MIddle Age couple first time in Las Vagas

Old Aug 10th, 2010, 06:42 PM
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MIddle Age couple first time in Las Vagas

My 56 year old husband and I (56) are going to Las Vegas in October. Hubby has a conference at Circus Circus. I have never had any desire to go to Las Vegas but will come with him as he wants to go and see the Hoover Dam and some things outside of Vegas. We have no idea where to stay. I have heard that staying at Circus Circus where the conference is being held is not a good idea. I would like a hotel with some nice pools or water features, maybe a spa and clean and quieter. Any ideas would be appreciated and also any other areas of interest like Hoover Dam. Thanks!
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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We stayed at Bally's because a colleague that I trust recommended it as a good mix of price and location. We were very satisfied with it. Generally, I like to stay at the conference hotel--but I thought Circus Circus was a dump (I didn't see any rooms) and not centrally located.

My DS was surprised to hear that we were going to LV; his comment was, "I don't think of you as Vegas people." That being said, we didn't gamble much and only saw one show (Cirque du Soleil's Ka), but had a great time. We enjoyed wandering through the hotels and visiting their exhibits.

We also liked: Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Atomic Testing Museum, Fremont Street Experience, Imperial Palace Auto Collection, Liberace Museum, Springs Preserve, Clark County Heritage Museum. We ran out of time before we went to the Valley of Fire.
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 07:21 PM
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we just returned from the Bellagio - you will love it - clean - pools amazing - service awesome - we could have watched the fountains all night!!!
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I went to Las Vegas not too long ago (meeting up with friends who were there on business), and wasn't sure I'd like it. It was so much fun! I thought the Liberace Museum was great http://www.liberace.org/The-Liberace-Museum.htm There is a shuttle to the museum that leaves from the Strip fairly regularly. I would definitely recommend "Love," the Beatle-themed Cirque performance (the most expensive seats are not the best--you need to sit a little further back to get the best totaly impression). The only gambling we did was to bet on college and pro football games (we were there over the weekend) at one of the sports books. We're all big football fans--lots of big games that weekend--the bets made watching them even more fun. We stayed at Planet Hollywood--liked it a lot--and that location is good. I don't think you want to stay at Circus Circus.
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Old Aug 10th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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We usually stay at Bally's, too. Right across from Circus Circus is the Las Vegas Hilton which has nice rooms. The monorail runs up and down the strip, so you can get around while hubby is at the conference <www.lvmonorail.com/>. Caesars has a big indoor mall and good food options - good for walking around and looking at the glitz. South of Circus Circus and before Treasure Island is a nice indoor mall - Fashion Show Mall. Across the street is the Venetian with a really lovely walking area, shops, canal (you can ride the gondola).

Here is another page with links to 100 things to do in Vegas:
http://govegas.about.com/od/attracti...thingstodo.htm
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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 02:11 AM
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You don't have to be a gambler to find interesting things to do in Las Vegas.

And yes, the advice you're getting above about Circus Circus seems accurate given my research. It's at the far northern edge of The Strip well away from the action and is geared towards families on a budget with children. Have seen only negative comments about its buffet as well.
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My husband and I were there for the second time in the last couple years. The first time we stayed at Treasure Island and the rooms and hotel were very nice. The second time, we planned a trip to California in our Vegas stay so we stayed in several places on the strip.

We stayed a couple nights at the Golden Nugget Rush tower....wonderful hotel/pool and rooms. And since it is a the Freemont street end, it is less congested and less busy.

Then we stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, very close to Circus Circus, although the area wasn't too inconvient, we always walked the strip direction, because the few times we did try to walk toward the Stratusphere or Sahara's we encountered a lot more "sales" people and a lot more homeless.

The last place we stayed was the MGM Signature, the room and hotel were great, we loved it there, but if BIG and busy is not your thing and you mind walking a ways to get to your room this place is not for you. It is at the far end of the strip, but there are two bus systems and a monorail, so getting around from almost anywhere is not really an issue.

