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Judy from Boise
06-22-2006, 06:17 PM
Please post your personal experience with Las Vegas hotels


Ceasars: (x2)
pros - it is attached to the forum shops, the new tower has very elegant rooms, has a "classy" vibe, good location.

cons- I don't care for the pool....too stark,theme is underhelming.

Tropicana: (x2)
pros- I love the pool complex,great casual restaurant, free shows in the casino,great views from most/many of the rooms,fantastic location

cons- the rooms can be very old and tired, very little "brag" factor.

TI:
pros- very few, fair location on the strip,maybe the pool
cons- many, I hated staying here!

Alladin: (x2)
pros- location, attached shopping, great buffet, fantastic Bellagio fountain view rooms!
cons- theme is underwhelming, many changes in the future.

Favorite hotels i haven't stayed at:

NYNY - love their casino, arcade,restaurants,rollercoaster etc.

Mirage - I will get there someday!

xmelissax
06-22-2006, 08:15 PM
Paris- I really like this hotel. The room was quite nice with pretty furnishing. The bathroom was marble with lots of counter space and separate shower and tub. The theming is wonderful, I just loved walking through the casino and shopping area to get places and seeing all the decorations. It also has a great location mid strip.

Excalibur- Quite honestly there is nothing I really liked about this hotel. It was dirty and the room was small and nothing special. It just didn't do anything for me at all.

Bellagio- Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Great restaurants, beautiful theming, great rooms. There is honestly nothing I DIDN'T like about this hotel.

Sherri
06-24-2006, 04:22 PM
MGM- Liked it but it was a bit overwhelming.
Loved the rainforest cafe. That was a great plus.

Treasure Island- Was wonderful about 5 years ago when we stayed there. Loved the rooms and the casino itself. I have heard it has changed a lot since then though.

Harrahs- LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Harrahs.
Loved the area when you walk out is like a market place. Very lively, great location. Beautiful room.

Will be at Bally's in August, so I wll update this then.

PattiPB
06-24-2006, 04:30 PM
Judy: What happened at TI??? Enquiring minds want to know!! :smooth:

Nobody has mentioned the Venetian---I'm surprised. The only all-suite on the Strip we've got. Nobody mentioned the main building of Luxor either, with the inclinators it's kind of cool. Neat Egyptian pool, too.

BelleM77
06-24-2006, 05:19 PM
MGM Grand (lost count) - Love it, it's our home away from home. Just stay away from the West Wing rooms, they aren't worth the $$$.

Bellagio (1x) - Love it. It's worth it to upgrade to a lakeview room and it's a great location.

Mandalay Bay (1x) - Great place to stay and the room was a decent size. My only complaint is that it's too far away from everything.

Excalibur (1x as an adult) - If you have kids or you are looking for a cheap place to stay, then it's great. I personally hate it there, but that is just me. I know people who love it.

Bally's (1x) - Just your run of the mill hotel., nothing special.

Paris (1x) - Great place with nice rooms in a great location.

Aladdin (1x) - Nice rooms but I find the layout of the hotel is hard to navigate.

Treasure Island (1x) - They are trying to make the hotel "hipper" but it's still the same TI. They added some new clubs and changed the pirate show. Nothing special about the rooms.

And I've saved my personal best for last...

Wynn (1x) - Everything about the hotel is amazing. The rooms are great, the views are to die for and the service is excellent. If I could afford it, I'd stay there every time we go to Vegas.

Sherri
06-24-2006, 07:25 PM
MGM Grand (lost count) - Love it, it's our home away from home. Just stay away from the West Wing rooms, they aren't worth the $$$.

Bellagio (1x) - Love it. It's worth it to upgrade to a lakeview room and it's a great location.

Mandalay Bay (1x) - Great place to stay and the room was a decent size. My only complaint is that it's too far away from everything.

Excalibur (1x as an adult) - If you have kids or you are looking for a cheap place to stay, then it's great. I personally hate it there, but that is just me. I know people who love it.

Bally's (1x) - Just your run of the mill hotel., nothing special.

Paris (1x) - Great place with nice rooms in a great location.

Aladdin (1x) - Nice rooms but I find the layout of the hotel is hard to navigate.

Treasure Island (1x) - They are trying to make the hotel "hipper" but it's still the same TI. They added some new clubs and changed the pirate show. Nothing special about the rooms.

And I've saved my personal best for last...

Wynn (1x) - Everything about the hotel is amazing. The rooms are great, the views are to die for and the service is excellent. If I could afford it, I'd stay there every time we go to Vegas.

First I have to say what an adorable cat.
Second I have to ask about Bally's. I see you were unimpressed.
I am wondering if I should try and switch to Harrahs.

xmelissax
06-24-2006, 08:10 PM
First I have to say what an adorable cat.
Second I have to ask about Bally's. I see you were unimpressed.
I am wondering if I should try and switch to Harrahs.

I know this wasn't directed to me, but from my experience (I accidentally left it out of my reviews) Bally's is a fine hotel if you just want a pleasant, centrally located place to stay. It doesn't have any spectacular theming but it is nice enough and in a great location in the middle of everything. Also it connects to Paris without having to leave the hotel or go outside so you can access their casino, restaurants, and shops easily. It just depends on what you're looking for , but if you're ok with the fact that it's more plain that some of the other hotels than go for it. I've not been to Harrah's so I'm not sure how it compares.

tinkermell
06-24-2006, 08:28 PM
MGM- Liked it but it was a bit overwhelming.
Loved the rainforest cafe. That was a great plus.

Treasure Island- Was wonderful about 5 years ago when we stayed there. Loved the rooms and the casino itself. I have heard it has changed a lot since then though.

Harrahs- LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Harrahs.
Loved the area when you walk out is like a market place. Very lively, great location. Beautiful room.

Will be at Bally's in August, so I wll update this then.
Would you please me me more about Harrahs. Did you like the pool, and how were the rooms?? Going for my birthday in September, and have so far narrowed it down to the Mirage (which I love), or stretch myself and try Ceasars or Bellagio. I usually pick them out for location and the pool. (I live by them all day long.) :rolleyes1 I'm also curious about the Tropicana. Thanks!!

tinkermell
06-24-2006, 08:34 PM
Please post your personal experience with Las Vegas hotels


Ceasars: (x2)
pros - it is attached to the forum shops, the new tower has very elegant rooms, has a "classy" vibe, good location.

cons- I don't care for the pool....too stark,theme is underhelming.

Tropicana: (x2)
pros- I love the pool complex,great casual restaurant, free shows in the casino,great views from most/many of the rooms,fantastic location

cons- the rooms can be very old and tired, very little "brag" factor.

TI:
pros- very few, fair location on the strip,maybe the pool
cons- many, I hated staying here!

Alladin: (x2)
pros- location, attached shopping, great buffet, fantastic Bellagio fountain view rooms!
cons- theme is underwhelming, many changes in the future.

Favorite hotels i haven't stayed at:

NYNY - love their casino, arcade,restaurants,rollercoaster etc.

Mirage - I will get there someday!
The Mirage is my favorite hotel. Great location, beautiful rooms and super pool area. Very lush and tropical everywhere. Some of the best rates for your money. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Sherri
06-24-2006, 08:46 PM
Would you please me me more about Harrahs. Did you like the pool, and how were the rooms?? Going for my birthday in September, and have so far narrowed it down to the Mirage (which I love), or stretch myself and try Ceasars or Bellagio. I usually pick them out for location and the pool. (I live by them all day long.) :rolleyes1 I'm also curious about the Tropicana. Thanks!!

I LOVED the rooms at Harrahs. Very inviting and comfortable. I liked the whole atmosphere. I did not go to the pool on that trip, so i'm sorry I can't say much about the pool since I don't know.
I loved how you walk outside (I guess out the back entrence maybe) and there was this marketplace atmosphere with a bar and some stands and shops. I really loved the location and loved the whole feeling. I would go back again in a heartbeat.

Sherri
06-24-2006, 08:49 PM
I know this wasn't directed to me, but from my experience (I accidentally left it out of my reviews) Bally's is a fine hotel if you just want a pleasant, centrally located place to stay. It doesn't have any spectacular theming but it is nice enough and in a great location in the middle of everything. Also it connects to Paris without having to leave the hotel or go outside so you can access their casino, restaurants, and shops easily. It just depends on what you're looking for , but if you're ok with the fact that it's more plain that some of the other hotels than go for it. I've not been to Harrah's so I'm not sure how it compares.

Thank you for the information. We were looking for something that was comfortable (room wise) and a warm atmosphere.
I'm not sure what a luxery room is, but thats what we got. My SIL got a standard/delux room). Not sure if you can shed any light on the different room types, but if you can that would great.

LOLA2
06-25-2006, 07:17 AM
Anyone stay at the Luxor? My daughter really want to stay here.

Danauk
06-25-2006, 09:04 AM
I have stayed in the Venetian and New York New York.

Venetian: Loved it, amazing rooms (we were lucky enough to be given a free upgrade at check in to one of the high roller suites! How that happened I don't know but our room had it's own sauna and jet steam room!!), great view if you get a strip view room, amazing theaming and such a peaceful atmosphere.

New York, New York: Great theaming for the casino, nice rooms, great rollercoaster! I thought the hotel was great value for money too.

Judy from Boise
06-25-2006, 06:05 PM
Forgot that I had also stayed at Ballys!

Pros- great location, cool neon out front and an moving walkway for tired feet,has one of the monorail stations. The room we had was spectacular,somehow upgraded to a jaquizzi suite!

Cons- very bland pool,lack of any theme


The TI (we were there after the change) was a let down. They were trying so hard to be hip and cool it was like watching the dorky kid sell their soul to run with the "in" crowd,and doing a poor job of it.Our room was small and dingy etc. But, maybe they have hit their stride ?

almacdonald
06-25-2006, 10:49 PM
You know Bally's? Well, we stayed right around the corner from there! At a little dump called the Days Inn Town Hall and Casino. What a hole! The pool was freezing cold and the hot tub was lukewarm and yellow and cloudy. The whole place smelled and it was a good 10 minute hike around Bally's fenced parking lot to get to the strip. Learned my lesson there. Only staying at big name hotels on the strip from now on!

ETA: From the looks of the old-sih photos on Google Maps it looks as though this hotel is rather 2 dimensional now. Probably an improvement!

arliepooh68
06-25-2006, 11:06 PM
i have stayed at the luxor, ask for a tower room, much nicer and you get a big ole bathtub . . . we actually had the ice machine on the other side of the wall and were afraid of noise, but we could not hear a thing. the pools were nice, and they seem to be open later than some of the other pools.

Stayed at monte carlo . . . first room i got locked in the bathroom, the door was stuck. second room was much better, had the pool view. . . liked the pools alright at monte carlo, actualy liked luxor better for the pools. the wave pool was not working at the monte carlo so the other pools were packed, we mostly played bumper people in the lazy river cuz people were just standing in the lazy river, umm hello, lazy river to me means get a floatie and you can bring your own, don't have to rent from monte carlo.

CA_Stitch
06-26-2006, 09:57 AM
My favorites:

Bellagio - Room over looking the fountain

Paris - In the center of the strip and cozy

Further down

THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay - All suite hotel, quiet and a little away from the Strip.

BLOWZO
06-26-2006, 05:40 PM
MGM = A
Hardrock (Younger Crowd) = B
REO = A

DisneyDuke02
06-26-2006, 10:41 PM
Just got back from the Hard Rock Hotel, and I cannot WAIT to go back. Granted, I am a "twenty-something" and it definetely aims to attract that crowd. Please note this was my first time in Vegas and had to stay at the hotel 24/7 due to work, but here are my thoughts:

PROS
- Spacious rooms with great plasma televisions.
- No really "bad" views (I had a mountain view then changed to a pool view)
- Casual dining is GREAT....I could live at Mr.Lucky's and thought the sangria at Pink Taco was fantastic
- Fine dining options are good and diverse- steakhouse, sushi, and "gourmet comfort food"
- The pool area is great...I could have stayed there all day. They serve the large versions of every cocktail in green tikiman cups.
- Casino staff really top-notch: friendly, helpful, and always available
- Swim-up blackjack!!!
- Fantastic memorabilia collection

CONS
- Front desk staff is NOT very pleasant to deal with (some good, most bad)
- Not on the strip so you don't have that experience
- I was there during the week, but from what I gather it is a VERY different crowd on the weekend. I would stay away from it like the plague on weekends since I don't like large crowds at all, as the weekend pool party is THE place to be on Sundays for "industry" folks
- I'm not a prude at all, but I thought it was a little too over-the-top with the sexual content. For me to say this it's got to be a bit much. For example, restaurant with provocative name (see above...and I'm not talking about mr. lucky), "adult" room service menu for lingerie, sexy-but-not-in-a-classy-way cocktail waitress uniforms. I would definetely stay here again, but could do without the "hey guess what we are trying to allude to!!!" banging me over the head constantly.

