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Leaving the Strip for Downtown?

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

  1. Timothy

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    This was 100% me, until Circa came to town. New, clean, great property with an awesome pool. I just love the ID-check to get in and the fact that you scan your card to enter the elevators.

    First time I visited two nights I didn’t even leave the resort, except to buy drinks at the ABC.
     
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    I love those things you mentioned plus they have an amazing sports book. But, just as at the D, I can’t handle the loud music for very long. I don’t condemn it because it’s a great party atmosphere. It’s just not for me.
     
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    I’m one of the biggest downtown boosters but no way I’m taking kids down there. Not only is there some depressing and depraved stuff I’d rather my kid not see also there’s not a whole lot for him to do. What one one sorry arcade at The Cal, limited pool options for kids. Is there still a movie theater, drag bowling?

    For kids I’m doing a larger locals casino Sunset Station with its nice pool and other amenities, South Point etc.
     
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  4. Timothy

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    Can fully understand that. It’s a feature, but if you don’t love it (like I do) it probably gets tiring very soon.
     
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  5. don1701

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    I LOVE downtown, specifically ElCo. But with kids? no way. Just not the place where kids can enjoy themselves. If you want to venture away from the strip, the Palms (staying there)/Rio/Gold Coast triangle might be way better. Don't know about arcades, but the bowling lanes at Gold Coast, that even have a little arcade in it as far as I remember now) are for sure WAY more fun for the kids than downtown, which is def an adults place
     
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  6. s.j.

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    Back when i was say 20-30. 1990-2000. -I’m 53 now….. I always stayed on the strip. Usually Circus Circus or Stardust, Riveira, Westward Ho. However those are all gone and they were all middle America places to stay. Price wise and literally a lot of folks from middle America. Now I always stay DT. I feel it has became the new destination. Of the old north strip. And with Circa DT has it all. I still go to the strip. I love the Wynn and NYNY. But I now always stay at either the D, Golden Gate. QQQQ or El Cortez. There is a void on the strip where the previous mentioned was The new is all$$$ to stay.
     
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    I love downtown but a few things keep me from staying there every trip. First is that room quality is just not up par with what you can get on the strip. Bad/loud AC, uncomfortable beds, and just things feeling not as nice. This is of course a general statement and I've stayed in some decent rooms downtown but my wife and I are not "we just need a place to sleep and shower" people. Not to mention a lot of the rooms can be loud and you have to work to make sure you get a quiet room.

    Which brings me to the second point which is the Freemont Street Experience. I really do not like FSE. It's loud, it's crowded and generally just feels slimey. The street "performers" are a big problem too. 90% are just scammers or homeless people. I stood at the craps table at Binions and had to listen to the "dancers" outside hype the crowd up for 45 minutes before doing the most mediocre dance routine I've ever seen. Stuff like that really just brings down the experience for me. If I could easily walk between casinos outside of FSE, I would.

    There's also way fewer food options down there and trying new restaurants is a big part of the appeal of Vegas to me. Don't get me wrong, there are some great restaurants down there (and Oscar's might be my favorite in all of vegas) but it comes nowhere near the sheer amount of amazing dining on the strip. Not to mention the strip constantly is getting new stuff where downtown feels mostly stagnate when it comes to this outside of food courts like at Fremont.

    Gambling downtown is 1000x better than gambling on the strip. But I have a hard time wanting to stay there exclusively. I can do a night or 2 but I don't think I'd move down there permanently.
     
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    Where are the party atmosphere spots people keep talking about downtown. I haven't been much and the few times Ive been I never got this party vibe.
     
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    Freemont Street Experience itself is a big party at night.

    Casino-wise I'd say Circa and The D get pretty rowdy.
     
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  10. AyDee

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    It's not DT, but I'll second SP as having good games, lots of good eats, and kid friendly options like the movie theater, bowling alley, arcade.
     
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    I feel largely the same way you do.

