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aussiejen
04-06-2010, 09:24 AM
Hi All

Firstly there will be 6 adults & our 2 children 6Y/O & 3YO.
This will be our first ever trip to Vegas, we are currently booked into the Excalibur Hotel, but have heard nothing but bad reviews on this particular hotel.
So now we are all having second thoughts about staying here.
Can someone kindly reccomend a hotel in which you think would be suitable for us first timers. We'd love to stay at the Bellagio or MGM Grand but unfortunatly cant afford it right now. :sad2:
We have until friday 09th april to choose another hotel as we are leaving for the US end of this month. :scared1:

Thank you in advance. :thumbsup2

aussiejen

everylastbreath
04-06-2010, 11:24 AM
I have to preface this with - I have never traveled to Vegas w/children, but can recommend hotels in general. I would STAY away from hotels that are on any end of the strip, you will want to stay mid strip- STAY AWAY from Circus/Circus, it's a DUMP and you def. don't want your kids there, in fact stay away from anything on that end of the strip. I would recommend Harrahs/Paris/Ballys- Clean/reasonable rates. As far as kid things to do, you can ask others because I am one of those who don't think kids belong in Vegas, but you can travel to other hotels to see stuff, basically you just want a clean/reasonable/good location hotel.

KKB
04-06-2010, 12:33 PM
Excalibur is probably the best choice on your budget. (Normally I would recommend MGM with kids). Plus the only midstrip property you would probably find comparably priced to Excal is Imperial Palace (Paris is at least as much as MGM,and Ballys/Harrahs is typcially more than Excal)...stick w/ Excal. (and I agree that Circus Circus is gross) Excal is somewhat kid-themed. Pool, arcade. M & M complex is just across the street near MGM.
What are you planning to do? Vegas is a heavy walking town, so hope you are bringing the double stroller. Your children will be exposed to sites they would see no where else...and you would not want them to. Just be prepared.
We took DS12 to Vegas for NASCAR & he spent his days at the racetrack, evenings at Sahara (NASCAR cafe, roller coaster), NYNY (ESPN Zone, roller coaster) and he saw WAY too much...we will NEVER take children to Vegas again. BUT I know for some there is no other option...so, once again, be prepared. My advice is to negotiate babysitting w/ the other adults sometimes, otherwise stick to pool, M&M complex.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g45963-i10-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html
Check out these las vegas threads--GREAT; 2nd thread down lists 125 best family activities in Vegas. Enjoy!

Disn3y
04-06-2010, 06:02 PM
I have not stayed at the Excalibur, but I think it is a nicer one within your budget will allow like the previous post mentioned. They also have an arcade and some 3-D movies at the Excalibur for your kids.

I stayed at the Imperial Palace, center of the strip for $3x some a night. Great location but I wouldn't recommend it. Hope this helps, enjoy your trip! We loved it. :)

aussiejen
04-06-2010, 10:52 PM
Thanks everyone,

I suppose we'll stick with the Excalibur,
The only reason we are taking the kids is that were from Australia & we are staying in Anaheim for 11 nights doing all the theme parks there & Hubby & my dad wanted to do Vegas while were over that way seens as though we travelling so far & to be so close to Vegas & not go would be a waste, so we really have no choice but to bring the kids.

20 more sleeps to go!! :woohoo:


Thanks again for you help. :yay:

NLPRacing
04-07-2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks everyone,

I suppose we'll stick with the Excalibur,
The only reason we are taking the kids is that were from Australia & we are staying in Anaheim for 11 nights doing all the theme parks there & Hubby & my dad wanted to do Vegas while were over that way seens as though we travelling so far & to be so close to Vegas & not go would be a waste, so we really have no choice but to bring the kids.

20 more sleeps to go!! :woohoo:


Thanks again for you help. :yay:

The last time we went to Vegas, we took our then 6 yo son & 4 yo daughter about 4 years ago and stayed at the MGM Grand. They have great pools & a great game room. Plus, it's next door to the M&M complex & across the street from the NYNY, which also has a great game room and a roller coaster. We've taken our kids several times and have stayed at the Excalibur, NYNY & MGM Grand and they all worked out great, but I think MGM was our favorite. Have fun!

