Las Vegas Newbie - Update Post #18

Discussion in 'Las Vegas' started by Kirby, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Kirby

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    My husband and I are planning a trip to Las Vegas in September. We may go in June but more than likely September. We'll be staying a couple of nights with his cousin in Henderson but we want to stay on the Strip a couple of nights also to soak in the flavor of Las Vegas. This will be a one and only trip. We don't plan on returning and the cousin is moving to Nebraska.

    So, where you would recommend us staying? We plan on two nights. We'd like something sort of central to all the action but realize that the place is like Epcot, a lot of walking will be involved. We don't want real expensive accomodations, something under $150.

    We're not gamblers but stick a slot machine (or whatever their called nowadays) in front of us and we'll give that a try. Best place for that?

    Also, which hotels are worth just walking into for the decor?

    Any tips you have for us? Best places to eat? Free shows to see?

    I'll keep scouring this board for ideas but thought I would put out a thread of my own.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!
     
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  3. KKB

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    $150 will typically get you pretty good digs in Vegas!
    If you are staying over the weekend, you will probably get more average deals...Ballys, Harrahs, Monte Carlo are all central and usually well priced. If you are going during the week, you may be able to get Mirage, or Venetian. These are also fairly central. Sometimes you may even be able to get Aria, Cosmopolitan (the newest--lots of WOW factors) or Bellagio.
    You can play slots everywhere. I DO recommend getting players cards EVERYWHERE & USE THEM (plug into machine while you are playing). New people often get free play and often get mailers for future free rooms. (the rest of us have to play for it!)
    Tropicana has a good deal right now. Lose up to $200 in machines, you get matched up to $200 free play (tho $100 now, $100 later--not ideal for you, but nice still)
    Buy an American Casino Guide (buy 2 on Amazon usually u will get free shipping). Lots of great coupons. Best one is $25 free play at Venetian for new players--so if you bought 2 you & your DH would both get that free play. Plus many coupons for discounts on meals, shows, etc.
    There is SO much to see...I would just wander north on the strip one day, south another. I wouldn't plan much else for such a short trip...wandering, some gambling, eating will fill your days quickly! There is a free show weekdays at Bills--Big Elvis, very popular.
    Have fun!
     
  4. woody73

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    Kris offers good advice. We got Players Cards at the Wynn, and quickly had enough points for two free buffet meals.

    Woody
     
  5. StageTek

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    Center strip you'll find Harrah's, Bally's and Flamingo in that price range. Maybe even Paris or Venetian on a weekday. My suggestion would be Flamingo.


    Downtown (Freemont Street) has the loosest slots and some really interesting ones. Every casino has banks and banks and banks of them.

    Paris, New York, New York, MGM Grand, Luxor, Venetian and Caesar's for sure. The gardens at the Flamingo and the Planet Hollywood mall are both pretty impressive.

    Free shows I like are the Pirates show at TI (cheesy but fun) and Big Elvis at Bills. The fountain show and the Volcano show are must see's.

    Best places to eat are the Carnegie at The Mirage, The Steak House at Circus, Circus, Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace.
     
  6. Kirby

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    Great! This all gives me a good place to start making plans.
     
  7. KKB

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    We have stayed at Flamingo & it is the least fav of MC, Ballys or Harrahs--and this was staying in the upgraded GO room. Major cleanliness issues in halls--that were not taken care of over several days; fishy smell in gardens; pool full of children. They DO have a bank of .05 VP that I love, tho! (if you were given the choice of Paris or Venetian--NO contest; Venetian wins)
    Additionally, we have tried Carnegie & we not impressed. Big portions, but not great. My uncle sold us on CC Steak House--"eh", nothing to get excited about. Maybe years ago...I just did NOT get it. Found $6.95 steak deal at Ellis Island to be as good for less $! Have always wanted to try Mesa Grill.
    We loved our meal at MIX at top of Mandalay Bay--great ambiance, great views, great service & food--plus a $50 restaurant.com gift certificate made the deal a whole lot sweeter!
    All the places to see that weren't mentioned--Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Mirage, Aria, Cosmopolitan....the cheapy old school casinos--Bills, OSheas, Casino Royale.
    With such limited time, I would NOT recommend a trip downtown; little to see; will cost you either 45 min. bus each way or $50 cab RT. Yes, cheap gambling, food, drinks. But strip for first trip--even several days--is sufficient.
    PH mall is nice...but Ceasars Forum shops are WAY more impressive--even DH, who hates to shop, appreciated it once.
    Ah, it is all subjective...and your time is so limited....
     
  8. Judy from Boise

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    I booked in to Mandeley bay for $79 a night (code) this May. Go the the hotel sight and you can usually find a calendar with clear rates. Also sign up for e-mail specails and you will start getting codes within the hour !
    PS read the stickies at the top of the page for good advice.
     
