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cartman
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Las Vegas Trip

Post by cartman » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:31 am

My family is planning a trip this fall for about 6-7 nights to the Las Vegas area. Our preference is to stay at a property in the Las Vegas area rather on the strip. We plan to do some day trips i.e. Hoover dam, national parks and only spend a minimal amount of time on the strip. Any suggestions for a reasonably priced resort would be appreciated.

lazydavid
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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by lazydavid » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:42 am

Do you want to be somewhat close to the strip--just not on it--or a great distance from it? If the latter, I'd probably look in Summerlin or Boulder City (though there's really only one option there). Henderson may also be an option, but is the opposite direction from some of the things you want to do. If you still want to be in Vegas but not right in the middle of everything, that's what we do pretty much every year. We own at a timeshare two blocks off the strip on Harmon (Wyndham Grand Desert), which is also available for rentals relatively cheap. It's quiet, with no real onsite casino (there are some slot machines in the bar in one building), great pools, and full kitchen/laundry which helps a LOT with expenses and travelling weight. We're in a 3br/3ba unit for the first time this year (usually do a 2br/2ba), and it's quite spacious at around 1,700 sqft. Just watch out for the "presentation" vultures.

Mudpuppy
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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by Mudpuppy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:12 pm

I personally avoid resorts in Las Vegas, because resorts have casinos and casinos have smokers. If you stay at a non-casino, smoke-free property, you won't have many frills, but you also won't have people smoking indoors. There are several such hotels located along the 215 or 95/515, which would put you right on the routes to the Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.

My last stay was at the Hampton Inn by 215 and Flamingo Road. The hotel was reasonably priced and included a free breakfast. There are several places to eat in the nearby shopping area. There is also a wet bar with mini fridge and microwave in the room. My only complaint was the room HVAC unit seemed to only come with "high" fan speed, which I found to be a bit too loud, although it was a constant drone when the fan was set to "always on". Maybe I just had a bad unit. I never bothered to ask maintenance to come check it out since it still blew cold air.

Edit: If you want a pool for the kids, you can find some smoke-free properties with a pool. I have no clue if the Hampton Inn had one though, as I was in Las Vegas on business for that trip.

fmhealth
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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by fmhealth » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:34 pm

Three thoughts that may be helpful.

1- Consider joining the "players club" for each major casino brand, there are really only a few now. Enrollment is free on their website & this will get you lower room rates.

2- Keep in mind that most casino/hotels now charge a $35.00 + tax or greater for a nightly "resort fee" (a total cash grab with little value for most of us). Plus $10.00 or so for daily parking. You need to ask when you make your reservations to get an accurate view of your expenses.These fees can really add up fast!!

3- If you play 21 virtually all strip casinos pay 6-5 for a Black Jack. True odds are 3-2. This can make a material difference if you play with any regularity. Another house advantage that my wife & I find unacceptable.

The above are a few reasons we no longer spend any time or money in LV. Although in fairness the casino stocks have done well partly because of the above fees dropping right to the bottom line.

Be Well,
fmhealth

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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by mrsbetsy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:47 am

We spent 3 nights at the Wyndham Grand Resort in Vegas last summer. It is a beautiful property. We had a 2 bedroom condo for about $600 total for 3 nights. There were adult and family pools, which made it nice!

We preordered groceries online a few days before with the local grocery chain (Ralphs I think) and they delivered to our room within 2 hours of our arrival. Since the rooms had a full kitchen, it was perfect for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We ate dinner out.

It was about 4 blocks off the strip, but did not feel like we were on the strip at all, but it was walkable when we wanted.

The highlight of the trip was seeing Penn and Teller - great wholesome fun for all. Penn and Teller stayed after the show and allowed anyone who wanted to get an autograph and picture. They didn't leave until every single patron got it. They were wonderful! We sprang for front row seats, but it was a bit of a waste of money because there isn't a bad seat in the place.

Enjoy your trip!

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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by ubermax » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:03 pm

mrsbetsy wrote:We spent 3 nights at the Wyndham Grand Resort in Vegas last summer. It is a beautiful property. We had a 2 bedroom condo for about $600 total for 3 nights. There were adult and family pools, which made it nice!
This sounds like a good option , also the JW Marriott is very nice out on N.Rampart - our son and his family live out there but when we visit we prefer our own place and we've gravitated to the Hampton Inn ( Red-Rock Summerlin) but it's not a resort and so scratch that one .
mrsbetsy wrote:We preordered groceries online a few days before with the local grocery chain (Ralphs I think) and they delivered to our room within 2 hours of our arrival. Since the rooms had a full kitchen, it was perfect for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We ate dinner out.
The local grocery chain was most likely either Albertson's or Smith's - Ralphs :confused - I think having a kitchen is a big plus for the things that Betsy listed and then you still have the option of staying in or going out for dinner - you eat well and don't spend a lot - keep Hoover dam on the list , also for consideration might be 1) the pinball museum ( many of the machines are playable) 2) Mt. Charleston and 3) A drive to one of the many ghost towns in Nevada - pick up a copy of "Ghost Towns & Mining Camps of Southern Nevada" by Shawn Hall .

Enjoy the trip - in my view it's worthwhile to walk the strip and go into a couple casinos at least once - it's a different world :happy but when our son comes back home every couple years and we have a family reunion on Cape Cod he thinks that's a different world too :wink:


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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by jrtexas » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:14 pm

Henderson is nice and clean. Has all the restaurants you needs Trader Joes, Whole Foods and a Sprouts. And of course Walmart. Green Valley Casino is a nice place to visit.

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Re: Las Vegas Trip

Post by ubermax » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:58 am

Cartman , to get more input I'd suggest searching this forum on keyword Las Vegas , I recall this topic coming up before and at least one of the posts received many comments.

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