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Where would you NEVER stay and why?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Wanger1969, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Wanger1969

    Wanger1969 High-Roller

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    Hello Gang!

    On our next trip, we anticipate staying somewhere Off Strip / Off Downtown. Off the grid is what I'll call it!

    We checked out a few options when we were there in April, but its completely impossible to visit everything. We found some places we like and some we thought were just ok, but probably ok enough to stay.

    We aren't picky people, but obviously there are always places that one should stay away from. Where have you stayed or visited before that you would never stay at again? I am trying to keep this more "off the grid". I am looking for places that you feel are dirty, have clientele you'd want to avoid, or just left a bad taste in your mouth because of lack of gambling options, things like this.

    Keep in mind, I've stayed at Imperial Palace in the height of its crappiness, and I didn't mind it. I am not hard to please and expect very little from my hotel in Vegas beyond a clean place to lay my head and shower.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Kay
     
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  2. Snidely

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    There seem to be a lot of dumpy places around Vegas that I'd never stay at. Can't recall any names. The Aztec comes to mind but that's on the Strip.

    Are you looking stay in one of these places just for "fun"?
     
  3. shokhead

    shokhead I'm no big spender!

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    For one night I'd stay in any hotel/casino. More then one I wouldn't stay someplace like CCircus. Too isolated for me.
     
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  4. Wanger1969

    Wanger1969 High-Roller

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    Yes, we want to branch out a bit and try out a dive or two. (which we always seem to enjoy) We may just play but stay and play is also a possibility.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  5. Snidely

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    I've never stayed there but how about:

    Siegel Slots & Suites

    I found this review on GamingZion.com

    This roach laden casino motel has received the title of being the “nastiest place in the world”.

    Located in one of Las Vegas’ worse neighborhoods, filled with prostitutes, drug deals and with its ghetto vibe, Siegel is not a place you’re likely to willingly find yourself in.

    However, if you’re not put off by the scary area, then maybe the cockroaches will put you off. If you’re a junkie, then maybe this is the casino for you, but otherwise avoid this dirty Vegas casino like the plague, leave the latter to the cockroaches there.
     
  6. chitownjohn

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    I can deal with that but do they have a resort fee, that's a deal breaker. :poke:
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Not exactly what you asked, but I don't think I would ever stay "off strip". It is just part of the whole experience for us.
     
  8. BobK89

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    We stayed at the Gold Coast last trip and loved it. Low minimums, access to the Palms and Rio for variety and The Strip was less than a half mile and 5 minute car ride away.
     
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    I'm confused by some of the above quotes, are you looking for a clean place to lay your head at the dirtiest dive?
    That could be a tough bill to fill.
     
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    I stayed there once as it was the only place I could get a single night Saturday stay...the main casino was as annoying as
    riding the "it's a small world" ride at disney. i wished i was deaf
     
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    I used to just want a place to lay my head, but as I get older, I'm finding I have standards I didn't know I had. ;) I have stayed in plenty of dumpy motels on road trips. They are fine for a place to lay your head for a few hours before you hit the road again. But I want something different in Vegas.

    My new rules for Vegas are:

    I need a place that has room service. Doesn't matter if it comes in a brown bag, but someone has to be able to bring me food if I'm not able to get out of my room. I got really sick one trip at Main Street Station and I couldn't even pay anyone there to bring me some soup or a turkey sandwich. Believe me, I asked. After that, I won't book a hotel without room service available during regular eating times. I don't need 24 hours, but it's nice. :feedme:

    I want a place with a view. I need to "regenerate" more when I'm in Vegas than I did 20 years ago. I love to mix myself a cocktail and just watch Vegas out the window. Especially love going up to the room to watch the sunset and the lights come on in Vegas. :love::love: It get's me so pumped up to eat some dinner and hit the town.

    I want somewhere comfortable. I want to feel safe and a little bit pampered. That doesn't have to mean a suite, but a clean, comfortable, spacious room with lots of amenities, nice TV, a large deep bathtub is a huge plus, coffee maker, etc.

    There was a thread not too long ago from someone who wanted to stay in some famous Vegas dump hotels. I'll post a link to it if I can find it again.
     
