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Best Hotel for a nice experience

Old Feb 14, 2023, 6:20 pm
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Best Hotel for a nice experience

Hotels aren't usually a big deal to me. I stay frequently at Orleans or South Point, both nice enough but I wouldn't call them fancy.

I have a trip coming up in early September where I'm looking for a much nicer hotel, without necessarily paying more per night than a house payment! I'll be traveling with someone.

I haven't stayed at that many high-end properties in Vegas. There's a fairly nice hotel across the street from Fashion Show Mall but I find the name of the hotel offensive. I think the nicest I've stayed at was Venetian, with Delano second. I think I stayed at Aria once, and maybe Signature at MGM.

I pretty much don't use hotel search sites, but this time I tried using Kayak. They didn't even have Venetian/Palozzo and I don't think they had Delano.

I'm not sure of my exact arrival and departure date, but it won't be earlier than August 31. I went to the Venetian site and the rates by day, starting 8/31, were:
8/31: 322
9/1: 397
9/2: 599
9/3: 292
9/4: 127
9/5: 127
9/6: 127
9/7: 127

$127 (plus resort fee of course!) is pretty good, but some of those weekend rates, especially $599, are kind of off-putting. It's possible I could stay somewhere else for a few nights then go to Venetian, but I'd rather not.

What recommendations do people have? Yes it's quite far off, but it never hurts to have a cancellable hotel reservation.
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Old Feb 14, 2023, 8:04 pm
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Nice experience is kind of a broad term. It will be super hot so are you looking for a fancy pool? Great restaurants? Or are you looking for a big room? I think the hotel with the offensive name doesn't have a casino--is the casino important? I like staying at Aria or Caesars. If you don't care about a casino Vdara has all suites but I don't like their pool. What about The Cosmopolitan? Some of those rooms have balconies. That is a long ways off and prices fluctuate wildly all the time.
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Old Feb 14, 2023, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by corky
Nice experience is kind of a broad term. It will be super hot so are you looking for a fancy pool? Great restaurants? Or are you looking for a big room? I think the hotel with the offensive name doesn't have a casino--is the casino important? I like staying at Aria or Caesars. If you don't care about a casino Vdara has all suites but I don't like their pool. What about The Cosmopolitan? Some of those rooms have balconies. That is a long ways off and prices fluctuate wildly all the time.
Point well taken. I'm mostly looking for a nice room, maybe also a nice pool. The casino isn't a big deal at all, if for no other reason than my game of choice is blackjack and I won't play the crooked 6:5 games they mostly have on the strip. We like nice steakhouses but I'd generally rather go out to Morton's, Del Frisco's, etc. than eat in a hotel steakhouse that is probably more expensive and not as good a meal.

Of the places I've actually stayed, I liked Venetian the most, and Delano second. I guess I stayed at Cosmopolitan but not Vdara. I've never stayed at Caesar's in any kind of room.
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Old Feb 14, 2023, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by redtop43
I tried using Kayak. They didn't even have Venetian/Palozzo
Venetian/Palazzo are IHG resorts which is a good place to burn IHG points or Chase FNAs.
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Old Feb 15, 2023, 9:20 am
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Originally Posted by Tanic
Venetian/Palazzo are IHG resorts which is a good place to burn IHG points or Chase FNAs.
Thanks. But they want a lot of points, like 123K per night on the weekend. I'm not saying that's absurd, but there's not really an opportunity for a strategic redemption.

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Venetian has the largest rooms on the Strip - smallest room is 720 square feet, IIRC. Palazzo is similar; the two are essentially two wings of the same hotel complex.

In that vein of "nice," Wynn and Bellagio are probably the best alternates to compare. Wynn is across the "other" street from the Fashion Show Mall LOL.
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Old Feb 15, 2023, 9:13 pm
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Your dates are over Labor Day weekend, so I am not sure where you're going to see any value anywhere.
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Hi,

I liked the Wynn/ Encore hotels and loved them,

The Resorts World complex has a Hilton, Conrad and Crockfords ( LXR)

I liked the Mandalay Bay pool area.

