mwalz9
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January 24th, 2014 at 9:57:04 AM permalink
OK, guys. Just looking for an opinion for the masses. I have been playing MyVegas and waiting on them to open the room comps for the first weekend of April 2014. They finally have. That is the only weekend I can get off work to make it to Vegas so switching weekends isnt an option. My predicament is I only have enough Loyalty Points earned to do the following: Stay at Circus Circus for free on both nights (Friday and Saturday) or stay at Excalibur for free on Friday and pay for Sat (approx. $114). Which would you do? I'll also include a list of whats important to me on this trip to see if any of that makes this decision any different.

- We want to see Penn and Teller at the Rio
- We want to eat at Gordon Ramsey's Steakhouse
- I want to drink a boat load of draft beer at The Pub at Monte Carlo
- I want to watch the Final 4 games at a decent sportsbook
- I want to gamble at Casino Royale and El Cortez downtown

If those 5 things are accomplished, the trip will have been a success. Which hotel option is better financially, time wise and experience wise all things considered?
endermike
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:36:12 AM permalink
How will you be getting around? Renting a car? Using cabs? Other? Mixed? How does cost effect your choices?
MrRalph
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:44:55 AM permalink
How much is the Monte Carlo? Can't be much more. Better location. Excalibur and Circus Circus are dumps. Circus Circus could not pay me enough to stay there. Try Treasure Island even though it is not an MGM property they have been sending some cheap offers and I have hardly played there. You should also consider Harrahs or the Quad both are better than Circus Circus. Circus Circus puts you not close to anything.
AxiomOfChoice
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:52:19 AM permalink
Quote: MrRalph

How much is the Monte Carlo? Can't be much more. Better location. Excalibur and Circus Circus are dumps. Circus Circus could not pay me enough to stay there. Try Treasure Island even though it is not an MGM property they have been sending some cheap offers and I have hardly played there. You should also consider Harrahs or the Quad both are better than Circus Circus. Circus Circus puts you not close to anything.



Yup. This is exactly right.

Circus Circus: You are likely to get mugged outside
Excalibur: Filled with people hauling their loud and obnoxious kids around looking for a cheap vegas vacation. The rooms don't even have wifi for god's sakes. What is this, 1980?

Also add Luxor to the list of dumps that I would not stay at.

Monte Carlo is a good choice. It is small and cheap, but still nice. Definitely not luxury, but charming. If you gamble a bit it is very easy to get comped there. And you are right in city center. Aria is connected by a short tunnel of stores, and if you want to look at some eye candy you can walk over to Cosmo on a weekend. Also, Cosmo has some good bars and restaurants.
SFB
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:59:08 AM permalink
MWalz:

I think the critical factor is how you are getting around....

Taxi's can cost more than a hotel room for all the travel that you are talking about.

Circus Circus in a long ways from everywhere, so you are not walking from there anywhere.

The bus ain't bad, I took that once when I was there in Dec.

In four days we paid over $150 in cab fares, just going to similar places like you described.

SFB
mwalz9
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January 24th, 2014 at 10:59:27 AM permalink
I would either walk or get a cab to get around. A cab to the Rio and Downtown of course. Walk elsewhere.
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January 24th, 2014 at 11:13:50 AM permalink
Quote: mwalz9

I would either walk or get a cab to get around. A cab to the Rio and Downtown of course. Walk elsewhere.



I would strongly recommend you keep saving your MyVegas points til you get better options. google LVH and the Quad for good deals on cheap hotels that are decent rooms and directly on the Monorail. LVH was 30/night last I saw, some nights less. If you stay at the Quad, you can get free shuttle to the Rio for Penn and Teller, and everything else you want to do is available by monorail and bus. The bus goes directly up the strip from downtown and is $2 each way last I heard. You will save money overall if you plan your transportation and hotels that way.

Also, booking this far ahead, if you're dead set on one of those two, you should google a rental car. I rented from Hertz for $17/day when I was there in October, but it was a midweek rental. You never know when the deals are on, though. Parking is free pretty much everywhere (think downtown might have a parking fee).
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Beardgoat
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January 24th, 2014 at 11:17:25 AM permalink
If youre just using the room to sleep in... circus circus since it is free. If you actually care about the atmosphere in the casino you stay at then Excalibur. Whoever mentioned that Excalibur has alot of families/kids maybe they are forgetting that Circus Circus is like a gigantic Vegas daycare. Kids everywhere
AxiomOfChoice
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January 24th, 2014 at 11:36:08 AM permalink
Quote: Beardgoat

If youre just using the room to sleep in... circus circus since it is free. If you actually care about the atmosphere in the casino you stay at then Excalibur. Whoever mentioned that Excalibur has alot of families/kids maybe they are forgetting that Circus Circus is like a gigantic Vegas daycare. Kids everywhere



Yeah, that's why they both suck.
EvenBob
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January 24th, 2014 at 11:46:33 AM permalink
We saw Penn and Teller a few years ago and
thought it was way over priced and boring. Teller
never talks, so Penn never shuts up. It's an hour
of him rambling on and on and on with some
goofy magic thrown in. Their show really needs
some relief from Penn's mouth, I wanted to shoot
him after about 40min. I was never so glad when
a show was over.
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