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Is A Car Service Worth the $?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Ezzy711, Aug 28, 2012.

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  1. Ezzy711

    Ezzy711 Low-Roller

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    I'm arriving solo and have had terrible cab experiences in the past. Most of them were overseas but I've also been in some nasty, smelly cars in the US as well. If the price differential isn't much I usually prefer a car service with a nice clean towncar. Reading this board I've heard good things about the limos but not much about the car service. Being just one person I don't need a stretch, just a clean car. From what I see on line it will cost a little over 3 times the price of a cab. Is it worth it for such a short drive? Will they stop so I can buy some diet coke at a local store? Thank you in advance for any advice!
     
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    mike_m235 Tourist

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    What hotel are you staying at? Makes a significant difference in the length of the ride. Also, what date are you talking? Cab line in August is hot. October, not so bad.
     
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    The limo companies have Towncars and SUVs. So you don’t have to take a stretch. You can save a few bucks by not reserving something and just going to the “Limos” area outside of baggage claim and getting one there. A sedan there will be about $40-45 one way instead of the $50-55 that someone like Presidential will charge. But, they won’t be there to meet you at the carousel and help you with your bags. And there is a small chance that none of the sedans will be available and your options will be to wait for one, pay for a limo or catch a cab.

    I’ve never had a limo driver balk at reasonable requests – picking up snacks, stopping for a quick photo at the “Welcome to LV” sign, dropping off a friend at a hotel that is on the way, etc. I always make sure to tip a little extra when I’m not just going straight to the hotel, though.

    For me, the comfort and convenience of the Limo – plus knowing I’m not going to start my trip off with an argument with a cabbie over what route to take – is worth the extra dough. Though, I should mention that once the plane touches down at McCarran, my concept of the value of money seems to go out the window. :eek:

    Also, if you gamble enough to have a host, call him/her and see if he’ll send one of their limos for you. It’s a pretty cheap comp for the casino, yet probably goes a long way toward impressing the player.
     
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    smrtmom05 Tourist

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    Some casinos also have the town cars available to pick you up for a small fee if you aren't a big fish. I've hired them before and it usually cost about $50 each way, and they do meet you at the luggage area. Worth a quick call to the hotel customer service desk, even if you aren't a huge gambler.
     
  5. Ezzy711

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    Thank you all for the information. I will be there in October so it won't be a weather issue. As much as I hate to dig any further into my stake, if I can get a reasonable ride it will be worth it. Ever been in a taxi that smelled so bad you had to open the window when it was snowing? I have. I have sat on gum, been taken the long way too many times and been stuck with drivers who are rude or a bit too friendly. I've never had a bad driver from a professional car service. They chat if you want to chat and usually remain quiet if you don't engage them. I might just start saving up for that extra luxury. I hate to start off the trip on a sour note with a frustrating cab ride.
     
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    If you don't like cabs, you're probably in the wrong city. I have a car from the airport, but will still get in a cab probably half a dozen times in a 2 night stay.
     
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    I pretty much stay put once I arrive. it's only a few days. I am there just to gamble and if I see a show, it's the one at that hotel and comped. I don't casino hop as I like to get to know the dealers and staff and maximize my comps. If I want to try another casino or hotel I will do it on my next stay. I must be getting old!
     
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    That made me laugh. I don't know why a $40 ice cream becomes acceptable whenever I go on holiday.
     
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