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Planning 13-20 person bachelor party, seeking advice

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by ChrisG, Apr 24, 2013.

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  1. ChrisG

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    Hello, first time poster, and first time making a trip to Vegas. I've been tasked with putting together a trip for our friends bachelor party. We are traveling with a group of 13-20 guys all in their mid 20's. Most of the group has never been to Vegas and want to make this the trip of a lifetime, and I'm seeking some recommendations for everything for clubs, hotels, shows, or possibly a casino host that I would be able to contact prior to our trip. We have some experience in dealing with local casinos in our area, but unfortunately none have Vegas affiliates. Our trip is scheduled for july13-16th, and we've gotten our flight info taken care of. Thanks again, and i can give more specifics on the trip if you need it.
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    You are going to get lots of varied opinions and replies. From where I sit, unless you are all wealthy, stick with a lower to mid tier hotel. Flamingo, Planet Hollywood are good choices. Do not try to stick 4 guys in one room, that is a trip to remember, and hopefully forget. (think 4 drunk guys with ONE bathroom).

    Meanwhile, along with the replies you will get here, check out some of these threads

    As to contacting Casino Host - what sort of bankroll do you and the boys go through? Host's usually only want to deal with proven gamblers. They get calls all day long about "big time rollers" and it is difficult to sort things out.
     
  3. CrazyCanuck

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    I was part of an epic bachelor party last May for 4 days with 14 guys. We had a great time so I'll throw some general and specific comments out:

    1. Get on the same page. You should have an understanding amongst the group about a few things. Budget is most important make sure everyone is willing and able to pay their share for anything that is being split. For the party Suite make sure everyone is on board and can pay his share, also get money up front for the Suite and any bottle service activities. Nothing is worse than trying to remember which of 14 guys didn't pay you for bottle service the night before.

    2. Party Suite. I started my planning by asking on here about what Suites sleeps 14, they don't exist (for under $40,000/night). Your best bet is to have 1 Party Suite and 1-2 regular rooms in the same hotel. This works well because the Suite will be large enough to hang out and party in, then if some or all of the guys want to actually sleep they can go to the "quiet rooms". Your budget will dictate how nice a Suite and property you get. We ended up getting a 2-room Skyloft and 2 regular rooms with 2 beds, for 3 nights the cost was $500/guy. It worked perfectly as the Party was pretty much 24/7 in the Skyloft and we could keep reasonable track of each other, also the Skyloft congeire was amazing and got us onto on the Club lists and in the door quickly regardless of what club we ended up at. Finally telling young gals you're in a Skyloft is a pretty easier opener.

    3. Don't plan too much. With 14+ young guys in Vegas it's like trying to heard cats, the adrenaline is pumping and everyone wants to do different things. I'd keep planning to: 1 steakhouse dinner, 1 club night with bottle service, 1 day club day or cabana pool day. The rest of the time run wild in smaller groups, even with gambling, you can't have 14 guys at a blackjack table and everyone has different games and stakes. During the 4 days I hung out with lots of different people but only steakhouse night and club night were we all together.

    4. When necessary dictate. It's great to ask for opinions but at the end of the day you might get 14+ opinions, eventually you'll have to step up and decide on behalf of the group, if all else fails give the bacelor the final say.

    Hotels- I'd say MGM, Planet Hollywood are your best bets for Hotels they're nice (I'm baised as the Skyloft was awesome) have a young vibe and are cheaper than Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian.

    Shows-I would reccomend against a show for 14 guys, dudes aren't gonna wanna see Cirque together and you're better off at the Strippers. Also you'll get more bang for your buck if you bring strippers to your party Suite as opposed to going to a Strip Club.

    Clubs- their are lots of top tear clubs in Vegas and they're all amazing parties. You're going to need to buy bottle service to get everyone in so contact some club host and see what kind of deals you can get. Here is another point where budget may become an issue.

    Host- A casino host is probably not going to offer you anything with no play record. Your best bet is to book the cheapest Suite and Rooms you can find and put one room under your biggest 3 players, at the end of the trip see if a host can comp back some of your charges.
     
  4. Bommen

    Bommen High-Roller

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    As other have mentioned u need to give us budget so we can have an idea of what to recommend. Try to get a hotel close to the clubs, restaurants, bars etc were u are planning to spend a lot of time in. If money is not a big option Cosmo is for sure your best bet. Get a wraparound for the party and some regular rooms.
    Cosmo have the best nightclub and bars in town and also arguably the best restaurants for your age group. Also great pool to party at and staying at a property were u will spend most of your time is always a big plus especially when going with a large group.
     
