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First trip to Vegas & killing two birds w/one stone

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by 71gs3504sp, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. 71gs3504sp

    71gs3504sp Newbie

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    Hi

    I am doing some reseach on this board and like just to get some input.

    I am going to book a trip for late September and killing two birds with one stone. Going to celebrate being with my girlfriend for 5 years and going to Barrett Jacktion Auto Auction. Looking for a nice room that also has a great pool area. We only gamble very little so entertainment either doing the day and night is what we will be doing.

    I was thinking of staying at Mandalay Bay for the auction and pool.

    What do you guys think?

    George
     
  2. TylerH50

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    The MB Pool area is quite nice, and you probably won't go wrong there. The only drawback is that you aren't within walking distance to anywhere other than the Luxor. If you are looking at other places w/ nice pools, you might want to take a look at the MGM, Mirage and Flamingo. There is a lot going on at those places as well, plus they are close to other nice properties.
     
  3. numeno

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    First...Can't you just use 2 stones? :)



    MB is not an idea location, but I disagree with saying that Luxor is the only one within walking distance. This is like saying staying at PH only has Cosmo and Paris within walking distance. Ballys is just too far away...


    If you are interested in the pool, you can't do much better than MB. I think it is a decent choice with one caveat. It is one one end of the strip so unless you want to walk a long way(I don't mine, some hate this), you will be limited to ~6 casinos within 20 minute walk. You can easily take a cab from MB down to like Mirage and explore that area some day. The auction is at MB so you will be heading there anyway. If you stay more center strip you will be taking a cab or walking 20-30 minutes to get there. So no matter what you will have some travel time or a cab fare.


    I think MB would be a good choice in your situation. It is a very nice hotel, great pool, great restaurants and lively casinos around it. Luxor/NYNY/MGM Grand have a good vibe to me in the evenings.
     
  4. KellyLovesVegas

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    The Mandalay Bay pool complex is great. There is a wave pool with sand beach, lazy river, plenty of cabanas, and a top- optional adults only pool club. Since your main focus for your trip is the Barrett Jackson event and pools, staying at Mandalay Bay is the logical choice.
    On the Mandalay property there are three hotels - THEhotel, Mandalay Bay, and Four Seasons - so you have a wide choice of accommodations. THEhotel offers standard suites with living room, powder room, separate bedroom and master bath. Four Seasons offers impeccable service and an entirely non- smoking hotel.
    Don't miss the view of the Strip at night from either MiX in THEhotel tower or Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay tower.

    Enjoy!
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    When people come here asking which hotel is best - I often answer that it would depending on your plans for the trip. In your case, attending the auction makes for a very good reason to stay at MB. Add in the pool options and there you go.

    MB is a massive place with lots of dining and drinking options. Many people go there and have no other reason than they like the place.

    Only drawback is that it is at the very end of the strip. But still not isolated. You can get to Luxor and Excal without even going outside.
     
  6. heatherlovesvegas

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    I love Mandalay! Lots of great dining options, and we've gone to Barrett Jackson for the past 5 years (well my dad goes, and me and Mom go shopping haha)

    If you can get a good deal there then do it! It's worth it. Yea, check out THEhotel, mind as well get a suite :). If not, just take a cab over there. Since you don't like gambling maybe check out the non-gaming hotels like Trump and Vdara, you can get a really nice room for less money.

    My only thought, is they are doing a bit of construction over there this year.

    Also, that usually it is an expensive weekend in Vegas! They also do that IHeartRadio concert. I'd book early if you can. Or at least have something refundable booked.
     
  7. smartone

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    Mandalay Bay's a fantastic resort/casino and a GREAT place for your celebration!!! Have a blast!!!
     
  8. 71gs3504sp

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    Thanks everyone for your input!

    I am actually going only to the first day of the auction. The rest of my trip is for us to enjoy as much of Vegus as possible together. The shows that I like to see so far is Blue Man Group and Absinthe and also read some good things for dinner at Casadi Amore. We will do some fun gambling at some of the casinos and maybe visit at some of the lounges.

    Keep the advise and suggestions coming!

    Thanks, George
     
  9. leo21

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    MB should be on your list along with MGM. I also think Aria might work for you but I don't know enough about their pool to firmly recommend it. Caesars would be my final recommendation if you can find a good rate for a premium tower.
     
  10. Goodday eh

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    I liked Mandalay a lot. People make too much of the location. I walked from MB up to Bellagio several times over a 3 day trip. Walking the strip is one of the reasons you go to vegas. You can always cab or bus it up to the Wynn for one day. or just spend your last night on the north side of the strip to get a different experience.
     
  11. nostresshere

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    We have been know to walk up to Mirage and back. People just need to know it can be a long walk, especially if the weather is bad - heat or cold temps move up and down quick.

    And it is a LOT of walking. Many 5+ mile days on our pedometer.
     
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    Thanks everyone for there input!
    Always like to hear more!
     
  13. buffalo

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    MB is a city unto itself and it will be more crowded than normal with the BJ auction there. If you're not planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, you may decide not to leave there. I agree MB has one of the best pool areas in Vegas. I wouldn't hestitate to bok there, and you'll get the benefits of being around all the car guys too. The Luxor might be an alternative if it's significantly cheaper since it's right next door and is connected with a shopping walkway.
    buffalo aka 70GSstage1auto
     
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    Tropicana. possibly. It will no doubt be cheaper, MB skyrockets in price when events are there. Then it's just a bridge and a tram ride away. It also puts you in a better spot to check out the rest of the strip IMO
     
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    A previous poster mentioned Aria...

    I really liked the Aria pool when I was there last March. Fast drink service, not too loud music (but a dayclub is available if you want that), and overall a really nice experience for a 40 year old. If you want more of a pool party type thing however, then Mandalay, MGM, Wynn, etc. might be better.

    Staying @ Aria gets you a more center strip location also.

    That said, Mandalay's pools, restaurants, and common areas are all pretty nice, and is connected via tram to Luxor+Excal, with NYNY, Trop, and MGM within easy walking distance from the Excal tram stop. Center strip locations are probably a $5-10 cab ride from Mandalay as well.
     
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    I absolutely recommend Mandalay Bay. It is a perfect fit for your top requirements:
    - great pool
    - very good rooms
    - attending the Auction

    The restaurant choices are good, and you have options at Luxor and the Tropicana for dining, entertainment, and cheaper gaming. You can take a cab to the center strip and work your way back down to MB while casino hopping.

    Enjoy your trip!
     
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    Buffalo got it! I have two, a 71 GS350 and 72 GS455!
     
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