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Americas Best Value Inn?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels' started by jasonargo, Dec 26, 2017.

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  1. jasonargo

    jasonargo High-Roller

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    Booking my trip for March Madness, but on a low budget. Flight is booked on points, and I want to avoid the rental car this trip. I have MSS downtown booked for the last 2 nights, but the most affordable I have found for the 1st 4 nights (Wed-Sat) is through Hotels.com at ABVI. Anyone ever stayed there?

    Pros: Next to Hooters, close to Trop/Koval to get WAX downtown, 201 to Orleans, or 119 to Ellis Island. Walkable to MGM.

    Cons: Never stayed there, rooms look small.

    I don't need fancy, but clean and safe are important. Thanks for any information you can provide. Cost for the 4 nights is under $200 total including tax.

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    Maybe not much help but have stayed at one in Hawthorne NV.

    Extremely bare bones but extremely clean and well maintained FWIW.
     
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    I'm a backpacker. If the toilet flushes and the shower works, you're living in luxury.
     
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  4. spicole

    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    I stayed at an ABVI in Oklahoma several years ago, and this describes it pretty well. It was okay and got the job done. I would put it in the same class as a Motel 6 or a lower end Days Inn or Super 8.

    That week is a tough one to visit on a tight budget.

    I pulled up the list on Hotels.com for your dates. Indeed, this was the cheapest property on the list. I noticed they have over 1,000 reviews so people are definitely staying there. The cheapest major Fremont Street properties start popping up at over $100/nt. (The DTG seemed to have a decent relative rate for those dates.). Will paying more to stay downtown be worth it to you to avoid travel costs and time?

    The other thing that may worry me is there are some REALLY sketchy places listed at higher rates than the ABVI. That may (or may not) be an indicator on what you can expect. For comparison, look at the rates for the Downtowner and the Thunderbird, and check out the comments on both in some recent threads.

    I did see the Super 8 at Ellis Island was only $72/nt (plus taxes and fees?). That might be a step up than the ABVI.
     
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    Depends where. I've stayed in one in San Antonio not knowing the area was bad. It was close to AT&T center so I thought to myself, it can't be that bad. I regretted it. Pretty much a flea bag motel. In other places it may be just fine. Look on tripadvisor or just google for reviews.
     
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    KR_5150 Toss the dice, bring the cannolli!

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    I stayed in a horrible ABVI in TN about 15 years ago and swore never to use them again. The thing you have to be careful about in Vegas is the fact that good rooms can be found for cheap a lot of the time, that means that the majority of the time the down tier motels are used by less than ideal clientele. I would spend a few bucks more for Ellis Island, it isn’t Bellagio but it was recently remodeled and they are trying to upmarket the property. Good luck either way
     
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    If the rates I'm seeing on Expedia are accurate, EI is almost double the rate as America's Best.

    I don't think that I've ever stayed at an America's Best. The few we have in the area here always look shabby. However, for that price, there's not anything with a better name brand or rep to consider, especially not in walking distance. It's really a decision if you want to gamble on this choice.
     
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    KR_5150 Toss the dice, bring the cannolli!

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    Ah sorry somebody above me mentioned the price was close and I didn’t independently confirm that.
     
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    I saw it for the first time on december 19 when my airport shuttle made a stop there to pick someone up, its pretty close to the Hooters from the outside it sure didnt look like much
     
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    I am a solo traveler, so my perspective is that of a single 53 yo dude.

    The key word in the ABVI name is value and not best.

    A few years ago I stayed at the Americas Best Value Inn just north of downtown. My flight was scheduled to arrive in Vegas around midnight on a saturday, so I thought a cheap room was all I would need.

    Well...you get what you pay for!

    I am not saying it was the worst room I have stayed in...but it was in my top three. Dirty isn't how I would describe the room...but "well past its prime" would be accurate. The biggest negative about the motel was the location. While it's only a .25 mile north of the MSS...the neighborhood is very sketchy... It felt unsafe.

    This was my first and only stay at a ABVi...but everyone is different and you may find the motel perfectly acceptable.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    Well, you are both correct. The quotes I saw on hotels.com for the OP's dates were something like $39/nt for ABVI and $72/nt for the Super 8 at Ellis Island. Still cheap, yet still "about double" over Americas Best Value Inn, yet just "a few bucks more".
     
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    FYI.....Ellis Island will also have a resort fee of $20.40 while ABVI will likely have none (I'm assuming). This would make it about $53 more per night. Not saying it's not worth the difference, but just making sure all the facts are in play.

