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maggiew
03-14-2008, 09:09 AM
Is there a Las Vegas budget board? I tried to do a search, but nothing came up.

DH wants to go to Vegas and wants me to find a place to stay.

Thanks,

Maggie

minnierocks
03-14-2008, 09:30 AM
My husband and I just returned from Vegas last week...
I would be happy to help you with any questions that you have...:goodvibes

Suzanna1973
03-14-2008, 09:30 AM
The Plaza on Freemont street has some pretty reasonable rates. Around $60 per night. If you haven't been to Vegas before, may I recommend the book "Vegas for Dummies". I bought it when my husband went in 2006. It gives you some great budget tips! There is a restaurant at the casino called Ellis Island Casino. They have a steak dinner for $4.95. It comes with a HUGE steak, baked potato, and veggie of the day. It is amazingly delicious! This item isn't on the menu. You have to know about it before hand to order it!

Have a wonderful trip!!!!

RyJMom
03-14-2008, 09:34 AM
For hotel deals I go to FatWallet. In the forums there is a travel section that lists codes for hotels. I seem to have the best luck there. I always book direct with the hotel and make sure it can be cancelled if a better deal comes along. Good luck on your search - To me that is the fun part.

pearlieq
03-14-2008, 09:38 AM
www.cheapovegas.com - funny and informative.

www.l******************* - a little harder to navigate, but good info.

plutolovr
03-14-2008, 10:20 AM
"Vegas" and "Budget" is an oxymoron in my family. :rotfl:

I loooove the Bellagio!!!! and I looooveto gamble and see the shows. So budget is pretty much out the window. And don't forget about steak dinners at some of the best steak houses in the country. :thumbsup2

skjuls
03-14-2008, 11:18 AM
[QUOTE=pearlieq;23794532]www.cheapovegas.com - funny and informative.

QUOTE]

Agreed! I have been using this site since 2003!!!

carrie6466
03-14-2008, 11:37 AM
This is (so far) the first year that I am not going to LV. LV Advisor has great message boards. There is also OpenVegas.com (used to be Las Vegas Talk a few years back). I don't know of any budget boards, but some of them have coupon trading and 'frugal' tips, etc.

If it's your first time going I would recommend staying on the Strip rather than anywhere else, even though it does cost more.

I also like cheapo vegas, but find some of their info isn't always current.

...am hoping to maybe squeeze in a four day weekend at some point this year. I would have made it, too, if not for my current WDW obsession ::sigh::

gonemousin'
03-14-2008, 11:38 AM
I found the trip advisor las vegas forum to be extremely active and helpful when I was planning my trip last year. They gave me the #1 Las Vegas budget tip...use this calendar to determine conventions...and then plan to go when the big ones AREN'T happening, LOL! http://www.pcap.com/lvconv.htm

For example, we were initially planning to go in early January but the dates I was querying were bringing back sky high hotel rates (crazy high)...when I checked on the convention calendar, I realized it was because of the Consumer Electronic Show, bringing in 150K+ people into town, so of course that was driving up the hotel rates. We ended up changing our days to the week after the CES convention and hotel room rates were dirt cheap. We stayed offstrip at the Orleans for $25/night and loved it! (full disclosure - we're not gamblers, we were using Vegas as a cheap place to stay while day tripping to Death Valley, Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam, so I can't attest to the Orlean's gambling happenings, LOL, but the hotel rooms were fantastic - HUGE and well appointed with granite counters and a nice sitting area...and for $25/night, I almost felt guilty about not gambling...almost!!) Anyway, definitely check out the calendar if your dates have any flexibility. Good luck!!

keishashadow
03-14-2008, 01:19 PM
disneyland boards has a thread that covers the west, in general, & las vegas

good source for codes:

smartervegas

vegasmessageboard (chat board & codes)

broadwaybox

if you're all about the cheapest on-strip hotel/deal; check out circus-circus & strasophere; along with excalibur standard rooms...also, harrah's website has a feature to access special rates for all their hotels @ once:thumbsup2

antmaril
03-14-2008, 01:42 PM
travel2vegas.com

everylastbreath
03-14-2008, 01:54 PM
Been to Vegas many times, ask any questions you might have. For a reasonable hotel I would totally recommend Harrahs, center strip, monorail hotel, clean, reasonable rooms. Personally I would not recommend staying off the strip if your not familar with the area, everything your going to want to see is on the strip, so you'll spend more $$ on cabs back and forth.

