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Making the move from strip to downtown.

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by acoluzzi, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    I've got a two day midweek trip in April away from the wife and child. I have comp rooms at Ballys and TI lined up but having spent so little time downtown I'm looking to make the switch.

    I was looking at one night at El Cortez $25 for a vintage room and Golden Nugget for the next night $42 for whatever their standard room is. Nugget mainly since it will be April and most likely pool weather. El Co because of the history of the place and perhaps running into the ghosts of Bugsy Siegel and his trusted bodyguard Fat Irish Green.

    Eating I'd do a dinner at the Flame and El Co and next night at Binion's steak house.

    Any comments on hotel or dining choices appreciated.
     
  2. casky

    casky Tourist

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    I think you have made wise choices. The cheapest rooms at Nugget are great value. I like gambling at Cortez and just a short walk to the canopy.

    I have stayed downtown perhaps 30 times and have yet to go to Binions Steakhouse. I always hear good reviews about it but just never made it. I do like the steakhouse ate the D and have had a few meals there. The Flame is a favourite of mine and always have at least one meal there a trip.

    Have a good time acoluzzi
     
  3. Iu25

    Iu25 High-Roller

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    I have said I am going to eat at Binions Steak house for the last three trips, even made reservations last time, but something always comes up. We will try again this time, maybe Sunday since it will be Easter, who knows though. I always get home and its one thing I kick myself for not doing. Good luck and have fun, you will have a great time downtown!!!
     
  4. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    Thank you for the replies!
     
  5. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    You shouldn't have any problem staying downtown provided you don't have high expectations on a hotel.

    I will be staying in the vintage rooms in a couple of weeks. The rooms are definitely smaller than rooms on the strip. full or queen sized bed. dresser full of drawers, a chair with a table on the side of the bed. Bathroom and furnishings may be smaller than the strip also. Be prepared, the towels were thin and coarse (I was there this past October). You can also ask for a fridge if you need one.

    I like the vintage rooms, very close to the casino (right upstairs). The problem with that is that cig smoke drifts up from the casino into the hallway. Walls aren't that thick so if your neighbors are noisy ask to move to another room. btw, are you renting a car? There is an entrance to the vintage rooms through the el cortez parking structure (south end exit) near the elevators that take you to the casino. This entrance is only a row of stairs (no way to get to the vintage rooms without taking some form of stairs).

    if you are new to the EC they will probably give you a coupon booklet, good for $5 discount at their eateries (cafe cortez), 2 for 1 onetime play and some other things.

    Hard to beat the prices at the EC, some of the lowest downtown.

    have fun on your stay there! :wave:
     
  6. atom

    atom High-Roller

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    If you have an American Casino Guide (or get one) you can get both nights at the El Cortez for the price of one, and 50% off at the Flame up to $25. Well worth it!
     
  7. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    I know you are hoping to catch a ghost or two in the Vintage rooms, but these are much nicer and they have a great mid-week deal while you are out there.

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    You can book directly on their website.

    I've stayed in both and would take the suite deal now and book the vintage room on another trip when the rates are still cheap but the alternatives are not.

    The Carson rooms (GN standard) are a little older, but still very nice among downtown properties and better than most strip 3 rooms.

    I have come to prefer downtown over the past few years. Enjoy your stay downtown!
     
  8. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    Ha! I received that offer right after I posted and booked the 2 night stay immediately. Have to try the vintage rooms another time. The package seems great with the slot play and breakfast included.

    Do any of those suites have two smaller beds as opposed to one king? Not sure if my Vegas local buddy will be hanging with me during my stay but he hates to drive home drunk. He can always sleep on the floor :beer:
     
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