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WisconsinTed Apr 25th, 2021 08:23 AM

One night in Las Vegas
We are going to rendez-vous with our two adult children in Las Vegas on a Thursday in September, spend one night, and then depart with a rental car for a Grand Circle trip. Three of us have never been to LV so we decided to do this just to see it, briefly. Suggestions for this overnight? stay at an outlying hotel and drive/taxi to the strip for dinner/sightseeing? Stay on the strip to avoid the commute? it might be nice to stay where we want to sightsee, then get a cab the next morning to pick up our rental vehicle and avoid the extra day cost- but can see the benefit of not having to mess around with the rental the next day.

I know some will say just leave LV as soon as possible! but we all kind of agree we'd like to see it for one night. Thanks for any suggestions.

MichelleY Apr 25th, 2021 08:50 AM

If 3 of you have never been to Las Vegas, then stay on the Strip. I like mid-strip around the Bellagio, Caesar’s, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Wynn, Vdara. Depends on your budget. Maybe even see a show. I highly recommend “O”.

Check out Smarter Vegas for discounts

isabel Apr 25th, 2021 09:03 AM

I agree stay on the strip. I was in the same situation, I was meeting someone in Vegas for a National Park trip and I wanted to see Vegas so arranged to arrive a couple days before her. When looking for lodging I found huge discounts at hotels on the strip. In fact I stayed one extra day as it was free. This was in August (several years ago) which I think is 'low' season in Vegas but it was about a third the cost of the rest of our hotels that trip. We stayed at Harrods.

Barbara Apr 25th, 2021 09:23 AM

Originally Posted by isabel (Post 17235247)
We stayed at Harrods.


clarkgriswold Apr 25th, 2021 10:30 AM

For me it would depend on how early you arrive on Thursday. Red Rock Canyon is certainly worth an afternoon if you have it, so I'd say pick up a rental car on arrival and go go go. Valley of Fire and then around to Hoover Dam is another nice afternoon drive.

WisconsinTed Apr 25th, 2021 10:39 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! Confirmed my bias to stay on the strip for the spectacle. We are arriving from Portland OR, Wisconsin and Rhode Island at different times so probably won't be doing any day trips from LV, since the next week is Zion Grand Canyon Bryce Canyonlands anyway. Just need to decide if we get the car on the day of arrival and park at the strip hotel, or retrieve it the next morning. Cost of multiple taxis vs extra night vehicle rental and hotel parking cost.

Barbara Apr 25th, 2021 11:45 AM

There might not be any charge for hotel parking, especially if you're a guest. It varies d=from hotel to hotel, so you should check.

janisj Apr 25th, 2021 01:21 PM

Right now most all hotels have free parking (Valet parking is suspended). That may change and they return to paid self parking if/when things loosen up more between now and Sept.

sassy27 Apr 25th, 2021 01:58 PM

Can you pick up the car rental on the strip from one of the hotels? I did the opposite, picked up the car rental at the airport and returned it to Caesars Palace and it didn't break the bank so to speak. I was staying at Caesars at the end of my trip and didn't want to pay for the car the whole time so returned it there to cut some costs.

isabel Apr 25th, 2021 04:11 PM

Barbara - LOL - talk about a Freudian slip. I was just rereading one of my trip reports from London, I guess I had Harrods on the brain.

kwilliams Apr 25th, 2021 06:39 PM

Green River is where we usually stay if we make a stop on our way to Las Vegas. It's a good place to stop, you have to drive quite a distance to a town big enough that has motels after Green River.

tomfuller Apr 26th, 2021 07:23 AM

Try to get to the Fremont Street Experience before the light show over the street. Visit the Golden Nugget to see the largest gold nugget on public display (62+ lb.). The Golden Nugget also has a good buffet upstairs. (Pay as you go in). From the windows on one side of the dining room you can see the swimming pool with a slide that goes through the shark tank.

mlgb Apr 26th, 2021 09:06 AM

For my one overnight in Las Vegas I stayed across from the Fremont Experience (at the Plaza, I think). I wanted to see the Fremont Ex, neon signs and the old casinos, and I had my own car. The next morning I drove to the Strip to look at some of those other hotels like Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio. I think I parked at one of them and walked to the others.

