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Opinions of The Westin?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by TehRed, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. TehRed

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    I can't seem to find very much chatter about The Westin here. My friend has plans to go to Vegas in the future and he likes the sound of The Westin, as it's not on the Strip itself but is still very close to the middle of everything.

    Has anyone ever stayed there? I'm trying to find out about the quality of the rooms for him, it's not massively important to him how "posh" a place is, but with his wife going it does need to be at least a little better than somewhere to only lay your head for the night. Neither him or his wife are big gamblers but they really want to come to Vegas and see the sights and shows.
     
  2. monkeyshed

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    I've gone in to gamble at the casino and it was very small, but nice. Don't know about the room. Just curious....why does he want to stay OFF the strip? Plenty of places on strip just as nice, without the walk, for the same amount of money.
     
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    I have never stayed there but have had the odd drink in the casino and it always seems quiet. I use to go in when I have stopped at Tuscany which is a little further up.
     
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    Not a lot of talk because in all honesty there isn't much that it's the best at with the possible exception of the sports book (overrated IMO). It's a decent value play for a mid range room, but that's about it. I get a lot of offers for discount rate due to some light drop in play, but I haven't taken them up on it. The location is only good if you're in town for a convention. If you stay there you probably want to get a monorail pass.
     
  5. TehRed

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    He doesn't necessarily want to be off the Strip, he just liked the idea of knowing they shouldn't experience noise issues. He thought the hotel looked nice enough too and was reasonably priced, and just asked me if I could find out any info from anyone who had stayed there.

    He also really likes the idea of staying at the MGM, and I think he'll go for that if the price is right at the time, but if it's not then the Westin looks like it's in with a good shout.
     
  6. smerrian

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    The Westin is a hotel experience like you'll find in any other city. The exception is that they have a very small quiet casino in the lobby area. Not where most people would want to be to have 'the Vegas experience'. You won't feel part of the action. MGM, on the other hand, is a great Vegas experience. Great casino, really nice hotel. Well worth paying a little bit more. (And I'm not a real Mlife fan!) If you do stay at The Westin, you probably would do well to get yourself a monorail pass though you will have the Cromwell and Linq at your disposal. Remember distances are deceiving in Las Vegas. Structures are built large so by just looking at them you think they're a lot closer than they really are. Bring walking shoes!
     
  7. da1chifan

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    I've stayed at that Westin at least 5 times in the past couple of years, and then will be there for the first night of my upcoming trip.

    Most people staying there are on business. If it didn't have the small casino in the middle of the main floor, you'd think it was in any other city. It is quiet though and not far from the Strip. It probably doesn't take any more than 10 minutes tops to walk to the Strip. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the rooms facing north now have good views of the High Roller. Ellis Island (if you are interested in that) is kitty-corner from the Westin.

    It all depends on when you are going since Strip rates fluctuate quite a bit. If you wanted quieter stay and don't mind the 10 minute (at most) walk to the Strip, the Westin is the way to go. If you want to be right in the middle of the action where you might hear drunk people loudly returning to their rooms at 4am, then the Strip would be better suited for you.

    Edited to add: I saw your 2nd post about MGM. There is very little difference in distance between the walk from the Westin to the Strip VS the walk from the MGM rooms to the Strip. Walking from the Westin, you are walking outside with only few people impeding your progress on the sidewalk. Walking from the rooms at MGM to the Strip, you are weaving through the large casino along with 7,000 other people. If my only 2 choices were MGM and the Westin, I would choose Westin in a heartbeat. You walk up to a much better area of the Strip from there.
     
  8. nfcwestbest

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    I think Ballys might be a good option for him. I've stayed their three years straight its very quiet in the rooms I've never had a problem with noise. He can save the ten minute walk to the strip and still be close to Westin, Ellis Island or Tuscany if he wants to head in that direction. Its about the same price or cheaper than the Westin also.
     
  9. AbFab

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    I stayed there for one night, and actually liked the quietness. Also was the last night of my trip so was happy the casino had @5.00 BJ tables. IF I didnt have the free room offers, I would totally stay there for a typical 3 night trip.
     
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    They had "Happy Hour Gambling" where Roulette was $0.25, Craps $3 and Table $5...it was usually Mon-Thurs from 4p-7p. Not sure if they still have it, but my mom loved playing roulette there versus El Cortez for cheap.
     
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    Having stayed at both, I have to respectfully disagree with this. The Westin front door is as far from the Strip as the east end of the MGM parking garage. It's pretty close to the full half mile distance from Koval to LV Blvd. From the MGM elevators to the Strip is less than 1000 feet. Use the Google map measure distance feature to see for yourself.

    The Westin is fine if you're on a business trip. Great rooms. But it's like staying out in Henderson. You feel completely detached from the Strip experience. I don't recommend it for a "see the sights and shows" trip.
     
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    I think the Westin is great for a Las Vegas trip. I stayed there for 10 nights a couple of years ago.

    Clean and comfortable. It is good to get away from the craziness of the hotels on Las Vegas boulevard and relax for a little bit.
     
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    Lots of airlines put their crew up at the westin so it should be pretty quiet. I mean that cabin crew like a good night sleep (although they also party) and if it were noisy I imagine there would be complaints and they would be put up elsewhere.
     
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    Also, I haven't stayed at this particular Westin, but I've stayed at a lot of others, and their beds and showers are consistently some of the best I've experienced while traveling. That being said, I'm not sure it's where I'd choose for a Vegas trip, especially if you like playing where you stay; I'm pretty sure I have more fingers than they have table games.
     
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    Yes it is a very small casino, VERY SMALL!! Think "smaller than Slots-Of-Fun" small. They have a decent sign up bonus, we just walked there last year from Flamingo for the sign up bonus.

    Would I stay there? Only if the price was right, they certainly are not cheaper than many Strip hotels.
     
  16. TehRed

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I think he's changing his mind about the place now, I think he does want something with a little more personality to the place.
     
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    I don't remember exactly what it was, it could've been something like minimum $10 free play with a chance of $50.

    But I'm the kind a guy that even if it was a guaranteed $10 I would've stop by am taking that, as it's really not a far walk from Flamingo .
     
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    I stayed there once when it was the Maxim in the 90's. I enjoyed the location, close to, but not on, the strip. Affordable rooms and a nice little casino. I believe Tupac was shot outside there. Every trip I would always stop in here (and Bourbon Street).
     
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    My first and only royal flush there on the draw.