Honestly, I felt like I was more at a tropical resort with a bit of gambling than I was at a casino resort. I'm not sure if this is the mood they are going for, but it's how I felt. This is not a place I would bring children too (despite seeing a lot of young kids there) but i am trying to get back there myself as soon as possible!

RI&BMOM
06-29-2006, 12:03 AM
MGM: (2x) The pool area is nice, several to choose from. Rooms are clean and quite a few dining choices. The only negative I can think of is the size of the hotel. It takes some walking to get to where you need to go.

Treasure Island: (1x) Nice hotel and clean. We didn't care for the restaurants.

Mirage: (2x) We love the Mirage. We like the rooms and the atmosphere. Nice staff and the rooms are very clean.

Luxor: (1x) We didn't like the Luxor. The rooms were clean but the atmosphere was not that great and the staff was not very friendly. We did not like their restaurants.

Excalibur: (1x) Never again. Very dirty.

msim
07-02-2006, 03:36 PM
Where is a good family place to stay? Would like to try something with some theming this time. Last time we stayed in a timeshare. Also need something walking distance to the convention center because I'm taking the rental car and the kids to Anaheim for a few days- Poor DH will have to walk to his conference :cool1:

xmelissax
07-02-2006, 05:35 PM
Where is a good family place to stay? Would like to try something with some theming this time. Last time we stayed in a timeshare. Also need something walking distance to the convention center because I'm taking the rental car and the kids to Anaheim for a few days- Poor DH will have to walk to his conference :cool1:


If you stayed at one of the hotels on the monorail system your husband could take that the the convention center. It would be easier than walking, and depending on when you go, he may not want to walk in the heat. The stops for the Monorail are:



* Sahara Station
* Las Vegas Hilton Station
* Las Vegas Convention Center Station
* Harrah's / Imperial Palace Station
* Flamingo / Caesars Palace Station
* Bally's & Paris Las Vegas Station
* MGM Grand Station


I've heard MGM can be good for kids, and if you want theming Caesars and Parid have great theming.

missstcroix
07-03-2006, 07:04 AM
What about Mandalay Bay? Don't they have a Wave Pool?

BLOWZO
07-03-2006, 01:09 PM
in all seriousness be careful of the topless pools if you are with your family.... they do exist.... (I forget what hotels thay are in.. some of the big ones though)

Lissete
07-03-2006, 01:48 PM
We have only stayed at the Venetian and I LOVE the room & the public areas! The food is average and priced at what I would expect to pay on vacation. We only ate at the Cafe & at the bakery though. The location is great also.

The only con I can think of is that the slots are VERY tight! I had way better luck at the Aladdin at least to entertain myself for a while, although I did not care for the place itself.

MadeToLove
07-03-2006, 08:21 PM
The Orleans (x4) pros, 18 screen movie theater, bowling alley in hotel, best Mexican food in town, spacey rooms (mini suites with sofas and nice large bathrooms); cons, off strip (although, I drive and park in free valet, so I don't need the strip), smokey....the casino area is not well ventilated, not a huge variety of slots (but I don't play much, I watch the cheap movies).

Mirage (x1) loved everything about it, the pool, the dolphins, the tigers, the rooms, the food....very convient to other strip hotels.

Treasure Island (x1) uncomfortable beds, and not as happy with it, though I loved the old pirate theme....reminded me of a certain ride pirate:

Bally's (x2) hated this place, both times, the rooms in the upper part of one of the towers creaks when the wind blows hard, kept me up all night, the second time we stayed in another tower, no creaking, but not much to write home about.

Paris (x1) love the beautiful rooms and atmosphere, but a bit pricey

My brother and his fiancee loved the Venetian, and my mom also likes the Stratosphere, but I've not stayed at either.

MGM is fun for families (pool, restaurants, etc.), so is the Mirage (pool, tigers, dolphins, big fish tank in check in, lobby atrium) and Luxor (Imax, motion sim rides), (of course there's the Excalibur which doesn't impress me, but does others).

Judy from Boise
09-28-2006, 05:26 PM
anyone else?

LindaBabe
10-03-2006, 05:39 AM
Luxor, earlier in the month - had a 3rd floor pyramid room overlooking the airport and valet parking.

Pros
Has a nice LARGE pool around 3 feet deep with very little shade anywhere.
Ventilation in the casino is very good - I wandered around in there all evening with no ill effects.
Room was big, nicely decorated, clean, plenty of towels
Room service was fast and efficient
Check in and bell services people were great -
buffet was good - much better than the Big Kitchen at Bally's
connected to both Mandalay bay and Excaliber by monorail and moving walkways
Accessable - I had an ecv
Entertainment zone seperate from casino so if you had kids, you could get to the one without going near the other

COns
Nathans in the food court had the worst food i've ever eaten
no tub - only shower (but it was a really nice shower)
way down at the south end of the strip
serious lack of shade at the pool

Peter Pirate 2
10-05-2006, 12:45 PM
The Luxor is really nice. Although it's huge it's one of the quieter hotels, IMO. The Tower rooms are supposed to be nicer but I loved the Pyramid rooms just for their uniqueness.

Monte Carlo is a great hotel but the walls are thin (thus noisy if you're a light sleeper) and currently the view is of construction. But the location and relatively small size make it fantastic.

pirate:

iheartdisney
10-05-2006, 01:36 PM
No one has mentioned the Rio yet!
We usually stay zat MIL's place when we go to Vegas, but she took the kids one night, and DH and I had a night alone. It was AMAZING!
It was a Thursday night, so I wnat to say it was under $70! for a tower suite. The view was AMAZING!!! You walk in, and floor to ceiling, wall to wall is window overlooking the strip. I can't describe how beautiful it was!
The room was absolutely ENORMOUS!!
There was a small window from the shower out to the main room- maybe so you could see the veiw from the shower?
I can't say much more, we didn't make it past the room and casino!

woody73
10-08-2006, 07:16 PM
Where is a good family place to stay? Would like to try something with some theming this time. Last time we stayed in a timeshare. Also need something walking distance to the convention center because I'm taking the rental car and the kids to Anaheim for a few days- Poor DH will have to walk to his conference
We've stayed at the Las Vegas Hilton. Good for families. StarTrek theme. Close to the convention center.

Plus, because it is off The Strip, it does not have those sleazy guys on the sidewalk handing out those darn cards with pictures of topless women.

Woody

DinoDave
10-08-2006, 07:39 PM
Wife and I are leaving this Friday for a 4 day trip I won to Vegas (including $500 cash)thru work. We are staying at Ceasars Palace. Problem is neither one of us enjoys gambling so we could use some advice on what to do. We are planning on Hoover Dam but thats about it. Could use some dining info and any input about the hotel would be nice. Thanks.

woody73
10-08-2006, 07:59 PM
Wife and I are leaving this Friday for a 4 day trip I won to Vegas (including $500 cash)thru work. We are staying at Ceasars Palace. Problem is neither one of us enjoys gambling so we could use some advice on what to do. We are planning on Hoover Dam but thats about it. Could use some dining info and any input about the hotel would be nice. Thanks.
Caesars is a centrally-located lovely hotel. There's plenty to do for non-gamblers. Take in a nice show or two (such as Elton John at Caesars, or one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows). Have some fantastic meals. There's also plenty of free entertainment, like the fountains at the Bellagio hotel.

Woody

staley7580
10-08-2006, 11:07 PM
There is TONS to do in vegas! I have been there alot, several times before I was 21 and I was never bored. Just walking around and looking at things can be amazing, downtown they have the laser show, and the pirate show at TI, walking through ceasars palace,watching the moving statues. Just walking around all the casinos is pretty cool, they all have different themes. And one is just as big and flashy as the next. One place Im surprised no one has mentioned was the Flamingo. I know its old and not as flashy as the new places, but its nice, good buffet with good customer sevice. My husband and I got married there 2 years ago and for a wedding present they upgraded us to a siute the whole time we were there (7 days) and it was in th middle of august. High season, they also went out of there way to make our reception amazing. It was in the buffet, and they gave us a bunch of free champagne, and sparking cider. It was great.

Pawpaws
10-09-2006, 01:02 PM
Wife and I are leaving this Friday for a 4 day trip I won to Vegas (including $500 cash)thru work. We are staying at Ceasars Palace. Problem is neither one of us enjoys gambling so we could use some advice on what to do. We are planning on Hoover Dam but thats about it. Could use some dining info and any input about the hotel would be nice. Thanks.

We saw the Blue Man Group when they were at the Luxor (can't remember where they moved to) - it's definitely an experience! And if we go back to Vegas, we'd like to go and see the Cirque du Soleil Beatles themed show (I think it's called "Love").

woody73
10-09-2006, 09:11 PM
Blue Man Group has moved to the Venetian.

Woody

newfamilyman
10-10-2006, 09:17 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas? For a Ritz, it has a great price. Any suggestions would be appreciated; thanks.

TDC Nala
10-14-2006, 01:42 PM
I saw "Love" last weekend and I thought it was fantastic.

I really enjoyed staying at Paris Las Vegas.

I'm staying at Bally's in January (got a deal, and it connects with my new favorite, Paris) and have tix to see "O" at Bellagio. Looking for a second show.

It sounds like the Hilton is a good choice for a family where Dad is headed to the convention center each day.

woody73
10-14-2006, 08:12 PM
Bally's is a good choice -- right across the street from Bellagio and "O".

Woody

Dis Ohana
11-10-2006, 11:25 AM
We stayed one night at the Main Street Station (downtown). We were booked for 3 nights, but one night was one night too many. The front desk staff was horrible, the rooms were really bad, it was just all around a bad vibe in that hotel. We moved to the Luxor the next night which was very nice. Great room, the casino was fun, food was okay. It actually was only about $40 more than the Main Street too.

goofy4tink
11-11-2006, 10:54 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas? For a Ritz, it has a great price. Any suggestions would be appreciated; thanks.
I would love to know also. My dh has a company meeting there in June and dd and I will be heading there to meet him for a few days. My sister in law's parents live in LV and she says the Lake Las Vegas is incredibly wonderful..the Ritz there is wonderful and she says she wants to join us for a day or two!!!
We hope to drive down and check out the Grand Canyon for a day while there.
I would love to hear any comments on this hotel and the surrounding area also.

Just Giddy
11-11-2006, 08:23 PM
Luxor- Styed in a 2 room suite in the pyramid with our seven year old son. He loved the Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom.

Mandaly bay- Biggest most beutiful room. The wave pool was way too crowded to be fun.

NYNY- It looks funner form the outside than it actually is. Stayed in the Chyrstler building. It must have been a mile walk of hallys yo get to our room from the elevator.

Ceasar's palace- stayed in the palace towers. It took me awhile to realize that our room over looked the topless pool . :blush:

Sherri
11-11-2006, 11:11 PM
Bally's is a good choice -- right across the street from Bellagio and "O".

Woody

Got to go with Woody on this one. We stayed at Bally's this summer and loved the location and also the room size.

Sherri
11-11-2006, 11:14 PM
Can anyone tell me how long the drive is from Palm Springs, CA to Las Vegas?
We are going to be spending three nights at the Flamingo this summer at the end of our CA trip.

TDC Nala
11-12-2006, 01:01 PM
Glad to hear that people like Ballys - I stayed at Paris last month which connects to Ballys and it looks fine to me although I haven't seen the rooms. I was just able to knock another 80 bucks off my Ballys reservation in January so it's all good.

Jynohn
11-13-2006, 11:28 AM
I just got back last week from my first trip to Vegas. I went with my cousins, who had been several times, so I left the hotel planning up to them. They chose the Flamingo. Unfortunately, it was a horrible experience. I think the only thing it really has going for it is its location (right in the middle of the strip).

