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First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

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First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

My husband and I are going to Vegas for the first time on Saturday Oct 15. We're both very excited and have been looking forward to it for months. However, we're on a bit of a budget, so looking for the most "bang for our buck." We've prepaid for our hotel room at the Aladdin (bought a package on Southwest Airlines' website,) we'll have about $300 a day for the two of us.

Friends and family will be meeting up with us but they don't arrive until Sunday. (They've all been to Vegas before.) Age range of our group is from 26-82.

I have a few questions that I'd love help with, if someone could spare a few minutes:

We'd like to see Tom Jones at MGM, but have not already bought tickets - is it at all likely that they'd be available at Tickets4Tonight or Tix2Nite? If you don't think Tom Jones tickets will be available, what other shows can you all recommend that are entertaining and affordable?

Are we only going to be able to find lower stakes gambling at places Downtown, or will it be available on the Strip? Any recommendations for good places for Blackjack and Bacarat?

I've been poking around on here and found some good information on places to eat and have figured out how to budget accordingly. Are the "cheap" steak dinners worth it? We saw one at Ellis Island for something like $4.95, and another for $7.77 (can't remember where,) but if it's going to be a waste of even $5, then I'd prefer to know now.

(Pardon me for the really odd question to follow) I have Crohn's disease and while I'm on medication, I do have occasional bouts of "intestinal distress" - please tell me it's not hard to find restrooms. (I am so embarassed, but I would like to know to avoid any bad situations.)

Since we booked a package through an airline, is it unwise to even try asking for an upgrade on our room? I've seen a lot of mention of it on here, and I'm not above asking, but I was not sure that we'd even be able to do it because of the package.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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1. Re: First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

I don't know about Tom Jones 1/2-price tix (not likely IMO) but someone else mentioned that they saw "La Femmes" at MGM at half-price. It's one of the better "sexy" shows in town, if that would interest you.

Low-stakes gaming? Walk across the street to Boardwalk for $5 blackjack, maybe even $3 during the day. There's more within walking distance at O'Sheas, Imperial Palace, and Casino Royale on the strip north of Aladdin, and at Tropicana (I believe).

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2. Re: First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

There will be restrooms, of course, in every casino--but like everything else, not always easy to find. Two thoughts: 1. Ask a casino attendant for the location of the restrooms as you enter the building. 2. www.lvcasinoinfo.com/orionao1.html has excellent property maps--most of which show the restrooms.

We leave for LV on Monday, returning Thursday, and are also traveling on a budget. Will include expenses in my trip repor--probably Friday.

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3. Re: First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

Thank you, Drake!

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CoffeeMug, I'll look forward to your report - I'm sure it will be really helpful to us.

Thank you for the link! I'll definitely be checking that out!

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5. Re: First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

Dear VegasNooB,

Oh Oh - bad move going to Vegas. Don't you know that you will now never have any spare money because you'll be saving up for your next trip there!!!!

Hubby and I LOVE it and are always planning our next trip.

Anyway, we stayed (and got married in) in the Aladdin for our visit. You won't be disappointed - its a great hotel with a great location. We also went a package deal and asked at check-in for a free upgrade. We got a brilliant room on a high floor with a great view of the Bellagio fountains. We showed no money to the desk clerk but when we got to our room and found out she'd also given us some half price tickets to the buffet/spa/etc we went back down and gave her a tip! She had been really helpful. I don't believe hotels would penalise you for going on a package deal. Reading through the lines on this forum I think most, if not all, hotels would give you an upgrade if you asked and it was available. Some might charge (or you give your tip) but maybe a reduced rate. Try your luck and ask for a freebie - you are in Vegas and it's all a gamble.

I don't think you'll be lucky with half-price Tom Jones tickets. People like him, Elton, Celine, etc, are sold out night after night and you'd probably be best trying to get your tickets before you go. We had to book Elton 3-months before we went in July. Shows like the Rat Pack you might get half-price (that's well worth seeing). Legends is also a great show, reasonably priced. Pay a bit extra and get a booth seat down the front. Don't bother paying for the meal deal though - yuk!!

