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Where to stay on strip?

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Where to stay on strip?

Hi there,

Having been trawling through the hotel reviews / offers I'm left somewhat overwhelmed by the options so was hoping some of you kind people might be able to help us narrow it down a bit, just to explain...

Hubby and I are planning a 2 week trip to the US in June, starting in San Francisco and ending in Las Vegas. We plan to spend a total of 5 nights in LV. We are intending to use LV as a base to do a one day Grand Canyon tour so thought we would spend the first 2 nights at the Stratosphere to avoid paying the central strip premium and also to have a chance to try out the sky jump / tower rides in the evening. That would then leave us 3 nights somewhere on strip to devote to LV itself.

I think the thing we're after above all else is novelty, and of course the opportunity to fit in as much seeing and doing as possible. During the day we plan to visit the Springs Preserve and perhaps the Atomic Museum, do some shopping and wander round to see the sights of the strip. In the evenings we were thinking of spending 2 nights on the strip and one downtown - see one of the Cirque du Soleil shows, hopefully find a gig (any tips on where to go for live rock/metal much appreciated), wander along the strip and take in the various sights / free shows, check out the casinos and try out some weird and wonderful cocktails in some of the bars / clubs.

We're keen to stay somewhere within walking distance of the main sights of the strip and with reasonable transport links to downtown etc. Noise isn't an issue (we're both heavy sleepers) and we're relatively flexible on price (Four Seasons, Bellagio's etc are more than we can comfortably shell out but other than that what we spend / save will come out of / go into our spending money).

We quite like the idea of a themed hotel or at least something that's a bit different. Having had a look around it seems that many of the newer hotels are moving away from the novelty and going for a more conservative luxury approach. While they look lovely I think we'd prefer something more uniquely Vegas. That said we would consider one of these type hotels if it was nice / good value and close enough to all the attractions.


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1. Re: Where to stay on strip?


I personally like the south end of the strip but most will tell you to stay mid. I would look at MGM Grand. It is a good middle of the road standard hotel room but in a huge resort. Also on that corner is the new revamped Tropicana, not stayed there but must be worth consideration as the rooms look good now. Really any where in the main strip is OK, you will still be able to get to all the main attractions from them. It's really just the ones north of Wynn/Encore that are a walk in the wilderness (so to speak). Even the far south end Mandalay, is not that out of it. Stayed there and is very nice,btw. From there you get the free shuttle to Excalibur, if you want to start exploring.


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2. Re: Where to stay on strip?

stay at Signature at MGM.....not too far to walk to the strip.

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3. Re: Where to stay on strip?

You want to be mid strip where all the action takes place; if you have been to LV before then maybe I would suggest staying North or South of the strip.

Mid strip on the less expensive side would be...


Treasure Island


Planet Hollywood

Mid strip even less expensive and certainly not modern or luxury as You stated would be..


Imperial P



By the way, I would never recommend the Stratosphere, not because its a bad hotel but because its location is terrible and not in one of the best area's of LV

Las Vegas does have its must see's plus other things to do and see given the time, First timers should ay least see.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Conservatory

The Forum shops at Caesars Palace.

The Mirage Volcano show.

The Upper level of the Venetian, shops, shows, restaurants and Gondola ride.

The Sirens show at Treasure Island.


Downtown light show if you have time, go at night.

Other things to do if you have time.

Go for drinks at MIX located at THEHotel, go in early evening.

Check out the Big name Hotels, Wynn, Bellagio, Caesars, Palazzo, Encore, MGM, Mirage, Venetian and Mandalay Bay.

Check out the shops at Planet Hollywood Hotel.

Have a drink atop the Stratosphere Tower at sunset.

Of course this is just a small list but it will introduce you to the sights and sounds of LV.

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You may want to use www.smartervegas.com to find the best prices for rooms, also there is a link on that site to a strip hotel map, which could give you a feel for where you want to stay.


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5. Re: Where to stay on strip?

So your criteria are --

- Themed

- Reasonably priced

- On the strip

Here are a couple of suggestions --

- Paris. It's very nice. The theme is fun. Prices can be reasonable, depending on your dates. The location can't be beat. Right in the middle of the strip.

- NYNY. Not quite as nice as Paris, but fun. It has a roller coaster or two, you might enjoy that. It's moderately priced. Location is south strip, but still within walking distance to a lot of area attractions.

DO NOT stay in the following -

- Circus Circus

- Imperial Palace

- Excalibur

- Hooters

These are places that, in my very humble opinion, are run down and a bit depressing.

Enjoy your visit to the US!

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6. Re: Where to stay on strip?

You are making a BIG MISTAKE ti stay at the Stratospohere. Bad area on far northg strip ...not close to anything. You did not say what your budgert is, but assuming it is "medium", I suggest the Paris, Mirage, Planet Hollywood (in that order). Frankly, I think you should upgrade your hotel to the Bellagio, Aria, Venetion, Cosmo or Wytnn/Encore. More expensive, but (trust me) you get what you pay for. I only mentioned mid-strip "near everything" hotels. On the South strip, I recommend the Mandalay Bay. Hint: Don't try to "pinch pennies" in Las Vegas. One trip at a good/fine hotel is better than 3 trips at a poor.mediocre one. Hotels to forget ar Circus-Circus, Excalabor, Stratosphere, and most hoels on the North Strip.

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7. Re: Where to stay on strip?

Wife and I are "budget" Vegas visitors. Though we mostly stay downtown now, our next trip will be a split between the strip and downtown. We will be staying at Imperial Palace for our strip portion. By "Vegas Standards", IP is a low quality hotel. By "rest of the world" standards, it is standard/average. Think of it as a "super 8" type place. You can probably get better rates for IP than the strat and be able to take advantage of its superior location. Flamingo would be another good, inexpensive option. Use the link below (scroll down through it) to find discount codes for alot of Vegas hotels (including IP and Flamingo). I have also stayed at the Excalibur widescreen room (pretty decent in my opinion) before MGM started the resort fee's (which could double the price of a low cost room) and Circus Circus sunrise tower (clean, spacious room, dated interior).

Take all opinions here with a grain of salt (including mine) since everyone has something different they are looking for in a room and Vegas experience. Some want ultimate luxury, others are content with a bed and a shower for a low price. Others are somewhere inbetween. Nothing wrong with any of these - just different expectations. I suggest you discount any reviews that are extremely positive or negative. Discount any reviews from people who only have one review under their name (usually their accounts will be made the same day of the review). Concentrate on people who have multiple reviews (also look at their other reviews to see if they are always overly positive or negative) - these tend to be the most accurate (in my opinion.

Have fun, it is your vacation. I think you will enjoy yourself where ever you chose to stay.


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8. Re: Where to stay on strip?

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions and advice - certainly given us plenty of food for thought!

Regards staying at the Stratosphere for a couple of nights before hitting the strip, I certainly take your warning about the distance to the strip. We won't be arriving until late evening though and will be leaving early the next morning to go on an organised Grand Canyon tour so don't think we'd have the opportunity to appreciate a strip location if we stayed somewhere central. That said, I will have a look into the IP as you suggest 16gauge and see if we can get a better rate there.

Thanks by the way Diceman for your things to do suggestions as well - as LV first timers it'll be handy to go with some ideas.

Right, now I'm off to check out the hotel suggestions for our 3 nights on strip! Thanks again!

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