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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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    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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    • photome
    • By photome 12th Jun 17, 5:35 PM
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    Has anyone had any experience with going with children. Most rooms are double occupancy only, I was wondering if anyone has tried booking the room for 2 adults but been able to check in as 2 adults & 2 children.
    We have never taken them before as they stayed with grandparents but looking at going for a few days after a Disney trip, our son would love to see it in real life
    Originally posted by kroberts
    Lots of times, only with one son but we always booked a 2 queen room (2 double beds) for 2 adults and never mentioned son was with us, no need to check the kids in.

    Of course you can book a 2 queen room for 4 ( as they sleep 4) but you will most likely get charged extra for the other 2.

    there are exeptions , some hotels allow free kids up to 12 years old but not so many in vegas these days, I know the MGM group used to but not sure any more.

    Another option is to get a rollaway when you are there some hotels charge some dont (ask housekeeping once you get to your room), the rollaways are comfortable as they have a full size single mattress on them


    there is one more added complication in that if you book a 2 queen room for 2 adults you are not gteed to get one , they may put you in a king room ( 2 rollaways would then be required)
    • gymbo
    • By gymbo 12th Jun 17, 6:46 PM
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    Hi, going to Vegas in a couple of weeks and we are hoping to hire a car for a couple of days. We're staying at the Bellagio and would appreciate any advice as to whether it's best to pre book before we go or wait till we're there. Thank you
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 12th Jun 17, 7:05 PM
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    Hi, going to Vegas in a couple of weeks and we are hoping to hire a car for a couple of days. We're staying at the Bellagio and would appreciate any advice as to whether it's best to pre book before we go or wait till we're there. Thank you
    Originally posted by gymbo
    Pre booking is the way to go. Lots of info on the first few pages.
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 12th Jun 17, 7:55 PM
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    Taking our girls for the 3rd time this summer, they will be 12 and 9. We always book a queen room and then one of us will go and check in so no need to check the kids in. Only issue we have this year is we have breakast included at the encore, obviously that will just be for the two of us so not quite sure how to work that one yet?!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Jun 17, 10:11 PM
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    I just come back, had step-daughter with us....
    Had a rollaway bed (roll crib as MGM resorts call it) in Monte Carlo... Housekeeping dont issue the beds, u get transfered to Front desk, so u cant escape the charge (although i got the rate down to $15+ tax a night, it was irrelivant as i get my charges waived)....

    Luxor we had queen suite, so 2 big beds....

    Dont mention kids at any MGM hotel check-in, they like to add $35 a night when there is a 3rd person in the room... tip housekeeping for extra towels !
    • lous
    • By lous 14th Jun 17, 6:38 PM
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    How did you find the Luxor? It's on my shortlist.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th Jun 17, 10:05 AM
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    I like the luxor a lot...
    Stayed there 4 times now, had standard Queen, Pyramid Suite and the Luxury Suite.
    All 3 rooms are good and good size too (lux suite is separate bedroom).


    Reasons why we like it, is because of the VIP pool. And just the pools in general.
    • dannodw
    • By dannodw 16th Jun 17, 8:40 PM
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    Hi all, quick question.

    Currently planning and booking what will be my second trip for November. It'll be 3 of us this time sharing a double queen room.

    When doing some hotel quotes with 2 people in that room the prices are a good wedge cheaper than if booking with 3 people. My question is can you get away with booking for two adults and having 3 in the room?

    Oh and whilst I'm here, is 4 hotels for a two week stay a bit OTT?

    Haven't been since 2015 but have managed to book 3 nights at the MGM and 3 nights at the Bellagio, all fully comped bar the resort fees. Was going to book 4 nights at The Linq and and trying to working out the remaining hotel having not ruled out downtown yet if any one has suggestions!

    Just realised, this isn't a quick question!! Thanks in advance though.
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 17th Jun 17, 7:52 AM
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    We arrived in Vegas yesterday.

    We were disappointed that all the lounges at Manchester were full. That's the problem with priority pass, you can't pre-book so have to take a chance. We were fairly late getting to the airport though so didn't have much time to use up.

