Las Vegas here we come!

Old Aug 25th, 2003, 06:07 AM
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Las Vegas here we come!

Hi everyone,
My husband and I are arriving in LV on Labor day at about 9pm. We are staying at the Aladdin for 4 nights. I've been reading tons of posts here, and hope this hotel will be ok. There isn't much we can do now, other than pay for a different hotel, as it is a Priceline reservation. Anyway, I have a few questions: What is the chance of a strip-view room with this reservation? Where is the best(as in winning!) gambling, slots,blackjack, poker, craps? Good shows, comedy, music, headliners?
We love great restaurants, so best $100+ dinner for two? Best spa?
I know these questions have all been asked ad nauseum, but I am interested in very current info. Thanks so much. L
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Old Aug 25th, 2003, 06:23 AM
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I have never stayed at the Aladdin, but my husband and I go to Las Vegas twice a year and always make it a point to do some gambeling at the Aladdin. We have both VERY lucky there. Also, we have had a lot of luck at the Palms - and the blackjack dealers are the best!! I was just learning blackjack when we stumbled into The Palms the first time, and the dealers were (and still are) some of the friendliest, nicest and most accomodating in town. Have a great time!!
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Between the Aladdin and the MGM, there is a half-price ticket booth for shows. Also be sure to take in the "Dueling Pianos Lounge" at NYNY across the street.

If you gamble at the Aladdin, sign up for their slot club first, and ask about any special promotions for new members. Back when we signed up, they had a penny buffet promotion after you had spent a few hours gambling. The buffet is excellent.

Good nearby restaurants include Il Fornaio Italian at NYNY, Market City Caffe at Monte Carlo, Cafe Bellagio, Grand Luxe at the Venetian. For a good 100+ dinner you might like Rumjungle at Mandalay Bay or AJ's Steakhouse at the Hard Rock. There are a few comedy clubs and your hotel-room magazines will have ads and complete listings.

Aladdin is a fine hotel choice. Go there with the attitude that you are on your way to a great place, not with the attitude that Priceline didn't get you something better. You will have a great time.
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Old Aug 25th, 2003, 07:42 AM
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If there were a "best" casino in LV as far as chances of winning, it wouldn't would be a secret hidden in a Fodor's message board.
The odds of winning are so similar at various places that you'll not be able to tell there's a difference from one place to the next.
True, there are very slightly better odds on craps at some of the smaller casinos, slightly more favorable blackjack rules at the smaller downtown casinos and older Strip casinos, etc. And there's single zero roulette a few places.
Playing at these places will cut your odds of losing by less than 1%.
But for the casual gambler, it frankly makes zero difference where you play. Your odds of losing will be the same.
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Old Aug 25th, 2003, 08:33 AM
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The year the MGM Grand opened, we stayed there and made out like bandits - came home with a VANLOAD of stuffed animals!

But, this probably isn't the kind of winnings you are looking for!

Try some place that has just spent trillions remodeling or building from the ground up. You might get better odds because it is trying to attract customers - like the MGM Grand in its first year.

Good luck!
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Old Aug 25th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the replies to my questions. Neither hubby or I have been to Vegas in over twenty years, so we are looking forward to the "new Vegas". Any tips on airport transportation, hotel check-in or little known fun things to do would also be great!
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Old Aug 25th, 2003, 10:16 AM
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Don't miss checking out the Venetian and Bellagio, both just gorgeous. Mandaday Bay is beautiful too, although a little more out of the way.
At check in, make sure you request a view of the strip, or you probably won't get one. Lance Burton is a great magician and puts on a good show. At the airport, you can probably save a couple of bucks by taking the annoying shuttle, which stops at every hotel on the strip, but if you grab a cab, you'll get to your hotel in half the time. Have fun and good luck!
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Inside the Desert Passage (the shopping center adjacent to the casino) you'll find The Commander's Palace. It is a transplant from New Orleans and it is one of the best places to eat anywhere. I also recommend the Irish Pub at New York, New York called something like Nine Fine Irishmen. It is an authentic pub with some of the best pub food I've every had. You'll have a great time.
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While you're staying at the Aladdin, be sure to see the Society of Seven show in their Center Stage Theater. It is a great value - only about $45 per person. These guys are each more talented than most of the Strip headliners and together they put on a terrific show.
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Don't know if the Warner Brothers restaurant is still in The Venetian, but we had a great meal there.
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Old Aug 27th, 2003, 02:33 PM
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we love having dinner on the canal inside the venetian. it's casual, but usually busy so best to get your name on the list before you're ready to eat. the gondolas glide past your table and we usually witness at least 3 proposals on bending knee including tears of joy -- all in the course of dinner!
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For a $100+ per night dinner, it's hard to beat Renoir in the Mirage. Reserve now!
If you're into seafood, Aqua in the Bellagio is another winner.
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Hi Everyone,
All of these suggestions are great! We have made reservations at Emeril's for our first night, should we reserve at other restaurants before we leave, or would same day reservations be ok? Also, does anyone know if there is a grocery store nearby (within walking distance)? Someone said that the water isn't the best smelling or tasting there. I know we will want bottled water, but really don't want to pay $4 a pop for it! Thanks for all the help! L
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There isn't a big grocery store within walking distance, but there are several little ones. Behind the Flamingo (next to Battista's Hole In The Wall), there is a convenience-type stor that has lots of groceries, snacks, and bottled water. There is also a Walgreen's on the strip between Aladdin and MGM.

The best casino I've found is the Stratosphere. They have to beg people to come all the way down to it, so they make it worth your while!
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