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Not new to Vegas but new to downtown

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by gatorfanwoman, Nov 20, 2014.

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  1. gatorfanwoman

    gatorfanwoman Newbie

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    Hi, I'm here to post a weird question. I've been a lurker for probably ten years or so or at least as long as this website has been operating. We have probably been on 20 trips to Vegas and have always stayed on the strip due to offers. We are not high rollers by any means but have stayed at the Wynn, Venetian, PHO and several others over the years, usually with 3 days comp. Fortunes have taken the usual downturn and I actually have to pay for this trip on my own for the first time. I want to stay downtown but I'm not sure where to stay. I booked at El Cortez Cabanna Suites but after looking at Google Earth, I'm a little worried because I'm a heavy smoker and will want to stand outside and drink my coffee in the morning or wine at night and my husband is worried about my safety. ( I told him I'm too old and fat to worry about it), but men will be men. Where would you stay? Don't like the GN, something about it. What about downtown Grand? Staying for 5 days during the NFR.
     
  2. roycpa

    roycpa Low-Roller

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    If you are just planning to be right outside the doors, anywhere downtown will be just fine. If I was your husband, I'd be much more worried about your smoking than anything happening to you from other passersby (sermon over)!

    Most of the hotels have some smoking rooms, though thankfully, they are getting harder to come by. If you're accustomed to the resorts you mentioned on the strip, none of the downtown hotels will measure up, though several of them (MSS in particular) are our favorite places.
     
  3. aaisack

    aaisack High-Roller

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    The area outside the El Cortez isn't bad. You really have nothing to worry about if you're staying at any of the Fremont St area casinos. Stay at one of the canopy properties if your husband is a worry wart. There's usually plenty of police and security in that area.
     
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  4. gatorfanwoman

    gatorfanwoman Newbie

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    Thanks for your replies. And. roycpa, I had to laugh at your reply. I am too far gone for quitting to help anymore.
     
  5. Foos

    Foos Low-Roller

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    There is always a guard posted outside the Cabana Suites Lobby, you will be fine there.
     
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    You should be fine. Walked at night many a time.
     
  7. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    We've stayed at the Downtown Grand twice since it opened. Nice property, and only a one-block well-lit walk from the Fremont canopy. We've stayed at six properties downtown in recent years and walk a lot, including well north, south and west of what many people are comfortable with. Never had a problem anywhere. Of course common sense is always helpful - we stick to the better lit areas in the wee hours.
     
  8. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I think you're gonna like Downtown. Consider staying at the Fremont next time. Probably the smokiest casino under the Canopy, lol!!
     
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    The rooms at the Plaza & The D have been recently redone. I have stayed in both and would recommend either. A Plaza host posts on this board, you might consider emailing him to see what he can do for you. Both offer smoking rooms, as do Four Queens & Downtown Grand.

    The Tower rooms at El Cortez are accessed from inside the casino, so you wouldn't have to go outside to smoke.

    Have fun & good luck!

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  10. Robertintx

    Robertintx Low-Roller

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    I stay at the Fremont since they have smoking rooms,
    I stayed at the ElC Cabana once but will not again. Going outside to smoke and it's not the friendist area.
    They do have a watchman if you can ever find him. Plus the walk to the Fremont Street area isn't my cup of tea.
    I'll continue to stay at the Fremont until it changes.
     
  11. VegasSteven

    VegasSteven Low-Roller

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    Like others have said, I think you'll be fine outside the doors at El Cortez, especially the main entrance. There are benches there where you can have a seat outside and smoke while enjoying your morning cup of joe as well.

    If you like to combine people watching with the morning ritual, however, the Fremont is a better bet. Step outside that casino on the Fremont Street side and you're right in the middle of the action.

    As for where to stay, I tend to bounce between Golden Nugget and El Cortez. The only thing I don't like about staying at El Co is that walk across the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street. I always seem to catch the red light/don't walk signal and wait forever.

    Good luck and enjoy the trip!
     
  12. Hogman

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    We also stayed mainly on the strip, but we spit the last 2 trips between the Golden Nugget and The Wynn. We really liked the GN and the rooms were comparable to nice strip rooms, we stayed in Rush Tower
     
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    Jusr got back from a stay at the Plaza, rooms were nice, bed comfortable. Walked to El Co and DT Grand - both casino's looked nice. Had no problems getting to either.
     
  14. gatorfanwoman

    gatorfanwoman Newbie

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    Thanks for everyone's help. Cancelled at El Cortez and booked at Golden Nugget. May fit our needs a bit better.
     
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    Hello all,
    New to this board, but i have gone to lv 15 times over the last 10 years. Delighted to be here. :)
    going to stay at the el cortez march 15th thru 18th.. heard tons of good things about it and a few not so good.. how are comps, rooms(tower), and the actual winning of a little $? any tips. thanks so much and be blessed. :) lucy
     
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    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    For the price of one nugget room, you could get adjoining rooms at the Fremont. Make one of them the designated smoking room!
     
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    i think if you are used to Wynn then certainly golden nugget will better meet your needs.

    Start there and work your way down as they say.

    Its like cold water. If you just dive right in its a big shock. Slowly aclimate to it and its quite nice and refreshing..
     
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    Overall it will cost less to stay at the Fremont...plus no resort fee...and its more in line with what you are considering to pay for the El Cortez. The rooms are just fine...clean and comfortable. Another plus is that its about a 3 minute trip from your room to the Fremont Street canopy. Just walk across to the Golden Nugget, buy your coffee at the Starbucks, sit at one of their outside patio tables and smoke to your heart's content! It's safe too! :peace:
     
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    OK, stupid question from me, but a good one for the other people. About how long does it take to get to ElCo from GN? I can't see it taking any more than about 15 or so, but I've never walked down there before. :eek: I know, shame on me.
     
  20. CALELLA

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    I've stayed at El Cortez 3 times now and its a leisurely 10 minute walk maximum(unless you get caught at the lights of course) to the Nugget
     
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