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Portland, Oregon
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Where should I stay?

It's been 20 years since I've been to Vegas as a teen with my family (I think the Luxor was brand new back then). Well I'm headed back there and sandwiching a couple days around a business trip. I'll be there 11/11-11/12 and again on the 11/20-21.

I'd like to stay in a central heart of the action area. I don't need a 5 star place but I don't mind paying a bit more for a nice place with a nice casino.

A bit about me--I don't care for the club scene and rarely drink. I enjoy table games and gambling (light and bright and less smoke would be a bonus) but I'm most looking forward to checking out the sights and sampling some great food!!

Where should I be considering staying and any recommendations on must do activities or restaurants to try? Any and all advice is welcome! Thanks.

Burbank
posts: 4,520
1. Re: Where should I stay?

Consider Bally's. Large rooms (North Tower rooms in better shape than South Tower rooms, which have Strip and possibly Bellagio fountain views).

Great location. Attached to Paris via a shopping/restaurant promenade, so it's like getting 2 hotels for the price of one. Monorail station.

For a step up, cross the street to Caesars.

yourstarla
posts: 10,416
reviews: 7
2. Re: Where should I stay?

Hey there -

A word of warning, that 11/11 date is going to kill you on rates. That weekend there is a big fight happening, as well as all the people in town for 11/11 weddings. I've been booked for months, but since I booked the price of the room has since tripled. You're going to have a hard time finding anything reasonable during that time.

I'd take a look at Mirage and Monte Carlo, as well as Aria, for the center strip experience, but I warn you, I really think the prices are going to be much higher than they normally would be. For the record, based on what you describe, I do think Aria would be a good fit for you.

As for restaurants to try, what kind of food do you like? There's something amazing in each kind of food category in Vegas. ;)

Tempe, Arizona
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3. Re: Where should I stay?

Your 20 year comment is interesting, as I'm going with someone in a few months who hasn't been in about 20 years, and had no idea what "current Vegas" is like.

The biggest thing I can say to help you decide is that everything is so built up now that it doesn't matter as much where you stay -- as long as you find a picture of a room that you like, you're within walking distance to most.

There are three main areas of the Strip -- South, Central, and North. For most people's sake, South will consist of Mandalay Bay to about Monte Carlo; Central will be about Aria to Venetian, and North will be about Wynn to Stratosphere.

South tends to be where the themed resorts, shows, and more "family friendly" Vegas area sits. The larger resorts are designed to have pretty much everything under one roof, and they aren't so packed together. If you're looking to do lots of non-gambling and non-drinking activities, South is the place to be.

Central Strip has the tightest packed areas, lots of casinos in a smaller space. Cheap drinks. Fewer themes; mostly focused on people who want to explore the areas. Casinos are often linked together internally, or a few steps from each other. If you're looking to party and drink, this is the best bet. Recently, more upscale options have come into play as well.

North Strip consists mostly of Wynn/Encore, a gorgeous property which sits mostly by itself, and a whole bunch of dead construction projects and older casinos (Riviera, Circus Circus, Stratosphere, etc). For what you're describing, I don't believe the North Strip area would qualify.

For what you describe, my choices would probably be the typical ones recommended here -- Venetian/Palazzo (classical styling, huge places with lots of food court and mid-range food options), Caesars (Augustus tower or better; easy access to center Strip and higher-end shopping), Cosmopolitan (newest, most modern), and Bellagio (preferably one of the newer renovated rooms).

Remember that tons of properties are doing 11/11/11 promotions and I expect it to be very busy (and therefore more expensive).

yourstarla
posts: 10,416
reviews: 7
4. Re: Where should I stay?

For the record, I ordinarily agree with the above recommendations too, but I know the Caesars rooms are going for like 800 bucks on that night, and V/P for 600, which is why I made the recommendations I did. ;)

Portland, Oregon
posts: 17
5. Re: Where should I stay?

Thanks to all of you for the feedback!! I SINCERELY appreciate it!

Yourstarla--you weren't kidding about the rates! Looking at some deal sites I can see a pretty agressive price of ~150 for what looks to be either Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand. Any thoughts on those?

Since I'm most likely spending half my time sightseeing and half gambling, what are my odds of getting comped for the 11-20 stay?

I'm a complete foodie. I love everything and love to try new stuff but my least favorite would have to be seafood. Favorite would be the steakhouse or any number of ethnic cuisines like Indian, Thai, etc. My only issue is because I'm alone (maybe it's just me but I always feel weird going out alone) I'd prefer a more casual atmosphere (maybe bar?) where I can not feel so out of place dining alone. An initial quick review reveals that Wolfgang Puck has a bar/diner that might fit that bill.

Thanks so much everyone--I really appreciate the great advice and recommendations!

Edited: 1:46 pm, November 01, 2011
Topeka, Kansas
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6. Re: Where should I stay?

Keep in mind when looking at rates that some properties charge an additional resort fee, so you are looking at base rates...that being said, I second the Mirage suggestion.

yourstarla
posts: 10,416
reviews: 7
7. Re: Where should I stay?

If you can get that rate for MB or MGM on that weekend, just take it. I'm usually not so cavalier in my suggestions, but the longer you wait the worse it will get. ;)

Michigan
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8. Re: Where should I stay?

I would take a look through these offers on LVA. I just did this myself, and by looking through each promotion on the hotel I wanted to stay at, I found lots of different rates for the same days.

I ended up with THEhotel for around $350 for 5 mid-week nights in November (before tax & resort fee). But I had to look at every promotion and find the one with the best price on my dates.

Same thing happened when I booked Rio for January. I ended up with $55 on dates that they show $169 on their website just by using a code found on LVA. Good luck with your search!

http://deals.lasvegasadvisor.com/hotels

Portland, Oregon
posts: 17
9. Re: Where should I stay?

Ok I took your advice yourstarla and bit--thanks!! Jumped on the $146 offer and it turns out to be MB. My guess is the one for 20 more was theHotel. Did look at LVA link above and there wasn't anything that jumped out for better than the 146. Not as centrally located on the strip as I would have preferred but I just couldn't justify 350+ for the Venetian or other hotels as I figure I won't be there long.

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