Utah and Las Vegas for one night-best hotel/food?

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Utah and Las Vegas for one night-best hotel/food?

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Have a one night stay in Vegas with my 15 yo son at the tail end of an Utah trip. Plan is to dump the rental car, grab a hotel and dinner, crash and take a shuttle to the airport.

Any recommendations on a good value hotel with solid food and clean?

thanks!

I'd also take any tips on a good base camp town to VRBO in south central Utah (Zion, Escalante)...
Thank you!
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We stayed at the Excalibur for a friends wedding last year. It was clean, had a great buffet and was under $100 a night during the week.

We absolutely LOVE Kanab, UT as a base camp. Easy drive to Zion, Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase/Escalante.

The most wonderful cabin in the word is about 15 minutes out of town. Its on Airbnb, we've stayed there three times. PM me if you want any details about it specifically.
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Park MGM is a good value. Good location on the strip. Has a tram station. Not the most expensive. Not the cheapest. Smoke free casino.

I'm not much of a foodie so I'll let someone else recommend where to eat.
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I have never stayed there overnight, but liked the Gold Coast for buffet, bowling, and location. If you've never been then the Strip may be worth it, but I'm very glad to avoid the crowds and hassle. (Guess I'm not a Vegas person.) I think the Gold Coast is affordable too.

Besides Zion, Snow Canyon and Valley of Fire are worth it for hiking if you have time.
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MrNarwhal wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:28 pm I have never stayed there overnight, but liked the Gold Coast for buffet, bowling, and location. If you've never been then the Strip may be worth it, but I'm very glad to avoid the crowds and hassle. (Guess I'm not a Vegas person.) I think the Gold Coast is affordable too.

Besides Zion, Snow Canyon and Valley of Fire are worth it for hiking if you have time.

My votes would be the Gold Coast or its sister property The Orleans. Both are fairly close to both the Strip and the airport.

Other options would be the South Point, which is several miles south of the airport and the Virgin Las Vegas which is about two miles north of the airport. It has been a few years since I have stayed in them.

All four have a good variety of good restaurants and are close to quite a few entertainment areas like Chinatown.

By the way, there are NO FREE hotel shuttles from hotels to the airport. You have to pay for a cab or a shuttle to the airport and it is NOT cheap. You should just keep your rental car and drop it off when you leave town.
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jlawrence01 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 11:42 pm
MrNarwhal wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:28 pm I have never stayed there overnight, but liked the Gold Coast for buffet, bowling, and location. If you've never been then the Strip may be worth it, but I'm very glad to avoid the crowds and hassle. (Guess I'm not a Vegas person.) I think the Gold Coast is affordable too.

Besides Zion, Snow Canyon and Valley of Fire are worth it for hiking if you have time.

My votes would be the Gold Coast or its sister property The Orleans. Both are fairly close to both the Strip and the airport.

Other options would be the South Point, which is several miles south of the airport and the Virgin Las Vegas which is about two miles north of the airport. It has been a few years since I have stayed in them.

All four have a good variety of good restaurants and are close to quite a few entertainment areas like Chinatown.

By the way, there are NO FREE hotel shuttles from hotels to the airport. You have to pay for a cab or a shuttle to the airport and it is NOT cheap. You should just keep your rental car and drop it off when you leave town.
Don't most hotels/"resorts" have parking fee?

if so, with that AND the extra day charge for the rental, a taxi ride (Uber/etc would probably depend on when they need to get to airport) would almost certainly be cheaper and likely less hastle since the rental wiuld have already been returned. Admittedly, it would require separate trip... rental return to hotel; but if you drop off passengers/luggage at the hotel and then drop off rental (driver only) it could be less problem especially if the rental company has a shuttle to the hotel (as they might be picking someone up there for their return to the rental location)
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Nestegg_User wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:35 am
jlawrence01 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 11:42 pm
MrNarwhal wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:28 pm I have never stayed there overnight, but liked the Gold Coast for buffet, bowling, and location. If you've never been then the Strip may be worth it, but I'm very glad to avoid the crowds and hassle. (Guess I'm not a Vegas person.) I think the Gold Coast is affordable too.

Besides Zion, Snow Canyon and Valley of Fire are worth it for hiking if you have time.

My votes would be the Gold Coast or its sister property The Orleans. Both are fairly close to both the Strip and the airport.

Other options would be the South Point, which is several miles south of the airport and the Virgin Las Vegas which is about two miles north of the airport. It has been a few years since I have stayed in them.

All four have a good variety of good restaurants and are close to quite a few entertainment areas like Chinatown.

By the way, there are NO FREE hotel shuttles from hotels to the airport. You have to pay for a cab or a shuttle to the airport and it is NOT cheap. You should just keep your rental car and drop it off when you leave town.
Don't most hotels/"resorts" have parking fee?

if so, with that AND the extra day charge for the rental, a taxi ride (Uber/etc would probably depend on when they need to get to airport) would almost certainly be cheaper and likely less hastle since the rental wiuld have already been returned. Admittedly, it would require separate trip... rental return to hotel; but if you drop off passengers/luggage at the hotel and then drop off rental (driver only) it could be less problem especially if the rental company has a shuttle to the hotel (as they might be picking someone up there for their return to the rental location)

NONE of the hotels that I mentioned have parking fees. Parking fees are pretty much limited to the Strip hotels and the Downtown hotels along Fremont Street.

If you take the car back to the airport, you will be paying for a taxi two ways PLUS any other trips you want to make which given the high cost of BOTH taxis and Ubers in Las Vegas.
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This is great info-so thanks everyone who shared their advice! :beer
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mnsportsgeek wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 7:04 pm Park MGM is a good value. Good location on the strip. Has a tram station. Not the most expensive. Not the cheapest. Smoke free casino.