    Flight with Virgin was good, as ever. Unusually, despite having an absolute idiot on the plane giving the cabin crew grief they didn't stop serving alcohol. This meant I drank more than I ever have on a flight (still only five drinks total, I'm not exactly Oliver Reed!) and slept a lot. Was very satisfying, when we landed, to hear the pilot giving aforementioned idiot a telling off over the tannoy and then see him marched off the plane by security.

    We used Uber for the first time from the airport to the hotel - just as easy as everyone said, we'll definitely be using them on the return.

    Arrived at Palazzo around 3:30 I think, no line at check-in. I asked about a late check-out and as reported by SecretMachines extending it to 1pm was complimentary - those two hours will make a big difference on Sunday. Our suite is just gorgeous, I don't think photos do it justice; everything is perfect and we have a lovely view over the Wynn golf course towards the mountains.

    Last night we ate at Blondies (Groupon). The food was decent (I had blackened salmon and broccoli, hubs had a pizza) and with two cokes the bill, excluding tip, was just under the value of the Groupon - $50 - brilliant value as the Groupon cost I think $10 with a code. I wouldn't eat there again though, far too loud and a bit rough around the edges.

    Today we had breakfast at the Spice Market buffet (Travelzoo) and just had dinner at Grand Lux (paid full price - shocker!). Spice Market was good, we usually eat there at least once each trip. Really impressed with Grand Lux, beautiful restaurant, great service, lovely food and excellent value.

    Suffering with Vegas nose this trip so I've just been to buy saline spray from Walgreens, now settling in and watching Jimmy Fallon before bed.

    Will try to post something every few days as I'm rubbish at getting around to writing full reports. Night all x
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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 17th Jun 17, 8:12 AM
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    Wow, good luck to anyone out there in that weather! Upto 47C and 30C at midnight!
    • englandcrew
    • By englandcrew 17th Jun 17, 11:45 PM
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    Hi all,
    Love this thread.

    I have always wanted to go Vegas and have been saving for years. I plan on going May 2018 with my wife.

    I have been reading and taking notes from the thread but would like some advice please.

    I will be downloading the myVegas app, gives me plenty of time to build up.
    Is there anything else I should download now?

    I have checked flights with virgin and they are £800 each roughly or they do hotel and flights for around £1200 staying at the Bellagio.
    Do you guys normally book flights and hotels separately? I have checked hotels and they seem expensive and work out a lot more if doing them separately. Is there any tips to finding cheaper rooms? When would you look to book?

    Is five nights enough for a first time?

    Thanks in advance.
    • markh1965
    • By markh1965 18th Jun 17, 12:12 AM
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    Went to vegas last year for first time by virgin.flights and hotel.stayed at luxor.we done our own thing and enjoyed it so much going back this year.
    • markh1965
    • By markh1965 18th Jun 17, 12:15 AM
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    Forget to mention we stayed there for ten days and still missed out on a lot
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 18th Jun 17, 1:08 AM
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    Hi all,
    Love this thread.

    I have always wanted to go Vegas and have been saving for years. I plan on going May 2018 with my wife.

    I have been reading and taking notes from the thread but would like some advice please.

    I will be downloading the myVegas app, gives me plenty of time to build up.
    Is there anything else I should download now?

    I have checked flights with virgin and they are £800 each roughly or they do hotel and flights for around £1200 staying at the Bellagio.
    Do you guys normally book flights and hotels separately? I have checked hotels and they seem expensive and work out a lot more if doing them separately. Is there any tips to finding cheaper rooms? When would you look to book?

    Is five nights enough for a first time?

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    Start MyVEGAS asap. It's not a patch on what it used to be, but is worth a few free things.

    Have you read the first page? It think it has advice on package v diy. We always do diy, but the next trip will be our 27th. There is a lot of good advice on page one. Read it and get back with specific questions.

    Enjoy.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 18th Jun 17, 9:13 AM
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    Hi all,
    Love this thread.

    I have always wanted to go Vegas and have been saving for years. I plan on going May 2018 with my wife.

    I have been reading and taking notes from the thread but would like some advice please.



    Is five nights enough for a first time?

