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JohnnyQ
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January 9th, 2012 at 5:36:12 PM permalink
Some of the recents posts have been kind of serious. So here's
something maybe no one will care about, but it is the list of hotels
I have stayed at in LV over the past almost 20 years.

This is in chronological order, from oldest first, for the most
part. Some trips have been with my brother, some with
the family, and some on business. I think this has pretty
much run the gambit from dumps to almost Taj Mahal's.

Mostly we paid our hard earned money to stay at these,
but we managed a comp for a couple of them.

MGM Grand
Flamingo
Westward Ho ( gone )
Lady Luck
Stratosphere
Aladdin ( now PH )
Tuscany ( several times )
Boardwalk ( gone - Business )
Tropicana
Riviera
Buffalo Bill's ( wanted a cheap place on a weekend )
Terrible's ( wanted a cheap place on a weekend )
Treasure Island
Rio
Hilton Grand Vacation Club - Conv Ctr
Crestwood Suites ( yuchhh - wanted a cheap place on a Friday )
Cliffs at Peace Canyon
Planet Hollywood Towers

My favorite place now is the Planet Hollywood TOWERS
suites. Find a decent deal on-line ( I use BOOKIT.com )
and I think you will really like it there.

The HGVC also had a very nice suite, and so did Cliffs
but it was a ways from the Strip ( but convenient to
Red Rock Casino ).

I think in the future I will try to stay at a new place
every so often. I've heard the TRUMP tower is
very nice, even though I think the DONALD himself
is a total idiot. I'd also like to stay at the Platinum
Hotel at Flamingo and Koval sometime.

My philosophy has gradually changed from find
the best deal to find the best deal for a nice
place to stay. I have already booked a North
tower room for BALLY's for this summer, I guess that
falls under the good deal category once again.
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same
EvenBob
EvenBob
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January 9th, 2012 at 5:57:08 PM permalink
I have to admit I've never been in Planet
Hollywood since they changed from Aladdin.
I so disliked the low ceilings that I was only
there once and never returned.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
slyther
slyther
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January 10th, 2012 at 9:34:14 AM permalink
Good ol' Westward Ho... that was the site of my very first trip to Vegas while in college. Now 17 years later I am up to 20 trips :)
kmumf
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January 10th, 2012 at 10:15:45 AM permalink
Ohh this reminds me of the good old days of Boardwalk. When you need to step it down from the high rolling IP. In a way I miss slumming it in my broke days. I do also enjoy the Palazzo now it is by far my fav room to stay now.
teddys
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January 10th, 2012 at 10:23:39 AM permalink
My list is not as extensive or historic as yours, but I will put it up anyway, in chronological order:

My friend's parents' house at Jones & Sahara.
Terrible's.
Rio.
Palms Place.
Gold Coast.
Tuscany.
Harrah's.
Silverton.
Circus Circus.
Eastside Cannery.
Arizona Charlies Boulder.
Friend's condo at Jones and Robindale.
Palace Station.
Imperial Palace.
Hacienda.
Vegas Club.
Main Street Station.

I would have to rate Palms Place as the best, Hacienda as the worst, and Gold Coast/Rio as the ones I would be most likely to return to. Harrah's is also pretty good.

By the way, I haven't paid for a room since the second one on the list (Wizard reviews excepted).
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
AcesAndEights
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January 10th, 2012 at 10:29:36 AM permalink
So I'm new here, what's the general opinion for best value on the strip? Where value is a combination of location, quality, and price, and not too heavy on the quality (I'm a pretty cheap bastard).

In my opinion (5 trips to Vegas since 2008, 2 more on tap already for 2012), it's the Flamingo. Rooms can be had for $40 generally on weeknights, the location is smack in the middle of the strip, and for some reason I really get a kick out of staying at the oldest hotel on the Strip.

Last trip I splurged for the "Go Deluxe" room and it was a disappointment. I don't have an iPod and forgot my aux-in cable, so I couldn't even plug my own music into the cool stereo system, and the flat-panel widescreen was wasted with an SD cable feed (lame). The bathroom was cool though, with a TV screen above the sink and a classy all-glass shower with additional heads misting directly at you from about chest-height (sounds weird but I enjoyed it).

Next time I want to spend a little bit more dough though, I'll try a nicer place. The Go Deluxe was $75 on a Thursday night and wasn't worth the upgrade from the standard at the Flamingo.

Plus I like supporting Harrah's properties due to their position on resort fees...
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teddys
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January 10th, 2012 at 10:33:18 AM permalink
Quote: AcesAndEights

So I'm new here, what's the general opinion for best value on the strip? Where value is a combination of location, quality, and price, and not too heavy on the quality (I'm a pretty cheap bastard).

In my opinion (5 trips to Vegas since 2008, 2 more on tap already for 2012), it's the Flamingo. Rooms can be had for $40 generally on weeknights, the location is smack in the middle of the strip, and for some reason I really get a kick out of staying at the oldest hotel on the Strip.

Last trip I splurged for the "Go Deluxe" room and it was a disappointment. I don't have an iPod and forgot my aux-in cable, so I couldn't even plug my own music into the cool stereo system, and the flat-panel widescreen was wasted with an SD cable feed (lame). The bathroom was cool though, with a TV screen above the sink and a classy all-glass shower with additional heads misting directly at you from about chest-height (sounds weird but I enjoyed it).

Next time I want to spend a little bit more dough though, I'll try a nicer place. The Go Deluxe was $75 on a Thursday night and wasn't worth the upgrade from the standard at the Flamingo.

Plus I like supporting Harrah's properties due to their position on resort fees..

I'm by no means an expert on Strip properties but I'd have to agree with you. I would also add Harrah's. I stayed there this trip and was really impressed with the quality of rooms, dining options, and overall workings of the property. The location is great, too -- walk right out the door and across the street to Mirage/Forum Shops.

I would NOT recommend Imperial Palace. Even for the dirt-cheap price they charge, I don't think it is worth it. Spend $10-$15 more for Harrah's/Flamingo.

I wish I had the chance to review Bill's this trip, but I couldn't work it. It looks to be a decent value with a great location, although I am not too impressed with the casino portion.
"Dice, verily, are armed with goads and driving-hooks, deceiving and tormenting, causing grievous woe." -Rig Veda 10.34.4
Ibeatyouraces
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January 10th, 2012 at 11:12:06 AM permalink
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Ibeatyouraces
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January 10th, 2012 at 11:15:33 AM permalink
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AcesAndEights
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January 10th, 2012 at 11:30:19 AM permalink
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What they dont charge in resort fees they sure make up for it in all their 6:5 BJ. And I wouldn't call any of their places "resorts" except Caesars.


True they are stingy in other ways, with the 6:5 "blackjack" tables and 2:1 payouts on the flied for 2 AND 12. But there's a pretty simple way to avoid that: don't take those bets. When I'm playing craps for fun I'm a staunch dark side bettor, laying full odds on 2-3 DP and DC combined bets. So far I haven't gotten beat up at a cold table, but I foresee it happening before I die :)

As for blackjack, I'm an amateur low-to-mid-stakes counter and stick to the 6 deck shoes. No 6:5 BS to deal with, and not as much heat as the 2 deck games (from what I've heard, I am in no means an expert at heat yet).
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