The first couple of times I went to las Vegas I just stayed at motels on the strip. But eventually I spent the money to stay at a real hotel.
For me the 1st choice of hotel was easy, I stayed at Sahara. Most people where I lived chose Sahara the 1st time. Coming from Northern California we had all been to Sahara Tahoe. We knew it was a nice hotel. And Harrahs didn't have a LV hotel then, so Del Webbs Sahara was all we knew.
They also made it very easy to get credit if you were already established. And that was a lot harder in those days.
BTW: In my case we are talking the late 1970's. And while Sahara was at the end of the Strip, it was still a very nice place to stay.
So how did you choose your first hotel?