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Hi Bogleheads
For a trip to Las Vegas in June 2017, I'd appreciate hotel recommendations. We are looking for a hotel that does NOT have a casino but yet is comfortable, well situated and has some amenities like a nice pool area and a decent restaurant. Although we want to see the Strip and tour the casinos, we are not "players," just tourists. Thanks in advance. China Plate (Mate)
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I think Vdara should meet your requirement. It is between Aria and Bellagio. There is a tram that connects them. If you want to spend big bucks, Mandarin Oriental is next to it.
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China Plate wrote:Hi Bogleheads
For a trip to Las Vegas in June 2017, I'd appreciate hotel recommendations. We are looking for a hotel that does NOT have a casino but yet is comfortable, well situated and has some amenities like a nice pool area and a decent restaurant. Although we want to see the Strip and tour the casinos, we are not "players," just tourists. Thanks in advance. China Plate (Mate)
I am not aware of any hotels that do not have a casino. If you want to be a part of the action, I've always enjoyed the area around the Mirage, Caesar's Palace
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It is, after all, Las Vegas, so I don't think you're going to find many good hotels that don't have casinos (fer cryin' out loud, there are even slot machines in the airport arrival / departure gate areas). But if you can put up with a casino in the hotel and want something centrally located, I can recommend Bally's. It has a decent steak house, is connected via indoor walkway to Paris and (IMHO) the best breakfast buffet in LV, is right next door to Flamingo (and the Jimmy Buffett-inspired "Margaritaville" restaurant), and is on the whole on the less expensive side.

Keep in mind, though, that in June you're looking at daytime highs in the low 100's. Not my idea of fun.
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My favorite place to stay is the Palazzo. Not sure why you're so dead set against staying at a resort without a casino! If you're still insistent on avoiding that- the city center has a couple as previously mentioned. Also..."gulp"... the trump international is well rated, close to strip, no casino and is frequently a good deal as the mystery hotel on Hotwire. My brother said it was nice. Not sure about the pool situation.
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Top of the list (with pool desires) has to be the Signature at MGM Grand. They are 3 towers behind the MGM Grand casino that were originally built to be condos, and are now a mix of timeshares / hotel rooms. The towers are fully non-smoking, and the balcony suites are very reasonably priced; they include 1 full bath, 1 3/4 bath, a full kitchen, outdoor balcony, separate bedroom. Each tower has its own pool, and you get access to the entire pool complex for the MGM Grand hotel. (actually, you're closer to the MGM Grand pools than people who are staying at the MGM Grand itself) Enclosed/air conditioned walkway to the Casino with lots of dining options. Tower 3 is the furthest away from the MGM pool complex, and will be the quietest with Tower 1 being the loudest due to its proximity to the night club pool that blares electronic dance music most nights.

We've also stayed at the Vdara which is another Casino-free property -- it's in the City Center development and is across a roundabout from the Aria Hotel & Casino, and has a covered walkway to the Bellagio. The property is also smoke-free, and the rooms are nicely appointed, with the Business Exec Suites and Penthouse Suites having a full bath + 1/2 bath, full kitchens, etc. The pool is rather small, and suffers from sun issues due to reflections from the glass on a parabolically shaped building.

We had great service from the valet at the Vdara, and made use of our rental car and back roads to reposition ourselves along the strip throughout our trip.

Biggest regret: Not taking the car when we stayed at the Signature and trying to use the monorail instead. Terrible case of sunk cost fallacy -- we bought monorail tickets for a week and felt obligated to use it. People frequently complain that it's a lot of walking to use the monorail, and it is... but it's not about physical ability, it's about the ridiculous amount of time you're going to waste while on vacation getting to the monorail, waiting for the monorail, and then still needing to walk miles away from where you could have parked for free anyway. Unless you're going to a large conference at the convention center, don't do the monorail. It's never worth it.
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The Mandarin Oriental is in a great location and does not have a Casino in the hotel.

The standard room is probably the most expensive of standard rooms in LV but the furnishings, décor, and especially service is above what you'll find elsewhere in Vegas even compared to places like Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazo , Aria/Vdara, Cosmo, Bellagio, Caesars.

Due to the much smaller size of the hotel, there is a higher attention to detail and focus on customer service.
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As others have said your three best options on the strip are

Vdara
MGM Signature
Trump Hotel

Vdara is closest to action and is nice, my wife stayed there on a girls trip last year and loved it.
MGM signature is a little bit out of the way but still nice
Trump a little further from the action but the cheapest most likely.

