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Columbus Day weekend - what to expect

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by habs0nut, Sep 4, 2012.

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  1. habs0nut

    habs0nut VIP Whale

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    So I'm finally 30 days out from my trip that I won from the Escape contest and starting to get antsy in a good way. I'm taking my mom who's never been to Vegas and actually hasn't had a vacation of any sort really in 9 years. I picked our Thanksgiving weekend for the trip as it's the best time for both us to go. I realise that it's the same weekend as Columbus Day in the US but I was always under the assumption that this was a minor holiday in the US. I'm starting to get the feeling just from seeing prices for the rooms that it's going to be very busy in town that weekend.

    We arrive on the Friday morning and are leaving late Monday afternoon. I know there's a convention starting on the Tuesday that has 30,000 attendees. Both of my trips to Vegas have been Monday-Friday so I've never experienced a weekend of any sort there. Am I in for a shock? My biggest fear right now is perhaps not enjoying it if it's crazy crowed (not a fan of crowds but who is really). What can we expect when it comes to eating? Are we going to basically need reservations for dinner or face some serious wait times?
     
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    My experience is that Columbus Day is definitely busier than most weekends and that some buffets treat Columbus Day as a holiday and will not offer coupons.
    Two other factors in increased numbers are a.) October is one of best weather months for Vegas, b.) once football starts, crowds flock to the sportsbooks on weekends.
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much. Is that convention at your hotel? Then maybe worry. Or make plans to do stuff at other hotels.

    I've been to Vegas at all levels of busy and I've never had an issue getting in anywhere I wanted to eat. I don't think I've ever even waited to eat anywhere (except inline at the coffee shop). There are SO many options. If you have a place in mind, you can always call or go online and make a reservation. But really, it shouldn't be an issue.

    Honestly, I've been probably 40 times to Vegas, only once was it so crowded, that it was kind of aggravating. I went in May, and it was a busy fight weekend, and there was an awards show and room prices were through the roof, my hotel was like 99% sold out, and we had no problems, anywhere with anything.
     
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