SkinsFan76
04-14-2010, 04:01 PM
If your willing to stay off the strip, another option is Tahiti Village. We've stayed there and really enjoyed the facilities. Our son loved the sand beach pool and lazy river, and we enjoyed the full kitchen to save some money. It's on Las Vegas BLVD, but next to the Outlet mall. The pool and space is always a bigger deal for us and we don't really gamble, so not being on the strip was fine.

GrumpyCAdad
04-14-2010, 04:47 PM
We stayed at Excalibur with 3 kids ( and a teenaged sitter) and had a great time, the kids loved it and it was reasonable too.

lorasmom
04-16-2010, 12:28 PM
Excalibur is not bad if you have kids. It's not super fancy and luxurious like Wynn, Encore, Mandalay Bay, etc., but it's a fine mid-range hotel.

Any of the main strip hotels are fine. My kids dig the different hotels - Luxor, NYNY, MGM Grand were all a hit with them. We stayed at Wynn, but it was kind of far if we had planned on any walking.

DisneyCaliCouple
04-16-2010, 02:18 PM
We've stayed at Excalibur quite a few times on Vegas trips and it's actually pretty nice. Everyone we've run into that works there is always really nice and we have been upgraded twice for free for no reason at all. It also has a nice view of the strip at night.

orangecats2
04-19-2010, 07:41 PM
Hi! It looks like we will be there at the same time! We are going this month the 25 - 28 (Sun - Wed). We are staying at NY NY so just across the street from you. I don't have kids but stayed at Excalibur once before and I thought it was fine. I think you should stay there. Wouldn't that be awesome to have a DIS meet in Vegas? Let me know if you want to. :banana:

arthursiew
04-19-2010, 07:54 PM
I would recommend any of the hotels in the Mandalay Bay resort (Mandalay Bay Hotel, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay and the Four Seasons). The Four Seasons is the most expensive. I stayed at THEhotel and it was very nice. All of their rooms are suites and sometimes they have good promotions like get one night free or something. Mandalay Bay also doesn't seem so bad, but I recommend THEhotel the most.\

http://www.mandalaybay.com/persona/THEhotel.aspx
Right now, they are offering a 30% off deal.

SouthernExplorer
05-16-2010, 02:18 PM
Firstly there will be 6 adults & our 2 children 6Y/O & 3YO.

aussiejen

With such young children I strongly advise that you stay at a non-smoking hotel as I don't think young children should be exposed to second-hand smoke. The Four Seasons on the Strip is the only non-smoking hotel that I can think of at the moment, but I'm sure there are more affordable alternatives if you look around.

EJKorvette
06-21-2010, 06:28 PM
If your willing to stay off the strip, another option is Tahiti Village. We've stayed there and really enjoyed the facilities. Our son loved the sand beach pool and lazy river, and we enjoyed the full kitchen to save some money. It's on Las Vegas BLVD, but next to the Outlet mall. The pool and space is always a bigger deal for us and we don't really gamble, so not being on the strip was fine.

I remember all the spots third-rate washed up actors did for this place. Never ever met anyone who actually liked it!

Evan

VAN
06-22-2010, 07:44 AM
I'm just seeing this thread. Seems like it is a little late for me to be chiming in for the OP. But I do think good advise was given ... for the budget, Excaliber. We tend to stay at the MGM-Mirage properties and most of them are nice. For their budget, I think they will be happy with Excaliber.

MarcJ55
06-23-2010, 07:15 PM
I stayed at the Luxor during my last trip. To get anywhere by foot, you basically walk from Luxor through the Excalibur and on to NYNY or MGM Grand.

Every time I walked through that area by myself, I got propositioned to buy drugs. This only happened when I was walking by myself (30-something male), never with my wife and only during the late hours.

