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Old 08-08-2012, 09:57 PM   #151
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So I guess you think 3 star hotels are a dive then. Hmm........
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:02 PM   #152
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So I guess you think 3 star hotels are a dive then. Hmm........
3 out of how many stars?
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:04 PM   #153
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You forgot to rank Balley's, MGM and Mirage..... but I'm pretty sure where they would fall in your rankings.
Non-dive. Perfectly middle class, although the only of the three I like to stay at is Mirage. Bally's and MGM I have some hate for but I wouldn't call them dives.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:10 PM   #154
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3 out of how many stars?
Many/most of the hotels on your dive list have a Forbes 3 star rating (3 out of 5) or a AAA 3 diamond rating (also 3 out of 5).

I would not call a hotel a dive until it drops to 1 star or less.

Most people would call your dive hotels average hotels.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:30 AM   #155
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Oooh, hotel review threads. My favorite!

I think I'll go in order of my favorite/s and go down that way. Also a little different of a review, perhaps, as it's coming from a female perspective. Might be something to keep in mind for those bringing their wives/gfs/escorts or both/all three.

Vdara - This is my favorite hotel in Vegas, and kind of by a long shot. It's so modern, clean, and quiet. I know eco74 was saying the rooms are fairly standard and nothing to write home about, but this is the one hotel I always suggest to people.

Pros: Great location, clean, quiet, little kitchenette so that you can cook there, or store things in the fridge. Separate "living room" area. No casino. This was originally very frightening to me@ no casino, and I was going to stay at Aria again for the same price. Got a little encouragement from my mom to try something new, and no regrets. 5 min walk to Aria and Bellagio anyways. No stumbling through the casino to get to your room, since the elevators are right in the lobby.

Cons: High resort fee. Also had a security alert/alarm while I was in the room alone at 8:00 am and scared the bejesus out of me. I thought the place was getting bombed. Not a lot of food choices, from what I remember.

Wynn

Pros: Lovely rooms, very nice bathrooms, LCD tv in the bathroom, very upscale feeling decor, ability to call in from room to poker room and see where you are on the waiting list. Most comfortable sheets I've ever slept in. Close to Fashion Show Mall. Free slippers (I didn't just steal them. The maid told me they were meant to be taken).

Cons: A little hoity toity, not the best location, although if you're just playing poker at Wynn and Venetian mostly, then it's fine.

Aria

Pros: AWESOME bathroom - My bathroom is currently being remodelled and inspired by the bathroom there. MOST comfortable beds I have ever slept on. I looked online to find the beds they use and have one as close as I can get to it. Great poker room. That French place that sells delicious and fattening desserts. Decent cafe. Great location.

Cons: No counter space in the bathroom Rooms are pretty small. Too high tech for me, but I think that's supposed to be a pro for most people.


Venetian

Pros: Busy poker room, nice smell throughout the place, very big standard rooms, Grand Luxe Cafe (drooool), cheesy indoor boat ride thing. Decent sized flat-screen tv (I think 40 or 42"), separate living room area.

Cons: Has an "old people" kind of luxurious appeal to it. The decor would be a pro if I was 62 years old. Easy to get lost trying to get to your room from parkade. I stayed there for 6 days and still had a hard time figuring things out b/c I had been in some sort of "upgraded" room which I actually think was a standard room, off in some obscure part of the hotel. Pretty much NEVER got maid service the entire time, because I wouldn't leave the room 'til 2:00 pm or so, and they never called to ask if I wanted the room done. Not a huge deal, since I mostly just want towels anyways.

Okay, too much writing for now.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:01 AM   #156
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I'm bored, so I'm gonna keep going after all.

Bellagio: The outside of this hotel is probably my favorite, but because the rooms are such junk, it's 5th on my list. And it would probably be lower, but there are many things I like about it.

Pros: Fountains, poker room spreads every game I play (I like the variety between limit and no limit, vs. places that only spread NL, or else only spread 2/4 limit), conservatory in the lobby (it's a 'ritual' of mine to visit it every Vegas trip and take pictures), Noodles (droooool), decent sized bathrooms, great shopping, best location.