I'm not much of a foodie so I'll let someone else recommend where to eat.
Just stayed at Nomad- which is in Park MGM for 5 nights and loved it- smoke free was the way to go for me.

Ate at Bavettes steakhouse one night- that was my one expensive meal of the trip.
Other places I liked where Americana ? at NY NY for Breakfest
Went 2x for Burgers to Holsteins at Cosmopolitan.
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The question is do you want to see anything in Las Vegas, or if this is just a stay at a hotel near the airport for the next day flight.

If you just want a hotel, I recommend the Silverton Lodge. It's off strip, very near the airport. They redid all the rooms (were closed for the renovation) completing in Sept 2023. Great reviews of the new rooms since they reopened. The hotel is connected to Bass Pro Shop which should be a fun time visiting for the two of you. I've stayed there multiple times, but they were more than 7 years ago. And I'm staying there for two nights in two weeks. And several restaurants at the property, and places nearby.

No parking fees.

If you wanted to, you could return the car the evening you are checking in as they have a free shuttle (check the hours, you could return, take the shuttle to airport to return the car, then take car rental shuttle back to airport, and then shuttle to hotel -- but perhaps a hassle in which case return morning of flight).
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jlawrence01 wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 3:59 pm
Nestegg_User wrote: Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:35 am
jlawrence01 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 11:42 pm
MrNarwhal wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:28 pm I have never stayed there overnight, but liked the Gold Coast for buffet, bowling, and location. If you've never been then the Strip may be worth it, but I'm very glad to avoid the crowds and hassle. (Guess I'm not a Vegas person.) I think the Gold Coast is affordable too.

Besides Zion, Snow Canyon and Valley of Fire are worth it for hiking if you have time.

My votes would be the Gold Coast or its sister property The Orleans. Both are fairly close to both the Strip and the airport.

Other options would be the South Point, which is several miles south of the airport and the Virgin Las Vegas which is about two miles north of the airport. It has been a few years since I have stayed in them.

All four have a good variety of good restaurants and are close to quite a few entertainment areas like Chinatown.

By the way, there are NO FREE hotel shuttles from hotels to the airport. You have to pay for a cab or a shuttle to the airport and it is NOT cheap. You should just keep your rental car and drop it off when you leave town.
Don't most hotels/"resorts" have parking fee?

if so, with that AND the extra day charge for the rental, a taxi ride (Uber/etc would probably depend on when they need to get to airport) would almost certainly be cheaper and likely less hastle since the rental wiuld have already been returned. Admittedly, it would require separate trip... rental return to hotel; but if you drop off passengers/luggage at the hotel and then drop off rental (driver only) it could be less problem especially if the rental company has a shuttle to the hotel (as they might be picking someone up there for their return to the rental location)

NONE of the hotels that I mentioned have parking fees. Parking fees are pretty much limited to the Strip hotels and the Downtown hotels along Fremont Street.

If you take the car back to the airport, you will be paying for a taxi two ways PLUS any other trips you want to make which given the high cost of BOTH taxis and Ubers in Las Vegas.
Thanks for that... I've not been to Lost Wages in a long time (last was for a spouse's business trip) and all those did, and recent info seems to indicate that many (most?) others were adding the fees (real estate, even for parking, does have a cost).
I did mention that it would cost an extra trip... but the OP didn't mention other trips in the area so that wasn't part of the calculus, in which case it's comparing the cost of the singles cab ride back to the hotel vs the cost of the extra day (car plus any insurance).. but again, if OP dropped off family at hotel, it's only a cab ride for single, not group, and I did mention that some agencies DO provide shuttles to some hotels.
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Might not be the best value, depending on which day you're staying, but my vote is for The Cosmopolitan. Tons of good food options inside, easy walk to Eataly if none of them work for you, right next door to the Bellagio. A friend got an upgrade during our last trip and we watched the fountain show from her balcony. Walk by the Chandelier Bar to see it but you're not missing anything if you can't stop - I wasn't impressed with my drinks there.
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I'd say pick based on your combined interests if you can, if you like pyramids and/or Egypt, then you obviously want to stay at the Luxor. Excalibur has the whole nightly feast event, the New York hotel has roller coasters and stuff and the Strat at the top of the strip has some exciting thrill rides off the roof of the main tower. Any of those might be interesting for a teenager, depending on their tastes. There is plenty of variety. If you stay with the larger properties(the ones you see on TV shows and what not) you really can't go wrong. All of them pretty much will have amazing food choices, from super fancy restaurants to a food court with some form of fast/casual food.

Just know the individual properties are gigantic and it can be a 20m walk to get to the next door neighbouring property, which is great if you need exercise, but if you aren't prepared for it, can be a wake up call. It doesn't look far, but it's a lot farther than it looks(they do special stuff to the outsides to make them look small and close up). There is a tram, taxis, and even an underground shuttle sort of thing, to get between many of the large properties if you don't want the exercise.
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mc2 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 5:47 pm Have a one night stay in Vegas with my 15 yo son at the tail end of an Utah trip. Plan is to dump the rental car, grab a hotel and dinner, crash and take a shuttle to the airport.

Any recommendations on a good value hotel with solid food and clean?

thanks!

I'd also take any tips on a good base camp town to VRBO in south central Utah (Zion, Escalante)...
Thank you!
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mc2 wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2024 5:47 pm Have a one night stay in Vegas with my 15 yo son at the tail end of an Utah trip. Plan is to dump the rental car, grab a hotel and dinner, crash and take a shuttle to the airport.

Any recommendations on a good value hotel with solid food and clean?

thanks!

I'd also take any tips on a good base camp town to VRBO in south central Utah (Zion, Escalante)...
Thank you!
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