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Downtown or The Strip

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Downtown or The Strip

My wife and I will be spending five nights in Vegas. We don't care about luxury, we just want a nice, clean and quiet room. We will not spend a dollar on gambling, but we like to walk around the casinos and watch people gamble.

We also like to walk around downtowns. We plan to go to shows, see the Hoover Dam, and other outdoor attractions. Of course we will have a rental car.

For our first trip to Vegas, which would you suggest? Also, a pool would be nice.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Downtown or The Strip

What month are you going? This is important if you are after a pool

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2. Re: Downtown or The Strip

What month are you travelling?

Edited: 03 January 2014, 23:29
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June.

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Since you don't really care about luxury, but its your first trip and you want to see the sights, I'd look at Ballys. It's a central location on the strip, not as expensive as many other strip properties and although their pool isn't fancy, I have always liked it. This would allow you to roam the strip to see all of the spectacular resort design and architecture. You can do downtown LV (Fremont Street) in a day or less, so for a first visit, for a non-gambler, I'd try to be on the strip as opposed to downtown or off strip, even though those hotels would be somewhat cheaper perhaps.

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Bally's is not a bad choice. If you are willing to spend a bit more, Mirage is a good choice. Mirage has a bigger and nicer pool area and more dining choices. The Forum shops are right next door, dining choices there, too.

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Any of the decent Strip resorts should do you fine. Definitely stay on the Strip for your first visit. Visit downtown for an afternoon and evening, but stay on the Strip. The Strip is where all the great resorts are, which you need to check out. Everything from the canals of Venice, the conservatory at Bellagio, the Mirage volcano, the dancing fountains, the Caesars statue show, ... Although I prefer the FSE (downtown) tot he Strip, as first time tourists, the Strip is where you should spend 80% of your time.

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7. Re: Downtown or The Strip

I concur re Ballys or Mirage...

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8. Re: Downtown or The Strip

As good as Downtown is, you're definitely better off staying on the Strip since it's your first time to Vegas. Also, pretty much all the hotels Downtown don't have much of a pool, except the Nugget.

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9. Re: Downtown or The Strip

If you are interested in seeing a lot of hotels, then you probably want to stay on the strip. I've stayed in both locations and find that there is more for visitors to do on the strip. If you just want to relax and not gamble, downtown is fine, especially in June. Stay at a place like the Golden Nugget downtown for a great pool experience and moderately priced room. On the strip, there are more options for great hotels and casino browsing.

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10. Re: Downtown or The Strip

To get the full Vegas experience on your first trip you have to stay on the Strip (and choose a property mid-strip). Downtown is worth a visit so spend an evening there and have a nice dinner, watch the overhead light and sound show and check out the casinos.