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  1. Default deals on hotels in las vegas?

    Sorry if this subject has already been discussed in the past...

    We are 2 Montrealers planning on doing a roadtrip to Las Vegas and nearby on july 2008. We will be in Las Vegas on july 4th and 5th.

    Any tips on hotels? We would like to have the best hotel, possibly on the Strip, to feel the beat of Vegas, but we do not want to pay more than 200-250$ the night. I've read on this site that prices vary a lot depending when or from where you reserve. Any tips to have best deals on hotels? Any tips to have upgrades when reserving? What do we have to ask to have the best room?

    thank you
    cath

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    Hello everybody.

    My husband and I are planning a roadtrip this summer (see Montreal - Las Vegas in 21 days) and are planning on stopping to Las Vegas for 2 nights on july 4th and 3rd or 5th.

    We want to have a romantic but exciting time, and are planning on going to see one show (which one? maybe O), and going one time to the casino (even if we are not gamblers).

    We are searching for the best hotel, but do not want to pay more than 200-250$ for a night.

    What are your suggestions? Any tips for having a upgrade on the room? Any tips for having the best deal? I have read some of previous reviews and they say that prices vary a lot depending on the date that you choose...

    And is it best to reserve online with sites like tripadvisor, or expedia... or to call directly the hotel?

    thank you in advance!
    Cath
    Last edited by AZBuck; 03-30-2008 at 09:22 AM. Reason: Combined Complimentary Threads

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    Default Just some thoughts

    Believe it or not, age makes a difference. If you are part of the younger crowd--25 to 45 you will probably want to stay on the strip. If older and want a quieter venue, stay downtown. While downtown is cheaper, around it the 4th of July, both will be much more expensive and crowded.

    Since you have never been before, I suggest that you use "trip adviser" or some such booking agency to find the best deal for what you want. Check Vegas.com to find what shows are in town during your visit. They also give the prices of the tickets. Just remember that the "hit" shows are expensive for good seats--$200 a piece--"O" is one of the hits.

    Since you said you are not gamblers, but want to do so, go downtown and try your luck.....the table minimums are much lower there. Since you are driving, that will not be a problem because valet parking is FREE at almost all casinos on the strip and downtown.

    While downtown be sure to take in the Fremont Street Experience-light show, bands, and sax player along with the kiosks. and all of this is free.

    Hope you have a pleasant experience with in Vegas-remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas and if you break the bank gambling, i would be delighted to help you take the money home.

    If I can be of more assistance, please feel free to email or make another post here.

    Just remember the journey is as important as the destination
    Scotishbob

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotishbob
    Believe it or not, age makes a difference. If you are part of the younger crowd--25 to 45 you will probably want to stay on the strip. If older and want a quieter venue, stay downtown.
    Thank you for the advice!

    Since we are two 25 yrs old people, we we planning more sleeping on the Strip. The hotels I saw (MGM, Bellagio) seemed to be very expensive, though. Bet since it's our first time, maybe we will be tempted by them anyways.

    We will follow your advice and try to find something with tripadvisor or vegas.com.

    Merci!
    Cath
    Last edited by AZBuck; 03-30-2008 at 09:21 AM.

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    Default shop around

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I don't think there is any special secrets, you simply have to shop around. There are a ton of different hotel search sites, both the national ones like expedia, priceline, etc and Vegas specific sites, I simply use as many of them as I can find until I find a deal I like.

    Otherwise, If you have specific requests, simply ask. Just don't expect to get big high roller upgrades for free if you are walking in the door of the place for the first time.

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    Default Speaking as a local....

    Quote Originally Posted by CatEtLA View Post
    We will follow your advice and try to find something with tripadvisor or vegas.com.
    Hotel rates in this city change on a hourly basis -- mid-week it is not uncommon to obtain rates that 55 to 65% off the listed rates on the main sites (unless there is a big convention in town when rates can exceed the list rates). The three hotels that I always recommend in for convenience, location and price are the Westin Causarina, the Tucscany and the South Point. The 10 ten largest hotels in the USA are located in Las Vegas and there are ~ 450 others here in the area. Personally I am not a fan of TripAdvisor -- VirtualTourist.com might have slightly more valuable reviews, but by far the best local source of discounted rooms would be Las Vegas Advisor. And I personally maintain this list of Why owns what Hotels here. With the exception of the Golden Nugget, I am not too thrilled with most of the lodging options in the downtown area.

