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PhillipV
09-13-2010, 12:06 PM
Well, we're thinking about finally making it to Las Vegas... probably March 2011. I've been chasing my tail for the last couple of days on dozens of websites. I decided to come "home" for some solid advice!!

I feel like a Disney rookie again... with the same questions. With so many hotels, how do we decide where to stay for our first trip?? On the strip... off the strip... the north end... the south end?!?!? I have no idea what I'm talking about. If someone can help me with this decision, I should be able to take it the rest of the way.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!!

skiingfast
09-13-2010, 12:57 PM
I've stayed all over the strip and off. I would never stay off the strip again, except maybe for a good deal at the Rio.


I would try to stay in the center, or close to it. South of Tropicana and North of Sahara puts you at a need for more redundant inconvinient walking.

I've found that the hotels are all really the same except for a couple. But each one can have really cheap older rooms or worn down rooms. Mainly I don't care where I stay now because I am happy to walk next door if I like that casino or buffet better.

Remember that just a few companies own all of the strips known places. So Look for the best deal or package you can get directly from them. They all guarentee the lowest rates.

I wouldn't overlook Freemont street either. They have a some really cheap and dumpy hotels, but it is easy to take the bus between there and the strip.

rpbert1
09-13-2010, 01:52 PM
Our first time there in July, and planning to return in 2012.
before we went i had read all different reports about staying center -North- South, and to be honest,[IMHO] i found that it did not really matter, as you will have to travel up and down the strip to see all the different resorts, etc. We went to Freemont St, and had a great evening there.
We eventually stayed at The MGM Signature Suites, which i can highly recommend.

We bought the Monorail tickets, but to be honest, it was quite a trek to other hotels, as it only stopped at certain ones, and you then had quite a walk if the hotel at the stop was not the one you wanted to visit. We eventually bought the Deuce bus tickets, which where good, although could take a bit of time to get from one end uf the strip to the other depending on traffic

PrincessMaleficent
09-13-2010, 01:57 PM
hello! I got Married in Vegas 2008. I have gone back a few times since and plan on it again next year. We have stayed at treasure Island it is really nice and I loved the beds. We also stayed at The Tropicana that place we dumpy and reeked of pot. They are so comfy. From there we pretty much walked every where from that location. Like PP said just look around and see who is offering the best deal at the time.

We also stayed at The Tropicana that place we dumpy and reeked of pot.

foolishmortal
09-13-2010, 02:29 PM
well to answer your questions you need to answer somme question. lol

1)hotel budget? are you looking to stay in a nice room, or willing to sacrificae a bit since you wont be in it but to sleep.

2) close to action? shopping? high roller/low roller? certain shows?

3) do you have your own car or no?

everylastbreath
09-13-2010, 03:57 PM
I know Vegas seems very confusing to a rookie, but once you've visited it is very clear- basically it's one big street, and believe me, it's better to be mid-strip- especially your first time because once you are familar, you will know what hotels/casinos you prefer and you can adjust your stay accordingly.

There are some reasonable hotels mid strip, what is your budget? my suggestions are as followed:

Harrahs/Flamingo $
Paris/Ballys/PH $$
Caesars $$$

All are great locations, you won't be sorry- IMO- DON'T stay Downtown, it's a great place to visit, but I personally wouldn't stay there, much more action on the Strip. Rio is GREAT, but you will end up taking a shuttle/taxi back and forth to the strip. Another suggestion, stay away from Circus/Circus End of strip, horrible- First time we were going to Vegas I almost booked Circus/Circus and someone told me not to, TG I listened, horrible, you couldn't pay ME to stay at that end of strip. Also other end, although MUCH nicer - Mandalay Bay hotel is beautiful, but again, too far down the end of the strip, lots of walking - everything in Vegas looks close but it's really not.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Vegas, feel free to ask any questions you like, you can PM me if you like, I will give you my email address so we can go back and forth if you like!! Love to talk about my FAVORITE place!

rpbert1
09-13-2010, 04:17 PM
Agree with PP about Circus Circus, we looked at it ,but reports put me off. We decided to go down and visit that end, boy am i glad i did not book it, personally it was not even worth visiting .

usnuzuloose
09-13-2010, 04:39 PM
There are a few buses, the deuce is 7 dollars for 24 hrs. But you csn ride either bus. One of the buses run down to freemont st as well. You can look at the different hotels and then sign up for deals sent to your email. there are sites for free coupons for vegas and discounts. There is alot to do. We were there for 5 days last month and I still did not get to see everything. We go there at least once a year. Have a great time. Jo

SparkleCee
09-13-2010, 04:45 PM
I go to Vegas all the time - several times a year, in fact.
I usually stay at the Flamingo. It's by far the best priced with the best location. Upgrade from the basic room to a Go!Room, you won't be disappointed. Should run you about $75ish a night, maybe a bit more.

I can give you restaurant, attraction, club, bar, show & shopping recommendations once I know more about what your budget is, and what your interests are.