If I had something against casinos I wouldn't go to Vegas. I have plenty of friends who don't gamble and go to vegas and still stay in hotels with casinos.
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Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons are comparable in quality of service and price. We have stayed at both and we prefer Four Seasons.
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Purpose311 wrote:
China Plate wrote:Hi Bogleheads
For a trip to Las Vegas in June 2017, I'd appreciate hotel recommendations. We are looking for a hotel that does NOT have a casino but yet is comfortable, well situated and has some amenities like a nice pool area and a decent restaurant. Although we want to see the Strip and tour the casinos, we are not "players," just tourists. Thanks in advance. China Plate (Mate)
I am not aware of any hotels that do not have a casino. If you want to be a part of the action, I've always enjoyed the area around the Mirage, Caesar's Palace
There are plenty of hotels in Vegas without a casino. I travel quite a bit for business. Plenty of Holiday Inn's Hampton Inn's Courtyard Marriott, etc. I just got back and stayed at Hampton Inn Redrock and it was fine. We visited the strip and downtown no problem.
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I like Tuscany Suites, because it's like a motel in that you can drive very close to your room, yet it's a short walk from the Strip. Has several swimming pools, decent Italian restaurant. Does have a casino, but easily avoidable. Be aware of the "resort fee" though.
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As others said, Vdara, MGM Grand Signature, Trump. Mandarin Oriental is very nice but big bucks. There is a Renaissance Hotel with a decent steakhouse on Paradise Road that next to the convention center and theoretically walking distance from the strip but I wouldn't be comfortable doing it at night - that's just me though. Very cheap cab/uber ride though. You can find the usual Holiday Inn-type stuff further off the strip but are going to have to Uber/cab-it to the strip each time and they usually won't have decent restaurants if any attached.

I'm not sure if they still do, but as of a few years ago, Hilton Grand Vacations has a place just off the strip that is technically a timeshare joint but they would rent out rooms by the night to the general public.
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Sort of related (sorry for highjacking the OP's thread) I'm going to be running a marathon in the Vegas area that's not too far from the strip in late April (Mt Charleston).

I could stay at the strip, but I've been there enough, and honestly would rather not this time around as I'd rather rest and mentally prepare the night before for the big taxing marathon effort. If anyone has any good recs for OFF-strip (and preferably cheaper!) places they'd highly recommend, I'd appreciate it. I'll be renting a car so transport isn't a big issue.
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Just visitied LV and stayed at the Hyatt Place. Nice hotel, no casino, a couple of blocks east of the Strip. Highly recommend.
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Thanks for all the feedback. We will explore all suggestions. China Plate (Mate)
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lightheir wrote:Sort of related (sorry for highjacking the OP's thread) I'm going to be running a marathon in the Vegas area that's not too far from the strip in late April (Mt Charleston)
A lot of new hotels out that side of town--Google hotels in the "Summerlin" area, as well as the mountain resort prices out that way vary a lot over the seasons--probably high for the marathon, though.

We love Red Rock Canyon:)
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SpaethCo wrote:Top of the list (with pool desires) has to be the Signature at MGM Grand. They are 3 towers behind the MGM Grand casino that were originally built to be condos, and are now a mix of timeshares / hotel rooms. The towers are fully non-smoking, and the balcony suites are very reasonably priced; they include 1 full bath, 1 3/4 bath, a full kitchen, outdoor balcony, separate bedroom. Each tower has its own pool, and you get access to the entire pool complex for the MGM Grand hotel. (actually, you're closer to the MGM Grand pools than people who are staying at the MGM Grand itself) Enclosed/air conditioned walkway to the Casino with lots of dining options. Tower 3 is the furthest away from the MGM pool complex, and will be the quietest with Tower 1 being the loudest due to its proximity to the night club pool that blares electronic dance music most nights.

We've also stayed at the Vdara which is another Casino-free property -- it's in the City Center development and is across a roundabout from the Aria Hotel & Casino, and has a covered walkway to the Bellagio. The property is also smoke-free, and the rooms are nicely appointed, with the Business Exec Suites and Penthouse Suites having a full bath + 1/2 bath, full kitchens, etc. The pool is rather small, and suffers from sun issues due to reflections from the glass on a parabolically shaped building.

We had great service from the valet at the Vdara, and made use of our rental car and back roads to reposition ourselves along the strip throughout our trip.

Biggest regret: Not taking the car when we stayed at the Signature and trying to use the monorail instead. Terrible case of sunk cost fallacy -- we bought monorail tickets for a week and felt obligated to use it. People frequently complain that it's a lot of walking to use the monorail, and it is... but it's not about physical ability, it's about the ridiculous amount of time you're going to waste while on vacation getting to the monorail, waiting for the monorail, and then still needing to walk miles away from where you could have parked for free anyway. Unless you're going to a large conference at the convention center, don't do the monorail. It's never worth it.
Would also recommend the Signature @ MGM Grand. Negative is that it is on the south end of the Strip but we stayed as a group of 7 in their 3-bedroom apartment-like room and it was easily the most economical option for us as a group. And that was even with Mendes vs. McGregor fighting at the MGM Grand for UFC 189 (July 2015) that weekend. Place was flooded with very happy Irishmen.
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lightheir wrote: I could stay at the strip, but I've been there enough, and honestly would rather not this time around as I'd rather rest and mentally prepare the night before for the big taxing marathon effort. If anyone has any good recs for OFF-strip (and preferably cheaper!) places they'd highly recommend, I'd appreciate it. I'll be renting a car so transport isn't a big issue.
We often stay at the Doubletree near the airport. Free parking, clean rooms, usually good rates, and away from the strip (which we have zero interest in). Also for us close to family, which is usually why we are in town.
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2 yrs ago we stayed at the Embassy suites which is 2 miles from the strip. There was monorail next to it but a cab was about 12 -15 dollars, which is what we used. We also had a rental car which we used to go to the Hoover dam and the valley of fire state park. We spent 2 of the 5 days in casinos and shows in the evening.
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Mandarin was excellent when we stayed there. Good location, walk-able everywhere and excellent service. They dont have a casino, have a very nice pool but we didnt eat there.
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