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hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

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hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Just read through a whole thread of suggestions for hotel choice for girls looking to "party." You were all so helpful. Almost made me want to be young again! Can you give me advice for the opposite?

After a week of roaming the desert (Death Valley, Mojave Preserve, Joshua Tree NP) and before flying home, my husband and I will take 2 nights in early November to check out all the flash and spectacle that is Las Vegas, but honestly, the older we get, the less patience we have for crowds, noise, and drunks! We don't really gamble much either. I do love to eat, so definitely looking forward to a few buffets. And I imagine we'll spend our one full day walking the Strip from one end to the other, just to look at all the hotels. The last time we were there, the Mandalay was being built (when was that, the '90s?) so we've never seen Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, etc.

We're looking for VALUE. I don't think we can afford top of the line, but I'd like to stay somewhere nice (possible for under $150/night?). Might use the pool if it had a jacuzzi too, but might not find the time. Should we even think about staying on the Strip, or since we'll have a rental car and the hotels have free parking, would we be happier downtown or even farther out?

And please tell me favorite buffets for breakfast and dinner. Are they still as crowded as before? What's the average wait time to get in to eat?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

You might be better off with a non gaming hotel like Signature, Trump, Vdara, etc Depending when you go you may find one of them near your price range. If not, then possibly something further yet from the strip

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2. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Sounds like you want a non-casino hotel on the strip, My advice check out the Carriage House on harmon street, or the Desert Rose resort behind hooters.

Off strip still on LasVegas Blvd 4 miles south of airport is Grandview at LasVegas, nice quiet, and adjacent to South Point which has a lot of choice for eats.

Edited: 08 August 2012, 03:44
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3. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

check out www.smartervegas for deals.. I agree with cbub you probably will be happy with Vdara or Trump. As for buffets, we don't really do them as there are so many other options out there, just do a search in the "search" button for cheap eats and you will find an abundant of info !! Have fun and enjoy !

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4. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

I would suggest Red Rock Casino - its not on the strip, so its quieter. There is a parking garage right by the hotel entrance (free). Red Rock Casino is nice as there are movie theaters, bowling, bingo hall, gambling, good restaurants that are reasonably priced; buffet that is good (but also reasonable price). And if you use the freeway or expressway a short drive to the casino area....20 minutes (drove it several times in June). its close to Red Rock Canyon so you could see that too - and it fits more into the rest of your vacation.....The rooms are very nice (large; beds are comfortable, and large size bathroom/shower. Swimming area is divine - bar service; several pools and jacuzzis (and although can get busy not a rowdy pool scene like some of the other hotels).

Whatever you decide you';ll have fun.. But did want to recommend this place.



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6. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Thanks for your quick replies. I'll check them out. Suggestions for favorite buffets?

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7. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

My favorite buffet is still at the Bellagio although the one at the Mirage has always been nice. We haven't visited either place recently though.

The suggestion of Red Rock Casino is a good one although you will have to drive to the Strip and park at one of the resorts. Parking is free at almost all of them.

Our favorite place to stay on the Strip is still the Flamingo because of price and location. You might like it but do NOT eat at their buffet!

Hope you have a great trip!

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8. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Wynn or Encore might be a good option for you. Encore is the quieter of the two with a very small casino. The Wynn has one of the best buffets in Vegas, so you'd have easy access to it if staying at Encore.

It sounds like you have interest in exploring the Strip, but don't want to stay in the heart of it. Wynn/ Encore, while still being on the Strip, is far enough North that you avoid the serious crowds that are found mid Strip. You'll be very close to Venetian / Palazzo too.

As mentioned by jdmss, check out www.smartervegas.com to find promo codes for good hotel rates. Without a promo code, you definitely won't find "good value" in the regular room rates for Wynn / Encore.

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9. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Sure you want Vegas? Cranky + non gamblers = party poopers.

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10. Re: hotel choice for cranky non-gamblers?

Here are some of the buffets I like:

Planet Hollywood



Main street station (down town)