SparkleCee
09-13-2010, 04:46 PM
I go to Vegas all the time - several times a year, in fact.
I usually stay at the Flamingo. It's by far the best priced with the best location. Upgrade from the basic room to a Go!Room, you won't be disappointed. Should run you about $75ish a night, maybe a bit more.

I can give you restaurant, attraction, club, bar, show & shopping recommendations once I know more about what your budget is, and what your interests are.

laura-k
09-13-2010, 05:34 PM
Hey all ,
I am also a 1st timer going to Vegas - in about a week
We are going with BIL and SIL they are staying at Bally's (on the newer side can't remember if it is north or south ) We are trying the Mirage -
The only plan we have so far is Cher on Sat night (SIL is a big fan )
I am not a huge gambler at all so looking forward to seeing all the resorts and maybe a few good meals -I wanted to do the helicopter tour to the grand canyon but we only have 3 days so I will probably put that off -so any must see must do advice would be hugely appreciated -thanks

Pakey
09-13-2010, 06:04 PM
I travel to Las Vegas every few months and have stayed at almost every Strip hotel and at the Rio off-strip. The first thing I would do is sign up for the various resorts' email notifications for deals. I seem to always get more offers at this time of year. This weekend, I received Venetian for $109, and Mandalay at $65 (includes free all day buffet). I also got one from MGM but didn't read it so not sure what the price on it is. Last year I got offers as low as $15 a night for New York New York.

Giving advice on where to stay, where to eat, what shows to see, etc are difficult to do without knowing how much money you want to spend. I prefer the north end of the Strip, hotels are better and so is the shopping. The best meal I've had anywhere in the world is at Picasso at the Bellagio. The best single item I've eaten is the made-to-order Beignets at Bouchon in the Venezia tower at Venetian. My favorite casino is MGM. I think the Cirque show, Love, is one of the best few hours of entertainment on the planet. If you want to swim, Mandalay Bay has the best pool.

I am in my 50's and easily walk the strip from the Wynn down to MGM and back. It's no worse than walking at WDW. The Deuce is a great way to get around when I don't feel like walking and if I'm in heels, I have no problem grabbing cabs.

laura-k
09-13-2010, 07:59 PM
The best meal I've had anywhere in the world is at Picasso at the Bellagio. The best single item I've eaten is the made-to-order Beignets at Bouchon in the Venezia tower at Venetian.

I am adding these onto my list now -I would like to do a nice meal (Picasso ??)
A nice buffet (cause its Vegas ) and then maybe a whole day of exploring the different casinos and their special snacks -
So please keep the ideas coming-
I am totally taking the Disney approach of touring on this but it is so.... hard being a newbie .

PhillipV
09-13-2010, 08:16 PM
well to answer your questions you need to answer somme question. lol

1)hotel budget? are you looking to stay in a nice room, or willing to sacrificae a bit since you wont be in it but to sleep.

2) close to action? shopping? high roller/low roller? certain shows?

3) do you have your own car or no?

1) While I'd prefer staying at a hotel similar to the Bellagio, I'd like to find a mid-priced room. We'll be out of the room most of the day.

2) We'll be going primarily to experience the city. Gambling is not high on the list. We'd like to see some shows. I'm researching them now.

3) I'll probably rent a car. I usually rent whenever we travel.

Hope this helps... thanks!

skiingfast
09-13-2010, 08:17 PM
A nice buffet (cause its Vegas )

The more I've thought about it the Buffet of Buffets sounds like a good idea for my next trip. I wouldn't eat that much but one for breakfast and one for dinner sound alright, and I could snack on one midday. It lets you eat at them for 24hrs at several resorts.

skiingfast
09-13-2010, 08:20 PM
1) While I'd prefer staying at a hotel similar to the Bellagio, I'd like to find a mid-priced room. We'll be out of the room most of the day.

2) We'll be going primarily to experience the city. Gambling is not high on the list. We'd like to see some shows. I'm researching them now.

3) I'll probably rent a car. I usually rent whenever we travel.

Hope this helps... thanks!

You probably should stay at the Bellagio then. It's on par above most of the other places.

I would only get a car if you are doing side trips to the Grand Canyon or Hoover Damn. Otherwise you won't need it. Driving on the strip may sound great but is a PITA.

foolishmortal
09-14-2010, 08:58 AM
You probably should stay at the Bellagio then. It's on par above most of the other places.

I would only get a car if you are doing side trips to the Grand Canyon or Hoover Damn. Otherwise you won't need it. Driving on the strip may sound great but is a PITA.

what they said^^^^^^^


there is no need at all for a car in vegas if you arent leaving strip. in fact it is more of a hassle. strip traffic and drivers SUCK! I have never stayed at Bellagio myself, but thats not "my type" of place. I'd rather save a few bucks (and by few i mean alot) and be at mgm or New York New york, both only a 10 - 15 minute walk away or 2 minute tram ride from mid strip. Depending on shows make sure to check out the ticket booth right by coca cola & m&m world, great prices on certan shows. STAY AWAY FROM THE TIMESHARE PEOPLE. The best trick I have found is to just tell them you leave today/tonight/etc And they wont pressure further.

