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Vegas Hotel Talk--Where to stay?

So . . . going to Vegas in November, and I am having a hard time with making a hotel choice. Right now I'm double booked at Wynn and Cosmopolitan.

Wynn-- King Tower "Suite" (seems like a regular room in a different area). Comes with breakfast and looks very nice. Has supposedly separate entrance/check in and pool, but I doubt I would use the pool. Has a coffee situation, so I would have to buy a Keurig for our room. They have free coffee until 8:30 a.m. in the lobby--for people who have been up late drinking, hah! Keurig is no big deal, but its annoying they don't provide one. I don't want to wait for room service. On the other hand, I've heard it's a quiet crowd, which would be nice.

Cosmopolitan-- Terrace 1 BR with fountain view. Balcony with view of Bellagio fountain is a draw for me. Also, has a soaking tub and kitchenette--no stupid coffee games. Heard the crowd is younger and likely louder---I'm 50 and a quiet partier. Thinking the view looks tops but if my neighbors are too loud, it might bug me more than it's worth.

Both hotels have buffets and restaurants that look good. I'm not much of a gambler, so I don't overly care about the casinos (though I'll probably play some slots.) Don't care at all about night clubs. Surely both hotels have several bars.

So what do you think? Or is there some other hotel that would be better? I'm probably putting too much thought into this, but I tend to do that. Thanks in advance for any Vegas advice! (recommended restaurants, buffets, shows, and general tips included)
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Re: Vegas Hotel Talk--Where to stay?

We usually stayed at the Mirage. It is centrally located on the strip which made it easy to go either way. The Wynn was pretty new last time we were there so don't know anything about it.
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Re: Vegas Hotel Talk--Where to stay?

We used to have a whole subforum with several threads like this, right? That still here, or did it all get folded into Other?
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I thought there was a Vegas forum here, too, but it must have gotten pulled into Other. For some reason I think of Otters as going to Vegas a lot, but that might mostly be in my imagination.
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I guess it all depends on your budget. I have been to Vegas a couple of times before, and going again this month, and staying at the Luxor. I would have prefered to stay somewhere else, as i have been here before, but the step daughter and wife like the look of it. Its a fine hotel and does what i expect. Clean, safe and is well laid out. Only downside is its at one end of the strip.

For myself, as long as the hotel is safe, clean and decently located then everything else is not important. I am basically only sleeping there, so unless you are going for a couple of weeks and intend using the hotel pools, casino, buffet etc. then i would concentrate more on location.

There are a few i would advise staying away from. I have never heard good reports from either the Excalibur, Circus Circus or Hooters (unless you are looking for prostitutes for that last one....then you have hit a winner).
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Haven't stayed at Wynn, but I love Cosmo. Great location, restaurants, and rewards. I'm in my late 30s and not one of the cool kids, but I don't feel old or out of place.
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You absolutely cannot go wrong with either the Wynn or Cosmo. I cannot recommend one above the other... so try one now and another later; but don't deviate from that plan. Enjoy.
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For myself, as long as the hotel is safe, clean and decently located then everything else is not important. I am basically only sleeping there, so unless you are going for a couple of weeks and intend using the hotel pools, casino, buffet etc. then i would concentrate more on location.
This is my thought process for anything place I'm going. If it's clean and safe, then go for the least expensive.

The hotels are pretty close to one another, so you can always go to one that has a better buffet or show or whatever. A nice view is good for one selfie but are you going to sit and just look at the view all night? Is a kitchenette really something you want? You're on vacation.... go out and eat. You can cook at home.

Anyway, I'm no help. Have a good vacay!
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I'm probably weird, but I always stay off strip at the Embassy Suites or a Residence Inn and use a rental car to get around or, if I know I am going to get hammered, a taxi.
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We have stayed at the Wynn and thought it was a great choice. Only drawback is that it's towards one end of the strip which makes some of many of the must do's quite a walk. There is a bus system that goes up and down the strip that can eliminate some of the walking if you hit it right.

If you like Cirque shows there is a show at the Wynn called Le Reve which we thought was better than some of the Cirque shows we have seen. If you go be sure to get a seat near the top of the theater. This is a perfect example of where closer is not better.

http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment/LeReve

The buffet at the Wynn is indeed better than most, so if you'll think you'll eat there a few times, it's worth choosing it over the Cosmo.
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Originally Posted by james2025a View Post
I guess it all depends on your budget. I have been to Vegas a couple of times before, and going again this month, and staying at the Luxor. I would have prefered to stay somewhere else, as i have been here before, but the step daughter and wife like the look of it. Its a fine hotel and does what i expect. Clean, safe and is well laid out. Only downside is its at one end of the strip.

For myself, as long as the hotel is safe, clean and decently located then everything else is not important. I am basically only sleeping there, so unless you are going for a couple of weeks and intend using the hotel pools, casino, buffet etc. then i would concentrate more on location.