From what I understand, there's two sides, one which has been recently renovated, and the other, not so much. Of course, we ended up in the non-renovated side. From the moment I walked in the door I knew I would hate it. The room was run-down, non-descript, and not terribly clean. Of course, it looked nothing like the pictures of the new rooms shown on the website. :rolleyes:

In addition, the service was horrible. On the first night we asked for more towels, another pillow, and for someone to open the room safe which was locked. We never got any of those things despite several calls, and in fact, one of the days housekeeping just never showed up at all.

For the money we paid, I couldn't help thinking that I'd MUCH rather be in a nicer, cleaner room at WDW. In fact, if I ever go to Vegas again, I'd like to stay at the Venetian. It reminded me of Epcot. :)

dramaqueenuk
11-25-2006, 08:39 AM
Hi
we are staying at Stratosphere next April. Has anyone stayed there. I know it is right at the end of the strip but we are happy to walk or get the bus.

jlima
11-26-2006, 12:46 AM
Hi
we are staying at Stratosphere next April. Has anyone stayed there. I know it is right at the end of the strip but we are happy to walk or get the bus.Try to ride "The Deuce" - the new double decker busses that run on The Strip. The neighborhood behind the Stratosphere isn't the greatest so be aware if you walk anywhere, or take taxis.

Judy from Boise
11-26-2006, 02:58 PM
To be honest the Strat is too far removed from the "strip" proper, that I would never consider it.....but that is just me!

MouseLover
11-26-2006, 09:44 PM
Stratosphere -- Rooms were clean and comfy. Fine if you don't mind driving to ALL other locations. Would prefer to stay in the middle of the strip. :cheer2:


NYNY -- Rooms were clean, but we weren't impressed. Staff was rude. Location was great. Many other places within walking distance. Would not stay here again unless I had an excellent rate.

Andrea
12-31-2006, 06:45 PM
we have only stayed at excalibur and i liked it they were a basic room though

stratosphere it was an ok hotel we got a great deal at 19.95 a night and they upgraded us to a newer room

this stay is going to be at the monte carlo and i cant wait


also check out www.ratelv.com

woody73
12-31-2006, 08:40 PM
. . . this stay is going to be at the monte carlo and i cant wait


In May, we saw magician Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo, and were very pleased.

Woody

Andrea
12-31-2006, 09:44 PM
In May, we saw magician Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo, and were very pleased.

Woody


my husband and i saw him in june also, we got his tickets for free with a timeshare thing and we loved it also!!!:rotfl:

familydisney
01-03-2007, 09:59 PM
So I guess the Flamongo isn't very popular...BUT I got 2 free nights there so we're stopping there on our way to DL. I know people didn't like it for the price, but would you like it for free? We have two kids (8 and 5) who are so jazzed to go to Vegas to see all the spectacle and will love a good pool. Will this be a good place?

Jynohn
01-04-2007, 08:13 AM
So I guess the Flamongo isn't very popular...BUT I got 2 free nights there so we're stopping there on our way to DL. I know people didn't like it for the price, but would you like it for free?

As long as you are going with the expectation that it's just a place to sleep (the pool was very nice though, I will admit) then yes, I would be thrilled to stay there for free. Would I ever pay to stay there again? No way. But you can't beat free! :teeth:

Have a great trip!

Andrea
01-04-2007, 12:04 PM
oops double post

Andrea
01-04-2007, 12:07 PM
So I guess the Flamongo isn't very popular...BUT I got 2 free nights there so we're stopping there on our way to DL. I know people didn't like it for the price, but would you like it for free? We have two kids (8 and 5) who are so jazzed to go to Vegas to see all the spectacle and will love a good pool. Will this be a good place?

on the travel 2 vegas message board that i visit they like the flamongo i have never stayed there though

woody73
01-04-2007, 10:23 PM
So I guess the Flamongo isn't very popular...BUT I got 2 free nights there so we're stopping there on our way to DL. I know people didn't like it for the price, but would you like it for free?
For many people, the Flamingo is not their first choice -- until they hear it's free, then they're wondering where to get in line.

The Flamingo has a great location -- right across from Caesars Palace and Bellagio. With free nights, you'll have a great time.

Woody

TinkBellRellaMom
01-06-2007, 01:31 PM
I liked staying at the Flamingo with kids because of their grounds. The pool is amazing also. The rooms weren't the greatest, but they weren't the worst.

The Stratosphere had the worst room I've ever stayed in. The bed was crooked and the room was filthy. I just didn't feel safe there. As someone else said, the neighborhood behind the Strat leaves a lot to be desired for a vacation destination.

If cost is an issue, look into the Orleans. It is not on the strip, but has a shuttle to the strip. The rooms are very nice and the service is outstanding.

woody73
01-06-2007, 02:50 PM
If cost is an issue, look into the Orleans. It is not on the strip, but has a shuttle to the strip. The rooms are very nice and the service is outstanding.
We haven't stayed at the Orleans, but went for the buffet, which is wonderful.

Woody

eduk8r26
01-06-2007, 11:21 PM
We stayed at Stratosphere last March and had a really nice room. The buffet was really good, too. We were in one of the newer towers so had a larger room than my daughter and her husband who were in the older part. The beds were comfortable, bathroom clean. We had no problem with it except that it was far from the center of the Strip.

mamaprincess
01-08-2007, 09:02 AM
The Venetian is heart-stopping!:love: The rooms are the absolute best on the strip. Call and ask to speak to a manager and ask for their best rates. My next choice would be Paris followed by Bellagio. I haven't seen the Wynn but I'm sure it will blow me away.

My2Cinderellas
01-08-2007, 02:52 PM
Bally's - stayed here on my first trip to Vegas a couple of years ago. Got a great rate and liked the center strip location. The room was huge but nothing special, standard bathroom. Felt like any decent Holiday Inn type room. The casino is fairly small here, and with the low ceilings it was terribly smoky at all times. Didn't try the restaurants, but did go over to Paris for the breakfast buffet. Yum! I liked how it was connected to Paris and we went over to the Paris casino to gamble. The location can't be beat, and if the price was right (cheap) I'd stay there again.

Alladin - stayed here a year ago. They had announced the changeover to Planet Hollywood but hadn't started any major changes. We had a standard room and it was pretty crowded. Not much empty floor space. Bathroom was huge, had a deep soaking tub and large walk in shower. Pro's include the Desert Passage way shops and restaurants. Casino was nice, not smoky and had several of my favorite video poker games. Con's - just a bit too far down from the center strip for me, and the walk down to MGM area was nasty with all the construction going on (and gale force winds whipping the dirt around).

Caesar's - DH had a conference here last summer and I joined him for a few days. Caesar's felt stuffy to me, I was surprised. The room was very nice, loved the big tub in the bathroom. Pro's include the attached forum shops and great strip location. We ended up going across the street to Harrah's/Flamingo to gamble. Con's - really pricey, DH's company picked up the tab because of the conference. If I'm paying these prices out of pocket I'll go to the Bellagio or Venetian.

MGM Grand - we moved here for our last night after DH's conference ended. We had tickets to KA and decided to stay here for convenience. I had been in the casino briefly on previous trips, and wasn't all that jazzed about the place. Staying here was a different story, loved it! The room is a standard hotel room/bathroom. Lots of great food options at different price points. Would definitely stay again!

DH had a conference at the Mandalay Bay and wants to stay there again sometime. I'd consider it and just figure on cabbing to the Venetian end of the strip.

travelgirl06
01-23-2007, 12:25 AM
Bally's ~ decent, typical hotel rooms, good service, a little smaller (and more manageable) than the large hotels on the strip, great location (across from Bellagio! and mid-strip), large (unthemed) pool

Imperial Palace ~ just got back, standard motely rooms, good housekeeping service (very prompt to deliver extra towels), far too few elevators and very confusing floor plan, while its acceptable it's deffinately not upscale, good location though.

Palace Station ~ about a mile off the strip, very affordable (we got this for less than half the price of the cheapest hotel on the strip), clean rooms, good service, we were in a side building and the main tower would have been nicer, train theming is nice, good hotel for the price (but keep in mind, you have to drive to the strip)

Hotels I want to stay at...
1. Bellagio (the fountains are amazing, inside is gorgeous, O, non-smokey smelling, very refined, etc.)
2. Paris (I like the feel of this place, and the piano bar is amazing!)
3. Wynn (I've never been inside, but I've heard great things)
4. The Venetian (love the Canals)
5. Hard Rock Hotel (off the strip, but it looks fun, plus they have a restaurant with amazing specials)

TravelingJen24
01-23-2007, 04:32 PM
We have stayed at Caesars, Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons, Harrahs, and the venetian. My favorite is Mandalay Bay because it smells so good in their casino and of course the pool. By far the worst has been Harrahs. I'm sure some like it for one reason or another, but we found the rooms to be tight and our view was horrible. Also the casino is very smokey and the ceilings are so low. I realize that the price can be cheaper then the rest, but if you search around you can find a good deal. I would NEVER stay at Harrahs again and I hate to say that because I love their casino in New Orleans.

wendithepooh
01-25-2007, 07:39 PM
We stayed at the Orleans Dec 2006.We got a rate on expedia for $25 -$28 with tax.Wasn't sure what to expect but was very impressed.We stayed there on are way home from DL.After staying at the smallest room at the Park Vue it felt like we were staying in a palace.

We are staying at the Imperial Palace Easter weekend.I got Josh Groban concert tickets for April 7th for Christmas(my husband loves me because he does't love him)That weekend is SO expensive everywhere.Any other ideas or deals out there?Want to be close to MGM where thre concert is.

I was born and raised there so it is hard to get excited to visit there.Oh well,Josh is so worth it.


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Emmo
02-18-2007, 02:02 PM
We stayed at Circus Circus in November 06 and we loved it. Great price, rooms were ok and the staff were friendly. We only had a hot dog at the bar and a Krispy Kreme but plan to try more this sept/oct when we return. I would rather spend the money I save elsewhere in Vegas as we only sleep and shower in our room!

missy2217
02-18-2007, 05:18 PM
Went to Vegas and splurged for the Bellagio with the lake view. I felt it was worth every penny. Other splurges there were Couples Massage for the hubby and I, you could actually spend all day in the spa with a treatment. And trust me you could spend all day in the spa there. Dinner at the Prime Steakhouse. I had a shrimp cocktail that was a meal in itself! YUMMY YUMMY! We didn't do any buffets because they are dangerous to me, I didn't want to hve to buy new clothes there. LOL

woody73
02-18-2007, 09:57 PM
The Bellagio is still my favorite in L.V.

Woody

GailT
04-05-2007, 05:40 PM
The Bellagio is still my favorite in L.V.

Woody

I am so excited about staying there, I got a pretty good rate for a partial lakeview, have you stayed in the spa towerd with the obstructive few of the late?
Oh these decisions, I want to really enjoy this trip
TIA :thumbsup2

mickeysgal
04-08-2007, 04:32 PM
Excalibur:

Just came back from a 3 night stay there. I wouldn't recommend it, nor will we be staying there again. We've stayed there before - years ago - and I was hesitant after reading mixed reviews of the place. The place was smoky, loud, worn, dated, dirty (hallways and elevators), rooms and hallways were poorly lit, the beds were horrendous, and the food was bland - cheap, tasteless buffet food - there was no quality to it. I will say that I felt that housekeeping did a great job of keeping the rooms clean and tidy. I also felt that the clientel that stayed there were a bit on the rough and seedy side. We won't be staying there again - Mandalay Bay, Paris, etc. are more our style.

We did everything we could to avoid the place and spent over 90% of our time at other casinos. I'm sorry we picked this place.

Sorry if this sounds harsh to any Excalibur fans, but really, there is so much better out there for just a bit more money.

BelleM77
11-23-2007, 01:47 AM
Just adding two more hotel reviews...