ICF
09-14-2010, 09:05 AM
For all the veteran Vegas visitors....

What would you say is the best steak place in Vegas.....preferrably on the strip?

PhillipV
09-14-2010, 09:49 AM
For all the veteran Vegas visitors....

What would you say is the best steak place in Vegas.....preferrably on the strip?

Great question. I'd also like opinions on all of the buffets!!

laura-k
09-14-2010, 12:06 PM
I was reading about the buffets last night and everybody seemed so up on the Wynn buffet but reading a few of the the more current reviews by people that have been a few times -it sounds like they might have gone down hill -has anybody been here ? What are your thoughts ,it seems very pricey if it is not extremely good -So I am looking at the Cravings buffet at the Mirage -
the buffet at the Bellagio or the Wynn one -
I would love to hear if any of you have a favorite buffet or meal -

everylastbreath
09-14-2010, 12:08 PM
1) While I'd prefer staying at a hotel similar to the Bellagio, I'd like to find a mid-priced room. We'll be out of the room most of the day.

2) We'll be going primarily to experience the city. Gambling is not high on the list. We'd like to see some shows. I'm researching them now.

3) I'll probably rent a car. I usually rent whenever we travel.

Hope this helps... thanks!

1- I would recommend Caesars, little on the higher $ side but if your talking Bellagio, it is comparable. & it's right next door to Bellagio, GREAT location, center strip.

2. HIGHLY recommend LOVE & Jersey Boys - BEST SHOWS I've ever seen, Blue Man group & Penn & Teller also good, but 1st choice Love & Jersey boys

3. I would not recommend renting a car, traffic is horrible on the strip, it's 100xs worse than driving in NYC (I see your from Philly) so I assume you've been in NYC. Taxi's are easy to get and pretty cheap, buses & monorail, probably what it would cost to rent a car you would spend less for cabs. We always rent cars on vacations too but never in Vegas.


For all- My FAV buffet is the Rio (not their Seafood buffet- regular one) & Fav Steak House is either Neros @ Caesars or Paris Steakhouse - both excellent

RyJMom
09-14-2010, 01:29 PM
We go to Vegas every year. The Mirage is my favorite hotel by far. I've stayed at the 13 or 14 different hotels including Bellagio and the Venetian and still pick Mirage hands down. For the last few years the best hotel rates I've found have been from Smarter Vegas.com. They list codes for different hotels. Fat Wallet travel section also sometimes has good codes. Just use the code to book directly with the hotel. Make sure it is a reservation that can be cancelled. I always check back and rebook if the price drops.

We rent a car everytime. Car rates in Vegas are cheap. $16 a day is not unusual for a full size. 99% of the time we rent from Dollar. On the website when you plug in your dates it sometimes pops up a city special. This is where I get the best rates. This always beats any codes I find. I like having a car because I must go to In & Out Burger and I like to hit the outlet malls.

Couple of suggerstions for things to do. At the Bellagio there is a lounge called the Fontana Lounge. Went for the 1st time last month. There is no cover and they had a great band. Best part was it has a balcony that overlooks the fountains. We didn't sit out there because it was so hot but you can run out for the shows. We also LOVE the dueling pianos at Harrahs. Must do for the last 5 yrs. No cover before 9:00. We sat there till 2:00 am. Couldn't drag ourselves away. The twin piano plays are great but the people watching is what really makes it.

Have a great trip.

c&m
09-14-2010, 03:17 PM
We've been to Vegas many times, and I'm in the process of planning our next trip to LV in March. I don't know your budget, travel dates, or your preferences, but here're some quick ideas for you that are floating around in my head as I plan our own trip...

1. Once you narrow down which hotels you want to stay in, get on their mailing list. I've gotten so many great offers and deals as a subscriber via e-mail (ex. Wynn for $99, Aria for $104, etc.). And in Vegas for us, it's all about the luxury hotels and not paying top dollar for them. Also pay attention to which hotels charge resort fees - google this to get a list - you don't want to get a surprise on your hotel bill!

2. Go to Travelzoo.com to get alerts of good discounts for Vegas shows. I use this website before I go because I hate spending precious vacation time lining up at the TKTS counter for same-day discounted show tickets.

3. Go to Restaurant.com to get really inexpensive gift certificates for Vegas restaurants. One of the restaurants we like to go to - Stripburger - is in there.

4. Check out Expedia.com packages and see if they work for you. For my March dates, the package (air+hotel) I wanted was cheaper by $300 than going thru the airline and hotel websites.

5. Go to yelp.com to check out Vegas buffet reviews. Personally, we have been to the Wynn every time we visit Vegas. It is good, and we've not been disappointed. I haven't been to the Bellagio buffet due to it always having a long line-up whenever we go. We've been to the Aria buffet which is quite nice in ambiance; the food is average, but the desserts are amazing! They are made by Jean-Phillippe Patisserie. I'd go back there just for the desserts.
Another buffet to consider is the M Resort's buffet. Never tried it but I heard it is amazing - and it's on our to-do list for our March trip.

