In May I am making my first trip to Vegas. I look forward to walking around taking in the sights of the strip and the Freemont experience, visiting the neon and pinball museums and hiking outside of town. However, even after reading many reviews and forum answers on TA, I still cannot figure out where to stay.
I am in my 40s and value a good night's sleep. Hotel pool, clubs and casino do not matter to me at all. I read a New York Times travel article mentioning a stay in the cabana rooms at El Cortez downtown, checked it out and for $35 a night, I was pretty much sold. Then I mentioned my trip to friends and got inundated with hotel recommendations. Of those I narrowed it down to The Encore (based on high hotel rating and 30% off early booking making it just affordable for my visit) or the Cosmopolitan (I do like the idea of sitting on a balcony admiring a great view). So I can afford those places, but it is a fair chunk of change for me. Would I be better off staying downtown and driving the rental car to the strip for the two days of sightseeing I plan to do there or will I miss out by not being near most of the action? Any thoughts?