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    That is a sentiment I totally agree with. Watching the sunset, looking out my window or from the balcony down at the glittery strip, walking the strip at night taking in all the lights and sights and the early morning walks along the quietly beautiful strip are the things I remember most about my many trips to Vegas. It's never gotten old for me and one of the reasons I'll probably never stay anyplace other than the strip. And that is saying a lot from an avid slot player who hates leaving her machine for any reason - but I always make the time to take in those views (sometimes of the mountains) and take those walks. It's hard to describe that feeling - it's just something I feel. Viva Las Vegas :woohoo:


    Wish I could contribute something to help the OP but I'm hooked on the strip.
     
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    Let's see ... the places that I would prefer NOT to stay in LV. First of all, anything obviously low-rent. Most of those Budget Suites places do give off some nasty vibes.

    Circus and Excalibur come to mind immediately, but you wanted off-Strip. (Ditto with Hooters, more like more-so!)

    The original Arizona Charlies. The casino is great, but I get the impression that the hotel is probably tres downscale! Can't think of the names but there are a few in the "vintage" (LOL!) part of North Las Vegas that have looked a bit seedy. Ditto for a couple places on the Boulder Strip and in the "Hender-Tucky" area of Henderson, although some of those may not have a hotel. I don't think I would want to stay at Railroad Pass. Although I've never seen the rooms it's out in the toolies and does not look that well kept. Ditto for that one (whatever they call it now) on the road to Hoover Dam.

    I know I'll think of more just as soon as I hit SEND. :)
     
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    Apparently, people here have a level of standards so that nobody can name anyplace really disgusting. BTW, I too am puzzled as to what exactly you want. It seems like you want clean....but vile so I don't get it
     
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    I think the Hawkeye from Iowa wants to stay off the strip, but also wants to avoid a place like The Whole Year Inn as featured in the film Leaving Las Vegas.

    As for lower end accommodations, I stayed at Circus Circus in a Casino Tower room on a partial comp because it was cheap and relatively close to a trade show at the Convention Center; it was totally fine. Plus I could walk to my room after having two Manhattans, a Martini and some wine at The Steakhouse. I stayed at the Super 8 on Koval for a Saturday night and it was OK for a single night, but the clientele creeped me out a bit.

    I ran some money through a slot machine at the Palace Station and now get some cheap room offers. I would consider staying there for a day or two.
     
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    I assume you mean the one at Ellis Island. Several years ago I stayed there for the Friday and Saturday before a business trip, mainly for the price and I had to cover the extra days myself. It was very "ok" and I did not expect a mint on the pillow and of course I did not get it. It was a typical Super-8. Spartan! Austere! It was clean and the door locked securely and the TV and AC worked. I don't remember any of the other guests being particularly creepy. I was only in the room for sleeping, getting ready, etc.

    Now that other Super-8, the one up by the wedding chapels, kinda gives me the creepies just driving by. I probably would not stay there.
     
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    I would not stay at Arizona Charlies-Decatur because of the smoke in casino. I've never stayed in the hotel so that may be fine but the casino smoke just drove me out one time I stopped to check it out. The second time I stopped was early morning and the smoke wasn't bad. Talking to a regular she warned me that in a couple hours it will be smoke filled again.

    TomTWI
     
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    That's the one, it was my best option for a single Saturday night, plus the free airport shuttle saved me a couple bucks.

    The cheap E.I. brews were a bonus after 5 hours on Spirit and 10:00 pm east coast departure. I had a big inside corner first floor room with two doors, a big room with a funky set up. Maybe it was a combination of jet lag, a late snack, a couple of beers, and hitting the sack at 4:30 am east coast time that fueled my paranoia that night.

    I am self employed and pay my own way, so I primarily stay at 2* hotels for business. So instead of paying $400 for a room in Manhattan to attend a trade show at the Javits center, I will stay in Secaucus for about $70 and take the bus from the park and ride for $10. I'll be a bridge and tunnel boy for a day.
     
  20. Nevyn

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    It is tough for me to answer this in a vacuum due to the state of room prices in Vegas in general.

    I am not super picky about rooms and generally would stay anywhere I felt safe. But strip and downtown rooms are already so cheap that there are any number of off strip places I would not even think about staying at, because there is simply no price point at which I would find them worth it, relative to what I would pay elsewhere.