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Divvy
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(03-26-2012, 01:09 AM)
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My friends and I are planning a trip to Vegas in august of this year. My girlfriend mostly wants to go to see shows and apparently we have to plan this far in advance.

I was wondering for those who've gone or live there, what are some of things I should consider? Are there any good deals for visiting the city? Which hotel should we stay at? What are some of the must do things in the city? What should we look out for?

I don't know much about the city aside from what I've seen in CSI and Ocean's Eleven so any help would be most appreciated!

Thanks gaf!
imtehman
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(03-26-2012, 01:10 AM)
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marquee, cosmopolitan, rio buffet, GET!
Ken Masters
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(03-26-2012, 01:11 AM)
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Bring lots of money, LOTS OF IT
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LetsGoKiting
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Cirque du Soliel O or Mystere. The buffet at the M hotel.
Divvy
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(03-26-2012, 01:12 AM)
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I'm not really big on gambling! That's what the stock market is for!
Salvor.Hardin
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(03-26-2012, 01:12 AM)
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If you're not in the mood to go to a strip joint and just want to check out a normal club, don't bother asking the cabbie for a good one. Most are paid by shitty strip joints to take Vegas noobs straight to them. Do your research, find a club you want to go to, and go there.
ohhthegore
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(03-26-2012, 01:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by imtehman

marquee, cosmopolitan, rio buffet, GET!

Good taste
Acid House
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(03-26-2012, 01:13 AM)
Use priceline or travelocity ahead of time to get good deals on air+hotel.
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(03-26-2012, 01:14 AM)
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Don't steal Mike Tyson's tiger.
Ryaaan14
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(03-26-2012, 01:16 AM)
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Join the Player's Club at all the major casinos, and gamble a LOT. My family gets a shitload of free stay offers from them.

Also free beer while you're gambling.

We always did The Mirage and Treasure Island. Both have great casinos, but I'd stay at The Venetian if I had a choice.

Go to every casino though just to walk through at least. They are all unique and beautiful.
Divvy
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(03-26-2012, 01:16 AM)
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The Cosmopolitan does look pretty swanky.

Originally Posted by Acid House

Use priceline or travelocity ahead of time to get good deals on air+hotel.

Yup, planning on that.
strafer
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(03-26-2012, 01:17 AM)
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Don't piss off James Caan.
Kosmo
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(03-26-2012, 01:18 AM)
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If you like good old fun gambling, fuck the strip and head to Downtown and hit the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. $5 Craps, dealers are super friendly, and way more relaxed than the strip.
RBH
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(03-26-2012, 01:18 AM)
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If you're looking for a show, I'd recommend The Beatles: Love.

Saw it a month ago in Vegas and really enjoyed it.
Kwhit10
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(03-26-2012, 01:18 AM)
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If you want a good deal, stay Sunday-Thursday. I've stayed at the Wynn (nicest but most expensive), New York New York, and Hilton Grand Vacation resorts.

You can get a deal at the Hilton place since it is a time share place, if you sit through a talk you can get a good deal on a two bedroom suite with a pull out couch (so sleep 6 in total) with a kitchen. But there is no restaurants or casino there. It's on the strip though so I only slept there.

If you want to see some clubs with minimal hassle, find one of those club crawl/nite tour things for $40 a person (the sale price). You get to skip the cover and the lines at 3 clubs throughout the night.
Ryaaan14
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(03-26-2012, 01:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Kosmo

If you like good old fun gambling, fuck the strip and head to Downtown and hit the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. $5 Craps, dealers are super friendly, and way more relaxed than the strip.

Ew fuck downtown for real. Too grimy and old.
Divvy
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(03-26-2012, 01:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by RBH

If you're looking for a show, I'd recommend The Beatles: Love.

Saw it a month ago in Vegas and really enjoyed it.

Yeah I'm a big Beatles fan, definitely going to that and Cirque.
strafer
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(03-26-2012, 01:21 AM)
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Seriously though, I always wanted to go there myself, thanks to the show 'Las Vegas'.

Will probably check myself in at http://www.bellagio.com/ :D
Quadrangulum
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(03-26-2012, 01:22 AM)
Many of the city's best restaurants are not in the tourist areas. Everything is very accessible in Las Vegas so I recommend you take the time to explore a bit.

My favorite Asian joints are Sen of Japan, Raku, Sura Buffet, China Mama.

There's a very strange, but incredible, fusion restaurant called Trattoria Nakamura-ya; I recommend the desserts and the uni tomato cream pasta.

You're good to go for western meals on the strip however. You'll be tripping over amazing steakhouses. My favorite buffet is the seafood one in the Rio but that's a bit pricey.
Kosmo
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(03-26-2012, 01:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ryaaan14

Ew fuck downtown for real. Too grimy and old.

