Airtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1557 posts, RR: 12 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5768 times:
I was looking for a cheap hotel in Las Vegas for the end of may (31st) and found that the Luxor and the Tropicana both offer cheap rates... Do you have any recommendation on that choice, or maybe another option ? I'd like to stay close to the airport as I'm leaving early in the morning on june 1st.
Thanks in advance for your help
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2997 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5763 times:
Everything is rather close to the airport. I stayed at the Luxor a few months back. Meh. Not a bad base if inexpensive is your main concern; it is an adequate base for sure. But if you can find a better deal via Priceline or whatever jump on it. I stayed there coz at that time it was about a hundred bucks cheaper a night. As long as the room is bedbug free, it's hard to justify spending that much more to stay across the street.
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5750 times:
I guess it depends on how you define "Cheap," and what you consider a good deal. There are great deals downtown, where the liquor is cheap, and the slots are looser than the main drag. The hotel rooms are older, and smaller, but they are still well maintained, and when you're in Vegas, how much time do you actually SPEND in your room anyhow---especially considering that the Deuce can take you where ever you want to go (sans the Hilton, which the monorail takes care of) on the main drag?
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5731 times:
Luxor, as the Trop is a dump. The owners of the hotel are in CH. 11 (they plan to exit bankruptcy in May), mainly because they lost the Tropicana in A.C. because the N.J. Gaming Control Board pulled their license. They've made all sorts of plans to upgrade the property, but with the economy being what it is, the chances of getting financing in the near future for their upgrade plans aren't very good. Heck, even MGM-Mirage is having trouble getting financing to finish up CityCenter and may be working out a deal with Deutsche Bank for some financing in exchange for MGM-Mirage taking over Cosmopolitan, which is a resort Deutsche Bank foreclosed on because the company that was building it defaulted on their loans.
Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 3): There are great deals downtown, where the liquor is cheap, and the slots are looser than the main drag. The hotel rooms are older, and smaller, but they are still well maintained,
You can actually get a room at the Golden Gate on most dates this year for $19.06 a night, and that includes most weekends. It's a small hotel of 106 rooms, all them renovated in the last year.
I've pretty much stopped spending my money on the Strip and now stay Downtown.
Quoting Airtrainer (Thread starter): I'd like to stay close to the airport as I'm leaving early in the morning on june 1st.
Some of the shuttle bus companies do operate 24 hours a day, so even if you have a 6 am flight, you can still catch a shuttle bus to the airport from Downtown. My last two trips, I had early AM departures and was renting a car and the traffic at 3:30-4:30 in the morning is not that bad. I've made it from Downtown to the Rental Car Center in 15 minutes (excluding the fuel stop) taking Las Vegas Blvd. the entire way.
Boyd Gaming has renovated the rooms there and as well as the rooms at the Fremont. It definitely puts them a step below the Golden Nugget.
The owners of the Plaza are supposedly working on some ideas for renovating their rooms, as they've redone several rooms with proposed new designs.
My last two trips I stayed at Binion's, and since TLC Casino Enterprises (owners of the Four Queens) took it over about a year ago, they've done a lot of renovations to the property (when MTR Gaming owned it, they started to spiff the place up from the years of neglect from when the last of the Binions was running the joint before it was seized and sold for a time to Harrah's), and hopefully the rooms there are next, as some of the rooms are worn around the edges (My room there back in May was a bit worn out, as was the carpet on the balcony [I lucked out and got one of the upper floor rooms that had a balcony. My room when I was out there in December was a bit nicer [and a bit smaller], but still looked like a room from the late 1970s, early 1980s in terms of decor.).
I'm heading out there in a few weeks (spur of the moment [at least for me] trip) and staying at the Golden Gate, as I wasn't sure if I could get a room at Binion's using my most recent offer, which really worked out to about the same price as a room at the Golden Gate, and I had been wanting to try the G.G. out (I had already booked a room there for a tentative trip in the Fall, and figured I'd go ahead and give it a go, and if I didn't like it, I'd cancel my booking for the Fall and stay elsewhere Downtown.).
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5708 times:
Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 8): I'm gonna have to go back to the Bay City diner. That food was awesome.
Benny's Bullpen at the back of Binion's, next to the new sports book and the stairs down to the coffee shop is a pretty cool place to have a few drinks, watch a game or two and hang out. They've got a pretty good menu plus they have the Chicago Brewing Company beers on tap (TLC also owns Chicago Brewing). I got absolutely plastered there back in December. Thank goodness my room was only a 2-3 minute stagger away.
