Q: Las Vagas? Help! :)

nimase85
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3 of my friends and I are trying to go to Las Vagas for one of their birthdays at the end of August. Does anyone know any good places to stay? Things we should see? Any good sites to look up vacation packages on?

Thanks in advanced for your help :)
nimase85 posted Feb 25, 2013
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Nellysg
I found this spring break special and the link if you're interested:
https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/bookingengine.aspx?pid=930&host=offer&code=ARSB13K




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• $50 Dining Credit*
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Promotion Runs

February 26, 2013 - September 9, 2013

Offer Expires

March 12, 2013
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Nellysg (rep: 70k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimrodboy3
BUFFET OF BUFFETS!
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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dealwagger
I am no help on prices but if you have the opportunity check out the Round Table Buffet at Excalibur hotel/casino. We didn't stay there but did go for the buffet and it was amazing! Just the dessert section was probably the size of the salad bar at Old Country Buffet, maybe bigger.
dealwagger (rep: 10.2k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nthsll
Hash House A-Go-Go is a restaraunt in the Imperial Palace and is awesome. Bring your apetite. It is actually their second location opened about 3 years ago. The first one on the strip...took 3 plus hours to get in.

Also in the IP, there was a show...3 white Australians sang Motown and nailed it.

Can't miss with anything Cirque. Always great shows.

Blue Man Groupe is always fun.

The fountains at Bellagio aree free.

Freemont street (I hear) is really cool.

Treasure Island has a free show. Sort of a pirate battle on the ships out front.

If I ever go back, I'll catch the Penn and Teller show. Edgy, sophisitcated, commedy magic show.

Eval Longoria has a restaraunt people really praise. Kinda over priced and not the best Vegas has to offer. Its good, but be ready to drop 75 per plate.

(I think it was) Staten Island Casino has a pretty good beer selection for really pretty cheap. Dive casino off of the strip. They have a pretty good steak and egg breakfast too.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimase85
Thanks for the tips everyone
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
I used to go to Vegas about once every 2 month. Stay on the strip first of all (we always do Pallazo just because it's nice and spacious -$250/night if you book ahead of time (suite style). Just stay on main parts of the strips... Vegas blocks are very long and you want to walk the least possible, not taking into account of the horrific hot weather in August.

Get the all you can eat 24 hour passes. For about $50, you can eat at any of 10 buffets multientry, which is an amazing deal. All the major buffets are in there, except Bellagio of course. In the morning, go to Jean Phillipe in the Bellagio, best crepes ever.

Try to book a hotel with free Cirque due Soleil tickets. If not, buy those ahead of time (I usually get them for $45 a pop). I think KA is my personal favorite one.

Of course, hit all the clubs... TAO, XS, Pure, Haze, Marquee.

Gamble a lot - I only play poker and crabs now and I usually make a few hundred each trip gambling a few hours a day.

Check out Pawn Stars pawn shop...near the strip

Go shoot at the shooting range (there is 1 about 5 blocks away-taxi required). Nevada law allows automatic assault weapons

Helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, wine on the cliff, and back

I would recommend to rent a car bc parking is completely free everywhere.

Lastly, when the clubs close and if you are still bored/didn't hook up still and want to. There are tons of strip clubs behind the Trump Tower.

Pretty much it, if you gamble, get a player's card. I usually get free rooms nowadays.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
and Don't do Blueman's groups. The locals and ppl who go there frequently will all tell you it's one of the worst shows in Vegas - overly advertised, cannot be compared to Cirque du Soleil at all. Waste of time/money. Go see a real show with Cirque
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
and whatever you do, don't book super cheap hotels like the Palace (Imperial Palace), Harrahs, Flamingo, etc. Vegas hotels all smell worse than other city's counterparts - prob due to its high volume of college kids. You don't need Ballagio but you want an ok place to not feel gross all day/night/bringing girls back. Again, Pallazo is great because its spacious and feels classier and price is reasonable. I stay at Ceasar now bc they give me free rooms but Pallazo still my first choice is I pay.

