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Another Newbie with Questions...

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Another Newbie with Questions...

DH and I are planning our first trip and I'm looking for some input on a few points.

We're going for our 10th anniversary which falls smack dab in the middle of fall quarter, so we either need to go before (first week in Sep) or after (second week in Dec.) DH loooves hot weather and is excited about pools. I am prone to heat stroke and and think laying out by the pool must be one of the circles of hell. But Dec seems like it will be quite chilly... Will I survive in September?

Hotels, currently my front runners are Vdara, Cosmo, and the Signature. I like the condo style room vs a basic hotel room. I need a fridge/micro/coffee maker. I've seen it mentioned that the kitchenette at Cosmo (terrace suite/one bedroom) doesn't allow you to use the fridge, true? That would be a deal breaker. Location wise I don't mind (in fact may prefer) being a bit of a walk from the strip IF the walk will be mostly air conditioned.

Spirit airlines? They are coming in much, much cheaper than every other airline (even w/all their fees) but their reviews are very scary. If one knows what they're signing up for is it possible to have a good experience? Or should I pony up the extra cash for Alaska or Southwest?

Thanks for your help :)

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1. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

First week in September will be hot, probably upper 90's or over 100 degrees possibly. That being said, I would much rather be there when it's hot than cold. But we like the pools as well.

I believe that Cosmo will let you use the fridge if you pay a fee ($25?) to have the mini bar cleaned out.

I reccomend Cosmo as the walk from the other two probably won't be very cool or air conditioned.

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2. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

Stay at Cosmo. Have your husband spring for a cabana at the pool. That way, you can get out of the sun,watch tv and cool off without actually leaving the pool area.

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3. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

If you want the kitchenette, blender, coffee maker, microwave, full size fridge, etc along with a serene setting that is only a few minutes from the so-called "action" book a one bedroom at the Signature. You can layout at any of the three quiet Signature pools or go to the MGM pool complex and get a cabana. The walk is one people movers and is air conditioned. The pool complex is actually closer to the Signature than many of the rooms in the MGM.

You can walk out the third tower at the Signature and be up on the strip via Harmon in little time. I also believe that one of the biggest myths around is how long the walk is from the Signature to the MGM or the strip. It is usually very exaggerated by people.

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4. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

Vegas in September is my preference like your husband. Its hot, but doable. The Signature has a couple of small pools that can be accessed just a short walk from the guest elevators--easy in easy out. Or you can also use the pool complex for the MGM Grand, very long walk but a nice collection of pools and cabanas. Vadara has a lovely pool area as well, but I skipped it entirely. I assume its pretty tranquil because the Vdara, like the Signature is a non-gaming hotel. Absolutely adored the hotel room there, nice kitchen area and even got a room with a spectacular view without requesting it (Bellagio fountain and Eifel Towe). The Signatue, if you like the condo style room is wonderful as well. My kids adored the penthouse suite, but for my money if its just the two of you, the Vdara would be my choice. Its mid strip location is convenient to lots of great places. The Signature, on the other hand, is quite a walk to the strip. From tower 2 to the strip via the MGM Grand is about 10 minutes and thats assuming you don't lose your way in the casino. Enjoy!

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5. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

I've been involved in a love-hate relationship with Spirit for many years now. They are okay to use.

For your first trip you might consider a classic hotel/casino experience such as Bellagio, or Caesar's. MGM has a ginormus pool complex. Mirage is fun, too.

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6. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

We went to Vegas the first week of September. It was hot but doable. Keep dehydrated and you'll be fine.

We have stayed at Cosmo and can recommend the hotel. We had an one bedroom terrace and loved the balcony and Japanese soaking tub overlooking the fountains and strip.

Good luck and happy planning!

Edited: 22 July 2012, 21:33
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7. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

Hi. We stayed at The Signature middle of June. Yes it was very hot then but ok. We were in Tower 3 but the walk is not that bad, and it has moving escalator things about 10 minutes from tower 3 to the strip and probably less when we worked out where we were going and probably 5 minutes via East Harmon Avenue. The room had everything we needed 2 ring cooker top,microwave, coffee maker, fridge, safe, bottle opener, cutlery, plates, pots and pans. I'm going to return there next year for my sons 21st.

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8. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

My suggerstion: Go with Southwest.

Spirit is notorious for "cheap" rates, but they charge for everything related to the flight until any anticipated savings end up being illusory.

Southwest allows two checked bags free with your ticket and you can still take on a carry-on bag.

Here are the current fees charged by Spirit Airlines (From their web site):

Domestic Intl. Eff. 11/02/12

Carry-On Bag $35 $35 $40

First Checked Bag $33 $38 $35

Second Checked Bag $40 $45 $45

Third, Fourth, Fifth Checked Bag $90 $95 $90

Spirit Assigned Seating at Check-In Free

Customer-Requested Seat Assignments / Deluxe Leather $1.00 to $50.00 per seat

Big Front Seats (In advance) $12.00 to $199.00 per seat

Big Front Seats (Onboard upgrades—depending on flight length) $25.00 to $75.00 per seat

Reservations Booking Fee – except Colombia $10.00 per customer, per booking

Package Booking Fee – for package bookings purchased via Reservations $10.00 per customer, per booking

Group Booking Fee $5.00 per customer, per booking

Colombia Administrative Fee – sold via Reservations and Airports - fee applied depends on amount of per-customer base fare $15.00 to $95.00 per customer, per booking

Revenue Standby Fee $25.00 per customer, each way

Passenger Usage Fee – Domestic Flights $8.99 to $16.99 per customer, each way

Passenger Usage Fee – International Flights (Includes PR and USVI) $8.99 to $16.99 per customer, each way

Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee $2.00 per customer, each way

Charge for Airport Agents printing Boarding Passes (Fee starts 24 January 2012) $5.00 per boarding pass printed

Charge for printing Boarding Passes at Kiosk (Fee starts 31 October 2012) $2.00 per boarding pass printed

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9. Re: Another Newbie with Questions...

Not sure why you are choosing Vegas. It is hot and most first time visitors would get a better feel for Vegas by staying in a casino hotel. The lack of a fridge, micro or coffee maker should not be a factor. The hotels do not want you to spend a lot of time in your room and most people who come to Vegas are just fine with that. Go with the flow. JMO.

Edited: 23 July 2012, 17:43
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