carrie6466
03-14-2008, 02:00 PM
re: the convention calander. Anything you see that has 100K or more is definitely not the time to go. We've also learned to avoid March (NCAA final 4 weekend), Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, or big fight weekends. Every place is pretty much mobbed for big big sporting events. Also, in December they have some big Rodeo thing that gets very crowded.

RichNKatHolly
03-14-2008, 02:05 PM
Hi! Great thread as we just booked our first LV trip this week. :thumbsup2

We are going August 28th (I know, very hot!).

Got a great deal through Travelocity for air, hotel (Planet Hollywood), car and breakfast.

Looking forward to reading all the info from the other posters!

caribear
03-14-2008, 02:05 PM
DH and I along with 3 other couples are trying to plan a 4-day trip in August. Discounted rates are out through July for most hotels on the strip. If you go to the hotels main website you can sign up for email alerts. I don't know much about Vegas....so I am going to keep an eye on this thread also! Thanks!

Bren's Mom
03-14-2008, 02:14 PM
One thing to keep in mind is that if you're planning to gamble at all you might want to book your hotel directly rather than with a package...they can't comp you your room or any part of it if you purchased as part of a package. You can still be comped meals, etc. Just something to think about.

Lisa11130
03-14-2008, 02:38 PM
We are just back from Vegas too. Planet Holloywood is in a good location. We stayed in a timeshare condo. (Marriott Grand) right across the street from Planet Hollywood. Marriott is great for more than 2 couples and they rent it out for less than $100 night. I would have to agree to stay on the strip, otherwise you spend a lot of your time going back and forth. Any questions feel free to ask! We are going back in November. :banana: Lisa in Indiana

RichNKatHolly
03-14-2008, 02:41 PM
One thing to keep in mind is that if you're planning to gamble at all you might want to book your hotel directly rather than with a package...they can't comp you your room or any part of it if you purchased as part of a package. You can still be comped meals, etc. Just something to think about.

Yeah, that's a great point.

We don't gamble at all. Our plan is sky dive, see the dessert, check out the cheesy sites and sleep! LOL - we are getting 3 nights away from the kiddos! :lovestruc

minnierocks
03-14-2008, 03:11 PM
We stayed at the Luxor ($80/night) and it was fine, but I would stay somewhere else next time. Rooms were clean, housekeeping was great, but we thought that some of the other resorts had more to offer. Aside from gambling, there was very little shopping or interesting places to eat (aside from the Cathouse, which was closed)...

We loved walking through NYNY and would definitely stay there next time...lots of different places to eat. We had a best steak ever at Gallagher's (very pricey-be prepared!) and the best raspberry margarita at Gonzolez y Gonzolez! The best buffet was at the Bellagio, which at lunch, was cheaper than any Disney buffet! I would definitely recommend that one! :thumbsup2

Take the time to go through the Forum Shoppes at Ceasar's...it was fun to look through all the high-end designer shops. Planet Hollywood has great "regular people" shopping.

Be prepared to walk!!! Take comfortable shoes for touring during the day and save those fancy heels for your night out! You will do a ton of walking...We did buy a pass on the Deuce ($5 for a 24 hour period) one day and it was worth it. There were tons of stops all up and down the Strip. We were surprised at how pedestrian-friendly that Vegas was...we loved the catwalks over traffic and the outdoor escalators.

We had SO much fun!!! Have a great time!!! :goodvibes

mzlee
03-14-2008, 04:24 PM
I was just there. Stayed at the Plaza for 2 nights and then the MGM Grand for three nights. The rooms are really expensive on Friday and Saturdays but really reasonable Sun - Thurs. I stayed at the MGM for $69/nt with the third night free. Here's a website that have discount codes for Vegas hotels:

http://www.lasvegasinhotels.com/index/

maggiew
03-14-2008, 06:11 PM
Thank you for all of your suggestions! They are very helpful. Sadly I am not going on this trip. DH is going with a friend. His only requirements were that it was "near the action" i.e. somewhere along the strip. I guess downtown would be ok too.