  5. Burt

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    The Real World Suite at the Palm's is 3,000 square feet. I know somebody who rented it for a bachelor party. Your looking at about $7,000 a night.
     
  6. weazel03

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    I planned a bachelor party and got back 2 weekends ago (10 guys). Here is my 2 cents.

    First off we started with 15 and ended up with 10, so I would make plans with anticipation of that.

    We got one Tower Suite at the B with 2 other normal rooms. The suite was the meetup and pre party place. I would recommend doing that where ever yall stay. We got buffet comps at the B so it was nice to do brunch the 2 mornings we were all there. Although I loved staying at the B, and the Groom did also, you can get away with any popular hotel doing this.

    We went to Marquee the first night. It was EPIC... I highly recommend this. You also pay a minimum per table, not per person. Expensive but managble with a lot of guys.

    Second day was Wet Republic, bought presale but should of done a cabana but we didnt realize the B pool had 0 talent (we discovered that when we first got there and explored the pool the 1st day). Great place to go.

    Second night we ate at n9ne (perfect bachelor party steak house, great food, drinks and eye candy as our waitress). We then went up to moon but it wasn't nearly as fun as Marquee. Luckily we didn't get bottle service and left after an hour to go to another... ehmmm... club.

    What I would recommend is this... plan where you are staying... one night of bottle service... one nice dinner... and general plans after dinner, but not entirely set out like the first night.

    Ohhh and don't get too stressed out. I am normally the one getting crazy in Vegas, not planning every detail. It turned out to be one of the best trips I've had to Vegas so have fun with it!
     
  7. ChrisG

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    Budgets, plans

    Appreciate the information so quick guys. I agree with you completely crazycanuck on the not planning to much.

    I'm definitely being organized and up front with everyone that's going on costs and confirmations. as of now we have 13 confirmed guys going, flying in from different parts of the country. We have been communicating through email and everyone is committed to making it happen. We also have about another 7 that are still questions as of now due to work and other excuses (although in my opinion there really shouldn't be any for this trip).

    Budgets vary per person, and these figures are for everything except airfare: we have about 3-4guys in the $2k area, 4-5 around $3k, and 4-5 $4k+

    Keep in mind our local casino is in Indiana so this would be a big deal there, probably not a big deal to vegas.

    our thought was hotel budget in the $2-300 range/person, and if we end up getting anything comped great, if not we would already have the money set-aside. We would like to in some way have access to a balcony as almost half our group smokes. I know Vegas has started cutting back on smoking and tips here would be helpful to avoid those awkward situations when we get there.

    So far everybody that's a confirmed go have said they want to do a show, including the bachelor, we were looking at some of the cirque shows, but have only really seen a bad review for the Chris Angel show. Budget for that would be no more than $100/person.

    Are basics thoughts were show one night, dinner and club/bar one night, strip club one night. all the other times i was planning on just getting rates on things to do from a cabana as mentioned above, some guys have mentioned going to an arcade, others want to just walk around and check out the other hotels and casinos.

    As for dinner, i've noticed on some of the restaurant websites they have group menus for a set price per person. I thought this might help us to get a better idea of costs for guys that have never been, or would it be better to just get reservations at a mid-tier restaurant (not looking for anything really over $100/head)

    I've been looking at reviews and pictures of XS at the Wynn, we definitely want to get bottle service at whatever club we choose. My question here is that i've been seeing promos online through the different limo companies and party planners for discount bottle service. With a group of our size would it be better for me to go directly to the club? or through a third party?

    Also is it unrealistic to think that we possibly would get some of our expenses comped at the end of our trip? or is it a sorta the next time you come back type thing? any recommendations or suggestions in this area would be helpful. One of the things we've read and talked with people about is gambling at the casino we are staying at will get us the most comps, is this true or just an old wives tale? We know some things wont be comped and are not trying to get in over our heads, and have already setup an account for everyone to prepay for bottle service, hotels, group dinners, etc.

    thanks again
     
  8. LV_Bound

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    If you plan on a strip club do some research before you go so you can call ahead and let them know your plans. More than likely they will be happy to send you 1-2 free limos to drive everyone.
     
  9. dankyone

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    You have a lot of moving parts here.

    In terms of the dinner--it is a fantastic idea to book a private room with a set menu and pre order the wines. Dinners for 15 are always chaotic when it comes to ordering and dividing the bill--the preset menu and pricing makes it a million times easier for everyone.