Cons: The rooms. For a hotel that is supposed to be 5 Stars, get with the program. I read on this thread that they are being updated. It's about time. I went a few years ago and was disappointed by the size of the rooms, the CRT tvs (eco74 has heard me ***** about this about 12 times), and just the overall outdatedness of the room. It wasn't even like Venetian where it could be considered luxurious if you're 62 years old.
Poker room staff (including some of the dealers) are very weird and stuck up. Having said that, they also run an extremely busy poker room, and deal with some huge d-bags/bagettes so I guess I can cut them some slack. Kind of a far walk from the front to the poker room. But I'll survive.

The next few, I can't really decide which I like best. They're all kind of muddled.

Planet Hollywood - I've stayed here once when it was Aladdin, and twice as Planet Hollywood.

Pros: Upbeat, fun, young vibe. Hot girls dealing in the Pleasure Pit and more hot girls dancing on the podium thingies in the middle of the pits. Spice Market Buffet (although the last time I went, I didn't love it as much as previous times. I also don't love buffets are much as I used to, so that might be part of it). Miracle Mile Shops is nice and convenient to have around. Earl Of Sandwich is always a cheap and convenient choice. Short walk to get to Bellagio/Aria. Lots of options for cheap food - McDonalds is there, Panda Express, Walgreens.

Cons: Very small rooms. Very little area besides the sleeping area. I think CRT tvs (I was only there a month ago, and somehow forget whether they were flatscreens or CRTs). Pool looked relatively lame.

Bally's:

Pros: Location. Cheap table games. Size of rooms is decent.

Cons: Rooms aren't very nice. Bathrooms aren't very nice and border on creepy. Beds feel cheap. Even if I only wanted a bathroom to "****, shower and shave" as you men call it, this would not be the place for that. I don't want to feel dirty in the bathroom, and don't want to wake up after a night's sleep on a POS bed and need to head to the masseuse. Might not be an issue for the guys, as some may very much like to head to the masseuses in Vegas

Mandalay Bay:

Pros: Decent sized rooms, fairly nice bathroom (might be biased because I expected something horrible), awesome pool.

Cons: The location of the hotel is so bad that I barely remember any of the pros. Neverrrr again will I stay here, even though the hotel itself isn't bad at all. I would never suggest staying here unless you have a car. It's not even about being lazy (though I AM admittedly lazy), but just the inconvenience of staying here. Poker room is supposedly good during conventions, but apparently I wasn't there during a convention, because all they had was a handfull of boring and nitty 1/2 NL games with a bunch of shortstackers. Small sample size, obv.

Okay, that's all for now for real this time.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:29 PM   #157
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The short answer is book a room at Flamingo. Their pools are decent and you are within walking distance to 6+ poker rooms that regularly spread 2/5.

As for buffets, try the one at Paris and go from there. Most all of the hotels have one. Just depends on how much you want to spend.
I did some research on Flamingo
Seems it really fits my desires...
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #158
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Aria

Pros: AWESOME bathroom - My bathroom is currently being remodelled and inspired by the bathroom there. MOST comfortable beds I have ever slept on. I looked online to find the beds they use and have one as close as I can get to it. Great poker room.
Hi there,

Can you share what model bed you found that was most similar and where you purchased it and the cost?

Thanks!! I also loved the bed at Aria!
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #159
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Oooh, hotel review threads. My favorite!

Vdara - This is my favorite hotel in Vegas, and kind of by a long shot. It's so modern, clean, and quiet. I know eco74 was saying the rooms are fairly standard and nothing to write home about, but this is the one hotel I always suggest to people.

My feeling on the place is more that it is quite nice but doesn't have that Vegas swank/glitz that one sometimes wants. There isn't much "wow" to it, but it is nice, quite upscale and very comfortable. I stayed in one of the 2BR suites and was a bit disappointed that it felt more like an upscale apartment than a swanky Vegas hotel suite. And yes, I know why I liked my suite at Aria much more.


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Cons: Has an "old people" kind of luxurious appeal to it. The decor would be a pro if I was 62 years old.
The above is pretty much exactly how I feel about Caesars, whereas with Venetian I totally get that and see that but think it's more like they're luxury for the masses. Luxury for people who don't really know what luxury is.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:04 PM   #160
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Many/most of the hotels on your dive list have a Forbes 3 star rating (3 out of 5) or a AAA 3 diamond rating (also 3 out of 5).

