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Which Hotel??

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by GreggWizard, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. GreggWizard

    GreggWizard Tourist

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    Hello Everyone!!

    My Fiancee and I recently got back from our Vegas trip, and man did we have a blast!! Another couple met us out there for two of the days, and we really checked out a lot of stuff this time!! We hit many restaurants, as well as Mob Attraction, the Bellagio Conservatory, Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, the Mirage Volcano (that's where we stayed), Madame Tussauds, Forum Shops, Fremont Street Experience, the Harley Cafe, and LOTS of gambling and partying!! After all of that, I don't think we even scratched the service!! That's why we're already planning our trip back for next year. Here's my question(s):
    What Hotel do we stay at next? We stayed at The Mirage this last trip, and I must say, it was really good. Nice rooms, good service and restaurants....whatever we needed they seemed to accommodate. The thing is, being rather adventurous, my Fiancee and I would like to check out one of the other properties we came across in our journeys out there. Here's the Hotels that piqued our interest:

    *Mandalay Bay
    *The Hotel
    *MGM Grand
    *Aria
    *Vdara
    *Cosmopolitan
    *Planet Hollywood
    *Tropicana

    We liked all of these Hotels, but also could see just on the surface that each Hotel has it's Pros and Cons (location, etc.) What I'm looking for is ANY feedback - good or bad - on any of these properties. This could be feedback on Service, atmosphere, pools, restaurants - anything that my Vegas Messageboard Friends have had stand out to them in their experiences with these places. For instance - I have read that Mandalay Bay has one of the best pool(s) settings in Vegas, while I read several unfavorable reviews about Planet Hollywood's pools. While I take the info I read in the reviews on TripAdvisor.com into consideration, the info I have received here on the forum has been REALLY solid. Thanks, my Friends!!

    Gregg O.:nworthy:
     
  2. ClarkGrswld4

    ClarkGrswld4 Tourist

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    you might want to tell us what type of things you value in a Vegas hotel because if you don't, inevitably somebody will complain about meaningless/random thing about all of these hotels...the toilet paper sucks, this hotel wouldn't comp my $400 room after I lost $20 in their casino, etc.
     
  3. GreggWizard

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    Clark -
    Just looking for things that REALLY stood out to people when they visited or stayed at one of these Hotels. For instance - does Mandalay Bay seem too far from the action (if you STAY there?) How was service in general at these places? Was any of the Hotel's Restaurant's food particularly BAD or GOOD? What did they think of the atmosphere? Things like that. You're right - we're not looking for extremely detailed nit-picky type stuff - just something that stood out.
    We visited most of these places, and liked each one fairly quickly, but the problem was we didn't hang out long enough at any of them to get a "good feel" for what it would be like to actually stay there. And the reviews I read on Trip Advisor seem like just what you mention - a lot of detailed nit-picking. Every Hotel will have an unhappy customer or an "off day" at some time, we realize that. But if someone liked Mandalay Bay or Planet Hollywood so much that they stayed there again, we'd like to hear about that. Thanks!!
     
  4. wishman35

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    Based on the list, for a couple - Aria/Cosmo definitely seem to be the two best on that list. They are both closer to middle strip which I think is a must for people who enjoy both ends of Vegas. Plus both hotels on that list are some of the nicest to stay at right now. Cosmo's rooms give you the option of having a nice large terrace to sit out on that overlooks the Bellagio fountains and the middle Strip. Plus easy in and easy out onto the Strip and you are across the street from PHo and a modest walk over to MGM.

    With Aria, you get the nice high-tech rooms, along with great facilities. Set back a little from the Strip- BUT you do have the tram that shoots you over to Monte Carlo so you can get over to MGM and the Excalibur tram that shoots you over to Mandalay if that side fancies you - but also keeping you closer to that Mid strip area.

    There is nothing wrong with Trop but I see no reason to recommend that with similarly priced, more quality options available in better locations. Mandalay Bay/TheHotel are just too far away. Unless you have no problem hauling around to get everywhere, I really can't deal with that location.

    Vdara is a place where some good deals can be had, but its a non-casino property if that matters much. I would probably still stay at Aria if it was between the two.

    Overall if money was no object and I just had to pick for a couple - Cosmo is definitely a great spot. It seems like the multitude of bars are universally liked. A nice little pool complex. A little variety in terms of room choices. And a nice location
     
  5. heatherlovesvegas

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    Vdara is AWESOME. Great rooms, perfect service, real easy in and out. Get a City Corner Suite, it's the ultimate Vegas experience with that insane view in a huge suite. It's often a pretty good deal. I like having the escape from the insanity that is Vegas back in a nice smoke and casino free hotel. (same goes for Trump)

    Aria has become my favorite place to visit, but I haven't stayed there yet (we enjoyed staying at Vdara and visiting Aria very much).

