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Old 06-26-2006, 12:06 AM   #16
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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.
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Old 06-26-2006, 10:57 AM   #17
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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.
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:40 PM   #18
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Hardrock (Younger Crowd) = B
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Old 06-26-2006, 11:41 PM   #19
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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:

- 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

- 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!
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:03 AM   #20
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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.
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Old 07-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #21

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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
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Old 07-02-2006, 06:35 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by msim
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

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.
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Old 07-03-2006, 08:04 AM   #23
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Mandalay Bay

What about Mandalay Bay? Don't they have a Wave Pool?
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Old 07-03-2006, 02:09 PM   #24
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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)
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Old 07-03-2006, 02:48 PM   #25
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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.

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Old 07-03-2006, 09:21 PM   #26
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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

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).
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Old 09-28-2006, 06:26 PM   #27
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:39 AM   #28

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Luxor, earlier in the month - had a 3rd floor pyramid room overlooking the airport and valet parking.

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

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
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:45 PM   #29
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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.

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Old 10-05-2006, 02:36 PM   #30
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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!
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