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Needing help to plan our trip

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by hrt4girls, Aug 12, 2012.

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  1. hrt4girls

    hrt4girls Tourist

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    My husband and I are planning to take a trip to Vegas April 1-4 2013. We haven't been there for about 10 years. Needless to say, things have changed.

    First, we would like to stay at the MGM because I am impressed with what I have read about the renovations and we like to stay on the strip. We have stayed at the Flamingo, Monte Carlo and Bally's in the past. They were all fine, but the Flamingo was getting dated then, I can't imagine what it must look like now. Are we making a mistake with thinking that MGM will be a step up? I found a room rate for $60 a night before the $25 resort fee. The reservation agent told me that is the cheapest they ever go, but somehow I doubt that. What price should I be looking for? Ten years ago I could find rooms for $35 and no resort fees.

    Next question, will the pools be open that early in April and will it be warm enough to use them? (we are from Wisconsin, so we are coming from temps in the 40's in early April)

    My husband and I play table games, but usually I tire out before him and head to the room. I have read that the MGM is huge so hopefully I will feel confident heading to the room on my own. What are the table minimums on a weekday night for craps and blackjack? Will we be able to find $10 tables at night or only during the day or not at all on the strip?

    The dates we are vacationing are the days right after Easter Sunday. Will that be a busy time or will people be back at work and school? We have spring break the week after Easter, but I am hoping that is not true for other schools and colleges.

    We are considering a nice dinner out at LeCirque at Bellagio. Any suggestions, yes or no to that. I understand the cost is higher and we are okay with that. I like to have good service and atmosphere as well as good food.

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  2. Candy Apple

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    April should be in the 80's, certainly warm enough for swimming.

    Flamingo has updated GO rooms, which are supposed to be very nice. You might look into Planet Hollywood as well. They both have better locations than MGM and no resort fees.
     
  3. djegators

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    I just got back from MGM, and in my opinion the rooms and hotel are a step up from the other places you mention. The price you got sounds pretty good to me actually, especially for a remodeled room (make sure you do NOT get the west wing).

    The location is not a worry for me, easy access to NYNY, Trop, Excal, Luxor, Mandalay, and not far to Cosmo, Aria and Monte Carlo. For further up the strip, the monorail is right there.
     
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    PS: to answer a few other questions.

    I think the pools usually open in March to accommodate spring break.

    As for finding your room, assuming you are in the Grand Tower, once you get the knack of it, it is easy to find despite the size of the casino.

    And I am sure you can find $10 tables during the week, probably a little crowded.
     
  5. BrendanMc

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    I don't usually play at MGM, but you should have no problem finding $10 tables any time of day, even $5 tables in the mornings.

    I've been in Vegas a few times in March/April and pools will be open starting in March. However, that is the time of the year where temps fluctuate the most. I was there the end of March and it was nearly 90, but I've also been there in April when the temps never got out of the 60's. Rare, but it happens.
     
  6. thecarve

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    $10 craps tables will be easy to find almost every day of the week (maybe even $5 in the mornings). On the weekends, they’ll likely be crowded at the $10 level, but will still be available. For BJ, $10 shouldn’t be a problem mid week. You might even find one with halfway decent rules. On the weekend nights, you’ll still be able to find them, but they’ll be packed and you might not care too much for the rules they offer. $15 should be easy to find at all but the busiest of times.

    It can get busy in April. But as long as there isn’t a big convention/concert/sporting event, you won’t be inconvenienced – Vegas can handle crowds. If I’m not mistaken, there’s a “sticky” on here somewhere that lists the dates of the big conventions. Otherwise, you can always take a look at the rate calendars for various hotels. Supply and demand rule, so you know if the prices are sky high, it’s going to be busy.

    I’m no expert on hotel prices, but $60/night sounds pretty good to me. If you haven’t already, go ahead and book it. As long as you book directly through the hotel, it is easy/free to cancel. So, book now and keep your eyes open for a better price.

    Le Cirque? Absolutely.
     
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    Flamingo is kind of low-brow now. I've not been in the rooms, but the casino itself is getting a little crusty and the clientele are certainly not the jetsetters.

    Monte Carlo's rooms are very nice, actually.
    They spruced up their casino about a year or two ago, and despite being one of the more generic (there's just nothing WOW there or that you "must see") properties, it is quite nice now and has a terrific staff to boot.