Is the Plaza an OK hotel? It seems to be significantly cheaper than the other hotels. The Plaza averages about $55 per night for his travel dates, while the Stratosphere is $155, NY NY and Planet Hollywood around $180 and the others more (Bellagio). Would you think the Plaza is ok for 2 guys who are probably going to be out gambling all the time? DH has never been to Vegas, so he has no idea what to expect.

Also, is the Monty Python show playing somewhere? I thought I heard about it opening up in Las Vegas?

Maggie

tinknme
03-14-2008, 06:15 PM
Here is a message board I read quite a bit before our trip to Vegas last Nov.

http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php

HTH!

kaytieeldr
03-14-2008, 07:28 PM
Also see www.everythinglv.com

M4travels
03-14-2008, 07:38 PM
Also, is the Monty Python show playing somewhere? I thought I heard about it opening up in Las Vegas?

Maggie

Spamalot is playing at the Wynn.

everylastbreath
03-14-2008, 08:34 PM
Thank you for all of your suggestions! They are very helpful. Sadly I am not going on this trip. DH is going with a friend. His only requirements were that it was "near the action" i.e. somewhere along the strip. I guess downtown would be ok too.

Is the Plaza an OK hotel? It seems to be significantly cheaper than the other hotels. The Plaza averages about $55 per night for his travel dates, while the Stratosphere is $155, NY NY and Planet Hollywood around $180 and the others more (Bellagio). Would you think the Plaza is ok for 2 guys who are probably going to be out gambling all the time? DH has never been to Vegas, so he has no idea what to expect.

Also, is the Monty Python show playing somewhere? I thought I heard about it opening up in Las Vegas?

Maggie


I would not stay downtown (personal opinion) little seedy- love to visit down there, but would never stay there. Depends on what type of "action" they are looking for, but if it's the club/party type stay on the strip. I wouldn't recommend the "action" downtown....

If they are gamblers, do they have player cards anywhere? because most good gamblers are comped everything. Where do they usually play?

simonkodousek
03-14-2008, 09:46 PM
If this is their first trip to Vegas, or if they just want to stay where all the action is, the Strip is the best bet. Downtown is sort of a dump in my opinion... you would definitely get the wrong image of Vegas is you stayed downtown all the time. On the Strip, Bill's Gamblin' Hall seems to be the best bang for the buck. Large rooms, windows that open, and plasma TV's. :)

deide71
03-15-2008, 12:51 AM
We are going to vegas in June.

Call me weird, but I kind of like downtown. It has that "old vegas" feel.

We are staying one night at the El Cortez. After reading the trip reports at Cheapo Vegas I think it sounds like an adventure:rotfl: .

We are staying the next 2 nights at TheHotel at Mandalay Bay. Talk about extremes. I got a deal that was too good to pass up.

kaytieeldr
03-15-2008, 12:59 AM
I would not stay downtown (personal opinion) little seedy- love Oh, I dunno - there are some pretty decent places dowtown (Golden Nugget comes immediately to mind, but I've also stayed at Main Street Station, where I felt entirely safe).

I forgot to share my favorite bargain. Based on the lesson "always ask about discounts"... if you donate blood at a place called United Blood Centers, and ask, you get a voucher for two free tickets to see Penn & Teller.

mzlee
03-15-2008, 02:30 AM
If your husband wants to be near the action then I would definitely recommend staying on the strip. The Plaza is downtown near the Fremont Street experience, which I enjoyed.

dvcnewgirl
03-15-2008, 07:11 AM
I would not stay downtown (personal opinion) little seedy- love to visit down there, but would never stay there. Depends on what type of "action" they are looking for, but if it's the club/party type stay on the strip. I wouldn't recommend the "action" downtown....

