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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

Taking my fiance to Las Vegas end of March, both of us first time visitors. Anyone has some recomendations for accomadations, must see/do?.

How about these properties..

Bellagio
Venetian

Or what about Hard Rock, seems like a hard place to get into. Is it worth it ?..

Also how is the weather the end of March/ first week in April, Sunny, Rainy?.. Can you go swimming?.

[Edited 2005-01-11 05:07:42]


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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

I stayed at Mandalay Bay the last time I went. The hotel was great, great pool, and our room had GREAT views of LAS. My family thought I was crazy for just pulling up a chair next to the big windows with my binoculars and just watching the WN birds all day.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

It all depends on what atmosphere you want, where in relation to the strip you want to be, and stuff like that. I would recommend getting one of those tourist's guide to Vegas book. They have them at most bookstores, and they help a lot.

Harry



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1203 times:

Bellagio...

'nuff said.

UAL


User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Been there done that too, Newark777. Its great to lay back at the pool area and watch the 737s climb out over the palm trees. I would definitely recommend Mandalay Bay, and have stayed there 3 or 4 times. Its on the strip, but its also kind of relaxing and quaint from central strip action. I've always had good luck there and you can get one of the best views in town. That being said...the Venitian and Bellagio are equal if not better than MB, id love to stay at one of them. Bellagio is just an amazingly beautiful and elegant resort, with a price to match. The real plus of the Venitian is the outstanding 700 sq feet rooms with sunken living areas, plus the hotel has a lot to offer as well. Spring is a pretty time and you should see temps in the 70s/80s and mostly sunny. I hear the cactus blooming in spring is also beautiful, but i've never been there at that time.

Have a great time!

Taking my fiance to Las Vegas end of March, both of us first time visitors.

Damn, i've always thought that the fountains of Bellagio, or a restaurant around the lake would be an amazing place to propose. You definitely need to check those out, they are a great show.

[Edited 2005-01-11 05:26:04]


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User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Having been to Vegas many times....I would also have to recommend the Mandalay Bay and a few others. The Mandalay Bay has great pools.....finaminal....it is just like a waterpark....but it is still lacking in their rooms....

The MGM is a great Hotel....my only complaint with it is that there are just too many rooms with too many people....


But my number one choice is too the Bellagio. The Bellagio has great accommodations with a great staff....I also hear it is one of the easier casinos...but I can't back that up since I am not of the age.....but the hotel room we stayed in for what we payed was finominal....we could not ask for more..... out of the 4 hotels I have stayed at there only three are worth mentioning....the 4th was no where near as nice...even though it is an exclusive chain of hotels.....but once again my number one choice would have to be the Bellagio


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

Check out everything the strip has to offer. See the Bellagio fountains and the flower garden. Go to the Canal Shops inside the Venetian and for a romantic side to it, take your fiance on the gondola ride in there. I didn't find Paris and New York, New York that impressive. Check out the MGM Grand. Ra at Luxor is a pretty good nightclub (so I've heard). Basically, see the strip...stay up late and enjoy.


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User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

You can not go wrong with the Bellagio, or the Venetian.

Also nice, Paris, Mandaly Bay, Luxur, Excalliber, Monte Carlo...any of the strip hotels, except for the Boardwalk (Holiday Inn), and the Klondike.You want to stay away from them, they are dumps. However the Klondike has a great Cheesburger. I also would avoid Circus Circus.
If you want to go old school, stay at the Tropicania, Rivera, or the Sahara.

As for what to do, check out the stuff on the strip. But try and spend one night downtown on Fremont St. That's Vegas for Adults It's a good time. Check out the Horseshoe, Golden Nugget, and some others. Old School Vegas, lots of history.
Off strip, the Palms is my favorite place. Green Valley Ranch is a great local casino. And the Rio is ok.

Once you have got all that out of the way, rent a car, and see the reason many of us love Southern Nevada so much. Spend a day at Red Rock Canyon, drive up to Mt Charleston, and check out Lake Mead and Valley of Fire. Nevada has some fantastic senery within a hour's drive of the strip. Try and see it. Also if you have the time Death Valley is only a couple of hours away. Winter time is best, but the time you are coming it will still be okay. You can spend a couple of days just in Death Valley. Scottys Castle is great. So is the Ghost Town on the way out at Beatty.