  9. Kirby

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    Ya'll mentioned players cards. What exactly is that? Is it something you get when checking in or do you have to ask for it? Would it be something that we would even consider since we wouldn't do much gambling?

    Speaking of gambling, we would just do slots. Do you actually put money in them or do you go pay for a card or casino coins to put in the machine? Sorry if this is a silly question but I really don't know.
     
  10. woody73

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    A players card is a loyalty card. Sign up at the casino's players card desk.

    Insert the card in a slot machine, and it will keep track of your play, earning you "points." Most slot machines accept cash. If you are going to play slots anyway, a players card is worthwhile.

    I had a coupon for some free slot play at the Wynn. I signed up for the Wynn players card. I played an additional $20 and earned enough points for two free buffet meals.

    YMMV

    Woody
     
  11. StageTek

    StageTek It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

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    Well....

    KKB has shot down every one of my suggestions. All the places I love, KKB doesn't. It sure is subjective.
     
  12. Kirby

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    Ok, great!
     
  13. jlmarr

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    Be sure to see the Bellagio Fountains at night - they were created by a former Disney Imagineer who worked on the EPCOT fountain and the Journey to Imagination dancing waters.
     
  14. Kirby

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    They are definately on my "to do" list.
     
  15. KKB

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    I was trying to point out everything is subjective..
    Guess I was a bit much in making that point...:confused3

    I do stand behind my suggestion of staying on the strip this trip. For only 2 days, that will keep you plenty busy. Downtown is a great day trip for a second trip (I don't think we headed down for several trips). A VERY different feel than the strip--VERY old school. For cheap gambling, drinks & food, it nails it. But little else to do when your bankroll is shot for the day (as I found out...)

    Headed to the Nugget next week! I may have to cab it to the strip for a day...it's like a small town vs. the big city--and I am a big city girl! (who lives in a small city--gotta get my fix!):laughing:
     
  16. StageTek

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    And I was agreeing with you. It sure is subjective. You clearly feel strongly that a first time visitor should not visit Downtown or stay at my hotel suggestions.

    The new Downtown Express makes fewer stops so the trip is quicker. But even taking the Deuce is (for me) a lot of fun. A couple of hours of a two day stay is (for me) very worth it.

    I was just surprised to be completely shot down point by point rather than just adding your own suggestions. A different posting style I guess.
     
  17. canadianjovigirl

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    We are going next week for our first trip and going to NASCAR weekend and i searched and searched and signed up for all the hotels we were interested in to get special codes/discounts. Also was willing to priceline or hotwire a room for a good deal, but in the end booked hotel and the Aria together as a package and got the best price that way as booking them separatley would have cost $500 more.............no idea why, but thats how it worked for our dates.

    I am making a list of stuff to see and where its located so we have a quick reference while out walking............

    Cant wait to see the sights and sounds of Vegas..........
     
  18. granismith

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    On our first visit to Vegas we stayed at Excalibur. The rooms are really basic but what I liked about the hotel was the location. The walkways go right over to MGM, New York, and several others. We spent alot of time in these hotels exploring everything. Then we walked the strip and checked out the major hotels and the things they have to offer. I bought a guide book ahead of time and marked down all the free things there are to do or an attraction so when we reached that hotel we knew what to look for. There is really soo much to do for free. Also be sure and take a bus down to the Freemont street. Also don't miss the Venetian, Ceasers, or Bellagio.:goodvibes
     
  19. Kirby

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    Well, our trip is booked! We're taking advantage of Southwest's $80 deal. We're also renting a car since we will be staying in Henderson and sightseeing outside LV for a couple of days.

    Just one question at the moment, probably many more to follow: ;)

    Can you print out boarding passes at the hotels? I'm not a flyer so this is not something I've done before.
     
  20. KKB

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    Just got back from Vegas--and I found that SWA $80 deal & just couldn't resist booking again for October! (and I am going in 6 weeks...it is a sickness!) DH & I took this trip; Mom was diagnosed w/ thyroid cancer in March so we decided no more waiting to do things together--her brother just lost his wife, and he & his 4 kids (around my age) are all coming too, should be a blast. October is for me--DH is hitting the NU v. WISC game in Oct, so I felt I should have a trip, too!
    Just stayed at Harrahs, Planet Hollywood is next & I may be at Imperial Palace in October. Basic digs but you cannot beat the location.
    Curious why you are staying in Henderson....
    Regarding boarding passes, it depends on the hotel. Some have business centers where you can print for free; others have Internet kiosks for a fee where you can print them out. I have used the kiosk--a bit slow, but it gets the job done!
    Keep firing those questions!
     
  21. DizFan101

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    If you are a Disney fan going to vegas they have a mall where they have a store called Disney Warehouse . it sells park items for less (mind you they do sell more disneyland items then disney world because LV is closer to Disney Land). To get to the mall, you go down the strip(towards the vegas sign) keep going and the mall is on your left hand side. (Go past Fries).
     

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