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TIKIWAGON
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Posted: 2011-07-20 03:45 am   Permalink

We are coming over for a vacation in septmber/october and will be in vegas for a couple of days,Any suggestions on places to stay,(we will be doing frankies/neon museum etc whilst there)I have seen a place called the tahitian village but it looks a long way from the strip,(lots of cab rides),Is it any good or are we better staying on the strip in one of the casinos,If so what is good and fairly cheap,(will be in town 24/25th oct)any other places to go and see whilst there?

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-07-20 07:53 am   Permalink

Stay in Downtown, it's much closer to Frankie's and the Neon Boneyard than the Strip. Also MUCH better value and gaming odds (if that's your thing)...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=30590&forum=1&start=0&208

For best value, I'd recommend the El Cortez (or the groovy El Cabana Suites across the street).

The newly refurbished Gold Spike is also fantastic value but some of my friends are horrified by the type of people who stay there (hey, I stay there !!) Mid-week you can get some pretty "Modern" but basic rooms for $40 per night. Request rooms in the Tower there, not the adjacent Pool "wing".

Both the Gold Spike and the El Cortez are a short stroll to the world famous Fremont Street.

If you want to stay under the canopy and pay more money, the Golden Nugget (especially the new Rush Tower) provides luxury rooms on par with some of best on the Strip (but at low to mid-tier Strip prices).

If you do visit the Strip, the Cosmopolitan is a pretty impressive place. And if you MUST stay on the Strip, the historic Tropicana has been recently renovated.

I'll be in London on Aug 8-10. Where should I stay there ??? Any Tiki ??

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exquisitecorpse
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Posted: 2011-07-20 09:45 am   Permalink

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On 2011-07-20 07:53, JOHN-O wrote:
If you want to stay under the canopy and pay more money, the Golden Nugget (especially the new Rush Tower) provides luxury rooms on par with some of best on the Strip.

If you do visit the Strip, the Cosmopolitan is a pretty impressive place. And if you MUST stay on the Strip, the historic Tropicana has been recently renovated.



The golden nugget is the nicest hotel in downtown vegas.
i've stayed in the carson tower last year and had no complaints.
when i stayed it was $10 a night more than the plaza which was a total dump; although to be fair they have started renovations since then.

i stayed at the tropicana 3 years ago the room the initially gave me was filthy but they switched me to a room in another tower that had already been renovated.
the trop is at the south end of the strip so plan on doing a lot of walking or take the deuce bus or the monorail

i've also stayed in bally's this summer while not having been renovated in a long time our room was well maintained. we had an amazing view of the pool & eifel tower at paris and the fountains at the belaggio from our room window. unfortunately the hallways were dark and grimy and full of discarded room service carts.

usually i stay at the orleans which is off the strip but has free shuttle service to and from the strip from 9-midnight.
rooms are clean and nice and very reasonable.








 
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TIKIWAGON
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Posted: 2011-07-20 1:27 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all of the interesting info, great reading.
Does anybody know anyone that has stayed at the Tahiti Village? As it looks quite cool, and nice that is down the other end of the strip!
Thanks.


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-07-26 12:31 am   Permalink

Tahiti Village is far from Frankies-approximately a 20-30 buck cab ride one way(plus tip!). It is mostly a time share place. I have never checked out the grounds, so I can't speak about whether it is nice or not.
BUT......My feeling is this; you are coming all the way from England, so you can't easily go to Las vegas a bunch of times each year, plus I am going to make a guess that this is your first trip to Las Vegas, so why would you want to stay AWAY from the action at Tahiti Village! Stay either downtown, or on the Strip. The Plaza will be reopened and Renovated by then, so it could be great. The El Cortez is a favorite of a bunch on my friends and the Golden Nugget is a nice place.

Don't stay at Tahiti Village. My two cents! (or Pence)
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TIKIWAGON
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Posted: 2011-07-26 06:45 am   Permalink

Hi Mr Smiley
Thanks for the info, yes we have been to Vegas quite a few times before and have always stayed on the strip in the big casinos, which is great, but I am going through a stressful time at the minute, so this trip is more of a switch off/chill out time, and the Tahiti Village look great for that, and they also have a free shuttlebus every 20 minutes to the strip and we have our hire car, so we will hit the big casinos too! Thanks for the help. See you there!


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-07-27 07:45 am   Permalink

Tahiti Village is on the other side of the airport, in an area apparently zoned for apts, condos & timeshares. Yes, they do have shuttles. The tropical architecture is most apparent in the lobby, the giant A Frame over the Dennys and in the Tahiti Joe's restaurant. I did not stay there, however.