You must be under 30. The strip is almost comical with the number of young people parading around, guys with their shirts open, oversize sunglasses, gambling way more than they can afford to impress the chicks they are with. I'm not saying you can't have a great time on the strip, but the vibe is way more "look at me" than at any other time I can remember.
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(03-26-2012, 01:24 AM)
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Circus Circus. Look in to it.
teruterubozu
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(03-26-2012, 01:24 AM)
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Forget travelocity and priceline. Check the hotel sites - like every day.
Vegas hotels are notorious for changing prices on a near daily basis. If you're lucky, you can score a suite for $100.
Ryaaan14
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(03-26-2012, 01:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by Kosmo

You must be under 30. The strip is almost comical with the number of young people parading around, guys with their shirts open, oversize sunglasses, gambling way more than they can afford to impress the chicks they are with. I'm not saying you can't have a great time on the strip, but the vibe is way more "look at me" than at any other time I can remember.

Yes I am, and yeah I find that more appealing than the traditional style of downtown.
Timan
(03-26-2012, 01:26 AM)
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Originally Posted by weepy

Circus Circus. Look in to it.

BEST CASINO... 5$ blackjack ftw
Ties
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(03-26-2012, 01:26 AM)
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Don't go out during the day. The heat will kill you.

Town Square, Aria, buffets, etc. Also there's a bunch if shopping malls and outlets here like Fashion Show and the Galleria.
Herpes Reasons
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(03-26-2012, 01:28 AM)
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chlamydia is the only thing that breaks the "what happens in vegas, stays in vegas" rule.
BakedPigeon
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(03-26-2012, 01:40 AM)
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There are tons of stands around las vegas that you can get tickets to shows for half the price.

I recommend doing all drinking from a hotel room, flask, or just get cheap beers on the strip. Or get free drinks by gambling. Otherwise you will get a crowbar to the wallet pretty fucking fast.
Divvy
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(03-26-2012, 01:40 AM)
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So the Cosmopolitan, the Wynn, Bellagio, Hilton.

Is there a quality difference between these? Or should I just go with whatever's cheapest.
Quadrangulum
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(03-26-2012, 01:44 AM)
I'd pick the Cosmopolitan just because City Center is a visual delight. If you don't care about that, it doesn't matter, except that I'd exclude the Hilton because it's kind of shabby and poorly situated.
bucknuticus
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(03-26-2012, 01:48 AM)
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Regardless where you go do the $20 trick, and go to the secret pizza place in the cosmopolitan!

Originally Posted by Divvy

So the Cosmopolitan, the Wynn, Bellagio, Hilton.

Is there a quality difference between these? Or should I just go with whatever's cheapest.

Out of these 4 I say Cosmo or Bellagio because they are center strip.
BigJonsson
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(03-26-2012, 01:51 AM)
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Earl of Sandwich
Fat Tuesdays
O'Sheas
Voodoo Lounge @ the Rio
Blondies!
Cirque De Soleil Love!
Sofiya
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(03-26-2012, 01:53 AM)
Divvy, what is your approximate budget and what features in a hotel are important to you? For example, awesome pool? Great location? Best value? Cheapest?

Originally Posted by BigJonsson

Earl of Sandwich
Fat Tuesdays
O'Sheas
Voodoo Lounge @ the Rio
Blondies!
Cirque De Soleil Love!

O'Shea's is closing in the next few weeks :'(
Last edited by Sofiya; 03-26-2012 at 01:55 AM. Reason: Added info
Sobriquet
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(03-26-2012, 01:55 AM)
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I like the Venetian (and Palazzo), Planet Hollywood, and Bellagio. I've stayed all up and down the strip, and Venetian is probably my favorite.

I've never been to Cosmopolitan, though. I dislike the Wynn. I can't stand Circus Circus.
BigJonsson
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(03-26-2012, 02:00 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sofiya

Divvy, what is your approximate budget and what features in a hotel are important to you? For example, awesome pool? Great location? Best value? Cheapest?



O'Shea's is closing in the next few weeks :'(



WHAT THE HELL!!!

WHY?!?!
djplaeskool
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(03-26-2012, 02:01 AM)
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If you get the urge to gamble some, play the slots at the Aria and MGM Grand.
Made over (net) $700 slot jockeying for 4 days last summer.

Other than that, The Lion King (at Mandalay Bay) is a fantastic show.
Last edited by djplaeskool; 03-26-2012 at 02:03 AM.
Bentendo
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(03-26-2012, 02:02 AM)
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Out of curiosity Divvy, where are you from?
Sobriquet
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(03-26-2012, 02:05 AM)
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Originally Posted by djplaeskool

If you get the urge to gamble some, play the slots at the Aria and MGM Grand.
Made over (net) $700 slot jockeying for 4 days last summer.

It doesn't matter where you play slots. Either you're lucky, or you aren't.
Sofiya
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(03-26-2012, 02:06 AM)

Originally Posted by BigJonsson

WHAT THE HELL!!!