Hilton Grand Vacation Club-Flamingo - My husband and I decided to try and save money by staying at my parents timeshare. It's located behind the Flamingo and it used to be called the Carriage House. Let it be known, I would rather stay in a hotel than in a timeshare. We had a one bedroom suite with a jacuzzi tub. Having all of the space was nice but the room was older and definitely needed updating.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay - We stayed here for two nights in celebration of my 30th birthday. We booked a VSuite which is a one bedroom suite. The room was fabulous! It was easily one of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in, not as nice as the Wynn but better than the Bellagio. We had a 42" plasma TV in the living along with a 1/2 bath and a wet bar. The bedroom had a decent sized TV, an iHome for the alarm clock (great for charging our phones and iPod since we didn't bring a charger) and two queen beds. It also had slippers, bathrobes and two closets. The bathroom had a water closet, twin vanities, soaking tub, shower and a smaller flat screen TV. The ONLY thing I didn't like about the hotel was the location (which I mentioned in my previous post). It's too far away from everywhere we like to go.

murcor
01-26-2008, 09:47 AM
Just returned from the Flamingo. We had a deluxe room that was not renovated. The 'Go' rooms are the newly renovated rooms.

Was on the 12th floor, had a view of Ballys, Caesers, Bellagio. Could see the fountains partially. but went up to the 28th floor and had a wonderful view of the fountains.

I liked the floor to ceiling windows, could lay in bed and see outside.

As it is a older resort it has larger rooms. Lots of space to spread out.
I feel the Flamingo is located in the older part of the strip.

The 'Tropical Breeze Cafe' has good food, large portions.

Ate at the buffet once, it is a standard buffet.

Casino is very smokey.

Took the monorail and visited the Hilton, Balleys, Imperial Palace (its a dump),
MGM looks nice,

We had a show at Mandalay Bay. You can take the monorail to the MGM. Walk across the pedestrian walk to the Excaliber and take a free tram (monorail) to the Mandalay Bay.

I really liked this end of the strip, NYNY, MGM, Tropicana, Mandalay Bay.

Never been to Las Vegas before, looking at maps, things look spead out. Really, we found it very easy to get to all the shows at various hotels.

The over the highway walkways are great!

LauraAnn630
02-01-2008, 12:54 AM
We were thinking of staying at the Strato. Its cheep and Id rather shop than spend money on a room.

We will be off to Disney after Vegas.

Do they have trollys to take you to the other side of the strip?
How often do the run?

TIA

Emmo
02-06-2008, 04:48 AM
October last year (2007) we stayed at the Sahara and we loved it. The rooms we clean and the decor is ok. An ok view of the strip, as good as you can get from that location!

The casino is small and has a friendly feeling and every staff member we came across were friendly. The Buffet was ok, not gourmet but the choices were fine and plentiful. The players club was great, and the money back and comps in money to spend throughout the hotel was a bonus as we are not betting huge amounts!

The monorail is great as its location in the sahara itself is quite central, not like walking miles in MGM!

I will look forward to staying there this year if the rate is right! As I mentioned before I prefer to spend my money on other things, but of course if I got a real good rate for Bellagio I would go for it!!

the who #3
02-14-2008, 01:35 PM
have not been in several yrs. but.........

harrah's free rooms. nice and clean, found the casino to be very confusing to get around in.. this hotel is in great walking distance for other sights.

bally also free rooms. rooms were clean but not well lighted, no view. the most disturbing thing was that the hallways were very dark, dingy and almost spooky. i did not feel comfortable walking to and from my room alone and my travel companion was on another floor. the casino was ok and there was a walk-way to the paris shopping and casino. the paris casino is open and very pretty.

i love the casino at the bellagio but have never stayed there. it was by far my favorite. very refined. i hear they have one of the finest art collections in the united states.

ceaser's palace is quite beautiful and the foram is fantastic. we were at the palace for a convention but did not stay there. when cleopatra walked thru with 2 guards my 86 yr old father asked who she was. when i told him, he said "well, what is she doing here" to which i replyed "this is her palace". still don't think he got the point.

there is so much to do there, i can't wait to go back.:thumbsup2

Hedy
04-30-2008, 02:22 PM
My bestfriend and I (we'll be 24 and 23) are going to Vegas in December. It's her first trip, my fouth (but first since i was legal). We've narrowed it down to:
NYNY (they have an awesome special)
Mirage
MGM Grand
Caesars

Any thoughts?

Andrea
05-10-2008, 08:05 AM
My bestfriend and I (we'll be 24 and 23) are going to Vegas in December. It's her first trip, my fouth (but first since i was legal). We've narrowed it down to:
NYNY (they have an awesome special)
Mirage
MGM Grand
Caesars

Any thoughts?

hey right now if you sign up for the newsletter on each site they email you great deals!!! i know some of them are doing some awsome deals

mickeysgal
05-11-2008, 10:26 AM
My bestfriend and I (we'll be 24 and 23) are going to Vegas in December. It's her first trip, my fouth (but first since i was legal). We've narrowed it down to:
NYNY (they have an awesome special)
Mirage
MGM Grand
Caesars

Any thoughts?

Out of NYNY and MGM Grand, I like NYNY. MGM is almost too big to navigate. However I don't like both of their locations since they're down at the end of the strip. That area seemed more icky to me than center strip.

Out of Caesars and the Mirage, I'm torn. They're in the center of all the action and you won't go wrong with either.

Don't forget...Beatles LOVE is at the Mirage!! :lovestruc

mickeysgal
05-11-2008, 10:29 AM
I'm drawing a blank on this and hope someone can tell me...

What is the name of the new hotel where the Alladin used to be? I think it's next to Paris now. It was under construction when I was there about a year ago, although the casino was open.

My2Cinderellas
05-11-2008, 11:00 AM
I'm drawing a blank on this and hope someone can tell me...

What is the name of the new hotel where the Alladin used to be? I think it's next to Paris now. It was under construction when I was there about a year ago, although the casino was open.

It's now called Planet Hollywood. I stayed there when it was Alladin, and while I really liked the hotel and casino and shopping, it was a bit of a hike both up to the center strip area, and down to the MGM/NYNY area.

Hedy
05-11-2008, 01:47 PM
Thanks all-I went with the Mirage.

lojo
05-29-2008, 05:00 PM
Hi

We have booked New York New York for a two night stay, but want to book a single night to follow our mini road trip around the NPs.

Which hotel has the nicest rooms? We won't be spending time in the casino or spa, just want a night of absolute bliss. As we are from Ireland, rooms that lean heavily towards European styles are less appealing as we can do that anytime.

We'd like a room we'll remember - the kind of room you'd have in your home if you won the lottery! But bear in mind we haven't won the lottery so no suggestions for presidental suites :goodvibes

Main criteria:
Spacious room with huge comfortable bed
Bath with room for two
Classy, tasteful decor (no chintzy girly prints)
Very clean

Minor criteria:
Bathroom mirror that doesn't steam up
Good light in bathroom
Gadgets

Don't worry about budget, we'd like to draw up a shortlist and then see which ones come up in special offers.

We're (regrettably) no longer young and beautiful, so probably don't want to be somewhere packed full of wannabes and party people.

TIA

woody73
05-30-2008, 08:36 AM
We have booked New York New York for a two night stay,
Don't miss Dueling Pianos at "The Bar at Times Square." Great fun.

Woody

My2Cinderellas
05-30-2008, 09:23 AM
Hi

We have booked New York New York for a two night stay, but want to book a single night to follow our mini road trip around the NPs.

Which hotel has the nicest rooms? We won't be spending time in the casino or spa, just want a night of absolute bliss. As we are from Ireland, rooms that lean heavily towards European styles are less appealing as we can do that anytime.

We'd like a room we'll remember - the kind of room you'd have in your home if you won the lottery! But bear in mind we haven't won the lottery so no suggestions for presidental suites :goodvibes

Main criteria:
Spacious room with huge comfortable bed
Bath with room for two
Classy, tasteful decor (no chintzy girly prints)
Very clean

Minor criteria:
Bathroom mirror that doesn't steam up
Good light in bathroom
Gadgets

Don't worry about budget, we'd like to draw up a shortlist and then see which ones come up in special offers.

We're (regrettably) no longer young and beautiful, so probably don't want to be somewhere packed full of wannabes and party people.

TIA


haven't stayed there, but my #1 vote would probably go to the Wynn.

go to all the hotels websites and look at the room pictures to get a feel for decor and such. Don't forget the luxury towers many places are adding on, these are supposed to be a step up from the main hotel.

have fun!

lojo
05-30-2008, 04:50 PM
Thanks guys - anyone any info on bath sizes?:boat:

Have been trawling through the sites, but websites make almost everywhere look lovely. For example, before booking New York New York, I was considering Luxor, but quite a few forum entries said the rooms in the pyramid were getting shabby - which certainly isn't going to show up in the web pics. Anyone stayed in a room they were reluctant to leave?

Andrea
06-01-2008, 07:10 AM
you an also check out www.ratelv.com and that has a ton of people reviews on it ( its not a message board, just a review site)

everylastbreath
06-02-2008, 01:23 PM
CAESAR's get's my vote- we've stayed there many times, rooms are very luxurious - even had a television inside the mirror in the bathroom. Love the 2 baths w/2 showers that meet in the middle (It's almost like a room in themselves), Forum shops are right there..... if $$ in no object stay there.

Mahnahmahnah
06-06-2008, 02:40 PM
Thanks guys - anyone any info on bath sizes?:boat:

Have been trawling through the sites, but websites make almost everywhere look lovely. For example, before booking New York New York, I was considering Luxor, but quite a few forum entries said the rooms in the pyramid were getting shabby - which certainly isn't going to show up in the web pics. Anyone stayed in a room they were reluctant to leave?

My DH and I always stay at "The Hotel" at Mandalay Bay, stayed there more times than I can count.We will NEVER stay anyplace else:love: , and we have tried almost every casino ! Right now they are having specials all summer, as they are usually very expensive because they are all suites.

The tub is amazing,:cloud9: the water comes out like a waterfall and it fits 2!:lovestruc The beds are great and there is even a flat screen tv in the bathroom. It is a very modern hotel, but it is connected to the original Mandalay Bay and if you love a carribean vibe you will love this place. The pool is THE BEST in Vegas and worth staying there just for that. Also the cafe is really very good and the clubs are some of the best. You could technically never leave and have a great time! FYI- Luxor was beeing refurb and it may be under construction - pool and rooms - they are changing the theme away from the "egyptianess".Hope I said that right:confused3


You may here complaints that Mandalay Bay is so far from everything, but keep in mind that there is a tram that goes to the Luxor and then to the Excalibur. That is the corner which has the NYNY and MGM Grand.
No matter where you stay - there will be walking - almost worse than WDW! It's so funny to here people say "Look - we can walk to XYZ casino - it's right here!" because the sign is so gigantic it makes it look like it is "right here" :faint: -:rotfl2:

KKB
06-14-2008, 03:03 PM
Everyone has very different opinions!

A dozen trips...not quite so many hotels.

Sahara...cheap, too far away, has recently been redone.

TI...LOVE this hotel. as far north as I prefer. lovely redone rooms. Isla MX restaurant is new fav--great ambiance, great well-priced food, fab mojitos; love this tiny poker room

Mirage...loved this hotel--pool, casino, location. Do not like the renovations of the interior now.

Ballys...always a fav. huge rooms, perfect location. north tower redone; short walk from roomto strip

MGM...nice hotel, but the location of the rooms is LONG walk thru a huge casino to the strip; as far south as I would like, for the most part

Excalibur...eh, OK. room felt like a dungeon (definite theming here); again too far south, but cheap

Mandalay Bay...My FAV hotel in Vegas...but price & location are bummers. Ballys usually wins for these reasons

Fitzgeralds...YUK; room smelled like sour milk

Golden Nugget...nice; feels like strip hotel; but weird that MIL booked 3 rooms online, and we ended up w/ three entirely different rooms! (size/view/ redone or not)

Personally I like the strip; DT is good for one day

MrsPete
07-02-2008, 04:24 PM
I can only talk about one Vegas hotel, one which I didn't choose and didn't pay for -- but for free it was okay:

The Riviera

Low cost
On the strip, but waaaaay at the end (across from Circus Circus)
Rooms are clean, but very basic -- rooms look just like a Motel 6
No view
Plain little rectangle pool (but you'll have it to yourself)
Very quiet, especially in the newer building all the way at the back
Burger King and a coffee shop
Bus stop located across the street

If you're looking JUST at cost, it's not a bad choice. If you want something special, keep looking.

metsno1
07-02-2008, 04:31 PM
Anyone been to Excalibur since the pool renovation? Any info or opinions?

We're staying there for one night when we arrive in Vegas for our Mega-Grand Canyon-Zion-Bryce-LA-PCH-SF-Yosemite-Sequoia-Death Valley Trip in August!

