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Staybridge Suites Report

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by CosmoM, Sep 12, 2012.

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  1. CosmoM

    CosmoM Low-Roller

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    I feel I found a nice property as a fall back whenever I don't get the value I want from the Vegas Strip resorts I like, and it fits nicely into my “Stay, Play, Gamble” strategy, where I try to select the best places for each activity, during my Vegas trips, rather than do everything at one resort, especially the Gamble component, where there are much better odds off-strip.

    I spent Labor Day Weekend in Vegas after a planned trip to Chicago fell through at the last minute. I chose to stay at the Staybridge Suites, since all of the Vegas Strip resorts were priced too high because of the holiday. I did not have to pay a resort fee and the price was over $100/nt less than most other strip properties.

    I have been curious about the Staybridge Suites, since it has been ranked highly on Trip Advisor for quite a while, and is currently ranked #4 there, below the Mandarin, Four Seasons, and ARIA Sky Suites. Quite lofty company for an extended stay hotel.

    LOCATION:

    The Staybridge Suites address is on Dean Martin Dr., but in reality it is just off of Russel Rd. west of Mandalay Bay, just over the bridge that crosses the I-15. Mandalay Bay is much closer then the MGM Grand, but the hotel offers a shuttle between the hotel and the MGM. I guess from the MGM you can take the monorail all the way to the Venetian and further to the Sahara. And there is a non-continuous route from the Bellagio back to Mandalay Bay, where you can take a Taxi or walk back to the Staybridge Suites - if you miss the shuttle back from the MGM.

    I mostly drive to Vegas, so I don't have a problem getting around. But the hotel location made it easy to avoid the Vegas Strip. I was in the company of taxis making their way around as I drove the back streets of Vegas.

    The Crazy Horse III, Gentlemens Club is within easy walking distance (5 minutes or so in my estimation), so those wanting to experience the spicier side of Vegas (I believe there is entertainment for both Men and Women) can readily indulge. Judging from the number of cars in the parking lot when I returned to the hotel in the early hours – this a popular place to spend some time.

    HOTEL:

    I found this place to be real quiet for Labor Day Weekend. You wouldn't know that just down the street, at Mandalay Bay some raucous partying was going on - the casino and pools filled with people having a good time. Quite a contrast.

    The hotel is nicely decorated on the exterior and interior, and has all the amenities you could need for a stay there – a small store next to the front desk to purchase items, kind of a mini 7-Eleven, pool, fitness room, free breakfast, and a nice lobby area. You can check out property photos on the Trip Advisor website to get an idea of the layout.

    ROOM:

    The basic room here is a suite, which for me was a room with a separate bedroom and living room (each with a flat screen TV), a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, closet, large bathroom and an outdoor balcony.

    The side of the hotel I was on had a sweeping view of the Vegas Strip skyline, including the Rio and Palms, which was nice at night-time.

    There is no in-room safe, so if you feel you need a safe, they do have safety deposit boxes available at the front desk.

    The hotel has a grocery shopping service, so you can make use of the full kitchen. I did not use the kitchen, but it had everything you would need to prepare your own meals. Also, I noticed that they had Rosemary planted in the landscaping, so fresh herbs are available if you look around.

    The complimentary in-room wireless internet was adequate and never let me down.

    BALCONY:

    You access the balcony through a glass storm door. There are two chairs and a small table so you can sit and watch the Vegas skyline. There is privacy here, so your neighbors will not be able to see you, so you can sit there naked if you please, but you will be exposed to traffic on Russel Rd and the occasional pedestrian.

    BREAKFAST:

    This was a real nice feature to have, especially if you can wake up early enough after getting in around 4AM. A selection of Wolfgang Puck coffees, a variety of juices, make your own waffle, potatoes, eggs, egg whites, bacon, cereal, etc. Not the cheap breakfast I was expecting.

    POOL:

    In contrast to the casino resort pools, there were not many people at the pool. But the pool has three cabanas, some daybeds, and several chaise lounges and chairs. The cabanas, daybeds, and lounges are available on a first come basis, with no fee required.

    There are patio tables in an area outside the pool fence, next to the dining room where breakfast is served, with a couple of BBQ grills nearby.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

    Since this is more of a business hotel, rates are higher during the week. Rates are available on the hotel website and priceline.


    Cheers,


    Cosmo
     
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