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best budget hotel mid-strip?

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best budget hotel mid-strip?

Wondering what everyone's favourite budget minded hotel mid-strip is? Planning a trip May 19 - 23 (I know, not the cheapest time to go but only time I could get off work). Have stayed at Planet Hollywood twice, Luxor, and Golden Nugget. Looking at Monte Carlo, IP, Bill's. Which would you choose?

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1. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

Bill's hands down. A small and underappreciated place. We spent some time in their casino a month back and they appear to be trying hard.

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2. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

I'd rule out IP and probably go with Bill's - as a plus you should be able to use the Flamingo pool.

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3. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

If you've been before you should know whether Bills is for you or not. It is not a full blown Las Vegas hotel like Monte Carlo or even IP. Only you know if this is important. Biills couldn't be considred for us as they don't have a pool and that matters to us. Yes I know we could use the pool at Flamingo---but why would we want to do that?

The choice is simple for us, we don't stay at IP (even when it was new) so we would obviously be left with Monte Carlo by default. In all fairness, with the resort fee, it should cost more than your other choices, but it should because it provides more.

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Bills is not a family or romantic place, but it is awesome for a great cheap stay

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Bill's fills your... bill. GREAT location, easy access to room, Strip, other casinos. Directly across the street form the Bally's shuttle stop, should you want a free ride to RIo, Gold Coast and Palms. Minutes by foot to Ellis Island and their inexpensive cafe. Big Elvis on the premises! Bill's!

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6. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

Bills doesn't have the greatest beds, not very comfortable.

Can't speak of IP or Monte Carlo, haven't stayed in either one of those.

Have you looked at the Flamingo? They are pretty cheap and the beds are far better than Bills, and the location is central.

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7. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

Thanks everyone! Will look at reviews of Bill's - It's quite a bit less than Monte Carlo and Flamingo for the dates we are going. And I forgot that they don't have resort fees there - bonus!

We were just in Vegas a couple weeks ago and didn't have the memorable trip we usually have for various reasons. We went with a group of 12 for my husband's birthday, and just decided we want to go back just us and a couple friends maybe and do the stuff we didn't get to do this time (man it's hard trying to organize a group of 12, too much time waiting around). That's why we are trying to do it on the cheap this time - we weren't planning on another trip this year but have to redeem Vegas in our minds again. We LOVE Vegas!

Should be a blast wherever we stay and we don't plan on being in our room much anyway.

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8. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

Bally's, over all 3 of those.

Edited: 1:56 am, March 21, 2012
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9. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

I have stayed in all three in the past two years. All have their positive and negative aspects.

I don't consider MC mid-strip. Bill's has the best central location with IP a tight second. MC definitely has the better pool though Bill's would have high consideration if you don't mind trekking over to Flamingo to use theirs. MC has the better bars, food offerings and entertainment hands down. The rooms at MC are nicer and larger. Without a doubt, MC is the more upscale property of the three.

Casinos are hard to judge. MC's is much larger, but not very lively. IP is more lively but not as nice as MC's. Bill's is a dive. Notice I didn't say dump. It has a certain character and is the funnest of the three IMO because it's so casual and something is always going on. IP has some entertainers though that are enjoyable to watch while playing or having a drink.

Bill's is extremely easy to access between the rooms, casino and the Strip. You're through the doors and to your room in way less than 5 minutes. I find MC pretty accessible as well. IP's accessibility isn't bad but the front area is a maze and the elevators are largely inadequate.

The nicest surroundings and ammenities are going to be at MC and the atmosphere more serene (except around the pool in the summer). Bill's and IP are not aesthetically pleasing but a good base from which to spike-out on the Strip. Just depends on what you're looking for and what your plan is.

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10. Re: best budget hotel mid-strip?

"It's quite a bit less than Monte Carlo and Flamingo for the dates we are going. And I forgot that they don't have resort fees there - bonus!"

That's because they are run by a philanthropic organization that doesn't care about profits and just wants to make the world a better place. MAYBE NOT!

IF THEY COULD CHARGE EVEN $5 MORE A NIGHT, THEY WOULD. But they can't, because if they did not enough people would stay there. There are no hidden bargains in Las Vegas----you get what you pay for. Prices are mandated by competition. It doesn't matter if you are talking about hotels, shows, buffets, even spas. Every single business would charge $5 more if they could.

If you want to stay at Bills to save money, fine. But don't listen to anyone who tells you that it is the same as staying at Monte Carlo, because it's not. At both hotels you get what you pay for. And both of them would be charging $5 more per night if they could.

Because the rates in Las Vegas are so compacted you are not going to save $100's by staying in a cheaper hotel, you will be saving $10's. So when you walk into MGM, Paris, PH, or many of the other slightly nicer hotels remember that you could have stayed there for $10-$15 more per night.