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A Room is more than just a room even for the low-roller in me

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sco5123, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    As much as I try to pick the best, most frugal deals in Vegas at most times, I do not agree with the rationale that a room is just a room...a place to sleep and wash.

    I actually choose my rooms because they are comfortable, clean, and good-looking. All of this is part of my experience. I have stayed in IP because I adore their deluxe rooms...I may be the only one on the internet who thinks so, but in my mind, they are the best-looking rooms in all of Vegas. I have stayed at hooters because, though not the most comfortable, it's clean and I like the tropical motif. I also stay at the widescreen rooms in Excalibur because they are super comfy, clean and I love the velvety headboard...which I have only seen there and at IP. The comparisons are based on pictures of most rooms in Vegas found on the net.

    However, there are some inexpensive rooms on and off the strip that I find horrendous looking, such as Four Queens, old Fitz, and Circus Circus, and I would not want to stay there for that reason. The tower rooms in CC though are beautiful and the furnishings were actually bought from Bellagio. I intend to stay there one day. I also find the uniform room look of most Harrahs/Caesars properties as unsettling.

    I realize that other people judge their rooms for all sorts of reasons. But I am just throwing out there that a room can matter even for the frugal.
     
  2. nikerbokers

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    I agree with you that a room is more than just a room. I like to be comfortable and have appealing surroundings in my room even if I'm only in there to sleep and get ready. But I can't agree about IP and Excalibur rooms. I had the widescreen room at Excalibur and it was average at best but I paid $30/night and it was my first trip to Vegas so there it is.
     
  3. breanna61

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    A room is more than a room to me as well. I work hard, I don't want to spend my vacations in a dump. I just checked into Wynn and am enjoying my first Vegas drink in the room before hitting the casino with 6 days ahead. Oh the possibilities lol
     
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    I have stayed in everything from a wraparound terrace suite (sweet!) at the Cosmo to a basic room at the Casino Royale (think remodeled Travelodge). Honestly, none of the places I have stayed has been all that bad. I haven't encountered anything worse than I typically find in a non-luxury brand name hotel in other cities. Typically the service is better. Clean and comfortable is all I need. If I'm going to splash out on a luxurious room (and sometimes I do) then I feel I need to spend a lot of time enjoying the room to justify the cost. If I'm offered a comped room at a place like Four Queens or Casino Royale, then it's hard to justify paying to stay someplace else.
     
  5. dewey089

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    If I travel with my wife, then plush rooms matter.
    By myself....

    Well..... here at home I just throw a mattress in the back of the van and head up to a Campground near Turning Stone Casino. For $25 on the weekend I get a picnic table, wifi, a hot shower a few steps away, and since it is on a penninsula, I get bass fishing every morning. No one minds if I roll in at 2 AM from a poker game (although I do try to be quiet, cut my lights, arrange the black garbage bag that blocks the rear window from sunrise in a closed diner parking lot before I enter the campground, so I just have to crawl into my bed and pop on my sleep apnea machine (yeah, I get an electric hookup too)

    So, when I get to Vegas, I come with that mentality and I say to myself:
    What's this? Running hot water right in the room with soap and towels provided? TV? music? Someone to clean up after me? A bed thicker than my one mattress van bed? No dishes?
    Wow! Luxury.

    But I'll pay a few dollars for certain Vegas room aspects:
    #Quiet.
    I've stopped with Vintage and Pavillion deals to keep my quiet.
    #I thought I'd stop with the D rooms and those hard mattresses that remind me not of camping in my van but of military and basic training. I guess those are gone now.
    #Wifi included in the price.
    #A pool open in the morning with music I can tolerate.
    #Turner Classic Movies on the television.
    #Coin laundromat.
    #Location.

    And sometimes what rates in reviews as upscale is terrible. I thought the Rio pool was the worst pool I ever visited. It was dirty and there were two separate sources of terrible Brazilian drum music blasting together in a cacaphony of uncoordinated noise. And it did not open until 10 am. By 10, I can play poker. I don't need the pool. Gold Coast right next door is considered less upscale, but the pool and workout area are much more comfortable and the pool is heated in the cooler months.

    And I won't stay just two nights and move. I want at least three in one place, so I don't hop from freebie to freebie as much anymore.

    Yet I really do just what you do, pay for certain amenities that matter to me. Next trip I'm going to stay out for part of my time at Eastside Cannery partly because I want to see the entire Latin Lounge show no matter how tired I am and then just stumble into bed.

    But over all if I pay too much per night, I can't stay for 25 days and have any bankroll. Unlike Breanna, I don't work at all, so I don't need a comfortable break. I need to watch my retirement dollars, so I can travel all sorts of places.

    When you have more money than time, you invest in the best. When you have more time than money, the logic reverses if you want to travel often.

    And if I spend it all in Vegas or going up to Turning Stone casino hotel, I can't go to places like France. My wife and I just returned from a Viking River Cruise. Not much of a room on those boats, smaller than I book in Vegas on the cheap, but upscale food, and great comfort and folks to take care of every expressed need. And then there were days of wandering around small French cities from Lyon to Arles along the Rhone River. And time to go off the diet for good French wine and rich cheeses not available here at all and even a bit of duck.

    If you are not going to Paris, you might need to stay in Paris, Las Vegas. But if you can do both by staying at the Gold Spike in Vegas, near the Boulder Highway buses and the poker with Jackie Gaughn, and soon near the Grand.... well, makes sense for me.
    And the Gold Spike has the early pool, the wifi, the TCM on the TV and the quiet as well as one of the best ways of mounting the television on the wall that I have seen.
     
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