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Taking the Dog to Vegas - Flamingo, Bally's or Other?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Mitkraft, Jun 14, 2013.

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  1. Mitkraft

    Mitkraft High-Roller

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    Short of it: So which would you choose? Bally's "Pet Stay North Tower Deluxe" or Flamingo "Pet Stay Deluxe"? Any personal experience or things I should be concerned about?

    Longer Explanation:

    Ok, so I just go through booking a great deal on Southwest and between MLife offers, Golden Nugget Offers, and MyVegas rewards I had a pretty sweet 13 night trip lined up.

    Then the wife gets all wishy washy about leaving the dog with the sitter for that long (new dog, recent events make leaving him hard, long story). He's a tiny dog, stays in a giant Kennel when we are gone and sleeps most the day anyways.

    So now I'm re-examining the pet friendly options and wanted everyones opinion both in general (hotel, amenities, value, etc..) but even more so if you can speak to the accomodation quality and particulars of the pet friendly rooms.

    Background: Never taken a dog on a long trip but I'm an over thinker so I've thought quite a bit of it through. Current places we like to stay are Caesars, Mirage, Mandalay and we used to stay at MGM. Monte Carlo and NYNY are also satisfactory options. Only other CET place we stayed at was Planet Hollywood and it was nice except even the non-smoking accomodations weren't as smoke free as we'd like and the casino was VERY smokey and slightly douchy :D

    I'm currently thinking about staying the first several days at Rio because I can get them all comped (even pet rooms) through Labor day wekeend. (think I'l be ok at Rio?) Then I have to find out what to do from there. I was thinking about going to either Flamingo or Bally's after that. I think I can book 2 nights through hotel.com pretty cheap then I can use my offers to stay the rest of the time. I don't have any comp offers on the weekend so I'd have to pay for a Friday and Sat night.

    Any other suggestions? The problem with most of the other hotel options are that even if I can find good rates they are completely messed up by the $50/night pet fee or something similar. I'd love to hear any tips or info y'all have about traveling with a pet and resulting accomodations.

    BTW, do you think they would let me take him to see the Popovich Pet comedy show :evillaugh? He is a rescue and all :thumbsup:
     
  2. Sonya

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    As the servant to a well-traveled dog, the biggest problem you'll have in Vegas is the lack of accessibility for your pet ANYWHERE. Also complicating things is their rules about leaving dogs unattended in the room. I assume you're traveling with your crate? Is your dog a barker or quiet? You might be able to leave them in the room, but if there's a barking tendency, be sure the front desk has your cellphone.

    If your wife will consider some alternatives, I have a great recommendation for a boarding and daycare place pretty close to the Strip. On my last trip, my little papillon (10 lbs) came with me. I set her up with a boarding package at Doggie District - http://www.doggiedistrict.com/ They have a site between Flamingo and Tropicana on S. Rainbow, about 10 minutes from the Strip. I boarded her, but they have daycare available and break the dogs up in the groups by size.

    I was very nervous about leaving her in a place I didn't know. I did know a trustworthy member here had suggested them to me and that helped, but I still worry. Once I got there I was happy. They were wonderful. The shop was clean. The dogs were barking in the back, but it was play barking, not that frantic kennel yelping you hear at boarding places.

    I called the next day to see how Ruby was doing and they said, "Oh, she's out at the pool". I immediately pictured her in sunglasses and a bikini with a giant margarita next to her. In truth, she was splashing around outside with her new friends in a kiddie pool. :) She had a GREAT time there and I wouldn't hesitate to bring her back there.

    I think being with only small dogs was the trick. At the place we board her at home, it's all sizes, usually all Labs and Goldens. :) She gets squished a bit and can get anti-social.

    It might be an option for a free night or two, or to give your dog a place to burn off some energy instead of being crated in the room.

    I haven't stayed in any CET pet room, so I can't give advice there.
     
  3. Mitkraft

    Mitkraft High-Roller

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    Awesome Sonya, Thanks for the advise. I'm also leary about boarding him. I know he LOVES to play with other dogs so that wouldn't be a problem. Seperating out by size would be great because my aunt who usually doggy sits for us has a fat miniature schnauzer that doesn't realize his own size. He isn't a barker so he should be ok in the room while we are gone. At 4.5 pounds he doesn't need much room to run either..lol. I think we'd probably leave him with my Aunt as opposed to boarding him. But we'll see. It's good to keep that option in mind. How much was it if you don't mind me asking?

