Post # 1
Vegas girls, please help!
I’m planning my husband’s 30th birthday for Vegas, coming from San Francisco. 🙂 His birthday is in January, and most of our friends who are coming are from LA, which is great since they can all drive and save on the nasty plane ticket costs. We’ll be there from a Friday night through most likely a Monday morning.
My questions to you ladies:
1) Best places to stay, on the strip if possible? (I’d say we’re willing to pay $100-$150 a night, but I’d like to have cheaper options for our friends who need them)
2) A restaurant to hold the actual birthday dinner? Something preferably with nice ambiance, quiet so we could chat would be my personal preference, but I’m open!
3) Good club to go to? We’re not big big clubbing people, so something not too too crazy would be nice. 🙂
4) Anything else we should do? I personally love shows – any good ones we should see?
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
I’m not from Vegas but I do love it there. I don’t have good any suggestions as far as clubs or restaurants offhand without going to find where I’ve been…so I’d have to think about it.
I’d prefer to stay somewhat central on the Strip so those casinos are around Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, Paris, Ballys, Flamingo, Caesars, Harrahs…I think for $100-$150 a night you should look at Harrahs, Flamingo, Ballys, or Planet Hollywood. Those all have really good locations. I’ve only stayed at Harrahs out of those. Not my favorite casino but the room was nice and it had a good location. I’ve heard pretty good things about the Flamingo rooms (but I’ve never seen them)
Planet Hollywood actually has my favorite sportsbook so I’d probably stay there for ease of access to that (my second favorite might be at the Venetian). If he or any of his friends enjoys sports betting you can access a lot from that area and January has NFL playoff games and also college basketball games. I’ve been for the first rounds of March Madness so I think I’ve seen every sportsbook on the Strip, ha!
Post # 4
@pengoala: I looove Vegas. Just went actually.
It helps to stay near the middle of the strip, I find. I love the Wynn/Encore but it is kinda far away. I’d suggest Bellagio or Paris or Caesar’s as good middle of the strip hotels. You can find awesome deals online, you just have to have a bit of patience. These hotels aren’t the cheapest, but I think you can probably find a good deal.
There’s a Maggiano’s on the strip at Fashion Show Mall and you can book a room, that might be a good place to hold the party.
As far as night clubs go, we’re not clubbing people… can’t help you there…
The Wynn’s Le Reve is an awesome show. It’s like Cirque du Solei in water! I’d also love to see the Beatles show at the Mirage. We saw the ABBA show at New York New York when we were there last week. It was ok for a small show… but if you want something really impressive I’d go w. a Cirque du Solei one.
Post # 5
@kes18: Great! I will check out your list. What a great tip on sports – we are huge sports fans, so we will be sure to try to plan something around it! 😀
@canarydiamond: I love all those hotels you mentioned!! 🙂 DH likes to save money, so you better believe I’m hoping I strike some big deal. I’ve been sifting through Southwest’s vacation packages hoping to find something good.
Also, I love Maggianos! We have one here in San Jose, so I’m not sure DH will want to do that. But I will ask him! He loves Italian food (his father comes from a line of italians :D).
I TOTALLY want to see Le Reve! I’d better start hunting for tickets like soon!
Thanks ladies! Keep any advice coming that you can offer me!
Post # 6
Hi! I live in Las Vegas. 🙂
As far as hotels go, I would look to see if THEHotel at Mandalay Bay has any specials/deal going on. It’s on the end of the strip but all of the rooms are suites so it’s nice to have the living room area (with an extra bathroom) to entertain friends and what not. The Palazzo is also really nice – mini suite – and centrally located.
Personally, I would stay away from major chain restaurants like Maggiano’s – not that it isn’t good – but with SO many great restaurant choices here in Vegas, you should try something you can’t get at home. There are some really great restaurants in the Venetian/Palazzo resorts – in varying price ranges. If the weather is nice, make sure you hit up Mon Ami Gabi for brunch/lunch outside on the patio to watch the Bellagio fountain show and the people walking up and down the strip. The food is fab as is the people watching.
As far as shows go, Cirque’s LOVE is outstanding and not a bad seat in the place, O is mindblowing, and Absinthe is supposed to be really entertaining but I have yet to see it so I can’t speak personally.
Post # 7
@mkendrick: Thanks girl! Palazzo is one of my favorites – unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find too many deals for it yet on the weekend i’m looking for. But I will definitely check out the Palazzo/Venetian restaurants.
I’ve seen O and just thought it was fantastic! I will look up LOVE and Absinthe as well.
Many thanks for the input! 🙂
Post # 8
Also check Broadway Box.com for hotel rooms and show tickets.
If you don’t get the information you need here re a suitable restaurant, look on the local Chowhound Board. If you still need more help after reading current postings, post a request for help.
Post # 9
Alrighty, well so far we have booked our flights and stay at MGM Grand (I know it’s not as cool as some of the above mentioned ones) through a Southwest Airlines vacation package, which also included 2 tickets to LOVE. 🙂
I’m now working on restaurants and further entertainment. More suggestions are always welcome! Thanks to everyone for their help so far! 😀
Post # 10
@julies1949: Thanks for the Chowhound suggestion. I’ll check it out!