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Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by 3puttcop, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. 3puttcop

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    Ok I need more help from my fellow MUD members….Wife and I are going to Las Vegas in September. Airfare is reasonable from the FL ($200) but wife has her heart set on staying at the Bellagio. It supposed to be the best according to her, although she’s never been either. Anyone stayed there or have feedback about places in Las Vegas.

    No kids coming and going for 3 nights 4 days.
     
  2. robinhood4x4

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    I haven't staye there, but I've been in a room (a normal room, not a suite). It's OK, certainly better than circus circus or something but nothing terribly special. You get a bed, a TV and a marble bathroom. I think the bathtub was a jet tub thing.

    Also, if you want a quick bite to eat at the coffee shop be prepared to spend a lot. The wife and I got out of the coffee shop for around $50 for dinner.

    So far my favorite is the aladdin, but that was a couple years ago now. It was a nice, normal room, not run down and not too expensive. One of these days I'd like to stay at the venetian, looks like a cool place to stay.
     
  3. archie

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    I haven't stayed at the hotel but it is nice. I don't think you will be disappointed. It might be too large but it is tastefully done unlike the amusement park like atmosphere as the other hotels. If you are renting a car go to Red Rock Canyon (15 minute ride away from strip with a BLM entrance fee) for a break from all the glitter and lights. If you plan go hiking go early in the morning, but if you plan to take only take a few pictures from the car pull out, you can do this anytime of day in about 3 hours. Have a nice trip.
     
  4. 3puttcop

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    I'm gonna try and play golf one morming, havent thought about hiking. Hell roughing it for my wife is when room service is slow.
     
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    Unless you get asuite, you're overpaying. :)

    THink about it, the casinos don't you in your room all day long-- they want you downstairs gaming, drinking, eating, shopping and taking in shows.

    The rooms are nice, yes, but for the price not the kind of nice you would get for that kind money outside of Vegas.... It's a room, with a bed, a s***ter, a bath tub (possibly a whirlpool type one if you're lucky) a TV (with about 4 channels, again to keep you from wanting to stay in the room too long), and some nice towels, a mini coffee pot and maybe a robe or two.

    Shop around and get a cheaper room. It won't negatively affect the quality of your vegas experience, unless you did intend on going there and staying in the room all week. :)

    Steve
     
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    If you go to Priceline and pick the 5 star rating... all you get is the Venetian (maybe the Wynn, too, now... I dunno). It's supposedly the only 5 star hotel in Vegas (that priceline lists). Anyhow, all the rooms there are suites and they're all pretty great.

    I've scored suites there for just about 100 bucks using this method a few times (regular price is 250-ish). The Venetian also has some pretty good web specials on their own website, too (but usually only mid-week deals). Give it a try.

    My girlfriend and I both could have stayed at the Venetian for about a week without going nuts (no small feat in Vegas!). It was very comfortable, spacious and super nice. And it's right in the middle of the strip. The gondola ride costs extra, though...

    Jason
     
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    Each time I've been to Vegas too much attention was placed on the room, it's cool to stay in a giant hotel, but you will rarely be in your room...unless you're planning on having a souvenier of this trip 9 months from now.. :D

    I've stayed at the Sahara, it's run-down, cheap, but if you take the shuttles everywhere then it doesn't really matter. I'd love to stay at NYNY or Venician, etc...but think about this, if you are going there with an unlimited budget then that's great, but for the difference in staying at the Bellagio versus staying at some cheaper place for only one night could be like $100-$200. So that's an extra $100-200 you could buy stuff with, or have a kickass dinner at any one of the really nice restaurants there...

    Also stayed at the Luxor, that was cool, nifty room (but you're never in it), cool outside pools (anybody can come to the pools, so you could stay elsewhere and come there to hangout), bunch of restaurants, etc...

    Excaliber was run-down and messy I thought, better than the Sahara, but lame...nicest place I've stay was the Luxor, I'd stay there again, although the wife is set on the Bellagio also... :rolleyes:

    Just FYI last time I went the best prices on hotel rooms was www.i4vegas.com It wasn't alot cheaper than other places, but every hotel was a few dollars cheaper per night than other online booking places.

    Good Luck, and bring yer walk'n shoes...you'll probably walk...alot...
     
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    Location is important if you don't have a rental car because most people like to check out other hotels. Beyond that you can get a room for a better price some place else and drive to the hotels. It's a desert so you don't want to be walking around too much outside during the afternoon and the most hotels are so big that it could be a journey just to get to the sidewalk.
     
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    Oh yeah and even in Sept it'll probably be HOT there...last we went it was I think 118 or 120 there, something like that...and windy...it should be illegal for wind at those temperatures, you could feel your face dry with the wind...plenty to see without being outside alot...if you don't have one of these stores in your hometown checkout the one there www.imagesofnature.com They have one in the desert shops (I think that's the name)...awesome nature picture that are huge...good place to waste time...or lay out at a pool all day (course you're from FL, you probably have pools there, the pool thing is a treat for us non-pool-staters) :D
     
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    Just remember the temp in sept is going to be close to 100deg. Outside activities are going to be HOT. If vegas is like arizona in sept then it'll be 90 deg by 8 am.

    Have you been there before? Fully automatic weapons are legal there and gun shops rent them out :D .

