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?