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Need help choosing a hotel

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Shannon, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. Shannon

    Shannon Tourist

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    Its been a few years since I was last in Vegas...8 to be exact, and a couple of years longer for the husband. I have literally priced out every hotel on the strip and it seems like we would need a mid-priced hotel. We are traveling 5/29-6/2. On my short list are:
    Harrahs
    Ballys
    MGM Grand
    Treasure Island
    Monte Carlo
    New York New York

    What are your favorites of this list and why? Paris may be a consideration also but its a bit more than the hotels in the list.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Sonya

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    I really have enjoyed my stays at TI. It's a good location, nice hotel, decent food options and walking distance to a lot of other places. I also think the casino is kinder to me than some of the neighboring hotels. (I'm talking to you, Mirage!!! :haha:)

    I think I would pick Bally's over Harrah's. I would pick NYNY over Monte Carlo as they are about to go through a couple years of construction, including the closure of their pool area. I have not ever stayed at MGM Grand, so I can't give you much advice there. Sorry.

    All that said, if you're looking at May 2017, you're booking very early. If you lock in a reservation, be sure it's direct with the hotel and has a cancellation policy, versus booking with a travel site like Expedia. You may want to cancel and rebook if prices start to come down.
     
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  3. kevin853

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    First time we went Vegas we went in the Excalibur. Bit south of the strip but a good spot nonetheless with close proximity to mgm/nyny/luxor and Mandalay Bay.

    Was the first time there and would have no qualms staying there again.
     
  4. TableToddyy

    TableToddyy Low-Roller

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    Welcome, We like Harrah's,cause Center strip and easy walking to most other major casinos. and next store to Casino Royale $1 beers & 3 dollar tables.
     
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  5. kevin853

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    Stayed Harrahs too bit of a 'dodgy' spot in my opinion. Bit too manic and few more undesirables around there but just personal opinion.

    Nice central position though so not all bad and did enjoy it.
     
  6. Sparky4

    Sparky4 Low-Roller

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    Ballys Jubilee tower room. They have coffe pots, mini fridges and safes. The beds are really comfy. You can't beat the location, center strip. If you go on the weekend you have noise from Chateau at Paris or Drais at Cromwell, but it's nothing that setting the sleep timer on your tv won't fix.
     
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  7. FYMYAWF

    FYMYAWF Low-Roller

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    Of those choices, I would go MGM 1st, NYNY 2nd, and not consider the rest. Resort, room, drinking and dining options by far MGM the tops on that list. I say NYNY too (a small step down on room quality) b/c it's my favorite resort from a "fun" standpoint, it's got great energy and I always have a blast there.

    The only factor that might lead you toward Ballys is as others have said, location. It can't be beat in that respect, but unless you're staying in a suite (not likely based on your list) the room quality and resort amenities don't match up to MGM or NYNY.

    MC will be in full (probably noisy) remodel mode when you get there, TI is not to the amenities level of the others and also doesn't have the advantage of being in a strip-wide rewards program, and Harrah's is a dump.
     
  8. DJ Ran

    DJ Ran High-Roller

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    From your list, MGM would be my first choice followed by TI and Ballys. Paris is in the process of remodeling all their rooms and most should be ready by the time of your trip. If you can swing it, stay there. The location can't be beat, just about dead center of the strip with very quick and easy access to it. Lots of good eating, drinking choices on site along with a decent laid back pool area.
     
  9. hotreds

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    Well, I'm a CET person, so consider that when I suggest either Ballys, Harrahs, or Flamingo. All are center strip, near the monorail, and inexpensive. You'll hear horror stories about any hotel in Vegas, but if price is an object, keep checking on these three. FWIW.....
     
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  10. guapoxxx

    guapoxxx High-Roller

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    Per the choices listed, I'd choose MGM. It used to be my wife's favorite until we stayed at Aria :thumbsup:

    From our experience at MGM, we like their spa, pool/cabana area, dining selections, and their hotel rooms are a little nicer than most strip properties. I didn't list casino as I'd rather gamble at Aria, Bellagio or Cosmo.
     
