Mar 24, 2019 - Mar 25, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Most travelers to Bullhead City are actually headed to neighboring Laughlin for recreation, which is just across the state border (and the Colorado River) in Nevada. Most of the hotel options are on the Laughlin side of the river, but Bullhead City does have a few lodging choices. These are mostly located in two primary clusters - one just across the river from the casinos, the other just to the south along 95 where the river turns west for a short stretch.
Since it's a casino destination, expect hotel prices in the area to double (or triple) just about every Friday and Saturday night. Hotels in the Bullhead and Laughlin area have some of the lowest prices in the country from Sunday to Thursday, but on weekends they soar to levels comparable to nearby Las Vegas, and the most popular hotels are also often fully booked well in advance.
Outside of the major holidays, however, there isn't really an extended peak or low season for the Bullhead City area. The one time of year where hotel prices surge for an extended period is during the Laughlin River Run, which usually takes place during the last week of April. This massive motorcycle rally sees thousands of bikers descend on the area, usually starting on the last Wednesday of the month and continuing through the weekend.
The two main points of interest in Bullhead City are the Colorado River and the casinos just across the river, and most of the hotels are situated within walking distance of them. If you're on the Bullhead side, there are several ferry options to take you over to the casinos. The Riverside Casino offers a free ferry that takes people from Bullhead to the dock by their property, and there is also a paid "water taxi" service that picks up from Bullhead and makes stops at several of the casinos.
Hotels near the casinos on the Bullhead City side are mostly basic mom-and-pop motels, along with a Days Inn location. If you travel a little south to the Silver Creek area, you'll find mostly mid-scale hotels with a couple of higher-end options.
Those interested in the casinos are probably best served by staying in Laughlin, especially during the week. Most of the basic casino rooms are very inexpensive, but are a step up from the usual budget roadside motel. You can also usually snag upgraded luxury rooms and suites for well under $100 USD per night from Sunday to Thursday.
On the Bullhead City side, the nicest options are the Sunrise Suites and the Arizona Sunset Suites. Bullhead City doesn't really have luxury high-end rooms; for that you're better off looking at the casinos across the river, most of which have suites available. Just about any casino will have higher-end room options available, but the most upscale of the bunch are the Aquarius and the Avi (the latter of which is stand-alone resort that is actually about ten miles south of Laughlin, but offers a 24-hour shuttle to get to and from the casinos).
Budget options abound during the weekdays all year. The most basic rooms at the Laughlin casinos generally go for anywhere from $25-40 USD per night on any given weeknight, and the more upscale rooms are around $50-75 USD. You can actually expect the basic motels on the Arizona side to cost a little more, but only slightly.
During weekends, however, don't expect any budget options at all. Just about every room in both Laughlin and Bullhead City will usually start around $100 USD per night; your best bet for a weekend trip is to book as early as possible, as you may find some properties closer to $50-60 USD if you can plan your trip at least a couple of weeks in advance.
Bullhead City is a hot hell hole with a river running through it (well, between it and Laughlin, NV) just on the Arizona side of the valley. It is mostly populated by retirees who's pension didn't afford them Las Vegas, so this was the next best thing. Most of the small businesses in the area are in Bullhead City, while the big Casinos are across the river in Laughlin. Bullhead City reminds me a little of Hemet, California, the poor man's Palm Springs.