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Can't Decide- Help!! Bellagio, Mirage, Wynn, Venetian... my head hurts!

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by lobsterkmd, Sep 19, 2014.

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  1. lobsterkmd

    lobsterkmd Low-Roller

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    I always come here for the best advice. I have traveled to Vegas many many times. But this will be my first time traveling with hubby. He never liked Vegas (bad Grateful Dead tour experience- I don't even think he made it to the strip), but he loves to gamble, and we frequently go to Foxwoods and Mohegan in CT. So when he told me he wanted to take a trip for my birthday- I was shocked. Here are some details and offers.

    -I have a couple of good offers from the Wynn 1) Two tickets to Le Reve, Buffet for Breakfast for Lunch and upgrade on room - 2 nights for $299. 2) Another with a 3 night minimum and buffet lunch every day ($199 for first night $109 for 2nd and 3rd nights)
    - I can get a decent room rate at Bellagio, or Venetian or Palazzo... and a REALLY good rate at Mirage
    - I am going first week in December- and I don't know why- maybe it's because I live in Maine- but the idea of an outdoor pool being open even when it's chilly there- is SUPER appealing.
    - I will be 5 months pregnant- and even though I am very active- I don't know if I am going to walk an insane amount.
    - Gambling- Hubby wants to play some poker tournaments- specifically Omaha which I found a tournament at Orleans... I like slots and some table games (BJ/let it ride/roulette) but I AM not a high roller. So I don't think I will be gambling a lot at the hotel I stay at...I just like a NICE hotel... I want a comfortable bed, nice amenities...

    Okay...so what do you think??

    Thanks,

    Kristin
     
  2. harley777

    harley777 Low-Roller

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    Wynn/Encore if you want the best accommodations. Also being pregnant it will be less smokey compared to the others. Pool is the best to relax. Best restaurants (Le Cave is one of my favorites). Usually find $10 tables. Good selection of slot machines. Le Reve is a great show and is usually like $150 just for one ticket. If you want really cheap gambling you have a short walk to TI or Casino Royale. The offer you got is a really good deal. I would book it.
     
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Mirage is great.
    It does have a good size poker room. Harrahs is right across the street. Caesars next door. V/P across the street. All of this might be important if walking gets the best of you.

    Mirage is my choice. Wynn is a bit upscale.
     
  4. Nittany1

    Nittany1 VIP Whale

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    WyynCore and Bellagio are the nicest hotels on your list in every aspect.
    V/P is behind them and Mirage is now considered a mid tier hotel.Rooms at Mirage are small compared to the others and the bathrooms are really small.
    The rooms at VP are very nice but I have found their service to be lacking compared to WyynCore and Bellagio.
    Mirage and Bellagio have the best locations for walking the strip to other casinos.
     
  5. Rodent Pack

    Rodent Pack S.S. Minnow

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    I wouldn't hesitate to take option #1...great price, great show, very nice buffet, a terrific hotel with a lot of fun things to do on-property. I'd love to receive this offer. We'll be at the Encore tomorrow for three nights with the buffet offer, but no show ticket offers. We've seen Le Reve once and thought it was terrific. Have a great trip!
     
  6. stackinchips

    stackinchips High-Roller

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    One note about the Wynn. It's the best property on your list IMO, however one thing to keep in mind is that your dining options on property are all going to be pricey. They have some very good restaurants, but unless you're ready to drop $150-200 for two on every meal you'll have to leave the property. (Yes I know there's Zoozacrackers but it's still expensive for what you get and you can't eat every meal there). There are some other more mid-range options at Fashion Show Mall across the street.

    That's the biggest drawback of the Wynn. I don't want to dine at a high end restaurant for every meal, especially if I'm on a guys trip. And there aren't a lot of options within a short walking distance.
     
  7. flailing

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    I prefer to stay at the Palazzo because it is more vertical and less walking is required to get around. Being a middle aged man means a possible pregnancy doesn't play a role in my decision, but my arthritis sure does and some days I get that not so fresh feeling in joints. The casino is also less busy and has high ceilings. I hate cigarette smoke and find less crowded space means less chance of a smoker nearby. However, the pool deck isn't great and I think they only keep 1 pool heated during winter months. The Palazzo is a bit better for food price wise than Wynn but the food court and many of the mid-priced restaurants are in the Venetian side but generally speaking I like my choices within a quick walk.

    I like the Wynn but never stayed there. The layout doesn't seem too bad and the pool looks nice but you'll cab it to other casinos if you aren't up to walking too far.

    If I was looking to walk around, I would go with the Mirage or Bellagio. The Bellagio has a tram thingy that can take you to Aria and Monte Carlo as well.
     
  8. Bluskies

    Bluskies Low-Roller

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    I think walking is a big factor, no matter if pregnant ot not. As you know since you have been there, the hotels never look far apart until you have to walk to them. My planning would usually encompass what shows I would be seeing and try to be at that hotel or close by. Mirage is good if you love Cirque Du Soleil's The Beatles Love.

    The Wynn deal seems to be a good one.
     