    I thought a lot of the hotels on the strip are connected by monorail now?
     
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    Only a few hotels are on the monorail I think.

    Is that true about automatic weapons? Sweet...Honey, pack the car, we're going to Vegas! :D

    Oh, and due to the heat, it's best to sleep almost all day, get up at like the crack of 3:00pm and be up till about 5:00am, that way you get the cooler night-time experience (it might still be 100 at night, but it's a dry, dark 100, which is different) :D
     
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    This is definately her intention, she's a sneaky one and has been bugging me for another. But I will commit myself to not drink enough to have a lapse in judgement when it comes to having unplanned souveniers!!!



    Someone mentioned NYNY, it is a little less expensive and was my choice. Budget is not extremely important, have a little $$ to spend, but I'm not Donald Trump!!! Just don't wnat to stay at a place that resembles 6 flags!

    As far as the heat. Some folks from FL commented that its easier to handle than this deep south inferno were in. Plus its as dry as a pop-corn fart there.

    Covection oven vs. steamer!!

    Could care less about a pool, unless it has ice in it. Have a big one here and the water is a refreshing 91.
     
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    LOL!! :D

    We are the exact opposite, I would love another kid or two...she will not even speak of it...which pisses me off...oh wait is this not the marriage rant thread...sorry... :D

    I've walked through a bunch, NYNY is cool to walk through, like real streets, alleys, etc...kinda a cool setting..Paris was really nice too, fake streets, with curbs and all, looks bizzare, but a fun feel to it.

    Come on Donald, you can rent a Viper for the day there too, I think it's like $300 for the day (maybe more), but heck who else has pictures of them driving a Viper (and racing, and doing burnouts).. :D
     
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    WIFE RANT: I am 37 and can retire in 9.5 yrs. Thats not gonna happen with elementary ager at home. I already have two boys and she wants a girl. If I had 2 girls or a boy and girl I'd be fixed already.

    I also heard NYNY has a very nice 9/11 memorial for the police and fire fighters that made the ultimate sacrafice.
     
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    they have extended the monorail although last fall it was busted so we were still walking.

    NYNY is a nice place. I would stay at the Venitian if I was ever in the room! A pool visit it a must at the better places because the babes are in full strut mode and aren't afraid to show it!

    We stayed at the excalibur this last time (package deal) and it sucked. too many kids for my liking. Luxor is getting kinda to the end of the strip too. lots of walking then.
     
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    Never stayed there, been there for dinner many times. Beautiful, comfortable.
     
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    I have been to Vegas twice and both times I stayed in cheap hole in the walls, and didn't regret it. What is your main objective? We know you aren't going to get S'faced every night. Are you going to sight see the hotels? Some hints, don't get too excited about the monorail, unless you stay at either end of the strip. If you are going to see shows, stay at the hotel with your favorite show tickets will be cheaper. Don't forget about Old Vegas (freemont st) it is very cool and worth the ride. Since you have a decent budget, definitly rent a car, you will enjoy the freedom. All of the rental places are offsite from the airport, they have an office in the terminal but a shuttle to the lot, this is a shock for most out-of-towners. Take a trip to Hoover Dam, quite a cool place with lots of intresting facts.
     
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    Been twice for conferences and both times I was in the Paris...it was nice even for a basic room. The Bellagio is very nice but if you can get into the Vanician or the Paris for cheaper I would do it.
     
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    Bellagio is very nice. I doubt you go to Vegas often from FL so stay somewhere nice. Also depends on what you enjoy doing. Shows, food, gambling, shopping? Bellagio has the mall right there and your wife can shop while you play some blackjack;)

    The Steak house and the French restaurant are both good. Can't remember the names:doh:

    There are tons of nice places to stay so have a good time.
     
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    Was there last week and checked in Tues at 0300 and left on Thurs. $109 per night. Stayed at Mandalay and it was nice for my kids 6 and 7. A tram connected Mandalay, Luxor, and Excalibur (owned by the same company). Saw a lot of family and kids at the Excalibur (cheesy) and not a lot at the Luxor. Mandalay, I guess was a classy compromise. Great wave pool with sand and an artificial river with current (bring tubes). Be prepared to tip for every service given - valets.

    Had more luck with the slots at Luxor though - lets you win back so you can play longer (unlike at the Mandalay = lost). Free drinks with tips!

    A tram also connects Monte Carlo and Bellagio. My wifes cousin stayed at the Bellagio - comped for plane tics and meals (had the Players Card or something). He had a perfect window view of the dancing fountains (music was plugged in to the TV so you can hear) and the Eiffel Tower.

    Seems like I found more people hanging around the Bellagio and was more lively compared to the Mandalay (more tourists inside than occupants?) More expensive atmosphere and well off guests(Bellagio and Monte Carlo) than the Mand and Luxor. I would recommend this casino if you are a couple. Less family atmosphere but children are welcomed. Bellagio was more the center of the strip so closer distance to some strip attractions. Closer to the casinos with tourist attractions like Paris, NYNY, Mirage (volcano action). Cost me $8 + tips to get back to Mand from Bellagio by taxi - to tired and buzzed to walk and tram back.

    Check Priceline, Travelocity, or the hotels and etc for great packages. I recommend staying at the strip to enjoy what Las Vegas is all about. I would hate to drive in and out of strip area to get back to a hotel :)