    One of my all time favs is Mandalay Bay and THEhotel. I think either is a win, but if it's a good deal THEhotel rooms are huge, so it's worth it. I know I'm going there in December and it was virtually the same price so I'd pick that.

    I haven't stayed at MGM since the remodel but I went in there in May for a show and I was super impressed, I'd stay there in a heartbeat. Looks like there is a lot to see and explore.

    Cosmo.. I don't know. I was so jazzed when it opened, now I'm less excited and I hear their service and stuff isn't that great.

    Tropicana, looks nice now, but I can't get passed that it was the worst craphole hotel ever like 3 years ago.. I can't imagine everything is perfect now. I'd only stay there if the price is right.

    Honestly, i don't think you could go wrong with any of them, just a matter of preference.
     
  6. nitc

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    From your list, I like Planet Hollywood. There are nice places to eat there and in the MM shops. Paris is next door (with a walkway to Bally's). And Bellagio is pretty much acress the street.
     
  7. andrew5499

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    Impressive List

    Sometimes I find it difficult to answer because everyone is different.

    But if I was making the decision I would rank at

    1. Cosmo
    2. MB / The Hotel
    3. Aria
    4. MGM
    5. Trop

    Here are my reasons for Cosmo as number 1

    1. Location - easy bridge access to Aria, PH, Bellagio etc.)
    2. Rooms - By far the best in Quality and Technology (2 x 46" HD TV and DirectTV type channel lineup), smart jack
    3. Floor plan of the Whole Place. Very compact, easy to walk around.
    4. Atmosphere - It is younger crowd; but the vibe is high end club feel. Ladies and gents are dressed nice (most of them), making you feel you are NOT on a Local casino Boat.
    5. Smoke - because the whole Hotel is non smoking there seems to be less smokers

    I can go on - but the only other Hotel I would recommend above Cosmo is Wynn/Encore.
     
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    Below is your list in the order that I would stay:

    *Cosmopolitan - Love Cosmo, the rooms, the gambling

    *Planet Hollywood - Fun , party vibe, but "too" young for me, lol

    *Mandalay Bay - Beautiful hotel and casino, bad location. CAN'T beat the pool

    *The Hotel - Part of MB, but even a step up!

    *Aria - Nice, but just don't "feel" it and a PIA to get to

    *MGM Grand - Way too big, bad service (MY experience)

    *Vdara - No casino

    *Tropicana - Not even in the same league as others mentioned.

    Obviously Vegas means something different to everyone and these are just MY opinions. Now that you have the Vegas bug, you too will find the hotel/casinos that you enjoy most. The fun part is going to do so :)

    I want to add that the hotel ratings on TA are so SO strange to me. For goodness sakes, Staybridge Suites is ranked #3, lol. I think the forums can give some really good advice, but Vegas is the ONLY destination on TA that I just can't figure out how they rank the hotels, lol. It is so all over the board, it doesn't make sense. I mean c'mon, the Desert Rose is higher ranked than Wynn? :rolleyes2:

    Have fun planning!!

    :beer::beer::beer:
     
  9. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    How many points did you earn on your players card? Did you play at CET or just at MGM?

    that might indicate where you may get offers in the future.
     
  10. Motorhead168

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    We stayed at Cosmo for a couple of nights back in February. If I had the scratch I'd never stay anywhere else.
     
  11. m1k2s3

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    Of the hotels mentioned, I'd go with either Planet Hollywood or Cosmopolitan. Both hotels have great rooms, restaurants, pools and casino. They're also both centrally located.

    Some of the hotels you mentioned are off strip or too far up the strip - for example, Mandalay Bay.

    It all depends on how much you want to spend, when your going and what you want to do. Did you play using a players card? If so, you may want to wait and see if you get any offers that appeal to you. If not, I would pick your top 2 or 3 hotels, start pricing them to get a ballpark figure.

    Part of the fun of going to Vegas is planning your trip! So enjoy!
     
  12. btaller

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    I also like staying at new places. I find it encourages me to try new restaurants and new activities based on my location. So I've stayed at a few locations you've mentioned:

    *Mandalay Bay - Incredible pool but way too busy for my taste. The spa is really nice. The rooms are a solid 4 star. I think they are a step higher than TI but slightly lower than Aria\Vdara. The location was a problem in that it felt isolated. Lots of good restaurants on site. I spent more time on site for the MB than any other hotel partially for the amenities but also the location. If I tried I could hear the planes taking off from the airport (strip view).