I think you'd be okay with your kids (assuming they don't stay up as late as I do).

aussiejen
07-13-2010, 09:14 AM
Hi All


i really appreciate all your input on this subject, well we are now back from the holiday & are planning to return next may to do DL & VEGAS.

The Excalibur was a decent Casino / hotel. The buffet was nice & the rooms were clean.
i would recommend it, but next time we are looking at staying mid strip as the walk was a little lengthy for my 3yr old & 6yr old.

but in saying that you can catch the bus all day for just $7 per day or $20 for 5days unlimited stops up & down the strip.
were all so looking forward to going back!!

Disneyof3
11-30-2010, 11:41 AM
:)

We are headed in March 2011, arriving on Sunday and checking out on Wednesday morning. I have 3 kids 14, 11, 9 and I booked Flamingo. I was tossed between this one and Bally's but Flamingo is more family oriented and the kids can walk into the lobby and not have to worry about staying in the yellow line unlike Bally's. The pool also is more kid friendly too. We won't be at the hotel alot anyway(sleeping the most except for swimming) but this hotel is central to everything and that works for me. Were then heading to SF for 3 days and then back to the GC for 2 days. We will fly out of LV after 10 days but booked a comfort inn near the airport for the last night just to lay our heads down till we fly out.

Danibelle
11-30-2010, 11:53 AM
I have not stayed at the Excalibur, but I think it is a nicer one within your budget will allow like the previous post mentioned. They also have an arcade and some 3-D movies at the Excalibur for your kids.

I stayed at the Imperial Palace, center of the strip for $3x some a night. Great location but I wouldn't recommend it. Hope this helps, enjoy your trip! We loved it. :)

My adult DD and I stayed at Imperial Palace and would NOT stay there again. It is very sketchy there with some unsavory types in the hallways! :scared1:

If Luxor or Monte Carlo have good prices, I would recommend either of them.

skiingfast
11-30-2010, 12:25 PM
:)

We are headed in March 2011, arriving on Sunday and checking out on Wednesday morning. I have 3 kids 14, 11, 9 and I booked Flamingo. I was tossed between this one and Bally's but Flamingo is more family oriented and the kids can walk into the lobby and not have to worry about staying in the yellow line unlike Bally's. The pool also is more kid friendly too. We won't be at the hotel alot anyway(sleeping the most except for swimming) but this hotel is central to everything and that works for me. Were then heading to SF for 3 days and then back to the GC for 2 days. We will fly out of LV after 10 days but booked a comfort inn near the airport for the last night just to lay our heads down till we fly out.

I agree about the Flamingo, the location is great. Plus it's pool and grounds are way better than Bally's and I'm sure the kida will enjoy that aspect of the hotel while they would find Bally's kind of plane and boring.

ranman1973
12-08-2010, 11:13 PM
Just came back from Vegas in November 2010. I would definitely stay away from Excalibur. The place is okay on a budget but if you can afford it, the MGM has a great pool and lazy river.

The other advantage of MGM is that it is easy to catch the monorail. This is a nice little perk if you end up on the other end of the strip and want a quick way to get back to your hotel. Even though the Excalibur is "just kitty corner" it is actually a long walk because of the shear size of the hotels.

KKB
12-09-2010, 09:48 AM
This biggest disadvantage to MGM corner is the distance from everything else on the strip. We found the monorail to be inconvenient (LONG walk to/from strip) and expensive. Excalibur is NOT far from MGM--truly kiddy corner. Yes, resorts are typically BIG in Vegas--you will walk.
If you are truly wanting to wander the whole strip, go central. Flamingo is a great budget resort if you go during pool season. Have you checked Mirage's prices? It is much nicer w/ a great pool also--more of a high-mid level property.

MelanieC
01-03-2011, 11:49 AM
Personally I wouldn't stay at the Excaliber. It used to be a great hotel, but the last time I was in the hotel it stunk like mold and was so outdated and worn looking.