I would not call a hotel a dive until it drops to 1 star or less.

Most people would call your dive hotels average hotels.
Fair enough...but I don't think it's even arguable that a few of the places on my list would be considered below average. Particularly since we're only comparing Vegas strip hotels which probably have an overall higher degree of quality than most other cities/areas.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:03 PM   #161
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Hi there,

Can you share what model bed you found that was most similar and where you purchased it and the cost?

Thanks!! I also loved the bed at Aria!
I will look at mine when I get home. WHen I went to buy my bed, I told the guy I wanted xxx model, similar to what they had at a hotel I had stayed at. He said that mattress stores all sell the same beds, but call them different model names so that people can't go from store to store to price match. Not sure whether this is true or not, or whether he was just trying to pull a "fast one" on me.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #162
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I did some research on Flamingo
Seems it really fits my desires...
Thank ya
Book a GO room, it costs a little more but well worth it from what I've been told.
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:11 PM   #163
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Aria protip - if you get a basic room make sure it is on floor 8 or higher. last time I checked in to a room on the 6th floor and the furniture was not renovated, minibar not stocked with nice stuff, room was fairly beat up, and of course view was crap. the furniture in the normal rooms is so nicely styled that i had to immediately switch. i feel bad for whoever got my original room after, especially if it was their first visit to Aria ...
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:58 PM   #164
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I will look at mine when I get home. WHen I went to buy my bed, I told the guy I wanted xxx model, similar to what they had at a hotel I had stayed at. He said that mattress stores all sell the same beds, but call them different model names so that people can't go from store to store to price match. Not sure whether this is true or not, or whether he was just trying to pull a "fast one" on me.
Thanks, were you able to find a make and model on your bed?
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Thanks, were you able to find a make and model on your bed?
Weird, I thought my bed was a Sealy Beautyrest, but it's a Simmons Beautyrest. Apparently both brands (or maybe they one owns the other?) make a Beautyrest bed. I'm 99% sure that the beds are Aria are Sealy brand, so I'm not entire sure why the salesguy pointed us in this direction and said it was the closest we'd come to an "Aria bed." I looked on the tag just now and its:

BRAND NEW Simmons Beautyrest WORLD CLASS Canada’s Best Victoria II Comfort Top Silk Viscolastic Latex Firm white 14 inch pocketed coil natural latex memory foam Euro-top knit silk king size mattress $4299 $1298.

I think you can pick the firmness though. I chose the one that isn't quite as plush as Aria, b/c I like a firmer bed. When I bought it, it was around $1800 with a 10% discount for signing up for the store credit card.
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Weird, I thought my bed was a Sealy Beautyrest, but it's a Simmons Beautyrest. Apparently both brands (or maybe they one owns the other?) make a Beautyrest bed. I'm 99% sure that the beds are Aria are Sealy brand, so I'm not entire sure why the salesguy pointed us in this direction and said it was the closest we'd come to an "Aria bed." I looked on the tag just now and its:

BRAND NEW Simmons Beautyrest WORLD CLASS Canada’s Best Victoria II Comfort Top Silk Viscolastic Latex Firm white 14 inch pocketed coil natural latex memory foam Euro-top knit silk king size mattress $4299 $1298.

I think you can pick the firmness though. I chose the one that isn't quite as plush as Aria, b/c I like a firmer bed. When I bought it, it was around $1800 with a 10% discount for signing up for the store credit card.
You forgot all the bedding details that is important also
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You forgot all the bedding details that is important also
Hahaha, welll.....when it comes to the actual bedding of hotels, so far, Wynn takes the cake on that one. Aria's is okay too, but the Wynn's is in a class of its own. AND you can buy it at the Wynn store in the hotel, assuming it still exists.

