I have never been off the strip but I plan on taking a virgin bus ride for a visit in Sept. I was considering staying there but got a better deal @ Excalibur so to the castle I come. I see that the suites downtown seem to be quite affordable along with the dining options. I am not afraid of shady situations cause I live in Washington DC and and grew up when we nicknamed it Dodge City. I usually come to Vegas solo because my friend gets upset with me when I gamble because she is not a gambler and hates watching me gamble. My typical Vegas couple vacation is doing Vegas tourist things by day, after dinner back to room putting her to sleep and me sneaking out the room for gambling. When I come stumbling back in the room after the sun has come up I have to explain that I am OK and you didn't have to worry about me, then its off to breakfast and to catch some rays by the pool (I take me shades and catch some ZZZ's) back to the room to change and to repeat the whloe process over again. I usually only play poker but I play craps, roulette and BJ when the limits are low enough so I want to visit Downtown cause I hear thats where the low limit table games are.