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Off-Strip Trip

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Brutalfacts, Jan 28, 2014.

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  1. Brutalfacts

    Brutalfacts Newbie

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    My wife and I are Vegas veterans in our mid 50's with 15 trips over the last 10 years (at least one a year, sometimes two). Though we have stayed on the strip over time be became "Downtown people", like to gamble (mostly table games with video poker and real poker for me), bring a decent bankroll and my wife is handicapped and uses a scooter. As her condition worsened over the years (she has MS) we gravitated to downtown because its easy to get abound with lots of choices.

    This trip we are looking to stay off strip, we have been at various spots like The Orleans, Suncoast, Sams Club...etc though it was a day trip kinda thing. We do rent a car and her scooter is portable (and I have lots of experience taking it apart and fitting it in rental cars). I am trying to decide what casino to base ourselves out of. We are open to suggestions, like I said we like to gamble, enjoy decent food choices though we are by no means difficult to please, and look at a room as a place to sleep only asking it only be clean. We actually do not mind small rooms as its easier for her to navigate. We have stayed at just about every property downtown at one time or another (except the Plaza) and the last few trips have stayed at the Fremont (nice SMALL rooms).

    Good gambling, decent food, decent room rate with a side of convenience (enough nearby casinos to explore). Any suggestions?
     
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    ernestoc33 Low-Roller

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    May I recommend Sam's Town. My wife and I loved it there. Its also in such close proximity to downtown. We've stayed at the Orleans as well, but like being closer to downtown. From Sam's its a 8 minute drive to Fremont. Sam's has lots of food choices, great video poker and table games. Their rates usually start at about $34/nt. The rooms are big and have great views.
     
  3. captainron62

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    Sunset Station is our favorite. Clean comfortable rooms, plenty of dining choices, good gambling and enough local choices if you do get bored you can do other things that are close.
     
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    I'd also recommend Sams Town.
    The vibe is very laid back, and its never so crowded that you can't move around.
     
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    mgill1974 Low-Roller

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    also recommend Sams Town
     
  6. JWBlue

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    I didn't know Sam's Club offered rooms. Shop while you stay. :thumbsup:

    I would recommend South Point. The only negative is it is a little isolated. It is big enough that there is not any reason to leave.
    Good clean rooms, lots of eating options. Great rates. Newer hotel. When I stayed there there seemed to be a few people in the 50's age group.
     
  7. makikiboy

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    Actually I would suggest that you stay downtown and make a jaunt out to the outlying casinos to see if one day you would want to try an offstrip/offdowntown place. Jaunts will give you an idea of the casino and whether you like the place and will play there. I think the casino vibe makes a big difference on your stay, you are more likely to stay at a place where you enjoy playing IMHO.

    As others have mentioned, Sam's town is a nice place to stay as it contains just about everything you need on your vacation, all in one location. Eateries, casino, theaters, mcd's and fridays, etc., even a bowling alley. I have friends who stay there and never leave the grounds until they fly home.

    The Orleans or Gold coast are also both reasonable places to stay (boyd properties, lol). It just depends what you want out of your stay, many use their hotel as a home base but go elsewhere to gamble, do things, etc. IMHO, the bad part about going offstrip/off downton is that you are kind of stuck at one hotel/casino, if you are losing and want a change of scenery you have to drive or walk far to get to the next casino (one reason why I like downtown, so easy to play elsewhere).

    Since you mentioned that you visited some hotel casinos you should probably pick the one you felt the most comfortable in, a place where you would want to hang out in IMHO.


    lol, I also laughed when the OP mentioned Sams Club.
     
  8. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

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    There's a recently completed Trip Report called Vegas Royal Holidaze 2013 . The author 'flysrb' writes about going to many of the places that you have mentioned. You may want to check it out. It's also a very good read.
     
  9. Smo

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    I would say South Point for sure. The place is huge, has over 3000 slot machines, plenty of places to eat, a 12 screen movie theatre with parking for scooters and $5 movies all day Tuesday, the casino floor is very open so it makes for easy scooting. The rooms are spacious, clean, and very quiet. It is an 'older' crowd. I'm 50 and really enjoyed the place.