Half-price tickets for shows can be brought at the shop at Fashion Show Mall (Treasure Island end) or the Coca-Cola store (MGM end). They have a lot of shows and it's always worth a visit to see what you fancy.

Don't really gamble (only slots) so can't advise you on that.

Ellis Island is indeed a great place for a steak dinner. Put Ellis Island in the search box on the forum and see the responses!!

You won't have any trouble at all with restrooms - they are EVERYWHERE in the hotels. They are always really clean and well maintained and plentiful - don't worry about that - there are loads!!!!!

You will have a wonderful time in Vegas but don't try to do it all 'cos you will go back time and time again.

Free shows to watch include Sirens at Treasure Island (one for the men but it's enjoyable), the fountains at Bellagio (my all time favourite - I never get sick of those), nightly light show at Freemont Street and just walking along the strip at night is a show in itself.

Trip wise - if you can only do one - do the helicopter flight down to the Grand Canyon - breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a wonderful Vegas Vacation.

Feel free to ask if you any questions NooB - I'm no expert but will try to help if I can.

Melissa.

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6. Re: First trip to Vegas in a week... any tips?

Wow! Thank you Melissa! That really helps me! We'll be sure to catch Sirens at TI and of course we're looking foward to the Fountains at Bellagio.

Since you play slots, do you have any recommendations for good places for that? (I will probably give up on table games pretty quickly I think!)

I'm really getting excited now!

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Hi again NooB,

we always got lucky at the Monte Carlo Riches slots just by the lifts at the Monte Carlo (we stayed there this time). Never really big wins (not enough to move out to Vegas unfortnately!!) but a couple of hundred one day and enough for a few meals out at other times. Others will laugh at that but hubby and I got quite excited by it - all the jangling when the big coins come out!!!! One man won $1,000 along side us one day and every time walked passed the slots to get to the lifts someone was winning!!!

Melissa.

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My wife and I returned from our first trip from Vegas last week and we loved it! i'm sure you will too. You will see some $5 Blackjack tables during weeknights at Barbary Coast. We did well there. O'Sheas, it was interesting. We only saw a $5 crap table and one, yes just 1 $5 Blackjack table on a Monday night. But perhaps another night we may have seen plentiful of $5 tables.

Downtown, you will see some $2 tables, but usually only 1 table is being played. You see a .50 cent, $2 minimum inside betting at 4 Queens for roulette. Baccarat, I'm not so sure if I saw any $5 tables...

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We're also going on our first trip to Vegas this month-and have tickets to see Elton John. Question for the wooleys-what was the attire of the attendees? Usually "rock" concerts don't involve dressing up, but maybe in vegas its different. I'd appreciate a comment on appropriate dress-as well as your choice of restaurant for one special dinner. BTW-we are staying at the Bellagio, and giving a luncheon there for our son and his bride.

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lovestocook - re Elton John.

Hubby wore very dark blue jeans and a smart shirt, I wore black trousers and a halter top. Many people more dressed up and many, many more dressed down. In Vegas people tend to wear whatever they want wherever they want and quite rightly too. My personal preference is to dress up a bit in the evenings but I nearly always wore smart jeans and a sparkly top of some sort - hubby smart jeans and a shirt or polo shirt. You would not look out of place whatever you wear really.

A place for a nice meal is a difficult 'cos everyone has their own opinion but my preference would be Mon Ami Gabi (Paris hotel) at dusk or evening. For me, you couldn't beat the good food, brilliant atmosphere and my favourite view in Vegas..... the Bellagio fountains!!!

A meal in the Voodoo cafe (Rio hotel) is good too and again, the view of the strip at night is a spectacular one. You can go out to the open top bar afterwards on the 51st floor - another memorial experience.

Have fun in Vegas.