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My Vegas Trilogy

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My Vegas Trilogy

I've read some people book more than one trip to Vegas before leaving for the first one, that way it is "easier" to leave because you already know when the next trip is. Well, that's exactly what I'm doing right now, I'm planning not two, but three trips for the rest of 2014, and it is worth noting that I've never been to Vegas.

So my first trip will be with family in late June, and we are planning it around a Cirque show, most likely Zarkana because Travelzoo has tickets 50% off! This trip won't involve much drinking, gambling, or clubbing, just the show, a fancy dinner, sightseeing, shopping, etc. We might stay at Aria for 2 nights because they have pretty good rates for those dates and Zarkana is there so it is very convenient.

My second trip will be with a group of friends in late August. We already booked a queen suite at THEhotel for 3 nights and we are very excited about it. This trip will obviously be very different, drinking (responsibly), clubbing, a little bit of gambling just to try it, pool parties, and the likes.

For the third one I'm going with another group of friends, but we don't have much planned yet. All we know is that we are doing it sometime during the Fall 2014 semester, probably November. We might just take a tour from San Diego and stay in Vegas for 2 nights: www.sandiegoexperiences.com/las-vegas-trip it is affordable and convenient since nobody has to drive. Although, I'll try to find something for a similar price since I would like to stay at a better place than Excalibur, not that I can't take it, but to be honest I do like nice hotels; even Luxor is slightly better than Excalibur right? And since these are MGM properties their weekends rates are more expensive, so I'm also considering Treasure Island.

I do have one question for you, when you go to Vegas, do you like to try new hotels or do you stick to your favorite one?

I must say one of the perks of living in Southern California is that Vegas is just a quick drive away; with the money I save in plane tickets I can afford multiple trips!

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It will be a lot easier for you to plan the later trips after you have been to Vegas. You will have a better idea of what section of the Strip you might prefer, and what level of luxury/economy you want to experience. But most importantly, you will understand the scope of Las Vegas. This is something we can not convey with mere words. It has to be experienced to be understood.

So in your case I would recommend possibly booking flights, but leaving hotel and entertainment choices until after your 1st visit.

"I do have one question for you, when you go to Vegas, do you like to try new hotels or do you stick to your favorite one?"

It's pretty rare that we get to experience a new hotel. We've been to most of them on the Strip, at least those that interest us. The last new experiences for us were Aria and Mandarin Oriental, for obvious reasons, and TI. Most of our trips are Spring or Fall, and TI doesn't have much of a pool so we've never stayed there. But in Dec 2011 we got the chance to experience TI for the first time on a rare Winter visit, and were quite pleased.

So for us it is a matter of choosing the hotel that will provide the best experience for that particular trip. Of course, also taking rates and more importantly value into account.

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We do like to try new hotels, but now that we are so often comped we fall into favorites--location, cleanliness & safety are musts, large rooms are nice.

You could book a room for the third trip now, refundable, and change if you feel the need to do so after your first (or second) visit--you may find good offers show up after those trips, depending on gambling/spending (charge it to your room!)

Yes, Luxor is considered a small step up from Excalibur, but the location isn't as good although they are connected by a tram. NYNY & Monte Carlo are the next step up in MLife properties from Excal/Luxor & they are much nicer in amenities & location, imo.

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I tend to go where I'm comped. For me that is any of the Boyd properties and Rio, and Harrahs.

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You're right about that Cali to Vegas advantage. Airfare is a killer!

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Having been to Vegas so many times - it's easier to pick where we want to be because we're so familiar with many properties and areas around each place... with that said, I don't think you can go wrong with a few faves such as Bellagio for location and property, Cosmo (again location), Planet Hollywood, Venetian, ect... these are usually in the center of it all and are close to so much within walking distance you'd have tons of options for clubbing, eating, shopping, etc.

I'd recommend for your next stays to try out new places each time - it will really allow you to see more and different things - making each trip a newer experience. I just got a great offer from Travelzoo for $79 at Vdara for Sun - Thurs stays through September. This hotel is pretty popular here (we haven't stayed there yet - we will in a few weeks) but it doesn't have a casino in it although it's directly connected to places that do. I don't think you can go wrong with trying new places - of course, unless you get comped after your first visit and then that's a no brainer... show some love to the slots, make sure you sign up for player cards to use when you play - and you're pretty much guaranteed a return offer down the road.

Have a great time!

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Thanks for sharing your experiences!

I was also wondering, does anybody else like Vegas for the architecture and immensity of the mega resorts? I just think it's impressive how everything is built, they put so much detail into it! In what other place are you going to find a Pyramid, a Castle, New York, Paris, Venetia, etc. All together? For me, that's one of the reasons I want to go to Vegas.

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