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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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    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 20th Apr 17, 12:27 PM
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    Now that's the kind of win/loss statement I would like!
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    I'm sure it won't be the same this trip. Vegas folklore seems to dictate that you have one good trip, one bad. Our first trip in 2014 was a bad one, with no wins bigger than about $200. Last trip was very good, so I'm expecting this one to be a shocker.
    • Lee399
    • By Lee399 20th Apr 17, 1:02 PM
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    Update on Romance package. I got an email today, but it is to cancel the package for 29th April. I still have heard nothing regarding tomorrow's package. I'm planning to go there and see what happens. It will be a pain if they have only cancelled one of my bookings and I have to fight for the other.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Did you have any luck redeeming the Romance package?
    • Seldom Seen Kid
    • By Seldom Seen Kid 20th Apr 17, 3:17 PM
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    TC has some cheap May flights.
    13th to 20th is £310.00 a person.
    • photome
    • By photome 20th Apr 17, 7:44 PM
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    I'm sure it won't be the same this trip. Vegas folklore seems to dictate that you have one good trip, one bad. Our first trip in 2014 was a bad one, with no wins bigger than about $200. Last trip was very good, so I'm expecting this one to be a shocker.
    Originally posted by Misty Blue
    I wish I had some faith in the folklore you speak of

    In something like 17 trips I think I have had one good trip, a few mediocre and the rest poor when it comes to gambling
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 20th Apr 17, 9:12 PM
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    ::: Romance Package from Expedia....
    Short Story:
    You get free entry into the Wax musuem, so thats a bonus. I said a few words to Expedia in an email, so they gave me a £25 credit towards hotel bookings....
    If you had booked 3 tickets, u get 3 entries to the musuem, so overall, not bad at all !
    • photome
    • By photome 21st Apr 17, 3:54 PM
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    anyone been to the lion habitat

    http://lionhabitatranch.org/
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 21st Apr 17, 7:49 PM
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    Rio goes all-inclusive! Sort of...

    https://www.vegasbright.com/2017/04/21/rio-las-vegas-rolls-out-all-inclusive-concept/
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Apr 17, 8:24 AM
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    Did you have any luck redeeming the Romance package?
    Originally posted by Lee399
    Yes. The one on 8th April was still live in my Expedia account, so I asked to speak to a supervisor. We had to wait for about half an hour for her to turn up, but result was because I hadn't been refunded and could show the live booking, we got the full deal.

    Their instructions were that everyone with the package up to and including 7th April could be processed because it was too late for the refund. I proved I didn't have a refund on 8th April so she gave me all the vouchers. They were a bit odd because the date was wrong, but the meal went though perfectly and only one person on the high roller queried the date. She asked me where I got them, I told her Expedia, and she shrugged and let us on.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Apr 17, 8:26 AM
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    ::: Romance Package from Expedia....
    Short Story:
    You get free entry into the Wax musuem, so thats a bonus. I said a few words to Expedia in an email, so they gave me a £25 credit towards hotel bookings....
    If you had booked 3 tickets, u get 3 entries to the musuem, so overall, not bad at all !
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    Don't forget you got a refund too, so museum, wax hand and free drink are totally free.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 22nd Apr 17, 8:28 AM
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    anyone been to the lion habitat

    http://lionhabitatranch.org/
    Originally posted by photome
    We haven't, but might go later next week if my dad feels up to it. I know a couple of people who have visited and they said they enjoyed it.
    • Chyna-s
    • By Chyna-s 22nd Apr 17, 8:49 AM
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    We go to the Lion habitat every trip. It's a fabulous place to visit and you have to meet Bentley �� Ozzy the Giraffe is sweet too
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 22nd Apr 17, 8:56 AM
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    We are thinking of going to when we are there in the summer, glad people seem to enjoy it.
    • lizzielie
    • By lizzielie 22nd Apr 17, 2:59 PM
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    Another vote for the Lion Habitat! Loved the place, and if you go, make sure to speak to the staff. Some amazing stories they have to tell. We missed the exit to the habitat, but if you do, don't panic, as the next exit also gets you there very easy.

    On the topic of animals, I bought the groupon for Keepers of the wild - Anyone been there? Is it worth the drive?

    32 days until we're leaving, and finally starting the planning in earnest! And for the first time, I have created a spreadsheet with our activities.. Not sure if that will work out better or not, but worth a shot
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 24th Apr 17, 2:16 AM
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    Well well well, checked into Platinum today and who is in the room next to us, non other than pebblesmax!
    Originally posted by stoneman
    It was good to catch up with you both again.
    • photome
    • By photome 24th Apr 17, 6:43 AM
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    Another vote for the Lion Habitat! Loved the place, and if you go, make sure to speak to the staff. Some amazing stories they have to tell. We missed the exit to the habitat, but if you do, don't panic, as the next exit also gets you there very easy.

