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Air Conditioning

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Temperatures upwards of 100 degrees are common in Vegas, particularly during the summer months. It’s unusual that a property in this area won’t have air conditioning, but it’s still important to check to make sure this feature is available, particularly if you’re planning to visit during spring, summer or fall.

Pool

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Pools offer a great way to kill time or keep kids entertained in hot desert weather during the day, so look into this specifically before booking. While most Vegas hotels offer pool access, rental houses, particularly those in residential neighborhoods, may not. As you’re planning a trip, remember that many casinos allow non-guests to pay for pool access.

Kid-Friendly Supplies

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Parents traveling with young children or infants should check to see whether the rental offers any kid-friendly supplies. Vegas hotels often offer things like cribs and playpens for rent or free of charge, but Las Vegas vacation rentals may not offer these as amenities. Checking ahead allows you to pack accordingly to make sure the trip is smooth and comfortable for everyone.

Parking

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Parking used to be fairly easy in Vegas, with casinos offering no-charge garages to everyone. That’s changed, and if you’re looking at condos in casino-owned high-rise towers, you should be sure of parking costs before planning a vacation that includes a car rental. Condos off the Strip don’t always suffer from the trend toward paid parking.

Views

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Staying off the Strip doesn’t have to mean being isolated from the best of what Vegas has to offer. There are many beautiful views to enjoy from different parts of the city — and not just of the bright neon lights. Mountains and desert landscapes can also be part of the vacation experience, and some vacation rentals are better than others in this regard.

Distance from Airport

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McCarran Airport is right off the Strip in Vegas, so getting close to the action isn’t difficult. While that may be convenient for vacation arrivals and departures, it can mean a lot of airplane noise. Seeing planes taking off and landing might be a plus for you, but if you want to avoid the noise, stay farther out.

Proximity to the Strip

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Staying off the Strip can mean saving some money, but that comes at the price of losing easy access to casinos. If your family wants to stay off the Strip precisely to avoid the crowds and vices, you may be more interested in suburbs such as Henderson and Summerlin. They’re good options for a more laid-back vibe.

Access to Public Transportation

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Vegas has many good public transportation options, including a monorail that runs the length of the Strip, a public bus system and free shuttle services from monorail stations to casinos. This all means that renting a car in Vegas isn’t necessarily a requirement. If you’re staying off the Strip, make sure the nearby public transit is walkable. Factor hot weather into the equation, too.

Laundry

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Hot weather, smoky casinos and lots of activity can mean that you end up wanting to do some laundry on vacation. Rental homes do often come with laundry facilities in the unit, but this isn’t a guarantee. It’s worth looking into, particularly if you’re traveling with kids.

Internet Access

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While most casino hotels offer internet access, Las Vegas condo rentals may not. If you usually plan vacations on the go or need internet access to do things like look up show reservation times or find directions to Hoover Dam, check whether your chosen rental offers internet access prior to finalizing your booking.