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First Trip-Question

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Hello,

My husband and I are going to Vegas for the first time in a couple of weeks. We are going for work, so we have no choice of where we stay, and will have to be to work every morning by 8am, but are wondering the best way to get around. We are staying at the Hard Rock, Sunday-Thursday. We are done working by 4pm every afternoon, and are wondering what are some of the best places to gamble (very amateur), good places to eat, drink, etc. I have been scouring the forum, but there is so much information I am not sure where to start. Thanks!

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1. Re: First Trip-Question

Vegas had a ridiculous supply of quality restaurants to choose from. Let's start by asking what type of fare do you like and what is your price range?

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2. Re: First Trip-Question

From the Hard Rock you're easiest option to the Strip will be a cab. There are bus options as well, if that is more in keeping with your budget.

Most casinos are the same, in terms of game selection, so you might want to schedule your gambling around the sights you want to see. Most first timers want to see Bellagio for the fountains and conservatory, Caesars for the Forum Shops and Venetian for its elaborate ceilings and canals.

I would take some time to just wander and see what you stumble upon. Trust me, the sights of Vegas and the casinos will happily find you.

As for food and drinks, what kind of budget and environment and food type appeals to you?

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3. Re: First Trip-Question

First suggestion: Learn to use subject headings that will tell us what your post is about. And post multiple posts asking about your various issues. For example, people who are "experts" with the Hard Rock would be more likely to open a post that is labeled "Questions About Hard Rock." "Cheap Eats On The Strip" might get other people to respond. etc.

Hard Rock would not be my first choice for your first visit, because it is off-Strip. The Hard Rock is located about one mile east of the Strip. As first-timers, you are going to walk up and down the Strip and check out all the major casinos. Starting a mile off-Strip is a disadvantage. Will you walk it? For some people, walking an extra two miles (one mile each way) is not a big deal, but we are talking about doing it in 100 + heat.

I am not sure if there is a bus that goes down Harmon from Hard Rock to the Strip, or if the Hard Rock has a shuttle service. If someone on the Forum knows, they might chime in. Otherwise, check that out with the Front Desk when you check in.

Walk or cab or bus to the Strip. Head south. Check out MGM, NYNY. Walk back north. If you are done for the day, fine. Otherwise, keep going north. Go into Cosmo and gawk at everything. Check out the Fountains at Bellagio. Go inside Bellagio and see the Conservatory and the lobby. Then, go to Ceasars and the Forum Shops and the moving statues. Basically, you should check out these five casinos (MGM, NYNY, Cosmo, Bellagio and Ceasars), plus the Venetian, and the Mirage volcano. To me, those are the must-sees.

I have nothing against Planet Hollywood, Flamingo, Mandalay Bay, etc., etc., but they are not on my personal list of must-sees. Those are simply fill-ins if you have time.

With your schedule, I do not know if you will have time for shows or clubs or ... And you have not told me anything about what you like, what you are looking for, etc. Keep reading the posts and you will learn a lot!

Have a great working vacation.

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4. Re: First Trip-Question

- what are some of the best places to gamble (very amateur). Every casino essentially provides the same gaming opportunities. You will find plenty at Hard Rock Hotel. Note that the minimum for table games (black jack, craps, etc) is usually higher in the evening. Also, the busier and classier the casino, the higher the minimum. This does not apply to slot machines, though as the cost per spin does not change during the day/evening. When you gamble, you have access to free drinks from the cocktail waitresses. Ask you heart away as to what you want to drink (gin tonic, long island ice tea, vodka OJ, whatever). Just tip the waitress once she brings the drinks.

- good places to eat, drink. A great spot is the Cut of the Week at Charlie Palmer (Four Seasons/Mandalay Bay) where for $49, you get the app, entrée, dessert and as much wine as you need to quench your thirst. But it's not a hole in the wall, quite the contrary. A very very very nice and quiet restaurant. Much recommended. After your dinner, head towards MIX lounge at The Hotel (linked to Mandalay Bay) where the drinks are very good and the view very very nice. Rhumbar at Mirage is a favorite of mine for the quality of the mojitos.

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5. Re: First Trip-Question

Thanks everyone! We will likely be taking a cab to the strip, does anyone know about the cost?

My husband would love to do a steak dinner one night, we don't want to go crazy on price, but don't mind spending a little bit (appx. $100 meal) to splurge a night or two.

Is there anywhere else besides the strip that is worth checking out? I know we will not be pressed for things to do, but also know my husband will not want to be walking outside in the 100+ degree weather.

Thanks Again everyone!

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Don't know your taste ... but when hubs and I visit Hard Rock and that general area we are going to play Kiss Mini Golf ... it is right across from HR on the map ... looks like tons of fun for us!!!

http://www.monsterminigolf.com/kiss/

Also we might hit the pizza place right there also.

http://www.nakedcitylv.com/

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7. Re: First Trip-Question

If your an inexperienced gambler, I would stick to places with lower table minimums, Excalibur, Luxor, Harrah's ect... & spend a night downtown, where everything is less expensive.

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The best way to get around if you're staying at Hard Rock is to just rent a car for the time you're there. Free self and valet parking at every strip property makes it a breeze. If some evening, you have a little more to drink and don't desire to drive back, just take a cab and leave the car. You can always get it the next day.

You couldn't pay me to stay off strip without a car. Cabs are okay, but I hate to rely on them as my primary option. Long lines, dirty cabs, miserable cheating drivers. Just not worth it. Rent a car and you'll probably save money too!

Super easy city to navigate because all the hotels are huge. You can see them from miles away, so just drive towards them!

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Take a cab to the strip. Do the easy thing. Then when you are finished, go to a hotel and and get a cab back to the Hard Rock. You might enjoy a night on Fremont Street. Sort of fun. Just a different experience.

Visit some of the Casinos or see a show. You can do that after working.

Check this site www.lasvegas.com

Enjoy

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I hate to tell you but $100 for dinner for two if that includes drinks and tips is not much. You may be able to get that for a steak dinner at Circus Circus but not many other places. Even Charlie Palmer's Cut of the week at $49 is only for the food.

For a non-steak meal you can do it and at some of the tapas restaurants you could do it easily. Although many people don't like it, we have enjoyed three meals at Casa D'Amore. It's an old style Italian restaurant. You can have their limo pick you up at your hotel and drop you somewhere else. You just need to tip them. You could definitely get out of there for under $100 and have some interesting entertainment while you eat.