Thumper_Man
09-16-2010, 05:00 PM
For all the veteran Vegas visitors....

What would you say is the best steak place in Vegas.....preferrably on the strip?

One of the best I've had has been at Smith & Wollensky. Down the street from MGM Grand.

jetskigrl
09-16-2010, 05:20 PM
One of the best I've had has been at Smith & Wollensky. Down the street from MGM Grand.

I'll second this! Also SW Steakhouse in the Wynn is amazing. Both are very expensive (but worth it, LOL).

ktlm
09-16-2010, 09:46 PM
1) While I'd prefer staying at a hotel similar to the Bellagio, I'd like to find a mid-priced room. We'll be out of the room most of the day.

2) We'll be going primarily to experience the city. Gambling is not high on the list. We'd like to see some shows. I'm researching them now.

3) I'll probably rent a car. I usually rent whenever we travel.

Hope this helps... thanks!

As a previous poster said- go straight to the hotel websites and sign up for their E-mail lists now. You will get offers for discounts on rooms, show tickets, etc. I would recommend that you sign up at the Bellagio and Venetian since I'm guessing from your statement you would love either of those. You should also sign up at a bunch of others to see what you can get (Paris, Hard Rock, Mirage, MGM, Ceasars, etc.). You definitely want to stay on the strip. We have stayed in a few places on the strip, and our favorite area is the area near the Bellagio. It is very central and there is usually a lot going on. If you can't get any discounts for the Bellagio or Venetian, you might try the Paris- it is usually a little cheaper. We got an offer from the Bellagio for last January for $99 a night (conveniently the week of my birthday). We "splurged" extra and for $130 a night were in a fountain view room. If you can avoid Friday and Saturday nights, the rates will be much cheaper. We stayed Sunday through Wednesday.

As far as shows, I agree that Love is great! Le Reve is another really good one. Mystere is good. Jersey Boys is great, but know that you are seeing a Broadway show, not a "Vegas" show. If you don't see much Broadway otherwise, it is a great thing to see in Vegas.

DH and I really like visiting the aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

As far as renting a car, we never do. We stick to the strip most of the time and the traffic is terrible. We walk a lot (part of the fun of Vegas is going up and down the strip) and if we are dressed up and going somewhere nice we take a cab. The cab drivers usually know the backroads to avoid the traffic and get you places faster.

gabrieltorres
09-17-2010, 01:59 PM
Try one of the hotels in the new Citicenter complex - Aria or Vdara - on the strip, central to other sites

jlima
09-22-2010, 12:56 AM
STAY AWAY FROM THE TIMESHARE PEOPLE. The best trick I have found is to just tell them you leave today/tonight/etc And they wont pressure further.Better - just tell them you're local. Works even better. :laughing:

curiouslittleoyster
09-25-2010, 05:12 AM
1. Once you narrow down which hotels you want to stay in, get on their mailing list. I've gotten so many great offers and deals as a subscriber via e-mail (ex. Wynn for $99, Aria for $104, etc.). And in Vegas for us, it's all about the luxury hotels and not paying top dollar for them. Also pay attention to which hotels charge resort fees - google this to get a list - you don't want to get a surprise on your hotel bill!

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My girlfriends and I have been to Vegas far too many times within the last year and we've always snagged great inexpensive rooms this way. For a nice moderate/inexpensive room not too from the action, I'd recommend TI(Treasure Island). Reasonably priced (under $90) very nice looking rooms with comfy beds. I like the cafe they have for brekkie. MGM Grand is also pretty inexpensive, but it's way at the other end of the strip. I didn't like their rooms as much. It had a weird corporate/business trip feel to them for me. They have amazing pools though!!!! Lazy river! Wet Republic! Love it! Mandalay Bay was ok. I thought it was overpriced for the experience I had. I didn't much care for the bath tub--it was a little gross(and staff weren't apologetic about it). If you are looking for night time entertainment/dancing/clubbing, I'd recommend staying at Aria. For buffets, I liked the Rio buffet. You'll have to drive to get there if you are staying on the strip, though. You have lots of good recs for shows already posted. A tradition for us is to eat pasta at the Grand Lux Cafe at the Venetian. The service is always excellent, pasta dishes are yummers, and the portions are huge!

kaytieeldr
09-26-2010, 01:38 PM
Better - just tell them you're local. Works even better. :laughing:
::yes:: I was with a local resident in one of the hotels mentioned, and one of the timeshare people approached and asked "Where are you folks from". She walked away after hearing his, "Two miles east." response! :rotfl2:

jpeppers
09-28-2010, 12:54 PM
Stay mid strip but don't rule out Fremont St. It is a very fun atmosphere with free transportation to the strip plus very laid back and cheap. My only suggestion there is to stay at the Golden Nugget.......beautiful hotel with a fantastic pool.

mommaU4
09-28-2010, 08:19 PM
A nice buffet (cause its Vegas ) and then maybe a whole day of exploring the different casinos and their special snacks -
There is an Earl of Sandwich inside the Planet Hollywood hotel. (same as the one in DTD in Orlando) It's sooo good, fast and cheap.




