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Comp vs Staying Where You Are Comfortable

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by rm22, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. rm22

    rm22 Low-Roller

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    I prefer staying at my Vdara / Aria / Cosmo corner but have received comp offers for a few extra nights to stay elsewhere. I know we all like to save money but would you take the comp vs staying where you really want to and pay the extra $$$? I can stay at the Mirage (never stayed) or MB (stayed), Delano (never stayed) for some nights but I'm thinking i'll take the 1 night comped at Aria/Vdara vs staying at Mirage since at this stage in my life as i like to have comfort. Also, this is for a Feb trip and i know the pool at Aria during that time of year is doable. Lets hear what you guys would do - comp or comfort is really what it comes down to it.
     
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  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Okay, I have read this three times and not sure what the situation is. How many nights are you going? If one night.. not going to matter much. If multiple nights, what hotels are you thinking of and how much per night would it cost?

    Personally, comfort is important to us, but Aria vs Mirage vs MBay is really not much different.
     
  3. rm22

    rm22 Low-Roller

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    @nostresshere 4 nights, thinking of Aria for 2 and Vdara for remainder. I would do Cosmo but idk what the pool situation is like in Feb there and would like some pool time during my entire stay there, that is if i will be really going due to travel restrictions. I think Aria might be a step up from Mirage/MB. Plus i like playing at Aria and can hop over and play at Cosmo and run back to my room if too tired by day's end. I have played at MB which was doable too.
     
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  4. DaiLun

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    I would assess total cost for each stay. The 5 properties that you have stated as considering, Aria, Cosmo, Vdara (never stayed there), Mirage and MB are all pretty similar, although I give Aria top billing (since my first trip to Cosmo will be in Feb and I'm an mLife player.

    If you're not mobile (no rental car), then Mandalay Bay might be a little off the beaten track. JMHO, especially with trams not running.
     
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  5. Chuck2009x

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    I've done it both ways.

    I usually go for long trips, so maxing out comp nights is usually pretty important.

    So I've stayed at MGM Grand when I couldn't get comped at Aria. No problem there, even though I don't love MGM Grand.

    But last trip, I paid $600 (partially comped, partially paid) to stay at Vdara instead of a totally comped stay (+ about $600 FP on a play-up offer) at Bally's because of the circumstances - I wanted a nuke for takeout food, Aria's casino is much bigger and spaced out, and I didn't like what was going on in the Bally's neighborhood. So that's a $1,200 swing I was willing to do.

    And then there's a hybrid. If I can get a Skyview at MB or a Premier Suite suite comped at Luxor vs a regular room at Aria, I'll probably take the better room even though I like the Aria casino MUCH better. Push comes to shove, I'll take a better room at a lesser resort because I don't use resort amenities much, I don't care if a place has 20 restaurants, don't use pools or spas, etc. Room type and gambling conditions are the highest priorities.
     
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  6. carolineno

    carolineno Balcony Brat

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    I used to be a comp only Vegas person, but I have changed and I'm now loyal to a few places, even if I have to pay. I'm a bit more flexible in the Summer as some pools make up for what a resort otherwise lacks. But in Winter? It's such a bummer here in the Winter that I'm willing to pay to really get away from it all and enjoy myself in my favorite place. I'd rather not go in Winter than compromise.
     
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  7. UKFanatic

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    IMO, its a question of whether you ar considering a resort where you are uncomfortable or are you considering a place you are less comfortable than an alternative you can pay out of pocket for. I would never consider staying somewhere I am not comfortable. But I woud also stay somewhere on a full comp instead of paying elsewhere fr a resort where I am a little more comfortable
     
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  8. comfortablynumb

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    Speaking of pools, I know the Mirage pool is heated, so it's usable in the winter. But are the other hotels' pools heated as well?
     
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    I’m comfortable anywhere.

    I figure out what I want to do as far as the trip. In your situation...pool time.
    Then I look for a balance between the overall comp and the pool.
    Decide from there.

    Good luck!!!
     
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  10. Paul K

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    I stay where I want, I play where I want. Vacation times is precious and free isn't always best.
     
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    I like comps, but as I take longer trips my stays are never free, and will always stay where I want to.
     
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  12. tornadobox

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    I will pick the comfortable place. If it happens to be comp'd, win-win. If not, I'll pay if it's where I really want to stay.
     
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  13. Viva Las Vegas

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    I’m somewhat confused with this thread and @rm22 ‘s original post. Not sure how you would assume you would not be comfortable at two places you never stayed.

    Some people like to go to the same 1 or 2 places all the time, and if familiarity is comfort than I understand. However, you may like the new places as much or perhaps more than the places you typically stay.