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  11. dreric

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    I would have to say Ballys Jubilee Tower for the reasons above. Plus it is connected (inside) to Paris, and across the street from Bellagio and the Cromwell. I have also stayed in a basic NYNY room, but felt it was a basic, very small hotel room. A Monaco Suite at Monte Carlo was large and clean, but dated. I would probably stay away from there due to the construction.
     
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  12. Shannon

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    Thanks everyone. We were leaning towards MGM, but I got a little nervous because it is SO big!
     
  13. scc31

    scc31 Low-Roller

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    Here's my input...
    for room: TI / MGM > Ballys > Harrahs > NYNY > Monte.

    for location: Harrahs / Ballys > MGM / NYNY / Monte > TI (unless you want to stay North of the strip, which I do - I would put TI first cause it's next to the Fashion mall, Wynncore, Mirage, and Venetian/Palazzo.)

    for amenities in and around the resort (partying, food, connected etc): MGM > Ballys > rest. MGM is just a mega large resort with a ton of stuff in it. Bally is connected to Paris with a lot of option for dining and gaming. NYNY is OK if you want that theme-type resort, but there's not much action going on there IMO. TI is kind of boring in the resort. Nothing special about the resort in itself and the gambling floor is dull to say the least. I guess inside the resort is pretty clean and updated.

    Obviously don't stay at Monte (plus they're constructing there and renovating everything). If you want a more central location look at MGM or Ballys. If you want to stay more North, Treasure Island is OK. You better find a nice deal though cause sometimes TI is more expensive.
     
  14. Kitsi

    Kitsi Low-Roller

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    TI waives resort fees every time we have been there. We are invited guests, but they may offer that to anyone, I'm not sure. They have the best beds ever! Their corner rooms have great views and two window walls. They are at the end of the halls of course, but very quiet too.
    We've stayed at most of the hotels on the strip. MGM is a great place too, especially their pool area and food choices.
     
  15. the nuts

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    South strip has been sketchy for me lately. Many unscrupulous characters out there and when we walked around the area with family it was sketchy. Since then we have avoided south strip completely. Having said that, TI is a great spot because its closest to amazing food choices (Venetian/Palazzo, Wyncore, etc.) and its a good location where many things are within walking distance. Second is Harrahs for the same reason, third is Ballys (which is better than harrahs but not as good in location).
     
  16. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    seems to be quite a while until your trip....do u by any chance play the games on my vegas on facebook? you could accumulate tons of points prior to your trip and get a free night or discounted nights at the mgm properties you have listed, mgm, nyny, monte carlo.

    just something to think about.

    todd
     
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  17. TableToddyy

    TableToddyy Low-Roller

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    Batman will take care of any problems.
     
  18. Shannon

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    I actually started playing the other day lol
     
  19. buckeyetodd

    buckeyetodd Low-Roller

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    I'm not exactly sure about restrictions while using rewards. Somebody else on here might be able to shed some light. Would be nice if u could use free night and discounted nights together
     
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    I've stayed at MGM Grand many times. Yes, the hotel is large but it's fairly easy to find your way around. Lots of different restaurants to choose from. The rooms at MGM were recently renovated and the basic rooms are very nice. The rooms on the higher floors of course have the best views. Don't get a West Wing King room though. They're quite small, the views suck in the rooms on the lower floors and it's a little bit of a walk from the West Wing rooms to the main elevators. If you are renting a car keep in mind that all the MGM properties now (unfortunately) charge to park in their parking garages. MGM Grand is $10 / day. However if you are at Pearl level or higher on M-life then the parking fee is waived. Also the effin' resort fee is $33 / day. It's also a bit of a walk from your room to the pool area, the plus side though is the pool area is worth a visit if lounging at the pool is on your agenda. There are several to choose from. There were no noisy children during the times I've been to the pools.

    Despite some of these drawbacks I'm staying at MGM again this coming October. However if I were not at Pearl level on M-life I would not stay at any MGM property. I always rent a car while in LV and I refuse to pay to park at a hotel where I am a paying guest. It's bad enough that just about all the hotels in Vegas gouge us with their effin' resort fees.

    So I would recommend MGM Grand if it's on your list of potential hotels. It's got just about everything.