    BTW for anyone who might be interested I stumbled on an AWESOME app for monitoring your dog/kids/whatever. We used it last weekend when we took the dog to a hotel for the first time. It's called "Presence by People Power" and what you do is take a spare iphone, tablet, whatever and use the app to set it up as a remote camera. You can then use the app from another phone to view the remote camera and listen in at any time. You can also turn on motion detection and if the remote camera detects motion it will notify you from the app and also email you a short video clip.

    I was worried about him barking while we were out of the room but we were able to check in on him and be comfortable knowing he wasn't disturbing anyone.

    I did leave my cell phone with the front desk on my way out and let them know to give me a call if he barked and caused any problem and they were all surprised and said "I wish more people would do that!"
     
  4. Sonya

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    She was there for a week with the 2nd package from the top (we opted out of the package that included Skype sessions :haha:) and opted to add a groom on her last day. It was about $220 for all of it, but I think it was $35-40 per night.

    I'll have to look at that app. We sometimes sneak out for dinner and leave her in the room. She's not a barker unless someone else barks at her. I'd love to be able to peek in. Thanks!
     
  5. JustNgo

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    I'm not a huge fan of bringing your dog to Las Vegas hotel rooms because then you're restricted as to how long you can stay out, letting your dog out to walk, no room to play, etc., so when we went a few years ago, we researched all sorts of options for boarding our dogs. We found the best to be "Just Like Home". I'm not sure how you feel about boarding your dogs, but some of the key highlights that made us choose this place over places like "Camp Bow Wow":

    • Family owned (They can make concessions for you and have for us on a holiday weekend
    • Very reasonable rates (the real savings are with multiple dogs, unfortunately it seems you won't be able to take advantage of this)
    • No kennels (other places let your dogs play out during the day but put them in kennels at night)
    • 24-hour supervision (They have someone on premsies at all times that will even rotate rooms during the night and sleep with the dogs, this was a huge plus for us after hearing of several tragedies where a fire broke out in one place and the security guard was not allowed to let the dogs out of the kennels during the fire)
    • Each multi-dog room is set up like a living room with couches and furniture (our dogs like to lounge around on the couches, and it's much more relaxing to them than being in a kennel)
    • There are cameras everywhere for you to find and watch your dogs!
    • You can stop by and visit your dogs anytime!
     
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    Just got a birthday month (July) e-mialed deal from Flamingo and they had like 20% off rooms if you booked two nights and it specifically listed the pet stay rooms. I am a very low rolled so it is likely out on their site generally. You might get on and check and gt a great deal especially off weekend rates!
     
  7. Suekel

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    This is awesome information, thanks so much!! I'm going to look into it for sure. Our dog is a barker, and we've had issues before with having to return to a hotel (not in Vegas) to quiet her. So embarrassing!

    As much as we are stupidly overinvested in our dog, we've both drawn the line at taking her to Vegas. It just would be a logistical nightmare to be out gambling and drinking and constantly have to worry about going back to let her out. And if she is going to spend all day kenneled in the hotel room, what was the point of our bringing her? Fortunately we've found a great young man who works at our vet who is willing to stay at our house with her when we travel. We stock up on his favorite foods and pay him so much per night. He lives with his parents, so it's like a little vacation for him too. Total win-win so far.
     
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    You mention "offers". What rate are you getting when you use the rate CALENDAR and not offers?
     
  9. Kaliforniano

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    Longtime lurker, new poster. But as a seasoned traveler with my dog, I was inspired to sign up to post. :wave:

    Lots of great suggestions here, just thought I would add a few.

    If you're open to staying off strip and somewhere that isn't a resort, La Quinta Inn could be a great option for you. They have several locations in the Vegas area, are VERY pet friendly, with no additional "pet charges" to stay there. They've carved out a niche for themselves in the business with the "pet people"

    I would recommend their Airport SOUTH location (this is important - the North location isn't as nice) on Surrey. It's very new, close to the strip (with a free shuttle on demand that will take you to the strip 24 hrs a day), 100% smoke-free, and has the ultimate sound proofing. I know it's almost impossible to believe, but you cannot hear a thing from the airport once inside. This location scores something like #7 out of 220 hotels in the area on Trip Advisor, even above Four Seasons. :nworthy: Very quiet, mostly business people, pet people and pilots. They take your cell phone and pet info when you check in, and will call you if your dog goes crazy when you leave. They are super nice. The Summerlin/Red Rock location is also very nice and also scores high marks.

