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One day in Vegas with teens - MGM Grand or JW Marriott (on strip or off)?

One day in Vegas with teens - MGM Grand or JW Marriott (on strip or off)?

Jun 25th, 2007, 07:48 AM
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One day in Vegas with teens - MGM Grand or JW Marriott (on strip or off)?

We are starting our national park tour (Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion) flying in and out of Vegas. We plan on staying at the JW Marriott (outside of the strip) on both nights, but now I'm wondering if we might be better off staying on the strip on the day we arrive. I picked the JW Marriott for the pool and the prices. I kept watching the internet prices for Bellagio, but didn't find a price I wanted, and we want a great pool. I see that I could get a decent rate at MGM Grand through Hotels.com, however with four of us, I want to be guaranteed we won't get a room with just one bed. (My past experience with hotels.com has been the "worst" room in the house).

The plan is that we will land at 11:30 on a Sunday (in August), have lunch, swim, float, relax and then do walk around take in sights, then have dinner - more sights and head out. We're with our 15 year old twins, and we all love a great pool - hopefully not overly crowded. We are definitely staying at JW Marriott on our return, so we don't necessarily have to stay there twice. Any feedback would be helpful...thanks!
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Jun 25th, 2007, 07:54 AM
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Oops - meant to add, I'm a light sleeper, so that factors into it. (I know, who sleeps in Vegas...!)
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Jun 25th, 2007, 09:22 AM
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Monte Carlo has a great pool, and often very good rates. MGM would be fun for kids, and is very near the giant game-place on the same side of the strip. Right across via the ped bridge from NYNY (rollercoaster), and then the tram to Excalibur, Luxor (whole second level of no gambling, all games, 3-D film, food court, etc.) and Mandalay Bay (shark experience is pretty neat).
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Jun 25th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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carolv~ I had a recent stay at MGM and loved it.. plus, there is a Titanic exhibit across the street at Excalibur..

the polls and lazy river at MGM are very nice.. there is a good selection of eating choices in the area next to the pool.. I especially loved the panini at wichcraft

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Jun 25th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Also, NYNY has fun rides and an arcade. I think MGM would be the best location for a one night for your teens. And the JW Marriott for the last night stay for relaxation.
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Jun 26th, 2007, 05:57 PM
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Thanks for your responses. This is funny - I went to book the room at MGM Grand through hotels.com (the cheapest rate I found) and they added on the price of two "extra" people (four total)...so, the "sale" price came out the same as the regular price. Anyway, since there's time, I'll just continue to keep my eye on internet specials for now.
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Jun 26th, 2007, 07:12 PM
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FYI: In virtually every Las Vegas hotel, the base price is for two people only, and they expect you to pay extra for hte third and fourth person. That's just the way it's done in LV.
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Jun 27th, 2007, 06:07 AM
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Thanks for the clarification on pricing Vegas hotels. That will be helpful if I am comparing prices (on strip vs. off). It's important to see the final cost you'd pay rather than what the special might advertise. I'm thinking we have a much better deal off the strip.
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Jun 27th, 2007, 08:04 AM
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carolv, don't get on getting a "much better deal" if you are going on a weekend or to a casino property. Prices in LV are going up, up, up. I know because I'm planning a short trip there for late this summer, and I'm surprised at the prices for off-strip properties, and all the hotels nickel and dime you with costs for "resort fees", extra guests, and even the use of the gym (esp. the on-Strip properties). Let's not even talk about how the cost of a regular cup of coffee at Starbucks on the Strip is the same as a latte in the real world.

If you go for a bare-bones place, you can get a good deal in town, or if you go for a non-casino hotel that's also a good way. I'm surprised by how good the rates are for the new Signature at MGM Grand (a non-casino hotel on MGM property but off the strip and connected to the main hotel). You can get a suite there for $200 a night, which strikes me as a pretty good deal for what the hotel offers.
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Jun 27th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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carolv, I was having the same problems with finding a place to stay for our family of 5. We finally decided to spend two nights at the JW Marriott. The cost ended up being the same as for the five of us to stay on the strip, and we always enjoy staying at JWs. We also prefer to be off the strip with our young adult children.
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Jun 27th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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You can also check the Coast and Station casinos off strip. And sign up on the properties own websites. I saved 25% at the Orleans earlier this month doing that. The deals seem to be Sunday - Thursday so you may luck out. August, as long as it's not right before the Labor day holiday traditionally is good. Although ITA with Doug, that the summer deals aren't as prevalent as they were the last few years.
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Jun 27th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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After typing our date in on a few sites, the final amount is much higher than what's advertised. With my AAA rate at JW, I can't find a better deal (and we really do want an awesome pool). I agree with the comments about rates being higher - I would have expected August to be cheaper. We don't mind taking the trip into the strip just for the one night. Hopefully, it's a "short" drive!
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Jun 27th, 2007, 01:00 PM
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The Titanic exhibit is at the Tropicana, not the Excaliber. I saw it recently, and it's pretty interesting. You can save a couple bucks with coupons in some of the freebie magazines in hotel and cabs.
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