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After 10 years and need some help

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by 904c43, Oct 11, 2012.

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  1. 904c43

    904c43 Tourist

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    Eveyrone - please dont flame me for not searching. I have but still need some help.

    Background - Going to be flying from FL to LA for a short break. Then driving to Vegas on 11/14 - 11/18 and flying back from Vegas to FL. This is my 12 year anniversery and my wifes 30th birthday trip. We are on a budget but not cheap. We went to Vegas together almost 12 years ago (bellagio) and this is going to be our first time back.

    On hotwire where I usually book and they have a 5 star north strip room (we want to live it a little!) for $88 a night. I read the reviews and multilpe stated that it was not exactly on the strip and there was no casino. I dont know which hotel it is but was wondering your thoughts.

    The other is a mid strip hotel for $112 a night. Both prices are plus taxes. I plan to play some poker (1/2 NL) and maybe $20 blackjack when I get there but I dont have any comp set up yet. Do you guys recommend that I book these hotwire options or use some of the price match deals and try to find the lowest price on expedia/travelocit etc? We want to make sure we are getting the most bang for the buck. I do plan on doing the $20 trick when we get there to get the room update.

    Thanks for everyone's help!
     
  2. captainron62

    captainron62 VIP Whale

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    I would guess that to be Trump Hotel. Usually when they say no Casino and slightly off strip it is Trump.
     
  3. jimboguy

    jimboguy Blubbery Whale

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    The north strip room you're seeing on Hotwire is the Trump. It's true that it is not on the strip, there is no casino, and they require you to valet park your car there.

    I would actually recommend booking directly with the hotel you want to stay. That way you know what you're getting and cancelation policies are much easier. Many hotels in Vegas have a price match guarantee, so it still pays to shop around for price ranges using Expedia, etc.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    What do you mean by "comp set up yet"? Let us help you.

    As to hotel, I would do some checking with various hotel sites first. You may well find a good deal and know exactly where you will be staying. Your dates do go over a weekend, so you can expect Fri and Sat to be higher. And do not even think of driving to Vegas on Friday afternoon from LA area.

    You can check all CET hotels at harrahs.com for rates.
     
  5. 904c43

    904c43 Tourist

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    I truly appreciate everyone's reply. The trump is 5 stars though right? I want to surprise her with something extra nice so she can go back and brag to her friends about. The problem with booking ok Expedia etc is that the prices are way higher. Do you think that harrahs would knock her socks off? 12 years ago my uncle had comp for the suite at BELLAGIO. She knows we don't have that kind of pull but I don't want her to see a significant drop off either. Once again thanks for everyone's help to make this a special day for a well deserving mom and wife!

    Thanks
     
  6. 904c43

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    I meant I don't have a players card set up yet. I have one from hard rock in Miami when I went a few months ago but nothing in Vegas.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Sure, trump might be a nice room. But when you have to truck down the strip to get into the middle of things, you may thing twice.

    Harrahs, Flamingo, etc will not "knock your socks off", but at least you can walk to other places.

    Paris is nice option right in the middle of things. You have to decide if the room is important, or all the stuff you can do right out the front door.

    Me? I would do something midstrip vs fancy room at edge of strip like Trump.
     
  8. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    don't bother with Trump at any price. if you want to knock her socks off, you're just going to have to pony up. a fountain view room at Bellagio would be a great choice. if that's out of your budget, just go with a fairly nice place and save the money to do a nice dinner or something for her.
     
  9. btaller

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    I would recommend avoiding Trump because of the location. Also, keep in mind that Trump would tack on an extra $20 per night resort fee not covered by Hotwire. There are plenty of options in your price range. I checked Expedia and here is what I found :

    I would consider:

    Elara at $89 per night.

    Paris at $125 per night (no resort fee).

    Mirage at $126 pr night (includes a $75 food credit which would offset the resort fee).

    Signature at $123 per night = resort fee (I think it's $20). These are condos attached to the MGM Grand.

    I would not rely on the $20 trick for an upgrade. Sure it may work, but you are going over a weekend which decreases the odds of success. I found that sometimes it's cheaper upgrading at the front desk instead of booking the nicer rooms up front.

    Good Luck and Happy anniversary.
     
  10. heatherlovesvegas

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    No way, the Trump is beautiful, the rooms are humongous, the service is top notch. Flip a $20 and they will (likely) give you a 1 bedroom 1000sqft suite. But, if you are looking to be in the action, it's not the place for you. You do have to drive to other places. But I've stayed there twice this year and I would highly recommend it.

    What star level is the mid strip? 5 star? That would be likely Vdara. (if I'm seeing the same hotels on Hotwire) I'd say all the same things about there as the Trump. I'd probably go with this, strictly on location. Easy walk to Aria, and even across to Ph and Paris.

    Why would you tell him to spend $50 more a night for an inferior hotel? I would not pay $50 more to stay in a crappy old Paris room. That's nuts!
     
