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Advice for first trip with a couple new to Vegas

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by cokeboy99, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. cokeboy99

    cokeboy99 Tourist

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    Looking for advice here....I'm taking a trip in July with my wife and another couple. While my wife and I have been to Vegas a few times together, and I've made several solo trips as well, we've never traveled with other people. The couple going with us also have little to no Vegas experience. He's been once, many years ago, with some military buddies. She's never been. We're traveling Sunday-Thursday, July 17-21. I have a good idea of things to see for first-timers, but I was hoping for some general advice for me situation.

    We're doing Penn and Teller Monday night, and Fremont Street Tuesday night, while likely strolling the strip through the day so they can experience it. Wednesday is open and likely a "do our own thing" day.

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!
     
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    Where are you staying?
     
  3. Auggie

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    -> Stay at the same hotel, even if you have to go up or down a level of what you normally stay (if they want a cheap hotel and you normally stay at a nice place, you should stay at the cheap place). Its just so much more convenient than one group having to make a commute at the start or end of the day to meet up with the other half.
    -> But don't share a room. Unless you are all poor college kids where half of you don't have a job you should get your own rooms.
    -> If its effectively their first trip (his first one in years, her first one ever) you might want to skip going Downtown. Downtown is great for cheap gambling, but for a place to sightsee you can mostly see the whole "thing" in an hour - so unless they want to do cheap gambling you might want to just keep them on The Strip the whole trip.
    -> You should definitely have at least one "do your own thing" day in there: just in case you need some time away from each other, or if there is something you want to do that you haven't been able to yet that trip (IE: if you want to go Downtown and grind some cheap blackjack for hours).
    -> Or you might split the groups up, like if the women want to go shopping Las Vegas is one of the best shopping destinations out there.
    -> If you are looking to spend a few bucks on them then might consider renting a limo or a cabana if going to the pool (mid July it'll be pretty hot at the pool otherwise)
    -> Depending on when you arrive on Sunday that will probably be your first day as tour guide. With that and then Monday try to get a fair bit in, but don't worry if you don't get everything in - doing 15-20 minutes per property can be neat for the first few, but can get boring pretty fast when its obvious there is so much to look at. Not seeing it all gives them a reason to want to come back
     
  4. cokeboy99

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    Staying at Bally's, sharing a room as I got a free room aside from resort fees in the Jubilee Tower. Not poor college kids, but still all on a budget. Doing a limo round trip from and to the airport.

    Downtown is at their request, both for cheap gambling as well as wanting to eat at Heart Attack grill.

    We're arriving late Sunday night so there probably won't be a whole lot of exploring....some gambling and sight seeing, but not much of the latter.
     
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    tell them to make sure they pack comfortable footwear...nothing sucks like getting a blister in vegas
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    #1 advice for taking another couple - schedule some alone time. They do their thing and you do theirs.

    My next top advice is to get another room.

    If budget is tight, skip the limo and do uber or taxi. It is just a ride in the car. Having to use the can in the middle of the night, or staying out later than them, or getting up at a different time is another story. Just not worth it. Call and see if you can get them a "deal" on the room. I just checked, rooms at Ballys are $55. Since you got one free room, call and see if they will get you a second at an even better rate.

    Your trip will be way better.
     
  7. JCLND

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    I would suggest NOT skipping downtown...IMO a whole different side of Vegas in many ways. Grab a drink at Whiskey lickers outside Binnions and walk and people watch. I'd Google Freemont street experience and check out the calendar or bands performing. If you like 80's hair band music I think you will LOVE spandex nation if your lucky enough to be able to catch a night they perform.
     
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    +1 to everything said here!!!
     
  9. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Strolling the Strip during the day in July can be a bit uncomfortable. Make sure you duck into a casino now and then to cool off and hydrate.

    Maybe save the strolling for nighttime?
     
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    Sharing a room but doing round trip with limo?
    I would suggest you get the priority right.
    20 minutes vs. 4 nights, which is more important?
     
  11. cokeboy99

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    Thanks for the replies. Limo is my expense alone, not a shared expense. It's kind of a surprise splurge for essentially their first visit. We've traveled overnight with these friends before, and shared a room then, so I don't foresee a major problem developing.

    Strolling the strip will involve checking out most casinos, so getting out of the heat often for sure. Nighttime strip walking is possible after Penn and Teller, and Fremont street, but it's likely the gambling will be done late at night.
     
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    I agree, even consider the temperature issue in the room. This gets me every time. I like it cold and went with someone who liked it hot. I was miserable.
     
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    Generally, one night shouldn't be a problem for almost anybody, but your trip is four nights so after a day or two it can be easy to get on eachothers nerves as you'll probably have little alone time, sleep schedules might be different, somebody snores, somebody can't sleep, somebody is hogging the bathroom, somebody wants the a/c cranked up, somebody wants to watch tv while the others try to sleep... lots of little things that are usually easier to deal with if its a husband and wife.

    For touring The Strip I'd do it whenever you feel up for it, be it day or night - in mid July it can still be pretty hot at night: I've been there for days when its 115 during the day and 1-2AM its still over 100!
     
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    I do suggest the Peppermill for breakfast. Then downtown. While downtown make a stop at the El Cortez for some old school 25 cent roulette and $5 3/2 blackjack. Also join as many players clubs as you can so future offers can be sent to you. Plan on going to the linq and visit the o'sheas and maybe play a round of beer pong. Check Groupon for all you can drink specials on the high roller. Also on the way back from downtown stop by the Stratosphere . (A little hink, most folks pay the free to go up there BUT if go up to the bar 106 kiosk on the right side of the elevator and say you want a drink you all get up to the observation deck for free).
     
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    Personally, can't imagine 2 couples in a room for 3-4 nites. 1 bathroom for 4 people would definitely keep me from this arrangement. :)
     
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    Nostreehere is exactly right. I beg you. Get another room.
    Definitely spend some alone time with the wife. It will be hot as hell in July. Get some pool time.
    Instead if Limo, rent a car. You should be able to get car for 4 days for $98. Use valet for all stops for the 4 days.
     
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    I'm not really a pool person....none of us are tbh. we can do that at home. Vegas is for seeing the sights and gambling, shows, and food. As far as 1 bathroom for 4 people, aside from getting ready in the morning, we won't be in the room much.

    Also don't rent a car while I'm there. I typically walk the strip or take the monorail and we'll be taking a taxi downtown and back.
     
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    If you are swingers, one room makes sense.

    Food. Explore Vegas' great food scene.
     
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    Ditto that JeJas, I'd be in hell sharing a room.

    I'd honestly rather stay in a crappy private room in a semi-cruddy hotel than sharing a nice room in a good hotel, unless it had two bedrooms. And even then, it'd be manageable, not ideal. But I have a friend that has no problems sharing rooms, each to their own I guess.

    For me though? I'd prefer a private room at almost anywhere versus sharing a standard room at a good hotel. Just call me Howard Hughes!
     
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    Sooooo far away still...
    Cosmo, always our favorite part of our trip!
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    I think I saw this somewhere else as well. Since I never heard of it, I looked it up. They are located up near Circus Circus.
    What makes this place worth the taxi or the long walk for breakfast?