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Old 07-31-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, not a trip report.... yet, but it may become one.

I need to pick your brain on choosing a hotel in the strip. Which one would you take of this list (choosen because of the package available with flight included):

Palace Station - $345usd
Circus Circus - $356
Riviera - $354
Stratosphere - $374
Flamingo - $429
Luxor - $453 (have read reviews that said that is very ill maintained, Recent stays?)
New York, NY - $456

Main purpose is not gambling but seeing some shows and the fountains, gardens, etc.
I'm really concerned about the smoking odor in the rooms.

Any input would be really appreciated,
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Hi, not a trip report.... yet, but it may become one.

I need to pick your brain on choosing a hotel in the strip. Which one would you take of this list (choosen because of the package available with flight included):

Palace Station - $345usd
Circus Circus - $356
Riviera - $354
Stratosphere - $374
Flamingo - $429
Luxor - $453 (have read reviews that said that is very ill maintained, Recent stays?)
New York, NY - $456

Main purpose is not gambling but seeing some shows and the fountains, gardens, etc.
I'm really concerned about the smoking odor in the rooms.

Any input would be really appreciated,
Cheers.
Jesus
Out of these, I would take New York New York.
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Out of these, I would take New York New York.
I agree.
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Thanks Brent and Alicia.

Have you stayed in any of the others for comparison?

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I wouldn't stay at Circus Circus...yuk..too many kids.

The riviera is pretty darn old..it's still there?

I prefer a smaller hotel VS a mega hotel..just want to be able to leave it without walking a mile to get to the street.
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I wouldn't stay at Circus Circus...yuk..too many kids.

The riviera is pretty darn old..it's still there?

I prefer a smaller hotel VS a mega hotel..just want to be able to leave it without walking a mile to get to the street.
Nice to know, the CircusC seemed attractive price-wise, but the ambiance with tons of kids really would be overwhelming, yuck

And now I remember a friend telling me just that about Luxor, that it took him sooooooo long to get to his room that it was a trip by itself. Good to take in consideration after a long day walking.

Thanks a lot.
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Thanks Brent and Alicia.

Have you stayed in any of the others for comparison?

I have stayed at the Excalibur, but it has been awhile. It's huge, but has very good restaurants. I like New York New York because it is smaller and it is in a good location.

The Riviera is not that great neither is Circus Circus.

The station casinos, like Palace Station are fine, but the drawback is that they are far from the strip. There is one that is in the Summerlin area that is beautiful, but it is about a 45 minute drive to the strip.

One thing you can do if you want to take a chance is to go on Hotwire.com to book a package. You have to pay for the hotel first before you knw where you will be staying, but the hotel you get will be nice.

I would love to stay at the Bellagio. The fountains are so beautiful.
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Hope this helps... I stayed at the luxor last year.... Dingy.. wouldnot stay there again. Just stayed at NYNY 2 weeks ago. I have found my spot !! clean clean clean ! Nice rooms, nice furniture, small enought that you can pop up to your room in 3 minutes... MGM it took about an hour to get there. I have also stayed at the Paris... NYNY for me!
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Great info, I would like to stay at the Bellagio, but my wallet oposes very firmly, as I won't spend much time in the room.

MGM - one hour, wow, I can believe it.

Luxor, I wanted to have a room with a view to the airport, but if the interior is so bad, I would just visit the Sphynx from the outside, hehee.

The Stations do really look tempting, except for the distance. But they get much better rating (4-4.5 approval) from guests, so there should be something worth trying.


Oohhhhh so difficult to choose.

I got into hotwire but didn't find the "gambling" of paying for a selection of their choice, will keep looking.

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It's impressive that a Travel lodge is more expensive than a 4 star hotel, wow

Sahara also comes with good price, but it should be as risky as Riviera or CircusCircus, What you think?
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exacgerated just a bit on the time to get to your room at the mgm but it is sooo big . the pool area was awesome tho. they have a lazy river. Be sure to check out the ice art at the new city center building.
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No one mentioned the Flamingo. It is a good solid 3 star hotel.. It is also in the same family as many other hotels, so even if you dont gamble a lot, become a total rewards member (it is free) and get points when you play, shop, eat at any of their other properties which are many, Harrahs, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Bally's, PLanet Hollywood, etc etc. Also, it is very centrally located so you can save on long walks and cabs. I always stay at their properties and get substantial discounts when staying at their hotels.
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Bally's is also another good option that is usually reasonable. It is connected under the road to the Paris and is right across the street from the fountains at the Bellagio. This is where i usually stay. You can also get on the rail from behind the Paris and get down toward the old MGM.
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My pick is Def NYNY out of those, Seriously, Do not bother with the others.

Bally's is a good pick cause it is a great location.

I have stayed at Caesars, Bellagio, Rio. Caesar's is my favorite.

Bellagio was boring and expensive. Rio is fun

NY NY is a fun hotel and priced right. The employees actually have a NY attitude.

Make sure you go to Olympic Garden. We make it a point to stop there every trip. Good times Vegas Style

We were married at Caesar's Garden of the gods!
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Similar to Hotwire.com, we have used Priceline.com for hotels a few times.

On my May trip with my kids, we got a $220 rack rate room in Long Beach, CA at the Westin for $52 and $56 for our 2nd night.

In June, we got a $189/night room in Calgary, AB for 2 nights at $80 per night.

And lastly, Mr J went on a trip to Long Beach, CA and got the Holiday in for $60 and $62, but I'm not sure on what the rack rate price is.

We have never used it for Vegas though. There is a technique to bidding, and I'd be nervous about getting a dud hotel, lol. There is a website called betterbidding.com that gives a lot of information on how to bid to get the hotel you want, and the techniques vary by each area.
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