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Advice In Vegas

Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:44 am

Hello everyone, and thank you for your time in helping me. I will be going to a aviation safety conference with my wife, in Vegas towards the end of march, and had a few questions. During the conference I will be busy day, and night, so we're staying an extra night to have a romantic night. My wife wants to ride the gondola's at the Venetian, so we're doing that. I looked up the most romantic restaurants in Vegas, and for dinner we like the look of Vic, and Anthony's. It's downtown and we would like to experience Fremont St. What would y'all recommend? Also were staying at Vdara for the night. We got a good rate I think for 140 for the night. I've heard if you slip the check in person some money they'll upgrade ya on the spot. What amount is appropriate? Twenty bucks seems too low, but will fifty be enough, or should I just give them a hundred? Thanks for your time. Also are there any reasonably priced car services to and from the airport besides a taxi?
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:48 am

I don't live in Vegas, but I go often enough (too often says my better half) and I think I can take this on...

If a steakhouse you want, Vic and Anthony's is indeed one of the very best options. If you're just looking for a great meal but are not set on the steak, there are, in my opinion, better and quieter options in town. It depends on what you are looking for.

$140 is in any case a good rate for Vdara. Depending on whether it is a midweek or week-end, convention or not, day, it could be a great rate or a rate that can easily be beat (today's walk-up rate is $130, for example, but there are days when $250 won't get you a closet).

Slipping a tip for a better room does work. $50 is appropriate in most cases, unless you're staying longer than a week. Do keep your expectations in check. Usually you can get one or two categories better than what you booked. Sure, some people are lucky and get a huge suite for $90/night, but some people do win the lottery too. Slip the money under your plastic when prompted for your credit card, they'll notice.

If you want to be romantic, keep in mind hotels in Vegas are accustomed to lots of (small) gestures. You want specific flowers in the room, a favorite cake, a present, etc... it can be arranged. Just call them a few days in advance.

For car service, there's a desk at the airport. Unless you find a groupon or something similar, I think that's the best rate you can get without a contract.

Can't help you for Fremont. Went once, wasn't impressed.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:37 am

I know they recently drained the canal at the Venetian Grand Shoppes, but that may have been for a temporary cleaning. You may want to verify that it has or will be reopened by the time you go there.

As for romantic restaurant, I highly recommend Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens. It's always been a Vegas favorite and I've had a few great meals there. Also, if you want a romantic spot after dinner to take the wife to, I suggest the Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill. It's located just south of the Riviera on the east side of the Strip.

I wouldn't put too much hope in the upgrade bribe. Ever since almost all Strip hotels became a part of one of two conglomerates, perks have become more rigid and tied to rewards points, making under the table upgrades a little tougher to fudge. If it works, congratulations - but don't expect it to work.

If you will have access to a car, the best place to get s great view of the city is Railroad Pass. Drive out 95 towards Boulder City, turn around as you hit the Railroad Pass hotel and casino, and when you reach the top of the hill, enjoy the view. There also may be a good spot on the west side, but I don't know it as well (I grew up in Green Valley), so you'd have to discover a spot.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:15 am

The only thing to "experience" on Fremont St. is some interesting people watching. There is nothing romantic about it. I do go there, because I like slot machines, and the slots there are much looser, so it's fun for a few hours. But otherwise, avoid.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:39 am

Quoting Mah4546 (Reply 3):
The only thing to "experience" on Fremont St. is some interesting people watching. There is nothing romantic about it

That's one opinion. I tend to find some beauty in the way classic buildings have blended with modern flair. I also find less pretentiousness amongst the customers and the staff on Fremont than on the Strip. Another perk to Fremont is that all the casinos (especially Binions) keep the street wall open making it easier to bounce in and out of the various places - the compactness of the area adds to that affect as well.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:17 am

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
If a steakhouse you want, Vic and Anthony's is indeed one of the very best options. If you're just looking for a great meal but are not set on the steak, there are, in my opinion, better and quieter options in town. It depends on what you are looking for.
Thank you, in our experiences we have found the ambiance of higher end steakhouses to be the most romantic. Plus I'm a meatarian, my wife usually likes the fish in nice steakhouses, and is becoming somewhat of a wine snob, and nice steakhouses usually have really nice wine lists.