We also visitid Red Rock Casino (off the strip) we did not stay there, but if I was going to Vegas and had no interest in being right on the strip, I would definately choose this place.
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 02:37 PM
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Thanks for your replies. I will check some of these out on line. I had been looking at Bellagio and it looks wonderful, but is a little pricey. Have any of you heard of Tuscany Suites and Casino? Somebody here recommended it to me.
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It's off the strip. If you have a car, or plan on using taxis, that would be ok. It's a fairly new casino, looks nice from the outside, and the rooms look nice on their website.
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Try Harrah's, also - they often have very good deals and I've always been happy with them.
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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I just heard of Tuscany suites at work today! what a coincidence. They said it was truly lovely and they got a suite for $20!
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We stayed at Bally's. Had a huge room with two queens beds. From the windows we could see the fountains of Bellagio. At end May we payed 35 $ / night. The hotel is very, very well located.
We stayed 3 nights, we did not play at all at casino, we just walk, visited hotels (don't miss Bellagio - Chiuli, Chocolate fountains, the sculptures of R. MacDonalds, the botanical garden, Fermont street in downtown.
We saw whit lions at Mirrage and at MGM.
We so two shows: O at Bellagio and Jersey Boys at Palazzo. We loved the music of Jersey Boys.
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Old Aug 14th, 2010, 06:43 AM
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Thanks again for all of your advice. Finally have aminute to start researching some hotel websites.
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We stayed at the Tuscany Suites a few years ago. Being off the strip, we got a great price on a suite. The staff was very nice, and the suite very spacious but a bit dated. We did the walk to the strip a few times (definitely a hike), until we realized most of the casinos has free parking. Driving the area during the day wasn't a problem, but the strip was gridlocked at night.

Since that visit, we've stayed at the Monte Carlo a few times. The rooms are smaller, but they've given us good rates, and it is much easier staying on the strip if you like to walk rather than drive.

I would stay at either place again. I would probably stay at the Tuscany if I planned on using the car alot, as it had better parking, and it was easier to get in and out of the hotel. I would stay at the Monte Carlo if most of my plans were on the strip.

If you don't mind getting emails, look up the websites for any of the places you'd like to stay at and sign up. They usually offer some type of discount if you do that. The Monte Carlo has sent us some great offers that include meal and spa deals, as well as room discounts.
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I don't think Tuscany is what you are looking for. Several apartment-style two-story buildings grouped together near a small casino with two mediocre restaurants. It's about ten years old with few renovations over the years. Not much for you to do nearby if your husband takes the car to Circus Circus every day. How much time does he have to spend at the convention?
Hilton Grand Vacation club near Circus Circus sounds like a better choice. The Riviera hotel is not far from CC and is probably a better choice than CC...still an older place but kept up nicely. You'd be on the strip so you could trolley or bus around during the day on your own. And it's walkable to the Wynn and Encore, Venetian and Fashion Show Mall. If budget isn't a concern then go for the Wynn. And don't wait too much longer to book as October is "convention month" in Las Vegas and certain weeks get all booked up.
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Old Aug 14th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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One more question - I was looking at the Trip Advisor site and The Platinum got great ratings. It said it had jetted tubs which I love. I think I have ruled out the Tuscany for the reasons mentioned above - what would I do with hubby gone with the car? I am hopeful he won't have to spend too much time at the convention. We are willing to go around $150 night.
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Yellowrose, did you note that almost all the people who answered advised that the best is to stay on the strip? You do not need a car, you can walk, you can take a taxi or the bus. The hotels have pool and spa (see Bally's which is in your range of prices in October). I do not think that you will stay all the time at spa; it is not a problem for a woman alone to walk through different hotels to see them, to make some shopping, etc.
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Old Aug 15th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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I did note that most people have said to stay on the strip. We will have a car since my husband wants to do some day trips away like Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire. I am just confused. I read on Trip Advisor that many people at saying Ballys seems outdated - torn sheets, etc. Was this anybody's experience here?
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We stayed at Bally's in December and the (fussy) colleague who recommended it stayed there in March, as she does every year. We found the hotel in good repair, and there was nothing shabby about the room. It was large and the bathroom was very nice. The location was, IMHO, perfect.
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We stayed this this end of May and every thing was OK. We are ready to return there! We did not have time to go to the pool there, so I can not advice, but the room was very good and the location ..the best!
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