    I was very impressed with the Bally rooms in April. The standard rooms were spacious and well furnished. Much classier than I expected. And NO RESORT FEE. Plus Bally is connected to PAris which is nice.


    It's a decent rate. Is that weekend or mid-week?



    Pools should be open by then and the weather will be warm and beautiful. You will enjoy the pool.


    No problems from casino to room. Someone can always point you the right way. What I would be cautious of, though, is the parking lot to casino and vice versa. It is a LONG walk and the parking lot sucks (crappy elevators, not well structured/ organized) etc. If you're not driving this won't be an issue, but this is the #1 reason I don't stay at MGM.



    As someone else noted, the tables are there, but on weekends and busy times may be hard to get onto. $15+ tables are easily accessible.


    I don't know the schools' schedules but even if it is during spring breaks it's not a problem that's going to make the crowds unmanageable.

    I've never eaten there, but it sounds like good stuff.


    I always recommend FIREFLY (it's on PAradise Rd) to everyone if you want the good food, atmosphere AND good price. It's a tapas place with a fun and hip vibe and (in my opinion) the city's BEST food.
     
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    First sorry to quote you but it's that only way to remember all the concerns you had.......

    MGM Grand use to be our go to casino in Vegas......by far one of the cleanest casino's around, especially the air quality......

    But since they imposed the resort fee we gave it up as our home casino.....that is until they sent us a free 3 day offer that we are taking advantage of in 2 weeks.....

    As far the time of year you are going............I believe it's the BEST time of year you could pick.......we were in Vegas this April.......April 1st till the 6th and going back again March 31st till the 5th next year.......but we will be at Harrah's because of the 5 free nights they offered.......but we are learning to enjoy that mid strip area after many years on the south side at MGM.....

    I believe the $60 per night is pretty close if not rock bottom at MGM Grand since they redid most of their rooms.......are you guys getting a NEW GRAND KING ROOM for that price.....hope it's not a petite king room...AKA West Wing Room........they are about $5-$15 per night cheaper but not worth the savings....insist when you check in that it's a Grand Tower Room....not the West Wing area...........

    Pools at MGM will all be open for business and they are GREAT.........LOVE the lazy river that goes around the pool......just look for some nice shade, set up camp there in the morning and you will have it "Made in the Shade" the rest of the day....LOL

    Table games during the week should be easily found for $10.......and 1...MAYBE 2 tables of BJ for $5 in the EARLY mornings can be found.....but there the BEST MGM Grand has to offer........take a short walk across the street to Hooters, ESPECIALLY in the morning (if no $5 tables are available at MGM) and they ALWAYS have a table or two for $3 BJ........YES...$3 and that's basically on the strip....can't beat that with a Ugly Stick....LOL...

    BTW you should have NO TROUBLE finding your way back up to the room.....REMEMBER to LOOK UP and follow the overhead signs that MGM Grand have hanging from the ceiling........and when it doubt, ask a employee...

    Best restaurant deal in MGM Grand.......Emeril's.......by far price wise and it's VERY good food.........but don't forget to go there for HAPPY HOUR starting DAILY at 2pm.

    Have Fun.....maybe we bump into each other next April.......:wave:
     
  9. heatherlovesvegas

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    MGM is a great choice. By then I'm sure everything will be finished. I went in there for an event in May and I was blown away, it's totally different! Looked great, also a friend just stayed there and they said the rooms were great.

    Pool should be open. I went to Vegas for Easter and the pools were definitely running.

    That is also a good price I would say for MGM. Flamingo has the updated GO rooms, but that's about it, it's still a little bit of a shotty property, but for the right deal i'll stay there. Flamingo, even with the updated room is a step down from MGM I'd say.

    I'd say all the MGM properties are nicer, and more upkept than the Caesars ones, at the moment (except maybe actual Caesars, but that's always expensive!)
     
  10. djegators

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    "What I would be cautious of, though, is the parking lot to casino and vice versa. It is a LONG walk and the parking lot sucks (crappy elevators, not well structured/ organized) etc. If you're not driving this won't be an issue, but this is the #1 reason I don't stay at MGM."


    I was kinda surprised to see this, as I don't think it is much longer walk than just about anywhere else, especially for such a large property.
     
  11. hrt4girls

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    Thanks for all the info

    wow, thanks to everyone who responded for the great info. Yes, the room we have is one of the new ones and not in the west wing. Judging by the responses, it looks like we picked a great hotel and a great couple of days to spend in Vegas. Now the only problem is waiting until April.
     
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