    SouthPoint is only 8 miles South of the MGM Grand on Las Vegas Blvd. So it's a 15 minute drive back to the strip casinos if you like.

    I fold my Mom's portable scooter (I think it's a Luggie) in my trunk everywhere we go. It would be easy to use that and have plenty of room at SouthPoint.

    BTW, congrats on your first post. You've only been a member for what, seven years now!
     
  10. Brutalfacts

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    One of the things I love about a Vegas trip is the planning. Here is the status of where we stand.

    I have extended the trip by a day so we will be flying in 2/26 in the AM with return mid afternoon 3/5 on Southwest. I am a big fan of Southwest out of Orlando to Vegas, non stop flights, no bag fees (important this trip because of the length, cannot get by on carry on alone) and decent rates and points.

    We will stay at the Suncoast on 2/26 thanks to a B Connected comp. I have 3 comp night at the Stratosphere thanks to a stay during a portion of portion of a 2012 trip. Given that the Strat is in no mans land I did gambled quite a bit there during the stay....quite a bit, probably more than I had ever done in a single casino on a daily basis. I find that ironic given that I am not a big fan of the Strat (based on location more than anything else). Factor in that my wife had her biggest single day loss (a record that surpasses even my record loss) at the Strat (which she is reminded of every time we talks about her big wins, I no longer have to use any other term than Stratosphere to bring her down to earth) this time it will serve as a base of operation on 2/27 thru checkout 3/2 while we use the rental car to explore other casino's we have not been to or stayed at. I think she has a visceral reaction every time she sees the big tower on CSI or thinks about it.

    So its down to the last 3 days, Sams Town (yeah, I flubbed it buy calling it Sams Club, I apologize to the entire Boyd Gaming Group), South Point are the early leaders but I check rates daily and read reviews. Like I said I love the planning.
     
  11. mgill1974

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    wow, long trip you have planned. 4 days is my limit!! Good luck
     
  12. makikiboy

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    Brutual, just FYI, if you log on to the b connected online system you can get better rates for rooms at boyd properties so you can check out sam's town for the days of your stay to find out their rates. IMHO, much lower than you will find on search sites or the general sam's town site (if you don't use your b connected card). Not sure if Southpoint also has that option on their site but you can probably call and find out what their rack is or if you get some comps based on previous play.

    Good luck! sound like fun!
     
  13. Brutalfacts

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    When we started going to Las Vegas regularly in 2004 (the trip was a celebration of putting our last kid through school and we fell in love with the place) we were 4 day hit and run types. The longer 7-8 day trips started a couple years ago as my wife's MS progressed. She just doesn't have the stamina she once did so a longer stay prevents her from feeling she has to overdo it and allows for "rest periods".

    As for me, I have taken a more leisurely approach. While at the Strat I will walk to the Monte Carlo for the early poker tourny (long walk, but very pleasurable at 7am) and will be back at about noon allowing her the time to get ready. I used to sat exactly what you say....4 days is my limit...but I have learned to pace myself better and yes......gamble even more....
     
  14. Tammy58

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    Everyone here will have their favorite. We are in our 50s and for the last 4 trips we have broken our trip into 3/4 nights on the strip and 2/3 nights at South Point. Great variety of old and new slots, large hallways for your scooter. Sams Town is also nice for what you are looking for. FYI, regular rooms at SP are all the same just a $10 diff for each level due to view....cheapest gets you a view of the parking garage wall, mid view for $10 more gets you a look somewhere else, $10 more gets you a high floor with large vistas. Rooms are something like 500 sqft so nice and roomy. We upgraded for a fee to a suite our first trip and have played enough every trip since to get a suite through a host there. Food is inexpensive, gift shop liquor/soda snack prices are very good compared to the strip. We eat at Primarily Prime Rib every trip prices and meat are very good.
     
