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First Trip to Vegas

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First Trip to Vegas

Going in early December for the first time. Looking to stay center strip. Is it worth paying a little extra to stay at Mirage or Treasure Island or would you recommend Flamingo, Quad, Casino Royal, or Harrah's at cheaper rates. ANy recommendations/rankings are greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: First Trip to Vegas

Immediately drop Quad & Casino Royal, from your list. Since the pool won't be an issue in December, I'd lean toward Harrah's or Flamingo simply to save a few bucks. But if Mirage is in your price range that's the place to be.

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"Is it worth paying a little extra to stay at Mirage or Treasure Island or would you recommend Flamingo, Quad, Casino Royal, or Harrah's at cheaper rates."

Everybody's tastes and standards are different but you're unlikely to be spending a lot of time in your room so Flamingo would be ok but in my opinion the Mirage is a better standard.

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Since December is not pool weather, I would stay at Harrah's. Great location for fun on the strip. A warmer time of year I 'd choose the Mirage.

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Only you can decide what level of hotel you're happy with. Harrahs is just fine for me, as it's a decent sized room with modern enough amenities and I'm only spending 6 hrs a day in the room. I also enjoy Toby Keith's and KGB Burger at Harrahs, along with Carnival Court, their dueling piano bar, and their food court outside.

Out of your list, The Quad, Casino Royale, and Flamingo would all be ranked lower than Harrahs.

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5. Re: First Trip to Vegas

First time visit? I would pay extra for Mirage, or TI. Are you using discount promo codes in order to find better rates?

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My rankings- for a first visit.

Flamingo- yes, not the best hotel but the best location. Easy access to Caesars and Bellagio, dead center of the strip. DO NOT enter this hotel with your car from LV Blvd, use Flamingo road to Audrie St entrance for both valet and self-park. Underrated buffet and 24 hour restaurant, as well as Center Cut steakhouse. Downside- current messy construction next door at the old Bill's. Small sports book.

Mirage- a better property with better rooms than Flamingo, but usually pricier, and more removed back from LasVegas Blvd. Very nice large layout of casino and shoppes. 24 hour Carnegie Deli closed for renovations. Generally pretty weak dining options for a great hotel like this. Nice, large rooms with lots of options on size and amenities. Tramway link to Treasure Island, convenient walk to Venetian/Palazzo. Famous and fabulous sports book and poker room.

3rd tie- Treasure Island /Harrahs- what Treasure Island has for nicer amenities and size is balanced by Harrahs better location to the center of the strip. TI is home to Mystere, the original Cirque show, and several decent restaurants. Harrahs has lower dining appeal, but does have Flavors buffet, very good for breakfast, and KGB Burgers, a great underrated burger stop operated by Kerry Simon, Iron Chef winner. Harrahs mini-suites are a pretty good bang for the buck, we have used them a few times albeit with our comps and a few $'s of upgrade. TI rooms from what I have seen are very nice, but we have never stayed overnight, just visited friends. I have to think anything owned by Phil Ruffin would not ever get too shopworn.

5th place- Quad- nice, bright, new and airy casino, completely renovated in the last 18 months. Certainly worth the visit and walkthru from Flamingo to Harrahs- in fact they would prefer you do that now instead of walking in front on LVB. But, the rooms and other areas have not been touched yet, and reviews sound more like CSi episodes than appealing accommodations.

Last Place- Casino Royale. no explanation needed. Its not Vegas, man. Its just a place waiting to be bought out

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7. Re: First Trip to Vegas

If staying closer to the center of the strip is most important to you, then you should choose Flamingo or Harrah's. If having a nicer hotel room is more important to you, then you should choose the Mirage or Treasure Island (but Mirage first).

I cringe to think of what the rooms at the Casino Royale would be like - I doubt that they would be a good choice for a first time visitor.

If it were me I'd pick the Mirage, no question.

Look on www.smartervegas.com for promo codes.

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I would choose Mirage.

If you would like to save a few bucks and decor isn't an issue, Harrah's and Flamingo are fine.

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If on a budget I'd definitely give Harrahs a try.

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10. Re: First Trip to Vegas

For a first visit, I would definetly spend the extra few bucks and stay at the Mirage.