[quote=blueflyer,reply=1]$140 is in any case a good rate for Vdara. Depending on whether it is a midweek or week-end, convention or not, day, it could be a great rate or a rate that can easily be beat (today's walk-up rate is $130, for example, but there are days when $250 won't get you a closet).

It's a Thursday night.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
Slipping a tip for a better room does work. $50 is appropriate in most cases, unless you're staying longer than a week. Do keep your expectations in check. Usually you can get one or two categories better than what you booked. Sure, some people are lucky and get a huge suite for $90/night, but some people do win the lottery too. Slip the money under your plastic when prompted for your credit card, they'll notice.

Thank you again. We are just staying one night and this is the first time I've stayed at a nice enough hotel to try this. We are staying in the basic suite. We decided on this hotel because we really liked the room, it's not a casino, so the clientele should be better, and it looked really classy.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
If you want to be romantic, keep in mind hotels in Vegas are accustomed to lots of (small) gestures. You want specific flowers in the room, a favorite cake, a present, etc... it can be arranged. Just call them a few days in advance.

For car service, there's a desk at the airport. Unless you find a groupon or something similar, I think that's the best rate you can get without a contract.

I will keep all that in mind. For getting the concierge to arrange something what is the usual tip. I consider myself a good tipper, being a former server, bartender, and skycap. But have no idea what a good tip is for a concierge.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
I know they recently drained the canal at the Venetian Grand Shoppes, but that may have been for a temporary cleaning. You may want to verify that it has or will be reopened by the time you go there.

I will check before hand thank you.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
As for romantic restaurant, I highly recommend Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens. It's always been a Vegas favorite and I've had a few great meals there. Also, if you want a romantic spot after dinner to take the wife to, I suggest the Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill. It's located just south of the Riviera on the east side of the Strip.

I will check into them, thanks.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
I wouldn't put too much hope in the upgrade bribe. Ever since almost all Strip hotels became a part of one of two conglomerates, perks have become more rigid and tied to rewards points, making under the table upgrades a little tougher to fudge. If it works, congratulations - but don't expect it to work.

Vdara is not a casino, it's a hotel, and spa.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
If you will have access to a car, the best place to get s great view of the city is Railroad Pass. Drive out 95 towards Boulder City, turn around as you hit the Railroad Pass hotel and casino, and when you reach the top of the hill, enjoy the view. There also may be a good spot on the west side, but I don't know it as well (I grew up in Green Valley), so you'd have to discover a spot.

I tried talking my wife into staying an extra day, renting a car and going to the Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam, but it's her first trip away from our little one. He is 18 months now, and she is already a little upset about staying over after the conference but is getting used to it.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:09 am

Anywhere can be romantic. It depends on who you are with. Fremont Street is more about the people and what is going on overhead. The Fountains at Bellaggio are "traditional" romance. The cabs from the airport are really well timed and choreographed. That have that down to a science.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:49 am

Quoting runner13 (Reply 5):
Vdara is not a casino, it's a hotel, and spa.

It's a part of City Center, which I believe is owned by the MGM Mirage empire, so I consider it a Strip hotel.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:22 am

Quoting runner13 (Reply 5):
For getting the concierge to arrange something what is the usual tip.

If you call in a request before your arrival, unless it is very specific and unusual, the odds of you meeting the concierge who took your call are slim to none. Besides, check the service charge on your bill before deciding whether to tip.
That said, depending on the complexity, I'd say $2 to $20.

Keep in mind hat because of the sheer size of, well, everything, concierges in Vegas have less power than elsewhere. A concierge can certainly make restaurant recommendations, but if you know where you'e going already, he won't get you a better table than you could on your own.

