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help choosing hotel please!

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help choosing hotel please!

I keep reading conflicting reviews and advice on which hotels to pick. Our first trip to Vegas is coming up in February and we need help choosing a hotel that is conveniently located on the strip and within budget.

There will be four of us going, my grandmother(70) my parents (50's) and myself (mid-twenties). Hotels in our budget would be Excalibur, luxer, stratosphere, flamingo. We need three rooms in a hotel with a good casino, food options and walking distance to the landmark places, like the Bellagio fountains etc

Any help would be greatly appreciated please!

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1. Re: help choosing hotel please!

It sounds like Flamingo would work best of your choices. Although you aren't seeing the best rates yet for February. Because of tthis you might be able to move up slightly when more discounts are available. If so I would take a look at Monte Carlo or Treasure Island.

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2. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Stratosphere is not within walking distance to anything. So rule that one out. Luxor and Excalibur are further down the opposite end of the strip, not terrible, but as far as location goes, the Flamingo is the most centrally located.

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3. Re: help choosing hotel please!

smartervegas.com/hotels/harrahs/promotionalc…

From your list, I would eliminate all except Flamingo based on location. Add Harrah's and Bally's. You may

get February rates by clicking on above and then click on calendar arrows. Flamingo has rooms starting at $41 and Harrah's has rooms starting at $55. Bally's rooms are a bit higher but, IMO, is the best of the three.

To get the February rates you must book according to instructions. Mostly by December.

Edited: 04 October 2013, 16:58
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4. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Ballys , Harrahs and the Flamingo would be my recommendations in that order , there will be promo codes on smartervegas.com but you will probably get the best price less than 6 weeks before you go , by all means book something cancellable before that , it is usually best to book direct with the hotel but sometimes you can find good deals via trivago , lowcostusa.co.uk and thomascook.com. Be advised that almost all hotels will charge a resort fee of about $20 to $30 extra a night.

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5. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Stratosphere isn't even on the strip, despite being on LV Blvd. Its not near anything else.

Luxor and Excal are on the south end, and are near a bunch of others. But aren't near the fountains.

Flamingo is dead center strip and very close to the fountains. Like all Caesars casinos, I think its mediocre. But its good sized with lots of games and slots. So, if getting the highest payouts and best table game rules isn't essential (not that any casino on the strip is great), its fine. You also have numerous others very close by. That would be my choice of those, given your location requirement.

I have stayed at all those except Excal. Stratosphere is the nicest, then Luxor, then Flamingo. But even the Flamingo is a pretty nice place. Bally's is very near Flamingo, closer to Bellagio and nicer, if that works for your budget.

If you're reading reviews do keep in mind these are all some of the lower end hotels on the strip. All are going to have some negative reviews. Especially from people who expect something like Bellagio or Wynn but only want to pay Flamingo prices. But if you dropped any of this into most locations they would be the nicest places around.

I strongly recommend renting grandma a scooter. They're readily available, commonly used and will make the visit much easier. "Walking distance" in Vegas is very relative. Its not uncommon for there to be a quarter mile walk from your room out to the strip. Flamingo is pretty good in this regard. Bally's less so.

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6. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Drop Stratosphere--not walkable to any other strip casinos.

Luxor would be last due to far south location on strip, & Excalibur is next to it, so south end.

Flamingo is almost in the center of the strip, so perfect fit! It is a serviceable hotel, with easy strip access.

Wheatie's suggestion to rent a scooter may or may not be appropriate. My mother is 69 & her sister is 86 & they walk all over the strip! BUT they do prefer center strip location & both would say Flamingo is the only choice on your list.

For ANY first timer I suggest center strip, so go with Flamingo.

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7. Re: help choosing hotel please!

The Stratosphere isnt really on what people regularly call ''the strip'' which runs from Mandalay Bay / Luxor down the south end to The Wynn / Encore at the North End. The Stratosphere is way past this and is not within walking distance of anything you will want to see. The Luxor and Excaliber are next to one another at the bottom end and are not among my favourite hotels to visit. In fact I rarely set foot in either. If those are the only hotels under discussion then I too would definitely opt for The Flamingo. The Go Room with a view of the Bellagio Fountains is actually a lovely room with a great view.

As Ktinca says above though, nearer the time you might get maybe Monte Carlo or The Mirage within your budget which are both definitely upgrades on the hotels you mentioned.

Edited: 04 October 2013, 17:18
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8. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Flamingo will be your best choice. It's really easy to get to the strip. Bally's is nicer, but it's a hike to the strip since the moving sidewalk from the hotel to the strip is moving no more. Mirage is nice too, but it's higher priced. I would like to stay there myself, but the price is always higher than I want to pay. GO rooms are the best at the Flamingo, most of the FAB rooms are decent, rooms themselves have been upgraded but the bathrooms have not. Some of these bathrooms could use an upgrade. Our rooms have always been clean, however. Just avoid the pet friendly rooms at the Flamingo, they are nasty with beat up carpet and furniture

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9. Re: help choosing hotel please!

I would also recommend keeping a close eye on rates, and if the rates become more reasonable, consider Monte Carlo as there is a easy tram to the bellagio and the location is the best value property. And if you can spend a little more, upgrade to the Mirage. I would agree that Harrahs and Ballys are worth the extra money from ther other properties on your list. If you dont visit vegas often i would try to experience the best hotel you can affort. I vote Mirage or Monte Carlo if budget allows it.

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10. Re: help choosing hotel please!

Kbunde you are right. My suggestion of the scooter may be inappropriate. I mention that because the OP mentioned "walking distance" as a factor in the choice. The scale of Vegas is so large that its hard to grasp until you've experienced it. On our first visit we stayed at Golden Nugget (south tower) and Bellagio (spa tower) and both rooms were a quarter mile from the front of the hotel. I was so surprised by the size I ended up pacing off the distance.