View Full Version : EVER BEEN TO VEGAS?

04-27-2008, 09:41 AM
A friend and I are thinking 'of maybe' stopping in Vegas for a couple of nights on our way to the states this summer.

So, have you been there? Which hotels do you recommend? We are school teachers and don't have $ to pay a lot on hotel bills.. but, we want to stay in one of the main hotels.. for the fun factor, things to do, and safety.. not interested in the gambling.. ok, maybe we'll put some nickels in the slot machine?? We want to see some sort of performer.. and that is probably all we can manage to do.. w/ almost 17 hours of 'jet lag' .. :cool:

04-27-2008, 09:46 AM
I hear Cher and Bette Midler are going to start appearing in Vegas soon. Vegas has had soooo many new casinos go up in the last decade that I don't know that any of them would be a bad choice.
I would check online and see if you can get some kind of package. I hear ads on local radio for 3 day 2 night stays for next to nothing. They want your gambling money of course.

04-27-2008, 02:23 PM
If you can't find a good deal on the strip, look at the Orleans hotel, it's just across the freeway from the strip, larger rooms and usually good rates. Not much on atmosphere, but you'd probably want to head to one area of the strip and just wander. Nearly every hotel has some sort of 'entertainment' for the non-gambler, just check some websites to see what appeals to you.

If you don't have a special performer you want to see, I'd recommend one of the Cirque du Soleil shows - everyone should see one in their lifetime. I've also heard good reviews of Elton John and for magicians, Lance Burton.

Check out the websites of the newspapers



and the local public radio station


04-27-2008, 03:08 PM
That Beatles show called "Love" at the Mirage is excellent. The buffet and the water fountain show at the Bellagio were fantastic. And I also enjoyed the Paris Hotel and its Eiffel Tower.

04-27-2008, 03:13 PM
Circus Circus is fun to go and watch the acts; 2nd level is a carnival and they have a huge buffet for low prices. Though nearly all of them do. The Luxor is neat to go wander around in if you like an Egyptian motif. Does Treasure Island still have their pirate battle out front every night?

04-27-2008, 03:13 PM
I understand you can get a pretty good deal at this place:


Wanda Witch
04-27-2008, 03:27 PM
Mason, Mason, I lived in Vegas for over 20 years and I fell for this!! However, I don't know about decent room service.....

Jan in CA
04-27-2008, 04:17 PM
My DD2 goes there quite a bit so I'll ask her when she comes home.

I've lived here all my life and I've never been there. :teehee:

04-27-2008, 05:30 PM
I think it really depends on what day(s) of the week you are interested. Me and hubby went there a few years ago and stayed in Treasure Island and it was reasonable back then. You might want to check out priceline.com, you can look at the prices for different hotels, right now I see that The Venetian (on the Strip) is $200 and Paris Las Vegas is $110 and then there is Best Western Main Street which is on Fremont Street for $59. There are pages and pages of different hotels and all sorts of prices (this is checking out 5/21/08 to 5/22/08 which is a Wed.-Thurs. stay). Hubby uses Priceline all the time and I have booked him a 3.5-4 star hotel for less than $75 a night!

You can always do the Name your Own price which is you tell them what kind of a hotel (1,2,3, or 4 star) in what area, and what price you are willing to pay and then they check with hotels and if they find one that fits what you want, then the room is yours! Or you can look at the prices like I did and check out the hotels and prices. It might be worth a look...

04-27-2008, 05:56 PM
I went to Vegas in March. I didn't stay at a hotel on the Strip (my daughter's soccer tournament required us to stay at one of their contracted hotels). That was a bummer.

If you're there long enough, you should check out their yarn stores. I found two GREAT ones while I was there! Both are not that far from the Strip.

Here's (http://auburnchick.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/auburnchick-wins-the-jackpot/) a link to the posting on my blog...I have pictures of the hotels on the Strip, as well as pictures of the yarn stores.

Good luck with your planning!

04-27-2008, 08:31 PM
Mason, Mason, I lived in Vegas for over 20 years and I fell for this!! However, I don't know about decent room service.....

Couldn't resist :rofl:

04-27-2008, 08:58 PM
DH stayed at the Luxor for two days and nights for a family event last year, and he couldn't stand all the smoke. He could still smell it in his supposedly smoke-free room. He had sinus and throat problems the whole time because of it. It was the blazing hot time of year, so he pretty much had to stay indoors the whole time. He couldn't wait to get out of there and fly home so he could breathe fresh air again. He bought a tiny pack of Benadryl at the Luxor store for an outrageous price. Be prepared to spend a lot of money for everything you eat or might need if you are limited to that area of Vegas.

04-27-2008, 09:05 PM
Unfortunately, you can't get away from the smoke in Vegas. To get to your rooms, you have to go through the casinos, where smoking is allowed.

It's disgusting.

Our girls couldn't stand it.

Wanda Witch
04-27-2008, 09:55 PM
Let's face it, after twenty-plus years as a resident of Sin City living a 'normal' life there is not much I can say about the place. It is over priced, especially on the Strip, rude (just about everywhere), smoke-filled, people handing out flyers for massage, etc., parlors. There must be some 'bargains' in room rates though as everything is so competitive there. I'd stay away from the 'biggies' such as the Venetian, Bellagio, etc. If you don't care to gamble, a smaller off-Strip hotel/motel would be better. Smoke is everywhere, it is Vegas, but what goes on in Vegas doesn't necessarily mean it will Stay in Vegas as the smell(s) will come home in your clothing. Oh well, the last time I bid adieu to the place I really meant it. Have fun.

04-27-2008, 10:10 PM
SMOKING? I hadn't thought of that! I have asthma and am allergic to cigarette smoke.. (lose my voice, get a raspy 'dead horse' type of cough)..

I think I've gotten used to the military rule of: NO SMOKING INSIDE any BUILDINGS.. it's quite nice.. but, it makes you forget that there is another world out there 'that smokes!'

04-27-2008, 10:22 PM
Hubby and I went to Vegas years ago when we co-managed at a cd store. Though the trip was paid for by the company, we stayed at the Orleans. It was decent enough, and, from what I understand, fairly reasonable. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Vegas and I want so badly to go back! Unfortunately since it was a manager's convention we went to Vegas for, there wasn't a lot of free time to wander around, but, when we did, I had a blast!