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Planning Trip to Las Vegas

Old Nov 11th, 2003, 06:21 PM
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Planning Trip to Las Vegas

We are planning a trip to Las Vegas in Feb.
Haven't been there for 25 years. But know lots of people who have been, so have gotten a lot of feedback. We would like some recommendations on hotels. Very nice, but a good value. There is so much more there now than when we were there last. Should we stay on the Strip or downtown. What should we make sure we see? Thank you so much.
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Old Nov 11th, 2003, 06:41 PM
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Cheapovegas.com is a great site to get information on hotels in Las Vegas. Definitely stay on the Strip, preferably the Center Strip area (Harrahs, Treasure Island, Mirage) are all nice hotels that are reseonably priced in that part of the Strip. From there you can walk to many of the the other casinos (Bellagio, Caesars, Venetian, Paris,etc.) There is so much to see in Las Vegas. Just walking on the Strip and checkong out the unique architecture of the hotels is amazing. I highl recommend going to the 108th floor observation area on the Stratosphere. Also, at night the Fremont Street Expereince light and sound show is really nice. Other musts sees are the fountains at Bellagio, the mall inside the Venetian and the Forum Shops at Caesars. At the south end of the Strip the Luxor and Mandalay Bay are also cool to check out.
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Old Nov 11th, 2003, 06:49 PM
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Don't stay downtown...it's dying a slow but very obvious death.
Stay on the strip. I don't know what you consider a good value, or nice, but among the best bangs for the buck are Aladdin and Treasure Island.
Your dollars will go farter in Feb since parts of Feb are slower (depending on the week), and you should check internet rates for Bellagio and Venetian, too.
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Old Nov 11th, 2003, 09:30 PM
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First of all, stay on the strip. Definitely.

If I could afford to stay anywhere in Las Vegas, and still be able to do all the other things I want to do there, I would choose to stay at the Bellagio. I have not stayed there, but have friends who have, and who swear that it spoils you for all other hotels. It is an incredibly beautiful hotel. If you don't stay there, you MUST visit the conservatory and the lobby. Even the casino is tasteful and beautiful. And the Fountains at the Bellagio are my most favorite thing in Vegas.

Having said that, perhaps your hotel choice should be based on your budget AND the amenities/atmosphere you are looking for.

For example: Mandalay Bay and the Rio seem to cater more to 20 & 30-somethings. My impression is that the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, and of course, Circus Circus cater more to families.

Since I tend to go to Vegas with my funds allocated to various activites (like gambling!), I typically stay at one of the older, less extravagant hotels...as long as the hotel is well-located... (i.e., in the heart of the strip)...is clean, isn't "cheesy", and has decent rooms.

Hotels that fit that description would be:
The Flamingo: (was perfectly fine, at least a year ago. Lindy's restaurant is very good & 24-hours.)
Harrah's: (got a free room there from gambling at a sister-Harrah's. Couldn't pass it up. I was surprised at how nice the room was. TERRIBLE food, though.)
Bally's: Haven't stayed there, but have visited and eaten there. It seems nice enough, but I like the ambience of being able to walk right out my hotel's front door into the buzz of the strip, and Bally's is set back off the street a bit.

Places I have stayed and HATED:
Excalibur & Stratosphere
(And the reasons I hated them had nothing to do with their respective "way at the end of the strip" locations.)

Pretty scattered info, I realize. Hope it helps you to narrow down the choices.
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Old Nov 12th, 2003, 08:44 AM
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Go to the web sites for the hotels you wish to stay and check the rates, I found them sometimes to be better than the ones advertised on expedia, etc. Also, you can sign up for email notifications on specials and deals from most hotels
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