Post # 1
We have been planning to go to Las Vegas for our honeymoon for nearly a year now, but tonight we found out that the place that we were planning on staying may fall through (long story short: his mom + aunt own a time share out there together, and we had asked them to use their points to get us a hotel – but they haven’t paid their dues and don’t have their memberships in order AND didn’t realize we didn’t want to stay at the time share but on the actual strip, so I have a feeling it’s just not going to work out).
Anyway, I haven’t planned a vacation.. ever, and am unsure of where to start! Does anyone have any reccomendations for a hotel or package or something in Las Vegas? We want to stay on the strip, and we intend to either walk or cab everywhere (we’re only going to see shows and eat and gamble, not head to the the Hoover Dam or go anywhere else). Are there any casinos or places that people have stayed at that you’d reccomend? Or any restaurants or stuff we should do? Thanks!!
Post # 3
Sorry the timeshare fell through! But, there are some really great deals to be had in Vegas right now. Go to Travelzoo.com to see if there are any packages right now. Also, Expedia.com and other similar websites have an option for doing flight + hotel. Check that out. You can save a lot of money that way. I would also check out some of the older hotels on the strip. They may not be as fancy as the Wynn or the Venetian, but they can be a great option. I liked the Flamingo when I stayed there, but stay away from Harrahs (noisy!).
Have a great time! You can totally plan this yourself!
Post # 4
We just took a vacation out there and stayed at the Bellagio. It was fantastic; and when I contacted the conceirge to make a dinner reservation and mentioned we were coming to town to celebrate our engagement/take one last trip before the wedding planning madness hit, she gave us a nice room upgrade (high floor, overlooking the lake) for free. Can’t say enough nice things about the place, plus if you’re able to book there (as well as most other MGM properties) at least 60 days ahead, there are some nice savings to be had.
We also looked at staying at Paris, the Venetian, the Wynn, and Mandalay Bay. Basically narrowed it down to Paris + the B for location (mid-strip/easy walk to most things we wanted to do) and ended up at the B thanks to the discounts making it not that much more expensive than Paris… The only downside to staying at the Bellagio was that all of the dining/food options on site were pricier than other places, so consider that if you want to go to a single resort and not explore.
If you’re looking for a nice place to do dinner, we really enjoyed Prime (also at the Bellagio). We got lucky since it was restraunt week when we were out there ($35 prix fixe menu!) so our dinner + drinks + tips only came to $130ish vs the $300+ it would’ve normally been. If you go, get the steak carpaccio appetizer — it’s one of their signature dishes and doesn’t disappoint. Easily the best meal either of us have ever had. Contrary to this was Little Buddah at the Palms…didn’t enjoy that nearly as much as we expected to.
As for show tickets, if you want to see a show that’s playing at your resort, consider waiting until you get there to buy your tickets. Unless you’re 100% on seeing that sepcific show, you might get lucky and get offered 2 for 1 tickets at check in like we were. Call ahead on this if you want to make sure. Also, there are discount ticket booths on the strip as well as on Freemont that offer reduced price tickets for same day shows. If you’re not picky, it’s another way to go.
Some useful links:
http://www.smartervegas.com (if there’s a discount to be had, this site has it)
http://www.travelzoo.com (they have some great show ticket specials here)
Happy travels. We had a blast there and I’m sure you will too! 🙂
Post # 5
I would definitely look into spas, maybe a couple’s massage?
Post # 6
l love Vegas! The Bellagio is a great hotel, as is Caesar’s Palace. For a great place to eat try Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s-it’s AMAZING!
Also take in a Cirque de Soleil show-they are awesome! Many times on the travel sites you can get hotel + airfare for a great price-also check out the shows on the sites. We got BOGO on the Cirque show-my brother ended up gettng 2 free tickets to a show by booking through one of the travel sites!
Post # 7
Wow, thanks!! This is all fabulous. I looked at hotels after I posted this, and I was surprised by how inexpenensive it was (especially the time and days of the week we were planning to go..) My mom has offered to pay for our air fair, so we are set there, but I’m going to go make a bit list of restaurants and things we want to see now, and start looking at hotels! 🙂
Post # 8
when we went to vegas about 2 years ago we stayed at mgm. it was super nice, especially for the price we paid, but if we return i would aim to stay at a hotel more centrally located on the strip. i did not realize how LONG the strip is and how much walking we’d be doing. pack comfy shoes:) i would look to stay at the venetian/palatzo, belagio, or cesears. those seemed to be the nicest places in the middle of the strip!
