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Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Kelley Walters Opperud, Jun 12, 2015.

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  1. Kelley Walters Opperud

    Kelley Walters Opperud Newbie

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    Hello everyone! :wave:
    This looks like a great and knowledgeable community and I have been nosing around here for awhile but, I am even more confused then I was to start with because of all the fees and upgrades, etc. :rolleyes2:
    I am hoping someone can answer a few questions for me as we have been to Vegas once for a few hours in the last 25 years.
    I am trying to find the best hotel and trying to understand all the fees, etc.
    I am looking at Mandalay Bay, Wynn or Bellagio for 2 night in August.
    We are 2 older (50's) adventurous adults who love to swim, and go sightseeing.
    We're not the type to just hang by a pool or in a casino and drink all day.
    We will be there for our 20th wedding anniversary and would like a strip view room.
    We will have a car.
    What is your vote for us please?
    If we would also like a massage, should I purchase a package?
    Also -
    Do I have to pay for a chair at the pool?
    What is a drink cup refill program?
    Do I have to pay resort fee AND parking AND wifi - or is it all included?
    TYIA!!!
     
  2. cjohnson202

    cjohnson202 VIP Whale

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    hmmm....if you haven't been to Vegas in a long, long time I'd probably suggest Bellagio as it's centre strip. Yes, you have a car, but it's still always good to be able to walk around as well. Mandalay is far far one end and wynn is at the other end.

    Not sure about Massage or Pool chairs. Parking is free throughout Vegas (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and Wifi will be included in your resort fee, so that's all you have to pay for.
     
  3. kel3420

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    Welcome to our little part of the world! You will learn a lot here. Out of your three, I would say Bellagio, but I think you should also consider Cosmopolitan. Their balconies can't be beat. It may be too hot to be out there much during the day in August, but there is nothing like having a cocktail or two and watching the Bellgio fountains from your own balcony. Parking is free at all the resorts, but we have found it so much easier to valet. Just tip appropriately coming and going.

    Have fun planning!!
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Bellagio with fountain view would be a high choice. Cosmo could be great as well.

    M-Bay is great (we stayed there last two trips), but it is at the very end of the strip. We love to walk and will walk from there all the way to Mirage. Wynn is extra expensive is all the way at the North End. Probably not my choice.

    With that said, there are lots of hotels that are less pricey and you would be perfectly happy. Paris for example.

    Car? We used to get a car all the time but no longer bother. Just as easy to walk or get a cab.
     
  5. eksantirik

    eksantirik Low-Roller

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    I think with a car, Aria is a good option too. It's not as walking friendly as Bellagio (since it's some walk from the strip), but with a car, you can enjoy it. It's newer than all three hotels you mentioned and cheaper than Wynn and Bellagio. Very nice casino as well. Pool-wise I think it'll be the worst of your choices though.

    You will pay resort fee at basically every hotel and that'll include wi-fi. Most hotels have wi-fi at the casinos too nowadays (even if you're not staying there). Parking is free everywhere, except in Downtown Vegas.
     
  6. sybgal

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    Don't know if all are the same but never heard of a hotel charging for a regular pool lounger.....day bed or cabana...yes, certainly.

    Drink refill program? Not sure if you are talking about the drinks where you purchase the container cup and can get refilled for a lesser amount. I've done that at Bally's (?Evening Call maybe) but it took me hours to finish the 1st drink. Refilled the cup the next day as we are not all day drinkers....lol.

    Hotel - if you like to walk & sight-see....definitely stay more mid strip to provide the greatest ease in getting around. Since you will have a car, you can drive to MB or Wynn to cover those areas. Bellagio or Cosmo strip views would work well....

    Happy planning!!!
     
  7. Wynncore88

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    Have a great time out there! Sounds like you're in for a treat.

    Considering your demographic (and by no means am I calling you and your spouse "old" in any fashion) I would recommend Wynn or Encore. Wynn and Encore have it all: 5 star service throughout the hotel, a guest experience that is second to none, an excellent buffet, top notch restaurants, awesome shows, several fantastic pools and two 5 star spas. You really cannot go wrong staying here. Bellagio is a fantastic hotel but since MGM has taken over it isn't the place it once was. The foot traffic is outrageous and is ALWAYS busy and the only rooms worth staying in at Bellagio are the fountain view rooms in the main building (not in the Spa Tower). Naturally, there is quite an up charge for those rooms when compared to their other rooms that face a highway...yes, a highway. At either Wynn or Encore a strip view room is a request away from the agent checking you in and has zero up charge associated with the view. The foot traffic at Wynn/Encore is 1/3 of what it is at Bellagio and other popular resorts. Returning to Wynn/Encore after a night out is one of the most satisfying things since you're retiring back to a safe and "normal" place with a quiet room and none of the nonsense that goes on at other properties (college kids, out of control bachelor parties, hoards of drunks etc etc)...For the record: That does occur at Wynn/Encore, after all it is Vegas, but not to the degree or volume when compared to other resorts. I've heard that when XS (nightclub at Encore) lets out for the night on a weekend it is quite the scene...

    I don't know much about Aria, but it is a fantastic LEED certified resort with some incredible technology built into it. Aria does have a very contemporary feel to it and while not as young and hip as say Cosmopolitan is, Aria still has a feel to it that does turn people off. Personally, I don't care for it, but it is still considered one of the better resorts on the strip.

