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Anita
04-13-2004, 09:32 AM
I am planning a guys trip to Vegas the second weekend of September. I am looking for a place to stay. I'll have about 10 guys and want it to be as cheap as possible. It can be downtown or on the strip. Any suggestions?

When I go with my wife, we usually stay at NY, NY or MGM, however these are too expensive on the weekends for my cheap friends. I was shocked to see that Barbary Coast is $150 a night on that weekend! Doing a quick search, it looked like the Freemont(?) or Riviera would both be pretty cheap, but I don't know much about them.

Also, I will be going for four days in June and staying at MGM. How much would I need to gamble if I joined the players club at MGM/Mirage to get a room comped? Which casino has the best comp rewards?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Maine-iac
04-13-2004, 09:35 AM
How many rooms would your 10 cheap friends want? If its a bunch, it never hurts to call the hotel you really want to stay at, say "I need 6 rooms on this date and I want to pay $X per night." They may laugh you out of the joint, but if business is slow, they may say OK. Never hurts to ask.

Be sure to emphasize that your buddies love gambling while liquored up. :D

schleprock
04-13-2004, 10:10 AM
You could try the Boardwalk Holiday Inn. The location is great (right between Bellagio and the Monte Carlo, I believe), but the hotel itself sucks. A cheap friend of mine stayed there a couple of years ago, and regretted it afterwards.

www.hiboardwalk.com

Or hey, you could always do what we used to do: put 10 guys in one room! In Vegas, we always found that there was never more than 2-3 of us sleeping in the room at any one time anyway, and everyone uses it at completely random hours (I'm at least as likely to be asleep at 3pm as 3am). Even at my advanced age, some friends and I split 2 rooms at the Bellagio a couple of years ago and it worked out great. Huge suites, 5-6 to a room, and it worked out to maybe $60/night/person. Great deal, if you ask me. :D

Patience
04-13-2004, 10:13 AM
also, call and ask how many rooms to get a group rate.

Jables
04-13-2004, 10:15 AM
Vegas - where to stay?

Not the Bellagio. :)

USCanuck
04-13-2004, 10:20 AM
OK, if you're willing to stay downtown at the Fremont, then I would suggest the hotel I stay at. Main Street Station. Rooms are small and a little run down, but clean. No pool or workout facility, although you can use the pool at the California. Casino is terrific, small also, but dealers are friendly and its easy to get comps. Their buffet is consistently voted one of the best in downtown Vegas. www.mainstreetcasino.com.

Rooms on the weekend can run $49 - $59

Woodrow
04-13-2004, 10:29 AM
I think Imperial Palace is the cheapest of the "real" casinos on the strip.

Hummer
04-13-2004, 11:01 AM
Had my Bachelor Party in Vegas. We got 20+ into three rooms at the Venetian. It's all suites and decent rates. The second level of suite sleeps 6 comfortably in beds (2 queens and 1 hide-a-bed). The rate was under $200. Level 3 is more expensive with same arrangement, just a bigger floor plan.

sb_jim
04-13-2004, 11:14 AM
Original poster mentioned the Riviera. I've stayed ther a couple of times. Kind of on the wrong end of the strip for the new stuff but then again it's closer to downtown if you split your time between the two areas.

The casino is large and old school and it's right accross the street from a couple of cheapy casinos, slots of fun and westward ho, and cheap buffets at circus circus. Very short walk to stardust where there is a good sports book and lots of poker. Also close to mcdonalds if you're really cheap.

As far as gambling enough to get a comp room, my advice is to pay for a nice room and bet a little smarter. They get you one way or the other and nothing is really free.

gadzookz
04-13-2004, 11:27 AM
When I go with my wife, we usually stay at NY, NY or MGM, however these are too expensive on the weekends for my cheap friends. I was shocked to see that Barbary Coast is $150 a night on that weekend! Doing a quick search, it looked like the Freemont(?) or Riviera would both be pretty cheap, but I don't know much about them.
Have you checked multiple hotel search websites? I have found, especially in Vegas, that the prices can vary significantly between orbitz.com, expedia.com, travelocity.com, etc. For example, a quick search on Expedia.com for Sept 10/11 shows Barbary Coast at $109 per night and MGM Grand at $139 on Friday and $159 on Saturday. I can usually find the cheapest rates at Expedia.com. But some hotels do have cheaper rates on other websites. I cannot remember which of the websites I found it, but 2 years ago I stayed at the Luxor for $55 per night (this was a weekday rate.)

