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Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

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Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

Hubby and I are looking to book our 4th trip to Vegas in May 2012 for our wedding anniversary and I am considering the idea of stay on Freemont instead of the strip……

We have stayed on the strip 3 of our previous trips (MGM, TI and Bellagio) and enjoyed the experience and buzz on the strip but I am curious to know what it’s like to stay on Freemont Street since on our visits to FS we haven’t stayed too long into the night.

What is it like during the day vs at night?

Which hotel to consider staying at?

Some general pros and cons?

Or should we just stay on the strip and plan a day at FS instead?

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1. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

IMO, Fremont Street is a lot of fun but mainly in the evenings with the music, street characters, and of course the light show. When I've stayed there the daytimes are kind of blah. If you're not going to take advantage of the gambling (generally lower minimums, some better table games rules), I'm not sure I'd recommend it.

Plus in May the pool will likely be a factor, and even the best pool downtown (at the Golden Nugget) is comparable with a mid-range pool at a Strip resort.

How many days are you coming for? If it's more than 5 or 6, one choice might be to split your stay; do one or two nights on Fremont, and the rest in a Strip resort.

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2. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

Based on the places you have stayed ...... I think the only downtown option would be the Golden Nugget.

We love downtown (to visit) and always wind up there at least one night during our trips. But, I can't imagine staying anywhere other than the Strip.

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3. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

We are looking to fly in on a Friday late afternoon/early evening and leave on the Monday same time so 3 nights and 4 days ~ one hotel would be our preference for this stay.

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4. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

Golden Nugget Rush Tower rooms are as nice as most Strip hotels. Not all, but most. Have fun casino hopping at all those 14 downtown casinos and enjoy your stay.

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5. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

Lots of pros and cons, but the main difference between Downtown and the Strip is that Downtown is a LOT less crowded! No long lines or crowds for pretty much anything......gambling, restaurants, buffets, hotel check-in, check-out, etc. But the Nugget is fast becoming like the Strip hotels in that respect though. Also, a lot of things are generally cheaper Downtown, such as gambling, hotel rates, eating, etc. So if you're looking to do nothing but gamble and eat and eat, then Downtown is great!! But if you want the glitz and glamour and hustle and bustle of the Strip, then Downtown isn't for you.

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6. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

I always stay DT. We do visit the strip during the day, but perfer to be DT at night. Love the close proximity from one casino to another, and like the more relaxed atmosphere.

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7. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

Main Street Station was a pleasant surprise when I stayed there a few years ago. I hear the new Plaza is nice too. But, I would recommend the Golden Nugget as my first choice.

I would stay on the strip and take cabs downtown. It is a fun atmosphere, but after one day, you'll be ready to be back on the strip.

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8. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

The Golden Nugget pool is rated in the top 10 hotel pools by AOL travel.

We had the same dilemma about where to stay, so after our first trip to LV, we decided to split our trip 4 nites on the strip, 3 downtown, always staying at GN, but staying at different hotels on the strip.

The one-time move midweek is not bad, and the trips are never the same. If the GN pool seems too crowded, reserve a chair ahead of time at the adult private pool.

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9. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

As others have said, the GN is in the class of hotels you are used to staying at. Rush rooms are great.

Fremont (only one "e") will be pretty quiet during the day, but turns into a large outdoor party after dark. Day time is the ideal time to check out all the casinos and restaurants downtown. It is also a much better place than the strip to focus on gambling (better rules and lower min's).

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10. Re: Staying on the Strip vs. Freemont?

I like the atmosphere of both downtown and the strip. Whenever possible, I like to book Fri.-Sun. downtown and Sun.-Fri. on the strip. I am a very low roller and find that my gambling $ lasts longer downtown.

I'm not a picky traveler; it's fun to sit at one of the outside patios downtown during the day, drinking a coffee or an alcoholic beverage and watching people go by on Fremont. I like to wander around in the various hotels and look everything over. There are many places downtown to try great food, and most choices are inexpensive. There are some good shows which are also inexpensive.

So if you are ready to try something different, give downtown a try. There's only one way to find out if you like staying downtown. :-)