Hotel in Vegas mid-April for two seniors

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Jan 5th, 2011, 02:49 PM
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One of the huge advantages of Bill's (in addition to reasonable rates) is that it's tiny compared to the others, so only a short walk from your room to the curb (or a taxi). There's a restaurant within with excellent food at low prices. It's on a corner with Bally's, Paris, Bellagio (fountains can be seen from some rooms), Caesar's, all within steps.

If you want to attend shows, you can always taxi, though it's best to get there early (to avoid busy traffic/taxi times) and plan to spend some time at that venue afterward, as it usually takes a while to catch a taxi back when a show lets out.

I would guess that taxis plus a bit of walking would be more favorable than renting scooters. For one thing, scooters can go most places, but not everywhere, and there's no place to leave them if you'd like to wander around on foot. And, it's not easy to negotiate the crowded sidewalks with those scooters, either.

There are websites, or you can to to each property's website, for printing detailed maps. It's good to know where the entrances are located for entering and leaving so you don't end up walking miles out of your way, and where you have to walk through an expansive casino, or not, to get anywhere at all.
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Jan 11th, 2011, 12:16 PM
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It's like a cruise ship with many twists and turns minus clear signs.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 07:24 AM
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Maybe I should bring my GPS!
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Jan 12th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Just know that the hotels are designed so that you tend to get lost in a maze of casino and so you have to go through the casino to get from one thing to another. You can walk for miles looking for a way out. Sometimes there are signs, often not, or they "blend". That's why those pdf maps of the properties are so handy to have along.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 01:14 PM
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ok, I just printed the PDF map. I will study it and hope it helps as I will be there for 2 days before everyone else!! Now to figure out where some good vegetarian restaurants might be....
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Jan 12th, 2011, 03:16 PM
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GREAT plan getting there two days early to stake the joint out. Finding the closest elevators to your rooms, and realizing where these elevators end up downstairs will be a good starting point. It'll also give you time to find scooter rentals.

Not many vegetarian restaurants nearby, but tons of restaurants with vegetarian options.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 05:47 PM
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Thanks!! I will do that. Good plan.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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We like to try lots of things and aren't big eaters, so we really appreciate the bar area/menus at the top places where you can have almost the same experience, and more often, for a lot less.

B_C - it's, indeed, a very good thing that you'll arrive ahead. You jest a lot, but be prepared for the enormity of the properties! You just cannot imagine from those maps how HUGE and far apart they are.

If you're staying at Caesar's, pay attention to early bird menus, which can save you a fortune, and the seniors enjoy dinner earlier anyway.

And, before the folks arrive, you may want to locate a convenience/liquor store and stock up on beverages: water, juice, soda, libations, whatever, which will also save you a fortune versus purchasing same within the hotel. If you're into cola, note that some places are Pepsi and others Coca Cola, one or the other.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 06:04 AM
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B-C, encourage at least one night of neon gazing. Just walking up and down the strip at night is a very memorable experience. My now 84 year old mother in law still talks about the lights at night. If you just tell the smut peddelers 'no thanks' they will leave you alone. The time share salespeople need to be told twice and firmly 'no thanks'.
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Jan 13th, 2011, 06:59 AM
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Wow, what a wealth of information! I am able to walk until I drop so I will get a lot done in the 2 days before they come. Early bird menus, bar menus etc. All these tips are fantastic. I am so happy that I posted this!
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Jan 13th, 2011, 07:24 AM
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If you don't like walking up the Strip, you can get a 24 hour pass on "The Deuce" (double decker buses) for $7.
The north end of the route is close to the Fremont Street Experience. It is worth seeing at least once. They now have a zipline ride under it if you want a real thrill.
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