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Where to stay? Solo and First Trip

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by ikkebr, Apr 11, 2013.

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  1. ikkebr

    ikkebr Newbie

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    I have introducted myself and now it's time to steal/use your knowledge!

    My plan is to fly from Miami to Vegas in November (22 - 27). I'll be traveling solo and i'm not a high roller. This will be my frist trip to Vegas. I want to gamble (~$400/day) and do some sightseeing. My budget for hotel is at most $150/night.

    But I also would like to have some comfort while staying there (atleast a large tub). So I've done some research on strip properties and the best deals I could find so far are the following:

    5 nights at Caesars (Augustus Tower) + Flight - $1200
    5 nights at The Signature @ MGM - The Signature Deluxe Suite + Flight - $970
    5 nights at MGM - Executive King Suite + Flight - $1100
    5 nights at The Mirage - Resort Tower King + Flight - $1000
    5 nights at MB - 600ft Spa Suite + Flight - $1050


    What do you guys think? Where should I stay on my first trip to the strip?
     
  2. Check-Raise

    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    You can get the upgraded Flamingo Go room for under $100 a night, probably under $80 a night given the timeframe you are looking at. If you get it without a view the room has a tub, the rooms are clean, the beds are nice, all the stuff in them is new. The property it'self is in a great location for some cheap gambling and plenty of sightseeing. Also as a result of the nature of the relationship between cheap/gambling/free booze, that area of the strip is also ideal for some pretty hilarious sightseeing at night (people watching that is).

    I would consider the Flamingo even though it's not regarded as maybe the same quality as the other properties you listed. It's got them beat in price, location and inexpensive gambling. $400 gambling budget doesn't really hold up long if you are playing more than $0.05 video poker! :p
     
  3. RiddickBull

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    It depends on what you like to do. I would recommend the Cosmo if you want to go clubbing or want the "younger scene". Casears is a great location (center of strip) and very nice. The signatures at the MGM is very nice also. MGM is a big a casino. The Bellagio is where most visitors go (at least I think). If you want to go to a modern casino, I recommend Aria. MB is a good casino, but the location is not the best. If you decide to stay at MB, go the TheHotel, it is much nicer. If you want to stay somewhere cheap with a good location, I would suggest Monte Carlo. However, MC is a little run down and old. The Mirage is okay. Personally, I don't like the rooms, but the casino is great.

    Do remember that you will have to pay a $25 resort fee (+tax) for most hotels so your total per room at $150 per night will be about $200 per night (after taxes and resort fees). With a $400 BR per day, you can have a lot of fun by yourself. Eat good and enjoy the site seeing.
     
  4. ilovetogamble

    ilovetogamble Tourist

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    HI there

    Personally i would find out which property will still have the pool open during that time. Some properties have the pool complex all year round. November has some decent weather for some good jacuzzi time.

    But you cant really go wrong with any of those properties. But the MGM Grand may be more suitable for you - if you are going solo.

    Good Luck
     
  5. OKC Gal

    OKC Gal Low-Roller

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    You ought to be able to get a fabulous rate for that week in November. I recommend you book your hotel separately. The hotels you listed are great - I go solo most of the time and like all of those. You might be able to get Palazzo or Wynn for $139 or so (plus the dreaded resort fee). I recommend you keep checking prices. Good prices on Smartervegas.com or Las Vegas Advisor.
     
  6. DonnyC

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    I agree with your comment about staying at the flamingo as an option to consider. But strongly disagree with your assessment in gambling money.

    $400 a day can go a very decent way. You want to find a low limit tables. Sometimes that means you have to be creative, trying Hooters the Riviera and other type joints. You'll still be able to do some good gaming at the regular end hotels, But maybe not all of it.

     
  7. heatherlovesvegas

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    MGM, Mirage and Mandalay are all great options. I'd stay away from Signature, it's off strip and no casino.

    Caesars is great too, I wouldn't say worth the extra cash, you can use that extra $200 to pay for your resort fees. Yea remember, all the hotels listed have a $28 resort fee a night.