WHY?!?!

It's seriously crushing my heart to see it go. CET is doing some sort of major renovation on that part of the strip called Project Linq. There are talks of O'Shea's eventually reopening but it wouldn't be the same without the puke-stained carpet.

http://www.vegastripping.com/news/news.php?news_id=4215
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(03-26-2012, 02:08 AM)
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Get a sundae at Serendipity 3....it's to die for
BigJonsson
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(03-26-2012, 02:08 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sofiya

It's seriously crushing my heart to see it go. CET is doing some sort of major renovation on that part of the strip called Project Linq. There are talks of O'Shea's eventually reopening but it wouldn't be the same without the puke-stained carpet.

http://www.vegastripping.com/news/news.php?news_id=4215




Weak :(
GoldenEye 007
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(03-26-2012, 02:09 AM)
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I am thinking of going in June with some friends. Not sure what I should be expecting or how to prepare. But I'm sure I'll figure it out in time.
poppabk
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(03-26-2012, 02:09 AM)
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Bills gambling hall, it's cheap, nice enough rooms and dead center on the strip.
shira
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(03-26-2012, 02:10 AM)
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Wooo Tiger Woods won again. LV gonna be fun again!!!
wormstrangler
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(03-26-2012, 02:13 AM)

Originally Posted by djplaeskool

I
Made over (net) $700 slot jockeying for 4 days last summer.

Sounds mind-numbingly boring.
joeyjoejoeshabadoo
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(03-26-2012, 02:13 AM)
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Mid-week (Sun-Thurs) deals are the best. I stayed at the Tropicana for less than $50 a night. The only "problem" is the younger crowds go on the weekends. Not too much debauchery happens at the pool on a Tuesday. If you like a quieter time it's the best bang for your buck. Not only are hotels cheaper but the tables are dirt cheap as well.

If you do plan on going during the weekend, try to make arrangements ahead of time for dinner, clubs, and anything else really. Weekends can be busy as hell and a pain to do last minute things. I would recommend renting a Cabana. Thy aren't too pricey, you are able to take a break from the sun and heat without leaving the pool, and you get waited on. If you are going with a big group it's a must a smaller group or if it's just you and your GF you can play it by ear.

As for cheap eats, my favorite place for Prime Rib is the Prime Rib loft at the Orleans. Great prime rib for a really reasonable price. It's a couple minutes off the strip so it's not too busy and you usually can get in without a reservation.
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(03-26-2012, 02:13 AM)
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Originally Posted by bucknuticus

Regardless where you go do the $20 trick, and go to the secret pizza place in the cosmopolitan!



Out of these 4 I say Cosmo or Bellagio because they are center strip.

This; if you plan on walking around in the heat of august you might regret moving outside of the center, thought encore @ wynn is pretty nice (or was it xs I can't remember)... dress nicely tho.
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(03-26-2012, 02:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Divvy

My friends and I are planning a trip to Vegas in august of this year. My girlfriend mostly wants to go to see shows and apparently we have to plan this far in advance.

I was wondering for those who've gone or live there, what are some of things I should consider? Are there any good deals for visiting the city? Which hotel should we stay at? What are some of the must do things in the city? What should we look out for?

I don't know much about the city aside from what I've seen in CSI and Ocean's Eleven so any help would be most appreciated!

Thanks gaf!

Do the Rio, Bellagio, but if you're into gambling head downtown for some crazy low minimums on table games. Plaza hotel isn't a bad place to stay for 50/night. Drink outside in public if you've never done it without fear of ticket or arrest. It's awesome.

Avoid: people who click cards at you (it will happen), avoid dudes with "VIP" passes into clubs on the street, those things are everywhere. "homeless people" with dogs, it's sad at first, until you realize there's like 10 people on the strip with the same gimmick.


oh and don't turn down two tall blondes from sweden at 4am in the morning when in a 2 on 2 scenario like I did. Kind of a Long story hahaha




Originally Posted by Sofiya

Divvy, what is your approximate budget and what features in a hotel are important to you? For example, awesome pool? Great location? Best value? Cheapest?



O'Shea's is closing in the next few weeks :'(


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I got so smashed at O'shea's, I was hoping to go back there in a couple months :(
joeyjoejoeshabadoo
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(03-26-2012, 02:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by Timan

BEST CASINO... 5$ blackjack ftw

There are better places to play $5 blackjack. Circus Circus is a fucking shithole.
bucknuticus
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(03-26-2012, 02:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by joeyjoejoeshabadoo

There are better places to play $5 blackjack. Circus Circus is a fucking shithole.

When I went in December the only place you can find $5 BJ is now in downtown, none of the places I had played in the year before in July had it. Made me sad.

But Casino Royales 100x odds on craps is Ace!

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