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don Jun 10th, 2001 12:57 PM

Taking my first trip to Las Vegas. Have heard that Bellagio and the Venetian are the best in Vegas. Also heard really good things about the Mirage and Mandaly Bay. Any comparisons?

guy Jun 10th, 2001 02:15 PM

You have just named off..perhaps not all, but most of the nicest places..and generally without exception the most expensive..albeit in some cases with good planning not by much. Bellagio and Venetian are probably the two most impressive and priciest..I stayed at the MGM last week, and although it is not my preferred hotel of choice in Vegas, it was a terrific room at a terrific rate..and had a plethora of choices for fine dining in the hotel. I have stayed at all of the named places except Mandalay Bay. I have heard good things bout it also.

judee Jun 10th, 2001 02:20 PM

The Venetian- spectacular rooms and great restaurant choices. Take a gondola ride and dine at Canaletto's - feels like you're in St. Mark's Square in Venice.

Pat Jun 10th, 2001 04:49 PM

Bellagio is Vegas' best all around hotel/casino. The standard rooms at Venetian are a little bigger, the pools at Mandalay are more varied and 'beachy', Four Seasons is quieter, but if you add everything up, Bellagio is tops. Venetian has spotty service, has a bit of cheesiness to it, and lacks the refinement that should accompany their theme, and the casino is so-so. Four Seasons has no casino, and really has no personality at all, and its standard room rates are hugely inflated relative to what you get. Mandalay isn't quite as nice as Bellagio, and its location is a negative, but it does most everything well, with the best overall choice of restaurants and entertainment IMO.

Susan Jul 15th, 2001 05:40 PM

We attempted to make a reservation at the Mirage, but found the reservationist to be rude and obnoxious. We have heard great things about Treasure Island and are staying there.

jana Jul 16th, 2001 10:19 AM

I am staying at Mandalay next week. I would like suggestions on any shows or good restaurants. Can we take a monorail to downtown from our hotel?

thereuare Jul 16th, 2001 11:00 AM

There is no monorail from Mandalay to Downtown... and it would be an expensive cab ride, ~$20-25? <BR> <BR>To save some $$, I would take the monorail from your hotel to Excalibur (i think it leaves from Mandalay, if not, walk via indoor corridor to Luxor and take it to Excalibur), the cross the street to MGM and take the monorail from MGM to Bally's. Then from Bally's take the CAT (public bus system, ~$1.75/passenger) to downtown. The bus takes a longer, but it's a nice way to see "the other" parts of Vegas. There is also an express bus which makes limited stops. If you're opposed to the bus, you could also take a cab from Bally's, as it'll be a little cheaper than a cab directly from your hotel.

ohoh Jul 16th, 2001 11:45 AM

I'd vote for Bellagio. Even the casino is classy. I thought the Venetian was kind of cheesy. More like a themed shopping mall than I expected. Paris was more interesting, but again, the theme shopping mall concept.

Michelle Aug 21st, 2001 07:05 AM

Stayed at Treasure Island last January...not as fancy as some of the larger hotels but very nice...great location too. Check out my trip report at

Carol Aug 21st, 2001 12:03 PM

Just returned from 4 nights at Mirage.We were upgraded to a suite and loved the hotel atmosphere/service. We saw all the hotels (except for Mandalay)and felt we made a great choice. Of course the upgrade helped! The Mirage pool is wonderful. I guess if money were no object I would try Bellagio/Venetian. Otherwise, I would not hesitate to book the Mirage for our next visit.

Judi Aug 22nd, 2001 08:59 AM

I have stayed with my family at the Bellagio and the Mandalay Bay in the same trip. Bellagio is beautiful and more centrally located, but crowded I thought, and really expensive. My family of four shared one room at the Bellagio. For 2/3 the price, we had two rooms at the Mandalay Bay, which were not quite as nice, but had double sinks in the bathroom (not at Bellagio), a separate bathtub and shower, overall a very, very nice experience. If you stay at Mandalay Bay, you can take combination shuttles/trams or if there are several of you, take a taxi instead (the cab driver may ask if you want to go the back way, which is the freeway, which we found to be cheaper and faster than going down the strip). A taxi from MB to just about anywhere on the strip is $10. We liked the 24 hr. restaurant at the MB.

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