Without a car, I would say better to Taxi there and stay Downtown on the Strip, where one can walk places.
The El Cortez is Vegas' most historic casino, so unless the rooms are renovated, I would only stay there for a historical vibe.

The Flamingo has a very chill vibe, particularly at the pool, and is walking distance to many hotels, and for those which are not in walking distance, the monorail is across the street, behind Bally's.


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-07-27 07:46 am   Permalink

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[i]On 2011-07-20 07:53, JOHN-O wrote:

The newly refurbished Gold Spike is also fantastic value but some of my friends are horrified by the type of people who stay there (hey, I stay there !!) Mid-week you can get some pretty "Modern" but basic rooms for $40 per night. Request rooms in the Tower there, not the adjacent Pool "wing".



That is an excellent rate. Photos look good on Tripadvisor.


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-07-27 08:04 am   Permalink

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On 2011-07-27 07:45, christiki295 wrote:
...The El Cortez is Vegas' most historic casino, so unless the rooms are renovated, I would only stay there for a historical vibe.


The rooms at the El Cortez (actually the whole place) were renovated several years ago. It's not a smokey dump anymore. The Tower rooms there are some of the best in Downtown (excluding Golden Nugget of course).

Also their boutique wing across the street, The Cabana Suites is almost the same price as the hotel casino proper.



 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-07-28 10:47 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-07-27 08:04, JOHN-O wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-07-27 07:45, christiki295 wrote:
...The El Cortez is Vegas' most historic casino, so unless the rooms are renovated, I would only stay there for a historical vibe.


The rooms at the El Cortez (actually the whole place) were renovated several years ago. It's not a smokey dump anymore. The Tower rooms there are some of the best in Downtown (excluding Golden Nugget of course).

Also their boutique wing across the street, The Cabana Suites is almost the same price as the hotel casino proper.





Who knew?
Those are nice!
I want to stay at the El Cortez downtown next time!


 
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cathuna
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Posted: 2011-08-01 11:03 am   Permalink

El Cortez is my favourite! First time we stayed we got a room on the top floor with a balcony. I had real trouble getting the door open but managed it - was a fantastic view and a great place to relax with a beer before heading out to Firefly or Frankies! We stayed again last year and I requested - and got - the same room, but the balcony door had been fixed up so it couldn't be opened at all - sad. Next time I'm booking us into Plaza, as I'm sure it'll be a great place to stay once renovated, and it has balconies! And the added convenience of Firefly right on site ) mmmm those fries, and the sangria!


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-11-08 11:13 pm   Permalink

El Cortez is sold out or has a long minimum right before NYE.
Apparently, the memo has been widely disseminated.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2011-11-09 09:45 am   Permalink

We stayed at the Golden Gate. Very cheap rooms. Small, but, it's just a place to sleep. And the tables had good minimums and odds. Plus go-go dancers!

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2011-11-10 1:42 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-11-09 09:45, Swanky wrote:
We stayed at the Golden Gate. Very cheap rooms. Small, but, it's just a place to sleep. And the tables had good minimums and odds. Plus go-go dancers!



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Double Crown
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Posted: 2011-11-11 11:16 am   Permalink

I was just in Vegas a few weeks ago for the Las Vegas Shakedown fest. Stayed 2 nights at the Golden Nugget, 2 nights at the El Cortez Cabana Suites, then after a few days in Arizona, came back for one more night at the Cosmopolitan before flying home. Golden Nugget rooms were nice and the pool area is pretty swank, complete with a water slide that goes through a huge shark tank. Gambling was okay, but the drinks were just so so and the buffet is pretty mediocre. El Cortez was nice, although the room pictured in this thread is a suite - the standard rooms are smaller. I had a ground floor room, which wasn't a big deal. The room did have a strange smell though. That was the only negative. The casino was very smoky, but I didn't gamble much there and it's completely separate from the Cabana Suites. The Cosmo was amazing - free wifi throughout the hotel, "Art-O-Mats" (converted cigarette machines that now dispense locally produced art for $5), and several mixology bars where they comp $14 drinks if you play video poker. Don't order Polynesian drinks though - they have trouble making them, but there are 12-15 choices on their drink menus, all of which were quite tasty.

It was a quick 5 minute drive from downtown to Frankie's, but since I drove, I could only have a couple of drinks. Downtown has some great bars, including the Griffin and Downtown Cocktail Bar.
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