Quoting runner13 (Reply 5):
We are just staying one night and this is the first time I've stayed at a nice enough hotel to try this.

If you're staying one night only, consider paying the going rate for the category above. It may cost you less than a $50 tip to get the check-in agent's attention. On the other end, the tip may get you more than one category over.

Remember tipping can also be used to secure a preferred location within the hotel rather than an upgrade. I don't have specific advice as I haven't' stayed at Vdara yet, but you might find on other web sites that rooms on certain floors or facing a specific direction are preferred, for instance.

I stay at different properties depending on the purpose of my trip, but one of the most common ones is Signature @ MGM. There, I don't tip for an upgrade since I already book the "upgrade" (there are only two room categories), but I tip because I want a corner room above the 15th floor in tower 2 (yes, it can be that specific, or even more).
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:04 pm

How did I miss this thread?

Vdara is a nice non-gaming property. I stayed there last May (in one of their Vdara One Bedroom suites) and really liked staying there.

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Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
Slipping a tip for a better room does work. $50 is appropriate in most cases, unless you're staying longer than a week. Do keep your expectations in check. Usually you can get one or two categories better than what you booked. Sure, some people are lucky and get a huge suite for $90/night, but some people do win the lottery too. Slip the money under your plastic when prompted for your credit card, they'll notice.

$20 is the standard "bribe". I've only done the $20 Trick once and got me from the then crappy South Tower at Bally's to a room in the North Tower on the "Diamond Level" (where they put Diamond Level Total Rewards members). Before the trip, I got an email upgrade offer for the North Tower for $10/night over what I had already booked and opted to save the $30 and try the $20 Trick.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 1):
For car service, there's a desk at the airport. Unless you find a groupon or something similar, I think that's the best rate you can get without a contract.

I recommend using Presidential Limo, although the company has been on a hiring spree since the Fall, so the quality may have dropped.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
I know they recently drained the canal at the Venetian Grand Shoppes, but that may have been for a temporary cleaning. You may want to verify that it has or will be reopened by the time you go there.

It was short-term for cleaning and maintenance.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
As for romantic restaurant, I highly recommend Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens. It's always been a Vegas favorite and I've had a few great meals there. Also, if you want a romantic spot after dinner to take the wife to, I suggest the Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill. It's located just south of the Riviera on the east side of the Strip.

Andiamo at The D is really good as well and has a definite old school Vegas vibe despite being a new place. The Triple George Grill is one of my longtime go-to spots Downtown.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 7):
It's a part of City Center, which I believe is owned by the MGM Mirage empire, so I consider it a Strip hotel.

It's considered a Strip hotel, but it's a non-gaming property, like Trump International and Elara are. Unlike THEHotel at Mandalay Bay and Signature At MGM Grand, it's not directly tied into a casino property. It was originally built as a condo development and when the economy went in the tank, a good number of the units that were under contract fell through as the buyers couldn't get a loan so MGM decided to turn it into a hotel (Something that also happened at Trump International as well as the Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas. In fact, some units at Vdara, Cosmo and Trump International are actually owned by people and you can find units for sale at times.).

Fremont Street isn't everyone's cup of tea. I love it and in my 15 trips to Vegas, I've stayed down there 8 times and on a few trips when I was staying on The Strip, I headed down there a few times. Back in May, one of Vegas buddies was getting married and we had his bachelor party on Fremont Street (Dinner at Top Of Binion's Steakhouse followed by a private poker tournament at the Golden Nugget and then hanging out Downtown.) and some of the guys in the group had never been to Fremont Street and were a bit surprised by some of the characters down there. It's gotten to the point that nothing really shocks me anymore when I'm Downtown.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:30 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
I recommend using Presidential Limo, although the company has been on a hiring spree since the Fall, so the quality may have dropped.

If you're willing to take a limo, I've got to put a plug in for On Demand Sedan, or ODS for short, simply because my brother and wife work for that company (my brother does drive a limo, but he only does the contract service ODS has with Sundance Helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon, and his wife is a dispatcher for them).

