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help! which hotel for first time in vegas

Old Jan 6th, 2009, 02:06 PM
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help! which hotel for first time in vegas

We are taking our two 20 something sons and their cousin to celebrate his 21st birthday in vegas. WE have traveled a lot but none of us has ever been there before so want to do it right for a long weekend in Feb. Where should we stay? we want to be in the center of the strip (right?) and stay somewhere "awesome" but not the most $$$$. I thought about MGM, but have read it is way down at the other end of the strip--then I looked at Mirage, but many said it was old and not "memorable". We want to keep it under $200/night so are looking for a mid $$$ room. We will be booking 3 rooms.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 02:13 PM
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For the middle of the strip, I would say go with Planet Hollywood. They usually have pretty good prices, and your sons will like the atmosphere there. Also, it is near the Bellagio and Caesars. While the MGM is towards the other end, it usually has some good deals and I have always enjoyed my stay there.

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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Hi cathee,

We booked a five star through Hotwire for five nights beginning February 20 for $94 and it was the Wynn. I just checked Hotwire for 2/13-2/16 and came up with $149 for both a five star (almost certainly the Wynn) and a four and a half star which is billed as a customer favorite. They are both called Central Strip even though the Wynn at the edge of that description.

Hotwire doesn't reveal the hotel until after you have booked but I think either of those would be safe. There are two more central strip hotels listed for even cheaper rates.

Good luck in your hunting.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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www.cheapovegas.com has good reviews

Personally, for a 21-year old, I'd go with Planet Hollywood if you have to be on the Strip. Off-strip properties that cater to the younger crowd are The Palms and The Hard Rock.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 07:01 PM
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I haven't done this, but...Las Vegas is hurting right now so why don't you try the hotels web sites and see if they are offering any specials. Also, Steve Wynn just opened Encore, his second hotel and even though I know it's high end, he may be offering some good rates to get rooms filled.

I know that even convention business in down in Las Vegas because a lot of people can't afford to go. Anyway, thought I'd run that by you.
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 08:49 PM
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I agree with Crefloors. If you got to the individual hotel websites you can see what the rates are going to be on the dates you are planning to be there. Sometimes there are large conventions in the area which can cause the rates to be vastly different one weekend to the next. You might even sign up on their sites to receive promotional information (I have) as they will tell you of special rates and show information. ENJOY!
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Old Jan 6th, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Planet Hollywood would be just right for your group.

Probably would get better weekend rates in Feb if you don't go on the Presidents' Day weekend.
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Old Jan 10th, 2009, 11:50 AM
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thanks for your suggestions--i'll check out planet hollywood---one more question ---is there more than 1 MGM? are they on the strip? the map looks like its way at the end--but friends who have been there are telling its on the strip in a good spot.
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Old Jan 10th, 2009, 04:55 PM
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MGM is in a pretty good spot and another hotel you'd likely enjoy. There's only one MGM
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Old Jan 10th, 2009, 05:09 PM
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Just a thought - check out the monorail map - it's an inexpensive way to stay at one end or the other and still get to the rest of the strip without lots of time (or sore feet). Maybe you can see if one of your choices is near the monorail line?
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Old Jan 11th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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I will do that---the next step is to figure out what "not to miss" hotels we should visit------if I were to bring my sons/nephew (they are 21, 25 & 28) to 3 or 4 unbelievable hotel/lobbies to see, which should they be. Please keep in mind we have never been there before and will be spending 3 nights and 4 days on the strip
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Old Jan 11th, 2009, 05:35 PM
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Just returned from Vegas and really, anywhere on the strip is negotiable, the key is finding something decent. Rooms are cheap in Vegas and you can find deals all the time. Check the route map for the "Deuce", a very cheap, easy bus that runs 24 hours a day. Pick a hotel that has a stop nearby and you can't go wrong.
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Old Jan 13th, 2009, 09:30 PM
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MGM is at the end of the strip. It would be ok. The monorail goes there.

Neighbors of are: 1) Tropicana, which has seen better days, 2) Excalibur which is not that nice and really a place you might take your 10 year old 3) New York, New York which is interesting, 4) a Travelodge or shopping center or something on the north side.

The places you want to visit, tho, are more to the center of the strip. The three or four hotels you should see are Bellagio, Caesars, Venetian, and Paris. And their neighbors.

Planet Hollywood is next to Paris which is across the strip from Bellagio which is across from Caesars.