There are a few i would advise staying away from. I have never heard good reports from either the Excalibur, Circus Circus or Hooters (unless you are looking for prostitutes for that last one....then you have hit a winner).
My son was really interested in the Luxor, too. We had a daytrip to Vegas when he was a young teen (really a long, long layover at McCarran) and that was the casino/hotel he wanted to see. We went to the Bodies exhibit there, and a couple of restaurants (Lotus of Siam and the Bellagio Buffet). Luxor looked pretty nice to me on that brief visit. Hope you have a great trip!


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This is my thought process for anything place I'm going. If it's clean and safe, then go for the least expensive.

The hotels are pretty close to one another, so you can always go to one that has a better buffet or show or whatever. A nice view is good for one selfie but are you going to sit and just look at the view all night? Is a kitchenette really something you want? You're on vacation.... go out and eat. You can cook at home.

Anyway, I'm no help. Have a good vacay!
Of course I'm going to sit and look at the view! That's what it's for! Well, at the Wynn I wouldn't, but in a room with a balcony, I'd sit out with a cocktail before bed every night. I understand the "just find someplace clean and safe" perspective, but I am kind of particular about living spaces. Which is why the hotel planning is on me and not my boyfriend. I also really don't mind cooking on vacation, but this is just a kitchenette. I would make quick breakfasts and coffee, not big meals.

Actually, my best friend and her husband are going at the same time, and she was wanting to get a big place together. Someplace with a full kitchen, but I'm leery of that. Seems a little space would be more romantic for us, and the last time she talked me into changing room types for a trip, she backed out. I'm timing this trip to coincide with hers, but booking it in a way that I would still enjoy if it turns out to just be me and my boyfriend.
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Thanks to all for advice. Glad to hear the Cosmo isn't too hip, as I'm leaning that way. Central location and guaranteed fountain view seem like they're better options on this trip compared to the Wynn advantages of priority check in and multiple times a day housekeeping/turndown service. While it's nice to be pampered, I sometimes find too much housekeeping to be intrusive. Plus, the coffee thing would be an issue and probably sour my attitude.

So yeah, I think I'll sit on the reservations for a few days, and then likely cancel the Wynn one. I will keep watching the Cosmo website for price drops and promotions, because there is a room there I would really, really love, but it's double my budget. November is a long time from now, and according to "Is it Packed?" the week I'll be there is described as "Ghost Town," so maybe there will be some deals.
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We have stayed at the Wynn and thought it was a great choice. Only drawback is that it's towards one end of the strip which makes some of many of the must do's quite a walk. There is a bus system that goes up and down the strip that can eliminate some of the walking if you hit it right.

If you like Cirque shows there is a show at the Wynn called Le Reve which we thought was better than some of the Cirque shows we have seen. If you go be sure to get a seat near the top of the theater. This is a perfect example of where closer is not better.

http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment/LeReve

The buffet at the Wynn is indeed better than most, so if you'll think you'll eat there a few times, it's worth choosing it over the Cosmo.
Thanks, on the Cirque tip! Something to think about before buying tickets to any show, I guess.
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We stayed at the Luxor the last time we went to Vegas. The big thing there is that there are rooms in the pyramid and rooms in the tower. The rooms in the pyramid are really old and kind of smell, but it's sort of iconic. The towers are clean and new-ish. If you get one of the cheap rooms ($50-ish/night) it's almost always in the pyramid. On the plus side, it's also attached to Mandalay Bay (via a small food court and shopping mall) which is a really nice, giant hotel with a nice aquarium and the fastest "Oh you're gambling? Here's a free drink!" turn around of any hotel I've ever been in. Minus the whole "Sit a bar, put $10 in, order a drink and cash out." routine.

Uber works great out there as well.

The Cosmopolitan occasionally draws a rowdy bunch, but it's mostly young women. So take that as a positive or negative however you want. Walking through there reminded me of a perpetual bachelorette party but I was kind of hammered.

Wynn is classier and quieter with better buffets, they both have excellent normal restaurants from what I recall. Cosmo is in the heart of everything, Wynn is on the outskirts.

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Cosmo is on the trendy side only around their Marquee club and clubbing hours, but otherwise I think its fine.
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We stayed at the Luxor the last time we went to Vegas. The big thing there is that there are rooms in the pyramid and rooms in the tower. The rooms in the pyramid are really old and kind of smell, but it's sort of iconic. The towers are clean and new-ish.
Its funny you mention that as the first time i stayed there they upgraded me to a room in the tower. The tower was fine, but i felt a little disappointed that i wasn't in the pyramid. The next time i went i was in a room about third floor from the top in the pyramid. I actually preferred the pyramid out of the two. I found the room to be just as good as the Tower and i had a great view out of the room. If they try upgrade us this time i know my step daughter and wife will have none of it as they demanded a room in the pyramid.
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I personally like Planet Hollywood. Right in the middle of the strip and there is the Miracle Mile mall right next to it with food, drinks and endless shopping options.
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Its funny you mention that as the first time i stayed there they upgraded me to a room in the tower. The tower was fine, but i felt a little disappointed that i wasn't in the pyramid. The next time i went i was in a room about third floor from the top in the pyramid. I actually preferred the pyramid out of the two. I found the room to be just as good as the Tower and i had a great view out of the room. If they try upgrade us this time i know my step daughter and wife will have none of it as they demanded a room in the pyramid.
I liked the pyramid, the unique elevators and it was just really convenient (well more so than the towers), but we had a funky smell the entire time that permeated through the entire place. The tower was nice and clean, but really generic.

