Just got back from a 6 night visit to Vegas and spent all 6 nights downtown, staying at the Fremont. Just wanted to share a few impressions with the board. The WAX is a great deal if you are staying downtown. Just hard to swallow those $25 cab rides to and from the airport, If you aren't afraid to walk a block or two or three with your suitcase in tow, you can grab the bus and spend $2 instead. I always end up blowing enough money cabbing it around town as it is. This honestly makes downtown more appealing to me. The Fremont was fine as a base of operations. I would argue that it probably has the best location downtown (tied with 4 Queens) as there are 4 other casinos literally across the street from you. Quick walk to the Downtown Grand. Not really far from anywhere. Room was small but clean and the bed was comfortable. Not luxurious, not a great place for the wife or gf but I was solo so it was just good. Nice having a safe. Bathroom small but the shower was always hot. Elevator never a wait. No coffeemaker but Dunkin Donuts was close to the elevator and so I dealt with it. Didn't actually play there all that much. Picked up a hot dog a couple of times at the Lanai Express and it will fill you up for a few dollars. Had a room at the back so it was usually quiet enough though the shutters don't really keep the sun out in the morning. Would stay there again for the right price, which was why I stayed there this time. Kept finding myself drawn back to the Golden Gate in the evening. Maybe it was the friendly bartenders who never let my beer stay empty long or maybe it was the dancing girls/dealers who looked pretty good after a few of those beers. Not sure, but I like playing here. Both the remodeled D and the Downtown Grand are pretty nice places, maybe not "Golden Nugget" level but pretty good by downtown standards. Was good to see that something had finally moved into the old Lady Luck space. The whole area has improved a lot in recent years with additional bars and restaurants and nightlife options. That never-never land block between the canopy and the El Cortez is now pretty lively. Was good to see at least a little life at the Vegas Club. That being said, the Plaza just seems so sterile to me anymore. Stayed there a couple years back and the room remodel was nice enough. I used to really like playing here but didn't even bother this time around. Fremont Street Experience is still fun. Most every night, things were pretty lively. Since it was a three day weekend, it rocked pretty hard Friday-Sunday. The live bands are pretty entertaining after a few cocktails. Overall, I enjoyed it and would do it again. Still spent a fair amount of time on the Strip and even off strip a couple of days but the bus pass made it pretty easy to get to and fro. Have pretty much been an "off strip" guy the last several years and probably will be again if the price is right, but would not hesitate to recommend the downtown experience. It has gotten better over the last few years and it is good to see that it has.