Which hotel in LV ?

Old Nov 7th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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Which hotel in LV ?

We've planned a two-week Grand Circle trip for next September starting at the Grand Canyon South Rim, going to Monument Valley, Moab, Capitol Reef, Bryce NP, and Zion NP. It's all ending with 2 nights in Las Vegas. What a mind-bending change it's going to be.

Anyway, I'm looking into the LV hotel possibilites now. I'd like something very Las Vegas but still within a semi-sensible budget. I originally made reservations at Bally's but decided it would be too ... sensible. I've now made reservations at Bellagio (Partial View room) for $230 per night. Considering one of the nights is a Friday, it didn't seem too terrible. I'd like to know where else I should look and what prices I should be shooting for. I don't want to reserve anything that won't let me cancel within a reasonable period so I think that leaves out using Expedia, etc. What I have been doing is checking out each hotel's web site and hoping I can find a decent deal.

Is the Bellagio worth the extra money? My husband and I are in our late 50's/early 60's and plan on going to a Cirque de Soleil show and hitting some of the bars. I'd like something 'special' but don't want to pay an extravegant amount of money either.

Any options or help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 05:59 PM
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September usually brings some good deals but they don't start advertising until maybe 60-90 days ahead of time. Might even bring you a better deal at the Bellagio.
Keep that reservation for now and then check towards the end of next summer to see what's cooking. Personally for a two night stay I don't think the Bellagio is worth much extra cash because you will be spending so LITTLE time in your room, probably. I'd rather spend the dough on a show or some fun.
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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For a Friday, I think $230.- is good for the Bellagio. We stayed at Bally's 2 years ago. It was fine and an easy walk across to the Bellagio, as well as being connected to Paris. What price do you have for Bally's?
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 06:28 PM
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I agree, for a Friday thats a pretty good rate with Bellagio. But do keep an eye out for a lower rate. You just never know.
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 06:35 PM
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It also depends on what your priorities are. My next trip to Vegas (whenever that may be) will likely see me staying at Mandalay Bay. Less smoky than the other places I've been, nicer pool area, and great restaurants. Also, not all that difficult to get up the street to the center of the action.
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 06:38 PM
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For me, if it doesn't break your bank, it is definitely worth it!
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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I love the Bellagio and think its worth it. Also, you mention seeing a Cirque show, and "O", an amazing Cirque show, is playing at Bellagio. Just make sure you order tickets months ahead of time. 230 sounds good for a Friday, but keep checking, prices could go down. If it hits 179 or so, that would be about as low as it would probably go.
The pool area is great, beautiful and relaxing, and the buffet is fantastic. Prime and Picasso are just 2 of their restaurants. Its a great hotel.
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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 04:07 AM
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Bellagio is a perfect choice for you and I think $230 for a Friday night is a good price. The hotel is beautiful, location is great and there are many excellent restaurant choices.

Definitely see a Cirque show - "O", Mystere, Ka! and LOVE are all very entertaining.
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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 04:13 AM
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I rather doubt if you will get lower rates at the Bellagio on a weekend. If you do not object to $230 then go for it. I might also add the Venetian is wonderful so you might want to check their rates. If seeing the Bellagio fountains is what you are aiming for tho I'd suggest a fountain view room across the street at the Paris. Not sure what kind of partial view you will get at the Bellagio.
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Old Nov 8th, 2006, 04:35 AM
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I agree with others that $230 is a good rate. Keep checking their website and register for specials in case the rate goes down. I also recommend the Paris for the same reasons as Lori plus the actual casino is prettier than most and you might save a few dollars.
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Old Nov 9th, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Bally's was definitely cheaper. I think $149 (Thurs) and $169 (Fri). I was hoping the views from the Bellagio would be better. One of my favorite activities is taking photographs. That's why I thought the Partial View room would be good the web site says you can see both the Strip and the Fountain (at least to some degree). I'd also read somewhere that the bars are better at the Bellagio. And one thing we do like to do is sit, have a drink, and listen to some good jazz. Hoping I can find that. Strangely enough, we used to go to Bally's in Atlantic City (over 20 years ago), sit in one of their bars and heard some fantastic jazz. I think I'm trying to recreate that experience. One night, Andy Williams showed up and did an impromptu show for us --- no extra charge!

I just checked The Venetian and it's higher priced. Right now the cheapest they have is a Suite for $299 each night. And a suite is certainly overkill.

Another reason to go with Bellagio is (I think??) you get better seats for their shows if you are staying there. And if O is still there then, I'd like to see that. And maybe a second one as well.

Mandalay Bay is also more expensive than the price I now have for Bellagio's.

Thanks for all the help. And I'll make sure to keep checking the web sites in case prices do come down.
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If you could change your arrival to Wednesday and Thursday, you could probably get better rates.
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Old Nov 9th, 2006, 04:31 PM
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kathyak,

Yeah, I know. But I'd rather spend more time at the National Parks. It's going to be such a shock to go from nature to LV. I don't want to take a day away from the parks. I originally wanted to only spend one night in LV everyone I know convinced me to spend two. That's how we ended up with a Thursday and a Friday. My original plan only had us there on Friday night. We're arriving on a Saturday (and heading straight to the Grand Canyon) and leaving 2 Saturday's from then.

BTW, it wasn't at Bally's in Atlantic City where we used to go ... it was The Sands (which is now torn down).
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I've been to Bally's (not the rooms), but in the casino and a show, and it's not the kind of place I'd want to spend a lot of time..
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But when we get to our room at Bally's we don't want to leave.
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In Bellagio, go to the Fontana Bar. It directly overlooks the fountains. It is one of our favorite things to do. We check in and then head on down to the Fontana Bar and sit out side with a bottle of champagne and some cheese and fruit and enjoy the show.
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i have stayed in nearly every hotel in Vegas & Bellagio is still our favorite. even our kids agree. the pool scene is very nice, the rooms are great..have to agree that an upgrade to a fountain view room may be worth it. we prefer that.

and yes the Fontana bar is great & their signature martini, the Cable Car, is so awesome. i have been known to drink those at breakfast! you know Vegas, something comes over you down there. Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris is a great restaurant and you can see the fountains at Bellagio very well. In Sept. it will be very hot though, so may not want a table outside.
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