Viva Las Vegas!

  • Hammer89

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    Feb 06, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Alright. I'm begining to plan a trip for about 6 people for me and my friends birthdays in August. Looking to stay for about 5-6 days.

    The flight i'm aware will cost a nice chunk, not worried about that.

    But Hotels/Casinos/Resorts I don't know where to start. There are a lot of places 4 Stars for $100/night or less but does anyone out there recommend one? It's a bit overwhelming. Just trying to do some research and find the best place for a group who likes to stay in a cool room with enough room and hit a club at night with great music.

    Any help is mucho appreciated!

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    Feb 06, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    I'd recommend staying anywhere on the strip......Here are nice strip hotels that won't break the bank in order from cheapest up.

    1. Flamingo
    2. Tropicana (used to be shitty but they redid it I believe)
    3. Excalibur
    4. Circus Circus
    5. Excalibur

    Anything like MGM, New York New York gets to be more money.

    Honestly in Vegas there is so much to do you spend so little time in your room and that time is spent passed out drunk if you are having a good time.

    I just would not stay off the strip because you can walk anywhere if you are on the strip....though August will be hot as hell.
  • a303guy

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    Feb 06, 2012 1:45 PM GMT
    I've been to Vegas a bunch of times, always on business, and always had my travel agent shop for best price, while still being a place that offered decent accommodations and places/restaurants for meetings. My list is as follows:

    Mandalay Bay (which of late has been placing gay friendly ads) Very clean, top end place

    Luxor (also gay friendly, with a very nice health spa, downside is the rooms are getting a little run-down, especially in the pyramid)

    MGM Grand (downside is they market to seriously old people, so there's lots of guest there with walkers and oxygen tanks, upside is that its really well maintained and clean)

    Excalibur - always the cheapest, and I think they still have that all male strip show there, the "Thunder from Down Under". Downside - They market mostly to families, so expect lots of kids there.

    I agree with another poster that staying on the strip is the thing to do - and yes, August will be stupid hot - you can forget about doing anything poolside in the daytime.

  • hockeydude12

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    Feb 14, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    I'm actually going in about a months time. Ill give you an update on when I get back!
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    Feb 14, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    MGM signature sign up for there list or just give them a call i get emails all the time for just $34 dollars a night, know the luxor does a gay pool party every sunday idk there rates, a hotel off the strip but caters to gays, is the blue hotel. again don't know there cost. Vegas is fun and if u hunt you will find a great deal!! I would say avoid any big hotels not on the strip besides the gay catering one.
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    Feb 17, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    I've been going out there a couple of times a year for a few years now. Rates can vary greatly depending on when you go i.e. Spring Break time is very popular so rates go up.
    Flamingo is cool, decent rooms, and has a great pool area.
    Harrah's or Imperial Place are even cheaper-never stayed there myself.
    Bally's and Paris Are Ok too- never stayed there either but the casinos are alright.
    My favorite is Planet Hollywood. I've stayed there my last three trips. It's got a funky, cool vibe that I really like and there's always good music playing. Plus I win there. And, depending when I go, they give me the room.
    Your best bet for getting good rates is usually going to the properties website directly. On all the Caeser's Entertainment properties they'll show you a calendar with rates, so you can set up your dates however it works best for you.
    Try to stay near the center of the Strip- you'll be walking a lot.
    Everywhere is gay- friendly. They know that they can't afford 'snub' any business.
    Don't worry about a great room. As others have said, you won't be spending much time in it.
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    Feb 17, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    STAY ON THE STRIP and you can't really go wrong. I stayed 9 days at the MGM and would definitely stay there again. The whole pool area was renovated (it's HUGE) and there are 3-4 different pools plus the river, which was awesome. The show there was Ka and it was amazing as all of Cirque du soliel's shows are. The hotel was expanded and reno'd and looks great and the new rooms in the West Wing are sweet. The nightclub there was decent too, but within walking distance of Krave (def. check this out) and a couple other gay clubs/bars too. I got a great deal on the room too which is always good. If you're feeling lucky and don't need to book in advance, quite often you can just drop a couple hundred on one table in one of the casinos and the pit boss will comp you a room for the night.Not sure this would work fro a large group come to think of it. I am now wanting to go myself and a little jealous, thanks. Have a great time.
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    Feb 17, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Go there every year w friends in mid-late March (Hockydude12 - looks like I will be there the same time as you icon_surprised.gif ). Rooms vary all over the place as far as quality and price. Good advice already posted about the rooms. Your taste and budget will dictate that part of selection. Regardless here is two big musts (1) try to stay ON the strip (not a mega block OFF the strip) - esp on you first trip, and (2) find a place that will put you within a block or so of Planet Hollywood - cause that is where all the excitement is. Otherwise you will be doing a lot of walking. Enjoy!!!!
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    Feb 17, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    I don't recommend Excalibur. Substandard rooms compared to other places that are the same price. Stayed at the Mirage which was excellent. Haven't stayed at any other hotels.
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    Feb 17, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    If you want something small, close to the northern strip center (fashion show mall, wynn, venetian) and not super busy or heavy on gambling, try the (fairly recently) renovated treasure island. Well sized roomed, great pool, connected to the mirage by tram. I couldnt tell you nightly prices but it was a good deal when we went. The gaming tables are busy, but not overwhelming. The food was good, and there isnt some disturbingly huge number of choices. The casino girls werent dressed liked hussys but attractive.

    If your looking for a higher end stay on the southern end, the monte carlo is gorgeous, if not quite as charming. I find the 70s and 80s builds to be a bit dark and dingy for my taste (the far end like excalibur and new york new york) and much more crowded. Planet hollywoods new tower looked gorgeous, but also expensive. If you arent renting a car and dont want to walk forever, avoid circus circus and stratosphere (both older anyway) dont bother even thinking about harrahs (it needs demolished badly).

    Also, august in vegas is hell... Just fyi... October was in the 90s and felt like dying. Be prepared to spend all of your time inside or poolside.
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    Feb 18, 2012 12:27 AM GMT
    Palazzo is over-rated.

    THE Hotel is still my favorite.

    good luck.