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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017
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    • 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017 10th Dec 16 at 2:34 PM
    Las Vegas unlike nearly every other holiday destination you may have visited. In Vegas the hotels ARE the attractions. Most have a huge casino attached, but if you think that's all there is to the place, you are sorely mistaken! Each hotel is very different, with its own theme and attractions.

    The good news is, is that Vegas can be a friend for us Money Saving Experts, with lots of free attractions, cheap eats/drinks and value for money to be had.

    This page cannot hope to cover everything, but should point you towards some good money saving tips. All information at the start of this thread is put together by members of the forum and is accurate at the time of writing - we will update it when we can.

    After reading the 'information' posts at the start of this thread, feel free to ask a question and join the discussion! We have lots of Vegas regulars contributing to this thread - join the gang!

    HOTELS & CASINOS
    • Click here for hotels & casinos on the Strip
    • Click here for hotels & casinos in the Downtown area (north) of Las Vegas
    • Click here for hotels & casinos just off the Strip
    Last edited by secretmachines; 01-01-2017 at 2:16 PM. Reason: updated
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    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 22nd Sep 17, 2:47 PM
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    Hi all, I have been reading through this thread and taking lots of notes and advice from the posts. Thank you.

    I plan on going to Vegas for my 30th with my wife in May / June next year.
    This will be my first visit and probably my only for at least several years so I am really loooking to make the most of it.

    I like the idea of staying in two separate hotels and experiencing a difference.

    Which two hotels would you guys recommend as a first time. I'm looking at going for 5 nights?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    Without giving us a bit more info on likes and dislikes,preferences on which area of Vegas,and most importantly cost that is a "how long is a piece of string" question.

    Plus imho 5 nights is very short for a first time visit.
    • littlereddevil
    • By littlereddevil 22nd Sep 17, 3:34 PM
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    I've almost decided on the Platinum. Decent enough?
    travelover
    • photome
    • By photome 22nd Sep 17, 3:35 PM
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    Hi all, I have been reading through this thread and taking lots of notes and advice from the posts. Thank you.

    I plan on going to Vegas for my 30th with my wife in May / June next year.
    This will be my first visit and probably my only for at least several years so I am really loooking to make the most of it.

    I like the idea of staying in two separate hotels and experiencing a difference.

    Which two hotels would you guys recommend as a first time. I'm looking at going for 5 nights?


    Thanks
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    IMO 5 nights Is not long enough for a first visit and def not worth changing hotels in that short time.

    This comes from someone who always does multi hotels per trip ( usually 3 sometimes 4)

    If it's for a specail occasion and 5 nights is all you have, take a look at

    Wynn\Encore

    Venetian/Pallazzo

    Caesers Palace Augustus or Ocatvius tower

    Or Bellagio

    My pref would be CP for the location and its iconic
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Sep 17, 8:46 PM
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    I've almost decided on the Platinum. Decent enough?
    Originally posted by littlereddevil
    We like it, and will be staying there in a few weeks. It doesn't have a casino if that's important to you.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Sep 17, 8:50 PM
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    Hi all, I have been reading through this thread and taking lots of notes and advice from the posts. Thank you.

    I plan on going to Vegas for my 30th with my wife in May / June next year.
    This will be my first visit and probably my only for at least several years so I am really loooking to make the most of it.

    I like the idea of staying in two separate hotels and experiencing a difference.

    Which two hotels would you guys recommend as a first time. I'm looking at going for 5 nights?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    Agree with Brats and photome. Not worth changing hotels on a 5 night trip, especially not your first one.
    • dannodw
    • By dannodw 22nd Sep 17, 9:50 PM
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    Well only 50 odd days till I go back to Vegas now, not counting though!

    Quick question for all you experienced lot regarding show tickets. Now with the parents tagging along they deffo want to see at a minimum the Penn and Teller and Terry Fator shows.

    What the best way to get the good deals on tickets?

    Buy now here in the UK well in advance from an online site.
    Buy when in Vegas a day or so before from the resort in question
    But from one of the various cheap ticket selling locations dotted around the strip?

    Not a clue as I didn't really bother with shows last time I went.

    Thanks in advance.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Sep 17, 11:30 PM
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    Well only 50 odd days till I go back to Vegas now, not counting though!

    Quick question for all you experienced lot regarding show tickets. Now with the parents tagging along they deffo want to see at a minimum the Penn and Teller and Terry Fator shows.

    What the best way to get the good deals on tickets?

    Buy now here in the UK well in advance from an online site.
    Buy when in Vegas a day or so before from the resort in question
    But from one of the various cheap ticket selling locations dotted around the strip?

    Not a clue as I didn't really bother with shows last time I went.

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by dannodw
    I think I saw Penn and Teller and Terry Fator on travelzoo or best of vegas last week. Also try Goldstar for show tickets. Tix4tonite is worth a look. Go to their website now and look at the sneak peek. That will give you an idea of the prices at the moment.

    I'm not good at posting links from my phone. There will probably be links to them all on the first few posts.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 23rd Sep 17, 12:52 AM
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    https://www.travelzoo.com/deals/shows-events-las-vegas%2c-nv-next-month/?ctfId=42&locationId=1930&when=NextMonth&pageType= ResultsList&ga_s=Shows%20%26%20Events%3B%20Las%20V egas%2C%20NV&search_type=destination

    As pebbles says..both available on travelzoo
    • englandcrew
    • By englandcrew 23rd Sep 17, 10:11 PM
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    englandcrew
    Without giving us a bit more info on likes and dislikes,preferences on which area of Vegas,and most importantly cost that is a "how long is a piece of string" question.