2) We'll be going primarily to experience the city. Gambling is not high on the list. We'd like to see some shows. I'm researching them now.
Two of my favorite shows are Le Reve and Jersey Boys, both excellent.




What would you say is the best steak place in Vegas.....preferrably on the strip?
I am not a steak eater, but my friends who are, recommend Ruth Chris. It's not on the Strip, but it's not far from it either.



I would love to hear if any of you have a favorite buffet or meal -Spice Market buffet at Planet Hollywood consistently wins for best buffet among locals.

aboveH20
10-01-2010, 12:37 PM
I'm SOOO excited to finally have a trip to LV planned in three weeks. I've been saying for years that it's the one place I want to go (I've been lots of other places, but never made it to LV.) My husband finally got tired of hearing me tell other people I wanted to got to LV, so we have a trip planned.

We're staying at TI, not because I got a great deal, but because that's where I was going to stay last year when my son and I were going to go. (He wanted to see LOVE, we had all our arrangements made, and then found out LOVE was dark. Lost $ on non-refundable plane tkts!)

We'll be there for three nights and then off to the Grand Canyon (by way of Hoover Dam) for three nights. On Friday night we have reservations at the Stratosphere -- don't tell me the food isn't great, I've already heard, but we're going for the view. On Saturday night we have tkts for the clothed version of Jubilee. I notice Jubilee isn't on anyone's list of must dos in LV, but that's the whole reason I want to go. We went to NYC's Radio City Rockettes last year, but it wasn't the same. I want to see the synchronized dancing.

We don't drink, we don't gamble, so I'm trying to figure out how to fill the days. Looks like a must do is Bellagio fountains, but I'm not sure what else.

My specific questions are
1. to get to Strastosphere from TI can we walk there and back, distance and safety-wise
2. can we walk to and from Bally's for Jubilee (from TI) distance and safety-wise
3. I read mixed reviews of buses and the monorail. seems like we'd see more walking, but I'm not sure if it's always safe -- thoughts?
4. If we plan to stop at Hoover Dam on the way to Grand Canyon, how long should we plan for the drive?
5. any other suggestions for "young" retired age folks?

I love Disney, I know my way around, I love going solo. This whole LV trip, as much as I've wanted to go for years, is a bit stressful!

THANKS for any suggestions, and please pardon my typos, I never seem to catch them all.

everylastbreath
10-01-2010, 01:13 PM
We don't drink, we don't gamble, so I'm trying to figure out how to fill the days. Looks like a must do is Bellagio fountains, but I'm not sure what else.

My specific questions are
1. to get to Strastosphere from TI can we walk there and back, distance and safety-wise
2. can we walk to and from Bally's for Jubilee (from TI) distance and safety-wise
3. I read mixed reviews of buses and the monorail. seems like we'd see more walking, but I'm not sure if it's always safe -- thoughts?
4. If we plan to stop at Hoover Dam on the way to Grand Canyon, how long should we plan for the drive?
5. any other suggestions for "young" retired age folks?

I love Disney, I know my way around, I love going solo. This whole LV trip, as much as I've wanted to go for years, is a bit stressful!

THANKS for any suggestions, and please pardon my typos, I never seem to catch them all.

OMG there is soooooo much more to do in Vegas than the Bellagio Fountains!!! They are great and def. a must see, but every hotel has something to see, Visit all the hotels, that could keep someone busy for DAYS!

The question about "walking distance" is relative as to how far you are able to walk and when you are visiting (weather, too hot- forget it) We have walked from center strip (Harrahs) to the Strat, would I do it in 105 degrees- no way. We "cab it" - even if you want to walk 1 way, you might cab it back, I would say on the strip we have never really paid more than approx. $10 to go anywhere (remember- traffic) just remember things are not as close as they appear, to get across streets in Vegas might require some navigation. As far as your "safety" concern- personally I don't like the area down by the strat, all the "low rent" type hotels are down that way (IMO, sorry if that offends anyone) during the day I would walk, but not at night. Anywhere else on the strip I would feel totally ok with anytime of day or night.

TI to Ballys, easy walk, shouldn't be a problem. I've seen Jubilee, I tend to get bored with these types of shows, it was beautiful- a bit too long for me.. If you want to see a GREAT show, since LOVE is dark- I would recommend Jersey Boys, GREAT.

I would tell you don't be so concerned with "Safety" you should use the same precautions you would use anywhere (even Disney, someone could pick your pocket or steel your bag) don't be so concerned with it, there are a million people on the strip at any given time, on the monorail, on the buses, walking, use the same precautions anywhere.

Have a great time!! Love, Love, Love VEGAS!!

mommaU4
10-01-2010, 03:45 PM
On Saturday night we have tkts for the clothed version of Jubilee. I notice Jubilee isn't on anyone's list of must dos in LV, but that's the whole reason I want to go.My husband and I saw Jubilee this summer for the second time and loved it! While it's not a Cirque show with all the acrobats and such, it is still an amazing show. The singing and dancing are great, and the costumes.....wow.

