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almost orlando
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I love having this problem..

Hello all. Planning my 3rd trip to Vegas.. yayy for me. Am trying to decide where to stay this time... love trying new things. Have stayed at Flamingo and Bills before. I thought they were both nice, if that helps in your guidance. I am trying to decide b/twn Harrahs, Paris and Golden Nugg. Loved the look of Paris... Carnival Court at harrahs was a blast and loved the closeness of downtown. Mid 40's couple... mu hubbys 2nd time.. he did not enjoy our 1st trip as we basically spent all time going thru hotel lobby's and casinos.. he is not a gambler. We are meeting a long lost relative on his side...so this is why he has agreed to go...again..yayyyy for me. I am really leaning towards Harrahs as it seems to have the most ammen's inside or very close. Hubby would be content in a bar watching band...or semi-active pool scene. We are not foodies..but would like choices close by. I love casinos and am trying to get my nerve up for more card playing.. slots just eat my money, so also want easy tablemates/lower limits and friendly dealers. Room does not have to be posh..but i hate the look of tropical "motel 6".. so.. what is your suggestion for me.. also.will be april 18th thru 22nd or 23rd... thanks for your help..

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"Carnival Court at harrahs was a blast and loved the closeness of downtown."

You lost me on this one. Or maybe it's just the terminology you're using. "Downtown" is where the Golden Nugget and Fremont Street are. Miles away from Harrah's, which is on "The Strip".

Given that your husband isn't into gambling, I'd think twice about the Golden Nugget. It IS downtown, and there really isn't a lot for a non-gambler to do there. I think sticking with a Strip property would work better for your husband, and of the places you're considering there I'd go with Paris.

Edited: 03 February 2010, 15:21
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Of those 3, I'd go with Paris. It's a short walk to Carnival Court.

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hi,me and my wife have stayed at PARIS a couple of times i think it's really nice,linked to BALLY'S,and the location IMO is really good,the pool was ok not very deep though ,the rooms were nice enough and i would stay there again .Hope this helps in a small way,oh and the fountains are over the road!

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Thanks all.. hey Irish.. I should have worded that differently. I was merely describing my fav's about the 3 diff places. I know they are two seperate locations...; ) I will look a lil deeper into Paris for bars and entertainment. Paris is a beautiful hotel!! Have a great day...

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Paris usually has a live band playing in one of their bars nightly.

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If you love casinos then you'd love downtown since they're so close together. The GN is a beautiful hote with lots of places to eat, a wonderful pool and lots of gambling. I don't spend anytime in the GN but the rest of Fremont is so much fun. I think your husband would like downtown also, some great bars with cheap drinks unlike most of the strip.

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If DH is not a gambler, do NOT stay DT. While food, drinks & gambling are cheaper there, there is little else to do! I found when my gambling budget for the day was shot, I was wishing I was on the strip. SO much to see, I can always keep busy there.

Paris is a far nicer hotel than Harrahs. Walk to CC.

We are mid-40s, too, love CC, and always spend one day DT--but just one day!

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I think downtown is worth a try. Your situation sounds familiar to me, my wife is a big gambler but I'm not--I enjoy table games like craps and blackjack but I'm not someone who can gamble all day. More like an hour or two here and there.

I always had an OK time staying on the strip, but I didn't love Vegas until we started staying downtown. On the strip, I felt like I spent all day dodging crowds, walking long distances from place to place, and getting lost in casinos. It felt like work. Downtown is much more relaxing, I can just sort of mosey from place to place and do whatever. The people are friendly and there's usually something fun going on on Fremont Street. And the gambling is better.

We always rent a car, which to me is key. If I want to go to the strip, I can just drive there, it's not a big deal. It's fun to go there, but also fun to get away from it and come back downtown.

I'm not a fan of the Gold Nugget, but if a good pool is important to you, that's the place to be downtown. And of course it's easy to walk to better casinos and dining options.

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Thanks all for your input. I appreciate the aspect from the non gambler , so Thanks x94. I really want this to be a good trip for him...then he may be more inclined to go back. We are going to see some other area's this time too. Hoover/Lake Mead/ and a day driving to GCanyon. Have a great night all....; )

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Both kbunde and x94 bring up excellent points. Of the options you've listed, I'd go with Paris or Golden Nugget. Paris has a lame pool...but it's a beautiful hotel. Golden Nugget and downtown will give you cheaper gambling AND one of the best pools in Vegas. I'd scratch off Harrah's from the list judging from your criteria. The "gamble" for you is that there's little to do downtown besides gamble, eat and drink (and HOPE hubby loves the GN pool).