    Plus imho 5 nights is very short for a first time visit.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    Oh right, I have been told by a few people to not go for longer than 5 days.

    I would like to be on the main part of the strip and really experience a variety of things. I am massively into gambling and would love to experience that every night.

    My partner would like to shop a little but mainly see the sites as well.
    • englandcrew
    • By englandcrew 23rd Sep 17, 10:13 PM
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    englandcrew
    IMO 5 nights Is not long enough for a first visit and def not worth changing hotels in that short time.

    This comes from someone who always does multi hotels per trip ( usually 3 sometimes 4)

    If it's for a specail occasion and 5 nights is all you have, take a look at

    Wynn\Encore

    Venetian/Pallazzo

    Caesers Palace Augustus or Ocatvius tower

    Or Bellagio

    My pref would be CP for the location and its iconic
    Originally posted by photome
    Thanks for the reply. Something to think about. Maybe I will just stick with one hotel for my first time
    • John259
    • By John259 24th Sep 17, 7:02 AM
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    Maybe I will just stick with one hotel for my first time
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    If you're renting a car then shifting between hotels is quick and easy. Without a car it's far more of a pain.

    With a car you could explore outside the city to places such as Red Rocks Canyon (23 miles each way), Hoover Dam (32 miles each way), Mount Charleston (43 miles each way) or Valley of Fire (56 miles each way), but with only a relatively short trip you might not feel the desire to do any of that.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 24th Sep 17, 9:03 AM
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    Oh right, I have been told by a few people to not go for longer than 5 days.

    I would like to be on the main part of the strip and really experience a variety of things. I am massively into gambling and would love to experience that every night.

    My partner would like to shop a little but mainly see the sites as well.
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    hi
    i can understand being into gambiling but be careful and always set a buget ! it is the easiest thng to do is lose alot of money ,(thoguh easy to win as well thoguh sometimes losing outway wins)
    Unsure if you are aware but if you stay in one hotel, you ARE able to go into other hotel casinos to play slots, poker and other games.
    There are alot of shopping opputunities for your partner.

    hope this helps
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 24th Sep 17, 1:21 PM
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    Can someone please confirm something for me?
    I have an ESTA which does not run out until January 2018.
    If I book a Vegas holiday before then am I right in thinking I can't apply for a new ESTA until the old one runs out?
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 24th Sep 17, 1:54 PM
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    Spice Market
    I'd say not Hooters! It's a dive. Paris and Planet Hollywood have the best location IMO, and seeing as you've been to Paris, why not try the other one? The PH buffet is really nice, and not the queues of Paris. I've stayed in the Linq back when it was the Imperial Palace and I gather they haven't updated the bedrooms that much...
    Originally posted by messalina79
    Just in case anyone is visiting soon and doesn't realised, Spice Market is a reduced buffet just now (about a quarter smaller). They don't have their Italian station just now, and some of the other bits at that end (the left as you face to food area) are closed/reduced. A chunk has been cordoned off on the left after a flood. This also means that coupons aren't valid just now, and may also explain why there have been no groupon deals. They have however reduced the price a bit ($5 maybe) so it's still a good enough deal.
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 24th Sep 17, 2:07 PM
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    Alea
    How do people keep their Total Reward Credits from expiring?

    Seem to remember reading there is a way by visiting a Alea Casino,or if someone can suggest a easier way I would appreciate it.

    Thx
    Originally posted by jaytay
    I was at an Alea casino last night. I was given a new UK total rewards card and told to keep my US one for US visits. I don't know i the information I was given was correct or not, but I don't think it kept my account active by playing last night. My husband tried his US TR card in a slot machine, but it didn't recognise it.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 24th Sep 17, 2:18 PM
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    Can someone please confirm something for me?
    I have an ESTA which does not run out until January 2018.
    If I book a Vegas holiday before then am I right in thinking I can't apply for a new ESTA until the old one runs out?
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    I've renewed early, but that was because I got a new passport. If I remember correctly, they send an email about a month before. I renewed for the SO right when the email arrived. They let me do it even though it had a month to go. Have a try and see what happens.
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 24th Sep 17, 6:06 PM
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    Platinum
    I've almost decided on the Platinum. Decent enough?
    Originally posted by littlereddevil
    Have stayed there about 10 times, only back a week from our last visit. I guess you could say we like it!

    Service seemed a little better this year. The girl at front desk remembered us from last year, and so did two of the bar staff. They were very nice to us too.

    We usually book a Princess Suite, strip view. The Princess Suite has the washing machine which is great for longer stays. The strip view is great, as you can imagine because of the view but also you can see the pool too. You get the sun on the balcony in the afternoons in the strip view rooms. Early morning sunshine for the mountain view rooms.

    Stir, the bar downstairs, has a good happy hour 4-7pm with half price drinks - wine, beers and some mixed drinks. They also have a wine hour (4 or 430 to 530pm), where they put out some red and white wine and you can help yourself for free.
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 24th Sep 17, 6:13 PM
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    Also just managed to book a silly low rate when logged into Total Rewards for next September. $32 weekends at Planet Hollywood!
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