Having said that, what I have for bedding now at my house is the mother f'ing bomb. I honestly feel like I am in paradise when I go to bed. I only included this little paragraph in case you meant I forgot about the bedding details of my home, or Aria. LOL
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:05 PM   #168
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Fair enough...but I don't think it's even arguable that a few of the places on my list would be considered below average. Particularly since we're only comparing Vegas strip hotels which probably have an overall higher degree of quality than most other cities/areas.
FWIW I agree with your entire list.
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I do remember the Red Rocks beds were my favorite
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I got to the Flamingo on July 4th and had a pleasant experience. I had a GO Deluxe room but was pleasantly surprised when they upgraded me to a suite when I checked in. The nice thing about the Flamingo is that they don't require a deposit to stay there. So while I could not make any room charges (and this helped lighten my bill), it allowed me not to have to use my credit cards or debit cards for a hold on the room and gave me free use of any available funds I might have.

The room was nice and clean with 1.5 bathrooms (no tub though) and a separate living area with a large flat screen TV and couch in the living area. This included a DVD player in both the living room and bedroom areas. I wish I had brought my own porn to watch however. The room had good climate control and was very comfortable. Overall I was happy and the price was right...free!!! I am diamond so I guess I'm a degen.

The food was fine for the most part. The buffet and cafe had selections and the food was what I expected but wasn't bad at all. But for the most part it was good old fashioned American comfort food, burgers, eggs with cheese over potatoes, etc. etc. I did not try the Mexican food joint inside the Flamingo so I can not comment about it. Now they do have a Diamond lounge but aside from the weekends it opens at 4PM and there is only a selection of hot food for about 2 hours. I was disappointed in this.

The casino itself is small but comfortable and pretty much the only poker the Flamingo spreads is 1/2 and 2/4 LHE. But the location is great and accessible to pretty much any centrally located stip casino you want. I even walked to the MGM for the 2+2 party and this is doable although a cab is probably easier. It was nice to see $10 Pai Gow and $5 black jack as far as the eye can see at the Flamingo especially if you want to do Vegas on a budget. Bills right next door as a $0.50/$1.00 NLHE game that has a minimum buy-in of $20. I bought in for $60 and lost unfortunately, but it was a fun game with lots of loose action.

I did not try the pool at the Flamingo which was my one regret while staying there but I'll definitely try it next time I am there. So I can't comment on that. But I like the Flamingo better than Harrahs but kind of up in the air as to which is better between the Flamingo or Ballys, but Bally's rooms are nicer in general, especially in the North Tower. I would definitely stay there again if I felt like it. The shuttle at Harrahs or Ballys makes it easy to get to the Rio too.

I saw plenty of good looking women while I was there too. But that is Vegas for you and Bill's next door has a nightclub that a lot of young folks were going to I guess if you're in town on a budget.

All in all I was pleased staying at Flamingo and would choose that over Harrahs any day of the week. And the price is comparable.

How was your experience there?
Is it true that there is free wi-fi all over the hotel? I read this online, but haven't been able to confirm from people who have actually stayed at Flamingo...
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Is it true that there is free wi-fi all over the hotel? I read this online, but haven't been able to confirm from people who have actually stayed at Flamingo...
No it is not
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:23 AM   #172
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For those following I've been trying to decide on hotel when I visit in November this year

A casino a never considered but has sent through a redic price is Monte Carlo

What are the opinions on it? It's location is decent and we would most likely spend most out time somewhere else, is the hotel itself decent/nice?
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For those following I've been trying to decide on hotel when I visit in November this year

A casino a never considered but has sent through a redic price is Monte Carlo

What are the opinions on it? It's location is decent and we would most likely spend most out time somewhere else, is the hotel itself decent/nice?
It gets a little skeevier by the day, but it's not a terrible option. Basically on par with most of the other mid-range places. Factoring in quality of the place and quality of the clientele, I'd consider it a little better than Flamingo or Harrah's, definitely worse than PH or Paris. Location is of course great. Rooms are very standard.
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$20 trick at Aria

I will be in Vegas next month and staying at Aria. Has anyone tried the $20 trick here and got upgraded to a Suite from a standard room? I don't care about two queen beds or strip view in a standard room.
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I will be in Vegas next month and staying at Aria. Has anyone tried the $20 trick here and got upgraded to a Suite from a standard room? I don't care about two queen beds or strip view in a standard room.
Ill be there the 9/11 and 9/12 I plan to try it out, ill let you know.
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