If they are gamblers, do they have player cards anywhere? because most good gamblers are comped everything. Where do they usually play?

I just got back and stayed downtown for the first time. I LOVED IT! SO much better than staying on the strip, we have stayed at TI, Mirage etc. I found downtown so much more convient. If you are looking for Model types and "party" atmosphere I agree the strip may be better for you. I was looking for a fun gambling time and not having to take a cab to get to another casino was great. It was really our favorite trip to LV.:goodvibes BTW, we stayed at Four Queens it was newly renovated, and we enjoyed it.. not upscale just FUN!

kaytieeldr
03-15-2008, 11:51 AM
You're gonna "make" me stay downtown for my entire next trip, aren't you, dvcnewgirl? :teeth:

Ennazus8810
03-15-2008, 09:54 PM
openvegas.com has very informative and knowledgeable forum boards.
Cheapovegas.com is great to get some basic info, (and is an entertaining read) but double check info from there, as it has not been updated in some time.
DH and I were married in Vegas almost a year ago (at the Bellagio), and can't wait to go back! Have a great time!

maggiew
03-15-2008, 10:25 PM
I would not stay downtown (personal opinion) little seedy- love to visit down there, but would never stay there. Depends on what type of "action" they are looking for, but if it's the club/party type stay on the strip. I wouldn't recommend the "action" downtown....

If they are gamblers, do they have player cards anywhere? because most good gamblers are comped everything. Where do they usually play?

When DH says they want to stay by "the action", I am hoping he means the gambling action only. :laughing:

DH has never been to Vegas, but his friend has. His friend has a players card, I am not sure from where though?? DH isn't a big gambler, he has only ever gambled when we went on cruises. We live in Chicago and I don't think he has every been to the casinos around here. This is just supposed to be a long weekend with his friend from boyhood that he hasn't seen in awhile.

How much do you have to gamble to be "comped everything"? Do you really mean they comp hotel rooms or food?

Thanks,
Maggie

srandsr76
03-16-2008, 06:22 AM
We just booked a trip for Aug - our first trip. Got a GREAT deal at the Luxor from their website. $67/night!!!

Thanks for posting - I have read all comments and gotten some good information as well!

Good Luck!

dvcnewgirl
03-17-2008, 06:12 AM
You're gonna "make" me stay downtown for my entire next trip, aren't you, dvcnewgirl? :teeth:


As long as you do not take my room!:rotfl:

minnierocks
03-17-2008, 06:50 AM
How much do you have to gamble to be "comped everything"? Do you really mean they comp hotel rooms or food?

Thanks,
Maggie

The more you gamble...the more you get comped. When you check in to your hotel, you use a credit card so that you can charge to your room. Then they tell you to charge everything to your room. Then at another counter, sign up for the player's card...some of the hotels are linked so that if you gamble at any of the linked casinos, you will earn player's club points. MGM is a big one...you can gamble in about 10 different casinos and earn points. At the end of your stay, they look at how many points you have earned and on a tier system...figure out how much you can get comped. Comps can be meals or your room...or both, if you gambled enough...
DH and I are not big gamblers...all we got was a free T-shirt! :goodvibes

Ricky's Girl
03-17-2008, 08:52 AM
Lots of great info. Thanks everyone for sharing. :goodvibes I've been thinking about finally going to Vegas next year and this thread sure supports that idea. :cool1:

Apart from watching the big conventions - when is the best time to go? We don't mind temps in the 80's but we plan to do a lot of sightseeing in the area so I'd prefer not to do it in 100 degree heat.

tinknme
03-17-2008, 09:00 AM
We went in Nov. last year & the weather was perfect. Short sleeves for the day & a light jacket at night :thumbsup2

Lots of great info. Thanks everyone for sharing. :goodvibes I've been thinking about finally going to Vegas next year and this thread sure supports that idea. :cool1:

Apart from watching the big conventions - when is the best time to go? We don't mind temps in the 80's but we plan to do a lot of sightseeing in the area so I'd prefer not to do it in 100 degree heat.

everylastbreath
03-17-2008, 11:10 AM
When DH says they want to stay by "the action", I am hoping he means the gambling action only. :laughing:

DH has never been to Vegas, but his friend has. His friend has a players card, I am not sure from where though?? DH isn't a big gambler, he has only ever gambled when we went on cruises. We live in Chicago and I don't think he has every been to the casinos around here. This is just supposed to be a long weekend with his friend from boyhood that he hasn't seen in awhile.

