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First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

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First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

I am thinking about going to Vegas in August. I would really like to chill out during the day and walk down the strip later in the afteroon/evening. Chill out for me means do nothing and lay int he sun at the hotel's pool...but I am worried about the very hot weather of August. Is it possible to stay out in the sun or is really too hot? is there any shade available at one of the hotels' pools? I read many hotels offer cabanas but I checked a few and they are very expensive...are they really worth it? Besides, I don't want a party pool, just a realxing one...I read Four seasons is like that, accesible only to guests, but it's too far away from the centre of the Strip (I don't want to catch buses or other). I read Wynn has a reserved pool for Tower Suites guests which seems interesting. What other hotel would offer me what I am looking for? What about Mandarin Oriental? any other hotel offering reserved pools? I don't mind paying for more if it's worth it.

Hope I get your advices soon! :-)

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1. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

I'm sure you will get plenty of advice here and probably directed to he search function of the forum for specific questions that have been asked and answered many times.

I have gone to LV in August a number of times because I like going when it's hot. How hot in August, you say? Well, daytime temps will exceed 100 degrees plus. I have been there in August when it has been 115. Everyone has their own heat tolerance...I'm sure you know yours.

My experience is to do the pool in the morning...for me it would be hard to do all day. Most pools will ave some shade and again getting to the pool early will likley allow you to find a spot that would ahve some shade.

Walking around LV in the afternoon sun is doable moving from casino to casino (air conditioned) just remember to drink a lot of water...there are always folks selling water onthe strip so it's not hard to find.

Like I said I really like going in August, but I know it's not for everyone...

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2. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

It's going to be hotter than you can imagine or any of our words can convey. Too hot for us to use the pool, but in the morning if you are lucky it will only be in the 90's.

Nothing equals the pool experience of Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental, but for a 1st visit I recommend staying at a full service hotel/casino. After all that is why you chose Las Vegas instead of another destination.

The Wynn Tower Suites, although not as quiet or serene as Four Seasons, will be a nice compromise. And it is also an excellent hotel. If it is within your budget I recommend it. If not check Venetian/Palazzo.

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3. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

I'm from southeast Texas, so "hot" is a relative term. The first time I went to Vegas was in August and it is definitely hot even by my standards, but not unbearable. I enjoyed time at the pool--but needed to find shade from the sun periodically. If you get a hotel with a great pool that has plenty of places to sit, shade, and maybe even a nice bar to relax in the shade, you'll be fine. I loved the pool at the Wynn--there was shade if I wanted it, the bar had plenty of shaded areas to sit. Also MGM had options like this too. Stayed at TI in August and don't remember finding any shade there. The cabanas of course have shade and also nice fans with misters to keep you cool. If you have the budget--a cabana would be a great way to spend time by the pool during the day.

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We have been to Vegas in July or August numerous times. Temperatures usually 105+. The first day is usually the hardest getting used to the heat.

My suggestion is to go out and explore the strip early in the AM - it will be cooler and less crowded. We will stop in the casinos along the way and put a few $$$ in a machine or on a table game. Ask for a bottle of water from the waitress. Carry that bottle around with you as you walk the strip - refilling it as needed.

We are not people who lounge around a pool while on vacation (we can do that near home, no need to use our precious Vegas time for that). However, if you do want to go to the pool, I would suggest doing that in the afternoon so you can cool off in the water. I also recommend using the afternoon time to do your gambling where you can stay in the AC.

After dark is also another decent time to explore the strip. It will be much more crowded than during the morning, so you will have a different experience.

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" Chill out for me means do nothing and lay int he sun at the hotel's pool...but I am worried about the very hot weather of August. Is it possible to stay out in the sun or is really too hot? "

It is not possible to stay out in the Sun all day without some shade and going in the pool many times for a dip, you better have a high sun shade on or you will burn to a crisp. I am of Italian decent so Im a bit more on the darker side, I usually sit by my pool June and July so when Im ready for LV in August Im pretty much use to the sun and usually dont burn, but even I cant stay all day without some shade or jumping into the pool every so often.

" is there any shade available at one of the hotels' pools? I read many hotels offer cabanas but I checked a few and they are very expensive...are they really worth it?"

Many Hotels do Have some form of shade, IMO Cabanas are not worth it, others love them.

" Besides, I don't want a party pool, just a realxing one...I read Four seasons is like that, accesible only to guests, but it's too far away from the centre of the Strip (I don't want to catch buses or other). "

While 4 seasons is a relaxing pool its not much to look at, plus your right the place is too far removed from the action

Pictues of the 4 seasons pools.

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Other Nice hotels that you might want to consider in the heart of all the action that have nice pools.

Caesars

Bellagio

Mirage

Venetain while not as nice as the others its still very decent.

Wynn and Palazzo a bit north on the strip but mice pools.

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6. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

Wow! thanks all for your replies, very helpful!

105+ F is 45+ Celsius!!! unbelievable!

Althought humidity makes a difference...I am guessing LV is quite dry, correct?

Regarding the pool experience at Mandarin Oriental, in what way is it a pool experience? I see the MO pools are quite small (only 2 pools on roof?) and I wouldn't like to be at a crowded pool.

I like Bellagio and Caesar's pools, but seem accessible to everybody, no reserved pools.

other hotel offering reserved pools apart from Wynn?

Venetian seem to have ugly rooms...? or maybe that's just certain rooms or tower?

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7. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "reserved pools," but pretty much all pools in Vegas are only open to hotel guests. Usually they either have someone checking room keys or have a lock that opens with your room key. Caesars is sort of an exception to this, as I believe that their pool is open to guests at any Harrah's property, and that's a lot of people. If you mean a more exclusive premium pool that's only open to certain hotel guests, that's a different story.

Pools may not be that crowded anyway, as August is a slow month and it will be too hot for many people to lay by the pool.

I was there last July and enjoyed it, it's too hot to lay out all day, but an hour or two is nice. It's so hot that you don't have to dry yourself, you'll air dry in about 5 minutes. I stayed downtown, which is a nice place to be in the summer because the canopy shades the street.

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8. Re: First time Las Vegas: need advice on pool, weather, etc.!

Padme35, you're correct, to us Brits Las Vegas has a dry heat, at over 100 degrees it is hot, hot, hot but you do not perspire, at least my wife and I don't, we love it.

I'm thinking that perhaps MGM might be the sort of hotel that your looking for, I've never stayed there but I have been told that their pool area is fabulous with plenty of shaded areas to escape the sun if you find it to hot, perhaps someone who has stayed there can confirm it.

When the Temps are up in the 100's my wife and I spend a few early morning hours by the pool and then towards lunchtime we stroll out through a few of the hotels/casinos/shops to keep cool, we will then have a couple of cold beers with our lunch in one of the restaurants before returning to the pool for a few more hours of sunshine.

Good luck with your search.

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Forgot to mention that the monorail starts at the mgm so you can easily get yourself down to the other hotels in no time at all.

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My biggest suggestion is cheap flip flops that you can leave near the edge of the pool so you don't burn your feet. 2 of my trips were in July/August when it was around 105. I didnt like Mandalay beach too much when it was that hot, because even in flip flops, the sand would come over your feet and burn. I really liked MGM Grand with the lazy river, it had lots of shady spots, and a nice breeze. Dry heat or not, HOT IS HOT! Have fun!