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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 07:24 AM
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I too would try to stay on the strip. We have stayed a few times at the Marriott Chauteu and that is on the strip but does not have gaming in it. We get good rates with our timeshare but it doesn't have a decent pool that I think would be super fun for your boys.

I would check out pool reviews (seriously!) some have lazy rivers and even slides - as ltr said, we rarely if ever use our car once you arrive (you can wait longer in line @ valet than walking!).
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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I did a quick search and the MGM, Flamingo and Monte Carlo all came up with great pools for families. Some of the larger hotels (see Wynn, Rio) have topless areas so just be aware with your boys.

We are staying @ the Flamingo over the summer - would not be my *first choice - I love the Venetian - they pump something into that hotel that smells so good it keeps me coming back ;-) But it is a family deal with dh's family coming from back east. Our room rate was 99.00 for two queens. It is right on the strip. I have never stayed there so cannot vouch for it but did like that the pool came up as good for families - we will have our 13 and 16 year old with us.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 01:57 PM
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More great advice guys. I love that smartvegas site. It even has discount show tix. They have a great rate for Excalibur for $45 a night.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 03:20 PM
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We were at Excalibur.. it was "OK" and very busy. This was years ago. I think for a little more there may be much nicer ones.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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another good site to check out pools in Vegas for the kids:

http://www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_cheapo_sleep.php

pull down to the bottom of the page and it lists a bunch of the pools-with visitors with kids, we have liked the Flamingo as others have mentioned
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 04:23 PM
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We have also stayed at the Excaibur but it was too smoky for me - it was also years ago - your boys might like the obnoxious jousting/eating with the hands show... what was that - :-? My boys who were around yours ages when we went enjoyed it. Should be fine- ask for a non-smoking room.
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MomDDTravel makes a good point. The cheaper the hotel/casino in Vegas, the more cigarette smoke.
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cferrb - I don't know if it is the older ventilation systems or what but they are far more smoky.
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Excalibur is only one step up from Circus Circus, and I agree with MomDD, that's starting at the "way bottom". I'm sure you can get something MUCH better for not that much more money. I remember the smoke and it was nearly 15 years ago!
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