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Erasmus
07-20-10, 10:36 PM
Wife and I are looking to stay in Vegas Thursday-Monday in October for our anniversary. We've stayed at The Hotel, Mandalay, Paris and The Venetian. We're thinking of Aria this time - any recommendations? Anyone stayed there or have somewhere else for us to try? We're not huge gamblers, just enjoy the time away from kids and like the atmosphere and people-watching.

Red Dog
07-21-10, 09:02 AM
Never been to Aria - it's pretty new. If you have the money, you could try Encore or Wynn.

Vipper II
07-21-10, 01:40 PM
If money's not of the utmost concern, then The Bellagio would be pretty darn good.

Red Dog
07-21-10, 01:51 PM
If mid-strip location is important, then Bellagio is fine (although Aria is next door), but I think the rooms at Encore/Wynn are far superior.

El Scorcho
07-21-10, 02:25 PM
go with Aria.

though you're going to have to tell us what your interests besides not gambling and people-watching -- both of which you could do at any hotel

Erasmus
07-21-10, 03:18 PM
We'll do some shows, eat at some nice restaurants, hang out at the pool, those kinds of things.

El Scorcho
07-21-10, 05:24 PM
Mandalay Bay has the best pool in Vegas, several reviews say

Aria's up towards the top, Caesars is, MGM is

Aria would probably be your best spot because it has access to an assload of casinos nearby within a short walking distance that have a ton of really nice restaurants inside

Mandalay has a lot of really nice restaurants too, it's just somewhat isolated from the rest of the Vegas strip. I would do Aria.

Deftones
07-21-10, 06:57 PM
I will confirm that Mandalay has, far and away, the best pool. I've stayed at nearly every strip property, FWIW.

Chrisedge
07-23-10, 07:12 PM
The problem with Mandalays pool, is if you aren't out there by 9am or so, you probably aren't getting a chair...

NotThatGuy
07-23-10, 11:35 PM
Mandalay has a lot of really nice restaurants too, it's just somewhat isolated from the rest of the Vegas strip. I would do Aria.

That's always been the issue there.

Sdallnct
08-06-10, 11:15 AM
I've stayed at Venetian and Paris. My favorite "nice" room is the upgraded rooms at Caesars. If I wanted to stay in a nice room, I'd probably go that route. Yes, likely more expensive than a standard room at Venetian, but less than their upgraded rooms.

DaveWadding
08-06-10, 04:35 PM
I went to Vegas a couple weekends ago. We stayed at Aria. It was very nice. centrally located. Everything was very clean and new since it just opened. I didn't check out the pool while I was there, but it's probably pretty nice. I didn't really enjoy gambling there (or didn't have any luck). All the restaurants seemed nice, although I didn't eat at any of them besides the Cafe and the Pastry shop which were good.

Deftones
08-07-10, 11:18 AM
I went to Vegas a couple weekends ago. We stayed at Aria. It was very nice. centrally located. Everything was very clean and new since it just opened. I didn't check out the pool while I was there, but it's probably pretty nice. I didn't really enjoy gambling there (or didn't have any luck). All the restaurants seemed nice, although I didn't eat at any of them besides the Cafe and the Pastry shop which were good.

you sound like the cheapo Vegas traveler I am. :lol:

Red Dog
08-07-10, 02:57 PM
I'm going out again a week from Sunday. Staying at Tropicana this time. They completely remodeled the place and the new rooms look very nice. They gave me a good deal so it's pretty cheap. Never stayed on the south end before, so it should be interesting. Fortunately the Monorail is right nearby at MGM.

Alyoshka
08-12-10, 10:47 PM
I'm going out again a week from Sunday. Staying at Tropicana this time. They completely remodeled the place and the new rooms look very nice.

I'm glad that they remodeled rather than blowing it up and building something else. I haven't stayed there but have wanted to for the nostalgia. Now with the remodel it might be worth staying there. Let us know how it is.

