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Help with where to stay

The Wife and I will be coming through Vegas for 1 day/night, from LA. Our plan is to maybe go to Hoover Dam just to see it, and then spend the rest of the day and night walking The Strip and Fremont St to take in all the sites and sounds. Since we are only spending one day/night and then leaving early for a long drive, we won't be relaxing by a pool, gambling, etc. Just basically walking The Strip.

There are soooo many choices, and I don't know what the best option would be. I had a look and I think our budget will be in the $150-$250 range. I assume if we get something with a base rate of $180, once you add all the fees it will come to $250?

From what I found I think I have narrowed it down to MGM Grand, The Signature, The Hard Rock, Treasure Island, Vdara, Paris, Planet Hollywood, NYNY, and Mandalay Bay ($220). Sorry, it's a lot but if I can even get some help to narrow it down it would be appreciated.

It will be the last "true" night of our road trip, so I guess one thing I would like is a nice view so that when we get back to the hotel after walking the Strip we can look out and enjoy it. But with our price range I'm sure we wouldn't get a view? And I would say that a nice clean room is more important than friendly/good customer service.

If you need more information to help me out, just ask. Thanks!

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1. Re: Help with where to stay

Sorry to burst your Vegas bubble but your itinerary leaves you little time to lather.

If you're not psyched about Hoover then blow it off. Stay mid strip. Hard Rock is not on the strip. You should stay in a hotel/casino, not just a hotel, even if you don't think you have time to gamble. It's the vibe.

Of your choices, Paris, Treasure Island or PH would be better located. At your price point, may I also suggest Bellagio, Caesars or Mirage. This will give you good access to most of what 24 hour tourists will want to see. My choice would be Bellagio for it's upscale ambiance, location, and sites like the conservatory and fountains. It is also next door to City Center and has a free tram to help rest your dogs.

I would start from the Bellagio and take the tram through City Center hitting Crystals and Aria, then walk through Monte Carlo on the way to NYNY. Then cross over the catwalk to MGM and head north stopping in at Planet Hollywood, Paris, Venetian and Wynn. Cross over again, hit Fashion Show Mall, then TI, Mirage, and Caesar's, then across the catwalk again to Bellagio. There are lots of other opportunites along the route.

Stop to eat, drink, shop, gamble, whatever along the way. That's a full day and you'll have a pretty good handle on the strip to explore more thoroughly next trip.

If you pay the kind of $ you're talking about then I would not only expect but demand good customer service. If not, go grab a room at Bill's and save a bag of cash and still have a good location to spike out from.

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With those rates I'm assuming your night is either Friday or Saturday. Before I forget, with only one night don't bother going Downtown. You will defintely want to see the Strip at night, especially the Bellagio fountains and maybe the Mirage Volcano.

I would pick a medium priced hotel, no sense paying to stay at Signature, Mandalay Bay or one of the higher priced hotels. Look at Monte Carlo, TI, Paris, MGM (not Signature) and maybe PH.

Edited: 11 June 2010, 05:34
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Of the ones you mentioned, I'd go with either Planet Hollywood or Paris, esp if your intention is to walk the Strip. You're more likely to get a Strip view room at PH (be sure to ask for it while booking). Walking the entire Strip in one night is not practical, but maybe you could drive it, then walk around the fountains of Bellagio.

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ShowmeVegas....Yeah I realize you can't do much with 1 day in Vegas. From what I can find the hotels I've mentioned are in the $150-$200 range, but the Bellagio, Caesars, etc. are about $230-$300. We will be there July 9th (Friday). For just 1 night in Vegas I wasn't too keen on going over $250 (with everything included). I guess I'll have to discuss it with the Wife. Thanks for the tips!

ktinca....Yup, lol. Friday July 9th. I wasn't sure how much of a detour Fremont would be...I guess we'll leave it as a "if we have time". Thanks for the info!

rk2005....Thanks. I think we gave ourselves about 7 hours to walk the strip. I'm hoping that will be enough, but if not we'll probably just start taking taxis to the next attraction so that we can skip the walk between. We will have our vehicle, but I thought it might be easier to just take taxis? How easy is it for a tourist to drive down the strip? What about parking? From what I've read it sounds like every casino/hotel has parking and most have free valet? Is it easy to find the parking entrance to the casinos, or for a tourist who hasn't been there before, will I find myself driving by and having to turn around, lol.

It looks like our short list will be Paris, PH, or TI. Thanks for the advice, it's much appreciated.

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Hi there,

Just a thought, but I went to smartervegs.com, and found a rate of $219 for your night at Caesar's Palace. You did say that your budget was up to $250. There are also no resort fees there, so that is what you will be paying, plus taxes of course. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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6. Re: Help with where to stay

sorry, that was smartervegas.com.

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" From what I found I think I have narrowed it down to MGM Grand, The Signature, The Hard Rock, Treasure Island, Vdara, Paris, Planet Hollywood, NYNY, and Mandalay Bay ($220). Sorry, it's a lot but if I can even get some help to narrow it down it would be appreciated."

Your walking the strip, for convenience.

Paris or Vdara

Have you checked out the prices at Caesars, Venetian or Mirage?

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With a quick stop over - I would suggest you stay on the Strip and not bother with the Hoover Dam or Downtown.

See the attached link for discounts on the Harrah's properties.

www.harrahs.com/VegasVacation/index.html

Because you are on a budget and only in town for one night/day - I suggest the "Flamingo GO Room with a View". You can literally leave your room and be on the strip sidewalk within 5 minutes. The hotel is not fancy at all but that particalur room with a view is comfortable/clean. The location on the strip is by far the best for walking the Strip. I do not recommend the Buffet at this hotel - The Tropical Breeze cafe is a good choice for breakfast or lunch.

Others have mentioned Ceasars - it would be my first choice, but it takes a very long time to navigate that very large property - The Flamingo is a small property and very easy to get around and to the strip.

Enjoy!

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Hockeyfan17...Go Habs, lol. For some reason at work I can't go to that site so I'll have to look when I get home. But I assume the $219 room is their basic room with likely no view at all? After talking to the Wife I think we will likely choose Paris and then upgrade to a room with a view. That would put us around the $210 mark.

TheDiceMan....Yeah. I don't know if there is something special going on that weekend, but the prices for those hotels were in the $250-$300 for the basic rooms. Why can't I find these $50 rooms, lol.

In regards to upgrading rooms....is it better to do it now to make sure I get an OK view (Redroom Luxury at Paris), or is it smarter to just book the basic room and then either try and get a free upgrade when we get there or pay for it when we get there? Of course that is assuming they have something available.

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10. Re: Help with where to stay

TI is one of the farthest North on strip, Bellagio, Caesars, Paris, PH are central