Welllllllllll..........::cracking my knuckles::
Hotel rooms: Depends on what part of the week you're coming. The rates skyrocket for the weekends. If you're staying in the middle of the week you get MUCH better rates. It's hard when people ask you about hotel rates because you need to know what you are looking for - somewhere nice, somewhere cheap, somewhere safe, somewhere flashy, somewhere convenient, etc. Do you want to stay on the Strip? If you're renting a car you'll find cheaper rates at the neighborhood casino's hands-down, but you'll miss a piece of the Strip experience by doing that. Most of my frequent "out-of-towners" like staying at the Excalibur, Imperial Palace, Stardust, and Riviera. The Tropicana is also nice, but get a room in the Tower, not the motel portion. Same with the Stardust - some of the older casino's have motel portions, you want the Tower. Remember the old adage - you get what you pay for. If I were going to splurge I'd stay at the Mirage, Venetian, or Paris. Checkout www.lasvegas.com
for rate comparisons.
Best food for your Buck: C'MON!!! This is the city of Buffets!! Food is cheap at the buffets and coffee shops. Well, except for the Bellagio and Mirage - but WOW is the food good! Prices will be more expensive for specialty restaurants like steak houses and chinese food.
Casino's with the loosest slots - HA! If we knew that, we'd be playing there! You take your chance where ever you go. My Dad hit big at Cesaer's Palace once on a dollar slot machine. But it's just luck, I'm afraid. Now, if you are going to play any of the table card games, I can give you some definite pointers. Table play is a whole different ball game.
Shows/attractions: My favorite part! Prioritized by MUST-SEE freebies!!
1. THE FOUNTAINS AT THE BELLAGIO - I don't care if you don't see anything else, you've GOT to see this!
2. Pirate show at Treasure Island
3. Forum Shops at Cesaer's Palace
- Not a must-see, because to me, it looks kinda hokey now since everything else is bigger and better, but if you walk by the Mirage at night, take a peek at the Volcano out front.
Shows! Depends on how much you want to spend. I've seen some bad one's and some that are truly amazing and spectacular.
I'll start with the bad...
- Anything at the Luxor sucks. Well, okay, not the Blue Man group. But anything else there!
- Most things with showgirls, like, "Crazy Girls", "Bottoms Up", and "Skin Tight" will make you groan. Unless you are a guy and like topless mindless shows. I don't include "Jubilee" with this as it is Vegas tradition and still one of the best original Vegas shows on the Strip.
- "Splash" at the Riviera. Sucks. They should be embarrassed.
- The best show you will see on the Strip is "O" at the Bellagio. But OH are those tickets expensive! Don't gag too loud, but from seeing it just a few days ago, it was worth it at $121.00 per person. I know, but it was worth it, no lie.
- "Mystere" at Treasure Island. Truly amazing. Also $$, but worth it. $88.00 per person.
- "EFX Alive" starring Rick Springfield, at the MGM Grand. Kinda cool! I saw it with Tommy Tune, but I think Rick would be more fun. $55 - $75.
- "Blue Man Group" at the Luxor. Weird but very cool and different! $79 - $90.
- For some reason my cousins really like "An Evening at La Cage" at the Riviera. I haven't seen it, but I heard it's pretty good. $37 - $48.
The hotels! Make sure you walk through the Venetian, Mirage, Bellagio, Paris, and Cesaer's Palace. Seems to me they all start looking alike after you go through those.
You might want to go up to the top of the Stratosphere. There is a roller coaster up there and a drop you thingy ride. Lot's of cool shops in the Stratosphere that are affordable, unlike the Forum shops at Cesaer's where you see celebrities mostly buying stuff outrageously expensive but cool to look at. Oh!! I almost forgot the Aladdin! They also have great shops in their "Desert Passage", beautiful, beautiful place.
If this is a lot, I'm just touching on the high points. There is soooo much to do and see that I may not even know about.
Remember if you get tired of walking up and down the strip, there are usually buses that run every 10 minutes up and down the Strip, but the bus drivers are on strike. If you are tired and see a bus, don't say, "oh I'll wait for the next one" because you'll be waiting a LONG time.