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Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

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Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

Hey all, starting to plan my 2nd trip to Vegas which appears it will be in roughly 6-8 months or so. I had a few questions about the Fremont Street area vs the strip as I am considering staying in that area.

Obviously it is cheaper to stay down there, but how does the nightlife/gambling compare to the strip especially during the overnight hours? Is it an easy commute/cab ride to the strip?

I think me and my gal will be going with some first timers which probably means we stay on the strip, but if its just us I may consider Fremont St as we did not make it to that area during our first trip to Vegas.

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1. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

I like Fremont st., but some people really hate it. Given your situation, I'd say stay on the strip and head to Fremont st. one night. I'd take the ACE bus, others might tell you to spend the money on a cab. Get a feel for the place before you make the commitment to stay there.

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Well, Fremont Street area's gaming is cheaper than the Strip too, and if you expect to find clubs or shows in caliber with the Strip, forget it....no match for TAO or anything like that downtown. They will sometimes have live music playing at night under the canopy there, and the buzz of Fremont pretty much stay alive throughout the night and into the early wee morning hours...

As for transportation, cabs are everywhere, and you could also do the ACE and Deuce buses, both running 24 hours a day. Just stay within the canopy area and casino hop at will within the short distances. When you want to hit the Strip, catch a cab and you're set :)

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We love downtown. It is much more laid back and relaxing. We usually split our time 5 days on strip and 5 days downtown. We always stay at Main Street Station. It is a very nice hotel and casino. They also have a micro brewery with great beer. The gaming and food is less expensive then on the strip. The night life is very good with the Fremont Street Experience.

I know the bus runs between downtown and the strip but we always rent a car. We always use Thrifty and for our trip in September we are paying $ 260.00 total for 10 days. By time you add up cab and bus fees it is almost as expensive as renting a car. Also no waiting or overcrowding. Come and go as you please when you please. A car is worth it and Vegas is easy to get around. The $ 260.00 is for a full size car, thay do have cheaper cars.

At least give downtown a try on you next visit. You may love it like we do.


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4. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

The strip and downtown are two different worlds both with gambling.

Dowbtown is more compact, way shorter walking distances. You will find some real bumbs on the strip bridges, but more down and outs downtown who wont necessaryily bother you. But in August when I went downtown, despite a ton of police and security I noticed after 11pm more thug like characters in groups that just make you be a little more carefull. Never stayed downtown but i have enough of the my local thug types at home.

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I stayed downtown a few years ago when Binion's hotel was open. Freemont is fun but late at night after all the shops and stuff close, it can get kind of creepy especially when there are fewer people walking around. I remember when I stayed there, this didn't seem to be an issue but in January when I last went, there were a lot of bums walking around. There were security officers and they didn't really bother us but it was a little irking.

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6. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

Freemont is good for a night or two just for the experience. I stayed two nights out of ten in March and that was plenty. Many are talking about the down and out who stay downtown. It's sort of a trade off. The strip will give you porn-slappers that will thrust their hands in front of you while you walk which is creepy as well.

During my stay at the Golden Nugget, I was up at 6:30 and went to Wallgreens. On my way back to the Nugget I stopped at McDonald's which I think is on the side of Fitzgerald's with entry through Fitz, for coffee and a McMuffin. While sitting there, a street person decided to sit next to me and started asking for money. I'm used to this in the streets, outside, but it seemed really brazen to ask inside while you were eating. Then I noticed that I was also asked while I was inside a casino (not the Nugget who had security at the doors to discourage such things.

That said, I plan to go back to Freemont next year for a couple of nights because it really is a fun place. Each, the Strip and Downtown, have their own unique pluses and minuses.

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Downtown is definitely different from the strip. Not better/ not worse- just different. Some people love it, some hate it, but everyone should experience it for him/herself.

However, since you have never even visited downtown, I would suggest you visit there one evening or -at most- spend one or two nights there on your next visit rather than stay there for your whole vacation. Then you will know if you are a downtown person, a semi-downtown person or a person who likes to spend one or two evening downtown- but not stay there.

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8. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

If you have not even visited downtown I would suggest you visit first before you stay. I always visit downtown each trip, but I prefer the strip because there is so much more to do and see.

If you want to stay downtown I would maybe split your trip between the strip and downtown. Maybe stay the last 2 nights downtown.

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9. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

I agree with those who suggested staying on the Strip and visiting downtown for a night or two before you decide to stay in that area. Downtown is so different from the Strip. Lots of people love it, but I hate it. I think you should see downtown and discover how you feel about it before you commit to spending your whole trip there.

You could also split your stay: Pick a downtown hotel for a night or two and stay on the Strip for the rest of your trip.

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10. Re: Staying in the Fremont St area compared to the Strip...

I would stay on the strip, have a car and make downtown a destination for a day here and there. It can be fun for that but it can get seedy quick. When your tired of the strip get in the car and go downtown to get a different feel. No better-No worse. For that length of time rent a car for the wk.