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by englandcrew
    hi
    i would also make a list of *things to do* and try work on that aspect.also as pebblesmax has said about the first page, remeber to get your esta( theres a link on the first page) and of course there are the dreaded resort fees,which are an added exspense and are often paid when checking in-out so beware of that ( it is like $35 per night per room)
    if you use a search engine to see whats happening in vegas when you are going? there might be like someone famous singing someone in vegas. last year when we were there britney spears was at plannet hollywood i think- but you never know someone you like-your wife may like may be there when you go.
    we saw david copperfield when we were here last year which we felt it was great
    we also did the linq big wheel(the proper name escapes me at the moment !!!) but it was great for getting pics!!
    also the feemont street exsperince was fab( we went to the mob musuem before we went and is a few mins walk from freemont street)
    but as i said it depends what you-your wife are instreted in- but i think like alot (maybe most?) first timmers you come back and think god i wanna go back- my brother and I came back and witihn 24hours i was on at my brother to book up again !!
    hope this helps
    kind regards
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 18th Jun 17, 9:37 AM
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    Vegas

    Last night we ate at Blondies (Groupon). The food was decent (I had blackened salmon and broccoli, hubs had a pizza) and with two cokes the bill, excluding tip, was just under the value of the Groupon - $50 - brilliant value as the Groupon cost I think $10 with a code. I wouldn't eat there again though, far too loud and a bit rough around the edges.

    Today we had breakfast at the Spice Market buffet (Travelzoo) and just had dinner at Grand Lux (paid full price - shocker!). Spice Market was good, we usually eat there at least once each trip. Really impressed with Grand Lux, beautiful restaurant, great service, lovely food and excellent value.
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    I also have that Blondie's groupon, purchased with a 50% off code so maybe the same deal.

    I also just bought Gaetano's on Living Social for about $14, and Pure Indian $30 spend for $11.20 on Living Social too. There's a 20% code SUMMER20 in case it's of any use to anyone.

    We bought the Fizz one on a deal recently too.

    Planet Hollywood, we also usually do, but notice that the deals don't include drinks this time around. Anyone know the cost of a drinks bump, we could perhaps use some of our Total Rewards points for the bump. I also somehow thought I once saw an advert for buying a bottle of their 'champagne' quite cheap. Can anyone confirm if this is still the case and the price?
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 18th Jun 17, 10:15 PM
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    I also have that Blondie's groupon, purchased with a 50% off code so maybe the same deal.

    I also just bought Gaetano's on Living Social for about $14, and Pure Indian $30 spend for $11.20 on Living Social too. There's a 20% code SUMMER20 in case it's of any use to anyone.

    We bought the Fizz one on a deal recently too.

    Planet Hollywood, we also usually do, but notice that the deals don't include drinks this time around. Anyone know the cost of a drinks bump, we could perhaps use some of our Total Rewards points for the bump. I also somehow thought I once saw an advert for buying a bottle of their 'champagne' quite cheap. Can anyone confirm if this is still the case and the price?
    Originally posted by lesley74
    Didn't spot the price of the drinks bump sorry but the breakfast deal on Travel zoo includes a champagne, mimosa or beer each
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    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 19th Jun 17, 3:05 AM
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    Moved hotels today, it took 50 minutes from leaving our room at the Palazzo to walking into our new room at Mirage - absolutely brilliant! Really surprised we were able to check in so early here, was expecting to need to leave our cases at the bell desk for a few hours. Lovely woman on the check in desk here, we didn't make any requests about the room and she didn't say anything but she gave us a corner room so we've got views of the mountains (my favourite Vegas view) and of TI and the Wynn
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 19th Jun 17, 12:25 PM
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    For those that read my Trip Report:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5571164&page=46


    Well, That issue I had with MoneyCorp at the beginning of the trip being really useless and not giving me my money..........
    End result, they put £50 in my bank as a good will gesture for messing my order up. As much as I would slate that company at the time for being not very good, this gesture has changed my opinion a lot, so its safe to say:
    MoneyCorp are still a good currency firm to deal with in the Airports (Pre-ordered).
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 21st Jun 17, 9:30 AM
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    Anyone in Vegas at the moment ?
    if so, u lucky lucky peeps!!! I read it reached 47c yesterday !!!!!
    I remember that temp for 1 day from last year, pool time every 15 minutes as toooooo hot !
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