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Old 01-09-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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Hello,

I have 2 weeks of vacation from work, and have thought about visiting Vegas for 7 days or so. Might be traveling w/ 2-3 individuals.

I am looking at visiting Vegas for the first time and I'm thinking of going there during mid to late February. I've been told that 4-5 days is more than enough, but don't know if I want to go through the hassle of catching a flight to and from only to enjoy a few nights there.

I've googled, and was presented w/ glamorous links and suggestions. I was hoping for more insight from folks and figured this would be a good place to start.

I wanted a centralized location w/ everything closeby as I don't think I'll be renting a car. Would taxi be a great alternative and option?

I had looked at the bellagio but would like suggestions. I'm thinking about actually booking a suite and just enjoy whatever is around. Looking more for an upper scaled suite. This is more of a trip to unwind & relax. I'm not too into sit down shows, but like to eat, shop, and enjoy exhibits/aquariums and that type of thing. I don't really gamble at tables, but would love to play lottery, and sports betting.

As far as night clubs, and that type of thing, would any area be better off limits?

Thanks.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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first suggestion is leave the minor home.....seriously....even the places that claim "kid Friendlyness" really aren't and never have been ....
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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^^ I wouldn't bring a minor with me either. Not for a trip longer than a couple of days. They are not allowed on the gaming floor of any casino, nor any nightclub or bar. After a day or two of seeing the more family friendly options out there, your minor is going to be bored no matter if the person is 6 or 18.

If you are going to be staying at the Bellagio, you have many dining and entertainment options available fairly close by.

Get a meal at Bouchon at the Venetian, see the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. The Titanic exhibit is also popular. There are live bands downtown on Fremont street that you could grab a cab to go see for free. I enjoy the dueling piano bar at The NYNY.

Lots to do, but you limit your options if you have someone underage with you.

The site I'm linking below didn't use to offer specific deals or information on a given property, but they do now and it's much more useful. Enjoy your trip!

Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Casinos, Restaurants, Maps and Things to Do
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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^^ I wouldn't bring a minor with me either. Not for a trip longer than a couple of days. They are not allowed on the gaming floor of any casino, nor any nightclub or bar. After a day or two of seeing the more family friendly options out there, your minor is going to be bored no matter if the person is 6 or 18.

If you are going to be staying at the Bellagio, you have many dining and entertainment options available fairly close by.

Get a meal at Bouchon at the Venetian, see the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. The Titanic exhibit is also popular. There are live bands downtown on Fremont street that you could grab a cab to go see for free. I enjoy the dueling piano bar at The NYNY.

Lots to do, but you limit your options if you have someone underage with you.

The site I'm linking below didn't use to offer specific deals or information on a given property, but they do now and it's much more useful. Enjoy your trip!

Las Vegas Hotels, Shows, Casinos, Restaurants, Maps and Things to Do
I can do w/o the minor.

Thanks. I've been reviewing a lot on the suites, and looking at options. It's too bad some suites offer just one bed. lol How about shopping? If I had to ask, which hotel would provide me w/ what I want and need? Any shuttle to and from the airport? I would like to book somewhere that fits most of what I want.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Orange County
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I used to take my kids to Las Vegas when they were younger. I would only take them during the pool season so we could spend part of the time out by the pool. At night we would walk around the strip and go to some of the casinos that had kid games and entertainment. Some of the days we would go to Lake Mead and rent a boat for the day.
It all worked out very well. If I tried to take them now since they are teenagers they would probably be bored and get on my nerves.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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How about shopping?
Almost all of the resort hotels on the strip have their own shopping experiences, and if you still have money after checking those out, you can go to the Fashion Show mall, which is also on the strip.

Fashion Show Mall - Upscale Shopping, Dining, Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:50 AM
 
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Hello,

I have 2 weeks of vacation from work, and have thought about visiting Vegas for 7 days or so. Might be traveling w/ 2-3 individuals.

I am looking at visiting Vegas for the first time and I'm thinking of going there during mid to late February. I've been told that 4-5 days is more than enough, but don't know if I want to go through the hassle of catching a flight to and from only to enjoy a few nights there.
If you go full-steam, you may want find that by Day 3 or 4, you've had enough. LOL But if you pace yourself, there's a lot to do for a week or even more.

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I wanted a centralized location w/ everything closeby as I don't think I'll be renting a car. Would taxi be a great alternative and option?
I find this map easy to understand. Basically, you'll want to stay anywhere between Wynn/Encore and MGM. (The resorts further south are okay to great, but you'll be cabbing/bussing it a lot.)

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I had looked at the bellagio but would like suggestions. I'm thinking about actually booking a suite and just enjoy whatever is around. Looking more for an upper scaled suite.
If you like the Bellagio, you'll probably also be interested in Caesars Palace, Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo or Cosmopolitan.

Suites in Vegas casino resorts are different in that they are for a single or couple to enjoy ample space rather than to crowd a bunch of people in. There are alternatives to that - e.g. Carriage House, Jockey Club, Elara - but you won't have the traditional "casino experience." You're better off booking the two best standard rooms that your budget will allow.

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As far as night clubs, and that type of thing, would any area be better off limits?
If your party is primarily male, over 30 and doesn't drink upscale liquor, the "hot" nightclubs will be a waste of time. Otherwise, it may be worth it to reserve a table for bottle service so you'll not only have a place to sit but you'll also feel like "VIPs". Be ready to invest $1000 or more between all the members of your group. If you'd rather not deal with that, most casino resorts have a lounge that features a live band or sometimes a DJ where you can breeze in and out for the cost of a few drinks.

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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I can do w/o the minor.

Thanks. I've been reviewing a lot on the suites, and looking at options. It's too bad some suites offer just one bed. lol How about shopping? If I had to ask, which hotel would provide me w/ what I want and need? Any shuttle to and from the airport? I would like to book somewhere that fits most of what I want.
The Venetian may be right for you since they have one of the restaurants I mentioned and also extensive shopping. Aria at City Center is another option, as is Caesars. ( I'm not impressed with the food at Caesars, but others have said they really enjoyed their stay.)

The Cosmopolitan is very popular and is located next to City Center so you'd have easy access to the amenities at both properties, including the Crystals mall.

The Fashion Show mall (as mentioned above) is also conveniently located and has a wide variety of stores.

Can't help you with the airport shuttle thing (as a local, I have never used one). You would need to call the property and ask, or maybe one of our regular visitors will chime in.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Henderson
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Go on facebook and friend the casino/hotels on the strip...They are sending out awesome room deals right now and some include a free buffet or two with stay. ex: Luxor offering rooms for $29....that will help you save a little...great advice about the minor, even though I moved my 3 kids out here, but living here is different...The Pub at Monte Carlo has really good eats...
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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I missed the airport shuttle question. Casino resorts don't offer shuttles. You can catch one easily enough at the airport (or reserve in advance through your travel agent) for maybe $8/person. But if there's going to be more than two of you, then a taxi would be a better value at it will be around $20 (+ tip) to most Strip locations. (Tell the cab driver to *not* take the tunnel.) Heck, a limo for ~$50 (+ tip) might be worth a slight splurge...at least for your arrival.
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