I'm 90% sure I'm going to Vegas for Christmas. Airfare ain't the best but that's okay. I'm trying to be somewhat frugal. In other words top tier hotel is out. I prefer center strip rather than over by MGM, Mandalay Bay. If money was not the issue I would be staying at Bellagio for the first time, done Wynncore a few times, Venetian/Palazzo. I'd like to stay at a place I've never stayed at though. Hotels.com has: Monte Carlo for $64 a night avg. TI for $68 FYI - Bellagio is $177 TI has better location in terms of dinner at Wynn and Venetian, overall I like that location. Monte Carlo has the tram to Aria/Bellagio and I can walk to MGM/NYNY if I want to and I can get to Paris too. TI seems darker to me. Monte Carlo has the Pub for a night light beer. I've heard TI has bad food selections but other food is close by. Thoughts on the rooms? I'm probably leaning towards Monte Carlo because when I've walked through the casino it "felt" better to me, I don't like dark casinos. Any other suggestions? I've been at Bally's, Paris, PH when it was Alladin. Also PH, Paris, Flamingo are $30 to $50 a night more. I've never done downtown but I'd like to stay where I know and I think my first downtown stay will be in the future. I haven't "gotten" downtown yet so I'm working on that for the future, i.e. separate issue. Anyway thoughts on Monte Carlo vs. TI for the holidays. Thanks!