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.