Where do you stay in Las Vegas?

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savex389 Posts : 506 Registered: 8/10/07
Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 5:05 PM

Hey all!
So DH and I are trying to plan a little trip to Vegas for our Birthdays in June, but I'm having a hard time finding a hotel to stay at. I would love to be able to stay at one of the top hotels on the strip but my budget isn't going to allow $100 a night :). We will hopefully be going June 3rd through the 7th.

I have looked into a few of the cheaper hotels and get all excited until I read the reviews, but I think to myself "Well really only people with bad things to say about the place write in..."
so what hotels have you stayed at in Las Vegas and loved thats not too outragously priced?

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BenjaminsWife Posts : 1,069 Registered: 1/11/07
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 5:33 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

June is defintely a popular month in Vegas and Vegas is one of those cities where you get what you pay for.

I've stayed at Paris, New York and Excalibur. I do not recommend the Excalibur though. I was not impressed with them at all. The rooms were decent but that was it.

Maybe go during the week as hotels are usually cheaper during the week and maybe Priceline may get you a better deal.

And remember no matter what hotel you look at there's always going to be someone who's not happy.

Just Married...9.20.08

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ashes2 Posts : 29 Registered: 3/30/09
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 5:35 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

i actually stayed at the Hampton right off of the strip. It's literally like right across the express way, walking distance to In and Out burger Man i really miss Vega We ended staying 4 nights and I think we only paid $200 total. It's really nice and cab rides were like $5 for the closest end of the strip and $9 from Treasure island (the opposite end of the strip).

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TheNewMrsJ Posts : 754 Registered: 1/6/08
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 5:42 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

We went there for our honeymoon and since we were paying for it by ourselves, we didn't have a ton of money to afford one of the lavish hotels on The Strip. All the hotels in the Downtown area on Fremont Street are much more affordable if you find places on The Strip being out of your budget.

We stayed at the Plaza and it was a really nice room with a view right down Fremont Street and didn't cost us that much. The reviews on it were mostly complaints about the beds being 'too hard' and how they 'felt like it was sleeping on a slab of cement' but I have no clue what they were talking about - compared to my bed at home, DH thought the bed was perfect (he always complained mine was terrible!).

There's also others, like Binions, Fitzgeralds, The Golden Nugget, The Golden Gate, Fremont's, and 4 Queens.

I wouldn't recommend walking to The Strip from Downtown (we did that, BAD mistake - it's A LOT further than it looks!) but they have a nice bus system called The Deuce (big double deckers) that transport you from Downtown to various spots up and down The Strip - you can buy an all day pass for $5/person or pay $2/ride.

Downtown was pretty nice and honestly, it felt a little more 'cleaner' than The Strip (if you take a day and walk The Strip, im sure you'll notice the hundreds of people standing along the entire way, both sides, flipping 'porno' business cards in your face - after awhile you just ignore and tune em out, but at first it's like 'wtf is this?!'.)

With about $1000, we covered roundtrip airfare from O'Hare, our hotel (we checked in Monday late afternoon, checked out Saturday morning), and we booked a Hoover Dam package (which included transportation, tickets for the tour, a stop at a chocolate factory and a lunch buffet at Sam's Town) as well as a romance package at the Venetian (which included dinner for 2 at one of their restaurants, tickets to the wax museum and a ride on the gondalas), and we booked a shuttle to take us to the hotel and pick us up later in the week to and from the airport. We brought about another $1000 that we got from wedding money to cover lunch/dinner for the rest of our trip, half off tickets to a show, bus fare and other random spending money.

So it's something to look into - I wouldn't recommend any of the 'motels' between Downtown and The Strip - when we walked past they looked extremely sleazy and rundown - I personally wouldn't have felt safe if we stayed in one of those!

oh yeah, we booked through Expedia too, where they had various entertainment packages you could select (like the ones I mentioned we had).

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I just looked on Expedia, and for the dates you mentioned, if you want to stay on The Strip, The Stratosphere is available for roughly $46/night, Imperial Palace is $50/night, Tropicana is $56/night, and in Downtown the Plaza is $49/night, and the rest of the Downtown hotels appear to be $40/night or less. Most everything else I noticed that was on The Strip was almost $100/night or higher.



