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South Strip Vs. Mid Strip Mentalities

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by phade, May 21, 2014.

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  1. phade

    phade Low-Roller

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    I've stayed at a South Strip locale before (MGM) during my first Vegas trip almost ten years ago. Since then, I've been a mid-strip hotel guest.

    I'm really trying to see if I can get myself to stay South Strip for my August trip - Luxor or MGM most likely. The funny part is I can't figure out why I'm so partial with staying mid-strip. I almost feel like if I stay at MGM or Luxor, that I'll be "missing out" for some reason. Makes no logical sense.

    I can't say we favor certain activities at mid-strip other than a mandatory visit to Margaritaville. I'm also not partial to Mlife or TR or any other company.

    What gives?
     
  2. ams722

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    I think it's just easier to get around mid-strip than it is south strip. If you stay at Mandalay Bay-Luxor I feel like you're kind of trapped down there.

    That being said, Cosmo is the only hotel I've stayed at mid-strip. I usually stay south strip (MGM or NYNY) because I'm an MLife guy.
     
  3. UKFanatic

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    I think this is correct. When I stay at MB, I never feel trapped because I always have a lot of stuff planned down at that end of the Strip. But in terms of number of people and pure energy, the intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd is the place to be.
     
  4. sybgal

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    We can't imagine staying anywhere except mid-strip. We are definitely CET people & love being able to walk to most of our fav haunts!
     
  5. leo21

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    The farthest I've stay south is MC. I don't find it a chore to go from south strip to center strip. However, my perception is that south strip is a bit too family friendly for my tastes. There are just more things to do with kids there compared to hotels like Harrahs's or Bally's where there's not much to do but gamble. I stay center and tell people with kids to go south.
     
  6. ardee

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    The last few trips, the farthest south we've stayed has been Palazzo. ;)

    For some reason, the farther south we go on the Strip the less we are interested. Other than seeing "Jersey Boys" at Paris, I don't think we've even walked south of The Cromwell in years. Everybody has their favorite areas, and trying to convince a North Strip person that they ought to check out the South Strip is a mug's game. Plenty of places for all sorts of faces.
     
  7. MTROH

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    I like to stay north of the Bellagio, up to the Wynn. But i definitely avoid the Riv, Circus Circus, Strat.
    I like to stay at the mirage mostly because its an easy walk to the Wynn, Palazzo, Venetian, Caesars, Casino Royale. If the TI still belonged to MGM, I would stay there.
     
  8. aashleyjc

    aashleyjc Low-Roller

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    We tend to gravitate towards the south end. The furthest north we have been in years is Paris. It's not that we don't like the northern part of the strip, we just like to stay and play at MGM casinos and those are all on the southern end.
     
  9. parallax

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    We use to have the mid strip mentality (Bellagio - Aria)but we decided to give MB a shot because we love their restaurants. We found out that we really enjoy staying down at that end. We seem to be more relaxed. We have been to Vegas enough times that wandering through the same casinos do not really excite us. Plus, we are not big fans of the total reward casinos and many of them are populated mid strip. Finally, we view staying down at MB as a form of exercise. At least twice a trip, we will walk to the Mall or Caesar's Forum shops from MB.
     
  10. Mizzou233

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    For me, the mid-strip mentality definitely applies during the winter months in Vegas. My wife and I were in Vegas this past December, and it was in the high 40's/low 50's during the day. Not exactly warm weather that made you feel like walking for a long distance outside. We were staying at the Encore, so we spent a chunk of change on cab fares. We normally stay at Caesar's or Harrah's, mainly because they're so close to everything. I'm not a big fan of the south end of the strip. MGM is overcrowded, Excal is dingy, and NYNY isn't a great place to gamble. Luxor and Mandalay Bay just seem so far from everything except the airport.
     
  11. waverunner

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    I spend most of my time on the mid Strip, which is from Planet Hollywood up to Wynn. In my case, the last few years i have preferred CET hotels because they comp me.

    In the mid 90's to early 2000's, my hotels of choice were MGM properties. If today, Milife gave me comped rooms, i'd go back to them. It doesn't really matter if it's the south or north (properties north of Wynn is Downtown....LOL).

    The distance between Mandalay Bay and Wynn/FSM is 2.4 miles. That is a pathetically short distance to travel. I have walked that distance since 1977 (actually, i have walked from Hacienda up to the Sahara in the 70's-80's when the Strip actually had a south, mid, and north.