  15. flysrb

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    Hey Now!

    my ears are burning!
    Plenty of scooters hanging out at Sam's Club, Orleans, or Gold Coast.
    Sam's probably is the most kicked back. Also you can scoot to Eastside Cannery easily...
     
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  16. ExVegasLocal

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    What about the M Resort?

    While booking an upcoming trip, I began to think of places where I could find "strip quality" without "strip prices". I enjoy a nice room, great amenities, better-than-strip pay tables/slots, and lower-than-strip food/beverage prices. For me, the Golden Nugget usually comes to mind first (though I don't enjoy their pay tables/slots).

    I have finally settled on the M Resort for my upcoming trip. Most folks consider this hotel to be too far from the "action", but I don't mind a 15-20 minute drive to my destination when I want to venture out.

    Surprisingly, there is very little mention of the M Resort on this board. It would be great to hear some more opinions from the folks on this board about this place.
     
  17. Lhammer28

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    There is very little, however I have seen a coupe threads and I love to talk about M resort whenever I can fit it in!

    We were there last year for hubbys conference and between the two of us gambling, I cannot speak for hubs, but I know for me I gambled around $1500 I sure his was a little more, but we had a host contact us when we got home, inviting us back. Since the conference is there again this year, the company pays for the hotel, our host cannot do anything about that but has offered a $150 F&B Credit to our room.

    After our 7 trips together doing around the same amount, if not LESS than normal gaming, we finally have a host. We only go there ONCE and it happened.
    I will admit that the first 2 or 3 trips we spread our money around to everywhere, but as of or 4th trip we kept the main gaming to one property, usually CET or Boyd. With them we'd just get free room offers, never a host contact!

    Moral of the story: They treat you amazingly here!
     
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    I have heard great things about M Resort.

    A hotel should fit the guest. Personally I have not stayed at M but I believe it is more of a younger crowd. I would want to be around people my own age.

    The OP and his wife are in there 50's.
     
  19. ExVegasLocal

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    I found that the Strip has many 20-something's with its emphasis on nightclubs. During my last trip to Aria there were lots of backwards hats, guys named "Dude", brawls at the tables, and it was impossible to tell the difference between the ladies of the evening and the actual hotel guests, since skirts were so short.

    I think that the M resort would offer a very laid-back and relaxing experience for the OP, while still offering a contemporary strip-quality product. I'm in my mid-40's and appreciate tranquility, so I will be staying there for my upcoming honeymoon.
     
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    The trip is now set as Sams Town will be hotel/casino for the last 3 days of the trip. We had been there before for an afternoon so at least I know what to expect and it will be a decent base of operations for the Boulder Strip portion of the trip. Also the price was right....NASCAR race it the next weekend and room rates seem to be climbing daily.

    The plan now is:

    2/26 check into the Suncoast and stay on property all day. That is fly in day which means leaving the house at about 4am to get to Orlando (an hour and fifteen minute drive) and on the plane for a 7:10am departure. By the time we get the rental car we probably arrive at the Suncoast at 1pm Vegas time (4pm body time) and use the day to gamble a bit, eat, and recuperate. If I get antsy and the Mrs. gets tired I can walk over the the Rampart and check it out.

    Starting 2/27 we will be at the Strat for 3 nights. I am planning to use those days to explore the M, South Point, Silverton, and GVR. I have heard and read nothing but good things about the M and South Point and plan to start there, if we like what we see we will focus our gaming there for future possible offers. Also plan to eat at and play at the Palms (again it seems that new ownership has infused the place from what I have read) and since we do like the "dark side" possible stops for food and some gaming at Ellis Island, the Silver Sevens, Palace Station, and who knows....Jerry's Nuggett? Depends in how content we are with the casino's we start at.

    Then we will finish with 3 days on the Boulder Strip starting 3/2. Will check out Eastside Cannery, Boulder Station, Arizona Charlies and to feed the "darkside" The Longhorn. We got plenty of places to go, the list is probably too long.

    Only 13 days to go, can't wait.
     
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