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Old 02-14-2013, 08:28 AM
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Anybody here that knows Vegas? I'm looking into hotels and I don't have a clue on what's good and not. Al the hotels/casinos seems to have around the same rating at Tripadvisor.

I'm willing to pay around 300-400 USD a night for accommodation for two persons. Where do I get the best Vegas experience for the money? I've looked at Encore and Cosmopolitan, are those good choices?
Book directly from the resorts. There may be specials during the summer hot months. I know there are more expensive hotels than the Treasure Island, but I like the price and the location. It's right in the center of the Strip. If you play your cards right, you can get a fantastic view from a high Strip facing room without upgrading. Tell the check in people it's your first time there, from Sweden, etc.... Slipping a $20 to him is not necessary.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:56 AM
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I have been to the US several times and studied a semester at collage in New England. But still I really don’t understand how the American tipping culture works. Can you help me out?
In my experience, just ask them. People are pretty much honest about when when it's customary to receive tips and not.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:26 AM
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Anybody here that knows Vegas? I'm looking into hotels and I don't have a clue on what's good and not. Al the hotels/casinos seems to have around the same rating at Tripadvisor.

I'm willing to pay around 300-400 USD a night for accommodation for two persons. Where do I get the best Vegas experience for the money? I've looked at Encore and Cosmopolitan, are those good choices?
we live 90 minute flight from Vegas and used to go every year - it's been 4 years since our last trip until LAST WEEK - we were at Caesar's Palace for a convention - we've stayed at Caesar's twice before.

This time was wanted to be in the Palace tower for convenience for the convention - ie, less walking.

I used hotels.com to book - the room was an average of $241 a night - the palace tower is their mid-priced tower.... had I booked it earlier (7 days earlier) - the average rate would have been $196, but mrs wyb told me to wait - when I asked her if I should book it - she told me she only needed me to wait until the next day, so our card billing cycle had rolled over... doh... that extra wait cost us $100 for 2 nights... grr...


Anyway - I'd heard about the $20 trick - or "sandwich trick" - when checking in, put a $20 between your credit card and drivers license - and read that at Caesar's people had a lot of luck with upgrade.

So I tried it - it's only $20 right?

She offered us a grand suite in a different tower, or a petite suite in the Palace tower - we took the "small" one in the same tower we originally wanted... it was a NICE room - large room, two bathrooms, large walk-through shower with dual heads/controls - huge jacuzzi - it was a great room and a very good $20 spend to get it. Could I have got the upgrade just for asking without the $20 - who knows... maybe... I don't care... $20 *well spent* in my opinion.

We do like the shows - but this was a flying visit - conference was Monday PM, Tuesday, Wednesday - we flew in Monday AM early - left 7:30 Wednesday - not even staying for the entire closing reception... just long enough to find out where next year's conference is... I never even stayed to see if I won anything from the draws they do at closing reception (but I did get an iPad mini from one of our suppliers in a business card drop-in)...

We're probably headed back to Vegas in the fall... just a 3-day visit - I don't like Vegas for longer than that... you WALK A LOT in LV.... and you tend to get up early, stay up late - it's a tiring "vacation" in our experience... and the place itself is pricey to eat and drink in.

A friend to flies his plane from AZ to Las Vegas every 3 weeks says that the website LasVegasAdvisor.com is worth the joining fee.

But from what I understand, he never pays for hotels - but instead uses his SPG Platinum Amex points for free nights in SPG properties (I guess owning a plane means a lot of fuel and maintenance - and a lot of points on his card).

Personally - we always stay in those "middle priced" hotels - $175-$250 a night - you'll easily blow the extra $100 on meals and drinks - book at least 3 weeks out and you can get great deals on hotels.com and other websites... oh - one more thing...

Hotels.com will price match. I use hotels.com because every 10 nights we get a free night - but I could get the same room on Amex Travel for almost $20 a night less:

https://travel.americanexpress.com/home

Took a screenshot - saved to jpeg - send to Hotels.com - got a refund of the extra I p[aid back to my card overnight... yes, Amex Travel requires an Amex - but I paid for my Hotels.com res. with Amex - so OBVIOUSLY I could have used that site to get the room!

Lot of options and lots of opinions about Las Vegas - I hope mine helps a little...
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Wow, thanks a lot everybody for all the recommendations! But it sure didn't make it any easier. I guess hotels in Vegas is like burger chains, everybody has their favorite. The "sandwich trick" is something I've heard about but never tried.

We are going to Vegas in May so I guess that we don't need to book right now.

Our plan is to stay only for three nights. Nor me or my wife are "resort people" And while we both like gambling, casinos are nothing new (we go 3-4 times a year) and to be honest I'm more of a "horse racing-type". But it's going to be nice to see Vegas and especially eat good and I'm going to have an open mind. When it comes to shows it really depends. We will see if there is anything interested running.

BTW, wyb: Did you find a bottle of Purity?

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Wow, thanks a lot everybody for all the recommendations! But it sure didn't make it any easier. I guess hotels in Vegas is like burger chains, everybody has their favorite. The "sandwich trick" is something I've heard about but never tried.

We are going to Vegas in May so I guess that we don't need to book right now.

Our plan is to stay only for three nights. Nor me or my wife are "resort people" And while we both like gambling, casinos are nothing new (we go 3-4 times a year) and to be honest I'm more of a "horse racing-type". But it's going to be nice to see Vegas and especially eat good and I'm going to have an open mind. When it comes to shows it really depends. We will see if there is anything interested running.

BTW, wyb: Did you find a bottle of Purity?

khovik: Tack! Är du norsk eller dansk?
In the end we didn't have time - I thought we would have time Monday AM - but Mrs wyb arranged for us to meet a supplier who took us to brunch, then before you know it, we're into conference time and each day from 8AM until 11:30 we're being wined and dined... so I'm going to ask my favorite liquor guy to get a case - he'll get it if his distributor has it...
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OK, you are going to get my real opinion about Las Vegas. I use to take my high school exchange students to Las Vegas when they were here, therefore, I went every year, for at least 10 years in a roll, to see the flashing neon lights on the Strips. Yes, it was impressive. To me, LV is a dismal place full of losers, or cheapskates looking for hotel and food and entertainment deals. I hated the casinos where the people played blackjack or the roulette, each trying to impress each other. I don't think I've lost more than $20, only because I may have had a few bills in my pocket in those 10 years I was there. I prefer to go to Hoover Dam or as far as the Grand Canyon. OK, I hope there are enough people who share my opinion so I don't have to put on my flame suit.
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