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recommendations for 30's couple on first adult trip to LV?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by sjross2, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. sjross2

    sjross2 Tourist

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    Looking for some recommendations on where to stay during a 3-night trip this July. My wife and I will be taking a getaway trip away from the kids for a few days and we're looking for someplace with a great pool - preferably with a swim-up bar. We're drinkers but are NOT into the "South Beach Club" feel of most dayclubs - and nightclubs for that matter. We're much more comfortable relaxing out by the pool with beers in our hands and perhaps playing a couple games of water volleyball during the day and then going to a bar atmosphere at night with pool tables/bowling/darts/etc. Don't really care for places that are so loud its impossible to have a conversation. If forced to look into club atmospheres we'd want a rock/punk atmosphere and not house/hip-hop. Looking for a good hotel (i.e., not cheap) and preferably on the Strip, but open-minded. We've heard good things about a couple places (i.e., the Wynn & Cosmopolitan), but we're worried their too "chic" for our liking. We've also heard good things about Bellagio & Paris LV, but are worried that their a little to laid back and upscale for us. Also curious about recommendations for shows/experiences. I heard good things about Ka and the other cirque shows. Any thoughts/recommendations from the Vegas experts out there?
     
  2. Oskee2001

    Oskee2001 Low-Roller

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    Mandalay Bay might be to your liking... They have an awesome beach pool, and a lazy river type deal that's fun to go on, and I do believe they have the swim up bar area. And to top it off, you can go to their european pool side and get naked if that's your thing. Little something for everyone. At night you can go up to the house of blues' Foundation Room for drinks and to check out the awesome view.
     
  3. sjross2

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    Thanks Oskee - Guess I should clarify that the "adult" in adult trip doesn't mean XXX :eek:. Rather, just meant that we had been when we were teenagers, but not as adults. We're NOT looking for anything risque (e.g., topless pools/nude areas/strip clubs/etc.). Just a good bar feel and relaxing visit. How far off the beaten path is the Mandalay Bay - I've read on here that many recommend "first-timers" stay close to mid-strip to take in everything.
     
  4. KellyLovesVegas

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    This statement is incorrect.

    The adult pool, Moorea Beach, at Mandalay Bay does NOT allow total nudity. Moorea Beach is top-optional. Hubby and I enjoy the vibe and the music at Moorea Beach. Best of all, at Moorea there aren't any screaming kids running around next to you when you're trying to sleep off a hangover :wink2:
     
  5. Oskee2001

    Oskee2001 Low-Roller

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    Oh i know - i was just being funny! the european pool area (Moorea Beach Club I think its called) is in a closed off area, so you can't see it from the regular side. Mandalay Bay is on the south end of the strip, but you can take tram to Luxor and Excalibur, and cross the bridge to NYNY, CityCenter, Bellagio, etc., in no time at all. We stayed there on our second time out to Vegas and found it pretty convenient to everything. Plus, our favorite seafood restaurant in Vegas is in Mandalay - RM Seafood! Try the tasting menu.
     
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    Oskee2001 Low-Roller

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    humor doesn't transfer well on the intrawebs apparently... :drunk:
     
  7. sjross2

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    Sleeping off a hangover sounds exactly like my plan for at least one morning. Do any of these places allow cigar smoking?
     
  8. KellyLovesVegas

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    Mandalay Bay isn't a distant outpost. You are a 10-minute, all-indoor walk to Excalibur (the tram can be crowded and isn't always the best option), and then you can take the bridge to NYNY or MGM Grand. Plus, cabs and limos are plentiful from either the Mandalay Bay entrance or THEhotel entrance.

    And the view from the balcony at Foundation Room is awesome. Mandalay Bay's pool complex is one of the best on the Strip.
     

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    Everybody is different and like different things. I would advise u to stay mid strip for the first time so its easy to get around. For me MB would be horrible since its location is so bad. Also im not as big of a fan of their pool since its just to many kids running around.
    Aria sounds like it would be a good fit for your needs although they dont have a swim up bar. Other options could be Venetian or Mirage for something not as fancy. Wynn is imo the nicest resort on the strip but you will have to do a lot more walking.
     