How much do you have to gamble to be "comped everything"? Do you really mean they comp hotel rooms or food?

Thanks,
Maggie

I knew I was going to take a beating when I said Downtown was "seedy" but that's just my opinion. We love to visit there, but prefer to stay on the strip, I think for a 1st time visitor, downtown would be a mistake.

I would suggest finding out what player card DH's friend has and then checking into what kind of deal they would give him to stay at their properties. As previously said "the more you gamble the more you get comped" If you ever plan on going back to Vegas, tell DH to sign up for that player card when he gambles (anything) because they will always try to get you back, by offering discount rates, free buffets, gifts etc. Worth signing up if you plan on going back with him someday.

Book a room center strip for them - would be best.

libertycdamac
03-18-2008, 08:57 PM
I have been to vegas many many times. Here is some info that has not been covered. First you need to go to all the group hotel sites and register at their website to get their newsletters. They will send you the best prices that they have. I have stayed at Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Excalibur, MGM, New York New York, Luxor, Wild Bills, etc. I have stayed down town also. Downtown has improved a lot over the last few years. By registering for the sites they will send you the deals. Always travel if you can during the weekdays. The weekend triples in prices. Go see all the free stuff it is so much fun. Ignore the street people that hand out stuff and take your spouses hand while you walk they will hassle you less. I would agree that you need to stay at any of the hotels south of Mirage for your first trip. There is too much to see in that area. I prefer down by New York New York but that is my preference. Don’t rent a car unless you wish to go off the strip but there is so much to see on the strip you wont have time to leave. Taxis are easy here in this town but you need to not go up and down the strip when taking a taxi have them take the side roads you will save a lot of money. I like it down on Freemont Street for one night. It is not an area you can leave Freemont Street. Don’t think you can just walk the strip down there it is a lot farther than you realize. Spend the money and go see a great show. I love O... It will never be able to travel so enjoy it in Vegas. You can very easily stay on the strip for 60-80 dollars on a weeknight and 140 on a weekend. Really is not worth staying off the strip for your first trip. The traffic is a nightmare there with lots of people that don’t know that area and too many people that have had too much to drink and try to cross Las Vegas Blvd. See the fountains at Bellagio, Mirage volcano, the dolphins, the tigers, and the show at TI (Treasure Island). You will have a great room pretty much at any of the main strip hotels. PM me if you want some other suggestions. Don’t stay at Circus Circus it is the only hotel that you cannot get away from kids and too far down the strip. I love to stay up on the corner by New York New York plenty of hotels for a good price up there. If you get a chance take a shuttle over to RIO I love there all you can eat Seafood it is price but oh so worth it. The free show at the RIO is so much fun. Just look up their sight they have "hotel partners" on the strip that you can get a free shuttle back and forth. If you get frommers travel guide from the library you can find out a lot of good stuff. The websites that have been suggested are not broken down well enough unless you have hours to do research. Go and have fun.

kaytieeldr
03-18-2008, 11:46 PM
When DH says they want to stay by "the action", I am hoping he means the gambling action only. Yes, he does. Well, maybe that and free drinks (the most readily-available comp) and a good Sports Book.
How much do you have to gamble to be "comped everything"? Do you really mean they comp hotel rooms or food? Some good reading: Comp City; Frugal Gambler; More Frugal Gambler.

Apart from watching the big conventions - when is the best time to go? We don't mind temps in the 80's but we plan to do a lot of sightseeing in the area so I'd prefer not to do it in 100 degree heat I'm partial to the week before Christmas. Really, any week in December before New Year's Weekend, and not around the 8th to the 11th (National Rodeo).

