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Leaving the Strip for Downtown?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by moongoa, May 12, 2024.

  1. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    So I’ve been gambling on the strip for many years I would say probably 30…. Oh my God, I’m so old! Lately I’ve been thinking I should mix it up and start focusing on downtown. I know when I do go downtown it seems all right, but sometimes the people are a bit Squirrley. The issue is in order to receive the appropriate comps. You have to kind of commit for a year downtown. What is everybody’s thoughts of downtown and suggestions for hotels to seed, I was kind of thinking for queens, but that’s based on nothing. The El Cortez is OK but honestly, the fact they are 21 and over and they have those stupid wristbands that I tear off as soon as I check in probably makes that a no go. Look forward to responses.
     
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  2. hail2skins

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    Circa, Golden Nugget, Downtown Grand. What do you play?
     
  3. Travel Fanatic

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    You know, probably seven years ago or so, I had the same thought. i was tired of some of the stuff on the Strip, so I looked into moving my play DT. Ultimately, I did not because the resorts just don't compare. I have always had the impression you stayed at the nicer resorts on the Strip. You will have trouble finding anything downtown that remotely compares to those experiences. Maybe look into the GN or Circa. But even still, go spend an afternoon in those casinos. you will quickly realize its not the same. I'm not talking about squirrely people. Its just a very different experience overall
     
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  4. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    Yeah, I probably should try a day of gambling there only I’ve never been into circa so that could be a possibility I guess
     
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    Downtown is fun to visit on a raucous Friday or Saturday night. People watching, some blackjack, some booze, some music and maybe some food. But to stay down there? Not.
     
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  6. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    Primarily slots and if I’m feeling social, I’ll hit craps
     
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  7. Chicken Dinner

    Chicken Dinner Low-Roller

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I need to figure out which joints are connected downtown and think about seeding some place.
     
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    Exactly how I feel about the Strip.
     
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    2nd'ed. I stopped staying on the strip in about 2014 when i felt priced out. I did one stay a the Mirage 2 years ago just because I got a sweet deal, but it didnt feel right to me. I prefer downtown, though i am worried its getting to pricey even for me. YMMV
     
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  10. vpmikey

    vpmikey Low-Roller

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    It depends on how you want to spend your gambling dollar. If you want opulent surroundings, and really big chandeliers, and worse odds, then the strip is your place. If you want better odds, lower minimum’s, and a decent clean room, and more of a party atmosphere, and easier comps, then downtown is your spot. Several great steak houses downtown, good pizzas, even fast food. It just depends where you want you money to be spent.
     
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  11. SH0CK

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    What are the major selling points for you? Nice rooms? Pool? Good food? Any decent action that gets you free rooms on the Strip will most likely get you the same Downtown.
     
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  12. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    Comp shouldn’t be a problem since I’m seven stars at CET And roughly end up every year at MGM with 1.5 million tier credits. Gambling the is the primary focus for me and what I search for. But I do travel a lot with my kids and they like stuff to do. I always rent a car so it does give us flexibility wherever we stay. I do like nice rooms but more I like size more than New. I was fine with the old Ballys room prior to the various remodels because they were good size. Currently, it seems I get very nice sweets at Aria, Bellagio, and Caesar’s Palace but I’m
     
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    I made the move downtown a few years ago, and like it quite a bit. That said, when I'm town on business I stay at Encore but when I'm there for fun I stay at Circa.
    I think you'll find that Circa is nicer than most of the MGM and CET properties, but if you're traveling with kids keep in mind it's 21+ there.
    If you're seven stars, ask Circa to tier match you and set you up with a host. Then ask the host to put you in either the Sunset or Sunrise suites. Super spacious and nice.

    The vibe downtown is different, for sure. While Encore is refined and beautiful, I usually feel a little under-dressed and not quite with "my people". On the other hand, Fremont Street can feel a little sketchy and gritty at times. I guess I fall somewhere in between, LOL.
    But Circa is a lively and well-run property, with great food choices and much more generous comps
     
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  14. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    Yes, looking for a good vibe in the hotel. I know there’s no changing I know there’s no changing Fremont Street as it seems to be the street performers are trying to figure out how to shock people more and more so they’ll give them tips? I do like the restaurants and bars that are between the start of Fremont Street and the El Cortez, but I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time down there other than just in and out. The issue with circa definitely is the over 21 requirement. I probably bring my kids down four times a year so I would like to be able to just have one main casino. It would be great to be the Medium fish in a little pond.
     
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    Several years ago I made the switch to downtown and was happy at Golden Nugget. Now I have switched back to wanting more time on the strip. Besides gambling, I struggled to find things to do downtown. Pools are small and/or crowded, and shopping is minimal. Shows are limited. I don't have a car while there, so I walk or use the bus or Lyft. I love having a spacious room to spend time in if the gambling is nor good, or the ability to do a show last minute. Good luck with your decision!
     
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    I've never stayed in a room downtown that really compared with the strip, especially on size. 4 Queens south tower. The Cal West tower are decent enough for us but nothing special. You might want to look at the suites that El Cortez offer. Gambling wise I'd say with your record of play you wont have any issues getting comped any place. Its more of what you are looking for in the property. 4 Queens/Binions probably has the best players club as far as cash back/comp dollars for an earned rate. My personall issue there is it gets a little too crowded/rowdy on the weekends. We temd tp stay at The Cal more than anywhere. Close enough but away from all the noise and crowds. Since you have a car maybe check out a couple of the nicer Station places GVR or Red Rock. Boyd also has a couple of real nice off strip properties in Suncoast and Aliante (though that one is really off strip. like 30 minute drive but beauiful) Boyd is a no go if you are a video poker player though. Hard to say what you would like since so much is subjective with pro's and cons everywhere. But i'd spend a day just bouncing around the valley and see which places you'd like to maybe give a go on a future date.
     
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    I usually split 4 day trips between the GN downtown. And a strip property either CET or MGM or V/P.
     
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  18. moongoa

    moongoa You got to want it!

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    I thought about the split of trip but I really like to have one place where all my stuff is “base camp”
     
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    After exploring Vegas the last 10 years I have come to find my preferred trip is first 2 nights downtown where they have good gambling odds and the crazy party scene, then two nights on a luxury strip property where I enjoy the amenities, pools, have a couple nice meals, ect. I will gamble a little bit on the strip but I've transitioned to the comp yourself camp. My current plans are two nights at The D followed by two nights at Wynn. I'll pay a reduced rate for Wynn and take my free rooms downtown.
     
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  20. D in the D

    D in the D Oldest ride, Longest Line

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    I usually make two trips to vegas and am not a high-roller. Generally split both trips with three nights downtown and two on the strip. My level of gambling gets me rooms and comps downtown at the D, and generally rooms (mid-week) on the strip. Its the best of both worlds for me, although i may start to look at making the extra day on the strip vs Downtown just because it takes longer to do stuff on the strip, if that makes sense.

    That doesnt fit with your "base camp" strategy, but if you make the switch after the weekend rush, it doesnt eat up a bunch of time and for me it's like starting a new vacation kinda. Not sure any of this helps, but just my .02.
     
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