The theming looked great for the kids (8 and 10) and it was dirt cheap, and we definitely don't need 4-star accommodations!

pillow
07-08-2008, 05:41 PM
We're staying there for one night when we arrive in Vegas for our Mega-Grand Canyon-Zion-Bryce-LA-PCH-SF-Yosemite-Sequoia-Death Valley Trip in August!



Good lord - and I thought my trips got out of control!!! How long will you be gone? We're thinking of doing a shorter version next summer. I was thinking of flying into Phoenix, and staying 2 nights in each of these - Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, and then ending and flying out of Las Vegas. One thing I'm not sure about - how much time do we need in Zion and Bryce. We're not the type to look out the window and keep driving. We like to hike, horseback ride, etc. Any thoughts?

Jodie

pillow
07-08-2008, 05:46 PM
haven't stayed there, but my #1 vote would probably go to the Wynn.



The Wynn in supposed to be fabulous! Samantha Brown (Travel Channel) just did a Las Vegas show, and she stayed there. My husband didn't stay there, but knew others who did. They said it was great!

Jodie

WhtMagick
10-08-2008, 12:47 AM
Hi Everyone! :wave2: Just wanted to leave an impression of our latest trip to LV last weekend. We live in Northern AZ so our trips to Vegas only take about 3 hours or so. :drive: We go about 2 or 3 times a year and try to stay at the Paris when they have some uber special under $100. :thumbsup2 This time we were meeting our very close friends from England who were staying at the Luxor on a package tour holiday. We decided to stay there to be close to them. After reading other reviews online, we were not expecting much at the Luxor and were not disappointed. It's an MGM property and for some reason we have not had much luck at anything MGM has (other than Bellagio). Something has most always gone wrong or gotten mucked up and their customer service is nonexistent. We arrived around 9:00 pm Thursday night and thought that since it was later the check in would be quick. Not at all. Long line, not enough windows open but lots of "suits" lingering around staring off into space.
One thing we had not encountered in all of our past travels was a policy where the hotel "precharges" your credit card "in case you use room service or charge anything to your room." :confused3 We were NOT happy to have the choice taken away from us and consequently did not buy anything at the hotel that was charged to our room. We generally enjoy room service breakfast on the day we leave but sacrificed it on this trip. We had read that the pyramid rooms can be noisy and smokey so we requested a tower room. After Miss Personality :snooty: had completed our check in and precharged our credit card, I asked if we had gotten our room request since she neglected to describe the room. She blandly replied that we had so I was at least relieved about that.
At this point, our eyes were beginning to sting from the cigarette smoke in the lobby. We have noticed that many of the other Vegas hotels must have better exhaust systems because we barely notice the smoke at the Paris, Bellagio, and Mandalay Bay. I personally feel like Vegas needs to join the rest of the civilized world and confine smoking to specific areas. :smokin: There is a short walk to the elevators for the tower but it wasn't bad at all and just about smoke free. The elevators were a bit irritating since most other hotels in Vegas have a security person at elevators checking for room cards.
At the Luxor, you use your room card before you push your floor button. Only problem is, it doesn't always work. Then you have to wait for someone else to enter the elevator and hope theirs works. Our room was good size, nicely decorated, king bed. The tile in the bathroom was disintegrating from the water that leaked from the shower. The grout around the bathtub was yellowed and missing in places so it made it look a bit tatty overall. Luxor is stingy with its toiletries being the smallest I have ever seen. The air conditioner worked well and made very little noise. The bed was satisfactory but not for more than two nights. It was not much better than any inexpensive motel 6 and looked like it as well since there was no bedskirt. Probably the most irritating feature of the Luxor is the continual stalking by the "TimeShare Vultures". They are located in areas where you must walk past so it is impossible to avoid them. :sad2: If that is not bad enough, your phone message light is continually blinking with "specials" the hotel feels it is imperative to inform you of. We finally unplugged the phone to avoid their nonsense. We ate in the cafe since it was so late and the food was very good although not much for the price. Be prepared to have a buttload of single bills if you use the valet and bellhop. It seems we ended up tipping 3 different people on check in and check out each of them making sure you know you will only being seeing them once. If we were younger and had packed lighter we probably would have saved a good $50. :scared: We liked that Luxor is connected by tram to Excalibur and Mandalay Bay but it is located a way from the main part of the strip. All in all, it was about what we had expected after reading the online reviews. We prefer the Paris or if the budget is tight the Gold Coast.

the who #3
10-08-2008, 09:21 AM
on my recent (sept 2008) trip to las vegas, we had free rooms at ceasar's palace, and due to the fact that they accidentally left us at the air port (they did send a limo back for us) they gave us an upgrade to a marvelous suite. the room was fantastic and had a large window looking out on the bellagio fountain. it was just beautiful. we did not win a thing but had a great time. i made a res for one night at the bellagio since it is my favorite. it was also free and just grand. my room view looked out over the beautiful gardens and pools. and i did have luck there. i always seem to have luck at the mgm properties, altho the only ones i have tried are the bellagio and the gold strike in miss. i just love those. we also spent a little time at the vennician and thought it was great. they have also sent me offers for free rooms which i may use some time. :thumbsup2

there are so many fun things to see at all of the las vegas resorts. just put on your walking shoes and go. ;)

Pakey
10-08-2008, 10:55 AM
I have travelled to Las Vegas often in recent years, for business and pleasure, and have stayed at:

Bellagio
Caesars
Luxor
MGM
Mirage
Monte Carlo
New York, New York
Paris
Rio
Treasure Island
Venetian

I'll be at Mandalay Bay next month.

My favorite to date has been last month's stay at Venetian, Club Level. It's really going to be hard to stay anyplace else after that. I've enjoyed a prior stay at Venetian, just love the location, but this was my first stay Club Level. The rooms were the same as the others in the Venezia Tower but the service was amazing. I enjoy having a separate living area in the suite with a nice dining table for my in-room breakfast. The Club Level offerings in the evenings were fantastic.

Least favorite has been Paris Paris.

hulamom
10-29-2008, 02:56 PM
Does anybody have any reviews (good or bad) about the Bellagio?

Also, what's the difference between a lakeview and partial lakeview? Would the partial lakeview still face the strip?

Anybody know if they offer non-smoking rooms or floors?

Thanks,

-- Hulamom

lojo
10-30-2008, 01:33 PM
Hi, thought I would let you know what we decided and how it worked out - since quite a few of you were good enough to offer advice.

We picked New York New York for our first two nights, mainly because it didn't have a European theme, and also because it was the cheapest four star hotel on the strip at the time we booked.

Let's just say I wouldn't stay there again. It wasn't bad really, but it just didn't impress me at all. We didn't get the king bed we asked for - they said they didn't differentiate between queen and king bed rooms at check-in! The wallpaper behind the curtain was falling off and had mould behind it. There was no fridge or minibar. The public areas of the hotel were fun and reasonably lively. We were distinctly unimpressed with the food. For example, our breakfast at Il Fornaio was lukewarm. Enjoyed the roller coaster though.

For our third night (after our wonderful road trip), we picked the Signature at MGM Grand. This was more expensive but I felt it was worth the extra money. Yes, it was a long long way to the strip (we timed it at 12 minutes walking from the Signature foyer). We had breakfast in the cafe in Tower 2 and it was yummy, with very good service. The room was equipped with everything we could think of and more (although the room we had didn't have a bath you could have laid down on the shower floor it was so big). One slight down point was that the excellent gym (water, iced towels etc provided) didn't have a changing room, so you had to walk through the hotel looking like you'd just taken a shower in your clothes!

On a separate point (mentioned by an earlier poster) the Signature is completely smokefree, which was a welcome experience as we found the wafts of smoke, especially from cigars, quite unpleasant and pretty frequent.

We didn't gamble at all, but we would definitely go back to LV for a short visit in the future - we didn't find the walking a problem at all (in fact I bought monorail tickets and didn't use them because we just seemed to get to the next interesting place so quickly it didn't seem worth it).

So for the next visit, which probably won't be for a couple of years, we think maybe we'll try either the Wynn or the Mandalay Bay (or just go back to the Sig).
Ciao

the who #3
11-12-2008, 12:03 PM
the bellagio is my personal favorite hotel and my favorite casino in las vegas.::yes::

even if you do not gamble, the casino has a very nice walkway thru the middle so that coming and going to your rooms is very easy and direct. the shops can be accessed from the hotel without going thru the casino.:)

it is also very beautiful and the rooms are lovely as well. i have never found anything distasteful about the bellagio!!!!! a+ overall.;)

ceasar's palace is also extremely nice, but very confusing to find your way around in.

My2Cinderellas
11-12-2008, 03:07 PM
Mandalay Bay - I was at there a couple of weeks ago and had a great stay! The hotel was beautiful, room was excellent - enormous, we had the basic cheapo conference rate room and it was wonderful! Much much nicer than Caesar's a couple years ago... Loved the bathroom, it was huge - and there is something to be said for lounging in the giant tub watching TV. King bed was very comfortable. I asked for a refrigerator at check in to store meds in, and it was delivered about 15-20 minutes after we arrived in the room. Great service. Housekeeping was not stellar, our room didn't get the thorough going over since we were there multiple nights. I had to ask for fresh sheets, I had a small nose bleed one night and the sheets were stained, the housekeeper left them on the bed and there was no way she could have missed the stain. That was the only mis-step of the trip.

Restaurant prices have gone up! Best deal of the trip was eating at the Burger Bar in the shops connecting Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Delicious! Stopped in for dessert at the Chocolate Swan based on recommendations here, the desserts were tasty but not OMG over the top good. And if you are going to charge $8 for a piece of cake, I want it on a china plate with a real fork, not plastic.

One downside to the Mandalay is of course location. The tram to Excalibur is nice, and then NYNY and MGM are easy to get to, but to go any further you need to cab it. It's a hot dusty walk through a construction zone to get to mid-strip. Did it once under protest with DH and friends on the first day, then I put my blistered foot down and insisted on a cab back to the Mandalay...

Vexorg
11-22-2008, 09:20 PM
I've only been to Vegas a couple of times, but here's some impressions:

Stratosphere (2003)
Pros: Not a bad room for the price, a casino layout that actually makes sense, decent buffet:

Cons: Had trouble with the plumbing fixtures in my room, just too far away from things (I made the mistake of walking everywhere on this trip,) room had an obstructed view

Monte Carlo (2007)
Pros: Has some theming, but isn't over-the-top like some places, the room was nice and clean, friendly staff, nice pool, good central location

Cons: Lots of construction in the area, crummy buffet, an occasional tendency to catch fire

oc_tony
02-17-2009, 09:25 PM
Planet Hollywood (Formerly the Aladdin)

My wife and I go to Vegas 2-3 times a year. We have stayed all over (Paris, Excalibur, Orleans, Mandalay Bay, Bally's, Monte Carlo, Bellagio). I just wanted to let those who are thinking about Planet Hollywood to know one fact...

If you stay there and use self-parking, you must walk through the entire mall in order to get to your room. Great if you want exercise, but not great after a long night of Vegas fun. We have not stayed there since. Great and fun hotel. Great location. Good buffet. Long walk to your room.

FYI

the who #3
02-18-2009, 07:05 AM
las vegas must be have hard times right now. the casinos (bellagio, ceasars, etc.) have been sending me a lot of great offers. free nights for myself and also extra free rooms for my friends and family, plus free food and show tickets. free tickets for some of the greatest shows in las vegas. those things are usually very expensive. i guess everybody gets hit with the bad financial times.:sad2:

too bad!:worried: but if you can make it you will have a great time:thumbsup2

Tina
04-20-2009, 04:34 PM
My experiences:

Luxor: Stayed there during my most recent trip at the insistence of one of my friends (she's a huge Criss Angel fan and was determined to "find him :rolleyes: ). This hotel was the biggest dump I'd ever stayed in. Shortly after checking into my room, I took off my shoes to relax. Within 5 minutes, the soles of my white socks were BLACK with filth. The beds were very uncomfortable and well worn. I looked like something out of a comedy film when I plopped onto the edge of the bed at the bottom corner and fell backward onto the floor. It was so saggy, it ejected me! LOL I won't even go into the description of what looked like a blood stain on the wall. The casino area was just ok. Nothing special. It was often difficult to find the right elevator to get to our room (we were in the pyramid). We laughed at how, when walking the hotel corridor near our room, we could look over the waist high wall to see the storage area of the hotel. I was expecting to look over and see part of the casino. Instead I saw a dark area full of Christmas trees (It was September). I wouldn't stay here again if it were free.