Red Dog
08-19-10, 02:01 PM
OK - the room is very nice. It's not Venetian or Palazzo quality, but very nice. Good size, plasma tv, fully remodeled with nice beds. Standard shower-tub in the bathroom, but it's not cramped. They have wooden-panel shades that you adjust (or open a whole part like a door) instead of curtains.

However, that casino is literally right on top of the Strip. I had a Strip-view, 20th floor, but you can hear fire/police sirens go by several times a night. So if you are looking for complete peace and quiet, you won't find it here. Also, they don't have safes in the rooms, which surprised me.

I briefly checked out the pool - pretty nice.

The casino itself is pretty meh. I do like that's it's bright, but not much action going on - the table area is pretty small. Decent table minimums though.

Borst
08-21-10, 07:53 PM
I haven't seen the rooms at Aria yet but the casino is so small and so many of the blackjack tables have continuous shuffle machines

RichC2
09-13-10, 03:58 PM
This is probably of no use but I just spent a few days at the Planet Hollywood Westgate Towers. It's sort of a Condo / Timeshare / Hotel hybrid and was really impressed with the place. We were on the 22nd floor right above their pool (which is very nice but, like most pools, has nothing on Mandalay Bay).

We had a one bedroom suite which was pretty spectacular - floor to ceiling windows in the living room and bedroom, electronic blinds system -- the one in the living room is used as a projector screen (included a Panasonic projector), extremely comfortable king sized bed, large jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom, and 4 lcd tvs (bedroom, livingroom, kitchen and bathroom). Was also cheaper than a lot of locations.

The hotel is connected to the Miracle Mile Mall which also connects the casino and Planet Hollywood hotel.

I would post photos... but a hooker stole my camera and phone. (A friendly reminder to never travel with idiots. Ugh.) It doesn't have the high class styling of the Bellagio, but it's certainly just as comfortable (it all looks a bit uh gaudy in photos, but was fairly spectacular in person.)

As per request, hooker story:


Just prior to the trip, I bought a Panasonic Lumix ZS7 (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-ZS7-Digital-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B00395WIXA/).

We're in Vegas - the first night of a weeklong vacation spanning LV, LA, and San Diego - back from a night visiting Fremont Street for the hell of it, with this guy, we'll call him Bob, taking photos with my camera. We're headed through the Planet Hollywood casino and pass into the Miracle Mile where there are two girls hanging out at the Halo Bar. Having not achieved any goals that most guys in their 20s strive for, Bob decides to try his luck on these two homely chicks. A quick conversation commences between Bob, the girls, and another friend (Jim):

Bob: So what do you girls do?
Girls: We're entertainers.
Jim: Oh yeah? Then why aren't you at work?
Girls: Maybe we are at work.

Bob takes their number, and starts bullshitting about calling them. Jim agrees, thinking they're strippers. I laugh, and call their bullshit, we get back to the room, I plug in my cellphone, and everybody seemingly passes out. Well as it so happens, sometime in middle of the night, Bob calls the two girls and invites them to the suite, I wake up mid fapfapfap and just kind of laugh. The girls finish (one apparently just sat there and cased the place), Bob comments on how disgusting that whole thing was, Jim and myself make fun of him and give the whole "You should get checked!" half jokingly followed by the "No no, seriously."

Morning rolls around maybe 4 hours later, Bob decides to wake up and open the floor-to-ceiling curtain and wake everybody the hell up (glossy door reflected all the light into the room), and then walks out of the room leaving it open. I wander out for a minute and notice my phone is gone. Call it, try tracing it/GPSing it (it was dead, damn you Android), and then start getting livid. Bob returns to the room a little later, I give him shit for getting my phone stolen, and then said "You're buying me a new one, while we're at it, can I get my camera back?" well lo and behold, Bob was in possession of my camera and that was now gone as well. He also lost $200 in his back pocket, and was traveling with cash only (who does that?).