    For the record, I did stay once at an ABVI in New Mexico......it was a rathole and I regretted my decision. Not sure how it compares to the Las Vegas location.
     
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    My guess is that ABVI is one of those chains that many properties join when they fail inspection for the chain they are with and do not wish to invest the $$$$$ to remove the violations.
     
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    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    As I pointed out to another poster, "almost double" is still just a "few bucks more". It's all relative, of course.


    To the OP: I'm becoming more interested in this thread the more I think about it. I'm also curious if ANYONE on this board has ever stayed there.

    After leo21 mentioned Expedia, I pulled up the room reviews there. Woo boy... not good. There were many comments about the place being the complete opposite of "clean and safe". No WiFi in the rooms. Tube TVs. It sits behind a restaurant, between a HoJo and Motel 6. You could get stuck in a room all the way in the back. I pulled it up on Google Earth. The airport noise must be horrendous.

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    While I understand everyone is on a budget... is this where you want to spend four days over March Madness?
     
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    It can't be any worse than the room I stayed in at Ellis Island last year.The mold in the bathroom was disgusting and it was the worst room I ever stayed in so after I wrote a bad review on Tripadvisor they gave me back half of what I paid.I would try it and how much time do you spend in the room anyway? We stayed at ABVI in Colorado and it was ok and no resort fee.
     
  16. bubbakitty

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    I have no idea and there is probably a reason it is not listed by previous posters, but what about gold spike? It is downtown and closer to where you want to be anyway. There is a threshold for budget and one for safety. Carrying cash in and out of the room at that place looks like a blood pressure commercial at best.
    I do/did stupid stuff. Double back diamond back when. Could I die? Oh yes! But I could also survive by sliding down on my butt skis in hand. There was a reasonable way out.
    But I think I would work overtime, cut back on social spending, eat in and save money between now and March. Upgrade to a better bed. You want to enjoy your time at least.
    Good luck.
     
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    I may not have much to add here, as my experience with ABVI is from almost 10 years ago.
    On that trip, there was a group of about 10 of us who went to celebrate our 30th birthdays (College friends.)
    The Sunday we were there was the day of the Soprano's final episode. Our strip hotel (Aladdin at the time) did not have HBO, so we booked a room for a night at ABVI, and all piled in to watch the final episode.
    Granted it was just for a few a hours, but room was clean... albeit small.
    The area seemed a tad sketchy, but you are right there by Hooters and across from MGM so while not right on the strip, its a pretty short walk.
     
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    I would wager that yes, it could! :poke:

    That was one of the things I found interesting about the Expedia reviews... a good chunk of the positive (4 or 5 star) reviews specifically mentioned no resort fees. It was a great example of the intense burning hatred of resort fees around here (or out there)! It also told me that there is a significant percentage of travelers that place a premium on low cost and are willing to overlook quality.

    Since the OP specifically mentioned it, here is a sampling of the nightly rates on Hotels.com for the OP's dates (March 14-18):

    ABVI = $39

    Oasis at Gold Spike = $97
    Downtown Grand = $108
    El Cortez = $116
    MSS = $125 (where OP is already booked for the final two nights)

    Excalibur = $162 (the cheapest major resort & casino right on the strip between MB and Encore)
    Flamingo = $194
    MGM Grand = $225
    Wynncore = $465

    ... you get the idea. I agree with bubbakitty - since budget is an issue, the cheapest place downtown will help minimize costs while giving you a much greater opportunity to enjoy your time at March Madness.

    Let us know where you end up staying!
     
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    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    Would you stay there exclusively for four nights?
     
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    UPDATE:

    Good news! I found a BOGO offer at Sam's Town on my BConnected page, so I booked Wed/Thurs there for $90.00 all-in. I revised my reservation for ABVI to Fri/Sat, and it's $99 all-in. I think no matter how awful it could turn out to be, for that rate I can deal with a couple of nights. It only raised my total hotel cost for the trip around $15, so I am good with it. It might impact my transport costs if I use Lyft/Uber vs bus, but still less than renting a car, and Sam's has a downtown shuttle.

    Edit: More good news! I followed a Boyd link to Advantage Rental Car website, logged in to my Advantage account, and found a free weekend offer. Reserved Fri - Sun for $13 all-in, so I can move both hotels and have a car for the weekend. Awesome!

    Would still be interested in anyone's experience staying at ABVI. Thanks for all the replies.

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