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  9. DukieDoesVegas

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    Hi Kristin,
    I'll be in Vegas the week before you and I have stayed at Bellagio which I thought was over-rated. If it were my choice (pregnant or not) I'd choose the Wynn hands down. Its a luxurious experience you will never forget. If your budget is tight, like others suggested, plan to eat elsewhere. My second choice would be Venetian. Regardless of choice I am sure you will have a great time at any on your list.
     
  10. RiddickBull

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    I've stayed at all hotels on your list. If you want to be in the action, go with bellagio. If you want the best hotel and service go to the Wynn . Palazzo is a quiet hotel if you prefer that.Venetian reminds me of a cheaper version of bellagio. I have been enjoying venetian lately. Mirage is not on the level above.
     
  11. Smallz23

    Smallz23 Low-Roller

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    I've stayed at all hotels. Aria, Wynn/Encore, Bellagio are my faves. Wynn and Encore being my #1 .. Bellagio being my least fave just because checkin doesn't always go as smoothly as the others mentioned above.
     
  12. DeadManHand

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    From a poker perspective, Bellagio and Venetian are the two best rooms on strip, Wynn close behind. All have deep stack tournaments but all are NLH.

    One thing to consider is that the NFR will be in town during the first part of December starting on the 5th. Many of the strip hotels have rodeo events, concerts, etc. so you might want to check out their web site to see which hotels will be very busy with the NFR and which ones are not.

    The Mirage is a primary home base for the NFR with a lot of related entertainment. The poker room is also very active with many visitors who make the room wild and profitable.
     
  13. iamsomedude

    iamsomedude Low-Roller

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    The Buffet at the Wynn isn't the best in Las Vegas like it used to be (at its height, it would mop the floor with Bacchanal Buffet, but at the moment, I would say the Bellagio buffet is at the same level or slightly better). Right now, the food quality at the Buffet at the Wynn is still pretty decent, but if you're into variety, it's severely lacking. If you're ok with that, then the offer from the Wynn is pretty good. Buffets will cost you quite a lot in Vegas, so it's not a bad deal. The Le Reve theater is pretty close to the Resort rooms, if you choose to stay there, so you won't have to walk very far.

    All of the hotels you listed have pools that are open during the winter and are heated, but only Wynn's pool has hours that are not seasonal, being open from 9-5 everyday.

    Unfortunately, I can't really help you here. There are plenty of daily poker tournaments in Vegas, but as far as them being Omaha, I'm not quite sure. I don't know how much your husband wants to spend for the buy-in, so if he wants to spend $100 or less, the Wynn would probably not be the best choice. However, if you want a nice hotel, the Wynn is definitely the best of the choices you listed as far as the bed, view, atmosphere, etc.
     
  14. Hobofrank

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    well being pregnant, have you considered a non-smoking hotel like vdara?
    if you're an mlife member you can get a good rate this far out
     
  15. DanO

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    Wife and I have stayed at all except Mirage. Room at Wynn or Venetian will absolutely give you the most bang for the buck in terms of size/luxury (imho). Of the 3 my wife would definitely choose Venetinan. If you are wanting to avoid walking too much Wynn is more of a trek from anything else than are the others. For your poker hubby I feel the room at the Venetian is the best on the strip. Bellagio can be a little intimidating/tough...think he will find easier action at Venetian. It's a big, well run room. Wynn is nice, much smaller and (when I've been there) not as active as Venetian. Have fun, if this is your first child, enjoy your last Vegas trip pre-kid!
     
  16. nhcris

    nhcris High-Roller

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    Let me put my vote in for Palazzo or Venetian. I have stayed at V/P, Wynn/Encore & Mirage. I don't like the atmosphere at Bellagio so I have not stayed there. I would rule out Mirage as it's just not on a level with the others, although the pool is pretty awesome. Wynn/Encore is lovely with beautiful rooms, but I found that the prices of absolutely everything were out of line and it turned me off.

    V/P has become my home casino. There is so much to do on the property that you almost never have to leave, and there are restaurants at absolutely every price point. I am not a shopper but I enjoy strolling through the Grand Canal Shopping area and I love St Mark's Square. I have found the service to be very good, although maybe not as ass kissingly over the top as Wynn. There are good shows on property as well with Human Nature being a favorite. If you have a rental car, Palazzo has very easy access to the self parking garage and it is easy in and out.

    So that's input from a fellow New Hampshirite for what it's worth :)
     
  17. Oskee2001

    Oskee2001 Low-Roller

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    Vote here for Wynncore
     
  18. nostresshere

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    The guy does not like Vegas. She usually goes alone.

    My take is that Wynn will be too high end. Just my take.
     
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    I like the standard rooms at the Palazzo better than the standard rooms at Wynn. I like that they're a bit larger and the bi-level architecture gives them a 'suite' style appeal. If you're able to get an upgraded room at Wynn, I'd go with that, but I'd take Palazzo over a standard Wynn room. Mirage is not in this league. Bellagio hotel is in this league, but their rooms are not.
    Stu
     
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