Bellagio: I've stayed here twice and its absolutely beautiful. Comfortable beds, nice bath supplies, large marble bathroom with a separate shower and soaking tub. And don't forget the Bellagio Buffet. The best tasting buffet in Vegas!

Hard Rock: I've stayed here a few times. Its nicely themed, clean, and comfortable. I love the small, coziness of the casino. Fun atmosphere.

TI: I've stayed here many times over the years, but not since they changed the name and theme. I've always liked it as a cheap, yet nice hotel. I think its best feature is the ease of getting around. Unlike many of the resorts, the garage access to your rental car is a breeze! No winding casino floors or confusing directions. Just up the escalator and out the door!

Monte Carlo: I've stayed here twice and both times were pleasant. Its pretty basic, but clean. The lighting in the bathroom was a bit dark (no light near the shower!), but other than that, a nice place to stay. Another one with easy garage access. You don't even have to enter the casino floor to go from your room to your car at this hotel.

MGM Grand: I stayed here just one night and it was nice enough. We had a small suite and the room was huge. The resort is so large that its overwhelming and easy to get confused.

NYNY: I laughed at an early post here saying that the wallpaper was peeling in their room. We stayed in this hotel during their first month of business and I remember noticing peeling wallpaper in our room back then! Rooms are pretty noisy (thin walls) and there's nothing special about them at all. I wouldn't stay here again unless the price was under $50 per night.

KKB
04-20-2009, 05:07 PM
We have been to Vegas over a dozen times.

Ballys is the hotel we keep coming back to. Best location (dead center of the strip), huge rooms, always great rates. The south tower rooms desperately need renovating, but have great strip views. The north tower rooms are SO nice...thought it was nicer than Paris. Casino easy to navigate, like proximity to Paris & PH, easy to get to strip.

TI is another fav. We have stayed since the remodel. Lovely rooms, we like Isla MX restaurant there. Easy to navigate casino, getting to strip.

We just stayed at Caesars last month. Nicest room I have stayed in in Vegas. (DH said second only to his suite at Mandalay Bay:mad:the one trip I regret missing). QUIET area...LONG walk out to strip. Like proximity to the Forum shops. Actually the walking was GOOD---LOST weight on this trip!

Speaking of Mandalay Bay...this is my FAV casino/clubs/restaurants/pool (should have been room....) BUT the location STINKS.:confused:

Mirage--great pool, great location, like casino/restaurants, rooms fine. We haven't stayed in a few years, Harrahs resorts keep giving us better rates.

MGM...rooms are fine, like the casino, but not a fan of south strip (except Mandalay Bay which I LOVE), and I hated the LONG walk from room...thru strip...I didn't mind the long walk from Caesars room as much, as I like the casinos surrounding it.

Paris...room fine, big fan of this casino/sports book & its proximity to my fav poker room at PH. We usually pick Ballys for better rates, but HET comped us Paris in Oct, really hoping to go (6 weeks after WDW...NOT sure...)

Downtown...I will never stay downtown again. Fun for a day--cheap rooms, cheap gambling, cheap food. BUT THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO DO...when my gambling budget ran out for the day, I didn't feel like spending $25 each way for a cab to the strip (or 45min. each way on the bus...) I felt trapped & bored (it was too cool to hang by the pool...GN has a neat pool, if not too big) Might be OK in summer, I could at least hit the pool.
Golden Nugget...nice rooms & casino. IF I had to stay downtown, I would stay here.
Fitzgerald...YUK..only place I will never stay again in Vegas; there were fans going in the hall outside our room when we got there (clearly this should have tipped us off). Smelled like sour milk when we walked in. If we had been staying more than one night, I would have turned right back around. (actually the room itself didn't smell bad, just right by the door). BUT we had just got to Vegas, dropped our luggage & were out until 4AM...slept 4 hours...then checked out to head to our free rooms at Ballys!:woohoo: We paid little for this room...but I have had FAR better comped rooms!

I would love to stay at Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Wynn or Encore. But I am cheap. We are in our room a few hours a day. (MB has had some great rates--I will stay there, but the location is a big drawback for me). I would like to stay at Venetian or Palazzo, but the scent literally had me breathing w/ difficulty on our last trip; will never go in there again.

I am slowly working my way thru HET properties as they offer us free rooms; I always take the best place they offer us. (CP was a wonderful surprise to find online one day, as was Paris for Oct.!) I will try Rio, Harrahs, Flamingo & Imperial Palace sometime if they are willing to comp me! (I will let you know about Flamingo after our July trip!)

But given a choice, I will always stay from TI to PH; I rarely wander further than that. (an evening cab to Mandalay Bay is it)

the who #3
04-21-2009, 05:44 PM
i still vote for the bellagio. i love the hotel, atmosphere, the pleasant greeting from all employees, and the best buffet in lv. also, that is the only casino that i win in!;).. never win anything in any other but always in the bellagio casino. i have stopped waisting my time and money in the others.:sad2:

i have not tried the other mgm players club casinos in resent years (in las vegas) but i do go to the gold strike in tunica, miss. and also have terrific luck there. the gold strike is also owned by mgm mirage players club and has lovely and comfortable rooms.:woohoo:

they also send out free plane flights for their players! i also get free gourmet food. great place to go if your in the south.:thumbsup2

tunica is beginning to have some very nice shows with well know artist also, just not as large famous and flashy as vegas but very ::yes::::yes::::yes::::yes::good.::yes:::goodvibes

SouthernExplorer
06-24-2009, 05:47 PM
Rio

Clean and spacious suites at budget motel prices!
Penn & Teller-great down to earth guys and a great show!
Off the Strip, but free shuttle to other Harrah properties on the Strip
Rub BBQ, and their fantastic buffets

We're seeing Bette Midler this summer and are staying at the Rio again! :yay:

Stratosphere
Roxy's Diner-we go every time when we hit Vegas
Bad rooms-they need to be renovated
Poor gambling service-I was made to feel dumb because I had the book Gambling for Dummies with me.

Suncoast or Goldcoast-wonderful room we stayed in-off the strip and near the Rio.

Kitty 34
07-01-2009, 09:05 AM
After 4 trips now to Vegas, I'll put in my two cents on this thread which btw I never found/read while planning any of my trips....darn! I always love DISer opinions!:thumbsup2


Here is where I stayed (all in June) and my opinions:

1st Trip '03....Monte Carlo. Elegant hotel. Pool area was great and close to everything. Our view from the 30 something floor was awesome! I enjoyed the location as that "corner" with MGM, NYNY and Excaliber were quite exciting and entertaining. Plenty to do with our teen-age sons at the time. It was a great hotel for a 1st time trip. :)

2nd trip '07.....Flamingo. Went with my Mom and some other family members. I loved our room and the full length windows looking out at the gardens! Did not care for the pool at all even though to look at it, it's beautiful. It was too much of a party pool. People standing everywhere in the pool with their drinks. I like to drink at the side and swim in the pool. Also, the pool area is quite a walk from the hotel.
The location of the hotel was nice, tho. It was fun watching the Bellagio lights almost every night. Ballys and Paris are next store and were fun gambling places. Mom and I loved Bill's (right next door) the best, tho. Quite a quaint little casino with an awesome breakfast!!

3rd and 4th trip '08 and '09.....Golden Nugget. We love the Golden Nugget and being downtown!! Quite a few family members, including my DH and 3 sons (now in their 20s) went on both trips. We stayed in the South Tower but, like this year, for $39 a night, the rooms aren't that bad at all!!! ;)
We love the pool area as it became a great "meeting" spot for all of us. It's so close to everything. What I really liked was even tho the pool itself closed at 8:00, the pool area is open until a lot later so you can just hang out in the chairs and visit. Nice break from just walking and gambling all the time!!
We love being on Fremont Street. There's so much happening at night and then in the mornings it's so calm and quiet. I love being able to run into about 6 different casinos all in a matter of minutes. We still do our 1 day trip to the strip and also eat at Ellis Island with those great steak deals that one day, but it's so nice when we get back "home" to Fremont Street.:goodvibes

That's it for now........

mmouse37
07-02-2009, 05:43 PM
Went with hubby to Vegas twice along with friends....first time we stayed at Bellagio....LOVED IT!!!

Last year we stayed at Wynn....really enjoyed that as well but liked the Bellagio better. Especially liked the Bellagio casino better.

In August DD's and I and some friends are doing a girls trip.....this time we are staying at Planet Hollywood. DD stayed there before and enjoyed it.

I like trying new hotels so will see!!

MJ

LovintheLodge
07-03-2009, 01:53 PM
Thanks KKB! We'll be at TI in 2 weeks. The other family we're travelling with wanted to stay there (I wanted Mandalay Bay for the pool for the 4 teens). I was a little hesitant about the hotel, but feel better after your post regarding the rooms, location, etc.

Magix
07-09-2009, 01:37 PM
Doing a lot of Vegas trips this year, because of all the special deals I'm receiving. Stayed at Golden Nugget (my 2nd time) in April. Nice rooms, comfy beds. Stayed in the South Tower. Wouldn't dare stay anywhere else downtown, but the GN is a very nice, clean place. Great pool with the Shark Tank in the middle, too! Both my stays there have been very enjoyable.

Stayed at the Encore in June. Fantastic, fantastic!! Got a killer deal for $109 a night midweek ($159 for the Friday we stayed), so that's why we went. The rooms are 750 square feet. Huge bathroom with separate tub and shower. Big closet. Super comfy bed. Big LCD TV in the bedroom/living area plus a smaller LCD in the bathroom. Divided living/office area and bedroom. Living area has a nice couch/lounger. Floor to ceiling windows with bedside automatic curtain controls. Each room has a doorbell, even! My friends stayed in a 2 bed room and they didn't have the separate living and bedroom areas, but it was still a wonderful room. Regardless of how much you've spent to stay there, all staff treat you as though you belong in that kind of fancy joint. Downside is that the food is expensive and you have to wander over to the Wynn (connected by a high-end shopping corridor) for casual dining of any kind. Very minor issue, though. Didn't manage to get to the pool, but it looked marvelous from the room. They have a regular pool and a European (top optional) pool. Highly, highly recommend a stay at this hotel. Just marvelous!! I think it may well have ruined me for all other Vegas hotels.

Will be staying at New York, New York for my first time in October. Got a deal for 2 nights free.

Will also be staying at the Mirage for my first time in December. Got a deal for 3 nights free for that one!! Such amazing deals right now, particularly for MGM/Mirage Players Club members. That's how Dad and I both got the free stay deals. Neither of us gambles much during our visits, but they're still sending us killer offers. Definitely worth joining players clubs just to see what kind of offers you'll receive.

After visiting Planet Hollywood casino and having a really great time, I very much want to try the place out for a stay sometime soon.

DisneySuiteFreak
07-16-2009, 07:34 AM
We love being on Fremont Street. There's so much happening at night and then in the mornings it's so calm and quiet. I love being able to run into about 6 different casinos all in a matter of minutes. We still do our 1 day trip to the strip and also eat at Ellis Island with those great steak deals that one day, but it's so nice when we get back "home" to Fremont Street.:goodvibes

Shhhhh! Don't let the secret about Downtown out or everyone else will take over the area! :goodvibes I love Downtown too! We go every year to LV at least 3-5 times a year for 1-2 weeks at a time. We've stayed on strip and Downtown, and prefer Downtown for gambling and strip for pools and themes. We've stayed at Harrah's, Mandalay Bay, Venetian, NYNY, MGM, Rio --all of them numerous times. We prefer Downtown for better gambling odds. Downtown we've stayed at GN, Main Street Station and California Hotel. We always get comped RFB + suites Downtown. We get comped in smallish, so-called suites on the strip too, but nothing like downtown. We always rent a car so transportation is not an issue. I like being able to eat, dink and stay for free on the casinos dime, and since we're not whales, we have to stay where they appreciate our play. Downtown it is!