We had seen it once before many, many years prior and it still amazes me how those girls are able to walk and dance with those costumes on!!
I would recommend it to anyone, especially since it is now the last of the true Vegas showgirl shows. Have fun and enjoy it!! :)

aboveH20
10-01-2010, 03:54 PM
My husband and I saw Jubilee this summer for the second time and loved it! While it's not a Cirque show with all the acrobats and such, it is still an amazing show. The singing and dancing are great, and the costumes.....wow.

We had seen it once before many, many years prior and it still amazes me how those girls are able to walk and dance with those costumes on!!
I would recommend it to anyone, especially since it is now the last of the true Vegas showgirl shows. Have fun and enjoy it!! :)

Thanks for the encouraging words. I saw La Nouba at Downtown Disney, and while impressive, it seemed l-o-n-g to me. Last year my son and I were going to see LOVE, but it didn't work out. I do hear it's good. For some reason, I just want to see the dancers with their feathers and big head dresses.

It looks like you're a "native." I can't figure out if the monorail or bus are worth it. A PP suggested "walking to" and taking the cab back. That makes sense to me. Is the monorail someting we would/should do just to get an overview of LV?

What would you suggest first (and probably only) timers do? any museums? any drives outside of LV? or will checking out all of the hotels be more than enough to occupy us for 3 days?

skiingfast
10-01-2010, 05:38 PM
My specific questions are
1. to get to Strastosphere from TI can we walk there and back, distance and safety-wise
2. can we walk to and from Bally's for Jubilee (from TI) distance and safety-wise
3. I read mixed reviews of buses and the monorail. seems like we'd see more walking, but I'm not sure if it's always safe -- thoughts?
4. If we plan to stop at Hoover Dam on the way to Grand Canyon, how long should we plan for the drive?
5. any other suggestions for "young" retired age folks?


1 & 2 sure you can walk, as PP said just be cautious of pick pockets. Everywhere not just on the street, but in the bus, casino while staring at things and taking pictures. Just general streetwise caution.

3. Buses are reall easy, cheap, not super fast but almost as fast as a cab.

The monorail is not great. It is way behind a lot of the properties and not particuarily cheap. Keep in mind from the strip to the back of the properties is a long walk and in some cases a super long winding walk.

4. At hoover I would take 2 hours, it can be shorter and even a little longer if you do a tour. The hard hat tour I found much more interesting that the basic tour. It will take about 2 hours to get to there. From Hoover to the GC I guess another 4 hours. Also if you are renting a car try to use thier shuttle to pick it up and get to your hotel. I've done this before when I rented a car on the first day of my trip. Rental company shuttle picked us up at the airport. We toured around, that night dropped car and shuttle took us to out hotel. Worked great.

5. Beside the Bellagio fountains, Which I won't enjoy ever again afer seeing WoC.....Watch the pirate show at TI. Freemont Street Experience one evening after dark. The forum shops in Ceasar they have a little show in them. Fire/water something like that. The Conservatory in the Bellagio. The art in the entrance to the Venetain and gondola canals inside. Maybe the mall in PH. Volcano at the mirage. Animals in the Mirage and MGM.

There is a lot of other things to see. Usually I divide and concur. Up one side of the strip and back down the other.

aboveH20
10-01-2010, 07:00 PM
4. At hoover I would take 2 hours, it can be shorter and even a little longer if you do a tour. The hard hat tour I found much more interesting that the basic tour. It will take about 2 hours to get to there. From Hoover to the GC I guess another 4 hours. Also if you are renting a car try to use thier shuttle to pick it up and get to your hotel. I've done this before when I rented a car on the first day of my trip. Rental company shuttle picked us up at the airport. We toured around, that night dropped car and shuttle took us to out hotel. Worked great.

5. Beside the Bellagio fountains, Which I won't enjoy ever again afer seeing WoC.....Watch the pirate show at TI. Freemont Street Experience one evening after dark. The forum shops in Ceasar they have a little show in them. Fire/water something like that. The Conservatory in the Bellagio. The art in the entrance to the Venetain and gondola canals inside. Maybe the mall in PH. Volcano at the mirage. Animals in the Mirage and MGM.


Thanks for the heads up about pickpockets (makes sense) and the monorail -- that confirms what I've read.

I also appreciate the info about the Hoover Dam hard hat tour -- I'll look into that -- and the rental car tip.

Thanks, too, for all the ideas about what to do. There's a big difference between reading tour books and "hearing" what people actually like to do.

Last thing -- what is WoC?

jlima
10-01-2010, 08:24 PM
Last thing -- what is WoC?
New (water) show at California Adventure.

mommaU4
10-02-2010, 12:29 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words. I saw La Nouba at Downtown Disney, and while impressive, it seemed l-o-n-g to me. Last year my son and I were going to see LOVE, but it didn't work out. I do hear it's good. For some reason, I just want to see the dancers with their feathers and big head dresses.

