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January Weather/Coat Checks

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by mganut, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. mganut

    mganut High-Roller

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    We are planning our first "Winter" trip to Vegas and from what I see on the Vegas.com website, the average January temperatures range from lows of 34 to highs of 58 degrees.

    We typically visit in May and September and a polo shirt and shorts is my normal attire which will be replaced with a shirt/sweater and slacks and a light jacket/coat. I cannot envision carrying a jacket around the casinos, but I have never noticed a coat check in my past visits.

    Can anyone advise as to if the casinos set up coat checks during the colder months?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. matguy

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    I was there just over a week ago and found that jeans, a nice shirt, and a suit jacket was about the perfect in-between. Once in a while I got a little warm and my jacket sat on the back of the chair I was sitting on, but not that often. Outside it was certainly chilly, but not so cold that I was freezing while walking between strip hotels at 4am. Sure, we made a bit of an effort to walk through casinos rather than around the front of them, but it wasn't that bad.

    It's a "dry" cold, so it didn't seem as biting as I'm used to at home (Seattle) even though it's a few degrees warmer at home.

    If you're going more casual, I'd imagine that a thin fleece jacket or something similar would be a good indoor-outdoor compromise.
     
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    We have gone a few times at this time of year and from what we've found:

    Going outside it really never felt that bad during the day, but at night when the sun goes down the wind often starts to pick up and it can get to be a real biting kind of cold.

    Staying inside it really feels dry and stuffy in the casinos to me. We packed nothing but warm heavy clothes for our first time in late December and early January and had to make a run to the mall to buy some lighter clothes.

    On subsequent trips what we generally tend to do now is just take a light jacket with us during the day that we put on if it is chilly out. Thats when we would do much of our casino hopping and sightseeing. At night we would stick with lighter clothes but then mostly just stay in one place or visit places that are connected and you don't need to go outside so we didn't have to worry about carrying big jackets around (IE: Paris/Bally's, Aria/Monte Carlo/Bellagio, Luxor/Excalibur/Mandalay Bay, Venetian/Palazzo)


    For coat checks: no there aren't any coat checks in the casinos, but what you could do is check it as an item at the hotel's bell desk. The only thing I would consider with that is that they aren't likely to be as delicate in the handling of your jacket as a coat check would: it'll probably get tossed on a trolley, wheeled in the back and then lain on a shelf.
     
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    I have never understood why this was not available. Wearing a heavy, or even a lighter, coat around is a pain. They could make me more comfortable if they took my jacket. And, I could stay longer and spend more money.

    Just never figured that out.
     
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    Thanks for the useful tips and ideas matguy and Auggie. It really would be a pain to carry around a jacket or coat and checking it with the bellman is something I had not previously given any thought to...a great idea when I plan to be in a casino for a while.

    I agree with the comment from nostresshere as I live in the Chicago area and the casinos here all have coat checks which are open only during the colder seasons when they are a blessing.
     
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    Oh, another thing I noticed, not quite related, and in theory, might actually help with the cold, but a lot of escalators and other moving sidewalks seemed to be closed or under repair. It got annoying for us as the night went on and we were getting tired of walking, but it does help keep you warm by using the stairs.

    I don't know why so many were closed. Maybe the grease getting stiff from the cold? Scheduled maintenance on the off season? The moving sidewalk in to Excalibur even had a white painted, obviously temporary, but not bad looking plywood wall/door erected on the doorways where the sidewalks went through. So, it wasn't just down for the day, it looked like it was off for a while.
     
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