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Stay DT, but hang out on Strip?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Odelay77, Jul 6, 2017.

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  1. Odelay77

    Odelay77 Low-Roller

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    For some reason I'm having trouble making this decision... background below, but TLDR: What's it like staying downtown and commuting to the strip on a nightly basis?

    I've only stayed downtown one time, and it was only two nights. I always have a blast on Fremont, but found it to be a little redundant after a few days straight.

    I'm bringing a group of 6-8 in October (6th through 11th). It's a major convention week, so rates are stupid high on the strip.

    The initial plan was to spend Friday-Sunday downtown (I already booked the Cal) and then move to the strip for Sunday-Wednesday. But I'm having trouble finding a reasonable rate anywhere on the strip for those days. I've tried brokers, third party vendors, timeshare owners looking to unload their slots, etc. Even the worst places are starting at about $500-600 for 3 weeknights.

    I'm considering just staying all five nights at the Cal, even though I'm gonna want to head to the strip Sunday-Tuesday to see a few shows, walk the Linq, watch Sunday NFL in grand fashion, eat a couple extravagant meals, etc.

    I know Uber/Lyft has made things cheaper, but it just seems like I'll be wasting so much time arranging rides, waiting for rides, gathering my group, sitting in traffic, etc. seems like more trouble than it's worth, but I'm looking at saving literally $500-700 to add to my modest BR if I go with this option.

    Any thoughts, stories, or bits of advice are welcome.
     
  2. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Interesting situation. I think that the one thing you haven't looked at is staying off-strip, but close to the strip. While I'm a diehard Fremont Street fan, I can understand why it can feel redundant after a few days straight... especially when you've got the strip tourism aspirations that you've described.

    My suggestion would be the Hard Rock. I looked it up on Booking.com for your dates (checking in Sunday October 8th, checking out Wednesday October 11th), for two rooms with 8 people, and it came to $508 USD for all three nights.

    Here, you've got the advantage of being at a "real resort", relatively close to the strip, and the cost really couldn't get lower, I don't think. Before the resort fee, $508 / 8 comes to $63.50 per person, or $21.17 per night per person.

    Included in the HR's resort fee is also a shuttle service to the Fashion Show mall. Even though you can walk to the strip, at least you benefit from some free wheels to get over there.

    Here's where I saw that rate: https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hard-rock-and-casino.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr-1FCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaCeIAQGYAS64AQfIAQzYAQHoAQH4AQuSAgF5qAID;sid=d5d71a76a2f13160fd3b1e2c9093c0d5;atlas_src=sr_iw_title;checkin=2017-10-08;checkout=2017-10-11;group_adults=8;group_children=0;nflt=pri%3D1%3B;no_rooms=2;room1=A%2CA%2CA%2CA;room2=A%2CA%2CA%2CA;sb_price_type=total;type=total&;selected_currency=USD;changed_currency=1;top_currency=1

    If you're dead set about staying on the strip, you'll be paying much more (TI and the Linq came to about 3x that rate). But I think that this is an option with pretty minimal sacrifice.
     
  3. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    (sorry, I launched into full-out deal hunter mode realizing I didn't actually answer your question of "what is commuting to the strip from DT every day like?". I've done it, and it's *okay*, but I'd avoid it if I could. The SDX can get full at times, and it can be a bit of a buzzkill to wait in traffic going down Las Vegas Boulevard. If I were in your exact situation, I'd go with the suggestion I made above.)
     
  4. The Rumor

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    Yeah, you have a handful of other options like staying at the Gold Coast to use the Rio Shuttle or staying by the monorail at SLS or Westgate for short-term access

    Honestly, with uber, as long as you're closeish at somewhere like Hard Rock or the Palms, the transport costs aren't going to be horrible if you move in groups of 3 or more

    You could also try a close to the Strip dump like Hooters
     
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  5. Odelay77

    Odelay77 Low-Roller

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    Thanks. Yeah, I prefer Fremont gambling, but a Vegas trip just doesn't feel complete without significant time at the spectacle that is the strip.

    An out-of-the-box option I'm considering, too: I have a free night at Aria that I could double-book and use as just a place to crash one night on the strip.
     
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  6. woodsie

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    Uber and Lyft are super fast and efficient. I think you plan is fine. It'll cost you hardly any time it all to get to and from. Been there, done that.
     
  7. Crambone

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    If you stay Downtown you can explore Fremont East for a night. You won't get the spectacle the Strip offers but you might find some decent entertainment experiences.

    The CX and WAX buses will drop you off on the north and south strip quicker than the SDX. Far less occupants on these two express buses.You can Uber\Lyft back DT if desired. They leave hourly from the stop next to Binions. $2 a ride per person.
     
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    I stayed DT for a convention a few years ago. It was a bit of a pain to go back and forth every day to the convention, I would take the bus. The bigger pain was if I met friends for dinner and drinks on the strip. I would take a taxi, this was before Uber/Lyft was in Vegas.

    You may want to check the Lynq for prices. I've found them to have pretty good rates.
     
  9. Nevyn

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    It'll be a little annoying, but at that price savings, worth it.

    Going multiple times to the strip would be less annoying (to me) than the other way. I don't really like taking the bus/uber to go drink and gamble, as it is nice to be close to home base when tying one on. But for dinner or a show, it won't be that bad. 6-8 people divides the uber cost nicely.
     
  10. C0usineddie

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    I do this and take the bus from downtown to strip as I like morning drinking. For some its not worth the hassle but i have no issues with it. Worst case, dont want to wait for the bus on the way back and uber instead.
     
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    For about the last five years I've stayed downtown and hit the strip every day. I usually take the bus (SDX or Deuce) and get a three day pass for $20. Busses run all the time so its no big deal. My last trip I used Uber for the first time and I loved it. I usually hit the strip about lunchtime and stay until about nine at night and then hit Fremont St. so I'm close to my room at night. If you like both downtown and the strip staying downtown isn't a worry, IMHO. Have a great trip.

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  12. BobLasVegas

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    I usually stay Downtown. Cheaper and much better gambling odds. I do go up on the Strip a little.
    I always have a rental car though. I find I need to visit the Strip less and less as years go by.
    Too crowded and too expensive. Unless I need to show someone the Strip, or I need to
    go to show or restaurant, I pretty much avoid it.

    Downtown and the Locals casinos have more of what I want.
     
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    I've done this a couple times because we had a comp downtown. I'm good downtown for 1 or 2 days but otherwise I hang out on the strip. It's ok but it is nice to head back to the room during the day, even for just 1/2 hour or so (quick nap, charge phone, get a jacket for the cooler night instead of carrying it around during the day, ...)

    I'm not sure I see your pricing though. Yeah most of the hotels are about $200/night more for 2 rooms over the Cal, but I still see the lower end MGM and CET properties within the range of what you would pay at The Cal.
     
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    OP, look into the Gold Coast/Rio/Palms triangle and then use the free shuttles to the strip. GC would probably be cheapest. The other option could be Orleans. Same shuttle that runs to/from GC to the strip. Check these options out!! Enjoy!
     
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    I would do the inverse. Nicer rooms and quieter rooms on the strip although some noisy ones do exist.
     
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    if you and/or the rest of the group have not used uber/lyft before, you would have all the cheap rides your group would need if done correctly. Can explain if needed, but basically daisy chain referrals for free/discount rides
     
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