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
It's considered a Strip hotel, but it's a non-gaming property, like Trump International and Elara are.

You're right, but the reason I brought that up was because the topic was bribing "tipping" for a better room. And since it's a part of the MGM empire, I'm sure all the perks and rewards point upgrades work the same there as any other MGM property.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:22 pm

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 10):
You're right, but the reason I brought that up was because the topic was bribing "tipping" for a better room. And since it's a part of the MGM empire, I'm sure all the perks and rewards point upgrades work the same there as any other MGM property.

Andrew Jackson still speaks volumes in Vegas and certain properties are better for doing the $20 Trick than others. Bally's in the past (Prior to the recent renovations to the South Tower, now Jubilee Tower and the ongoing renovations of the North Tower, now renamed the Indigo Tower.) was pretty much a slam dunk to get an upgrade with the $20 Trick (In some cases, they may even find you a cheaper room rate, which is also what happened when I tried there in October 2012.) and places like Vdara and Trump International have high success rates and even Caesars Palace does as well. My one stay there I was going to try the $20 Trick but chickened out and was offered a really great room upgrade from the Forum Tower to the Augustus Tower because it was a very slow weekend in December and I was already paying an unbelievable Total Rewards rate (I scored three nights [Friday/Saturday/Sunday] at $120/$120/$0 and I had put maybe 40 points on my TR card the entire year in two previous trips.) so what was another $120 to the bill?
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:11 am

I live in Vegas, as a disclaimer, I run a casino out here, but I will try not to be to much of a homer.

Quoting LittleFokker (Reply 2):
As for romantic restaurant, I highly recommend Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens. It's always been a Vegas favorite and I've had a few great meals there. Also, if you want a romantic spot after dinner to take the wife to, I suggest the Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill. It's located just south of the Riviera on the east side of the Strip.

A couple of years ago I would have agreed, but we were there last month and frankly it's become tired, the ownership refuses to put any money into the place and it shows.

The Peppermill is one of my favorite places to go hang out and people watch, if it's quiet in there then yes it can be romantic.

For me, you cannot go wrong with two places, the Golden Steer or the Steak House at Circus Circus, yes I know it's Circus Circus, but the place, year in and year out is still one of the best steak houses in town, they both have the old school charm that I love.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
Andiamo at The D is really good as well and has a definite old school Vegas vibe despite being a new place.

Thanks, we are trying hard, wait till you see what's up next.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:13 am

Advice in Vegas? Bring twice as much money and half as many clothes.
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:24 am

Go to Hard Rock...Mr. Lucky's, ask for the secret menu. Steak, shrimp, and all the trimmings for $7.77. I've enjoyed it a few times.

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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:55 am

Quoting runner13 (Reply 5):
Vdara is not a casino, it's a hotel, and spa.

$140 is not bad at all for Vdara. Last month i got the Aria for $89 a night on Expedia's secret deal option. Had a blast and now i'm spoiled. I dont want to stay anywhere else lol. I'm already planning my next trip and want to stay at the Aria again. Vdara also looks nice though  .
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:46 am

Couple tips from someone who goes to Vegas too much (and really doesn't like the place).

If you're taking a cab from the airport to anywhere on the strip, DO NOT LET THEM TAKE YOU ON THE FREEWAY. PERIOD. If they do it anyway, tell them you'll call the TA (taxicab authority) and report them. There is NO reason whatsoever for them to go that way. Don't let them tell you traffic is heavy on Paradise/Koval etc. It's a ploy to double or triple your cab fare.

Rent a car from the airport (or a hotel) and go hiking at Red Rocks. It's fantastic. I'd do that in the morning, then your canal boat ride and dinner. Red Rocks has to be one of the best places in Nevada.

You're going to pay resort fees at almost every strip hotel. There are a few that don't charge them (Harrah's and the Hilton Elara come to mind). You get "internet access" (at 1991 speeds), "free" local calls from the room phone and other junk.

