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Advice needed for hotel selection

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by alpine5575, Mar 31, 2017.

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  1. alpine5575

    alpine5575 Tourist

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    Looking for a little advice not sure which way I should go about planning my trip.
    The wife and I are planning on going out middle of May for what will be our third trip out. Our very first time out we stayed off strip at the Orleans. We really liked the Orleans for the size of the room and the whole casino. I really liked that we could eat for fairly cheap, I think breakfast of steak and eggs was $7 or $8 bucks, and was damn good to boot. We did find it a little bit of a hassle having to catch shuttle over to the strip then having to make it back before shuttle stopped strip service around midnight I think.

    So last year we decided to stay on the strip. We stayed at the Luxor and enjoyed staying there. The room was nice but not as nice as the Orleans in mine and wife's opinion. The food choice was a little limited for what we wanted to spend. Just seemed much more expensive than what you can get offstrip or downtown.

    I have booked both of my previous trips thru Southwest Airlines, air and hotel, they have good rates when combined. I am at a toss up as where to stay this time around. I can get good deals booking Palace Station or the Stratosphere with airfare, but don't know much about either place, and don't know if I should just stay at Orleans again or try something new ?? I do have 3 free nights comp at the Luxor if I want it .

    Whats everyone's opinion on staying at Palace Station or The STRAT ? I;m mainly looking for low limit tables and plenty of slots for wife. A big plus is good cheap places to eat inside of the Hotel casino. We also will probably make a couple trips down to Freemont for night time activity's. Looking for some descent place to stay that would not break the bank with high food cost and high limits on table games.
     
  2. Laostuh

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    Seems like you try to stay on a budget. Why not take advantage of the comps so you have more to spend elsewhere?

    My suggestion would be Planet Hollywood.. Rooms aren't overly expensive. I've had 100% success rate with the $20 trick at check-in. There's a Earl of Sandwich place down stairs open 24/7. And there's many other options around the property plus you are centrally located.
     
  3. alpine5575

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    Yes I am on a budget, hate to spend to much on a room and pricey food. Would rather have a little extra cash for gambling and seeing some shows. Thanks for the reply, I will have to look at planet Hollywood. We did eat breakfast one morning last year at Earl of Sandwich, seemed fairly cheap by Vegas standards, but nothing like what you can get at the Orleans for cheap breakfast.

    If I book just the flight thru southwest, and use my 3 compt nights and book another room somewhere for the remainder of trip it is not worth the hassle. When you book both hotel and air they give you much better rates ?
     
  4. smerrian

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    I think you may find PH will be a bit more than you may want to spend. If you do end up mid-Strip check out EI (Ellis Island) casino/cafe. EI is located right behind Bally's on Koval Street and has a great cafe with realistic prices. They also have gambling with a much lower house edge than all of the Strip casinos.

    You may be disappointed with Palace Station and Stratosphere. PS is a small hike to the Strip and the property never seemed clean to me. Stratosphere is in a quasi-isolated no-man's land part of the Strip between the mid-Strip action and the Downtown action. It, also, never seemed clean to me. I will stay at those properties if pressed but they're way down my list of acceptable hotels.

    Luxor isn't too bad. There's a lot to see at the southern part of the Strip but I don't know if there's cheap eats in the area.

    My suggestion would be to Stay at Orleans and use the shuttle and Uber. Don't be tied to the shuttle...just figure $20/day for Uber and combine both transportation options.

    Another suggestion would be to try another Coast property rather than Orleans. If you stay at Gold Coast (a little smaller than Orleans) you have the Palms (a nice Station property) across the street and the Rio (a fair CET property) next door. Also, you can shuttle to the Orleans or the Strip (and of course use Uber if needed).

    Last suggestion is Downtown. Many on this board (including me) love Downtown. Many good places to stay though rooms are generally smaller. But 2 Coast properties have some decent sized rooms, great cheap food options and fair gambling...Main Street Station (MSS) and The California (Cal). The Cal has just had a major remodeling and that would be my best suggestion for you.
     
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    A good deal is the ACG. Many coupons to save on food. Easily get your money back and more.
     
  6. johnvic

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    Have you thought of staying downtown? I would recommend Main Street Station. There are 2 good food options, the brew pub and the buffet. If you like beer then you should be happy with the beer there and the buffet is a classic cheap buffet. Gaming is great. They are connected to the California, which has more food options, although I haven't been to the California much. You can get to the strip by bus or Uber.
     
  7. alpine5575

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    Thanks for the reply's . I was considering downtown at one time, but was scared off by reports of the high noise level from Fremont. I really like the vibe downtown. I almost thought about booking room downtown and booking 3 comp nights for end part of my trip at Luxor, just check out early at spot downtown and move up to strip for last 3 nights. My head just spins thinking which way to go, but I might just rule out Palace Station and the Stratosphere. There are just to many good choices
     
  8. alpine5575

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    What is ACG ??
     
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    American Casino Guide just looked it up. How long does it take to get if I bought one ??
     
  10. Cinwhim

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    I have pretty much the same mind thought that you do and have turned finding the nicest place for the least money into my favorite pre-trip game. We stayed at Palace Station for part of our trip last year and liked it but we have been to Vegas too many times to count. Since you haven't been that often, try to stay downtown or on the strip. If you have a total reward card, log into their website and look at their calendar without using any offers. You might get a good deal for a couple trips - we were comped 3 nights a couple years until they figured out we were super low rollers. :) Even their least expensive property is going to be as nice as Palace Station. There are still some good deals for food on the strip and plenty of coupons floating around to help.
    If you can't get the rate you are looking for on the strip, look downtown. There are several properties there they don't have resort fees, or if they do - it's half the strip rate. We've stayed at the Plaza, Golden nugget, el Cortez, Cabana Suites, The D and a couple places that have since closed - but the only place we ever noticed the noise was at the D. Even then, it was because we were with my husbands mom and we're going to sleep earlier and getting up earlier or I never would have noticed. I'd stay there again though - I would just ask for a room roars the back. If you have a Boyd ( the Cal and Main Street Station) card log into their website - they always offer reduced rates for their lowest player card. It can save a few bucks a night.
    The ACG is $12.88 at Amazon. Well worth it if you don't mind doing coupons.

    Hope all that helps and doesn't add to the confusion!
     
  11. Marky147

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    Main Street Station is a block back from the main Fremont stage, so I imagine you'd be safe from the noise there, and only a short walk from the action.

    I'd book a few nights there, and then maybe head to the Luxor for your free nights. Spend a little more on food for a couple days, but not have to pay for a room.
     
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