    *The Hotel -never stayed.

    *MGM Grand - Nice pool, a bit quieter than MB. The rooms are a little nicer than TI but not as nice as MB (they've been remodeled so they may be nicer now). I found it way too big. Plus, despite all of the restaurants around, only one was open late and it had a limited menu.

    *Aria - Great Rooms, lots of techno-toys. I like the casino. Convenient access to the Monte Carlo through the tunnels or the Bellagio via the Tram. The only problem was there wasn't a cheaper eatery in the hotel and the cafe doesn't have great reviews.

    *Vdara - I loved the non-smoking common areas. It was a little oasis from the Vegas craziness. I don't think it's the best for a first time Vegas visitor since it's not as glitzy. But the rooms are nice and the upgrades affordable. The City Corner Suite is absolutely beautiful, it was so nice I didn't want to leave the room. Service is excellent. There is a lack of restaurants but it's a quick walk into the back of the Cosmo. Pool is OK. Spa is not as nice as I expected.

    *Cosmopolitan - I'm staying there in September. I've never had a bad meal at Cosmo. Granted I've only eaten at Holstein's, the Pizza place and the Wicked Spoon Buffet.

    *Planet Hollywood - I've never stayed. But it looks nice and there are lots of restaurants close by.

    *Tropicana - I stayed there in January. I was disappointed. The renovated hotel rooms had the old bathrooms, the restaurant selection was limited and overly pricey for the quality. The Wifi included in the resort fee never worked and the "free" airport boarding pass machine included in the resort fee was down everyday I was there. I think they are a lot closer to a 3 star hotel.

    Good Luck with whatever you choose.
     
  13. KellyLovesVegas

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    Since both THEhotel and Mandalay Bay were listed as being of interest - I'll just toss out the other hotel option at the MB property: The Four Seasons. The Four Seasons is a non-smoking, non-gaming hotel which sits atop the Mandalay Bay tower. The Strip View rooms and suites offer fantastic views of the Strip, yet it's a quiet, peaceful oasis of the ultimate in 5-Star service and luxury.


    Unlike the elevators for Mandalay Bay which can become crazy-crowded at times, the Four Seasons has it's own bank of dedicated elevators in a private elevator lobby. It is possible to avoid the crowded elevators and still stay at Mandalay Bay by booking one of their suites located on Floors 60-62, which have their own private elevators.


    As a guest of the Four Seasons, you can use their private pool or opt to use one of the pools at the Mandalay Bay pool complex, such as Moorea Beach Club - it's adults only and offers the option for European sunbathing.


    We've stayed at each of the three hotels on MB property a number of times since MB opened. By far the nicest hotel is the Four Seasons. THEhotel is second - the furnishings are starting to look a bit worn, but the true suite layout (living room and bedroom separated by a full wall and door, separate powder room, and large bath with separate tub and shower) of THEhotel is much more functional than many of the "faux suites" (at other properties) which have a bed, couch and coffee table in the same large room with only one bath. We first stayed at Mandalay Bay shortly after they opened and probably 8 more times after - but compared to the comfort of THEhotel and the 5-star service of the Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay is our third choice when staying on the south Strip.


    As far as restaurants, Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons), rm Seafood (Mandalay Bay) and Aureole (Mandalay Bay) are consistently exceptional. The Verandah (Four Seasons) and Lupo (Mandalay Bay) are at least good and sometimes can be very good.


    If the pool complex isn't that important to you or if you really want to stay mid-Strip, then Aria is a great option. The Sky Suites are amazing - transport to/from airport in a alternative fuel limo, separate check-in, dedicated elevators, and private lounge. We love the tech features of Aria and the view from the high floors is great! We love Julian Serrano and Jean Georges restaurants, and Jean Philippe Patisserie contains a most delightful selection of all things fattening.:wink2:


    Enjoy your upcoming trip!
     
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    Thanks for all the detailed information, everyone!! This will really help in our decision going forward. The information given has already helped us to narrow down our choices!! Thanks again!!

    Gregg.
     
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    I love MB/TheHotel. I love the pool, the sportsbook, the restaurants (view of strip from mix is amazing), and the laid back vibe. Also the suites at TheHotel are really nice. They have separate living room, 2 restrooms, and nice floor to ceiling windows with amazing views.

    The location doesn't bother me at all although I've been to Vegas plenty of times so that may be a reason. I personally love the south side of the strip though.

    If $ isn't an issue I'd try cosmo though. Rooms and location can't be beat. Remember they do have the most popular nightclub/dayclub there so you might deal with a lot of drunk 20 something year olds all day n night.
     
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