There is a popular nightclub in PH. I think your guys might enjoy it.
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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I just booked our 3 nights at Planet Hollywood---now I am researching "not to miss" activities, and since the boys are all "poor" in their own terms, i'm trying to find coupons, etc.--if anyone has suggestions for this, let me know. Also which show should we see---My first thought is KA circque, the they are so $$$--i did find $60 tickets on Travelzoo site, but only for the first night we're there, and i won't trust our flight to be on time----any other suggestions are appreciated. How does Mystere compare to KA and O?
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 04:14 PM
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Its been a few years, but I saw La Reve which was amazing. Also, David Brenner, if he is still there, was very funny and inexpensive. I keep hearing about Danny Ganz, but both times I was in Vegas, his show was on a break. There are half price booths which usually have a pretty good selection. I don't know if you can get tickets to Love, and I'm sure they are expensive, but everyone I've heard from says it is well worth it. Enjoy.
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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For this age group,I would suggest Chris Angel at the Luxor (VERY popular with that age group)or Blue Man Group, I believe now at the Venetian. Both high-energy shows.
There may be popular entertainers or concerts scheduled - go www.vegas.com for a calendar of events on almost everything, or a site called cheapovegas.com for hints.
For fun, ride the NYNY coaster or SPEED ride at Sahara.
Free events - watch the Bellagio water show, take transportation (not free!) to Fremont Street one evening for the free overhead street show, and see "Old Vegas".
Go to Barbary Coast during the weekdays - see Elvis' son entertain in the bar. (Ask about the Big Elvis show).
When returning, visit Ethel M Chocolatiers at the Airport & take a stash home - you won't be disappointed!!!

PS: We enjoyed "The Rum Jungle" in Mandalay Bay for dinner/turns into a club later/the food was great!
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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Do not waste your money on Chris Angel...worst show I've seen in Vegas. I would recommend Blue Man or Mystere
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 11:07 PM
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For a good quality meal try Ellis Island on Koval, it's behind Bally's. For less than $10 including tax you get soup or salad, choice of potato, garlic green beans and 10 oz top sirloin and beverage (Beer or root beer). The special is not on the menu at the coffee shop. They also have a BBQ place that has generous portions.

Hotels with lots of style include Wynn, Venetian, Bellagio and Mirage.
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Old Jan 15th, 2009, 11:08 PM
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Mystere is a great show. About as good as O. I don't recommend Ka - I just didn't think it was that interesting. Maybe on another day or maybe if it wasn't my first CDS show (didn't really know what to expect), I might have liked it.

The Stomp Out Loud show, at the right price, is kinda fun. You can see a video of what it is like at youtube.

Mystere has the benefit of being a good walk from PH. That is, you pass Paris, Flamingo, etc. You could take a look at Venetian on the way, too. Then cross the street to see the show at Treasure Island. Walking back on the same side of the street you pass Mirage, Caesars, Bellagio then cross over to Paris and back to PH.

When you go to Bellagio, from Caesars, walk through the casino to the amazing lobby. Don't forget to look up (same applies to Caesars and Paris!) The entrance to the left, front desk ahead, and you want to turn right and look around.

O is a also a great show and has the benefit of being in Bellagio, which you want to see, and is closer to PH.

PH has a lot of Hollywood stuff around, photos and things. Mounted on the wall in my room was the driver's license that Bronson used in the Death Wish movies (this was a week or so after I happened to see all three of those movies).

Vinny Favorito is a comedian at Imperial Palace. Funny guy, amazingly quick wit. Not for everybody. He picks on the audience mercilessly. If a person belongs to any group that has a stereo type he will play on that. Rude, crude. Get the tix at half price and maybe he is worth it (I had comp tix and walked in after it started and saw the show without anybody collecting the tickets). I mention this guy specifically because the show should not be very expensive.

I mentioned the club at PH. I didn't actually see the club, just people hanging out at the bottom of an escalator that was guarded by a bunch of bouncers. I guess they were waiting to get it. It occurred to me that, if I were 25, I could have a good time hanging out there without even going into the club.
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Old Jan 16th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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thank you thank you thank you--the last 4 posts have given me some great ideas to add to my list--i'm also glad to hear that Mystere is really good as I can get better rates on it than the others--we're going to be there pres. day weekend and there aren't as many bargains that weekend----all of the suggestions are really good
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