I think FleaStiff 'kind of' hit why people don't stay in hostels... Vegas is an expensive city, even if you skirt your way around the cheaper options you still need a little bit of dough. Thus, most people who would stay in a hostel at $20/night probably wouldn't be going to vegas to also spend money on gambling, booze, hookers, blow... You know, things of that sort. =P
I backpacked around Europe when I was younger. I don't see backpacking around Las Vegas as the same sort of draw. For one, once you get off the Strip or the other casino areas (Boulder, downtown), Las Vegas doesn't have a lot of tourist stuff going on. There is some, and it's gotten a *lot* better in the past 10 years, but it's not like Paris or London or Boston or Portland. Also, if you're a backpacking student on summer break and just head out into the desert for the day, you might die...Quote: MrV
I'd think hostels would be used by single, young folk, the backpacking crowd: the newbies who know little about comps etc.
Under extreme conditions such as those in the canyon, and without proper hydration, "the sun can kill you in 15 minutes," Bassett said.
Not the kind of place anyone with a cash gambling bankroll would be comfortable in.Quote: FleaStiff
Often a hostel becomes an abode for people who are "between jail stints" because the cheap housing and lax rule enforcement attracts that type of person.
Shared bathroom facilities usually, but often separate rooms and often family suites in foreign countries.Quote: DJTeddyBear
Not the kind of place anyone with a cash gambling bankroll would be comfortable in.
Also, don't hostels usually have dormitory type shared facilities? No thanks.