    You can look though a website like www.smartervegas.com they have a lot of promotion codes, see if there is anything you like there, as far as a better deal. I think you picked great properties. It's pretty early to find deals for November though. I'd recommend booking separately as well, unless your airfare is $500?. You can always book and cancel hotels. I went that week last year and I paid $10 to stay at Flamingo haha. (don't stay there though).

    Also for 5 days I would consider renting a car, so you can go explore off strip a little bit, Red Rock, maybe the Neon Museum. It gets boring being alone! I've taken a few solo trips. Also consider 2 hotels maybe one north strip, one south?
     
  8. dankyone

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    All of your options are viable. As a first time visitor I would definitely take Caesars or the Mirage because of the very central location. Your other options make it more difficult to walk the strip in a productive way. The Augustus tower room is about 650 sq feet and the Mirage room is about 400 sq ft and given the small price difference I would go with the Augustus tower. Both CP and Mirage pools are open all year. With all respect to the other poster, the Flamingo is a very significant step down compared to everything else you are considering.
     
  9. smartone

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    I agree with Caesar's... it's the flagship CET property and is at the center of it all. If the Augustus Tower fits your budget, I think it's hard to beat at that price. A lotta folks go, go, go and crash... go, go, go and crash... they could care less about the room. I'm not that way, I need a comfortable "home-base". Caesar's would fit the bill quite nicely and your desire to have "some comfort" indicates you may be similar.

    You're gonna have a blast and BRAVO for doin' some homework prior to the visit.
     
  10. DrStuPrice

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    From those choices, hands down the Mirage for a first-time/solo trip. The Mirage casino is not overwhelming, location is good and nice food options for eating solo, too. From what I can remember, even the buffet at the Mirage had a bar where solo travelers could eat without feeling out of place.
     
  11. heatherlovesvegas

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    The Flamingo is a dump. Yes there are OK things about the rooms, if the price is right, but for a first trip to Vegas, no way! I'd never recommend it. The thing with Vegas is a step down from a 4 star to a 3 star is HUGE.

    All the places you mentioned are perfect.
     
  12. -(J)-

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    DO NOT stay at the Signature. It may be a nice property but it will not have the true Las Vegas feeling!

    Mirage has a great location. Also great for sightseeing and casinos.

    Mandalay Bay (THEHotel) is my #1 but it's at the far south end of the strip and many will tell you it's too far away from everything else.
     
  13. Check-Raise

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    You could do worse than the Flamingo, much worse..

    I dunno, I really do appreciate nice places and the Flamingo as a whole isn't top notch or anything, but I don't think I would classify it as a dump. The Flamingo Go room I had was really clean, everything was new and we were very comfortable.

    With my fiance I'm going to be staying at the Cosmo because I want her to have a fancy, luxurious place to stay, but if it were just me and I were trying to spend as little as possible, I would think that saving $50 a day on a room would be a huge bonus and the Flamingo Go rooms are perfectly fine for a guy on a solo trip.

    If you want a steam shower in a marble bathroom, a pop-up T.V. and a natural leather headboard for your bed, ok, then you should certainly look for something better than the Flamingo. But if you just want a comfy bed, a clean room, a lage flatscreen T.V., even a T.V. in your bathroom mirror then the Flamingo will give you everything you need for a smaller price. Then you have the added benefit of being in a central location and really in the middle of the cheapest gambling on the entire strip.

    Everyone has their own opinions about what qualifies a acceptable, for example, I probably wouldn't stay at the Quad, but that's just me, plenty of people like it. I would consider the Flamingo a fine play to stay at a bargain price, but some call it a dump. Some people would consider the Mirage Brazilian BBQ delicious, I thought it was disgusting! :evillaugh

    To each his/her own though! Do whatever it takes to have a great time! :peace:
     
  14. Blueberries

    Blueberries Low-Roller

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    I agree with those that chose center strip locations.
    CAESARS/MIRAGE if "better" rooms are important.
    HARRAHS if "clean and comfortable" rooms are satisfactory.
     
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