So we all go to the Verizon store and I buy myself a new Droid Inc (didn't have insurance on it as, well, I've never lost a phone) with a promise of reimbursement from Bob. I change all my synced work password and go on with my day. Not content with having to pay $550 for my new phone, Bob starts calling and texting the hooker - threatening police action and GPS tracking. The hooker replies at around 1:00 in the afternoon saying she'll sell back my items for $300. When she doesn't respond to his "where to meet" response quick enough, he continues threatening her, and sure enough, she changes her phone number.

And that's how a hooker stole my cellphone and camera. Bob had to leave the trip earlier than the rest of us, and on his way out, grabbed my Rayban sunglasses by mistake, leaving me - the driver - without them for the remaining 5 days.

Oh and to make matters worse, this girl wasn't a licensed hooker with any agency of any kind. Bob is a champ. Fun times! :lol:

NSFW - the remarkably disgusting hooker responsible for this headache. Found with a combo of telephone number and google cached pages.

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/2663/ginalv.jpg "Gina-LV"

El Scorcho
09-13-10, 06:17 PM
hooker story needed imo

Red Dog
09-14-10, 12:03 PM
Damn - he must have been beyond wasted to hit that, let alone pay for it.

RichC2
09-14-10, 02:21 PM
I agree. I was thinking more "kill it in a fire" than "I'd hit that" when I saw it at the bar.

Deftones
09-14-10, 04:02 PM
that's a huge bitch!

Erasmus
10-03-10, 11:22 PM
Now that everyone's here to read the hooker story, any recommendations for places near City Center to catch some college football games on Saturday?

Red Dog
10-07-10, 09:23 AM
I know nothing about City Center. The Bellagio sportsbook is pretty nice - not too far away. But you better get there early otherwise you won't get a seat.

In another forum I've read there's supposedly a decent sports pub in Monte Carlo that's not a bad place to catch games.

Erasmus
10-13-10, 10:26 PM
Entertainment-wise, any good shows to catch while we're there? What about couple-friendly strip clubs? That may be an oxymoron, but I mean one that isn't really sleazy (if there are any).

Red Dog
10-14-10, 11:25 AM
Olympic Garden is supposed to be very couples-friendly. I suggest checking out vegas-after-dark.com. OG posts various specials they have and there are a number of reviews. At the very least, e-mail or call them (there's a POC listed in their offers) ahead and you can get a free limo pickup and free cover.

Deftones
10-14-10, 12:17 PM
IMHO, the OG has gone downhill significantly in the past few years. Spearmint Rhino is great. I know they opened a Rick's Cabaret there, too. I'd imagine that would be a good place to go since Stern's crew promotes it so much.

Red Dog
10-14-10, 12:26 PM
I've been to Rhino a few times in my past visits - it's fine, but I think the dance quality at OG is much better, particularly on the main floor. And the service at OG is much better too - the last few trips I've made, they've always given me a booth for free (on top of the free limo/cover) when I've e-mailed ahead. No way SR would do that (they don't really have booths anyhow). Yeah, SR definitely has more hot girls, but if you go to OG, at least at night (particularly a weekend night or Monday night during football season), you'll still find a good number of hot girls. Plus SR is way too crowded at night for my taste and the girls are far more pushy.

Erasmus
10-15-10, 09:52 PM
So I see that OG has lots of packages - I'm guessing we should avoid those, and just email ahead and say when we'll be coming and it's for an anniversary? It'd be probably a Friday or Saturday. We're not looking for the hottest girls in Vegas, just more of a place to have a fun time, so it sounds like OG is more our style.

Red Dog
10-15-10, 10:17 PM
So I see that OG has lots of packages - I'm guessing we should avoid those, and just email ahead and say when we'll be coming and it's for an anniversary? It'd be probably a Friday or Saturday. We're not looking for the hottest girls in Vegas, just more of a place to have a fun time, so it sounds like OG is more our style.