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    I know cigar smoking is allowed in MB sportsbook.

    Foundation Room allows you to smoke on the patios. I don't recall seeing cigar smoking inside Foundation Room, but they have hookahs, so maybe they allow cigars, too.
     
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    Bommen High-Roller

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    Just thinking about walking from MB to mid strip in july makes me tired. Even worse if you want to go furher and make it back. Staying there you need to be prepared to take a taxi to most places.
     
  12. sjross2

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    Thanks for all of the great information. Definitely appreciate the advice from those that know a helluva lot more about Vegas than I do. I heard cabs cost about 15-20 each way from MB - is that accurate? I'll have to check with wifey to see if MB is a bit "out of the way" for her if that's the case. Do you have other advice for a mid-strip hotel other than the Wynn or Aria? Is PH or Paris a good option for a couple of cigar-smoking, beer drinkers from the PacNW looking to lounge and drink away a couple of days? Any restaurant and/or show suggestions?
     
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    Write a new post and tell us as much information possible in what u are looking for and u will get some great answers. Price u like to pay, is pool area important and what dates u are going is examples of some factors u like to include as well as u like to stay mid strip.
     
  14. jamesxnj

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    Would anyone else recommend Carnival Court to the OP? At least for a visit but not entire night? And maybe even Harrahs Paris or Caesars to stay at? I have been there in a few years,so would hate to suggest outdated info.
     
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    Sounds like the pool at flamingo is what you're looking for :thumbsup:

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    You'll want to get an upgraded room though....
     
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    I'd say any midlevel 4 star property would be just fine. Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM, Paris, PH all of those are nice, but not too nice and you can just hang out.

    The 5 stars might just be too much for you. Too over the top to jut hang out and be casual
     
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    Paris and PH are both nice places. Not too high end, not too low end. Bellagio will cost you more but it really is a nice place. My favorites are Mirage and Aria. Mirage is more my kind of place "status wise", but man I love those rooms at Aria. And midweek prices for Aria for are pretty incredible when you realize the level of the hotel. Mirage has a great pool and nice rooms and you don't have to be a big shot to feel comfortable. Unfortunately I have become a little gun shy of the Caesars owned properties (Paris, PH,Ballys,Flamingo) in the last few years. Lack of maintenance is taking its toll and me nor my wife will tolerate any uncleanliness in our room. And for me Mandalay Bay is just too far out at the end. Shows I'm not much help as its not big for me. But Carrot Top is excellent and we enjoyed Zumanity a few years ago. Nice to have an adult flair to it when you're escaping the kids.
     
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    I'd go with MGM Signature. The wife and I just came back from a trip a few days ago and we're both 32. The Grand pool is awesome with the lazy river and pretty cool atmosphere. Plus if you guys plan on clubbing, Marquee at Cosmo is literally an $8 cab ride.
     
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    You might check out the Tropicana too. It's not high end or anything, but the pool is excellent, they have swim up blackjack and cocktail service. It's not too crowded, and is a good base of operations due to the location. I think of it as a place to unwind.
     
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    I second the advice to stay mid-strip. Temps can hit 110 and higher in July. Picture walking for blocks and blocks in sidewalks packed shoulder to shoulder with people in 110 degree heat. If you haven't been there before, it can be hard to grasp how BIG those major casinos are. You can walk 3 or 4 blocks between two adjacent places, easily, and the heat just kills you. MB will put you out in the middle of nowhere, a long way from everything.

    Once you get inside, the first thing you'll notice is that there is NO place to sit, except at slot machines, gaming tables or bars. They don't like people sitting around not spending money. So you sit at a bar and order a bottle of beer - $6 to $8, and barely cold.

    I'm personally not too big on Vegas pools, unless you can find one at a certain time of day when it's not crowded, and even then, almost all of them are shallow - like waist deep - made more for hanging around than jumping in and swimming, e.g. the Flamingo pool picture above.

    Watch your money, of course. Gamble ONLY with money you're willing to throw into the trash, and NEVER NEVER try to "win back some of what you lost."
     
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