I'm not sure what the charges will be for parking, etc. now or in the fall. Nearly all of the hotels there are charging "Resort Fees" now. Whether that includes parking or not, I'm not sure but for one night I think it would be less than multiple airport shuttle rides

But then you would want to run your own numbers on car rental at airport vs in town. I do know there is a bus that runs up and down the Strip, AFAIK it's in operation.

I would be sure to read recent reviews if there are any. Many hotels and restaurants are short-staffed and service may be limited or not that great.

I would recommend the breakfast buffet at Main Street Station (for old-school Hawaiian specialties) but I have no idea if it will reopen. Most of the buffets are closed.

jpie Apr 26th, 2021 09:20 AM

Another good alternative to the strip hotels are the suite hotels (apartments with full kitchens) just 1/2 block off the strip. We are going to stay at the Desert Rose Resort which is a Wyndham Property (we booked on and I have also good reviews about the Jockey Club right near the Bellagio.

We prefer to have our own car even for one night just have the flex and all the casino parking is usually free (although the lots are big so walking distance could be long - not sure with Covid if that is true).

oldemalloy Apr 26th, 2021 10:51 AM

Do check out the resort fees and parking costs wherever you decide to stay. I would want to have a car with me so I could take off early because we are on east coast time when we arrive, Since you have folks coming from a variety of time zones that might not matter. If the first ones to arrive can pick up the others from the airport you will not have as many taxi trips to pay for. I was surprised that there were no free shuttles from the airport yo the hotels, but the car rentals did have a free shuttle. The airport is very close to the strip hotels, look for the roads that parallel the strip if it is real busy coming and going.

Have a fantastic trip.

starrs Apr 27th, 2021 05:35 PM

Originally Posted by WisconsinTed (Post 17235297)
Just need to decide if we get the car on the day of arrival and park at the strip hotel, or retrieve it the next morning. Cost of multiple taxis vs extra night vehicle rental and hotel parking cost.

I think that's probably true.

Because of that, I just rented the car at the airport upon arrival (for a long weekend).

What surprised me was, seeing the hotels on the Strip from the runway at the airport. They are next to each other! I had no idea. I stayed at the Mandalay Bay (because of the pool) and it's 2.5 miles to drive, but the hotel is as close to the runway as the cell phone lot is to the terminal. Weird.

I went in October and it was perfect weather. Had a great time at the MB's wave pool. Used Uber to go to shows, etc. and retrieved the car to drive out to Hoover Dam.

pjdxxxwa Apr 30th, 2021 02:15 PM

It's worth a one time visit to the strip to see if you would ever want to go back for a show, or second honeymoon, or ???
An upscale restaurant experience in Vegas I would suggest. When I went we ate at one the restaurants in The Paris hotel (book there now for $47 a night). I believe we ate at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in early 2000's. It was first place I ever saw Pheasant so I had to try it. Thought I'd died and gone to Heaven. But, there are 4 or 5 upscales in The Paris, including Gordon Ramsey's.

Go online well before you go and at least look at the restaurants, and which special free site are on the strip.

jpie May 1st, 2021 09:18 AM

Just wanted to second the advice to watch out for the resort fees. That was why we chose the Desert Rose because it had no resort fees. Also sometimes at the large strip hotels it can be a nightmare to check in, 45-1 hour wait (although that may not be at all the case now with Covid) and you mostly have to walk miles through the casino to get to elevators and rooms, so if walking is a problem for any of you be forewarned about that since the distances can be long. All the strip hotel properties are very large-built that way on purpose to keep you close to home and gambling :) That said however, as a first time visitor, I would still probably stay on the strip for the experience. And like others have said we prefer mid-strip as well.

janisj May 1st, 2021 01:18 PM

jpie is correct that it can take AGES to check in to some of the Strip properties. If you have no status with any of the casino parent companies, the wait can resemble Disneyland ride queues. Not sure if it is the same now - I suspect it's close because most airlines have increased flights into LAS while cutting flights to a lot of places. And usually you cannot check in early unless you prepay to do so. Last time I stayed at the Mirage with no status - this was pre-covid - they wouldn't even let the peon queue start forming until official 3PM check in time. However there was an option to pay $40 to check in early.

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