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Oct 4th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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We will be going to Vegas in December 26- January 2 2009 since we will be there for a week we want a luxury hotel room. Should we book in a luxury hotel or should we book in a lower class hotel but upgrade to a luxury suite. Looking for the best room for the money. Also I'm new to this booking thing what sites are the best to book through or should I go straight to the Hotel & airline sites.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Book a room mid-Strip (vicinity of Caesar's Palace) for easiest walking to more places.

I always book on a casino's web site and I check back frequently to find if there has been a price reduction and, if a lower rate appears I call the casino and they give me the lower rate.

Most hotels have a calendar that show rates on various days. Weekend are most expensive. I would expect to pay top dollar over the two holiday weekends.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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If you go to popular casino websites, you can sometimes sign up for email alerts. I have done this at many of the casinos and recieve special offers almost daily. A lot of the times the rates are starting at $50/night for a really great room. I recommend doing that and waiting for the offer to come along that you really want.
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Oct 4th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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In addition to that, I have found some really great rates at the MGM Grand. The rooms look really nice and I really enjoyed the atmosphere when we were there. Also, I noticed that the middle of the strip (Ceasar's Palace) is the expensive and formal area, whereas if you head down towards the MGM and Luxor it is more inexpensive and "lower class." I am 24 years old and the MGM & Luxor area fit me perfectly.
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Oct 5th, 2009, 01:42 PM
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The Belliagio is a real nice luxury hotel.

(I don't consider MGM & Luxor "lower class")
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Oct 5th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Meant "The Bellagio" hotel
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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The Venetian is unbelievable. Definately worth the splurge.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 12:54 PM
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Everything turns on availability for your dates and when you are checking in.

In April, we stayed at Paris with a special rate (via one of the specials on their website) for $60/night weekdays, $75/night weekends. We were offered an upgrade at check-in to a Calais Suite (awesome) for $135/night (which we did accept for the first night, then moved to a Premium room), about 1/3 the usual rate for our dates. After a few nights at Paris, we moved to Wynn which I booked at a ridiculously low rate on Hotwire.

What you'll be able to do depends on how busy Las Vegas will be during the holidays this year, but you can probably expect to pay big bucks for New Year's Eve and maybe the day before and after, especially since New Year's Day is on a Friday this year.

But, about a luxury hotel versus a luxury suite in a lower class hotel, you may want to first consider location of properties and reviews of the hotels in general. Since not much time is really spent in the room, many find location, hotel ammenities, and appealing dining nearby, higher priority.

Generally speaking, it's best to book directly with the hotel for Las Vegas (see TripAdvisor forum for tips on finding discount codes). Rates tend to go down between the time you book and the time you arrive. If that happens, the hotel will adjust the rate for you. There are often amazing bargains on Priceline and Hotwire. But, you'll have to do some serious shopping with dates around the holidays.
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Oct 7th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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I love Vegas...but understand that Vegas doesn't make the rooms so nice that you will want to campout for extended periods (example no HBO, Showtime, coffee makers, etc). The casino's goal is keep you gambling, gambling, gambling :-0

Enjoy!
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Oct 8th, 2009, 09:18 PM
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You are rarely ever in your room, except to sleep because the casinos are pumped with oxygen. We flet in at 10pm and did not roll into bed until about 3 am and were back up at 10am. We were out most of the day but did take a nap for a couple of hours. Don't count on spending an abundance of time in the room. =)
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Oct 9th, 2009, 05:24 AM
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Your best bet is too wait & see. Signing up w/some hotels that you like, will certainly pay dividends. Also, the location probably is important if a) you've not been before or in your case b) you're going to be there for a long period of time. I do not agree w/kelsues' assessment of hotels being grouped by style/class/price or whatever. There is a hotel for every budget most anywhere along the Strip. Steer clear of the older places (like the Trop) & the kiddie/Mtv places like the Hard Rock, Palms & Hooters. For middle of the road & everything else, I like Paris. As stated prior, you'll not spend much time in your room except to sleep, lots of other things to splurge on in Vegas, a room isn't one of them. Everyone on here tends to favor the Wynn, Venetian or Bellag which is great if a great room IS that important too you. I tend to like Caesars, Paris & MB. Caesars probably has the best sports book on the Strip (which is important too me), Paris some of my favorite restaurants & is well situated & I like to hang out & gamble @ MB. So, it really kind of depends on what you are going for, as to which hotel, may best suit your needs/interests.
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Oct 9th, 2009, 11:22 AM
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Still, it would be a good idea to book something you can cancel. You never know...rates could go up if places are busy over the holidays.

I agree - Paris is terrific in every way, especially the location.

Note also, you can often find better rates/discount codes than those you receive by signing up. I stumbled over a discount code for Paris (a link directly to the hotel's website) on MSNBC.com that was significatly better (with free upgrade to Premium room with view) than the discount code I had booked with already.
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Oct 9th, 2009, 02:12 PM
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The Bellagio is great - especially the Lake view rooms with a view of the fountains. It's right across from the Paris. Great location.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 05:22 PM
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Thank you all so much we booked with Venetian they sent us a deal so now all we have to do is get a flight from Indy to vegas.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 08:38 PM
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we always or almost always stay at the Wynn Las Vegas which is a stunning 5* resort and Steve Wynn on the rooms did a great job on the linen and bedding and I'm sure the Encore since its newer would be just a nice.
If you sign up for their e-mail, you get incredible deals during the holidays.
I always book the cheaper resort room and 99% get upgraded for free or have that upgrade option for a nominal fee while checking in.

www.wynnlasvegas.com
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Oct 16th, 2009, 04:35 PM
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We are also going the same week as you are. We have stayed at the MGM and Treasure Island. Both were very nice. This time we are staying at the Hilton Las Vegas on the strip. Giving us a king suite with a kitchette and price not bad. I suggest you sign up to the different hotels for info and within 1 to 2 days you will get offers. We got an offer for the Monte Carlo stay 3 night and get one free. It worked out to be a better deal than we got at the Hilton, but we really wanted a suite. But, we are still getting offers and they are really not that bad considering we are going for New Years Eve.
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