Vegas, LA and San Francisco Accommodations

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    Feb 17, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    Hi all,

    I'm at that point now when I start planning my annual fall leave and after two years of travelling abroad in October, I've decided to stay a little closer to home this year. So far, it will be Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Do any of you have any suggestions for semi-affordable accommodations with character and charm. I want to avoid the large hotel chains as much as possible.

    Thanks in advance,

    Charles.

    P.-S. I don't know about you other travellers out there, but I think it would be great to have a place on here where we could post our travel accommodation tips for all locales we each visit upon returning from our trips, sort of an index of our best lodging choices with complimentary information such as work-out facilities, access to services, etc.
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    Feb 17, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    As far as San Francisco is concerned, we tried a new Renaissance Hotel concept that was EXCELLENT! Renaissance ClubSport in Walnut Creek. Huge gym, great restaurant, and the BART station was across the street. It may be a chain (part of Marriott), but it was wonderful.
    We also use VRBO.com, Vacation Rentals by Owner, a great site for finding homes/condos/apartments for rent. We have used it several times and have yet to be disappointed...
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    Feb 17, 2007 4:09 PM GMT
    In San Francisco, I like the boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre (http://www.jdvhospitality.com/). Most of their hotels are small boutiques that they have refurbished. Prices range from modest to expensive, so you need to do some digging. It's run by a well-known gay entrepreneur as well, which isn't a reason to stay there of course, but...

    I also have a friend who stayed at the Diva hotel in SF (another small boutique, downtown), who really liked it. Haven't been there myself, but it's conveniently located.
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    Feb 17, 2007 6:30 PM GMT
    Being that I'm in the hotel business, I know a thing or too about great hotels. I agree with staying at a boutique hotel. Try Kimpton hotels and ask for the Pride rate, They should give you a 10% discount. In San Francisco, San Diego, and Las Vegas
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    Feb 17, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    Hi,

    The Tropicana is centally located and affordable. I've stayed there several times. The mass transit station is across the street at the MGM. There is also local transportation to the Mandalay Bay. I like LV this time of year. There aren't big crowds, except for the NBA All-Star game this weekend. Check out Jimmy Buffets' Margaritaville. It is relatively new and a lot of fun.

    DW
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    Feb 17, 2007 11:52 PM GMT
    Terry,

    I was just in LV in October and if you are looking for a gay resort, check the Blue Lagoon in Vegas. I did not stay there but read about it while in town. Also check out the Coast Chain the have a couple on any off the stripe. One of them is Barnaby Coast but they have another that is very well priced just off the stripe.

    Rick
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    Feb 19, 2007 11:47 PM GMT
    Regarding LA, I just got back from San Vicente Inn in West Hollywood and I would NOT recommend it. I've stayed there a number of times over the years and it has unfortunately lost its charm. Won't go into the details here. (They got rid of their weight room for one.) It's in a great location and can be affordable but sometimes you get what you pay for. I'm not staying there again.

    In SF, I've stayed at the Parker Guest House (www.parkerguesthouse.com) in the Castro which was very nice but a little pricey. (Avoid the room next to the kitchen.)
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    Feb 21, 2007 3:01 AM GMT
    i was in SF last week for work and my bf came for the weekend. we stayed at a boutique hotel called the orchard hotel. theorchardhotel.com good location, good service and a lot of charm. oh the restaurant is nice too. personally i prefer big chains, but that's just me. have a great vacay.
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    Feb 23, 2007 12:25 PM GMT
    Guys! Thank you very much for all the great tips. It's very appreciated. I will be sure to post my finds here when I return, even tho it's all a little far off still.

    Thanks again
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    Feb 23, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    The BF surprised me with at trip to Las Vegas. We leave next Saturday and are staying at Mandalay Bay. I know the question was about accomidations, but this will be my first trip there and I want to see as much as we can in 6 days.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks in advacne!

    Scott
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    Nov 30, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    Motel 6!