(Closed) Anyone been to Vegas?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve been to Vegas, but did not stay at the Paris hotel (went in it, though!).

I think Vegas being a honeymoon option really depends on what type of couple you are and your honeymoon expectations. If you’re looking for extreme romance and relaxation, I don’t think Vegas is it. Darling Husband and I went a few years back (he actually proposed in Vegas) and I loved it there, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for in a honeymoon.

There are always a lot of people (and often, very drunk obnoxious girls late at night- Darling Husband and I call them “WOO Girls”, from that episode of How I Met Your Mother) and its pretty noisy at all hours of the day. Naming a budget is tough- everything in Vegas is pretty pricey, and I think it depends on how much you plan on gambling, shopping, where you plan to eat, what shows you want to go see. Darling Husband and I never went to a buffet, so food was more expensive for us there, because we always went to nice restuarants. We went to see Cirque de Soleil and some low-key comedy show, but the costs of those were still pretty pricey. Drinking is free (only if you’re gambling). I think the biggest, most annoying thing about Vegas is that there are A LOT of people that try to sell you things (i.e. timeshares), and we spent a good deal of time just dodging those people. And since prositution is legal in Nevada… there are a lot of people handing out call girl cards on the street. The street can get littered with pictures of naked ladies- haha.

On the pro side, Vegas is definitely an experience you need to have, whether it be honeymoon or just a vacation. At night, the lights are awesome, the Bellagio water show is great, the general people watching is super entertaining, and you’re bound to see at least one famous person (at dinner on our first night, we sat at the table next to Carrot Top… who is indeed just as ugly in person as you would think, but he had jacked muscles!). There is ALWAYS something to do, so its never boring. And there is NO WAY you can see it all, so its one of those places you want to go back to. Be prepared to do a lot of walking down the boardwalk. Paris hotel is a good pick because its kind of in the middle of the boardwalk. Every hotel is different, but I think the casinos in the hotel were more or less the same.

Anyway, let me know what you pick!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have been to Vegas several times a year for years.  What kinds of things do you want to do?  Gamble?  Shows?  Clubs? 

Shows are not cheap, they range for $90-200 per seat.  Clubs usually have a dress code and a $20 cover but at some of them women don’t have to pay.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

shows are cheap if you go to a half-price tickets outlet. they have a few on the strip…the main one is at the fashion show. cirque du soleil is usually around $30 there, and you can get tickets either the day of or the day before. the hotels also usually offer buy 1 get 1 tickets for guests…i can’t remember what show is at the paris though.

vegas is a lot of fun. how much you budget per day depends on how much you’re comfortable gambling. buffets and the hotel restaurants get expensive, so if you rent a car it’s a great idea to get some of your meals off the strip (chinatown is very close to the strip, plus there’s always in-n-out!). good buffets are $40-50 per person, and some of the restaurants are REALLY expensive. i wouldn’t bother paying for things like going up in the eiffel tower (there’s usually at least a 45 minute wait, and i think it’s $15-20 per person). if you want to go to clubs, their drink prices are astronomical.

i like the paris. it’s a good mid-price hotel.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

We went on vacation to Vegas last year and LOVED it! We stayed at Mandalay Bay which I highly recomend. Its on the strip, but at the very end so its not really in the middle of the hustle and bustle. We had an amazing room overlooking the strip, with a huge bathroom/tub with a TV in the bathroom, etc. The hotel was beautiful.

Vegas can get expensive though. Just a bottle of water from the hotel lobby costs $3-$4. Restaurants can also get super expensive, but if you rent a car definetly check out some places off the strip. Some of our best/least expensive dinners were done this way.

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I know a few people who have stayed there and they loved it!

I think your daily budget allowance will depend on how much you gamble and how extravagantly you want to celebrate your honeymoon. You could easily spend thousands of dollars a day if you want to eat out at fancy places, gamble, go for special treatments (spas, massages, etc.), go to shows, and get room service. From what I hear, everyone always spends more than they expected to in Vegas… I would say allow yourselves at least a couple hundred dollars a day. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My fiance and I love Vegas.  My bachelorette party will be there, but we aren’t WOO girls, LOL.  Your budget depends on what you like to do, gamble, shows, food (this varies A LOT), trips to the Dam/Canyon, etc.

Check out travelzoo and smartervegas.com for deals on hotels.  Depending on your budget, I would suggest the 5 star hotels at the north end and the new City Center.  I am staying at Vdara for $111/night on a weekend.  I wouldn’t say it is a full 5 star hotel, but it is nice and quiet compared to the casinos.  I don’t like most of the casinos because people smoke in rooms, even non-smoking rooms, and it irritates my allergies.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I live in Vegas – Paris is right in the middle of the strip so it is a good central location and a beautiful hotel.  Vegas is more expensive than people think because you are tempted to do so much – it is very fun so make sure you have a slush fund set up. 

Have a wonderful Honeymoon!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The shows are WONDERFUL. I’m not a drinker/clubber but I think a trip to Vegas is definitely worth it for the shows alone.

If you have any that you have your heart set on 100%, buy your tickets in advance, because the best ones do sell out. Otherwise, hit up the half-price ticket booths once you are there for other shows.

There’s lots to see and do during the day and just walking in and out of all the different casinos on the strip will definitely eat up lots of time.

For gambling if you just want to do it for the experience, I’d recommend the old part of Vegas thats at the end of the strip (you can take a cheap bus up there or a taxi). The casinos up there are much cheaper.

As for hotels, the Bellagio is another really nice option if you want a little luxury. The Paris was a little stuffy In My Humble Opinion, and the Venetian was kind of cheesy to me (but I’ve been to the real Venice).

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@beeloved:that sounds a lot like us (except we both really like to gamble), and we love vegas! the dealers will help you learn how to gamble, especially for games like blackjack and craps. all we do are bj, craps, and poker. you can also read up a little on strategy before you go.

imo, the venetian is a lot nicer than the paris.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve  been to Vegas a million times.

So if this were me…and I wasn’t a person who liked to gamble, go to clubs, drink, etc…I probably would not choose Vegas.

If I was looking to see shows and check out famous restaurants, I’d probably go somewhere like NYC instead.

That said…I love the Paris Hotel, though their pool is pretty lame. And the Venetian (stayed there for my bachelorette) is pretty awesome. My favorite has and always will be Caesar’s.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just playing devil’s advocate here… Vegas is fun for a party weekend but it wouldn’t be my choice for a honeymoon, especially if I didn’t drink or gamble. The shows are ok but I don’t remember any special restaurants there that I haven’t seen in any other big city. During the day there isn’t much to do other than walking and checking out the different hotels, unless you want to lounge by the pool or sit in your hotel room and enjoy each other all day – which of course could be lots of fun  🙂 I stayed in a jacuzzi suite with an ex before and that was pretty awesome. Other than that, if I was just interested in shows and food, I’d choose to go to a place like NYC. There would be lots more to see and do, and if you want some private romantic time, you could easily escape the loud, touristy, at times obnoxious crowds that Vegas is overrun with. I always feel a bit claustrophic in Vegas and am usually happy to return home.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@meliss: ITA about the chlaustrophobia. And I can’t tolerate more than 2 nights there.

Lately, whenever I go, I only stay for 1.

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