If you e-mail that POC from that forum a day or two before, saying you're a couple and it's your anniversary, he should give you a good deal (I'm pretty sure they have a couples' package - it says e-mail him for that). He'll almost certainly give you free limo, cover, and a booth at the least.

Erasmus
10-15-10, 10:28 PM
What forum are you referring to?

Red Dog
10-15-10, 10:32 PM
What forum are you referring to?

Olympic Garden is supposed to be very couples-friendly. I suggest checking out vegas-after-dark.com. OG posts various specials they have and there are a number of reviews. At the very least, e-mail or call them (there's a POC listed in their offers) ahead and you can get a free limo pickup and free cover.


Don't go off their website deals. Go here and e-mail the POC:
http://www.vegas-after-dark.com/main/viewtopic.php?t=529

Erasmus
10-15-10, 10:47 PM
Yeah, I saw it immediately after I posted that =). Thanks, sending him an email right now.

djbrown
10-18-10, 09:12 AM
So I see that OG has lots of packages

It's a male strip club now?

drmoze
11-10-10, 08:15 PM
Looking at a trip to Vegas in January (for the CES). Any recommendations or pros/cons among the following Harrah's properties (which are basically comped)?

Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Bally's.

Deftones
11-10-10, 08:40 PM
Well, all of those are relatively close together. IP is a dump, but it's a fun dump. Usually has cheaper limits than the major strip properties.

We usually stay there when we get a free room, because we don't care what it looks like. As long as it has a shower, a shitter and a bed.

It's also the closest to the convention center, but not even that much. I've never stayed at Flamingo or Bally's (that I recall), so I can't comment on their rooms or anything, but I'm sure they are nicer than IP.

El Scorcho
11-11-10, 01:42 AM
Looking at a trip to Vegas in January (for the CES). Any recommendations or pros/cons among the following Harrah's properties (which are basically comped)?

Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Bally's.

bally's and flamingo are 3*

IP is 2*

They're all in a line next to each other on the strip.

Stay at bally's if you hate the color pink. Stay at Flamingo if you love things that are pink. Don't stay at IP if you hate trannys.

Red Dog
11-11-10, 08:47 AM
Looking at a trip to Vegas in January (for the CES). Any recommendations or pros/cons among the following Harrah's properties (which are basically comped)?

Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Bally's.

I'd stay at Flamingo among those choices (although the regular rooms are nothing special), unless you can get Bally's North Tower (rooms are better than South Tower). They are all right on the Monorail so easy access to the Convention Center.

drmoze
11-11-10, 10:26 AM
Thx for the info. The Palace is out. Can get a GO Luxury room at the Flamingo, so might go with that. Bally's north tower is an extra $500 or so. Rather lose that at the tables. ;)

BTW, any suggestions where to find soft low-blind NL holdem? (Up to 2/5) Thx!

Deftones
11-11-10, 10:42 AM
check here: http://www.allvegaspoker.com/

they have poker room reviews, and i think they list the game types at each room.

El Scorcho
11-11-10, 10:53 AM
Thx for the info. The Palace is out. Can get a GO Luxury room at the Flamingo, so might go with that. Bally's north tower is an extra $500 or so. Rather lose that at the tables. ;)

BTW, any suggestions where to find soft low-blind NL holdem? (Up to 2/5) Thx!

if you can get GO luxury, then stay there for sure

Laughoutloud
11-11-10, 02:51 PM
If you are into luxury and money is no problem, I would suggest the Wynn or The Wynn Encore.

Red Dog
11-12-10, 10:33 AM
Thx for the info. The Palace is out. Can get a GO Luxury room at the Flamingo, so might go with that. Bally's north tower is an extra $500 or so. Rather lose that at the tables. ;)



Hope you like pink. ;) Other than the pink, I've heard they're pretty nice rooms.