(Closed) Anyone been to Las Vegas? help!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We usually stay at Excalibur as it is definitely one of the cheaper hotels on the strip. It’s a pretty good location too.

While you are there, just walk up and down the strip, check out all of the hotels. They each have something great and different to offer

Post # 4
2488 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

don’t waste your time on circus circus-

my Fi is from Las Vegas

check out the balagio it has a free show.

Wicked is playing right now and I’ve heard nothing but raves about it and can’t wait to go myself!

Excaluber has a wonderful dinner and show if your into the medevil thing.

I love to just check out all the stuff on the strip.

and just know its HOT!

Post # 5
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am not a big fan of the Vegas strip but I had a great time kayaking on Lake Mead.  My husband loves the Hoover Dam museum, too.  I have been to the dam but not to the museum.  I would also consider taking a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.  I went ziplining in a canyon near Vegas last month (it was a company offsite) and that was pretty cool if you’re not afraid of heights.

(Despite my dislike of Vegas, I have been there for work three times in the past year!)

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Bring a sweater. Vegas is actually not hot in November, especially at night.

If you want to see the Bellagio Fountains, TI Pirate Show and the Mirage Volcano, look for a hotel in that area— maybe Paris or Harrah’s would be good picks unless Mirage has a sale (Harrah’s casino is kind of a dump but the rooms are nice). Taxi fare between mGM/NYNY/Excalibur/Etc and those other casinos will cost about $40 round-trip. It’s walkable but it’s a long walk.

Post # 8
6823 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Last time was in Vegas, we stayed in NY NY. It was pretty decent. As a PP said don’t do Circus Circus… I would try to see one of the many shows playing out there and just basically walk the strip.  

Post # 9
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@future_mrs_m:  OOOOOO!!! Im in LOVE with LAS VEGAS!! Im going there for my bachellorette party :} I would stay at the Marage since its closer in the middle of the strip. MGM is good to but its just a ways down on the strip. Although it has New York New York and Luxore next to it and Luxore has alot of shows. If you stay at the marage you will probably spend most of your time in Ceasers palace. HUGE! You could spend days in there mall! 

Post # 10
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m a local here in Vegas, My advise is NOT to stay at Excalibur!  It’s in the same rating at Circus Circus. It’s horrible, run down, funky smell, lot’s of kids b/c its supposed to be kids friendly.  Totally will ruin your experience here in Las Vegas.

If you are looking for something cheap, stay away from the strip.  theres a lot of hotels off the strip thats’ cheaper and only 10 minutes away. Nothing is more than 10 minutes away here in the valley. 

1) South Point Hotel – Very nice

2) Green Valley Ranch Casino – Wonderful

3) The M Resort – It’s pretty new and they have beautiful rooms.

As far as what to do, we just saw WICKED and it’s fantastic.  All the shows here are great but that’s definitley a must do if you haven’t seen it.  🙂  

If you are planning on going to Fremont St. make sure you don’t go at night.  There’s a lot of alley ways there where it’s really dark and you really don’t know what’s in there.  The street is fairly lit, just don’t stray out, stay with the crowd.

Im not trying to scare you, I’m just giving you a POV from someone who lives here.

If you have questions, just PM me and I’ll be happy to answer, I’ve lived here for 7 years and Fiance has been here for over 30 so we know the Valley pretty well.


Good Luck

Post # 11
46383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would recommend that for a first visit you pick a hotel in the middle of the strip. That way you can do one end of the strip in a reasonable walking distance.

Unless you are just going to a show at another hotel, it’s unlikely you will be taking a taxi. Most people walk in and out of all the hotels – they all have either major displays outside or in the lobby. Plan your timing so you can see the fountains at the Bellagio,  etc.

There is all sorts of information online. Check out the forums on http://www.tripadvisor.com.

Post # 12
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Just literally came back home from Vegas today. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan which has a young city feel and is mucho dinero. Last time we stayed at the Bellagio which is not cheap either but very nice! Some friends stayed at Planet Hollywood before and liked it. I echo the comments about Circus Circus…don’t do it.

As far as things to do…visit as many hotels as you can and just sight see..in particular the Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Venetian, Pallazzo, Wynn, MGM, and New York New York. Here is our list of things we planned, although we didn’t get to everything. Have fun!!!


Shops at the Aria
New York New York- Roller coaster
MGM Grand- See the Lions
Mandalay Bay- Shark Reef and Aquarium Exhibit
Ghost Bar at the Palms
Tao Nighclub is free with late dinner reservations 
Ziplining in Fredmont


Venetian- Gandala ride, Wax Museum
The Wynn Buffet
Treasure Island Pirate Show
Mirage- Dolphin Habitat
Stratosphere- revolving restaurant
Eiffel Tower restaurant an ride to the top
Cirque De Soleil show (get tix at concierge)

Post # 13
196 posts
Blushing bee

If you have the money, see a Cirque show! They are amazing. Vegas.com has good prices, and great seats. I bought ours for an August trip 2 months in advance and we were in the front! It was amazing.

And bring enough gambling money for each day. Play craps, tons of fun!

Post # 14
5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

this is perfect timing as Darling Husband and I are looking to go there for a few nights in mid-Nov. Sadly, Wicked is done playing Oct. 7th, but I hear a lot of good things about the Cirque shows!

The rooms at the Venetian and Bellagio look really nice but we still don’t have a good idea of where we want to stay other than probably somewhere in the middle to keep things to walking distance.

Post # 15
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Check the Palazzo.  We loved it and it’s usuallyonly about $130.Totally worth the upgrade.

Post # 16
47 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Out of those hotels I would stay at the MGM Grand or the Mirage. Those are much nicer than your other options for the same price. I’m a big fan of the MGM but the Mirage is kind of in the middle of it all. MGM has access to the monorail though. 

(I live here and used to visit a lot before I moved here)

If you’re on a budget I would probably plan to see one show…if you can afford it do one nice dinner as well. 

I would recommend Human Nature if you’re on a budget. It’s one of the less expensive shows and I found it really enjoyable.

Most of the Cirque Shows are excellent (and no matter where your seats are you have a great view)…but they tend to be pricier. 

Blue Man group is also really good. But on the pricier side as well. 

There are TONS of restaurants on the strip. For something nice that isn’t insanely expensive I recommend Diego at the MGM. 

Just walking around and checking everything out is fun. If you want to gamble stick to the cheaper casinos (Hooters, Tropicana, Imperial Palace) you’ll be able to find tables with lower minimums. 

Shopping is fun, great shops at Caesars, Fashion Show and Aria is supposed to have some good stuff too. 

November will be a little chilly so pool is probably out. 

As far as drinks…if you guys are drinkers it’s worth it to stock up on your own…you can take your booze around with you everywhere on the strip as there aren’t open container laws and it’s ridiculously expensive to buy booze in the casinos. If you buy it in the little souveneir stores along the strip (still overpriced but much better than the strip) you’ll be able to save a lot. 



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