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Have you stayed at Orleans?

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Have you stayed at Orleans?

Hi all-- we are trying to plan a Vegas visit Apr 22-27 (Sun Thurs) and would like some input on the Orleans. Have been to Vegas many times and we almost always stay at a Strip hotel because we seldom rent a car--prefer instead to get around by walking and using public transportation. I know the Orleans is about 1 to 1-1/2 mi off strip, but we have not stayed there before, so any comments would be welcome. (Shuttle, buffet, casino, rooms, in-house restaurants, etc? Is it overrun with kids?) Just 2 of us adults are traveling. Because of time constraints, in order to maximize our time in Vegas, this time we have to fly out of our home city and this is raising the overall price of the trip because of limited airline options and higher airfares, so we are looking at keeping the hotel cost a bit lower. If anyone knows of any online coupons for any of the other hotels, or even for airlines, we'd welcome suggestions as nothing is written in stone yet...just starting the process of hunting down a good deal for that time frame. Thanks all for your advice and for speeding up my research.

P.S. The IP is not an option.

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1. Re: Have you stayed at Orleans?

I stayed at the Orleans last May and loved it. They have a shuttle to the Barbary Coast, a taxi to the Excalibur was about $10 if you are in a hurry (I have no patience). The hotel was very nice, good selection of eateries, nice casino, beautiful room. I highly recommend the place.

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I stayed at the Orleans last year and enjoyed it. They are low key, but fun. They have a shuttle to their other properties including Barbary Coast on the strip. The store has great prices on beer and liqour. I always stop there before heading back to Canada. Tried to stay there this time around but no rooms available. Across the street from the Rio. Did not notice an overabundance of rugrats. Nice pool with bar.

Rooms are average, nothing special. Overall a good choice. Very good irish bar there as well. Friendly staff. Coupon books for free drinks, gifts, etc. Enjoy

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Stayed at the Orleans last May. It's a great deal for the price. Shuttle goes promptly every 20 minutes or so to Barbary Coast on Strip. But doesn't run after 1130 at night. On really crowded days, Hotel customers get priority boarding....just show your room key.

I won the most money ever (at one casino) that stay - playing deuces wild video poker: two Royals(no duece) and 4 wins of 4 deuces. Buffet was good for the price, especially breakfast. The Mexican rest. at the hotel is quite good and reasonable. Rooms are spacious and quiet.

No complaints - tried to book again for this May but nothing was available.

BTY - Orleans is not across the street from Rio - that is the Gold Coast, a sister property.

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My husband and I have stayed at this property twice and are booked again for May. You can not beat the price, especially Sun- Thr. We always rent a car so transportation is not an issue, but I do understand that they provide shuttle service. The hotel is large, but you are not overwhemed walking from your room to the casino, restaurants, etc. We've stayed at strip hotels where this was a 10-15 minute event. We've found housekeeping to be great. The rooms are not glitzy but very comfortable. I admit to being spoiled when it comes to accommodations, but I am still satisfied. The only thing that I really wish that they offered were in room safes. This seems to be such a standard in Vegas that I have difficulty believing that this convenience has not yet been added to the rooms. Over all, you will be pleased with the Orleans. If you're willing to pay $175- $200 per night, I'm sure you'll find better, but their currently advertised rates are a true bargain. Oh, by the way, be glad that the IP is not an option !!

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My husband and I stayed there over Thanksgiving this last fall. We liked it very much. Much more afforable to eat, etc. They have a Friday's and Subway outside of their restaurants. One major downfalll for us was....they charged you for in-room coffee. You get one cup free, and then after that, they charge you. Pretty weird. We also did not do well gambling there. Their slots are very tight. However, we did agree that we would stay there again. Large room, nice bathroom, good security, fast check-in. We never took the shuttle, we opted for cabs. We heard the shuttles were difficult to get seats on due to lack of organization.

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I have stayed there and I have always been very satisfied with my visits. The rooms were not luxurious but they were very very clean and very safe. The staff has always been very friendly and very helpful. I can't really think of anything negative to say about the hotel although it attract more families during the summer months since it is a very family friendly place (movies, child care facilites, bowling alley,etc.). You don't have in room safes available but you definitely should use the safe deposit box . You have to leave a deposit but it is returned when you leave. The coffeemaker is a one cup kind. I understand that now that they have a resort fee ($5) the coffee is free. The shuttles run from 9:30 until about midnight. I have always had a car but I have used their shuttles on occasion. They are not located near the Rio although you can take their shuttle to the Gold Coast which is across the street from the Rio (Valley View) and the Palms (Flamingo Road). Cab fare would not be that much from the strip. There are no hotels near the Orleans.

The entertainment in their theater usually consists of singers from the oldies but goodies era- Smother Brothers, Glen Cambell, etc.

I haven't eaten at the buffet in years but when I did it was decent- especially for the price. Prime Rib Loft is good with decent prices. I have always enjoyed their ice cream parlor and Terrible's is good for quick bites to eat- hambergurs, hot dogs, etc. You can get coffee at Seattles Best.

I have had more luck at the GC than I have had at the Orleans, but since they use the same player's card this has not be a problem.

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My first stay at the Orleans was in 1999. I have stayed there about 10 times between 1999 and 2004. I love the place. The rooms are nice, the rates are very reasonable, and there are plenty of restaurant choices.

It is very kids family so if you have an issue about kids-avoid this place. But if you are traveling with the family, there are plenty of things for the kids....movies, bowling, swimming pool, arcade, supervised child care.

If you don't mind that you will be avoiding the Strip Rat Race, this should be an enjoyable stay.

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"Across the street from the Rio. Did not notice an overabundance of rugrats. Nice pool with bar.'

CAUTION: The Orleans is not across the street from the Rio. The poster is confusing it witht the Gold Coast which is across the street from the Rio. The Orleans is about 0.75 miles from the Rio and there are no other hotels near it. There is a shuttle that will take you from the Orleans to the strip.

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Darn that there is no edit capabilities. I meant to say that the Orleans is very family friendly. At times, mostly during the summer, you will see lots of families. Since you're traveling in late April, this should not be an issue.

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Wish I could offer more advice but I'll be a the Orleans in a few days and will post back a TR when I get back. I've booked two nights for $109 total there and got an internet 'Mardis Gras' special including 4 free buffet tickets. I'd already planned on renting a car so the location is not a problem for me. Overall I haven't heard anything bad about the place so I'm feeling pretty confident and for less than $60 a night, can you go wrong?