Post # 1
Just got back from our honeymoon on Saturday. We went from July 19th to 23rd.
Neither of us had been before so we didn’t really know what to expect.
We were SHOCKED how expensive it was.
Couldn’t eat for less than $40, drinks were $6 to $9 each, tickets for any attractions were between $15 and $30.
Cab ride to one of the outlet malls was $25 each way!
Thankfully we didn’t pay for our flight (had credits to use up for the airline) and we got a decent price for the hotel (The Mirage).
The wax museum was $25 each.
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat was $15 each.
Hoover Dam tour was $60 each.
Cirque LOVE tickets were $107 each. I HIGHLY recommend this show. It was amazing and well worth the money.
I’m glad we went to experience Vegas and did have a great time but neither of us have any interest in going back for a LONG time.
Post # 3
Yeah, Vegas is an expensive city, especially if 99 cent buffet and crappy watered down drink aren’t your thing!
I also love the Cirque shows – I’ve seen about six of them to date.
Post # 4
It really is about perspective. $6 drinks would make me super happy. And 40pp for dinner or for 2 of you. PP is sadly regular in New York, but $40 for the two of you combined is a downright steal. The shows do sound expensive.
Post # 5
One of the few benefits of drinking in NYC is that everywhere else seems cheap. I would love to pay 6-9 for a drink (15 is the norm here)
Post # 6
Had no idea about NYC!
It probably seemed expensive to us as well because we went to an all inclusive resort in Mexico in November 🙂
Post # 7
Casino Royale next to Carnival Court at Harrah’s has $1 Michelobs! And you can buy 2 at a time. 🙂 The $1 margaritas are def watery though.
Post # 8
Yep, Vegas IS expensive! I’m getting married AND honeymooning there, and… even with good deals… this wedding and honemoon are DEPLETING my savings account!
Post # 9
We felt the same way the first time we went. We were there for a whole week (which is um, a long time in Vegas lol). I was SO shocked and stressed out about the cost of food alone! We decided that we would not go back until we could really afford to DO las vegas and not worry about money so much.
Post # 10
I can relate to the NYC girls. I’m in LA. While things are cheaper here than in NYC, Vegas definitely doesn’t seem super expensive to me. We usually only go for night or two though. I once was there for 3 nights and swore I’d never go for that long of a time again!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Yeah, going out in Vegas is definitely cheaper than going out in LA if you’re trying to do it up. 🙂 $6 for a drink sounds like a STEAL if it’s not happy hour!
It’s usually pretty affordable for me because I can’t stand to be there for more than a night or two 😉 All that smoke and air conditioning and staying up all night just messes me up!
Post # 12
I’m so sorry you found Vegas to be expensive. It can be – the shows and meals especially. To really do Vegas (while not on your honeymoon), it just takes some research. Avoid the strip for meals and go where the locals go. We found a little local casino that has meal specials and good gambling. The locals could definitely pick us out as tourists but we had a ball! There are also big coupon books that you can buy online – can’t remember what they are called but we used a lot out of it. Again, not something you probably want to do on your honeymoon. 🙂 Also, there are timeshare condos that are very inexpensive for the week. The last one we stayed was Summer Bay, about 1-2 blocks behind the Flamingo. On endlessvacations.com it was $399 for a week. Nice rooms, good pools, and a shuttle when we wanted to go a little farther down the strip. Oh and cabs! The cabs were owned by one person but I think UNLV owns them now. They have their own policing system. A few cab drivers will try to take you the long way around for a bigger bill. This is illegal and they can lose their cab license. You can report them. I usually say upfront where we are going and ask how they are going to get us there or have the/a hotel bellman instruct the cab driver. My last tip is mostly for the men… my husband’s best day in Vegas is sitting in the booky room (I’m not sure of the name) with all the big screen tvs with horse races and ball games. He bets a (very) little on the games and just sits back in their big, red, comfy chairs while the waitresses bring him his free drinks (they come around a lot more there than they do in the slots areas). Meanwhile… I use that afternoon as my sit by the pool, soak up the sun, and read a book day. this post was long. I guess you can tell we really like to go to Vegas. You know what they say… what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! 😉
Post # 13
I’m with the NYC girls. Going out in Vegas is definitely cheaper than LA. I’ll take $6-$9 drinks any day. Drinks in LA start around $11.
I think you just have to know where to go and how to get the best deals. LA residents tend to go to Vegas a lot, (it’s a quick weekend getaway), so you start picking up on good hotel deals, best places to each and how to get discounts on entertainment. I’ve stayed in the nicest hotels in Vegas for cheaper than midlevel hotels in say San Diego because I always get emails about deals.
I will say, the shows are expensive. I saw La Reve a few weekends ago and it was $120 for the cheapest seats. Amazing show by the way.
Post # 14
It was really interesting for me to read this thread, because if someone asked me if Vegas was expensive, I would probably say no… but only because typically we play poker all day (and thus drink for free) and have never been to a show. Plus, when we are on vacation we usually eat 1-2 meals a day (it is almost like we “forget” to have meals) and often split meals when we do eat. 🙂
Post # 15
I have to agree with @nighthawk. I love Vegas and have been every year for the last 4 years and I would never consider it expensive. The most expensive thing for us is the flights and we usually find a good deal on those. We always eat the buffets at lunchtime so that we pay $15-$25 vs. $20-$35, and that usually fills us up until late and then we just grab a bite to eat at the hotel food court which has McDonalds, Quiznos, etc. I think $15-$25 is standard for attraction prices anywhere that is a tourist destination and that has never bothered me. I usually drink for free while gambling and if I do buy a drink its because I really want that particular drink (like the “James Tea Kirk” at the old Star Trek Bar). I don’t gamble a lot but I can spend a while on the nickel video poker machine for $20, that’s when the free drinks come.
I guess it all comes down to #1) you perception of expensive, and #2) if you researched before you headed to Vegas. There are many great deals to be had if you do it right. Just for an example of how we budget our Vegas trips
Gambling- $100/day per person
Food- $100/day total
Misc (attractions, drinks, etc)- $100/day total
This leaves us room to end up with a little extra at the end of the day to spend on souvenirs if we want because we hardly ever spend that much on food or miscellaneous.
Post # 16
My husband and I were in Vegas when you guys were! I didn’t read through everything, so I don’t know if this was mentioned already, but Fremont Street has some great prices on food, attractions, etc. Other things are more expensive. I think it depends on what part of the city you’re in.
We had a great time in Vegas, it was just so hot!