I have been to vegas many many times. Here is some info that has not been covered. Great for hotel deals (and mentioned earlier in this thread): www.fatwallet.com
Great for free stuff (also mentioned earlier in thread): www.cheapovegas.com
Where to stay for first trip: The central "hot" corner - Bellagio, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Bally's, Flamingo, Bill's Gambling Hall, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Caesar's Palace, Mirage, Treasure Island, Venetian. Added advantage: Free shuttles from Bill's to Coast Casinos, free shuttles from Harrah's to Rio and Sam's Town.

Because the terrain is flat, distances are deceptive. From Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere looks close, but it's actually three miles.

Taxis are readily available BUT they cannot pick up on the street. Anyone wanting a taxi would need to go to a hotel entrance.

Half-price show tickets are available same-day at Tickets2Nite - original location in the Coke building across from the Monte Carlo and from some other place called Tix4Tonight but Tickets2Nite is the original and as far as I'm concerned, the better one :)). Also sign up for e-mails from www.goldstar.com, for advance lower-price tickets. Note that there are generally NO discounts for the top-tier/headliner shows.

Crossing Las Vegas Blvd: Don't, whenever possible. The major intersections have escalators and elevated walkways over the road, for everyone's safety.

Back to taxis: Having the driver avoid the Strip is all well and good, but it's ALWAYS advisable to know what the alternate routes are (so you know whether you're being driven ten miles out of your way to up the fare).

Coupons: www. billhere.com

Excellent message board: www.everythinglv.com (if anybody's planning to be in Las Vegas in early July, they're having a slot tournament at the Hilton).

AuroraAcerbis
03-19-2008, 12:22 AM
I think it's nice that people feel safe downtown, but having been born and raised in Las Vegas, if you love your DH please do not send him to the downtown areas . Please. It is completely unsafe, where prostitutes and the homeless abound.

The Harrah's properties are all pretty much what you'd be looking for - Harrah's, Caesar's Palace, the Flamingo, Ballys, the Paris - are all well-kept in good locations. As another poster mentioned, their Total Rewards program will throw out offers (and sometimes pretty good ones) if you sign up.

Also, yes, the Rio's buffets are the best ever.

kaytieeldr
03-19-2008, 12:59 AM
Beg to differ. Any hotel encompassed by the Fremont Street Experience would be "safe", as would any hotel connected to one of these by an enclosed, elevated walkway.

And, honestly, homeless people generally do not make an area unsafe.

Also, Harrah's Total Rewards is, well, rewarding less as time goes on. Other properties might have better programs.

Disneymike2005
03-21-2008, 09:11 AM
No matter how DH does his trip he'll have a blast.

I've taken both gambling only trips with the boys and couples trips wife DW.

There are many ways to do a gambling only trip. Too many to list here. Probably most important is what games does he play(blackjack. hold'em) and how much does he want to bet.

I never suggest basing any part of your trips on trying to get comps. Comps are based on how much you bet, and typically you have to bet alot to get a significant comp.

There are advantages to both staying on strip and off strip. It is cheaper to stay, gamble, and eat off strip. however, the awesomeness(Bawb word) of staying on strip is like walking into the Magic kingdom for the first time.

I stay off strip when on a gambling only trip and on strip with DW.

I believe I can give you some very good suggestions. I live in Peoria and grew up in western burbs.

If you PM me I believe I can give you my email address and I can get into a lot more detail.

I tried to PM you and email you but I do not have enough posts to do this, so sad.

I love Vegas and love giving Vegas advice.

DW and myself are going to WDW 6/20 - 6/27 and Vegas sometine in September.

BTW: Downtown is very safe!

pearlieq
03-21-2008, 09:34 AM
Eh, I wouldn't stay downtown either.

It's not that it's exactly unsafe, and it's not totally seedy, but it's seedy and unsafe enough that I prefer to cab it down there one night, take in the experience, and then go back to my hotel on the strip. It's a matter of personal preference.

But, to each his own. I've heard a couple of hotel on Fremont street are actually pretty nice and that room rates are decent. They don't really have all the bells & whistles of a major strip casino, but many folks aren't looking for that.