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Second trip on the cheap - MC?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by JerryVO, Jul 16, 2012.

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  1. JerryVO

    JerryVO Low-Roller

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    My wife and I are planning our second trip to Vegas. Last time we went big (for us) and stayed at the signature. The room was great but it turned into little more than a place to sleep as we were out and about most of the time. We are planning our second trip and are trying to do it on a budget. We picked a week (Sep 12-17) with no major conventions which should help a little. We are looking to stay on the strip and keep the room cost reasonable. No specific budget but I would rather lose my money at the tables and on having fun. Her only rule is it cant "BE A DUMP". On our last trip we walked around all of the strip casinos and for a frame of reference she thought Bills and IP were dumps.

    We are looking at the Monte Carlo which we both remember positively (at least the areas we were in) for around $600 for the trip. Is there anything I am missing that we should look at? Again no set budget so but I know playing the for only x more you can get game can make the price creep up quickly so to throw out a number say <$1000.
     
  2. VermonterJohn

    VermonterJohn Low-Roller

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    Jerry:

    Actually room rates are a bit on the expensive side on those dates...especially Friday and Saturday nights.

    As my wife and I are budget minded, like you, I do two things to screen for dates with lower rates.

    First, I check the LV Conventions schedules, tossing out any dates when large conventions are in town.

    Secondly, I check a website like i4vegas.com and test rates for a few different time periods.

    FYI, cheapest dates are around Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas but there are generally low rates through much of November and up to Christmas.

    Also, while I agree that the casino at Bill's is a smoke-filled dump, the rooms there are actually quite decent and the location is superb.

    John
     
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    MC is less expensive that some, but as an MGM property, you have to add in the daily resort fee.

    CET (Harrahs) do not charge this. Paris is above the dump level, with PH and Flamingo not all bad.
     
  4. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    When you went last time, did you sign up & use any players cards?? TR of CET or Mlife? If so, you may want to check the 'reservations" sites to see if you have any comped nites....We are "Paris" people and can't think of staying anywhere else but other folks also have their favorites. We visited MC in April and were impressed with the remodel and improvements they have made. Hope you have a great trip!!
     
  5. Aero

    Aero Low-Roller

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    Sounds like your wife is like mine. We have stayed everywhere really nice that we wanted to check out. So, these days, I start with a list of acceptable properties and then go rate shopping. Hotels that I had on my list this year were Caesars, Flamingo, PH, South Point, and Mirage. We are staying Sept 7-15 and found great rates at Mirage($45-$75/nt), South Point($39-$79/nt), and Flamingo(comped). I always call casino marketing to see what their best rate is before I book anything. Ended up booking South Point for the first three nights(we love this place) and both the Mirage and Flamingo(remodeled room) for the remaining 5days.(still deciding where to stay) Last time I felt like I over-payed for a hotel in Vegas, we used the room for roughly 5hrs/day(4am-9am) and I will never get that money back. There is great information on these boards. Just do your homework and you will find the place that is right for you. Happy Hunting! The planning is half the fun.:peace:
     
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