Las Vegas: Downtown hotels’ weekend rates rise as Life is Beautiful returns Mike Shoro, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm The priciest best-available room this weekend in Las Vegas isn’t at the valley’s newest resort or its most upscale. It’s not on the Strip, either. As of Tuesday, the title belonged to downtown’s California Hotel, where the cheapest room was listed at $700 a night on Friday or Saturday — excluding taxes and other fees. The Cal may have had the highest starting price, but guests will pay a pretty penny for any room downtown this weekend. The three-day Life is Beautiful music and arts festival makes its return to downtown Las Vegas this weekend, lasting from Friday to Sunday. Last year’s festival was canceled due to the pandemic.