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Edited by: TheNewMrsJ on Apr 9, 2009 4:52 PM

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savex389 Posts : 506 Registered: 8/10/07
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 5:50 PM Go to message in response to: TheNewMrsJ

thanks all!

NewMrsJ -The Plaza is what I was hoping someone would say! :) All the hotels by it are the ones I've looked into because of their pirces and it doesn't really matter if its further from the strip or not. Was The Plaza clean and well kept? What did you like best about it?
I'm hoping we can go to some shows and I'd love to do the romance package at the Venetian, was that expensive?
I live it Utah so we're just going to drive there, its only about 8 hours away if you drive really slow so we'll have a car to drive to the Hoover Dam and other places outside the strip. DH brother also lives in Henderson right outside Vegas so we're going to stop by and see them.


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TheNewMrsJ Posts : 754 Registered: 1/6/08
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 6:12 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

I loved staying at the Plaza - the view from our room was amazing! We had a little balcony, the bed was nice (I dont know what the reviews i read were talking about!), the buffet downstairs was, well, a buffet - nothing special, it was what you would expect from a buffet, lol...

The maid came by every day and the place seemed clean to us. The roof top pool was pretty cool too and they have a bar up there, lol... i mean the room wasn't lavish like the suites you seen in tv and movies from the ones on The Strip, but it was nice. the shower/toilet room looked like one would in a holiday inn or your typical hotel, but the room itself was pretty big! there was a sitting area with a couch and a table, a little eating area with a table, vanity area outside the shower/toilet room, a dresser and an armoire with a decent size tv. we requested a king size bed, since we didnt need 2 queens in the room, so make sure to leave a note when booking. Downstairs there's a 24hr McDonalds if you get hungry or thirsty in the middle of the night, and the casino was pretty nice too. The sports bar there was pretty nice too (DH had to watch his Monday Night Football, as his team was playing, lol...) and the food and beer was really cheap costing!

Down the street, there's a half off ticket broker place, so if you plan to see any shows, check over there in the morning to see what deals you can get.

I think the Venetian package was maybe $40-60 for the 2 of us... it wasn't too expensive, considering all that came with it.

Oh and for dinner, I recommend checking out the The Pasta Pirate - if you exit the Plaza, turn left down the street and walk maybe a block, it's located inside The California casino. It was a nice sit down restaurant, with mellow lighting and all kinds of food (seafood, pasta, American...) and a glass of the house wine came with each meal too. We were surprised at how cheap the bill was, for what we got!

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BriansBride2008 Posts : 814 Registered: 3/26/07
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 6:16 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

I go to Vegas about twice a year, This last trip in January we stayed at Circus Circus it was worth it for the price, but there is so much ocntruction around it right now that that part really sucked.. We stayed at Excalibur and I loved it, so far it has been one of my favorites. They have made some changes to it like adding Dicks bar and grill which is a blast and their pool is great!! Now both those hotels are oppisite ends of the strip. We are going in a few weeks and stay at the imperial palace which is right in the middle of the stip and a great price becasue it is not a new hotel but thats ok all we really do is sleep int here anyway... The Palsm is also another nice one a little more pricey and not on the strip so cab ride everywhere, but let me suggest no matter where you stay, by a 24 hour duece pass, it is like 7.00 and you can take it up and down the strip and it takes you to the freemont experience and you don't have to fight with traffic and parking...


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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 6:30 PM Go to message in response to: TheNewMrsJ

Dear Mrs J,

"I wouldn't recommend walking to The Strip from Downtown (we did that, BAD mistake - it's A LOT further than it looks!)"

WE DID THAT ON OUR HONEYMOON!!! 1976!!!

Yep, it's a lot farther than it looks.

We went camping in the SW states for our honeymoon, but spent a couple of nights in Las Vegas. We stayed at the Late Great Stardust Hotel.

"Let's walk to downtown! It can't be that far!"

We took a bus back, with our nickel slot machine winnings.

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savex389 Posts : 506 Registered: 8/10/07
Re: Where to stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 6:32 PM Go to message in response to: auntofthebride

Dont walk from Downtown to the strip...CHECK! :) I'll keep that in mind if we book something there.