    My trips tend to be "weekend adjacent" (like, Sunday night to Tuesday) so I'm able to avoid the real nonsense of the FSE/canopy. When I want to walk from the Plaza to the D on a late morning or early afternoon, there's some buskers out (as you noted, mostly scammy/no talent/unhoused or some combo of the three) but since it's so uncrowded, I can have a wide berth around the nonsense.

    When it's crowded, you have less space to avoid the really annoying people, and the bad drunks/meth-y folks are just more 'on top' of you than the Strip.
     
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  12. AyDee

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    For our DT trips, we also usually try to avoid the weekends,
    and for all the reasons you mention, like retreating at the end of the night to our end "corner"/square? of
    Circa (lost comp rooms there, but the ID/hard security has its advantages), Cal, Plaza, or even GG/MSS in a pinch.
    It always feels nice to have that "getting away from the madness" walk, esp in wee hours of the night/morning.
     
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  13. blissfulignoramus

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    Your post (the stuff I deleted) summarizes very well the difference between Downtown and the Strip. And it’s all about what people want. One can, I am sure (not based on personal experience) have a high-end, luxury experience Downtown, at a level one might experience on the Strip, but it’s not what Downtown is about really. Downtown is a completely different type of experience, that emphasizes completely different things. Most of the time I hear people complain about Downtown, they complain about things I like about Downtown.

    For the last few years, I’ve been staying the first night of a Downtown trip on the Strip, with one of the people I always go to Vegas with. And each year, we’ve joked about how that first day/night reminds us about the specific reasons we prefer Downtown. Mind you, we enjoy that first day, but for us, Downtown people, we can’t wait until the next day when we move Downtown, when the real fun begins.
     
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  14. beets1792

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    Lower limits, nicer pay tables, and the FSE is the DEFININTION of cheap and cheerful.

    I will even take biz clients out to FSE; its a great time for those who don't walk around with their noses up.
     
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    I dont think anyone has ever described Fremont Street as perfectly as you just did.
     
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    Downtown is a gambling focused destination, the Strip is for everything else like food, shows, free attractions, etc. When I book my end of month trips to the D/Circa for the free play, I'm doing it to gamble, and for those two or three days I'm essentially doing just that, whether it's watching a game at the sports book, shooting dice, or grinding away at 8/5 single line bonus poker at the bar. Aside from eating my comped food I'm not really going elsewhere outside of Downtown, and still haven't even gotten players cards at Downtown Grand nor the Plaza. If my state offered real craps, sports betting, and 99%+ video poker in one location I would probably go there over DTLV.
     
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    @topcard, thank you for your synopsis of DT Las Vegas. I am in agreement with your assessments in so many ways. I see you said that Boyd now allows DAS on their 2 deck BJ game. That alone could bring me back to DT for a few nights each visit.
     
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    I love all the different opinions here

    My group goes 3 or 4 times a year now - and since Circa opened we spend about 5 hours there - gambling and eating at Barrys

    Every time I poke my head outside to look at the FSE - I am ready to return to the strip lol
     
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    i usually do 3 nights on the strip, then checkout at 11am and head downtown for 12 hours until my red-eye back to nyc at 2359 lol. those 12 hours are usually all i need to get my DT fill - the pools dont really stack up to the strip, i enjoy Circa as a property but I also get tired of the music turned up to 11, and sometimes the feel of the experience just makes me... kinda sad lol.

    i took my GF down to experience DT on our second trip (coming from Bellagio/Mirage) and she was just like "nah, you can do this on the boys trip, but this is way too rough and ready", so now i sometimes do 1 night on a boys/solo trip, but usually just a dip in and out to change the scene.

    I think i would prefer Palms or honestly Red Rock compared to staying DT
     
  20. moongoa

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    So for the record, my kids are teenagers so they’re not too offended by downtown shenanigans. So I talked to fam about all of them and gave a thumbs down for downtown. They all said it was nice to visit for a day, but not to stay there the entire time. Since I frequent Las Vegas quite a bunch, I think I’ll leave the downtown trips for the solo ones.
     
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