what hotel for first time trip to Vegas?

currycookFebruary 11, 2005

Friends have recommended Mandalay Bay or the Bellagio. We don't gamble much at all, but want good restaurants and a really nice room. We will plan to see a show or two-don't need to be at the same hotel. Any recommendations or comments on the two hotels mentioned?

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We stayed at the Holiday Inn right on the strip. It was a few years ago, and the price was very good compared to the "Name" hotels. It was perfectly fine. We walked everywhere from the hotel.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 9:57PM
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The Venetian is one of my favorites. If you can afford it, try the four seasons on top of the Bellagio. The Venetian has great rooms.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2005 at 5:13PM
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Thanks homepro01, for the recommendation. BTW-is that "four seasons" you mention a restaurant or a suite or ...?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2005 at 6:21PM
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The Four Seasons is a Hotel and it is on top of the Bellagio. It is an upscale Ritz Carlton and I believe the company that owns the Four Seasons also own the Ritz. You can see Toto toilets in operation at the Venetian:-)

Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 7:50PM
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The Four Seasons Hotel is built into the Mandelay Bay Hotel. I don't believe that the Bellagio has anything to do with it. All three are beautiful(Venetian, Bellagio and Mandelay). The spa in the Venetian is an offshoot of the Canyon Ranch. Rooms there are all mini-suites. THe Mandelay tends to host a younger crowd. All have wonderful restaurants.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 6:54AM
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The Rio is three blocks north of the strip, and tries harder as a result. It is well run, friendly, inexpensive and a lot of fun. They comped us to a 800 sq ft corner room with a wonderful view of the strip, when we mentioned at check in that we were there for an anniversery. The food was fair to good, depending on how classy the place was that you chose to eat at. We don't gamble, so I cant tell you much about the casino.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 12:35AM
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I haven't been there in 5 years so I'm not sure about the hotels. If you don't gamble, rent a car and drive out to Red Rock Canyon. It's very beautiful.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 11:11PM
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Check out any hotels you are considering at tripadvisor.com .
You will find lots of customer reviews there.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2005 at 2:59PM
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Last time I went to Vegas, I stayed at Paris and it was very nice!

I did not like staying at Monte Carlo. Treasure Island was just average. Luxor was pretty nice, and Tropicana is decent for an inexpensive choice. But my #1 would have to be Paris!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 1:35PM
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I thought the Rio was awful -- definitely caters to the college crowd, and they certainly didn't try very hard to please us when we were there.

I enjoyed Harrahs as one of the more middle-of-the-road hotels. It's in the middle of everything, so you can walk to just about every other major hotel. The rooms are sort of bland, though.

If I had the choice (and the money) I'd go for the Venetian or Bellagio. They're both absolutely gorgeous.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 2:48PM
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