Darth Tater
04-13-2004, 11:30 AM
Check to see if they have power before you go.......... :D :o :shake:

foghorn
04-13-2004, 11:34 AM
Check out the Flamingo. Center strip, decent rates. Go to their website.

ahow
04-13-2004, 11:34 AM
The El Cortez has really good gambling and the tower suites are cheap. Also, the Four Queens in really cheap too. I would check out both of those. We are staying at one of the two when we go in June.

WWSituation
04-13-2004, 11:46 AM
I'm staying at the Golden Nugget this weekend. Paying $69 a night and splitting it a buddie.

Its supposed to be the nicest place downtown. I'll let you know.

USCanuck
04-13-2004, 11:56 AM
I'm staying at the Golden Nugget this weekend. Paying $69 a night and splitting it a buddie.

Its supposed to be the nicest place downtown. I'll let you know.

Without a doubt, the nicest place downtown. I just don't like gambling there. It's the most expensive place to gamble downtown. Of course, with new owners that may not be the case anymore.

Guest
04-15-2004, 10:01 AM
Did you try vegas.com for rates?

vegas
05-04-2004, 08:04 AM
:bump:

Looks like I am in a similar situation as Anita.

I need a room for June 11 & 12, but the prices are crazy.

Alex G
05-04-2004, 10:56 AM
I'm staying at the Golden Nugget this weekend. Paying $69 a night and splitting it a buddie.

Its supposed to be the nicest place downtown. I'll let you know.

Without a doubt, the nicest place downtown. I just don't like gambling there. It's the most expensive place to gamble downtown. Of course, with new owners that may not be the case anymore.

I agree completely. I stayed there a couple of years ago, and the room was fine; nice pool, etc. Expensive to gamble (most slots are $'s), but with several options an easy walk across the street (no traffic), you're not stuck gambling there.

WWSituation
05-04-2004, 12:11 PM
My comments on the Nugget (stayed 4/15-4/17)

Nice place, nice room - no problem there
Starbucks in the casino - always a plus
24 hour resturaunt is average
The price couldnt be beat - cost $70 a night and split it with a friend.

The gambling is nice and low key - I had a nice time playing there until I ran into 7 drawn dealer 21s in 11 hands at 3 different tables in a 10 minute time span.

The location is HORRIBLE. Downtown is a DUMP and it is several miles from the strip. Luckily we had a car otherwise it would have been $20 cab rides to and from anywhere we'd go.

Side story - I went for 3 Phish shows. I had to leave the 3rd night a bit ill (getting old, I guess) and there was a line for cabs outside the Thomas & Mack center. NOBODY would take me to the Nugget!! The cabbies just laughed and said "sorry buddie". I finally got a cab back but it took a while. (Met the guys from moe. on the cab line - cool guys)

vegas
05-05-2004, 07:49 AM
Anybody know about the Lady Luck Hotel? Looks like it is just off Freemont Street, which is good. The rates are dirt cheap.

USCanuck
05-05-2004, 08:55 AM
Not exactly the safest area of downtown. Wouldn't want to go outside at night even to cross the street. Casino is kind of run down - at least it was about 3 years ago, when I was there last.

vegas
05-05-2004, 09:11 AM
Not exactly the safest area of downtown. Wouldn't want to go outside at night even to cross the street.

Freemont Street in general, or just where Lady Luck is?

I have heard that Freemont Street is a great place to walk around at night, but I have never been downtown myself.

USCanuck
05-05-2004, 09:28 AM
Just where the Lady Luck is. Fremont Street is fine

ahow
05-05-2004, 09:07 PM
The El Cortez has really good gambling and the tower suites are cheap. Also, the Four Queens in really cheap too. I would check out both of those. We are staying at one of the two when we go in June.Well, me and Hoochie Coochie booked a room for June 16th-20th at the El Cortez. I think it was around $130-140 in the tower. With 4 in the room, that is super cheap. If you want to stay there, MAKE SURE THE GET A TOWER ROOM. The gambling there is cheap and easy (just like I like it). If you are going to be in Vegas that weekend, I'll be blurry-eyed and drunk at the craps table at the El Cortez...

bizvegas
05-05-2004, 09:56 PM
I go out every summer, week after the 4th of July for a bowling tournament at the Orleans. I stay there, for obvious reasons. The rooms are pretty nice and spacious. Great views, either of the strip or the mountains. So if anyone else is looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend this hotel. Plus they have a poker room, which is a bonus!!