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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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    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 11th Mar 17, 8:30 PM
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    Sadly, I don't have the skill or the nerve to do the $20 bit. Wouldn't know where to start to initiate that one!
    Originally posted by bairn7
    I just do it the 'easy' way - I have a $20 in my hand resting on the desk and ask 'could I just check please, if there are any complimentary upgrades available?' If they upgrade, I say 'thank you so much! may I give you this for all your help?' If they don't upgrade, I just put the $20 away when we're heading to the room. Easy.

    I don't like the 'sandwich' - the one time I tried it the $20 dropped on they clerk's keyboard and she said 'what's this?' and then I felt dumb.

    I have also done it without the $20 visible and tipped if we were upgraded. People ask all the time, it's a 'you don't ask, you don't get' sort of place.
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • dontone
    • By dontone 11th Mar 17, 9:35 PM
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    I just do it the 'easy' way - I have a $20 in my hand resting on the desk and ask 'could I just check please, if there are any complimentary upgrades available?' If they upgrade, I say 'thank you so much! may I give you this for all your help?' If they don't upgrade, I just put the $20 away when we're heading to the room. Easy.
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    Originally posted by ferf1223
    What Ferf said. That's what I did when we stayed at the Venetian. I just asked if there were any discounts on the (stupid) resort fee, or was there any room upgrades available, due to us staying there for 14 nights. We got upgraded to a nice suite with a Strip view, and the lady actually turned down the $20 at first, but I told her to accept it because we saved a lot of money and we were up on the deal.
    I'll admit that I was a bit nervous when I tried it, but don't be scared, they can only say 'no' and the $20 goes back in your purse and you can always 'invest' it in a slot later. HTH
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    • photome
    • By photome 13th Mar 17, 7:26 AM
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    in some cases, the Alamo Brits website does come in cheaper sometimes (I don't normally say this! )

    keep in mind, I did a quote for 7 rental, not 11....... (1st to 8th)
    1st to 11th = £336 for a Fullsize car with Dollar.

    My current favourite is Autoeurope, they must have reduced there margins, as rates are quite good.....

    I have 2 cars booked via them, with Alamo.... I'll do Kiosk, goto garage, slip $20, and drive out in a tank hopefully
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    Just checked out autoeurope for my dates, they are coming in at same price as Alamobrits initially (with alamo) but they then add on $10 a day for an extra driver whereas extra driver is free with alamobrits
    • smurfette31
    • By smurfette31 13th Mar 17, 10:44 AM
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    Only 13 days until I fly out there....so excited
    • photome
    • By photome 14th Mar 17, 6:45 AM
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    Pancakes.

    been researching somewhere else to go now Du pars is closed.

    found this place, 4 locations, anyone else been , reviews are great and the variety of pancakes makes me want to go now

    http://www.babystackscafe.com/
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 14th Mar 17, 8:44 AM
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    All locations get decent reviews on Yelp. An average of 4 stars.

    I'm not a fan of pancakes, so can't help with any other suggestions.
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 14th Mar 17, 10:11 AM
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    wow - that pancake place sounds great!

    We are going to try Naked City Tavern for breakfast - and if they don't have the bacon candle on the menu, my hubby will probably have to go sit in the corner and cry for awhile.
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • serenawell
    • By serenawell 14th Mar 17, 12:49 PM
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    wow - that pancake place sounds great!

    We are going to try Naked City Tavern for breakfast - and if they don't have the bacon candle on the menu, my hubby will probably have to go sit in the corner and cry for awhile.
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    They are on UberEats Havent tried the app out yet but was planning to on this trip
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 15th Mar 17, 6:47 PM
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    Secret Garden at The Mirage...

    I'm struggling to spend my last MyVegas LPs (about 72k) on something we'd be interested in for our trip in a couple of weeks.

    We've already booked a BOGO for Aria dinner buffet and 2 tickets for Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

    Reviews of the Secret Garden never seem to be amazing, but we've never been in... worth doing if it's free?
    Last edited by secretmachines; 15-03-2017 at 7:00 PM.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 15th Mar 17, 10:30 PM
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    We have done the secret garden on a few occasions over the years.
    I really enjoyed it the first time,but it seems that every time we went after that first visit,there were less animals each time.
    If the animals are awake...which is very rare in the daytime...they are nice to see.Especially the white tigers.
    I think we kept going back because after looking around,it was always a nice place to sit in the sun and enjoy a beer,and just relax for an hour or two....not sure we will go again,but for free...why not.
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Mar 17, 7:25 AM
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    Three feel at home?

