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Those wonderful Strip motels

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by failsafe, Aug 1, 2015.

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  1. failsafe

    failsafe Tourist

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    Yeah, it's a given that any visitor will stay at one of the resorts but how about the motels? I stayed at the Fun City once and there was one that I forget the name. Near the Tropicana.
    Almost stayed at the old Tam O' Shanter.
    Went into Vegas on a whim without booking a room and noticed a Vacancy at Fun City. Wasn't bad.
    Any one else stayed at a motel?
     
  2. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

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    I did once, first time to Vegas and it was with future wife for her work. It was across the strip from the (original) Alladin. It shared a parking lot with a Denny's. Couldn't tell you it's name for the life of me. All I was thinking that 3 days was why aren't we at least staying across the street instead of this place???
     
  3. Candy Apple

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    Stayed at a couple dumps in the 80's. Colonial House and Tam O'Shanter.
     
  4. PTC Larry

    PTC Larry Low-Roller

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    I was just thinking about this the other day. We had an RV and had reserved a spot at the Stardust RV park. We also reserved an air conditioner for the RV since we did not have one coming from Colorado. When we got to the Stardust(1973) we found that the AC contractor had defaulted and there was no AC. August, no AC 110 degrees at midnight, we sweat our asses off. Next night at a motel across the street that had AC. Both wife, son and dog were overjoyed with the motel stay, I really was also...
     
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  5. DonnyC

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    Villa Roma first trip
     
  6. Julie888

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    I stayed there too and can't remember the name either. I can't forget the continental breakfast, stale donuts, weak coffee and a Tang knockoff.
     
  7. eksantirik

    eksantirik Low-Roller

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    Not a motel per se, but a motel like experience.

    One time, I was traveling to Vegas on a Saturday and it was a short-notice trip, mixed with business in NYC. The rates for Sat night were outrageous and I was getting into town around 8 PM. Thinking that I was going to rent a car also, I picked Gold Spike for Sat night. They didn't have a resort fee and the rate was $27! The remaining 4 nights, I stayed at the Rio.

    I also joined their player's club and I think I won about $25 free play, hence free room on a Sat night. Though, that was the first and last time I stayed downtown. Kind of prejudiced now, since Gold Spike felt depressive.
     
  8. waverunner

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    I stayed at La Quinta (between NYNY and Monty Carlo) a few times and used to dine at Carrow's in the same parking lot.
    Travelodge next to Harley Davidson.
    Motel 6 across from MGM.
    Imperial 400 which used to be across from Treasure Island.
    Tam-o'Shanta.
    Rodeway Inn, before there was a NYNY.
    Desert Rose Motel before NYNY.

    I can't remember the Motel next to Denny's even though i stayed at Dunes and Aladdin a number of times. I remember there was the Natural History Museum that i used to go to right near that Motel. It will come to me.
     
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  9. queuetee

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    The first time I was in LV was 1969. We were on a trip to Hawaii and stopped in LV going for a few days and SF for a few days coming home.

    I recall walking the strip from Tropicana to the Riv and seeing so many motor courts or motels with little cabins tucked in between the few big hotels...Trop, Flamingo, Sands
     
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  11. VideoPokerNerd

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    My first Las Vegas trip way back when I was a 21-year-old whippersnapper, we stayed at the LaConcha which was next to the Riviera. We had originally intended to stay at Circus Circus during that trip but my Dad (who is the worst trip-planner in the world) waited too long to call for a reservation. Turned out CC was full up.
     
  12. WHITEJACKET73

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    My first trip to Vegas was back in 1975 with a co-worker. We drove his new corvette nonstop from Wisconsin. We were supposed to stay at his uncle's house in Las Vegas, but for some reason he declined our invitation. We got a motel room for a couple of nights at the Chapel of the Bells on LV Blvd which is located near where the Stratosphere is now. When I drive by that place nowadays I shake my head... of all of the possible places to stay, we picked that one.....What the hell was I thinking?
     
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    When I was in the Navy in San Diego in the early 1970's my buddy and I drove in and stayed at a motel probably somewhere near downtown but I can not even remember. What sticks in my mind was that the outside was white and had glitter in the paint and we only had a sink in the room...the shower was in the hallway like a locker room and so were the toilets. It was from some kind of Intertainment book on a 2 for 1 deal. We saw some bugs in the room and did not stay the second night.....what a nightmare! I just wish I could remember the name of the place.
     
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    These were motel like rooms...you could park your car in front of the units....at the old Hacienda and the El Rancho....
     
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    In the late 80's stayed at a place across the street and near Vegas World, named Shalimar I think with the Arabic-like pointy towers on the sign. Also, a travel lodge-type place downtown in what is now East Fremont district. I think it was the corner that a Walgreen's was later built
     
  16. Julie888

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    Just saw it in a link to an 1995 video. It was the Center Strip Budget Motel. Rooms started at $29. There was a gas station on the south side of it as I recall.
     
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    After my first trip to Vegas for my 21st birthday when we stayed at Harrahs (which was at that time the Holiday Inn Ship on the Strip), my friend and I were hooked and wanted to head back immediately. When we got home, we booked a return trip for a few weeks later on a budget/package deal. We stayed at a place called the Mini Price Inn (behind Ballys/Aladdin). I think it was a 3 storey "hotel". It did have a small casino but we spent very little time there. I believe it is Town Hall now? To us, it seemed a quick and easy walk to the strip though we experienced a few small dust devils along the way. It served the purpose but even at that age, we never cheaped out like that again other than one Imperial Palace stay.
     
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    There used to be a lot of them on the strip of course, long gone. I remember my first time in Vegas wondering why some of these places had hourly rates :)

    The only "motel" I ever stayed in was the Westward Ho's "garden rooms", which was basically a motel way in the back of the property. Dumpy but cheap. .
     
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    I stayed at the Mardi Grass Inn (when it was a best western) on paradise road. It was a good stay, the room had a separate bedroom that opened up to the living room. The living room had a nice couch, 2 regular chairs and a coffee table. It also had a fridge and a kitchen/bar area if you wanted to cook meals. You can park your car right in front of your room.

    I wondered about the strip "motels". I was searching for hotels and found a number right off the strip. Some that came up: Fortune hotels on Flamingo and Royal Resort and Royal vacation suites located right near convention center drive that are rated relatively high for the price they charge.
     
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    1973~ Traveloge , near the Harley Davidson , family trip enroute to Disneyland, had one night stay ......hooked me on Vegas with the neon , marquees , etc!
    2006 ~ Best Western Mardi gras , on Paradise ~~ daughter's 21st , was ok , worked well for us both ~~ room was clean and had a mini kitchen

    rest of my stays have been on Strip , mostly comp'd
     
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