It looks like you're a "native." I can't figure out if the monorail or bus are worth it. A PP suggested "walking to" and taking the cab back. That makes sense to me. Is the monorail someting we would/should do just to get an overview of LV?

What would you suggest first (and probably only) timers do? any museums? any drives outside of LV? or will checking out all of the hotels be more than enough to occupy us for 3 days?Well, if you are looking for feathers and big headdresses you won't be disappointed. It's pretty glitzy and spectacular.

As a local I usually have a car when down on the Strip, so I cannot comment on the buses. I will say that the monorail is a pain in the butt. It's usually way back in the back of the resorts so by the time you've walked to find it, IF you don't get lost on the way, you've usually walked so far you could've been at your destination.
Okay, maybe not that far, but it feels like it. When I have friends in town, we taxi it most places if I don't want to drive and that works out the best for us.

There is a tram that runs between Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur that isn't bad to take.

When I have out of town guests typically we do:
Bellagio fountains and conservatory
pirate show at TI
Volcano at Mirage
Lions at MGM
Shark reef
some shows
and if they aren't from a desert area, we go to Red Rock so they can enjoy the scenic drive.

I like Vegas.com for detailed information and planning. Good luck. There's lots to do, but with proper planning it will go smoothly and you can have exactly the sort of vacation you want. :)

KKB
10-02-2010, 08:07 AM
pretty much an expert!
Check out this forum for hotel deals---BUT they won't show until much closer to your date, about 3 months out or so.
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/704925/?start=2760
Stay on strip for first trip. Bellagio is great location. You will be amazed how inexpensive hotels in Vegas are--by other cities standards. Bellagio, Venetian, Palazzo, Caesars, Aria are all upper end w/ great locations--Wynn/Encore is great, too, loses points for the northern most location you would want to be at. Mirage, TI, Paris, MGM are all great midrange prices w/ great locations--Mandalay Bay is great, but loses points for the far south location. Monte Carlo is best lower priced resort w/ great location on strip--the BEST value on the strip. If Bellagio is your desired hotel level, avoid Excalibur, Luxor, NYNY, Ballys, Bills, Flamingo, Harrahs--don't get me wrong, I have stayed from Wynn to Excalibur (hi to lo), and Harrahs or Ballys are my fav spots--but I stay free, and only spend 4-6 hrs/day in my room. I choose those for location, solid rooms.
Shows--Cirque is IT in Vegas. LOVE, Mystere, O are their top 3. Blue Man Group, Phantom are other favs.
You do NOT need to rent a car in Vegas, especially for your first trip UNLESS you are planning on Hoover Dam or Valley of Fire or other far off site area. The strip is VERY VERY walkable, and will keep you PLENTY busy even if you aren't gambling. That is why I always recommend the most central spot to stay--Bellagio/Caesars/Paris/Mirage are the most central.
I do NOT recommend buffets in Vegas. They used to be a tremendous value, but have become terribly overpriced for very average food. Wynn is considered the best buffet, but at $40/person I can eat a MUCH better meal at many many spots on the strip. We had a restaurant.com voucher (bought at 80% off) for MIX at the top of Mandalay Bay--$60 after the certificate for appetizer & 2 entrees and arguably the best meal we have EVER had--with MAGNIFICENT views.
Keep asking...I have MUCH info!
PS Get an American Casino Guide 2011 after Jan. 1 for each person traveling. (about $25 for 2 w/ free s/h on Amazon)--abundance of coupons for EVERYTHING. Check americancasinoguide.com for listing of coupons.

aboveH20
10-03-2010, 11:43 AM
TI to Ballys, easy walk, shouldn't be a problem. I've seen Jubilee, I tend to get bored with these types of shows, it was beautiful- a bit too long for me.. If you want to see a GREAT show, since LOVE is dark- I would recommend Jersey Boys, GREAT.

Have a great time!! Love, Love, Love VEGAS!!

I saw Jersey Boys (and Blue Man Group) in New York and you're right, they're fabulous!

I'm greatly encouraged by your enthusiasm for LV. We have our evenings mostly planned, just trying to figure out the days.

Quick question - we're not Liberace fans, but since the museum will be closing, is it worth a look?

kaytieeldr
10-03-2010, 12:52 PM
Quick question - we're not Liberace fans, but since the museum will be closing, is it worth a look? Yes, absolutely. It's too bad it's off the Strip; the one time I went, it was with a Las Vegas resident, so while it's probably not far off the Strip and I know my way around much better now, I never went back :(

I do NOT recommend buffets in Vegas. They used to be a tremendous value, but have become terribly overpriced for very average food. Wynn is considered the best buffet, but at $40/person I can eat a MUCH better meal at many many spots on the strip.Well, true... but if you can get downtown, Main Street Station has one of the best/best deal buffets in town. Even without a car, the Orleans buffet - off-Strip, but free shuttle from the side of Bill's on E. Flamingo - is very good and low-priced.

jwwi
10-03-2010, 09:36 PM
I agree that there is so much to see and do while not gambling, it is just overwhelming for a first time visitor. Everyone has had such great advise, I really second the conservatory at Bellagio, Mirage volcano and pirate show at TI too.

