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Too many high-end hotel rooms?

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La Jolla, California
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Too many high-end hotel rooms?

I often hear, both in the media and on this board, how there is a market saturation with respect to 4- and 5-star hotel rooms on the strip, and how the last thing we need is more ultra-nice hotels to open up.

I get why this is a problem for the companies opening the hotels...but why would anyone on this board ever want to see fewer hotel rooms open? To me, the more that the Arias and Cosmos of the world open when they aren't needed, then the lower the rates I get everywhere else! What's not to love?

Park Forest...
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1. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

Uhh, did you hear about the Sahara? It doesn't do any good for the low end traveler if we have another rash of closures like we did when the 'Dust, the Ho and the New Frontier all closed in a short period of time. It also hurts downtown because they can't go much lower.

Connecticut
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2. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

IMO, some folks are intimidated by fancy hotels. They assume staff are "snooty and pretentious" because they frown on guests wheeling in cases of beer and Pepsi while sporting their gardening sneakers/tennis shoes, stained t-shirts, comfy shorts, and baseball caps. Many feel more at home in a smokey, sticky casino, enjoying a basic room for just a few hours a night to sleep and shower. Even if the price was comparable they'd still like the plain Jane property--all about ones comfort zone. It's nice that in LV there is something for everyone.

Dallas, Texas
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I agree about comfort zone. We have stayed at high end, low end and middle. I have after all these trips, realized I like the middle best of all. That's where we feel the most comfort of what we are looking for.

Boston
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" IMO, some folks are intimidated by fancy hotels. They assume staff are "snooty and pretentious" because they frown on guests wheeling in cases of beer and Pepsi while sporting their gardening sneakers/tennis shoes, stained t-shirts, comfy shorts, and baseball caps"

Top hotels did this to themselves, if they don’t like this type of clientele they should not have lowered there rates as to making it affordable to every Joe six pack, but we know they had no choice if they wanted to compete against the IP's and the Bills type of establishments, so opening there doors to the masses at cheap rates was the way to go, what these hotels have to do is slowly eat away at the low end hotels until they go out of business. Once this is done then maybe LV can get there room rates in order.

Connecticut
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"Top hotels did this to themselves, if they don’t like this type of clientele they should not have lowered there rates as to making it affordable to every Joe six pack, but we know they had no choice if they wanted to compete against the IP's and the Bills type of establishments, so opening there doors to the masses at cheap rates was the way to go, what these hotels have to do is slowly eat away at the low end hotels until they go out of business. Once this is done then maybe LV can get there room rates in order."

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Many a "Joe six pack" (or wife Jane) can AFFORD to stay anywhere they want, at any price, even without the incentives presently given out by the high-end hotels. Maybe Joe and Jane don't choose to stay in high end places because they are not comfortable, as I said previously. Why pay for a crystal crusted toilet seat at any price if that's not in your comfort zone?

Eugene, Oregon
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6. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

I think a crystal crusted toilet seat would be in my UNcomfort zone :)

Maryland
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7. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

I don't like any kind of crust on my toilet seats.

Connecticut
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8. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

So... I guess you're not JLo?

Vermont
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9. Re: Too many high-end hotel rooms?

It's a problem because a property like Aria can't sustain itself on an Imperial Palace income.

They have significant expenses and significant debt. If they can only get $99/night for rooms and if the restaurants aren't filled and people aren't buying Tiffany rings, these fancy places can't keep their doors open and we end up with more huge vacant buildings on the strip.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the inexpensive luxury rooms and the cheap show tickets.

Hotlando, Fl
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The biggest problem I've had with these higher end mega resorts is the implosians of the previous properties. Vegas just isn't Vegas anymore. This is one of the reasons I stay downtown 95% of the time and the other 5% in off strip properties.