As others have mentioned there may be higher prices over the labor day weekend.

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Old Feb 18, 2023, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by redtop43 (Post # 1)
Hotels aren't usually a big deal to me. I stay frequently at Orleans or South Point, both nice enough but I wouldn't call them fancy. . . .

I'm looking for a much nicer hotel, without necessarily paying more per night than a house payment! I'll be traveling with someone.

I haven't stayed at that many high-end properties in Vegas. There's a fairly nice hotel across the street from Fashion Show Mall but I find the name of the hotel offensive. I think the nicest I've stayed at was Venetian, with Delano second. I think I stayed at Aria once, and maybe Signature at MGM.
For those unfamiliar with that part of Las Vegas, that would be the Trump.
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Old Feb 18, 2023, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by SPN Lifer
For those unfamiliar with that part of Las Vegas, that would be the Trump.
And this is the detail area, for those unfamiliar with the geography, as seen from the Palazzo.
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Old Feb 21, 2023, 11:10 pm
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I think I've nailed it down. I don't know exactly what my dates will be but I will probably focus on Venetian/Palozzo. They both seem to be available on Hotwire for reasonable prices. If I have to be there on a weekend maybe I'll make it the weekend after Labor Day. In general I hate the Strip but this is a special case.
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Old Mar 5, 2023, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by redtop43
Point well taken. I'm mostly looking for a nice room, maybe also a nice pool. The casino isn't a big deal at all, if for no other reason than my game of choice is blackjack and I won't play the crooked 6:5 games they mostly have on the strip. We like nice steakhouses but I'd generally rather go out to Morton's, Del Frisco's, etc. than eat in a hotel steakhouse that is probably more expensive and not as good a meal.

Of the places I've actually stayed, I liked Venetian the most, and Delano second. I guess I stayed at Cosmopolitan but not Vdara. I've never stayed at Caesar's in any kind of room.
I have stayed at several Caesars properties and none of them impressed me.

My favorites are Vegas hotels are Cosmopolitan (for location / food) and Resorts World (for Casino itself). Wynn and Encore are good options if the room is a priority as well. I wasn't a fan of the Bellagio / Caesar rooms - many of the base rooms are quite small.

If you're looking for a 3:2 BJ, Resorts World puts you closer downtown so an Uber is cheaper. Also it's right across the street from Tacos El Gordo.

Venetian is a great hotel as well but pricy because it's close to the strip. Don't sleep on the Casino restaurants--there's great food in most casinos. Sometimes pricy but usually excellent.
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Old Mar 8, 2023, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Patrick Ding
I have stayed at several Caesars properties and none of them impressed me.

My favorites are Vegas hotels are Cosmopolitan (for location / food) and Resorts World (for Casino itself). Wynn and Encore are good options if the room is a priority as well. I wasn't a fan of the Bellagio / Caesar rooms - many of the base rooms are quite small.

If you're looking for a 3:2 BJ, Resorts World puts you closer downtown so an Uber is cheaper. Also it's right across the street from Tacos El Gordo.

Venetian is a great hotel as well but pricy because it's close to the strip. Don't sleep on the Casino restaurants--there's great food in most casinos. Sometimes pricy but usually excellent.
Not to split hairs, but the Venetian is on the Strip, not just close to it. So is Palazzo. Both have great standard rooms (650-700+ square feet, very nicely appointed). For casual dining in both I really like the Grand Lux Cafe -- I know it's part of the Cheesecake Factory family, but the menu is huge and everything I've ever ordered has been very good. Prices are a bit high, but there are some good lunch portions that are well priced. Serving sizes are too big, most of the time!
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Old Apr 4, 2023, 4:16 pm
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Aria resort is my favorite!
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Old Apr 13, 2023, 1:00 am
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For the dates that I will be in Vegas, I can get Wynn Resort King or Palazzo Grand One Bedroom Suite for the same price, excluding resort fees.

Which would you take?
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