If you do stay at the Vdara/Aria or other MGM property, I wouldn't spend more than $20 on a "tip" for the front desk person. I did $20 once and got this massive suite (like 2500 soft) at THEHotel on a $100 rate. $50 is overkill, especially since you're going to get hit with the resort fee. I've had about a 50% success rate over the years trying it.

Drink lots of water. Get that water, soda, snacks etc at the Walgreens/CVS on the strip. I paid $2 for a 1.5L bottle of water on Tuesday. The Venetian wants $5 for a small bottle. Target is even cheaper if you have a car.

Lastly, depending on your airline, it's often faster to catch a cab/shuttle at T3 than it is at T1. If I'm flying in on any airline except WN, I exit the airport at T3.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:16 pm

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 15):
$140 is not bad at all for Vdara. Last month i got the Aria for $89 a night on Expedia's secret deal option. Had a blast and now i'm spoiled. I dont want to stay anywhere else lol. I'm already planning my next trip and want to stay at the Aria again. Vdara also looks nice though

When I stayed there last May, it was part of an air+hotel package and with the resort fee, my rate was around that. For my trip coming up at the end of April, I used Hotwire and got a room at Trump International for $94/night. There's a site called Better Bidding that maintains a very accurate list of what the Hotwire and Priceline properties are in various cities. In some cases, it's easy to determine the property using that list.

http://www.betterbidding.com/

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
Lastly, depending on your airline, it's often faster to catch a cab/shuttle at T3 than it is at T1. If I'm flying in on any airline except WN, I exit the airport at T3.

Assuming one hasn't checked a bag.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
If you're taking a cab from the airport to anywhere on the strip, DO NOT LET THEM TAKE YOU ON THE FREEWAY. PERIOD. If they do it anyway, tell them you'll call the TA (taxicab authority) and report them. There is NO reason whatsoever for them to go that way. Don't let them tell you traffic is heavy on Paradise/Koval etc. It's a ploy to double or triple your cab fare.

They recently put up signs at the airport showing the approximate fares and travel times to various properties using several routes.

http://www.vegasinc.com/business/201...-new-signs-airport-list-fares-tri/

The thing is that some drivers will longhaul on the surface streets instead of the freeway. I follow several Vegas taxi drivers on Twitter and some will shame taxi cabs that are obviously longhauling and even tell folks to avoid using certain cab companies from the airport as their drivers are infamous for longhauling.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
You're going to pay resort fees at almost every strip hotel. There are a few that don't charge them (Harrah's and the Hilton Elara come to mind). You get "internet access" (at 1991 speeds), "free" local calls from the room phone and other junk.

All of the Caesars Entertainment properties (including Harrah's) charges a resort fee. The only gaming property without a resort fee on The Strip is Casino Royale; Elara and the few old school motels left on The Strip are pretty much the only spots on The Strip that doesn't charge a resort fee.


Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
Drink lots of water. Get that water, soda, snacks etc at the Walgreens/CVS on the strip. I paid $2 for a 1.5L bottle of water on Tuesday. The Venetian wants $5 for a small bottle. Target is even cheaper if you have a car.

Some hotels include two bottles a day of water in their resort fee, but some properties it's the standard sized bottle and others use the smaller bottles you commonly see used in the casino and in convention spaces. I stayed at the Plaza back in October and most of my stay, they left the standard sized bottles, but one of the days, it was the smaller ones. Thankfully I had stashed one of the big bottles from the day before. The drugstores as well as the ABC Stores are much better spots to buy water. I have friends in which their first stop after picking up their rental car is Walmart, as they pick up a case of bottled water and a case of Gatorade and split it amongst the group.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 12):
Thanks, we are trying hard, wait till you see what's up next.