I'll probably hit Bay City for breakfast my first morning out there (I'm already planning to hit the Paradise Buffet over at the Fremont for Saturday Brunch.). I may have to finally check out the Carson Street Cafe over at the G.N. Red Sushi there is pretty good, and Lilly's Noodle House is alright. If you're feeling brave, go to Mermaids for a fried Twinkie and a hot dog.
Lucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5688 times:
Stayed at the Flamingo a while back - great location, and Mon.-Tues.-Wed. were a lot cheaper (half the price) of Fri.-Sat.-Sun. Great loaction, too, across from Caesar's and the Bellagio. The place is kinda 80s-leftover, but decent price and not a dump. I'd be scared of a room that cost $19 (??!)
2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8465 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
The prices are good at the Trop but the rooms are small and the gaming area is smokey, I would stay at the Luxor if the choice was limited between the two and no other. If I had the choice I would choose the Mandalay Bay Hotel, an intermix set of clientele, a great wave pool and a lot on convention space, it's a little expensive but if you have a little money it's a good place to stay.
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You can actually get rooms at some decent properties during the heat of the summer or during the slow time between Thanksgiving and New Year's for $19. I've actually gotten email offers from the Golden Nugget in recent months for rooms that cheap.
AirPortugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5635 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 13): You can actually get rooms at some decent properties during the heat of the summer or during the slow time between Thanksgiving and New Year's for $19. I've actually gotten email offers from the Golden Nugget in recent months for rooms that cheap.
Out of sheer curiosity, what does a front desk person make at a hotel/casino in Vegas?
Check the last page or two - it's all deals on hotels in Vegas. Some are discounts off room rates, others are for free stuff thrown in (dinners, free play gambling, etc.).
As for being far from the airport, everything south of the Wynn area is close to the airport - 10 minute ride. Just tell the cabbie to use Paradise to get to the airport (No Strip, no I-15, no tunnel). Shouldn't be much traffic on Paradise so that won't be a problem. Just leave some extra time for check-in/security - if you're not in First Class or a Platinum-level frequent flyer, security lines can be bad in the morning at McCarran.
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5574 times:
I stayed at the Luxor last summer and was less than impressed. The hotel is really run down. At the reception (and at the time of booking on their website), I asked for a room overlooking the airport, they said they don't do free upgrades. I wasn't asking for an upgrade
Last month, however, I stayed at the Excalibur and was very impressed with their newly refurbished "widescreen" rooms. The room was spacey. Not smelly despite being a smoking room and the bathroom was a very good size (no bath tub though).
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5544 times:
Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 16): Last month, however, I stayed at the Excalibur and was very impressed with their newly refurbished "widescreen" rooms. The room was spacey. Not smelly despite being a smoking room and the bathroom was a very good size (no bath tub though).
I highly recommend the Excalibur.
The refurbished rooms at Circus Circus are very similar to the Widescreen Rooms @ Excalibur.
Luxor last Summer was in the middle of being de-themed (There were rumors that the Luxor name was going to be dropped and the property renamed "Pyramid".) and rooms were being renovated. It's supposed to be much better now.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5535 times:
I stayed at the Tropicana this time last year. All it had going for it was a cheap rate and a decent location. Compared to many of the other properties I was in during my few days there is was definitely the worst of the bunch. Small casino and weak restaurants. I made the mistake of going to the breakfast buffet my first morning and was deeply disappointed. I think Shoney's has a better buffet.
Now the room was ok, I was in the older of the two towers, 9th floor, with a view of the airport. It is typical cheesy Vegas with mirrors on the ceiling. But that lost its novelty pretty quickly.
Between the two I'd pick the Luxor hands down. Its part of the larger and interconnected Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur complex with a lot more shopping and dining choices right there. But I found the inside of the pyramid to be rather bleak and cavern like.
If/when I go again and stay on the strip I would much rather stay somewhere mid-strip. Though downtown does sound like something I'd need to explore more.
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AA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 296 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5531 times:
Like everyone else said, it depends on your standards and what you consider cheap. As info, I stayed at the Venetian last week for $95 a night. Found it on hotwire.com (so it didn't tell me that it was the Venetian until I booked but there aren't too many 5-stars "Center-Strip".
Very nice hotel and worth the extra few dollars if you ask me. Staying anywhere north of Monte Carlo will cost you 5 minutes top when getting back to the airport in the morning...taxis are plentiful and shouldn't have a problem getting you back.