No I've never been to Vegas before.But since I'm travelling alone and I will be travelling through the states for a few weeks I'm trying to keep the costs of accomodations low.
I know the Downtown-fremont st. area isn't that close to the strip,but the downtown grand has great reviews,and some of the hotels like Circus Circus,Stratosphere,Westgate etc.are more central and closer to the strip,but lots of negative reviews.So I'm confused :)
I would say USD 40 is my absolute max budget ( before fees etc)
I'm realistic so I know this won't get me a great hotel near the strip.
Don't know if bidding would be a good idea?