One of the most common questions our editors get asked is "What are legitimate massage parlors in Las Vegas?"
Seems like a straight forward answer, "All of them!", however this far from true. Las Vegas is a unique city which thrives on its tourism industry including its local businesses.
Our cab and driver industry is the life blood of the tourism industry in Las Vegas transporting people around the various venues in Las Vegas.
Mass transit doesn't really exist in Vegas, which is strange in such a large metropolitan area however it has gotten a bit better with bus routes, nevertheless cabs have a lot of influence on local businesses....and local business owners know this.
Cab drivers are prized assets to local businesses for their access to tourist. Many tourist seek some form of relaxation from the strip and many choose a relaxing massage. Many of the massage parlors off and around the strip pay cab drivers large commissions for bringing tourist to their massage parlor. This is a popular marketing technique for strip clubs and nightclubs, rewarding cab drivers with large checks for recommending their services. This has and will continue to be standard practice in large cities, however the customer doesn't necessarily end up losing in this scenario.
When it comes to the massage business, drivers are paid a commission of $30-$80 per customer. The commission is rolled into the price, therefore you may be paying $120 or more for a massage that may have cost half of this. This is where business ethics come in to play.
The best way to avoid this is to do your research, many people assume Las Vegas is the Strip, when in reality their are thriving businesses and communities outside of the Strip. With a little research, you can locate a respectable massage parlor to replenish your energy and revitalize your self.
One of our favorites just off the strip is Hired Hands Massage Therapy, we particularly love their Chair Massages and Couples Massages. Located just off the strip on Las Vegas Blvd and Warm Springs, Hired Hands is a short drive from the many hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
The average price for an hour massage in Las Vegas is anywhere from $60-$100, depending on the skill and availability of massage therapists. There isn't a shortage of massage therapist in Las Vegas therefore we recommend you do your research and read reviews of possible destinations.
The occasional bad review shouldn't put you off, however be wary of 24 hour massage parlors and others with high priced services. Many of these are frequently raided by authorities for performing "additional" services to clients.
If this is your thing, by all means, but be aware that authorities are beginning to target the men that frequent these facilities in an attempt to remove these illegal brothels from Las Vegas.
We hope these tips help you during your next stay in Las Vegas.