Post # 9
Thanks for the top, @gamblina! I was looking at the MGM (it seemed super reasonable, and close to stuff), but perhaps we should stay a bit more centrally located.
Post # 10
My FAV restaurant in Vegas is Mon Ami Gabi in Paris. It’s outside in front and looks straight at the Bellagio (plus water show) across the street. I usually go there for lunch and get some white wine, cheese plate, and maybe an entree to share. Super romantic!! (Just avoid it on a really windy day…)
Post # 11
Bellagio. Bellagio. Bellagio. ‘nough said.
Post # 12
I LOVED CraftSteak and highly recommend it if you’re a carnivore.
As for hotels, just make sure you stay on the strip. Cabs are pretty expensive. Also, in Vegas, you can’t hail a cab on the streets. You have to get one at a hotel. I’ve stayed at The Palms (off strip, but has a few shuttles to the strip), Cesaer’s, and MGM, all were nice. I would try to be a bit more central on the strip, and I was NOT a fan of the Tropicana.
I would stay at Cesaer’s or MGM again, but I would also try Paris, Bellagio, etc. I usually slip the front desk clerk a $20 when checking in (fold it in quarters and sandwich it inbetween your credit card and your driver’s license, and ask if there are any complimentary upgrades available) and I have been upgraded to a better room each time. But, this trick only works if you book directly through the hotel, and not through travel websites.
Post # 13
Personally I wouldn’t stay at the Bellagio…I’d go hit up the Wynn or Encore if you want that “high class” feel. Don’t get me wrong, Bellagio is nice but it’s not that great and I think it’s a little outdated compared to the newer hotels…although their dinner buffet is the shit. It really depends on what kind of atmosphere you want…older crowd, ritzy/upper class or trendy and has some good clubs. My best advice is to get on the mailing lists for specials or do a search for special coupon codes. If you choose a hotel that has some show that you want to see, make sure you call the concierge prior to getting there and let them get your tix….they typically hold tickets for the first 5 or so rows for hotel guests. Same with the clubs…if you’re staying at their hotel they’ll put you on the list to bypass the regular lines.
Post # 14
Oh, also take advantage of halfpricetix for shows! They have two locations on the strip.
Post # 15
I’ve stayed at Bally’s, The Flamingo & The Bellagio. We are staying at Encore at the Wynn in June. We got 4 days, 3 nights, and airfare for 2 for $777! I found that on Hotwire.
The GoRooms at the Flamingo are a great price and very recently remodeled, and the pool there is really awesome. The Bellagio is beautiful, but I don’t like the rooms. Even our room at Bally’s, which we booked for free, then got upgraded, was really nice. The Flamingo was probably my favorite, because our strip-view room looked out right over the Bellagio fountains.
I would recommend NOT staying at The Venetian or The Palazzo if you are at all scent-sensitive or have any allergy problems. They pump some sort of smell in there that drives my allergies NUTS. I would also never stay at Mandalay Bay (a million miles away), The Luxor (Ultra Creepy) or the MGM (I hate the south part of the strip!).
For things to do, I would really recommend O at the Bellagio, or Phantom at the Venetian. I’ve seen both and they were both totally awesome. I love the food at the Wynn Buffet, I think the Bellagio buffett sucks. I love happy hour at RA Sushi. Pretty much everything is half priced, and it’s great! Look for the pre-show specials at the Bellagio. Great deals on good food.
My other favorite random stuff, shopping at The Forum at Caesar’s, buying candy at FAO Schweetz, lunch at Spago (I dream about that Cobb Salad!), Alex at the Wynn if you want to splurge and the Prix Fixe menu at Bradly Ogden.
Also, as a secret, the $1 fee ATM at Casino Royale, the trashy casino next to Harrah’s. Best deal in vegas.
Post # 16
Oh, and also, last time I had a mani/pedi at the Bellagio, and it was awesome.
And if you aren’t from the west coast, make sure you hit up In ‘N Out Burger. It is totally worth the cab fare.