    I have used threes feel at home add on in the past, cost £10 for a months worth of free txts, calls and data when abroad.

    does anyone know if it is still £10 i cant find the answer on threes website
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 16th Mar 17, 8:36 AM
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    Three feel at home?

    I have used threes feel at home add on in the past, cost £10 for a months worth of free txts, calls and data when abroad.

    does anyone know if it is still £10 i cant find the answer on threes website
    Originally posted by photome

    http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs


    There are £10, £20, £25 "Add Ons" to choose from.


    I'm not sure if SIMs still have to be activated 30 days before Feel At Home is available.


    I like this service so much, I changed networks from O2 to 3. Certainly where I live, signal is so much better too
    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 16th Mar 17, 8:43 AM
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    Reviews of the Secret Garden never seem to be amazing, but we've never been in... worth doing if it's free?
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I won't go there (or even to The Mirage) for ethical reasons. I don't mind animals bred and kept in captivity if the environment is good, but it's disgraceful that anywhere still breeds white lions and tigers and tries to pass them off as rare and endangered, instead of massively inbred tourist attractions with a mass of health problems, which is the truth. For every one on display to the public, many more were euthanised because of deformities like cleft palette and spinal malformation. The American Zoological Association banned its member zoos from breeding them years ago.

    https://www.thedodo.com/truth-about-white-tiger-breeding-1492535969.html

    https://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

    Anyway, not to put a downer on the thread (sorry!), but just to give a fuller picture.
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 16th Mar 17, 8:49 AM
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    I won't go there (or even to The Mirage) for ethical reasons. I don't mind animals bred and kept in captivity if the environment is good, but it's disgraceful that anywhere still breeds white lions and tigers and tries to pass them off as rare and endangered, instead of massively inbred tourist attractions with a mass of health problems, which is the truth. For every one on display to the public, many more were euthanised because of deformities like cleft palette and spinal malformation. The American Zoological Association banned its member zoos from breeding them years ago.

    https://www.thedodo.com/truth-about-white-tiger-breeding-1492535969.html

    https://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

    Anyway, not to put a downer on the thread (sorry!), but just to give a fuller picture.
    Originally posted by Misty Blue

    so that's a "no" then?
    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 16th Mar 17, 8:53 AM
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    so that's a "no" then?
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    It's my personal viewpoint. I don't look to lecture anyone who chooses to go, just to provide the other side to the often pushed marketing hype about them being rare and endangered, and that we need to preserve them.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 16th Mar 17, 2:05 PM
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    Secret Garden at The Mirage...

    I'm struggling to spend my last MyVegas LPs (about 72k) on something we'd be interested in for our trip in a couple of weeks.

    We've already booked a BOGO for Aria dinner buffet and 2 tickets for Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

    Reviews of the Secret Garden never seem to be amazing, but we've never been in... worth doing if it's free?
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Someone on Trip Advisor complained that when they went, the animals were asleep Dunno if it was said tongue-in-cheek, but someone else did point out that Vegas in July is bl**dy hot
    Anyway, Myself and DH have been a few times. The first time was really good because we had a guide who told us all about the dolphins, which is the highlight.
    Other times, it's got to be a bit depressing (especially seeing the elephant they had) and they have those stupid hand held things you put to your ear - which I absolutely refuse to use because I always either end up with an ear infection from them, or someone has been using them to wipe snot or heck knows what on them. (I think it's Seigfried that tells you about the place but his accent is a bit hard to understand tbh.)
    Another big down side is that they now have those horrible photo shoot booths that you have to 'participate' in before they let you into see the animals. Those things are a PITA, they have them at LINQ as well, but, they refuse to take 'NO' for an answer. Another pet hate of mine.
    Still it's up to you if you want to go. The upside is that it will be free, so it might be worth a potter round.
    HTH
    Last edited by dontone; 16-03-2017 at 2:30 PM.
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    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th Mar 17, 4:11 PM
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    Taking the attention away from Animals...

    Did you guys know that there is an In 'n' Out burger joint on the strip, not sure if its by Oshea's, glanced over the article yesterday...
    That's my lunch sorted!
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Mar 17, 4:17 PM
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    Taking the attention away from Animals...

    Did you guys know that there is an In 'n' Out burger joint on the strip, not sure if its by Oshea's, glanced over the article yesterday...
    That's my lunch sorted!
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    yep

    it is on the Linq promenadee somewhere
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 16th Mar 17, 7:03 PM
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    According to the Review & Journal The Gun Store has filed for bankruptcy
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th Mar 17, 8:54 PM
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    WHAT !!!!!!! Thats my fave gun store (granted i not been to the others!)
    Daaaaaaam
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
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