" I am thinking of celebrating my 40th bday in vegas and have never been there before. I have gotten reasonable rates (at least I think they are) at MGM Grand, Bally's and TI. I'd like a strip view. Can I get it at any of these? Any other thoughts on the properties?"
In answer to your question, can you get a strip view from the following hotels you listed, Yes.
TI almost mid strip, decent rooms, smaller pool but nice.
All the above hotels are decent..
When you check-in ask politely id its possible for a strip view room.
Bally's best views of the strip are in their older rooms. I like the place but I would skip it for that reason. If Paris falls into your range for a strip view room, it would be a better choice. Flamingo does also have good views but when you consider most of those rooms are covered in wrap and the age of the casino, I wouldn't consider it special enough for a special birthday.
It's hard to see the whole strip from any hotel. As far as I know you will only see parts of the strip no matter where you stay. I've been to Vegas many times and I celebrated my 50th in Vegas. I would suggest staying at the Bellagio for something more special and it's centrally located right in the middle of the strip which is convenient. I personally loved sitting right in front of a big picture window in my room and having the best view of the Bellagio fountain show. You can tune your in room stereo to a certain channel to hear the music that the fountain show outside is choreographed to. You could also go have drinks or dinner at the Stratosphere for the most spectacular view of Vegas or dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, that's where I celebrated my 50th birthday. I was told that I had the best table in the house and we had the best view again of the Bellagio fountains across the street. Just make reservations before you go for a special occasion.
Hope your birthday was as good as mine, Happy Birthday!
Most of the replies are addressing your choice of hotel, and I certainly agree that choosing the hotel that's right for you should be about more than just the view, but I will concentrate on views.
Islandmomma gave the correct answer, when it comes to views of the Strip most hotels only offer very partial views. This is important if you plan on paying extra for a "view".
Las Vegas Blvd runs North to South. ALL of the hotels face Las Vegas Blvd, which means their rooms face East or West. Some will have corner rooms which may look up or down part of the Strip, and some buildings are slightly curved allowing a better northern or southern view. But the vast majority of rooms either face the mountains or the hotel across the street. So in most cases a "Strip view" only includes a few other hotels.
There are two notable exceptions: TI and Mandalay Bay. If you look at a map of Las Vegas Blvd you will notice that the street actually curves changing direction. TI is built on this curve, so there is a wing of TI that faces directly south down the Strip. This provides a very nice view of Las Vegas Blvd and all the hotels south of TI. But note that only 1/2 the rooms face south. The other 1/2 face north, and the view is not as nice in that direction as there are fewer hotels on that side of TI.
Mandalay Bay has the unquestioned best view of the Strip. Mandalay Bay actually consists of 3 wings which face different directions (think spokes of a wheel). One of the wings runs perpendicular to and bisects Las Vegas Blvd. The end of that wing is literally a few feet from the Strip, and you have a direct view north up the Strip. In addition, Mandalay Bay is the very last hotel on the South part of the Strip----this means you have a view looking north that includes every Strip hotel. So the rooms facing north in this wing have the very best and most complete view of the Strip.
On top of this wing is the Foundation Room which has an outdoor patio which provides absolutely incredible views. In fact you have seen this view many times. It's the one used to view the Strip that you see in most movies and TV shows.
Many of the newer hotels like Wynn, Cosmo, Aria and Mandarin Oriental have tried to design their hotels to include some rooms with better views of the Strip, but they are still limited by the angle of the building and their location on the Strip.
BTW: Mandalay Bay is an outstanding property, one of the best overall in Las Vegas. But the same reason that it has the best view is something some don't like about it. The fact that it is the last hotel on the Strip making it farther from the geographical center. But this is also factored into the rate, and Mandalay Bay is one of the better bargains in Las Vegas because of this.
If view is important take a look at a map of the Strip. And if you have questions about views available in a particular hotel, please feel free to ask in a seperate post.
ktinca is correct with his advice and info. MB and TI have the best all around view, with MB giving you the best view. Of the choices you listed, TI would give you the best view. Higher floor room facing the pool will give you a great view facing south.
As always, KT is spot on!
I had an awesome view at TI, it was a corner room where there were floor to ceiling windows from both sides. I want to say it was the 29th floor, if You choose TI ask for a corner room, for some reason I want to say it was Room 29050, but please don't hold me to that.
Definitely one of the best views that You have chosen for your hotel selections, but I haven't stayed at Bally's and too long ago to remember much about the MGM Grand. We stayed many moons ago in a Bungalow Suite which had a crappy view.
How far is the flamingo to the allure condo? Is it miles or blocks?