March and April? Sunny, windy, nice in the day, cool at night still. Great time.

Hope that helps.

Oh, one more thing. Jerrys Nugget on North Las Vegas Blvd has a 22 oz Prime Rib, for about $20. Unreal. Great eats.



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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

This site has some great info:

http://cheapovegas.com/

I myself will be in the Las Vegas ( probaby my 10th time) at the end of February for a convention. On Saturday night I am staying at the Barbury Coast (I'm a student and am always looking for a deal) and Treasure Island the next two nights.

Bellagio is worth it if you don't mind spewing out the cash.

No matter what, you must not forget to do this:

EAT AT THE PARIS BREAKFAST BUFFET

I swear to you that the first thing you will do when you get back from your trip is add me to your respected users list based on this one bit of advice.

Oh yes and this will be my first time there being over 21!! I was there 3 weeks ago and my birthday was 2 weeks ago  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

EAT AT THE PARIS BREAKFAST BUFFET

That reminds me, the Buffet at The Rio is great!



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User currently offlineJetMechMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 380 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

Okay a few more tips on food.

The Rio Buffet, its okay, not bad a Buffets go. I have never eaten breakfast that the Paris Buffet, so I will reserve comment. I have had breakfast at Bellagio, and its pretty good also.

Sunday Brunch at the Green Valley Ranch. Not to be missed, all the Prime Rib, and Shrimp you can eat.

For great cheap eats, the Skyline Casino at Bolder Hwy and Sunset. $6.95 Prime Rib dinner, potato, and salad bar. Great cheap eats. 24 hrs a day.

Jerry's Nugget Double Cut Prime Rib. If you like meat, you got to try it.

For a old school Vegas steak, try the steak house at the Horseshoe. Binions used to raise they're own beef for it. Great steak. Haven't been there since Binions changed hands though.

More old school Vegas dining. The Bootlegger, South Las Vegas Blvd, just past the outlet mall. Old Vegas Italian dining at its best, and if you are lucky, you might catch our Lt Governor doing her lounge act in there. She owns the place.

One more off the beaten path, Kilroys Bar and Grill. Corner of Charleston, and Buffalo. Best Burger I have ever eaten, even better than the Klondike.

For the drinks, if you like REAL German Beer, and who doesn't, we now have a Hoffbrauhouse in Vegas, right across from the Hard Rock. It is the real thing, not to be missed.

Now, when you are flying out, you may be spending some time at McCarren, if you are flying out of the "D" Gates, you are in luck. Go to the Prickly Pear, and order the Pulled Pork Sandwich, with steak fries. I guarantee it will last you your trip home. Unless you are flying international. Also at the "D" Gates, Rubys, decent burger, but a great milkshake.

Damn, typing this has made me hungry, I think I will stop at the klondike for a late night burger, on the way home from work!



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User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

I'll share my thoughts on buffets as my family is a big fan of them when we're there!

Rio Carnival World Buffet- This has gotta be seen, its most definitely the largest buffet with the best selection. It has something like 10 of 12 different themed buffets actually.

Rio Village Seafood Buffet- If you love seafood, place is a amazing. I had a field day on the all you can eat baby lobster tails..mmm.

Bellagio Buffet- Its not extremely impressive based on overall selection and menu, but I would definitely rank this tops for overall food quality.

Also some other excellent buffets ive been to where you really cant go wrong:
Bayside Buffet- Mandalay Bay
Spice Market Buffet- Aladdin
Monte Carlo Buffet
MGM Grand Buffet
Big Kitchen Buffet- Ballys
Gosh the list goes on and on here, damn im getting hungry!





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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13699 posts, RR: 61
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1134 times:
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Bellagio Buffet- Its not extremely impressive based on overall selection and menu, but I would definitely rank this tops for overall food quality

BLASPHEMY!

The Bellagio has the best buffet in Vegas, IMHO - especially on the weekends, when it's a bit pricier, but worth it. Lobster tails? You got it. Kobe beef? Get as much as you want, sir. King crab legs? Sure, how many do you want?

It's Vegas excess at its finest!  Big thumbs up

As far as lodging goes, splurge if you can and stay at a nice, centrally-located place. My recommendations:

  • The Bellagio

  • The Mirage

  • Caesar's Palace

  • Bally's

  • Monte Carlo


  • If you want to stay in that general area but get something that's inexpensive, try:

  • Harrah's

  • The Flamingo

  • The Aladdin


  • The casino at the Aladdin is especially forgiving for some reason - so if you're a gambler, check it out.





