Croupier
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December 12th, 2009 at 8:05:10 PM permalink
In 185 days will be flying over to Las Vegas for 2 weeks and staying at the Best Western Mardi Gras Hotel and Casino (3500 Paradise Road).

Just wondered if anyone had stayed here or knew anything about the place. Did some basic research online but was just looking for more knowledge.

In case anyone is wondering why im taking an 11 hour flight to stay at a Best Western - It was cheap. Really Cheap. (650 or around $1000 dollars with return direct flights per person) and while this might not sound cheap to a few people, it is to get to Vegas, with most packages costing at least double that. Besides, I've been to Vegas before, got married and stayed at Caesars Palace and done the whole tourist thing, was looking for something different.

Back to the question, does anyone know the place or has anyone stayed there in the past? Whats thegeneral area like etc.

Thanks in Advance!
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pacomartin
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January 26th, 2010 at 5:25:18 PM permalink
You are right next to the convention center with major business hotels on either side of you. There is a tiny slot club (50 machines in the hotel).
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You are behind the Wynn Country Club Golf course, so it is about a mile to walk around it and get to the Wynn.
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Try this place about a mile from your hotel for an adventure.
Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
860 East Twain Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89169-4018
(702) 693-6230
Cheap solid food, but mostly Ethiopian clients. Very pretty girls working there.
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There is a "dining mall" about 1/2 mile south on Paradise. Spanish, Moroccan, Steak houses, Asian, Mongolian, etc. Better prices than on the strip. Also a
A few hundred yards further in the middle of a crappy mall is a very attractive excellent Indian restaurant if you miss home.

Beer
Spanish
Indian
teddys
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January 26th, 2010 at 7:53:26 PM permalink
Hi-
I've driven past this place often. They usually have a cheap breakfast special advertised on their sign out front. Looks clean and cheerful. Never been inside. Walking distance to Las Vegas Hilton if you get the gambling itch. Not that far from the strip at Wynncore, either.
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Croupier
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January 26th, 2010 at 8:26:05 PM permalink
Thanks guys, appreciate the input. Will definately try the Ethiopian Restaurant, I like trying something different. Only asked if anyone knew about this place because TripAdvisor reviews were mixed. Im not expecting Caesars or anything close, so probably wont be disappointed.
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pacomartin
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January 27th, 2010 at 7:59:40 AM permalink
Although there has been a convention center on the site since 1959, it wasn't significant until the 1970's. Best Western Mardi Gras is one of the holdouts from the late 70's. It is surrounded by the much larger more conventional business hotels (Renaissance, All the variations of the Marriot, and Embassy Suites.

None of the business hotels have any slot machines. Only Mardi Gras and Greek Isles still have slots in the lobby. The convention center will expand to 10 million square feet this year, but many convention goers still stay in the casinos.

It is still a business hotel, even if it is the cheap guy on the block. Businessmen demand a basic level of cleanliness, service, and security.

Make sure you go to the Ethiopian restaurant I specified. There are two other ones in the immediate area. They are all in fading shopping malls, and a big part of their customer base is Ethiopian men who are working in the area (often as cab drivers). But the place I mentioned is a little warmer, and they have elaborate coffee service. Ethiopian cuisine is different from Arabic cuisine, and has some unique touches. Injera is not like any other bread I've ever had. They have no utensils. DON'T EAT WITH YOUR LEFT HAND (very offensive).

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