    The Cosmo seems to be an obvious choice for you given your desire for smoking space, a large suite, and lack of severe budget constraints. The stunning women strutting all over the hotel won't hurt either.

    Certainly it is possible to have some of your room charges comped off for the current trip. This will be more awkward given how you are dividing the room costs and some will play more than others. And yes, playing primarily at the place you are staying and asking them to review play at the end of the trip and pick up what they can is the best and easiest way to do handle this.
     
  10. Max2589

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    Chris,
    I have spearheaded countless bachelor parties in vegas.
    Once you figure out your budget set up a campaign on a group
    Funding site like crowdtilt.com. Once everyone has contributed to the
    Campaign the company will wire the funds to your bank. Use an
    Existing account or set up a new one. Pay all the expense of the
    Trip from that account via debit card. Everything is much easier that way and there Are no issues with money (ie: someone losing all their money at table on
    Day 1 and now can't cover club table). There is also a record of all purchases which you can make transparent to the group. At the end you can give back any unused money (there never is) We do this with all expenses aside
    From air and hotel but you could do whatever. It works great.
    Good luck.
     
  11. Bookie21

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    I would say Cosmo suite. They have balconies for smoking, was just at a bachelor party in Vegas and we did Cosmo for this reason. Also, I would suggest bringing in entertainment to the party suite rather than going to the strip club. Way cheaper, and more hands on than the club:ssst:
     
  12. VegasDave

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    I was going to suggest Cosmo as well but we are talking $100 per person per night for hotel costs, doesn't seem realistic unless, against the advice of another poster, you put 4 people in a room. Even then you have no party room as also suggest (and I would suggest this too, home base makes a big differnce!). If that budget were to double, you could get away with Cosmo, but right now, with a Saturday night on the lowest Terrace suite is $300/night.

    My suggestion would be something like Planet Hollywood with the varied budgets and just go outside to smoke. It kinda sucks having some people on the high end of $4k and some on the low end at $1k, but don't burst anyone's bubble by making them feel pressured to spend outside their limits, its Vegas, plenty of room to do that!

    Another option is to get those with bigger budgets to spree on a cool room they want to stay in and party in, always a plus when you are in your own room at the end of a drunken rager. Then the others can get the non-balcony suites at Cosmo for closer to $200 and those in between can hit the terrace suites.

    Sounds like a great time!
     
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    Make sure you check the shows/entertainment portion of this board. Your trip is in mid July and there is usually a "summer of cirque" deal that goes on. You could probably get cheaper tickets to a show like "KA" for your group. They usually have $50 tickets. That would probably be a good cirque show to see for your group...although you will get 6,001 opinions on which show people loved and which show people hated (all of them have fans and haters). Although everyone seems to universally hate Chris Angel's show.
     
  14. undathesea

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    I have a large crowd of people going out for my birthday next month. The crowd is up to 20 people so far and may continue to get larger.

    Unless you want to drop $150-200/person on a meal at a restaurant (before drinks), don't do the prix fix menu and don't reserve a table for more than the maximum number of guests. Split up the reservations and do two large tables. We decided on Mix for my birthday. I did the analysis on it and the prix fix was going to be set at $105/person. That was before booking service fees, tax, and gratuity, all of which pushed the total to about $145/person without drinks. You can easily get the same meal sitting at a regular table for about half of that. If you want a private room, you'll add to that cost. So, what I decided on was drinks in the Mix lounge area for about 1-1.5 hours before dinner and then we'll split off into smaller groups for dinner. Each group is responsible for its own reservation. Most are eating at the restaurant and a few have chosen to go someplace else. I know we won't be at one big table, but seriously, you won't be talking to people at the other end of the table, so why does it really matter if you're sitting together or at another table?

    I would recommend Vinnie Favorito for the show. It's raunchy, racy humor, and if that's the sort of things you and your friends are into, it's perfect. The audience is his show as he basically picks on everyone around the room and makes fun of them. I took my brother's group there when I took him to Vegas for his birthday and we were all crying by the end of the show it was so funny. In fact, I've been back 3 times since.

    I would also recommend you peruse Jack Colton dot com. He's pretty much the authority on clubbing in Vegas and has all sorts of tips on his websites... perfect for bachelor parties. Including phone numbers of hosts at each club, etc. Everything you need to know and more is on his website. And, any of the information you get from that website is legit.
     
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