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First Trip Surprise

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by hstuart.2012, Oct 16, 2012.

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  1. hstuart.2012

    hstuart.2012 Tourist

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    I am looking to book a Vegas trip for the better half's birthday in March. I have been only once and stayed at Planet Hollywood, nice time but don't want to stay there again. What would be the best hotel? This would be her first trip.
     
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    It all depends on what you all like to do. Gambling? Shopping? Shows? The outdoors? Dining? Clubbing? Was there something you particularly disliked about PHo that makes you not want to stay there again? more info would help

    But without more info, I would generally suggest you stay center-Strip. It's hard to go wrong with Bellagio
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Folks here would be glad to help. But, help us help you. Was there a problem at PH? What did you like and not like about PH?

    And in all due respect, I can never understand the following question that is asked often.

    What would be the best hotel?

    There are way too many answers all based on budget, location, shopping, dining, play and players club, shows, transportation, comfort level, etc etc. We have been some 10-15 times and would be hard pressed to say what is the best. Right now we can get free rooms, some suites at all MGM and CET hotels, plus VP and Cosmo and not sure where we will stay on our next trip.
     
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    Sorry I did not mean to post without more information.

    There was not anything I disliked about PH, buffet was not up to par with the rest of the strip. Loved the vibe and the gambling. I would just like to try another hotel to get a new experience.

    I enjoy the table games while she will probably stick to the slots. Shopping is not a priority, no need to shop for things we can buy in Dallas. Clubbing isn't a factor either with us going during the week.

    Budget is the tricky question. I have looked at probably the whole range from GO rooms at Flamingo to Agustus Tower at Caesars. Would love to save some money but have no problem spending a bit more. Right now I am leaning more toward Cosmo
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    With that information...

    I see you are leaning towards CET hotels. Though I do not like Caesars due to layout, it does offer about the best buffet on the strip. You can go to the shops without going outside. Wide variety of slots.

    Cosmo is really special, but could easily be double the cost for what you can get at Paris or Caesars. I mention Paris as that is one of our favorites. Even better if you can pay for a fountain view.
     
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    Funny, I really like the buffet at PHo.

    Based onn your input, I am guessing gambling is a top priority. I enjoy Cosmo, but the gaming there is lackluster compared to other places. MGM properties are better as far as table games go, but I can't tell you where to find the best slots. if gaming and good food are the priorities, I would go with the MGM Grand. It has good gambling and the best variety of quality food on the Strip.
     
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    gambling is not a TOP priority, gambling won't be a huge part of the budget but I do enjoy a few hours at the roulette table and I am sure the fiancee will want to try slots and some table games.

    I know her only request in the room is that there is a big bathtub LOL.

    nostresshere I agree with you on Cosmo about doubling the cost...Cosmo is the most expensive choice and would certainly be splurging.

    The TOP priority is to just have a good time...which will happen at whatever hotel I end up choosing. :drunk:
     
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    Gambling is not a TOP priority, I just enjoy a few hours of roulette or craps and I am sure the fiancee will want to try a few table games and machines.

    I know her only request would be that the room has a big bathtub. LOL

    nostresshere I agree with you about Cosmo being basically double the price, Cosmo would certainly be the most expensive choice. Is the room/view worth the price?

    My biggest concern is that she has great first time in Vegas without any big issues.
     
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    easy one for that quote , celebrity spa suite at the mgm grand

    the baths are huge
     
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    I think most of the suites (or at least the ones I have stayed in) had pretty large baths. The tub in the Skyview suite at Mandalay Bay could hold three people :eek:

    Sounds like you're going to have a good time wherever you end up. So I say go for a budget place mid-strip (Paris, Ballys, Falmingo) and then use that as a home base to go anywhere you want
     
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    Haha I think I have had a fantasy that started that way!
     
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    I agree with this. The Spa suite at the MGM has a very nice tub, which is in a very nice bathroom. Or you could get a spa suite at Monte Carlo that has a nice tub that's in the window, so you can look out over the strip.
     
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    I would prefer to stay more mid-strip for her first trip.

    Our dates are March 13-16 maybe the 12-16. I have chosen three different rooms:

    Planet Hollywood: Premium Fountain View $711.20
    Ceasar's Palace: Augustus Tower Deluxe King $831.04
    Cosmopolitan : Terrace One Bedroom - Fountain View $1041.60

    There seems to be a mutual dislike against Cosmo in this forum, this concerns me but it does seems as if everyone spends a lot at the tables and expect better service. We won't be spending that much at the casino. The one thing keeping Cosmo on my list is their "japanese soaking tub" with the view of the strip.
     
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    Out of your picks I would have to say Planet Hollywood.....nice location...easy casino floor layout...attached to a mall...has Earl of Sandwich...LOL...but you can't beat the location.
     
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    If your fiance is a tub girl, I have to give my vote for the one at Cosmo. You sit in that tub and look out the window and you fall in love...with Vegas, the person you're with, whatever. It had huge tub appeal. Plus, the drinks are wonderful at Cosmo, I love the gaming there (maybe because I got two handpays there last month ;-) but it's fun, hip, centrally located, good food, and different, even in a city filled with different. My second choice for you would be Caesars, we also stayed there and they have TONS of slot machines, lots of active tables, and with Bellagio right in the middle between Caesars and Cosmo, it's very romantic to dash over and watch the fountain show ask dusk, late night, etc.

    Please let us know what you decide and then don't overplan things. Have a list of things you'd like to do, but just have fun being there together and enjoy the things you DO get around to doing. It's like NYC, you'll never see/do it all.

    Also, if she's kind of a luxury gal, she'd like these two better than PH
     
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    I would suggest Aria, they have some decent rates during the week. The property is beautiful and the rooms are great. As for the tub requirement they're pretty good there too. They have this unique setup where you walk through a huge shower to get to the very big tub. Unfortunately no views from the tub though. We tried the buffet for the first time on our last trip and weren't impressed but I've also had far worse.

    I have to say I've never met a friendlier hotel staff than at Aria. At the very least they have great training. We go about 4 times a year and I have always been amazed that every single employee I've encountered in the hallways has made a point to say good morning, afternoon or whatever. On our last trip our TV wouldn't turn on, within 10 minutes an engineer was up there to figure out the problem and it turned out they needed to replace the whole unit. I never paid attention before but the way its installed in the room that basically meant they had to dismantle the entire desk unit and the wall behind it. We went to get something to eat and came back a little over an hour later and you couldn't even tell they had been there and everything was in working order.
     
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    Despite all the bad remarks about Cosmo on this forum, I've decided to go with this hotel. As Liztoybiz said the pool looks down right romantic! Plus I have heard nothing but great things about all the bars and the Wicked Spoon.

    When is the best time to find the best deals. Once again our dates are March 13-16
     
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    Though I haven't stayed there

    I LOVE the Cosmo & bet your girl will, too. (we are also big PH fans; but not buffet fans so that wouldn't affect our opinion--we find most buffets in Vegas to be overpriced mediocre meals)
    Don't discount clubbing during the week in Vegas--you can club every night of the week. Check out www.jackcolton.com to see which clubs are hot which nights--if you decide to go that route.
    I was going to suggest Augustus Tower at CP--MUCH better room than PH for only $100 more (and remember, I am a PH fan!); but love the splurge at Cosmo!
    Have a great time!
     
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