I spent quite a bit of time at The D and the Golden Gate when I was there back in October, as The D was the host hotel for the event I was out there for. You won't see Steve Wynn, Sheldon Adelson or Tilman Feritta sitting at the end of one of their casino bars mingling with their customers like Derek Stevens does. The old courthouse site does have a lot of possibilities, and the short-term use for the site once the building is demolished is a good use, as trying to hold those sort of events on Fremont Street creates a lot of pedestrian flow issues not to mention access issues to the VIP section in front of the stage. When I was out there in October, I was in the VIP section for the Our Lady Peace concert and watched several folks (none of them associated with our group as we all got our lanyards earlier in the day) slip their lanyards to friends who didn't have them. Eventually security got wise and tossed these folks out.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:43 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 12):
I live in Vegas, as a disclaimer, I run a casino out here,
Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 12):
Thanks, we are trying hard, wait till you see what's up next.

I was in Vegas last week, and we spent a good amount of time at The D. Loved it, will make sure to come back every time I'm in Vegas.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:03 pm

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
I've had about a 50% success rate over the years trying it.

If I had a 50% success rate, I wouldn't tip $50. $50 gets me the room I want for a 5-night stay even when checking-in at 7 pm on a Friday.

When going after an upgrade rather than a specific room, my biggest "score" was a Renaissance Suite at The Venetian, but having so much space and very little to fill it (me and a medium suitcase) actually felt kinda weird. Biggest downside about staying at the Venetian is past a certain size, all rooms become "smoking optional." I had a Prima Suite on a non-smoking floor smelling like a smoker's convention once. For that reason, when I am not alone, the Venetian is out. Too bad, they have the best breakfast in town.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
go hiking at Red Rocks.

Excellent idea. Never tried in the morning (I shall), but in late afternoon, I think the colors are fantastic.

In the list of less usual things people think about in Vegas, you can go skiing too. It's a very small resort, but decent for a day or two at the most.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:26 pm

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):


If you're taking a cab from the airport to anywhere on the strip, DO NOT LET THEM TAKE YOU ON THE FREEWAY. PERIOD. If they do it anyway, tell them you'll call the TA (taxicab authority) and report them. There is NO reason whatsoever for them to go that way. Don't let them tell you traffic is heavy on Paradise/Koval etc. It's a ploy to double or triple your cab fare.

yeah all the cabbies in Vegas are just looking to rip people off. The freeway is the total roundabout way. Paradise goes straight to the airport!

Quoting srbmod (Reply 17):
When I stayed there last May, it was part of an air+hotel package and with the resort fee, my rate was around that. For my trip coming up at the end of April, I used Hotwire and got a room at Trump International for $94/night. There's a site called Better Bidding that maintains a very accurate list of what the Hotwire and Priceline properties are in various cities. In some cases, it's easy to determine the property using that list.

http://www.betterbidding.com/

yup i know about that site. Priceline says the rate isnt gaurenteed though, so thats why i shyed away from it and chose Expedia instead. They were all within a few dollars of each other. I wanted to do that $20 upgrade at Aria but the managers were standing around in the back of the check in desk so i chickened out. I'll try it again though next time.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 19):
Excellent idea. Never tried in the morning (I shall), but in late afternoon, I think the colors are fantastic.

In the list of less usual things people think about in Vegas, you can go skiing too. It's a very small resort, but decent for a day or two at the most.

Dont miss out on Red Rock Canyon!! i did it this time as well when i went to Vegas; it makes a nice afternoon trip after lunch and then you can come back into town and get ready to go party at night.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):

Drink lots of water. Get that water, soda, snacks etc at the Walgreens/CVS on the strip. I paid $2 for a 1.5L bottle of water on Tuesday. The Venetian wants $5 for a small bottle. Target is even cheaper if you have a car.

if you have a car, find an albertsons/safeway or whatever. Everything is cheap there, including Liquor. The further away from the Strip the better.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:07 pm

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 20):
if you have a car, find an albertsons/safeway or whatever. Everything is cheap there, including Liquor. The further away from the Strip the better.

