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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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    • photome
    • By photome 16th Jul 17, 3:01 PM
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    Last time I visited (Dec 16) I used Treasure Island parking, is that now chargeable?
    Originally posted by stevie11
    I think it's still free there
    • dontone
    • By dontone 16th Jul 17, 3:11 PM
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    Last time I visited (Dec 16) I used Treasure Island parking, is that now chargeable?
    Originally posted by stevie11
    When we went last year, the free ones we found were - Venetian (where we stayed), Tropicana, SLS (which we were told you had to pay and it wasn't true), Circus, Circus & Stratosphere.
    Cheap parking Downtown was just off Freemont Street - Think it's the Main Street Station car park, and it was $3 all day.
    Luxor charged us about $6 for about 3 hours Although I'm sure I saw a sign there (could have been Excalibur, but it was deffo one of those at he bottom of the Strip) that said that if you stayed there you got your parking refunded.
    I don't think half of them know what to charge - nothing preferably
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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 16th Jul 17, 3:56 PM
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    Cheap parking Downtown was just off Freemont Street - Think it's the Main Street Station car park, and it was $3 all day.
    Originally posted by dontone
    Thanks dontone. We stayed at the Palms and Delano on our last visit. Palms beig off srip was free parking but Delano charged $10 a day but you were allowed to park at all the hotels from that group.

    $3 all day that is good. Whenever we go downtown in the car it's usually after 8pm and many of the side roads are free after that time.
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 16th Jul 17, 4:03 PM
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    Any recommendations for off strip buffets please?
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Jul 17, 4:38 PM
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    When we went last year, the free ones we found were - Venetian (where we stayed), Tropicana, SLS (which we were told you had to pay and it wasn't true), Circus, Circus & Stratosphere.
    Cheap parking Downtown was just off Freemont Street - Think it's the Main Street Station car park, and it was $3 all day.
    Luxor charged us about $6 for about 3 hours Although I'm sure I saw a sign there (could have been Excalibur, but it was deffo one of those at he bottom of the Strip) that said that if you stayed there you got your parking refunded.
    I don't think half of them know what to charge - nothing preferably
    Originally posted by dontone
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    Main Street used to free all day with validation (claim your $3back)in Main Street casino, they have now put barriers and pay machines in $5 a day with no refunds and $10 a day fri and sat
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Jul 17, 4:39 PM
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    Any recommendations for off strip buffets please?
    Originally posted by gracie10
    How far off strip do you want to travel and what price range
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 16th Jul 17, 6:29 PM
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    Off strip buffets that spring to mind

    Green Valley Ranch & Red Rock - similar buffet and very good
    Sunset Station - a little cheaper and pretty good
    Orleans/Gold Coast - similar and decent, shuttle from back of Linq
    M resort - well liked, but I don't care for it personally
    Other stations - Santa Fe, Boulder, Texas, Palace etc (not great, but hearty food and really good value)
    Rio - very good but not cheap

    I used to like the buffet at the Hilton, plus it included beer and wine. Not sure if it still does, now that it's the Westgate?

    There must be others, but those are the ones I've been to most. Shame there aren't all the myVegas deals on the stations and GVR/RR this year.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 16th Jul 17, 6:34 PM
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    Booked our car for a week while we're there in September, so that's us pretty much organised. Not too worried about parking charges, as we rarely park on the strip. We tend to use the car to go out and about off strip.

    I've been looking at myVegas rewards, now that we're within 90 days even of the end of our trip. I had been waiting for Wolfgang Puck at 60 days, but they've just changed the rewards. They also now seem to allow pizza and pasta at all of them, which is good news. Entrees aren't really any good to us as vegetarians.

    I've got Wolfgang Puck Summerlin and Cucina so far. Still considering adding Spago or the MGM one. Any thoughts? I know MGM one is supposedly closed for a month just now though.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Jul 17, 6:50 PM
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    Any recommendations for off strip buffets please?
    Originally posted by gracie10
    What are your preferred on strip buffets? That might help with recommendations.
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 16th Jul 17, 9:05 PM
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    Looking for somewhere to have a breakfast to keep us going before the drive from Vegas to Palm Springs. That's why I was thinking quick buffet off strip. We are back in Vegas the following week, somewhere reasonably cheap is fine!
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 16th Jul 17, 9:07 PM
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    What are your preferred on strip buffets? That might help with recommendations.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Have been to mirage, planet Hollywood, harrahs,wicked spoon and Orleans in the past.
    • koloko
    • By koloko 16th Jul 17, 11:13 PM
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    The Great Vegas Rip-Off

    The Orleans hotel resort fee; a non-optional $20.33 per day ($142.32 for the week)




    • Complimentary in room wifi (I brought a data package with me)
    • Unlimited Local calls (like why)
    • In-Room coffee (actually true)
    • Fitness centre (2 bikes and a running machine)
    • In room safe (never saw it)
    • Shuttle service (didn't need it, was playing poker in the Rio)
    • Access to the business center (two macs in a corridor)
    Last edited by koloko; 17-07-2017 at 1:23 AM.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 17th Jul 17, 12:17 AM
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    We have used The Orleans hotel many times over the years when in Vegas,and will be doing so again in October.
    While I am the same as everyone else in loathing the resort fee at least the Orleans provides me with a few things we always need.
    In room wifi has always been acceptable for us,we always use the safe for valuables and on most occasions use the shuttles to and from the strip.