    Mark

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    I suggest that you stay on the Strip. Pretty much everything you'll want is located right there, so you won't have to drive (or search for parking places). You'll be able to walk from hotel to hotel (and to shows), and there's a Walgreen's right on the strip where you can pick up sodas and other necessities. You'll find plenty of super-cheap buffets along the Strip. I haven't been to Vegas often enough to judge the other poster's statement that young folks will want to stay on the Strip, but -- speaking only for myself -- I do fit into the age bracket that the other poster says would recommend the Strip!

    I also think the Strip is safer than the farther-away hotels. They have undercover security out on the streets, and you're likely to be okay as long as you use common sense.

    My husband stayed in Henderson on a business trip once, and he hated it. Though the hotel was nice, it was simply too far away for fun.

    I've stayed at the Riveria, and it was less than $100/night in March. Its location is a bit far down the strip, but it's a decent, basic hotel.

    If everything were priced the same, I'd choose the MGM Grand or New York New York because of their ideal location. Since everything isn't priced the same, I'd probably consider going with Excalibur, which is on the same corner as MGM Grand and New York New York; it's supposed to be pretty cheesy, but I've seen it advertised for less than $100 plenty of times.

    For our upcoming trip, I am looking at The Mirage. Vegas is the "halfway point" on our month-long cross-country trip, and we're planning a few days of rest and downtime. I'm considering The Mirage because it has (in my opinon) one of the best pools in Vegas, and my girls would get a great deal of use out of that. However, it doesn't come cheap, so I'll only choose The Mirage IF I manage to reserve a number of other hotel rooms for rock-bottom prices -- in other words, this may be a splurge stop for us, but the budget has to be "evened out" with a couple $30/night hotels!

    And I have another plot in mind: If I can find a timeshare presentation that offers something like three nights' stay and $100 in restaurant certificates for $99, then we'll sign up. A deal like that is worth 90 minutes of my time, and I have no problem saying, "No, this isn't for me." I've done this a couple times, and I genuinely am interested in buying a time share someday. Of course, I will buy something on the East coast, and I will buy from the resale market . . . but that's not common knowledge, now, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsPete View Post
    And I have another plot in mind: If I can find a timeshare presentation that offers something like three nights' stay and $100 in restaurant certificates for $99, then we'll sign up. A deal like that is worth 90 minutes of my time, and I have no problem saying, "No, this isn't for me." I've done this a couple times, and I genuinely am interested in buying a time share someday. Of course, I will buy something on the East coast, and I will buy from the resale market . . . but that's not common knowledge, now, is it?

    LOL, I love it! Free lodging and all you have to do is say "no" at the end. I had a friend do this and he went to vegas for 3 free nights and got free food and gambling credits just to sign up for a presentation. I think I would pay for a room so nobody bugs me about buying stuff. Also in vegas there is random hotels on the strip that arent well known that are cheaper and in the lame location. Like for example hooters, sahara, circus circus, etc.

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    Hi... we've been to Vegas a few times now, and the best place we've stayed was Treasure Island (even though we managed to be there when the Pirate Ship display was closed for repairs!!)

    They are one of the cheaper hotels on the Strip, and we had a room quite high up with a fabulous view looking all the way down the Strip through a floor to ceiling window. We were in a group of 12, varying ages with kids from 8 to 16. Personally, whatever age you are, I think it really makes it magical to have that view! Prices on the website don't look too bad.

    Hope you have a great trip!

    Patti

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    I've seen the Pirate show, and it's pretty cool, even though it is a barely-disguised advertisement for the Treasure Island casino (of course, what in Vegas ISN'T an advertisement?).

    But, anyway, a warning: I've heard that the Treasure Island pirate show is the #1 place in Vegas to be pickpocketed. So it's wise to watch the show with one hand on your wallet!
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-30-2008 at 04:56 PM.

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