    On the topic of animals, I bought the groupon for Keepers of the wild - Anyone been there? Is it worth the drive?

    32 days until we're leaving, and finally starting the planning in earnest! And for the first time, I have created a spreadsheet with our activities.. Not sure if that will work out better or not, but worth a shot
    Originally posted by lizzielie
    Thanks
    I always do a spreadsheet, mainly so I know when to checkout/check in to the various hotels.

    I also plan some meals but mostly just put a list of eateries and places to go

    lionhabitat is on the list
    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 25th Apr 17, 12:23 PM
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    We don't travel until August but I'm already thinking about a possible trip next year!

    Has anyone stayed at Mandalay Bay/The Delano, and if so was there much/any airport noise? I like the look of The Delano but we've only ever stayed at City Center so not sure about being so far at one end of The Strip.
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 25th Apr 17, 12:32 PM
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    I'll do my trip report in bits, as i write them if that's ok! First up...

    HOTELS
    Palazzo - Luxury Suite 1 bed, 28th floor, 3 nights 7-10 April, looking out over Wynn golf course. Our first stay here and it is a great property. Preferred it to the Venetian as it's just that little calmer. The pool area is the best, really comfy padded loungers, plenty of sunshine, lots of different areas to choose from. It seems to be standard now, but no robes, coffee machine or fridge in the room. Didn't try the $20 trick as we were checking in about 11am, so just wanted a room - fortunately one was ready. Late check out (1pm instead of 11am) was complimentary, 2pm 4pm or 6pm was available for a charge (don't​ know how much).

    Vdara - City Corner Suite, 27th floor, 3 nights 10-13 April, upgraded at no cost to a City Panoramic Suite. Bagged a free upgrade! Didn't ask for it, wasn't offered it, just had a nice chat with the girl on the desk, who said nothing, when we got to the room we thought "this is bigger than we thought!". So the room was on the end of the building, with three of the four sides being windows. You could see uninterrupted views from the Luxor, the mountains, following the i15 northbound to the back of the Bellagio (could JUST see the lake!). And of course it comes with a washer and a dryer

    Both have huge comfortable beds, very relaxing spacious rooms. I'd happily stay in them again.

    If the Vdara could have the Palazzo's pool, that would be the perfect combination! Vdara is such a nice relaxing property, amazing rooms, so much space and great location. Its pool is good, but not great, especially if you're a sunseeker and an early riser. There's only a handful of perfect loungers.
    Last edited by secretmachines; 25-04-2017 at 12:50 PM.
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 25th Apr 17, 12:49 PM
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    I just had an email to say my MyVegas reward for two tickets to the Shark Reef Aquarium was due to expire, either book it or cancel.

    Well, I used this reward a few weeks ago! So I went into the app, cancelled it in my wallet, and had 60k LPs returned to my account

    Might be worth checking your MyVegas wallet for any rewards you have redeemed, but the system hasn't updated!
    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 25th Apr 17, 1:04 PM
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    I just had an email to say my MyVegas reward for two tickets to the Shark Reef Aquarium was due to expire, either book it or cancel.

    Well, I used this reward a few weeks ago! So I went into the app, cancelled it in my wallet, and had 60k LPs returned to my account

    Might be worth checking your MyVegas wallet for any rewards you have redeemed, but the system hasn't updated!
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    This happened to me with Tender from the Luxor in 2014, but I never did get the LPs back, it wouldn't let me. Then eventually it just switched to 'Expired' even though I redeemed it.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 25th Apr 17, 3:59 PM
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    We don't travel until August but I'm already thinking about a possible trip next year!

    Has anyone stayed at Mandalay Bay/The Delano, and if so was there much/any airport noise? I like the look of The Delano but we've only ever stayed at City Center so not sure about being so far at one end of The Strip.
    Originally posted by Misty Blue

    Mrs Stevie and I booked to stay at Mandalay Bay (MB) last December, on arrival I was offered upgrade to a Delano suite. From what I read I would have been happy with MB but the upgrade was too good to miss and was well worth it. Lovely suite separate living room, large bedroom and bathroom. Bathroom even had a tv . Separate cloakroom if main bathroom was busy. We were on about 20th floor and overlooked MB and part of the airport, could see planes coming and going but didn't really notice any noise from the room. Of course if you are outside or round the pool you will hear the aircraft noise form there more than further mid strip. The pool was not open in Dec so noise didn't bother us.

    I would definitely recommend Delano, although separate from MB it is a couple of minutes walk to the main MB casino floor. We have booked our trip again for Dec and hope to get the Delano again.

    Oh don't forget complimentary champagne at the Delano bar between 7 and 8 each evening.
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