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    User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

    A few years ago I stayed at the Luxor and I didn't like it, the room was dirty, the wallpaper peeled off the wall in some parts of the room, the furniture was worn out, etc. Fortunately I was drunk during my complete stay there Big grin.

    Patrick


    User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4391 posts, RR: 26
    Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

    BLASPHEMY!

    The Bellagio has the best buffet in Vegas, IMHO - especially on the weekends, when it's a bit pricier, but worth it. Lobster tails? You got it. Kobe beef? Get as much as you want, sir. King crab legs? Sure, how many do you want?


    The one time I went there was on a weekday night, and there wasn't all of the top of the line items that you mentioned. Lots of vegas buffets can compete on the menu with Bellagio (crab legs, prime rib, size), but I'm just saying that the Bellagio has the best quality food and pulls it off the best. Sorry for the confusion..



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    User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13699 posts, RR: 61
    Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
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    Sorry for the confusion..

    Nothing to apologize for - in the end, our opinions are just that - opinions.

    And in MY opinion, you still named some really great buffets! I just happen to like the Bellagio's the best. The one at the Mirage is really nice as well.



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    User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

    Well if you don't mind forking out a coupple hundred bucks on average...The Bellagio is a good place. We're staying at the Mirage on the 23rd-25th of this month. Most of the strip hotels run great specials, you just have to subscribe to e-mail deals from them, or check back frequently. We've moved hotels almost 5 times since we made our original airline reservations...lol. I think we're staying at the Mirage, though.

    User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

    I'm an old-school Vegas type, last year I stayed at the Riveria, this year I may be staying at the Stardust. I just need a comfy place to sleep, I don't need all of the bells and whistles. I've got a $2000 budget for this year's trip of which, I have budgeted $800 for airfare, room and rental car (I highly suggest this, as there are some nice sidetrips away from Vegas. Hoover Dam is about an hour away [Get there around 9 am, as by around 10 am, the road that leads to the dam gets pretty backed up, as it's a two-lane road and relief is still a few years away], the Grand Canyon about 4 hours away.), leaving $1200 for fun. I actually booked everything separately, as I discovered that the package "deal" that many site offers are not deals at all (by booking everything separately, I saved around $60). One booking site whose package deals are very good deals is http://www.tripreservations.com/ I used them to book my room @ the Riv last year (they didn't offer packages last year), and comparing their packages to what it would cost separately (even throwing in their $25 booking fee), they offer some very good deals.

    User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

    Rio used to be my favorite dinner buffet but the quality has gone down substantially the last few times.

    Anyone else share these feelings?



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    User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2737 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

    My favorite buffet is at the Hilton. Good food for a reasonable price.

    User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

    Since my whole family has a small appetite and my mom is Vegetarian, we've mostly given up on the Buffets and go out into the off-tourist spots for some good food. Come to think of it, I will be going there this weekend.


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    User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

    Will be staying in Vegas on a Thurs night this February. Want to stay at one of the newer hotels on the strip. Won't have a car. Any suggestions on what are the things to see if only there for a little less than a day?

    User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

    Stay at one of the hotels in the middle of the strip. A lot of the things you can do are mentioned above. The fountain show at Bellagio, and a walk in the Venetian are very good.


    "Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
    User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1001 times:

    Any suggestions on what are the things to see if only there for a little less than a day?
    In that time frame, I would concentrate on walking the strip and just taking in the sights. Not having a car isn't a problem at all...the strip is quite walkable, but be sure you have comfortalbe shoes. Things are spread out more than they look on the maps!
    My reccomendations would be to hit the Bellagio and Venetian, both beautiful hotels inside and out. The fountain show in front of the Bellagio is sweet...it runs every half hour (I think) and is set to music. It's fun to walk through the casinos and watch people playing the table games, even if you're not gambling.
    For a nice hotel with a good location and often great rates on rooms I would suggest the MGM. It may not be the newest on the strip, but it is pretty nice. The nicest newest hotels (IMHO the Bellagio and Venetian) would run you a higher room rate, but if you're looking to splurge you can't go wrong with either.


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