge whether OYO is a good value for cost.

It isn’t.

I paid a total of $79.98 for this room ($20 rate, $39.95 resort fees, $15 parking, + taxes), and can confidently say that the product isn’t worth that. To be frank, I wouldn’t even consider staying here on a comp.

Making it feel like an even worse value is the “scammy” parking fee and resort fee that is on par with actually luxurious resorts on the Strip.

Oyo’s was the dirtiest room that I have ever had in Las Vegas, and it isn’t particularly close.

If you need a budget-friendly alternative to OYO, Check out Luxor, Excalibur, Park MGM, LINQ, or Flamingo.

They’re not going to blow you away, but they will be priced similarly, offer an elevated expeirence, and boast a better location.

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Saturday 13th of January 2024

Ha, great review, poor you. In conclusion, $1 BJ is the only positive

Jake Hoffman

Sunday 14th of January 2024

That sounds miserable to me personally, but yes, it's sure to appeal to some!

Ted Nowicki

Saturday 13th of January 2024

Thanks for your candid review, definitely won’t be staying there. What I would like to read about, are the hotels and casinos in downtown, especially the Plaza. We’ve stayed at the Plaza in 2019 and again in 2022, but haven’t been back since the exterior renovation. There is a hotel/casino a couple of blocks up the street from the Plaza, I think it’s the Grand Station? I would like to hear how it compares to the Plaza. Thanks for your suggestions,

Jake Hoffman

Sunday 14th of January 2024

If you're thinking of Downtown Grand, I like it. Especially their Gallery Tower. I have yet to stay at Main Street Station, but love their casino floor.

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