By that same token, if you're flying into Terminal 1, don't buy booze at the store in the baggage claim area. I found bottles of booze I pay $40 for here in Atlanta that were $20-30+ higher. I paid $13 for a bomber of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA that can be bought elsewhere for $7.99. A lot of folks swear by Lee's Discount Liquor, which has a number of locations in town.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:31 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 21):
By that same token, if you're flying into Terminal 1, don't buy booze at the store in the baggage claim area. I found bottles of booze I pay $40 for here in Atlanta that were $20-30+ higher. I paid $13 for a bomber of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA that can be bought elsewhere for $7.99. A lot of folks swear by Lee's Discount Liquor, which has a number of locations in town.

I've heard those small liquor places in Vegas are pretty cheap too. We had to go to Albertsons anyways, and the liquor was very reasonably priced. The drink prices at the clubs though are rediculous though; except for Coyote Ugly at NYNY. I had a bunch of drinks there and it didnt cost me that much.
 
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:22 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 9):
Fremont Street isn't everyone's cup of tea. I love it and in my 15 trips to Vegas, I've stayed down there 8 times and on a few trips when I was staying on The Strip, I headed down there a few times. Back in May, one of Vegas buddies was getting married and we had his bachelor party on Fremont Street (Dinner at Top Of Binion's Steakhouse followed by a private poker tournament at the Golden Nugget and then hanging out Downtown.) and some of the guys in the group had never been to Fremont Street and were a bit surprised by some of the characters down there. It's gotten to the point that nothing really shocks me anymore when I'm Downtown.

I found Fremont to be a better evening experience than the strip for pedestrians. We spent 2 nights on Fremont and 4 on the strip a few weeks ago. In future I think I might just stay on Fremont and take the bus to the strip if I need to get down there.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
If you're taking a cab from the airport to anywhere on the strip, DO NOT LET THEM TAKE YOU ON THE FREEWAY. PERIOD. If they do it anyway, tell them you'll call the TA (taxicab authority) and report them. There is NO reason whatsoever for them to go that way. Don't let them tell you traffic is heavy on Paradise/Koval etc. It's a ploy to double or triple your cab fare.

Wish that had been on option the night we arrived... New Years Eve they can't avoid it... we had everyone in the kitchen sink tell us fares may be much higher than normal. We we lucky though, going to Fremont we weren't really affected fare wise.

Quoting chrisair (Reply 16):
Rent a car from the airport (or a hotel) and go hiking at Red Rocks. It's fantastic. I'd do that in the morning, then your canal boat ride and dinner. Red Rocks has to be one of the best places in Nevada.

Agree with this... Red Rocks > Grand Canyon.

If you get the inclination to go to the Grand Canyon, take a bus tour (or helicopter)... that road to get in there... *shivers*
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RE: Advice In Vegas

Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:17 pm

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 23):
I found Fremont to be a better evening experience than the strip for pedestrians. We spent 2 nights on Fremont and 4 on the strip a few weeks ago. In future I think I might just stay on Fremont and take the bus to the strip if I need to get down there.

I went through a period a few years back in which I really had a love/hate relationship with The Strip. I could stand hanging out on The Strip for a couple of hours once or maybe twice a trip and that was it. Then I had a trip in which I split my stay between Fremont Street and The Strip (I had won two free nights at The Tropicana through a contest on a Vegas site I hang out on and had two free nights at the Golden Gate via a player's club offer and only had to pay for my first night of the three I stayed there..) and really rediscovered my love for The Strip. I typically go twice a year and will probably now stay on the Strip one trip and stay Downtown the next (That's the way I ended up doing it last year and seems to be the way it will go this year.). When I was out there in October, several of my friends had suites at the Golden Gate (they were added as part of a recent expansion of the property) and those rooms are quite nice and The D also has some really nice suites (One of our guys ended up with one and it was a nice room) and they hired noted design and architecture firm Gensler for that project. I stayed at the Plaza, which wasn't too bad (the renovations they made a few years ago completely changed that place and they got their furnishings from the mothballed Fontainebleau resort on the Strip.).

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