Peri
07-20-2009, 09:45 AM
Anopther vote for downtown - but keep it quiet!
:scared1::scared1::scared1:
We go one to two times a year for 4 to 5 days. We now always stay at Golden Nugget but have also been to Main St. Station (which has the best inexpensive buffet around). I didn't like the walk from the outdoor lot at MSS - it was kind of creepy. We drive so transportation is not an issue but I will say i usually just get a bus pass on "deuce" the strip/tourist bus - and have never had any trouble getting around on that, as I leave downtown very early (before 8 am) - it is fast as the wind. Have also stayed at Mandalay Bay - too pricey - lousy casino odds (!!!:scared1:) - but lovely room and great bathroom! One stay in the Mandalay Tower - wow what a view! - well the pools there are fabulous, too. Have also had experience at the Rio - nice and Penn and Teller are great. The free overhead show is now "adult" themed instead of carnival so be warned if you are taking kids. A good friend has stayed at TI, Excal., and Luxor several times - I visited the rooms - the TI rooms are NEW and really nice! Luxor is okay, kind of odd. I miss the egyptian heavy theming. Excal is a great money saving deal!

I hope whoever goes has a great time! Dont forget to take the free shuttle from downtown or drive out to Sam's Town with their audioanimatronic western show and a full movie theater and bowling alley (hey, if you get tired of throwing money away, it is nice to doze during a movie!!)

have a great trip, All!!

pppiglet
08-13-2009, 11:03 PM
We just got back from Excalibur. Would not stay there again as we like to try different places, but they have some really good rates right now. ($22 week days)

It was too drab in the room and DH said the furniture looked like trailer trash. The casino was pretty smokey. We did like the food though. This was really weird....you had to stretch to reach the toilet paper from the toilet! : )

We walked from there to the Venetian and back going through all the casinos to decide where to stay next time. We really liked Mandalay Bay, Paris, and Venetian. NYNY was nice too. We figure we walked 10 plus miles on Saturday. My legs are just starting to get back to normal!

momrek06
09-28-2009, 01:09 PM
:wave2: Howdy!!

We have stayed in VEGAS 2x.

2002 PARIS - loved it. 2004 RIO - loved the RIO but hated the logisitics of having to wait for the bus to shuttle us back and forth to the strip. PENN & TELLER were/are AWESOME!!! :goodvibes

We relocated to SoCal from Boston. We want to head to Vegas for Xmas. Is there allot going on during Xmas in Vegas? We would drive and I am thinking along the lines of BALLY's as it is smack in the middle of the strip!!!

My DS' were there in March and stayed at the LUXOR mid-week and booked rooms for $59.00 per night and when they checked in they were actually upgraded. They did say Luxor was lovely lovely BUT it is too far at the end of the strip. :headache:

ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!

HAS ANYONE BEEN TO OR KNOW HOW THE CIRQUE BEATLES SHOW IS???

KKB
09-28-2009, 01:23 PM
December some shows are dark...
If you like the Beatles, you should like LOVE, if you are a Cirque fan.

As I said before, Ballys is the one we keep coming back to for good rates & great location and HUGE rooms...we always book a south tower & settle for great views even if they need renovated. BUT we always ask if a free upgrade to north tower is available & we have always been accomodated. Still huge, mountain views, lovely renovation.

TI is as far north as I like, and PH as far south.

We did Flamingo in July; eh, paid $25/nt to upgrade our comped rooms to stay in a GO room...nice room, but we won't stay at Flamingo again. Don't care for the casino.

Downtown--either you love it or you don't. I like to go for one day. But we stayed at Golden Nugget one trip for 3 nights...GREAT hotel. But if your gambling budget is shot--and it is too cool for the pool--there is NOTHING to do.

momrek06
09-28-2009, 01:44 PM
December some shows are dark...
If you like the Beatles, you should like LOVE, if you are a Cirque fan.

As I said before, Ballys is the one we keep coming back to for good rates & great location and HUGE rooms...we always book a south tower & settle for great views even if they need renovated. BUT we always ask if a free upgrade to north tower is available & we have always been accomodated. Still huge, mountain views, lovely renovation.

We love CIRQUE...seen quite of few of their shows between La Nouba in Disney to their traveling shows that would come to Boston. My whole family absolutely loves all the Beatles music so we thought that would be a good choice for a show. I will have to see if it is dark when we plan on being there.

Now booking BALLY's...when you call can you REQUEST a TOWER? Which TOWER faces the Strip and which TOWER faces the MOUNTAINS...we love watching the Strip activity. I face the SAN GABRIEL MTNS here from our top floor apt in SoCal...sooo I would love to see the VEGAS STRIP!!!

TIA!!! :goodvibes


EDITED: LOVE is dark through Xmas holidays but KA is running during the holidays!!! :)

DisneySuiteFreak
09-28-2009, 02:10 PM
:wave2: Howdy!!

We have stayed in VEGAS 2x.

2002 PARIS - loved it. 2004 RIO - loved the RIO but hated the logisitics of having to wait for the bus to shuttle us back and forth to the strip. PENN & TELLER were/are AWESOME!!! :goodvibes

We relocated to SoCal from Boston. We want to head to Vegas for Xmas. Is there allot going on during Xmas in Vegas? We would drive and I am thinking along the lines of BALLY's as it is smack in the middle of the strip!!!

My DS' were there in March and stayed at the LUXOR mid-week and booked rooms for $59.00 per night and when they checked in they were actually upgraded. They did say Luxor was lovely lovely BUT it is too far at the end of the strip. :headache:

ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!

HAS ANYONE BEEN TO OR KNOW HOW THE CIRQUE BEATLES SHOW IS???

We recently stayed in the standard rooms at the Mirage and they are really nicely appointed and good sized. It looks rather retro, but hip. I liked that the windows pop open so you can get some fresh air in the room. The pool at Mirage is lovely, but will probably be closed due to the weather. The Mirage is very centrally located, right next door to Caesar's Palace and Treasure Island, and across the street from Harrah's, Casino Royale, and Venetian. The Beatles Love show is awesome! We'd see it again. You should double check and make sure it's running though because a lot of shows go dark in December through New Years, particularly the Cirque shows. As the other poster said, there is nothing to do outside of gambling in the winter months, except for sightseeing and checking out the various casinos/hotel themes. Which brings me to my next pont...a lot of the hotels are 'detheming' now, so there may not be as much to see. December, especially closer to Xmas is usually very slow in Vegas.

Pakey
09-28-2009, 03:51 PM
For all of you going, please make sure to sign up online at each resort's website to receive internet deals. The emails I have gotten in the past month are crazy cheap for rooms. I was there in August and will be going again in 4 weeks. Although I do not like Mandalay Bay (too boring), getting a room for $35 a night is a good deal for anyone looking to stay for less. I'm staying at the Venetian in the Venezia Tower for $135/nite which includes breakfast. I paid 3 times that 2 years ago for the same room category.

I also got excellent seats at Love for $106 per person from an online promo I received.

momrek06, KA is an excellent show. It's my favorite of the ones I have seen in Las Vegas so far (I liked it better than "O", Mystere, and La Reve).

momrek06
09-28-2009, 05:59 PM
For all of you going, please make sure to sign up online at each resort's website to receive internet deals. The emails I have gotten in the past month are crazy cheap for rooms. I was there in August and will be going again in 4 weeks. Although I do not like Mandalay Bay (too boring), getting a room for $35 a night is a good deal for anyone looking to stay for less. I'm staying at the Venetian in the Venezia Tower for $135/nite which includes breakfast. I paid 3 times that 2 years ago for the same room category.

I also got excellent seats at Love for $106 per person from an online promo I received.

momrek06, KA is an excellent show. It's my favorite of the ones I have seen in Las Vegas so far (I liked it better than "O", Mystere, and La Reve).



Wow, Pakey, thanks for that info about signing up on the resort's websites!!!
We have a few places in mind and would love to get a great deal. ::yes::

Yes, LOVE is dark for Xmas and looking over the different shows, we did see "O" in 2002 and LOVED it...but would like to see something else....KA looks awesome and has amazing reviews!!! :thumbsup2

Debs Hill
10-04-2009, 07:31 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Four Seasons? I noticed it had good reviews on Trip Adviser, but a bit worried about it being so far down the end of the Strip........how does this work with the monorail? Previously stayed at Caesars, the Mirage and Bellagio(for wedding) and loved them all!

Also would love to know your top 3 shows for a family: Have done 'O', Mystere, EFX, Blue Men
Debsx:hug:

My2Cinderellas
10-04-2009, 11:02 AM
The Four Seasons is at the very south end of the strip. I believe the hotel is attached to the south side of the Mandalay Bay, but does not have it's own casino.

The Mandalay Bay is not on the monorail that links MGM to the Convention Center, running along the back side of the hotels on the east side of Las Vegas Blvd. To get to that monorail, you must take a monorail that links Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur. Don't get off at the 1st Excalibur stop - wait for the 2nd. Then take the bridges that link to NYNY and then again to MGM and walk to the very back side of MGM to pick up the monorail.

As you can see - it's quite a trek just to get to the monorail from the Four Seasons. You would be better off cabbing it IMO. I personally don't think the monorail is great for getting around the strip. If you were staying on the strip, especially at a monorail stop hotel and attending an event at the convention center - then it makes sense.

I can't comment on the Four Seasons itself- just about the location. I've stayed at the Mandalay Bay and really really like it, but the location is a factor.

KKB
12-27-2009, 02:38 PM
Sahara
pros--cheap, $1 beers,hot dogs & blackjack
cons--LONG walk to other casinos, pool blah

TI
pros--nice rooms, nice casino, great MX restaurant Isla, right next to Fashion Show Mall
cons--a bit north, blah pool

Mirage
pros--nice casino & rooms, decent location, nice selection of well-priced restaurants, GREAT pool
cons--tends to be upper average price, a little north of center

Caesars
pros--FABULOUS room in Palace tower; classy casino; cool pools; Forum shops have great shopping & restaurants
cons--usually pricey, long walk from room to strip

Flamingo
pros--good location, GO rooms pretty cool, great pool (but can be full of kids)
cons--casino glaring, kinda dirty halls, flamingo area smelled fishy

Ballys
pros--large rooms, great views, great central strip location, easy to get to strip, inexpensive
cons--south strip rooms very dated, casino blah

Paris
pros--nice casino, classy
cons--rooms just OK for price, pool blah

Monte Carlo
pros--nice, usually well prices, decent location
cons--kinda blah

MGM
pros--great casino, nice room, great pool, great restaurant choices
cons--south end of strip (not a fan), long walk to strip from room

Excalibur
pros--cheap
cons--location, dark rooms, no tubs

Mandalay Bay
pros--my FAV casino; great pool, rooms, restaurants, shopping
cons--location:sad1:

Fitgeralds
pros--cheap
cons--icky smellling rooms, downtown

Golden Nugget
pros--nice rooms, casino, pool
cons--downtown (dont' get me wrong; I love to go DT once a trip; but staying downtown sucks if your $ runs out--not much else to do...especially if it is too cold to sit at the pool; but love the cheap gambling, food, drinks)

OK...we have stayed twice each at Sahara (first 2 trips) & Mirage and numerous times at Ballys...it might be more than 15!

tinatark
02-14-2010, 08:07 PM
We've stayed at Mandalay Bay and Wynn - both are awesome - saw Steve Wynn leaving his hotel - cool! I would consider the Four Seasons or the Lake Las Vegas Ritz.

biddingfortravel.com lists some great priceline "wins" for LV hotels. I believe Four Seasons used to come up, not sure if it still does.

officer tigger
03-20-2010, 03:36 PM
My wife and I are making our first trip to Vegas next month staying at The Venetian.
What are the views of the standard view room and is it worth the extra money to upgrade to a view of the strip?

momrek06
03-21-2010, 12:41 PM
My wife and I are making our first trip to Vegas next month staying at The Venetian.
What are the views of the standard view room and is it worth the extra money to upgrade to a view of the strip?

Howdy officer tigger, this forum on the DIS is pretty quiet ... might I suggest Vegas Message Boards ... http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php

officer tigger
03-24-2010, 08:54 AM
Howdy officer tigger, this forum on the DIS is pretty quiet ... might I suggest Vegas Message Boards ... http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php

Thanks will do.

