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Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

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Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

We are around 50 and will be somewhat on a budget - not really strict, but trying to keep room costs low so we can splurge on food and drink. We have simple taste in room decor - nothing fancy needed. We don't plan on using the gym or spa, and maybe not even the pool. I have signed up for MLife and Total Rewards in case of good offers for room, dining or shows.

My main concern right now is figuring out what style of accommodation we want. We usually like a condo style with kitchen. The biggest reason for that is our lack of ability to eat American portions, and we like to bring leftovers back from dinner (if possible). We also aren't big breakfast eaters every day, so having coffee/tea and something light in the room each morning (with maybe just one special breakfast out) works great for us. Also, at a hot time of year like June I can see us coming back to the room in the early afternoon for a recharge before heading out for the night's activities, and possibly we may skip lunch those days and just nibble on leftovers that are in the fridge - this works particularly well with leftover pasta. We can buy water and juices from Walgreens or CVS to keep in the room and to take out with us every morning. We have identified places like Jockey Club and Signature mid-strip, and Marriott Grand Chateau, Polo Towers and Carriage House (among others) just behind the strip (still walkable or shuttle/Uber ride). I am sure we will find a good price at one of them.

However, I am still considering a casino room with the Caesar's Group or the MGM Group. Caesar's has more mid-strip in our price range e.g. Harrah's, Bally's, Linq. I find the MGM lower-end resorts to be slightly too far north or south on the strip than we really wanted. But if we can get a deal on Aria, Bellagio or Vdara we'd definitely consider them! We may be able to get a mini fridge, depending on where we book, but we won't get any warming up facility (like a microwave and crockery/cutlery) unless we can swing the cost of Vdara. We may get perks like buffets included, or discounts on shows, depending what offers are around. Right now, if we were sure of our dates, we could take advantage of some offers I've seen on the MGM site. I do know the trick of avoiding the much more expensive weekend nights, but we will be using airmiles and it totally depends what flights we can get. Right now it looks as though we will have a weekend, based on flights I have on hold, but that could change. I also want to avoid major conventions, but that may not be possible.

So for 5 - 6 nights in Vegas with no gambling, just entertainment and dining, which type of room do you guys generally like? How do you go about getting the best deals on the nicer casino properties? If you've stayed in a condo style room that is not part of a casino, did you feel like you were missing anything?

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1. Re: Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

Hi bajanswife..

Personally I would stay at one of the casino hotels for a first stay anyway..for the thrill and experience of being in Vegas. We don't gamble at all but still like the atmosphere and all the restaurants. You can always request a fridge (for any left overs) whichever hotel you choose.

Only on our fourth stay did we choose a non casino hotel..the mandarin Oriental.

Ps we love barbados !!

Edited: 18 October 2017, 16:39
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2. Re: Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

ppmaiden, I know - I've seen you on the Barbados forum!

That's one of the major considerations - the feeling of being in the thick of the action vs being slightly removed. I can't decide which one I want! Am I likely to want a relatively peaceful refuge to retreat to when I'm tired of the frenzy of the strip? Or will I feel slightly out of the action tucked away in a condo? If it were 3 or 4 nights I think we'd do casino, no question. But 5 - 6 nights may be a little long for non-stop casino action. There is no "escape" in a casino room - you've got just those 4 walls or else you have to leave the room and search for a lounge. The suites at the casino hotels will be out of our price range unless we get a super deal.

Just trying to respond to you has me leaning more towards condo ..... for the moment. But I do like the action of the strip right there. So maybe Jockey Club at the Cosmo is the best of both worlds? The reviews are mixed, but our expectations will be low.

This is why I wanted to have this discussion - I need to talk this out with people who may be able to give me a perspective I haven't considered.

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The Vdara is behind the Aria; the walk from the Vdara elevators to the action in the Aria takes about two minutes. The Vdara does not allow smoking and has no casino. Each room has a small kitchen; you have to request utensils, but if all you plan to do is refridgerate left-overs and reheat left-overs, you can buy plastic utensils and plates at a pharmacy.

Edited: 18 October 2017, 17:13
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4. Re: Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

Bankanswife you sound a lot like myself and my husband. For reference we don't gamble, don't really eat a full breakfast, and find the American portions too large.

Having said that, we always rent a car and stop at Walmart to pick up water, fruit, muffins, etc. for the room. For breakfast I normally eat a protein bar and a coffee, and hubs has fruit and a muffin so no kitchen required! After learning from multiple trips, we now share one meal in the evening so we don't really have leftovers.

I see the benefits of the kitchen, but we personally wouldn't go the condo option in Vegas. Even though we don't gamble, we love the atmosphere of the casino and that's what makes Vegas special from other hotels/vacations. Especially for a first timer I would really recommend staying at a casino.

We also like a "retreat" so we generally pick a hotel that is a little more laid back and has a relaxed pool. Wynn/Encore and Palazzo/Venetian are great for that if your budget allows, plus they have a suite setup so you have a sitting area.

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5. Re: Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

The MGM Signature might fit your needs. Vdara also would (I like its location more as well) so if it fits in your budget I would choose that.

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Agree with lecc0221.

Signature is a nice "condo" hotel, but a full service hotel with housekeeping and room service. Just a short walk from MGM Grand casino, all inside walkways with travelators.

Vdara is also a condo hotel, right by Aria, Cosmo, Bellagio etc centre strip. Not directly connected to any casino, but not far from them either.

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7. Re: Condo or casino room for non-gambling first-timers in June?

Hi there, if it were me in your shoes, I would want to stay at a casino hotel simply for the experience. However, there are numerous properties on the Strip that are not casino hotels. You've got MGM Signature, Vdara, Polo Towers, Marriott Grand Chateau, Elara, Jockey Club, and a couple other Hilton Grand Vacation properties. Anyway, you are just going to have to make a decision and stick with it. But, wherever you stay, make sure to enjoy it.

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I really do like the location of Vdara - hopefully we'll be able to find a decent rate. I have a Jockey Club condo booked (with free cancellation and no deposit) for our most likely dates, so I can always fall back on that one if I decide to go condo and can't get Vdara. The casino hotels all want deposits and I don't feel like paying one before I even have my flights, so I'll search those nearer the time through MLife and Total Rewards. Hopefully by the time we get to that point we will have a better idea whether to go condo or casino!

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I agree with the others, that signature might be a good fit for you. It's not that far from the action, but far enough away if needed. One thing, you mentioned signature being mid strip. I would consider it south end of the strip, but it's right near the MGM monorail station if you want to take that.

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Another Vote for the Vdara .

2 really enjoyable stays and spot on location.

Will be in Barbados next March , love the place .

But connecting with a cruise and get 2 full days before we sail . Any Friday night recommendations?!

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