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Vegas Hotel Thoughts?

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So we are thinking about doing a trip to Vegas. Looks like it will be 4 nights, mid-week in May. It has been something like 6 years or so since we've been to Vegas and were hoping for some thoughts from folks.

Some stuff about what we are looking for:
- It will be my wife and I - no kids
- We do gamble, but we are not "gamblers"; I'm sure we will do it some, but it isn't the primary purpose of the trip
- Want to spend some time relaxing: a good pool and maybe a good spa (wife only, I'm not interested) would be great
- On-site dining options for lunch would be a plus; for dinner we are fine with a taxi

My initial read of what is coming up on Expedia kind of points me to the following:
- The Hotel @ Mandalay Bay looks like a possible front-runner. $130/night. Pretty sure that Mandalay Bay still has one of the top pools in Vegas. Rooms look very nice. Location is a bit annoying, but not a deal-breaker.

- The Mirage might be a contender too. $130/night. Again, what I believe to be a top pool. Much better location. Rooms look like a notch below The Hotel in terms of size and amenities (e.g. no separate shower).

- The Signature @ MGM. We like the dining options at MGM. I like the addition of a pool at each tower, in addition to the main complex. Rooms look tacky, but large and comfortable. Good location.

Some of the other hotels just seem to offer poor value. The next batch of hotels seems to represent a jump up in price. Venetian and Cosmopolitan are almost $300. Bellagio over $300. MO over $300. Wynn and Encore between $450 and $500. The one intriguing option above the The Hotel/Mirage/Signature triumvarate might be the 4S, coming in at $250.

I guess the question is two-fold:

1) Which of the 3 primary choices would you choose?
2) Is there any reason to spend 2x or more for any of the other options? I mean, I know that the service level at some of these is likely higher, but enough to deliver real value?

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