We are staying at NYNY this coming weekend and I really have had fun at the Irish bar in that casino.

Any suggestions on dinner near Mirage prior to our 9:30 Love show? I am thinking maybe someplace at Caesars Palace or Venetian?

aboveH20
10-30-2010, 02:14 PM
We're back!

Thanks to all who posted such helpful information on this board in reply to my questions, and of course those of the OP. We spent 3 nights in LV, went to the Grand Canyon, came back and did the Hoover Dam tour, and then spent another night in LV.

I'd say we incorporated just about all of the suggestions on this board. The next trip (if there ever is one) will be MUCH easier than the first. It's always hard to imagine distances, etc. ahead of time.

Peri
11-09-2010, 07:52 AM
We go 3 plus times a year and after the first few trips, always stay downtown on Fremont Street at the Golden Nugget.

1. For first timer - I would suggest Bally's for great deals and good location.

2. The tram between Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Excalibur is FREE and prompt.

3. The pricey monorail is VERY expensive and does not go anywhere really.

4. If you MUST see the HIlton, take the bus - the new route includes the Hilton! You will need EXACT CHANGE for the bus to get your pass each day or get a multi day pass from a machine at a bus stop.

5. I would not rent a car, although we usually drive so we have a car with us. But for first time - you won't have time to go anywhere else :laughing:

6. For steak, yes you can go to Ruth's Chris or someplace like that which is a chain. But for real old Las Vegas atmos plus great prices and aged fabulous steak, go to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus - it is a SO HIDDEN gem - Circus Circus is a joke, but when you enter the Steakhouse on the lower level, you step into a different world. Dress from business casual to dressy with some people in casual clothes!

We are BIG steak fans and think this is the best deal.

7. The Wynn Buffet, even if not as good as at first, is still, IMHO, the best dinner buffet. Bally's is still best Sunday brunch. And downtown, Main Street Station is VERY INEXPENSIVE interesting breakfast with Jewish, Asian and traditional USA foods. Nothing fabulous but nice quality.

8. For looking around, Don't miss the M and M movie on their top floor, you might want to see the Lions at MGM, I enjoy a stroll through NYNY and I like the slots at Excal. but you indicated you are not gamblers.

9. Enjoy - you will have PLENTY to do.

EJKorvette
11-20-2010, 07:56 PM
My two cents based on my experiences in Vegas:

The Flamingo is a great place to stay, not expensive but not Circus Circus or Excalibur, right in the middle of the Strip. Easy walking distance to the TI pirate show, the Mirage volcano, the Bellagio fountains.

As someone said the Monorail isn't worth it. I found the Deuce (bus) to be too crowded and too slow.

One of the best shows I ever saw in Vegas was the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Now Appearing at The V Theater inside Planet Hollywood. This is a daytime show and is one of the few kid-friendly things you will find in Vegas. It's a show with trained cats and a few other animals.

I would rather take a cab from the airport to the hotel even though it costs more because the shuttle buses take forever, and my hotel always was the last stop.

One of the best tours we ever took was the Area 51 tour (if you are into that sort of thing). You drive in an SUV up to Rachel, Nevada for lunch at the Lil Al'e'inn and then to the signs that say No Entry in the middle of the desert. We enjoyed seeing the desert because we live in the hot flat humid part of Florida and it was strange for us.

Put ten on red for me at the tables!

LindaBabe
11-21-2010, 03:39 PM
We go 3 plus times a year and after the first few trips, always stay downtown on Fremont Street at the Golden Nugget.

1. For first timer - I would suggest Bally's for great deals and good location.

2. The tram between Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Excalibur is FREE and prompt.

3. The pricey monorail is VERY expensive and does not go anywhere really.

4. If you MUST see the HIlton, take the bus - the new route includes the Hilton! You will need EXACT CHANGE for the bus to get your pass each day or get a multi day pass from a machine at a bus stop.

5. I would not rent a car, although we usually drive so we have a car with us. But for first time - you won't have time to go anywhere else :laughing:

6. For steak, yes you can go to Ruth's Chris or someplace like that which is a chain. But for real old Las Vegas atmos plus great prices and aged fabulous steak, go to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus - it is a SO HIDDEN gem - Circus Circus is a joke, but when you enter the Steakhouse on the lower level, you step into a different world. Dress from business casual to dressy with some people in casual clothes!

We are BIG steak fans and think this is the best deal.

7. The Wynn Buffet, even if not as good as at first, is still, IMHO, the best dinner buffet. Bally's is still best Sunday brunch. And downtown, Main Street Station is VERY INEXPENSIVE interesting breakfast with Jewish, Asian and traditional USA foods. Nothing fabulous but nice quality.

8. For looking around, Don't miss the M and M movie on their top floor, you might want to see the Lions at MGM, I enjoy a stroll through NYNY and I like the slots at Excal. but you indicated you are not gamblers.

9. Enjoy - you will have PLENTY to do.

I took your advice, Peri! Booked 3 nights at Bally's in January :)