Post # 1
I’ve been put in charge of planning a vegas trip for a party of 4 and I’m so overwhelmed with planning. Anyone have any hotels they recommend?
Is it better to book from the hotel website or something like Orbitz? Should I have a travel agent do it?
I keep reading good/bad reviews on each hotel and I don’t know what to choose! We would like to find something with flights included and it doesn’t seem like all of the hotel websites have this option.
Also, I would like to find a grand canyon tour as well. If anyone has any info or pictures to share, I would really appreciate it!
Post # 3
i use Expedia, and I love it. The Mandalay Bay is my favorite hotel on the strip.
Post # 4
I’m planning a trip too and I just posted about asking for hotel recommendations. As far as the websites….I always book directly at the hotel’s website. This is good in case you need to make changes or cancel. If you have to make changes and you’ve booked through a 3rd party site, you will often have to go through that site to make changes. And it is a hassle.
Generally, if you go to the hotel site, they will have special offers or promotions, and this price is normally the exact same price those 3rd party sites use. So there is usually no reason I’ve found to use a 3rd party site.
I’ve done a lot of comparing about whether packages (flight+hotel) are a good deal and I’ve never found one to be cheaper than booking separately. You just have to go out and find a flight and hotel separately to see what the total would be and then compare to the package you found. It is also a good idea to book directly with the airline for the same reasons mentioned above (it is a pain to have to deal with a 3rd party website if your flight is canceled)
What kind of hotels/experience are you looking for in Vegas? I prefer to stay in the area from Planet Hollywood/Cosmo down to the Venetian (that area of the strip, but it’s my personal preference). A map helps http://www.lasvegasstrip.net/map/las-vegas-strip-map-2012
Post # 5
We are going to Vegas in 2 weeks! I booked our flights & hotel through the Southwest website. We are staying at Paris.
Post # 6
DH and I like to stay at Planet Hollywood or Elara (formerly PH Towers, it’s connected to Planet Hollywood) since the location is perfectly center-Strip, the rooms are nice, and we can usually find good rates. Vegas.com is our favorite for good room deals, and has a nice search feature.
I highly recommend staying center-Strip if you’re not planning on going on any road trips or anything, because cabs and rental cars are expensive and it’s great to be able to walk from your hotel to any other hotel. Aria/Vdara, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Paris, and Bally’s are all right in the center of the Strip. Another factor you may want to consider when booking a hotel is not only the cost of the room but the restaurants/eateries at the hotel–the restaurants at Bellagio all look fantastic but you can’t get a meal for 2 for under $60+, anywhere at the hotel. Cheaper hotels usually have cheaper meal options.
As far as hotel+airfare deals, I would just figure out exactly what the price difference is between booking separately or booking together. Also remember that hotels and airlines love sneaky add-on fees–so make sure you factor in “lodging tax” or whatever the hotel wants to call it, as well as checked baggage fees for the airline. Southwest doesn’t charge you to check bags, so even if the flight costs more, if you’re saving $25 per bag, each way, it might be worth it to spend more on the flight.
Post # 7
I would def book on a diff website. We used trivago and got a great deal on the flamingo, fab hotel, lovely pool, slap bang in the centre of the strip. Can’t help with flights as we obvi fly from Scotland, but I would 100% recommend flamingo! And Defo book through a website that’s not the hotel, waaaay better value! Also, I would wait till you are there to organise Grand Canyon trip, you’ll prob get a better deal
Post # 8
I booked our last 2 Vegas vacations through the airline and hotel websites directly, and bought show tickets on http://www.Vegas.com. Both times we stayed at the Mirage and had a great experience. It’s middle of the road as far as price, and is in an excellent location on the strip.
Paris has an amazing brunch buffet, New York New York has a cool indoor-looks-like-outdoors bar scene & an arcade upstairs. I liked the gambling at Monte Carlo & Flamingo- also the Flamingo has an X Burlesque show that was pretty good. Catch a Cirque du Soleil if you get a chance- there are shows at several resorts. Rio is a bit off strip but we went to see Penn & Teller there which was great. Definitely check out the Venetian, Bellagio, and Caesar’s just to look and see. Very cool. MGM has a tiger habitiat, Mirage also has some large cats as well as a dolphin & penguin exhibit. GAH! So much to do there! Have a blast 🙂
Post # 9
Here’s a South Rim Grand Canyon tour from Vegas.
If you’ll be renting a car anyway, you can just go there yourselves. North Rim or South Rim.
Post # 10
we go to vegas about a weekend a month. I really like to stay at Vdara cause it is a smokefree hotel with no casino. However, you can walk everywhere from the hotel but you don’t have to stay with the rowdy “just turned 21 crowd” and innappropriate “yay we’re in vegas lets get S*** faced” people. Another hotel that is quiet and not so priecy is south point, it is super cheap if you book form their website, however, you have to have a car if you stay there. If you want to stay in condos with kitchen and washer dryer the grandview behind southpoint is a nice and relaxing rental resort.
Post # 11
I went to Vegas 2 years ago and we stayed at the Monte Carlo. I love it there and I loved the location on the strip. I would stay there again for sure. I didnt book the trip however, so I cant give advice on that.
Post # 12
I went almost three years ago and we stayed at the Palazzo which is attached to the Venetian. I quite liked it. We booked through itravel2000.com and it included flights and we did request a room with a strip view and that’s exactly what we got.
We also did the Grand Canyon but rather than go on a tour bus where you are stuck with strangers and a slow bus all day we rented a car for the day and drove ourselves, stopping at Hoover Dam for pics on the way there and back. You do not need the car while in Vegas though…you can walk or hop on the bus that goes up and down the Strip and it is very easy to get around.
I also recommend checking out Freemont Street.