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Splitting the trip between downtown and strip

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by JasmineJo, May 25, 2013.

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  1. JasmineJo

    JasmineJo Tourist

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    I am curious as to why people split trips into two or 3 different properties while in Vegas? I have booked 6 nights at Bally's comped in August, but just got an offer from The D downtown for 3 comped nights. So I was wondering if it made sense to split the trip, 2 nights downtown and 4 nights on the strip. I think I would enjoy the change but my hubby thinks it's too much packing and unpacking and not relaxing enough and that we could just take a cab downtown if we want to go there one day. Any thought/comments?
     
  2. Marky147

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    The last 2 years I have split my trip up between downtown and the strip. In 2011 I did 4 days downtown and 2 weeks on the strip. Then in 2012 I did 2 weeks at the Nugget and 4 days at Palazzo.

    I actually prefer the atmosphere downtown no though, so this year I'm just doing 2 weeks at the Nugget, and will just head to the strip for dinner on a couple nights.

    If you were driving, I would say that staying in one place and heading down when you fancied it would be fine. However, it is going to cost a pretty penny if you spend a decent amount of time going downtown via cabs.

    If you're only going down for one evening of entertainment, I would agree with your husband and just stay on the strip. Likewise if you're going to spend a fair bit of time downtown, just get a cab up to the strip.

    Even as a guy packing/moving isn't that much of a hassle, and I would say it only eats a couple hours of the day up tops :)
     
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    I love maximizing my travel dollars, so splitting to do strip on weekdays and downtown on weekends makes the most financial sense and also gives the feeling of two different trips in one. The repacking aspect is easy if you unpack sensibly on the first half....
     
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    We stayed at Ballys for 2 nights last april, then 2 at El Cortez Cabana Suites. The reason was the fact the rates at Ballys tripled for the weekend, so we switched. Worked out great
     
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    Probably the top three reasons people divide their stays up are:

    1) Comps
    One property might offer you something and another property offers you something else. Instead of choosing between them you pick both.
    IE: One property might send you an offer to play in their slot tournament and $100 in free play for the casino, the second property might send you an offer for $150 in free play and $75 in food credit. Instead of taking one or the other you stay at the first property when the tournament is on and then afterwards switch to the other hotel and stay there for the remainder of your trip.

    2) Free Rooms or Cheap Rooms
    Its usually not that hard for even a low level gambler to get 1-2 nights comped in Las Vegas.
    If you have a 6 night trip and can't get all 6 nights comped at one place you could break the trip up and do 2 or 3 nights at a few places and end up staying for free.
    As far as cheap rooms go: if you are a low level gambler you might not be able to get a weekend comped. In that case you might elect to stay Downtown on the weekend when its still pretty cheap and then move up to The Strip Sunday night.

    3) Change of Scenery
    This is what really got us in to regularly switching hotels: our first five trips to Las Vegas we would go from one end of The Strip to the other over and over again during the course of a trip.
    Thats a lot of walking and can really wear you down, especially in the summer months.
    We still like to visit a lot of different properties but instead of having to keep going up and down The Strip or from The Strip to Downtown multiple times on a trip we'll stay somewhere on the south end of The Strip for 3-4 nights and then move somewhere mid strip for the last 3 nights... or we've even done 3 nights south strip, 2 downtown and then 2-3 nights mid strip.


    If you are staying one place and have it comped for the whole stay then another thing you might consider is keeping your full stay at the first property but then in the middle of the trip also booking a night Downtown.

    So on the day of the Downtown part of the stay you just pack a small overnight bag, leave everything else at the first hotel and then head downtown and check in.

    That gives the advantage of having a hotel room right there where you stop for a rest, stay for the night, or if one of you wants to call it an early night or just after going all day you might want to stop at the room for a short rest or nap before going back out for the night.
     
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    We usually split our trips because we don't have enough comps to stay at one hotel for the whole time. For us is also a question of one of us wanting to be downtown and one of us wanting to be on the strip, so this way we both get what we want. The packing/unpacking isn't too bad because you don't unpack everything at your first destination anyway. I think the two-destination stay works well in Vegas where you're not usually in town for a relaxing getaway anyway.
     
  7. uli_1515

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    On our upcoming trip we will be staying 5 nights on the strip and 2 nights downtown. I like the change of scenery and not having to cab back after a night of drinking downtown.
     
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    My last trip was BCRF (before CET resort fees), we went for a week and I was happy with the price I got at Bally's for the week. We wanted to split the week too but we ended up with Monday to Monday flights and it just wasn't working out to split the week. We ended up finding a good price at Four Queens for one night. No packing, no checking out, we just threw a few things in my bag and went downtown. I would do it again.
     
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    I do this.

    i start in the strip for a few days and then go downtown.

    its like starting the vacation all over again. It only takes a few minutes to pack and unpack.

    I do downtown last because by then i am pretty run down and the less walking the better.
     
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    For my 50th birthday, we had 4 nights at Rio but double-booked a cheapie at Gold Spike so we could have dinner at Golden Nugget's Chart House, take in Mike Hammer at 4 Queens, then get hammered at Drink and Drag. Staggered downstairs for late breakfast at the new Neonopolis Denny's, hopped into bed next door at Gold Spike, then back to Rio the next morning to recover in their spa. Changes of clothes and toiletries for two in one duffle bag worked like magic.
     
  11. jhpa

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    To me, the strip and downtown are two completely different experiences. I love the shows and the fancier restaurants the strip offers. And the people watching (namely the young female eye-candy) is so much superior on the strip compared to downtown.

    On the other hand, downtown is much more relaxed - so much easier to bounce in and out from one casino to another and the lower limits make your gambling budget last much longer...and you hotel budget lasts longer too.

    I agree with the suggestion to spend weeknights on the strip and weekends downtown.
     
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    On a couple of occasions I've done 3 properties over 4 nights to max out comp deals (primarily to get the free play that came with a free or heavily discounted room).

    That was a bit much, but moving once over 6 nights doesn't seem to be that big of a hassle and it's like having two different vacation experiences out of one trip.

    Keep in mind that checking in at most of the properties downtown (Golden Nugget may be an exception, haven't stayed there in a long time) is a snap. Walk in, get helped immediately by a check-in clerk, walk a few feet to the elevator, you're in the room in 5-10 minutes.
     
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    We will never do a whole vac on the strip again. We either split w downtown or off strip. As said its different experiences, I have seen, done all I want to do on the strip. I do still enjoy the atmosphere, but only for a day or two, after that I am ready to slow the pace down. I enjoy the off strip or DT because of the short walks and laid back atmosphere. I also enjoy the real world pricing of food and drinks.
     
  14. techie223

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    I agree with most of the things that have already been said. There's just a different vibe between the Strip and downtown, and since I like to experience both, the last 4 or 5 trips I've split my time between the 2.

    I would say that these days I prefer downtown, so usually only stay 1 or 2 nights on the Strip (mid-trip) in a comped room at NYNY. Not a big enough gambler to get more than 2 nights on the Strip, anyway. Maybe that's why I don't like it as much :evillaugh In that case, I normally just take a small backpack with toiletries and a change of clothes, easily manageable on the bus.

    For my upcoming trip in August, however, we're going to splurge and stay 5 nights at the Bellagio, mostly so we can enjoy the fabulous pool. Then we'll stay 3 nights at the MSS on a comp. Since they're sequential stays, we'll pack everything and take a cab downtown. It's really not that much of a hassle.

    One time we did stay at 3 different hotels, playing the comp game. I found that a little too much. But free nights are awesome :thumbsup:
     
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