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    For the price, Elara gives you mid-strip, great views, larger room, spa tub, and newer furnishings. Their beds are quite comfortable as well.
     
  12. KellyLovesVegas

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    Mandarin Oriental and Aria Sky Suites are located close to mid-Strip and both offer 5-star level of service and accommodations. Either of these accommodations would "knock her socks off".

    While the renovated Bellagio fountain view rooms are nice; IMHO, the Bellagio property is a 4.5 star hotel at best. The level of service at Bellagio doesn't compare to the MO, Sky Suites, Wynncore Tower Suites and Four Seasons. (Wynncore Tower Suites and Four Seasons are located on the far ends of the Strip, so those properties won't work if you desire a mid-Strip location.)

    Continue to ask questions on this forum and research the hotel websites and you'll determine which property and level of accommodations will work best for your special trip.

    Cheers!
     
  13. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Though both of those would be excellent choices, I am not sure it would work in this case. The OP is looking at $88/$112 a night options and those places would be considerably more money.
     
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    Here's my two cents... You probably won't spend a lot of time in the room in Vegas, so why splash out on a five star for the whole trip. I would book the first night (midweek will be cheaper than weekend) at your luxury hotel (it would put you a bit over budget, but If you really want to wow her a Fountain View at the Cosmopolitan can't be beat), then book the remaining three nights at a cheaper property in a good location, (center strip like Bill's or Bally's if you'll be mostly on the strip). This way you get your wow factor, you can spend time in that special room you are paying for without taking too much away from your Vegas vacation, and then after that you get a nice clean room near the action, which is really all you need.

    P.S. I did this for my GF for her birthday in April and she's still talking about it. :) Come to think about it, I'm still talking about it too.
     
  15. jgates8

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    Paris standard rooms are not crappy - that is total & complete BS. They are not the level of a 5 star Bellagio room but definitely not crappy. I consider them a nicer Holiday Inn type. The facility is great with a ton of eating options & VERY easy to get to the strip in minutes, as well as to Ballys through an interior walkway.

    If you google Harrahs Friends & Family you can link to the following:

    http://www.harrahs.com/VegasVacation/index.html

    (In case my link doesn't work put the Harrahs F & F in google).

    Paris comes up with an average of 131.50 for the 4 nights & a Red room is average of 161.50. If you do want more wow factor, then I would pick the Red. But I am fine with the tube TV in the room & don't pay extra myself. But Red would be more romantic.

    GO deluxe at Flamingo prices at $144 average per night & GO View is $154 average per night. You can use the link to price out the Harrah's rooms or PH - Caesars appears to start to high for what you are looking for.

    There are no resort fees, however, if you wish to use internet, figure $14.99 per day. So factor that into pricing if you need it. (Paris has free wi-fi at Cafe Madeline).

    I didn't price any of the mLife props for your dates, but when you calculate those make sure you include your resort fee so you know your final total. The rooms I quoted are non-view (except the GO view) - so factor that in if you have to have a strip view.

    When you get to some final selections you should go to google images & search for the rooms you are looking at - really helps.

    If you want any pool time (weather permitting) you also need to factor that in. I know Flamingo should be closed by then as well as Harrahs. Paris remains open year round weather permitting. NO idea on mLife props again.
     
  16. vegas3

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    The lasvegasadvisor website has some good deals going on. 15 bucks for bally's. wow

    Aria can be had for 88.

    I would get a really nice room as someone suggested and then go cheap and in the middle of the strip if there is a cash issue.

    It all matters what your comfortable with and what you like to do.

    I might see you in the airport on the 18th. Have a good trip.
     
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    Aria for 88 would've great. I was looking at vdara and there were some bad reviews. I was thinking of upping the price to 112 though for a possible small view of the fountaints. I'm bringing my son so when I go gamble at night atleast they have something to look at. My son is also another reason it would make it hard on us to move around.

    I will check out the prices on your site.

    Thanks
     
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    Whoa!

    Missed the part of bringing your son.
    No idea of the age, but that changes things quite a bit. Would you be leaving him in room while you go out? You would of course want to be closer to the hotel then. Or too young to be left and will go everywhere with you and wife.

    That changes things up quite a bit. Actually, quite a bit.
     
  19. KellyLovesVegas

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    So your wife and son are going to sit in the room each night while you gamble? That sounds like fun for you. Would that be fun for your wife? Maybe not so much.
     
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    My son is 2 an a half. My wife doesn't like gambling. My son stays with us everywhere we go. We are planning to go out all day and then at night catch some shows. When they go to sleep I was planning on going to play some cards. We aren't party people especially her so no interest in drinking or clubbing. She doesn't work so they BOTH are use to getting/demanding 9 plus hours of sleep a night. I'm use to 7 or less anyways.

    What do you guys think about Planet Hollywood? I saw their special rates and would love to get a room with a fountain view. Maybe the themes would be a plus.
     
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