More importantly, have fun and break a leg. I lost my phone, wallet, shirt, keys, all sort of stuff on Vegas trips while having too much fun. 1 time I lost a friend for 30 some hours and we found him passed out on a bench with no shirt, no wallet, nothing. LOL.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
oh, check out at least $1k in cash each before you get there. All the ATMs on the strip charge you money. I usually do $3k now just in case but I gamble a lot. Don't go on a holiday/UFC fight/EDC weekend - all the table minimums will be raised and you will be forced to gamble out of your comfort zone, and hotels and clubs will be twice as expensive. I've seen bottle service going from $750 to $1300 from night 1 to night 2.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
if you are a smooth talker, subtly tip the check in person (I usually give $20-40, $100 one time because I got lucky and hit a straight flush on 3 card poker). They tend to upgrade me to a king suite for free. Works about 70% of the time but some places you have to pay taxes on your free upgrade.
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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kffight3r
oh buy a TON of alcohol from Costco if you rent a car - There is only 1 or 2 liquor stores on the strips and they are crazy expensive. A tiny bottle of jack goes for 25 bucks. This way you can pre-party your ass off. When you gamble, you get unlimited free drinks (tip $1 per). You can get wasted playing the slots.

Sorry I think thats about all my comments. Theres so much I ve learned from going there all the time for years... but these are about my 2 cents
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimase85
@kffight3r Thanks for all that great information... This will be my first time in Vegas :)
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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saramor
Hi nimase,
I went Las Vegas in dec 2012. I stayed in harrahs hotel which is in the strip.Everything is on walkable distance. I recommend this hotel, I had nice stay and it is affordable.
I recommend going to Hoover dam and Grand canyon both of them r spectular. Book yr travel on gotobus.com. cheap and they will take you both place in one day with light lunch and breakfast.(highly recommend gotobus trip.

Don't take a taxi use bus one day pass.
Go to all hotels inside they r breathtaking, very beautifully built.
saramor (rep: 703) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimrodboy3
I'm too lazy to read above..so yeah..

Cirque shows are amazing, but Zumanity is a bit sexual..so be warned..Treasure Island does have a show in front, but about a decade ago they switched from it being a pirate show to it being about sexy pirates..they changed their image..and went from treasure island to "TI"..and all of a sudden the show got slutty..so be warned..

Hash House is good..and there are actually a few, but I think I went to the one at Imperial as well. Buffet of Buffets is a great deal, in my opinion since you get to sample about 7 different buffets within a 24 hours..if you plan it right, you can get 5 meals in..i've done it twice so far

you can search craigs for some ticket shows..but it's all about timing..so you might not find stuff..you can go to the discounted ticket places for discounted tickets..or even discounted vouchers for meals and buffets..you can find them around..

the fashion island mall is named so because every hour there is a mini fashion show..just FYI..

Fremont Street is fun to watch, but the shops all around suck, I think..unless you like the classic slots. You can find bingo around there too..which if pretty fun =)..if it's cold..i say you can forget it..

that's what i have for now..i used to go to vegas all the time..i live in LA..well..now OC..but yeah..blackjack switch is fun..but not all places have it =)
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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belarus94
It will be extremely hot in august. I would try to avoid going there at that time. I go there every year in March (have another 29 days before I go this year) :)
I usually use my amex points. Usually stay on strip and pay $100-$120 /night. Last year was in NY-NY. Was very decent.
belarus94 (rep: 63.2k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimrodboy3
my wife likes the outlet ..the one in north vegas..
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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nimase85
Thanks Everyone :)
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Feb 25, 2013
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baldieee09
On my Vegas trip earlier this month, I was able to redeem points from playing this: https://apps.facebook.com/playmyvegas for a tower suite stay and buffet passes at The Mirage, etc.. Besides losing money on gambling, everything else is pretty much free..
baldieee09 (rep: 4.57k) posted Feb 26, 2013
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nimase85
Thanks @baldieee09 i will defiantly be looking into that
nimase85 (rep: 15.7k) posted Feb 26, 2013
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bbattag
What's your price range for hotels?

Cosmopolitan and Aria are my 2 favorites, but neither is cheap.

Search around. Many sites like bookit.com offer packages with free tickets. I've found great deals on a variety of sites. Also check travelzoo.com, as they post good travel deals everywhere.

Since it's your first time in Vegas, stay on the strip. Places like The Palms and Hard Rock aren't bad, but having to take cabs to the strip sucks.

The Cirque de Soleil shows are awesome. Def recommend checking one out.

In August, the pool parties/day clubs are a ton of fun. Marquee, Tao, Encore Beach Club, Wet Republic and Rehab are the most popular.
bbattag (rep: 6.75k) posted Feb 26, 2013
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nimrodboy3
ooh..i wanna' check out the app too!
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Feb 26, 2013
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