    There are three places still open in Vegas I’ve stayed at 5 or more times (The Cal and Caesars I would seek out again, Harrah’s not as much beyond a comp), but also like exploring so I’m a free agent each trip.

    It really comes down to whether you like a consistent routine or whether you like exploring new places more so than saving a few hundred bucks considering a comp vs. no comp decision, at least from my perspective. There isn’t a big difference in the quality of the properties, beyond the fact that the standard Mirage room is smaller than the other three under consideration.
     
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    If by comfortable you mean familiar, or being in your comfort zone, then I understand what you are saying. Personally, I like to try new places, and it is simple enough to get a feel for a place even before staying there, so there shouldn't be any big surprises. I have stayed at all of your options except MB, and they are all on the same playing field IMO. I have my preferences, but would stay at any of them again. Since the winter pool situation is a big factor, then that may rule out some of them. I guess I am saying, none are poor choices, but only you know what your real priorities are.
     
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  15. GrPa

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    After a trip is all done and paid for, I never regret having paid a little extra to get what makes me the happiest.
     
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    The properties where I like to stay are generally all comped upfront. If you want to buy me off with some extra free play...I can be swayed fairly easily.

    Aria vs Caesars? I’d be MORE comfortable at Aria, especially in Sky Suites. Caesars and $500+ free play vs Aria and no free play? I’m comfortable enough at Caesars :)

    There is a limit to this, and I won’t stay at lower tier properties I don’t like in an effort to get more upfront. I did this a few times years ago and wound up disappointed...this is supposed to be fun, lol.
     
  17. tee6395

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    This is something I've been pondering the last few months myself. I do have places that have continuously sent offers even though I haven't set foot in Vegas since Feb. 28th. With having all of this time away, I think I have changed some of my tunes. I was always about the comps - for decades. It didn't matter if I hated the bed or wasn't greatly fond of the casino or restaurants. I stayed where the money (comps) led me.

    In the beginning of the pandemic I was in full Vegas mode. Continued to seek out Vegas Boards/friends/news, whatever, like I had been doing since 1991. I found myself as time marched on to fall less in less into that trap. What?! Can I survive without Vegas/gambling?! If someone would've asked me before 2020 if that is something I ever would've done, I would've thought them crazy. Yet, here I am deciding to put efforts into a new place. To begin again. I am no longer chomping at the bit, but am still looking forward to a new and different experience. I am taking my time returning for a multitude of reasons including COVID scares, new rules and mandates, but also because I really got to see a clear picture of the money that I was spending. There are literally 10's of thousands of dollars in my accounts that, under normal circumstances, simply wouldn't be there.

    Now, I've got to make other decisions. Since I've had the forced separation from gambling as a whole, how much am I willing to invest in my good time. This might be a huge turning point for me. Stay tuned.

    This is a long-winded way of saying that you have to do what will make you happy ultimately. If the comped location doesn't tickle your pits, than I say pay and spend your time and money making memories with NO strings attached!
     
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    I'm mostly on the same page. I would absolutely never consider staying somewhere I affirmatively don't like. But I've also paid close-to-regular price for Aria as opposed to a comp at Mandalay Bay. The difference is a couple hands of blackjack, after all. I used to bounce around but fell in love with Aria not long after they opened, and never stayed anywhere else after that.
     
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    We're all different when it comes to deciding on where to stay in regards to paying vs. using comps, as well as deciding whether to try different properties or just stay at properties which we consider "home".

    Personally, my budget often determines where I stay, unless I decide to splurge. I don't often stay at the high-end luxury resorts unless my rooms are comped, since I don't spend a great deal of time in my room. Since my trips are usually a week or longer, I try and fit in as many comped rooms as possible, but I still avoid properties that I don't like for one reason or another. On a few past trips, I didn't want to move from one property to another, even though I could have used my other comp offers, so I just paid for those days that weren't comped.
     
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  20. nostresshere

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    I look at a hotel as a combination of room and casino and restaurants.

    1 -Staying in same hotel where I play is high priority.

    2 - Rooms are rooms in most cases. Most of the major hotels on the strip do not vary that much. BUT, getting a real suite vs a room is a big reason to pick one hotel over another.

    3 - Next is what restaurants are available in the hotel.

    Though we really like Bellagio for example, the food choices there are not our cup of tea since they are pretty much high end.

    As to comp vs paid... the decision is "Would I rather pay $150 per night for a room at A vs the free one at B. If you are getting other comps besides rooms, most of the MGM hotels will work with you.
     
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