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I personally like Planet Hollywood. Right in the middle of the strip and there is the Miracle Mile mall right next to it with food, drinks and endless shopping options.
Agreed. It has a nice in-hotel mall as well.

Back in 2010 we stayed at the PH Tower Westgate (it's now called Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations, it's still inside the Planet Hollywood hotel) and that was pretty cool. Had a 1 Bedroom Suite for about $150 a night, which had full jetted tub in the bedroom, TVs in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room, and when you hit a button to close the window blinds a projector would turn on and turn it and could be used as a TV.
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I liked the pyramid, the unique elevators and it was just really convenient (well more so than the towers), but we had a funky smell the entire time that permeated through the entire place. The tower was nice and clean, but really generic.



Agreed. It has a nice in-hotel mall as well.
The Miracle Mile Mall is that in-hotel mall (next door)





The rooms are nice and big and very comfortable. I've stayed there probably 5-6 times in the last several years. I usually visit Vegas 1-2 times per year.

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We have stayed at the Wynn and thought it was a great choice. Only drawback is that it's towards one end of the strip which makes some of many of the must do's quite a walk. There is a bus system that goes up and down the strip that can eliminate some of the walking if you hit it right.

If you like Cirque shows there is a show at the Wynn called Le Reve which we thought was better than some of the Cirque shows we have seen. If you go be sure to get a seat near the top of the theater. This is a perfect example of where closer is not better.

http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Entertainment/LeReve

The buffet at the Wynn is indeed better than most, so if you'll think you'll eat there a few times, it's worth choosing it over the Cosmo.
After a friend an I made the trek on foot from the MGM to the Venetian (its farther than youd think. Stupid optical illusions) We discovered the tram that runs behind the hotels on that side of the strip.

http://www.lvmonorail.com/stations/
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The Mandarin Oriental is the only hotel we'll stay at when traveling to LV. It's quiet, there's no casino, it's centrally located, the bar has one of the best views in the city, and the service and amenities are entirely 5-star. It's also surprisingly affordable for one of the best brands and hotels in the world.
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Actually, my best friend and her husband are going at the same time, and she was wanting to get a big place together. Someplace with a full kitchen, but I'm leery of that. Seems a little space would be more romantic for us, and the last time she talked me into changing room types for a trip, she backed out. I'm timing this trip to coincide with hers, but booking it in a way that I would still enjoy if it turns out to just be me and my boyfriend.
Smart move! It's always best in situations like that to ensure your trip is set up so you don't have to rely on anyone else.

I don't have any tips beyond what has already been said, though. Those cheap ticket booths (whatever they call them) also sell vouchers for some restaurants. My friends and I got vouchers for the Brazilian steakhouse place (can't remember the name) in the Planet Hollywood mall. It was great.
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I stay at the Cosmo pretty much every time I go to LV. If your room is anywhere near the nightclub, it can get a bit loud at night. (My wife said the music woke her up, but I'm a sound sleeper and didn't really notice it)

As others have said, great location on the strip, amazing buffet (though it's pricey), and tons of eye candy, especially out by the pool.
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Don't want this to get sidetracked, but a couple at work stayed at the Trump hotel in Vegas and said it was hands-down the nicest hotel they had ever stayed in. And they travel quite a bit, so I'm willing to take them at their word.

On the downside, apart from being Trump property (which might bother some) it is slightly out of the way and has no casino, buffet, or shows.

My biggest regret from my last trip to Vegas was staying at the Flamingo. Nothing wrong with it per se, and I'm sure the suites are great, but I reserved a cheap, basic room and it was just a hotel room, little different than your garden variety Hampton Inn.
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It's a tough pick. I've stayed in both those rooms (Wynn and Cosmo with a view) and you will do well either way. Personally I'd take the Cosmo, just because I like the vibe, view, dining options and location on the Strip. But "Sinatra" at the Wynn is a first class dining experience that I also wouldn't mind repeating... not that you have to stay where you eat. I don't remember a coffee maker in the Cosmo but it's been a while and I probably wasn't prepared for that. I've given up expecting coffee in the room in Vegas any more.

Wynn was definitely quieter. I had a bit of a hike to my room, which wasn't great. Obviously that might vary. Probably a step up in the room quality over Cosmo, but I like the modernity of Cosmo's rooms.

Really, both would be great experiences.

I'd also give the edge to Cosmo because of the Bellagio view. You just aren't going to match that from any room in the Wynn.

Is there a different place that would be "better?" I don't know about that.. there are certainly different experiences to be had. Can't go wrong at the Venetian/Palazzo. There are some great places off-strip but it sounds like you want to stay in the mix.

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