Will be heading to Vegas in a few weeks with some friends -- we do this annually. I got a pretty good rate at Excalibur (widescreen view room). We are married guys in our 40s who go to Vegas to drink beer, laugh, gamble (mostly in sports books) and drink beer. We do a few other things (for example, I want to try the zipline downtown), but don't do strip joints and otherwise limit ourselves to looking, not touching. Our ideal hotel is reasonably clean, inexpensive, convenient. Normally we stay more Center Strip, but the price was right for Excalibur, and we thought why not, let's mix it up a bit. I have never stayed there, and actually have barely ventured south of the Caesars corner in a decade. Keep in mind, we have low standards: we stayed at IP last year, and it suited me just fine (mind you, we did not return with bed bugs, and none of our stuff was stolen!). I'd like to know what people think about any of the following: 1. Comments on Excalibur? Distance from room to sidewalk: how bad is it? 2. Will I have any trouble checking in at ~11 AM on a Friday? 3. Good cheap eats? I know there are plenty of great restaurants around, and we might even splurge for one, but I'm thinking about hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches. 4. Good coffee I can get early? Coming in from the east coast, I am plagued with waking at dawn in Vegas, and then only finding lousy coffee. 5. Good blackjack in the neighborhood? In my one and only jaunt to that corner, I did well at NY NY last time. What are the tables like at Excalibur? 6. Anything else worth considering? That weekend seems to be booking up fast, and prices are only going up, so I doubt that I would change my reservation, but I am open to suggestions!