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Life is Beautiful Festival Downtown

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Delmar27, Aug 5, 2014.

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  1. Delmar27

    Delmar27 Tourist

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    Hello all,
    Just booked an annual trip for the last weekend in October, staying downtown at 4Queens. After I booked, I learned that this last weekend is also the weekend for the "Life is Beautiful" festival/concert, also being held downtown. I'm wondering what impact this crowd/event will have on my stay. Was anyone here downtown last year when this event was happening? Will the crowds have an adverse affect on the regular tourists (me) visiting the various downtown casinos? Anyone have any thoughts on the subject? I'm just wondering if I should cancel my downtown visit and stay elsewhere. Thanks for any input.
     
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    I was there last year, and there were more people downtown, but it wasn't terrible or anything. The only REAL problem I had, was parking, and traffic. I stayed at the Plaza, and they did not have any self parking spaces available, but were able to valet for me. I am going again this year, but staying on the strip, simply because the prices downtown are out of my budget.
     
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    there are a few threads already , u might want to just do a search
     
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    Bus travel is affected. I was there last year and some residential bus stops were moved and the buses in and out of downtown were crowded. I would not go from downtown on the Boulder Express buses unless I caught them at the BTC after a ride on something else from next to Binions. The downtown BHX stops were all moved. I waited a long while before a local told me that.
    Locals were confused on the buses they normally took.
    One local woman on her way home from work remarked, "Life is Beautiful, but not for us."
    Don't worry if you are just using the WAX to access downtown. That won't change much.

    Poker room players at the Golden Nugget were not usually from the festival. A couple played for a while, but there was not enough to make for soft 2-4 tables. Life is Beautiful followers are not "It's Only Money" folks. Many are kids on restricted bankrolls.

    Rolling luggage from El Cortez to Four Queens was a puzzle because some streets were closed to pedestrian passage unless one held a Festival pass. No one knew how I should go. But it turned out I found a way pretty easy. I just could not get any directions on the phone from the Four Queens front desk. They were clueless as to which streets were closed. I just had to keep moving North and trying one after another until I found one that got me to Fremont. I moved from hotel to hotel in the morning.
    Prices this year are nuts. 2 for 1 mailing offer prices for Sun 26-Mon 27 October at the D move from the usual $34 to $106. ACG coupon for the El Cortez could not score 26-27 Cabana room at that $75 rate that works other dates in the month.

    Parking was affected. I remember that some dealers left their cars at the BTC and rode the bus in because they were to get charged that weekend more money than they usually paid.

    Most of the folks going to the festival are up in the festival area for most of their stay. I don't see the casinos overcrowded.
    Still, it is a good time perhaps to try some rooms our Boulder Highway.
     
  5. Delmar27

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    Thanks tatterdema and Dewey, that's good info. I will be in a rental car, arriving Friday evening, and one of my concerns was parking. Think I might be looking for lodging in another area...thanks again
     
  6. Nevada1278

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    I attended the festival last year and will be again this year (despite the crappy line up).

    Last year they closed off Fremont St east of LVB all the way to 11th and a few blocks to the north and south - so no cars and no pedestrians unless you had a LIB wristband.

    Under the canopy was not much busier than any Friday/Saturday night until around midnight when the festival kicked out. They might enforce similar rules this year as they do now on First Fridays: checking everyone's ID before allowing access to the Fremont St Experience area. Plus you now have the new alcohol container rules. This all may create a lot of congestion and fuss that you might not want to deal with.

    Prices for that weekend are very very high, and not worth paying IMO unless you are going to LIB and want to be able to walk home - not deal with bus/taxi lines with hundreds of others.
     
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