    I had a stroke a couple of years ago, walking is a little more difficult but entirely doable after 2011 and in the future.

    The distance from Mandalay Bay up to Wynn is the same distance it has always been. I live in LA where you need a car to mail a letter.

    In my case, geography is unimportant, it's still only 2.4 miles, the difference is where i choose to stay based on comps. I do have a Milife card and put some points on it last week.

    In fact, looking at my Milife points, i can stay at Excalibur, Monte Carlo, and Luxor for 2014 Sun-Fri for $23-$36 per night. But i'm so spoiled now i can't justify NOT staying at CET comped.

    The properties at MGM are superior than CET overall. But going solo and staying in comped rooms far outweighs the "niceness" of the property.

    If i got comped at Wynn, i'd stay there. It doesn't matter what the location is..........it's still 2.4 miles. It's all relative. It's still Vegas, whether it be the Hacienda or Wynn, Mandalay Bay or Venetian.

    It's still only 2.4 miles.
     
  12. mgill1974

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    it's still only 2.4 miles :rolleyes2:

    ok
     
  13. Tammy58

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    I understand your feelings. For years we were Paris, Flamingo, Harrahs, Mirage...last 3 trips were MGM, Monte Carlo and in 2 weeks Luxor...with so much new happening down in our "old" stomping ground we feel out of the loop. Years ago we hiked up and down the strip with no problem...now my back and knees can't handle all that walking. We are just finding "new" things to do south strip. The dh is already talking about going back to Mirage/Harrahs/Flamingo next year...he misses it. Walking out the door and being in the "middle of the action" is very nice.
     
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    I think the bridges and walkways might increase that distance a bit. I don't think the distance down the strip is incredibly long if you were able to walk a sidewalk on Las vegas Boulevard from MB to Wynn. But most of the time, there are many junctions that require extra walking. When I went a couple years ago, i stayed at the Luxor and walking to PH was a good walk, but it wasn't something that disabled me. Over time it can be tiring.

    I liked the feeling of the south end of the strip. It felt like going to mid strip was a destination. It was a little more calm, which can be good at times. At the same time, there are so many options mid strip. Either way, you're in Vegas lol.
     
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    I just came back from there and stayed at NYNY while rest of group was at Flamingo. I got a 2 for 1 ticket for a 4 day monorail pass of MyVegas points and it worked great for us. The walk over to MGM station was a little bit but still way faster then hiking it down to Flamingo 2 times a day.
     
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    Part of the appeal of Mandalay Bay for me is that the hotel is out of the middle of everything. We like walking up the strip, but it is nice to have a home base that bustling but not crazy overcrowded when you return.
     
  17. rayzor

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    Last year stayed at mirage which i liked going to NYNY this time so we will compare the differences.
     
  18. Viva Las Vegas

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    In the 1991-2006, my Strip ran from Riviera/Slots-O-Fun through Dunes/Aladdin.

    From 2007-2014, my Strip runs Encore through Cosmo/PHo.

    MGM is the only casino I have any desire to hit south of Dunes/Aladdin/Cosmo/Pho, at least until you hit South Point. The no mans land between PHo and MGM on the east side, and the several bridges, malls and other obstacles encumbering pedestrians in the anything but a "city" center on the west side pretty much killed any desire to head south and I stopped visiting two years ago.

    A city is pedestrian friendly and city center is anything but pedestrian friendly, and I'm an avid walker (6-7 miles a day at home, and I've walked from downtown LV to the welcome LV sign past MB in the past). To each their own, but there is a reason the OP and many others here prefer the Strip north of City Center.
     
  19. Nevyn

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    There is less outdoor sightseeing south strip, and fewer of the "hot" clubs and properties. But if you get past that, its quick and cheap to get around, nice midrange prices, good dining options, etc. It just doesnt feel like the "center of the action" the same way.
     
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    I have had quite a few "home base"casinos in Las Vegas.
    Caesars,MGM,Bellagio,Ballys and several others have been my go to property.

    I keep getting drawn back to the convenience and energy of Mid Strip.
    The last several years I have been staying at Aria.

    Besides really liking the casino and hotel,it's an easy walk to the restaurants and bars at Bellagio,Cosmo,Monte Carlo,Caesars and many others.
    You can make the same argument for any center strip hotel.

    When I stayed at Mandalay Bay I felt isolated.
    Even MGM felt a little further away from everything.
    I guess it is what you get used to.
     
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