KKB
03-24-2010, 06:11 PM
stayed at the Wynn & Ballys.
Wynn is very nice but doubt we will never stay there again. Room was very comparable to our Palace Tower room at Caesars (comped!) except CP's bathroom was twice as big! It is a LONG walk to everywhere on the strip, and food/drinks were quite expensive (and most not all that impressive). Funny thing was, we walked all the way down to OSheas every night to gamble! Guess we should have kept our Ballys rooms for all 5 nights.
Ballys gets our business the most as we are typically comped there and it has a great location. Rooms are HUGE. We stayed in the South Tower this time...yes, rooms are dated, but we are in our room so little, that doesn't even hit our radar. We wander south one day, north another.
EXHAUSTED....

Debs Hill
03-25-2010, 04:16 AM
Has anyone stayed at the new Mandarin Oriental yet?
Debsx:goodvibes

exandruadam
05-14-2010, 10:01 PM
Hotels With No Fees!

1) ARIA Resort and Casino
2) Arizona Charlie's (Boulder & Decatur)
3) Bally's
4) Bellagio
5) Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
6) Caesars Palace
7) California

KKB
05-14-2010, 10:28 PM
Hotels With No Fees!

1) ARIA Resort and Casino
2) Arizona Charlie's (Boulder & Decatur)
3) Bally's
4) Bellagio
5) Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon
6) Caesars Palace
7) California

Four Queens
All Harrahs properties (Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Harrahs, Ballys, Paris, Rio)
(Planet HOllywood is now HET property...used to charge fee...not sure now)
Plaza
Palms (well, it's only $1)
Vegas Club
Alexis Park
Eastside Cannery
El Cortez
Fitzgeralds
Four Seasons
Fremont
Gold Strike
Golden Gate
Golden Nugget
LV Hilton
M Resort
Main Street Station
Mandalay Bay
MGM
Riviera
South Point
Suncoast
Terribles
THEhotel
Wynn

(there are some others that are lesser known/off strip)

rpbert1
05-15-2010, 04:34 AM
http://www.vegas.com/incl/resortfees.html#nofee

KKB
05-15-2010, 10:13 PM
MGM & THEhotel fall off the "no resort fee" list today:confused3

obe
11-28-2010, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the great post

reilly12
12-09-2010, 09:51 AM
I've only stayed at Caesar's Palace and I really liked how it was so convenient because the Forum Shops are directly underneath it! The room was also very nice. I saw this sofa I really liked (http://www.fashion4home.com/sofas-sectional-sofas) in there, but I wasn't sure where it came from. I guess I have to wait for my next trip out there to ask about it! :)

hey matthew i suggest stayed at Nikki Beach for next trip, this is fantastic place of vegas.
On my most recent trip of las vegas in this year, I was stay in My favorite place is Nikki Beach Club,
Café Nikki will make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip as a perfect complement to Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The menu offered at Café Nikki is a blend of American cuisine and flavors inspired by international dishes, and the ambition of the food makes it a worthwhile culinary journey. :cool1:


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Las Vegas Restaurant (http://www.nikkibeachlasvegas.com)

KKB
12-09-2010, 10:26 AM
hey matthew i suggest stayed at Nikki Beach for next trip, this is fantastic place of vegas.
On my most recent trip of las vegas in this year, I was stay in My favorite place is Nikki Beach Club,
Café Nikki will make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip as a perfect complement to Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The menu offered at Café Nikki is a blend of American cuisine and flavors inspired by international dishes, and the ambition of the food makes it a worthwhile culinary journey. :cool1:


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Las Vegas Restaurant (http://www.nikkibeachlasvegas.com)

It is clearly an advertisement. This restaurant may or may not be good.
But to advertise a restaurant is against post rules.

LindaBabe
05-15-2011, 03:16 PM
I stayed at Bally's in January - got a lovely refurbished room in the north tower, not far from the elevator. The room was big, clean and comfy, with a view down the side street toward the Rio, and also could see about 1/3 of the Bellagio fountains. I was able to request a coffee maker. Bally's connects with Paris, making more food options and shopping an easy stroll.

Alltiggeredout
07-21-2011, 05:01 AM
Excalibur.We are staying there next year in Sept,but there doesn't seem to be any good things being said about it.Is it really that bad?We are staying there as its cheap for us and we saw a model of it in 1989 before it was built and thought it looked good.A long time ago i know.

KKB
07-21-2011, 10:09 AM
Excalibur is what it is--cheap, basic. It is still safe & clean, but nothing special.
Personally I prefer to be a bit more mid-strip; I typically stay at Harrahs or Ballys (and have stayed at Caesars, Wynn--and nearly every resort in between!) but it looks like Imperial Palace will be the cheapest for me in Oct.--many many people REFUSE to stay there (honestly, I think most of them have never stayed there--many likely haven't even stepped in there!) But many appreciate what it is--cheap, safe, great location. Yes, rooms are basic (Super 8)--but who cares? I spend about 5 hrs/day in my room!
And most would say most would say Excalibur is a step above IP--you will be fine!

Alltiggeredout
07-23-2011, 05:05 AM
We won't be spending much time in our room either,so clean and safe is fine with us.We are pretty near everywhere and will spend most of our time in other casinos anyway.Thanks.

Thundergod
07-24-2011, 08:54 PM
Stayed at the Hilton off the strip last year, not impressed. Dirty room

Stayed at Circus Circus one night this year, also a fairly old and dated and not well cleaned room

Stayed at Ballys for two nights this year, lobby and such was in great shape but hallways and elevators not so much. Our room was huge for a standard room, bed was good enough and the room was pretty clean. Just dated

For our last night we stayed at Aria, This is a nice place. Room was clean, bathroom was great, beds were great. Only complaint was if you removed one of the items in the room(say almonds or something and don't sit them back down quickly you will be charged for them) Had to have three items refunded because we looked at them but didn't use any of them.

debrapagliasotti
07-24-2011, 09:05 PM
Our most recent trip just last month, we stayed at Bellagio for the first time. We had a lake view room...absolutely beautiful. The location is perfect...the hotel is beautiful. This is our new preferred hotel in Vegas :)

We have also stayed at Monte Carlo a few years ago. It was nice...we had a strip view (this was before City Center was built). Now I would think the view would not be as good with all of the new construction.

Jordanblackpool
09-13-2011, 05:21 AM
Stayed at the MGM Grand in March.

Pros - So much to do in hotel, nice pool area, good restuarants and great if you like sports.

Cons - The sheer size of it. Its absolutley huge and If you dont like walking then the walk from the lifts to the pool is shocking! But you are in Vegas! Everythinng is huge!:lmao:

low-key
09-14-2011, 08:36 PM
Harrahs pros- that bar they got outside and location
cons - its getting kind of dumpy

Paris Pros- great location, love the twilight in Paris atmosphere , lots f god restaurants and real clean

Cons - dumb pool

MGM - great rooms, cleanest rooms, fabulous casino with lots of restaurants, good pool

Con - lots of walking

Mirage - Clean, fun, great location, great pool and I had a sexy roommate :woohoo:, outside bar in front of place is lots of fun

cons- You could get great deals there once in a while but if they probably over charge

quikah
09-22-2011, 08:21 PM
Stayed at Polo Towers last tues for one night. There was a big convention in town so most hotels on the strip were $$. We bought the airfare long ago before looking at hotel rates.

We had a 1-bdr suite with a full kitchen. The room looked fairly recently remodeled, king bed in the bedroom and a full size murphy bed in the living room. The only con was the AC was a bit noisy. Otherwise it was a nice quiet place.

keishashadow
11-01-2011, 11:07 AM
Found a really great rate for Flamingo Go Room-Strip View over Super Bowl weekend. Could've booked Harrahs-Luxury Strip View for $50 less and Bally's North Tower or Suite in South Tower in same ballpark. PH has reasonably priced rooms. we've stayed there before but i'm not a fan of the go-go girls @ the tables.:rolleyes1

Have been reading some iffy reviews on Flamingo on other sites, mostly common area issues - carpet, condition of standard rooms which do look beat. The Go Rooms are very retro, exactly the vibe I want this trip, and the location is a winner for us too.

Having those dreaded 2nd thoughts;)& wondering if anybody has stayed @ the Flamingo lately.

VegasMike
11-19-2011, 12:01 PM
Pros:

Good size room with good themeing. Nicely layed out bathroom with a great shower. Free internet access ( hard wire ). Eight minutes by cab from airport. Nicely themed pool area.

Cons:

Parking lot is a long walk from checkin. When LAX is open the SE first floor corner can get VERY crowded ( club opens late and crowd forms early ). The Luxor shopping area is "weak" at best. Resort location at the far south end of the strip can make checking out the strip a LONG walk if you don't have a car.

Notes:
Room is sizable and well themed. Bathroom is very roomy with a HUGE shower ( no tub ). Vanity is a single sink but a large counter. Rooms are undergoing renovation as of this post.
The pyramid is layed out very well. Activities all are located in the center on two floors. Casino is on the frist floor. In the corners on the first floor are two Starbucks ( NE and NW corners ), There is a deli in the SW corner and a escalator going to the second floor in the SE corner. Inclanators are located at the extreme end of all four corners of the pyramid, each accesses roughly 10 floors of the resort ( what floor your on will determine what inclanator you need to use to get to your room ). In the casino is the 24 hour resturant and the stairs going down to the buffet along with serveral lounges (3). At locations around the casnio are several sit down eateries. In the middle of the north side of the pyramid is a indoor walkway to Excaliber. On the second floor of the atrium is the ticket center for shows and exibition areas. Also is the indoor walkway going to Mandalay Bay along with the fast food court and another sit down eating venue. Above the second floor atrium level the pyramid soars up 30 stories giveing it a very open feel and a view of the rooms that run the perimeter.

nina012
02-28-2012, 09:31 PM
it was really great :thumbsup2 .. i'll go again at Disneyland :banana:

lcasa
04-14-2012, 03:56 PM
Just got back from 2 nights at Aria - very nice ,very high tech - control everything from drapes to maid service sign from the tv. Confusing bill -- ate at the restaurants 2x and had $100 meal credit and every line item was listed except $100 worth. Took 15 min to figure out if it was right!
Really nice room - we were upgraded to a city view on the 29th floor which was very nice - looked out towards NYNY and at night very cool.
Pools (3) were kind of so-so - nice but no theming or special features. 3 rather large jacuzzis. All closed by 6pm!! That wasn't so nice.
Gaming area nice. Nice art shops and high-end fashion shops very close - and a CVS on the corner. It has a tram to the Monte Carlo.
I'd stay there again at the rate we got. I prefered the rooms at the Encore but it is more expensive and kind of far up the strip, while Aria is really central to everything. And I still think the Mirage has the best pool of all of them.

Belgarion42
11-27-2012, 08:55 AM
I just stayed at the MGM Grand a couple of weeks ago. They recently renovated all the rooms, but honestly I liked them better before. I liked the older decor that paid homage to old movies. With the renovations, oddly, the rooms weren't any better to me. The bed was moderately comfortable, no iPhone dock, one phone (and it was next to the bed, non on the desk). The automatic window shades were great, and the bathroom was really nice. I guess I just expected more from a hotel that had spent so much money so recently on improvements.

Oh, and the buffet there was average at best. I didn't like it much overall, but there were a couple of standout items (mainly the desserts). It cost about $32 with tax, though, which seemed overpriced.

Mushu mama
05-22-2013, 06:30 PM
We decided to stay 'old school' when we visited Vegas in September 12 -at the Flamingo.

Firstly, we were a large group and because of a conference that had been booked we discovered we'd had our rooms bumped to a lower room type and frankly, they were not great. The bed was comfy but more because we were exhausted, than possibly its actually comfort level.

The breakfast/ dinner buffet was excellent however, we ended up paying for one of them twice due to a tick not being put into a box.

The pool was very shallow - something we'd never encountered before - and one had to walk through heavily peopled areas in ones swimmers to access it, so that was a little offputting for an older gal .

The live flamingos were beautiful and I took a billion photos of them.

The main thing that stayed with me from this hotel/casino was the seriously awful ventilation. As a non-smoker I found myself choking most of the time - even the rooms smelled horrific. Other casinos we visited had great ventilation and the smoke didn't rate a mention - namely the MGM , Paris, NYNY and the Venetian.

Would I stay here again... probably not, I loved NYNY and the Venetian and possibly even Paris. Clearly a jump in price, but worth it in my book.
Having said all this, I LOVED Vegas and can't wait to visit again one day.