    As far as parking goes, parking is free and is easily accessible at each resort. Of course considering my screen name I recommend and push Wynn Resorts, but with Bellagio, Aria and other places people have recommended to you those will do just fine. Enjoy!
     
  8. kps

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    Welcome o the board. Personally Mandalay would not be an option as we prefer to be on the strip.

    For the hotel's guest pools there is no charge for a chair.

    Wynn would be my top option if you are only considering those 3 followed by Bellagio. I would also look at Aria. Wife and I loved staying there and the pool had tons of chairs available.
     
  9. btaller

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    I strongly suggest Bellagio.

    Regarding the fees: as already mentioned, parking is free at all strip hotels (even valet add tip), WIFI is included in resort fee and available all the time at all MGM resorts (you can also get a slower guest WIFI access at all Harrah properties for 2 hours).

    Spa: If by package you mean one with the hotel room purchase you are better off just getting the room and then booking the massage on it's own. You may find that in the 3 days you don't have time for a massage so you should book it when you know for sure.

    Chairs directly by the pool tend to get snatched up fast but they are free. And sometimes free water is offered by the waitress.

    The reason I suggest Bellagio is that it will provide a true vegas experience. It is busy with lots of activity. The location is central so you can leave the car in the garage, if you want, and walk to neighbouring properties fairly easily. A fountain view is beautiful. Lots of great restaurants. For 2 nights it's ideal, after a few more nights it may seem a bit too busy with all the foot traffic. I think you will also love Aria. A great high-end experience. Both have great spas, restaurants and pools. But Bellagio still has some of the theming that is synonymous with Vegas.

    Mandalay Bay is very far south and not really in the same category as the other two places on your list. It's comfortable and I love the pool area and the shops, but it's far from the action. Plus you can hear the planes fly by.

    I'm not a fan of Wynn. It's a beautiful property. Great restaurants and pools. The spas are very nice. Opulent and high-end to the extreme. But I had one major annoyance. During the day the house beats from the Day Club could easily be heard up to the 51st floor (I had a strip view). I thought, no big deal, the beach club closes by 7 so it will be quiet later on. I returned to my room after midnight and this time XS was excessively loud. It was so bad that I called and tried to get a room switch. The best they could do was move me to the Encore with a north view. I accepted it readily and found the quiet I needed. For some this wouldn't be an issue but when I go to my room I expect calm and quiet. That being said, when I stayed at the Wynncore I spent three nights and hardly left the complex, everything was at hand - I just wished they had soundproofed the clubs a bit better.

    So Bellagio is my suggestion. But whatever you choose, have a great time!
     
  10. phade

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    I think Wynn and Mandalay Bay are out based on the location on the strip...I'd look at Bellagio or Venetian. Mirage might be a tier down, but also a possibility.

    Shouldn't be charges for basic chairs. Drinks will be pricier at pools in general.
     
  11. Wynncore88

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    Yep. Budget between $8-$11 per beer at the pool and $13-$18 per liquor mixed drink plus tip for the waitress. If beer is your choice typically most pools will offer a bucket of 5-8 for somewhere between $37-$49.
     
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    As others have suggested Bellagio,Aria or Wynn will be great.
    MBay is too far south
     
  13. Tib2d2

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    If you're going during the week, you can't beat the rates you can get at Mandalay Bay. Its a huge place and easy to get to nearby Luxor. But if you're not interested in the pool, that takes away a huge benefit of staying there.

    You can also get great deals at the Wynn during the week (well, good for the Wynn), and it is as gorgeous and high end as everyone says, and the service is second to none. I'm glad we have stayed there at least once, but we may be priced out.

    I think Cosmopolitan is something everyone should try at least once, and get a room that faces the Bellagio fountains and the Eiffel Tower.

    Hope this helps!
     
  14. nostresshere

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    If you have not been there in 25 years, you can basically say you have not been to Vegas.

    Most any mid strip hotel will probably be fine. BUT - without knowing where you would normally stay when on the road, it is hard to say what would work for you.

    I would check the monthly rate calendar for many hotels mid strip.... Bellagio, Aria, Paris, Cosmo, etc. to get an idea of cost for your dates.

    Then share with us if you are a 4 Seasons sort of person, or a Holiday Inn or Motel 6 sort of person.
     
  15. MrsFuri

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    Congratulations on 20 years of marriage! Beautiful!

    I would highly recommend Palazzo or Venetian for your first stay in so long. The strip will look unrecognizable to you... apart from what you see in TV. Heck. I hadn't been there in about a year and it looked different. It's always evolving.

    They have great restaurants (try Carnevino), it's beautiful, great shopping, things to do (gondolas, madam tussauds, a nice spa, walking distance to Wynn/Encore, TI, The Fashion Show Mall, Harrah's & Carnival Court, Caesars... it's a good location).

    You won't have to pay for a chair at the pool, but the cabana rentals are a nice treat (and a break from the heat/sun).

    I have never heard of the drink refill program. But getting a drink is pretty easy, anywhere.

    You only pay the resort fee and that covers your wifi and amenities.

    Do know, you can self park or for a $2 tip you can valet park... both are free and the valet is so much more convenient. You're on vacation and celebrating :)

    Enjoy and let us know what you decide!

    -MrsFuri
     
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