    Something you also might want to seriously consider, if you're not going to board the doggie at a pet hotel, is asking your vet for a prescription sedative. My vet gives me Acepromazine for my dog. It's like doggie xanax. If I have to leave the pooch in the room for several hours, it reduces their anxiety and keep them calm (strange place, strange sounds, strange smells).

    If you don't mind staying a little further out (20 min from Strip) in Henderson and are budget minded, the Wyndham Hawthorn on Boulder Hwy is very pet friendly. They will also call if your pet is going crazy, but are very nice and welcoming. I think they charge $10 per night (with a max of $30 over any stay) for the dog. Not a resort, but the rooms are spacious, clean and quiet.
     
  10. Mitkraft

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    All Awesome info. Thanks everyone for contributing! A few points:

    One totally KICK ASS feature I forgot to mention about the app I posted earlier is that you can TALK to your dog remotely also. Yep, that's right, you can click a button and now be in two way communication hehe. So if a "hush" or "shhh" command might do the trick you can click the button and interact with them to calm them down (of course the voice from the phone freaks some dogs out so YMMV)

    Thanks for the thoughts on kennels but I think we'd only use them if we had to take him and had maybe a night or two that we couldn't find a pet friendly hotel for. I think I'd leave him with family in liue of full time kenneling. However both of those kennels might be possibilities for day time trips. If for exampe we take him but have a day we might want to be away longer than usual and didn't want him couped up all that time.

    nostresshere, as far as my offers. I'm not actually using offers but I'm just logging into the TR site, plugging in my wife TR # as my companion and then viewing the rates. Rio Pet friendly rooms are pretty much comp any time (up to 5 nights I believe), Bally's pet room is comp all weeknights except for the Sunday before Labor day. At other properties my comp nights are kinda scattered is such a way that makes stringing a good deal for 5 nights difficult.

    Kaliforniano, I have considered staying off strip but we really LOVE to stay at the casino properties. Especially with the dog it would be even more convenient to be able to easily go back and fourth between the casino and room. Plus I like that if one of us wants to crash the other one can keep playing and not be far away. Plus I've been spoiled by comps :D

    Vegas has ruined me for other hotels.
     
  11. dunebug81

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    I've stayed in every pet room in the CET chain except for IP/Quad and Paris. I'm a trucker so I always have my dogs with me so its nice to get out of the truck and let them run around in the room.

    I don't like Flamingo and ballys because they don't have real grass for them to use. It's the fake AstroTurf stuff and its gross!

    PH is nice the pet area is out by valet and is a pretty short walk to the grass area. This is the only property where I was charged an additional fee on my comped room. It was right after the pet program started a few years ago and they were still working out the bugs. I'm not a big fan of PH casino so I tend to not stay there.

    Caesars /Harrahs were fine. Only stayed 2 nights in each and I'd stay again if Rio was sold out.

    Rio is my particular favorite for a few reasons. First is the rooms are the largest so my dogs have plenty of room to wrestle with each other. I have chihuahua / jack russel mix pups so plenty of energy. I think that Rio has the cleanest pet rooms. I've stayed there a half a dozen times and I can only recall once that the room smelled or was unclean. Usually the carpet is still damp from the cleaning! 2nd reason is they have 2 pet areas. One is out front by valet and the other is by the masquerade parking deck, both with real grass. My guys are sometimes barkers but we leave the tv on for them when we leave and never have had an issue with other guests complaining.

    All CET properties give 2 bowls, dog cookies, and a roll of bags to pick up after them apon check in. I typically don't leave the property I'm staying at so walking them every few hours isn't a big deal. If you're going to walk the strip and be out all day you may not want to keep them with you.

    I've used several of the PetSmart pet hotels and never had an issue. My guys love the girls who work at the Lake Mead / US95 store.
     
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