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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 6:33 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

dear Save,

I should have mentioned that a young couple I know spent their honeymoon in the Luxor, last summer. I know this particular couple is not rolling in money, so cost must have been an issue for them, too.

The newlywed wife told me, later, that she really enjoyed her stay there, especially the in-room whirlpool bathtub. She also liked the fact that since the roof is slanted, she could look out the window, while naked in the tub, and see the sky. No worries about anyone looking back in at her!

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Rose217 Posts : 474 Registered: 8/9/08
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 7:29 PM Go to message in response to: savex389

Looks like you've already gotten some good advice and prices, but I thought I'd add that we stayed at Circus Circus for $40/night last May. It was the cheapest or second cheapest on the strip (the very end) during the week, probably because we were in one of the smaller buildings nearby and not the tall towers. The room wasn't anything special, but it had two beds and a hot shower, so we didn't mind. It was the cheapest hotel we stayed at during our entire 3 week trip around the west coast! There were a lot of kids there, though I shouldn't have been surprised given the hotel's theme and two stories of arcade games, kids restaurants, and circus shows. No young ones allowed in the casino area though, so they wouldn't bother you.

My FH and I left the city to do some camping nearby after the first night, but our friends stayed on two more nights at the Luxor and loved it.

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NatashaAB Posts : 353 Registered: 10/6/08
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 9, 2009 11:11 PM Go to message in response to: Rose217

Luxor is actually pretty decent price and it has great service.

The last time we went, we stayed at the Bellagio and the other time, the Venetian. I love both hotels SO much.

MGM is pretty fabulous and the beds are SO comfortable!

Nat (21) 

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FutureMrsDJLeo Posts : 615 Registered: 2/26/09
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 10, 2009 1:09 AM Go to message in response to: savex389

I've been going to Vegas about every year since I turned 21, and we always stay at the Imperial Palace. I don't know the exact prices of the rooms b/c my FH always takes care of the booking/airfare, but I do know it's in the heart of the strip and cheaper than the surrounding hotels (Bellagio, Cesars, Venetian). Plus were still both college students, we can't afford to spend too much on the hotel! We can walk to all of our favorite spots from it, so we save money by not getting cab rides everywhere, and the room service is great! I would definitly look into it if I were you! Since I haven't stayed at another hotel I really don't have anything to compare it too, but I do know it's not that expensive and we've never had any problems with them.

Enjoy Vegas!!! It's my favorite place!

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TRACYJOHNSONBRA... Posts : 42 Registered: 2/8/09
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 10, 2009 4:43 AM Go to message in response to: savex389

We stayed over one night in Las Vegas during our honeymoon at the Stratosphere. (We were driving from Montana to Anaheim, CA and I had not been there since I was 1 1/2 years old.) I booked the hotel through Lasvegas.com and got a great deal on the room. I would not recommend upgrading to the mini-suite. Yed it gives you a higher floor but it really was not worth the extra $15.

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NJ4Life Posts : 3,358 Registered: 8/10/07
Re: Where do you stay in Las Vegas?
Posted: Apr 10, 2009 10:31 AM Go to message in response to: savex389

I've been to Vegas a bunch of times and I"ve always managed to get great deals. I stayed at Circus Circus when I was in HS with my family. It was cool then, now it's a dump though. I've also stayed at Harrah's which was great. And NY, NY which was AWESOME. I stayed at the Riviera which is an older one near Circus Circus. It was OK..

In vegas you get what you pay for. However, I've been pricing trips out lately out of curiosity and there are some sweet deals. I can get airfare and hotel from Philly to Vegas for 4 nights for $400 pp or less at the nicer, more popular hotels. And I even saw a package at Bellagio for about $450pp

The only other thing about Vegas is, sure the transportation and hotels are cheap but things are on the expensive side once you get there. So we tried to pig out at a breakfast buffet so we wouldn't have to eat til dinner. And for dinner we stuck with a cafe or a buffet. And of the 4 nights, we did one really nice dinner. I know people say there are fast food places that are normal pricing, but I'm a food snob and I have a hard time even eating a buffet when I am on vacation.

The downtown is nice, however, personally I wouldnt stay there. Whoever said the walked from there to the strip..OMG I Can't believe that. The taxi ride is at least 10 mins....that must have taken FOREVER! And it could not have been that safe!

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