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Which would we like?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by weluvvegas, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. weluvvegas

    weluvvegas Vegas Slot Junkie

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    Let's say we are two die hard strip fans who's favorite hotel is the Aria.....but we are forced to say downtown instead for 3 nights. Which hotel would we be most comfortable at?? Using the Aria as our standard we hold other hotels up to?

    I know that none of them really compare....but which is closest (as far as the rooms go)?
     
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    The Golden Nugget would be the overall best "higher-end" type property.
     
  3. Iu25

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    Buddha is correct, nothing really compares at all as it is a totally different experience DT. I myself enjoy being down there alot more, but the GN is definitely the nicest of al hotels down there!
     
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    Gn rush tower
     
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    Yep... Golden Nugget Rush Tower or North Tower (Gold Club Rooms/Floors)... stay outta the South Tower... not awful, just not the same caliber as what I mentioned
     
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    3 for GN Rush tower. Stayed in a corner suite. very nice! good luck!:beer:
     
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    Question: If you two are die-hard Strip fans, how were you "forced" to stay Downtown?

    Obviously even the GN is not even close to Aria standards.

    just curious of your choice of word: forced?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, only didn't say anything. Glad I wasn't alone. I prefer DT to the Strip, as do quite a few others on here. My Vegas buddy and I were texting tonight and I told him "I know you don't like it on Fremont, but I think you and I should go down there one night" His response- "Too many weirdos." Yeah, there aren't any of those on the Strip :rolleyes2:
     
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    Thats what drives me nuts about strip snobs, they always have some bullish excuse why they dont want ot go DT. The excuses 99% of the time have no factual context and usually are beyond explanation!
     
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    There are things on the strip that they don't have nearly at the same level downtown. Not sure how that's being a snob. Seems like you're being as judgmental as the people you're criticizing.
     
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    Forced as in M Life being stingy with their comps.....

    We don't hate DT, just prefer the strip more. I'm not a strip snob but I can't deny being a hotel snob. I've worked in the hotel business for 16 years....so I know too much :)

    How about the Plaza? I like playing there and the room pics they have online don't look too bad...

    GN is definitely an option!
     
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    Yes, I can see how M Life being stingy with comps can force you to look elsewhere. I've heard their comp program is going downhill....

    But I've also read on this board that GN is not so great on their comp program also. This is just from what I've read here and have not experienced it personally. But they do have the best accomodations Downtown for sure.

    The other Downtown properties probably have better comp programs but I honestly don't think you are going to be happy with the rooms and such. They are a far cry from Aria standards, lol!

    Why not try the Plaza? Who knows, you might like it, we never know until we try, I guess. Going out on a limb and being adventurous is part of the fun, yes?

    Or if Downtown doesn't work out for you maybe try the CET properties on the Strip?
     
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    Let me spin this back at you:

    "I'm a mechanic and I prefer high-end automobiles. I'm looking for a cheap daily driver, specifically a Toyota Echo, a Ford Fiesta and a Honda Civic."

    There's really no good answer here. There's a clear best answer, but no good answer.

    If you're really comparing to mid-range MGM hotels, pretty much your only shot is a Rush Tower room (maybe a Gold Tower room) at the Nugget. If you're willing to take (several) steps down the ladder, then that opens up other options.

    I say this as a firm proponent of downtown. I say that as someone who often double-books rooms with one on-strip, one downtown. I like it there. But it's not the strip. There's really no comparison.

    In terms of the ABCs of hotelling, Main Street has done well by me if you can survive without room service. At this point, I would discount the Plaza entirely.
     
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    We were fortunate to stay in a Rush Tower room at the GN on our last trip. I would say its very similar to some of the rooms we've stayed in at Mirage but with a much darker decor.
     
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    I think this is a tough one to answer... the right answer seems like it could be the wrong answer too.

    If you are a bit of a hotel snob and prefer The Strip more then Golden Nugget is really your only choice for Downtown as they have the nicest and cleanest rooms, most resort like feeling of any of the Downtown properties, best pool, etc... everything else is going to seem small dark and dingy by comparison.

    But... Golden Nugget can often be pretty expensive for their nice rooms with rates that will often meet or exceed what you would pay at the better properties on The Strip and then in the end its just an expensive hotel room Downtown without all the action and distraction of The Strip.

    And... when you talk about "stingy comps", in the whole Las Vegas area there might not be anybody stingier than Golden Nugget.

    Don't get me wrong, I actually like Golden Nugget and when we stay Downtown it is usually our first choice (we try to split our stay with 2 nights Downtown and then the rest of the trip on The Strip), just trying to clear up some expectations...
     
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    Careful Lu25! The mod dinged me the other day for expressing "rude" comments to a strip snob rofl. Apparently disagreeing and putting people in their place is a ban-able offense...lol.

    I could not agree more though, my sister in law and my brother are some of these types. They still refuse to stay in DT, even though my wife and I always rave about the fun of FSE. As far as I can tell people like that, see downtown as "beneath them" and the strip as "high class". IMO.
     
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    If your willing to go off of FSE a little I would recommend the Cabana Suites at El Cortez. They have several different levels of suites from $30(jr suite) to a mega suite. They are located across the street from the casino in a fully renovated building, with a private entrance, fitness center, lounge and 24hr security posted at the front door.
     
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    For the last 10 years we've stayed on the strip. And I can tell you the level of loonies, crazies, drunken youth have gone up exponentially and has made the Strip less enjoyable. The characters downtown are more tolerable than those on the strip. The vacationers are more in control and there's alot of action and excitement with far less walking.

    In April we decided to stay off strip for the first time(Orleans), and in July we are going to stay downtown at the Plaza(and their newly remodeled rooms) for the first time an I am looking forward to both. We'll still venture to the Strip, but after all these years we've figured out there is so much more to Vegas than LV Blvd between Sahara and Tropicana. Especially if you take gaming seriously and you want better odds for your gambling dollar and eating is cheaper too.
     
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    I stayed Downtown last year for the first time, was a guys trip and we were originally going to stop in the Golden Nugget but the guy organising it switched to El Cortez.

    I found it a great place to stay, as your just round the corner from Fremont Street, we stayed in the Tower rooms which were very nice spacious rooms and I had a nice view towards the strip from my room.

    The staff were very friendly and the cleaning was of high standard.

    We eat in the restaurant a few times and the food was great as were the staff, I certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to stop Downtown.
     
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