    Also at $20.33 a day it is still a bit cheaper than strip hotels.
    Throw in the fact that you can get a great buffet breakfast each morning for $10, and usually get a cheap room rate anyway,it is still one of our favourite go to hotels while in Vegas.
    • koloko
    • By koloko 17th Jul 17, 1:24 AM
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    Maybe just me but I thought the Orleans buffet was bland and tasteless. There's a Dennys 3 minutes walk up the road, though in honesty all I want is a banana and apple for breakfast when I want to focus for the day.

    Also "complimentary" in room wifi, which you pay for, shouldn't be (1) capped below 1MB/s and (2) capped at 3 devices. I connected my ipad, iphone and laptop and then was asked to pay more to connect anything else. In 2017 the average couple will have more than 3 devices to connect
    Last edited by koloko; 17-07-2017 at 1:27 AM.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 17th Jul 17, 5:54 AM
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    Maybe just me but I thought the Orleans buffet was bland and tasteless. There's a Dennys 3 minutes walk up the road, though in honesty all I want is a banana and apple for breakfast when I want to focus for the day.

    Also "complimentary" in room wifi, which you pay for, shouldn't be (1) capped below 1MB/s and (2) capped at 3 devices. I connected my ipad, iphone and laptop and then was asked to pay more to connect anything else. In 2017 the average couple will have more than 3 devices to connect
    Originally posted by koloko
    Orleans buffet is better than Denny's imho. At least you can get your money's worth in drinks if you don't like the food.

    For wifi, Strip hotels are twice the price and less devices. Most are slower speeds too. At least Orleans lets you know in advance of the charge. Many places don't.
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Jul 17, 6:59 AM
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    The Great Vegas Rip-Off

    The Orleans hotel resort fee; a non-optional $20.33 per day ($142.32 for the week)




    • Complimentary in room wifi (I brought a data package with me)
    • Unlimited Local calls (like why)
    • In-Room coffee (actually true)
    • Fitness centre (2 bikes and a running machine)
    • In room safe (never saw it)
    • Shuttle service (didn't need it, was playing poker in the Rio)
    • Access to the business center (two macs in a corridor)
    Originally posted by koloko
    I always used to stay at Orleans and get all those things for free and as I posted earlier the squeezing of everything sucks

    but

    1, many dont have a data package
    2,I often use the local calls for restaurant bookings
    3,
    4,I have never used a gym in Vegas
    5,I always use the room safe
    6, shuttle goes to the Rio
    7,I have printed boarding cards in the business centre


    I also think the Orleans buffet is better than Dennys, IMO almost anything is better than Dennys
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Jul 17, 7:07 AM
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    Have been to mirage, planet Hollywood, harrahs,wicked spoon and Orleans in the past.
    Originally posted by gracie10
    the direction you are going I would try South point $8.95 with a players card , i havent been but I think breakfast is much of a muchness and the cheaper ones all do the job like the $5 ones at the stations (with a card)

    or a steak and eggs breakfast at Ellis Island
    • dontone
    • By dontone 17th Jul 17, 9:04 AM
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    .

    Main Street used to free all day with validation (claim your $3back)in Main Street casino, they have now put barriers and pay machines in $5 a day with no refunds and $10 a day fri and sat
    Originally posted by photome
    So the lady with the bright green nail polish who served at the kiosk is no longer there? Shame, she was a nice lady.
    They are slowing pricing us out aren't they?
    If you are actually staying in a hotel that has car park charges, can you claim that back?
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    • Lovetotravel
    • By Lovetotravel 17th Jul 17, 9:25 AM
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    Please report back, and have a great trip I've just had a baby so interested to hear how Vegas with kids goes!
    Originally posted by vanilla8
    We've taken my nephew and niece to Vegas numerous times, there's loads to do with them, they particularly love the kids science museum downtown and going into Circus Circus.

    You just can't stop in the casinos, you're welcome to walk through but you're not allowed to stop or loiter!
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 17th Jul 17, 12:08 PM
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    the direction you are going I would try South point $8.95 with a players card , i havent been but I think breakfast is much of a muchness and the cheaper ones all do the job like the $5 ones at the stations (with a card)

    or a steak and eggs breakfast at Ellis Island
    Originally posted by photome

    I can vouch for both South Point and Ellis Island. Having stayed at South Point a few times. IMO due to the off strip location this is hotel is missed by many, it has a lot going for it and offers great value. Ellis Island another stop on my trip but usually in the evening.
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