Well as a person who has just returned from my first trip to Vegas in 8 years, I can tell ya a lot has changed. Resort fees, parking fees , early check in fees I mean Marone !!! The whole vibe of the strip has been altered drastically since I last visited. As far as abandoning the strip, I'm not close to that point. I like staying center strip so I can take advantage of the better gaming and eating options at the Cromwell, Ellis Island, the Gold Coast and reasonable table mins ( most of the time ) from Ballys to the Casino Royale. While still enjoying the glitz of the strip. My next trip which will be in December will be downtown 2 nights at the D . I've stayed DT before and enjoyed it . I figure it's cooler out I'm a solo traveler DT this time seems to be the way to go. I'll probably continue to bounce between the two for the foreseeable future. I am looking forward to a few nights as a solo guy downtown.