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My Las Vegas memories

I first arrived in Las Vegas Labour Day weekend 1992, we arrived at night by car and at this time this was the only way to to arrive in Las Vegas. From miles away you started seeing the faint gleam of neon as you got nearer as you took twists and corners in the road the light got brighter and the excitement rose. I had never been to Las Vegas and to be honest had not read much about it, this visit was just a short stop on a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, I knew that there were casinos there and I knew that there were shows but nothing more than that. The Las Vegas we arrived to was amazing and immediately I fell in love with the town. On this first trip I had gaming lessons at The Sands, munched 3 castle burgers for 99c at the Hacienda, had 99c Shrimp cocktails, surf and turf for $3.99 and buffets for less than than the cost of Starbucks Latte. I did a Bungee jump at AJ Hackett which was located behind Ballys when you got up the tower it was pitch black to the desert on the East, on what is now a highly populated valley. In 1992 you could get all sorts of freebies from almost every Casino just for gracing it with your presence it was a totally different town.

On my first visit there was no Mandalay Bay, no Luxor, no MGM Grand, no Monte Carlo, no NYNY, No Paris, Bellagio or Venetian, Treasure Island was not built and the Desert Inn proudly sat on the lot now occupied by Wynn. Aside from the casinos there was little reason to come to Vegas except to gamble and maybe to have a stopover or use it as a base for a trip to the Grand Canyon, Vegas was not the playground it is today, many thought that Vegas’s time had gone and Atlantic City would be the new entertainment Mecca and had it not been for the belief, hard work and commitment of the likes of Steve Wynn and Kirk Kerkorian then this may well have been the case and the Las Vegas that I love today would not be there.

Since 1992 I have visited Las Vegas countless times and intend to do so for as long as I am able, in fact this Christmas will be my second in succession that I spend in Las Vegas. I have stayed in many hotels at all levels of comfort from Circus Circus at the value end to Wynn and Bellagio for the height of Las Vegas luxury. I have enjoyed some more than others and this is not always based on price.

Vegas has changed beyond recognition since my first short visit and I have no doubt that this will be the case forever, some changes will be for the better and some for th worse, prices will go up prices will come down Las Vegas will change to what the visitors want and for what they are prepared to pay for. The one thing that I don’t think will change is that there will always be something for everyone to love in Las Vegas and just when you think that you have seen everything Las Vegas will re-write the rule book and amaze you even more.

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July 22, 2009 Posted by | bellagio, buffets, Casinos, entertainment, events, Excalibur, free drinks, gaming, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM codes, MGM GRand Arena, Riviera, Stratosphere, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas discounts, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shopping, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas suites, vegas tips, vegas wedding, virgin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas on the Cheap – Cheap Hotels

In these days of credit crunch and high gas prices I thought I would write a few posts showing how to save money in Las Vegas and still have a great trip and am kicking it off withover 40 trips to Vegas some on a large budget and some on very small budgets a post on Cheap hotels.

I have stayed at almost every property from Bellagio, Wynn and Encore to Excalibur, Circus Circus and Sahara. I have eaten at places on every level of the spectrum from Eiffel at Paris LV and Mix at Mandalay Bay to Peppermill and the Circus Circus buffet. I have had best seats at Cirque Shows and front row seats to Vegas “A list” headliners I also been to shows where tickets cost $5. Whilst I would not say that my most enjoyable ones have been the ones where I have been on the tightest budget I have still had great trips without, spending  very much money. I have discovered that the cheapest options do not always save the most money, in this post I hope to give you some pointers from my experience on how to get the most out of a trip to Las Vegas when on a budget. You can make huge savings  on how you book and when you come there is a post all ready on this here.
 

Your room will take up some of your budget but not as much as you think, in Las Vegas there are rooms that will suit every pocket and in most cases you generally get what you pay for. Now the cheapest rooms on the Strip can  be found at Rivera, Circus Circus , Sahara and Stratosphere. The problem that you have with all of these resorts is that the location will mean that you will end up spending money on transportation to get to the parts of the strip that you want to be at, even if you buy monorail or Deuce bus passes the cost of these can be as much as the difference between staying in one of these hotels and staying at a better hotel in a better location.

Excalibur, Tropicana, Bills, and Imperial Palace are the cheap options with good locations Luxor is also worth a mention as some of the offers  that  they have make bring the prices on a par  with these. I have stayed at all of these hotels and unless there is a great offer on at Luxor Excalibur is my budget choice. The rooms are large  and the hotel is clean, not too smoky and it has a great location., with good staff, good cheap eats and also they have some of the best offers around offering not only rates as low as $25 per night but also often include food or entertainment credits. I once stayed at Excalibur on a $40 a night rate for 2 nights this included 2 free buffets, 2 free spa passes, 2 free drinks and some 2 4 1 coupons the value of this  was about $120, more than I paid  for  total for my stay. Wherever you stay if you get any extras included make sure you use them millions of dollars worth of these coupons are thrown away each year.

If you get a very good rate at an expensive hotel you will spend more money than you would if you stay at a cheaper hotel, as everything is more expensive, coffee, breakfast, water or soda in the shop and of course meals and drinks at the bar. Even if you try not to spend money you will spend more if you stay in an expensive resort than if you stay in a cheaper one.

You can of course stay in a cheaper hotel Downtown (Fremont Street) or off Strip, whilst I will on a longer trip have a  couple of nights downtown its not where you want to stay for your Vegas vacation. I have stayed off Strip once and would not do it again as it just does not fell like you are in Vegas and the transportation to where you want to be is inconvenient and can be costly.

To find out how to ensure that you get the cheapest possible rate read the post here

June 19, 2009 Posted by | bellagio, buffets, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, Excalibur, fremont street, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, Paris Las Vegas, Riviera, Stratosphere, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas discounts, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Darin Feth’s of Nitetours – Tips on Vegas nightlife

Studio 54Getting around
Cab lines ups are long and takes forever, you are better off paying a limo outside the front doors of the hotel. Most of these limo’s are looking for short trips and you can negotiate a classy ride for as low as $25 for a regular SUV or sedan that fits 4 people or a 10 passenger for only $45 total price.

If you prefer to drive, ALWAYS PARK IN VALET, unless it is a Saturday night or a Fight night in Vegas, then you are best to park in the parkade as valet will take you forever to get your car out.

How to save money and go drinking
So you want to go out and enjoy the nightlife, but first you want to “Pre-Sip”
before you hit the clubs. We all know the clubs and ultra lounges charge $12 to $18 per drink (the average person cannot afford that each night), so our Nite Tours secret is to go to the Island Bars in the Casino where they have the video poker. Put $20 into the machine and Tip $5 to the bartender as you receive your first drink. Tip him $5 every third drink and play max on the video poker, but take your time there is NO TIME LIMIT as to how long each hand on the video poker must be played and you can order drinks all night long. If you hit a few good hands you maybe up $$$ so when you cash out you get your $20 back and you tipped $20 for 10 “very Strong Drinks”…There you go, how to get drunk on $20…

Club Line Ups
If you ever see a well dressed guy on the other side of the ropes walk up to youLAX
while you are in line, and asks “Can I help you”? that is your opportunity to tiphim (palm the money) to get into a club. This is an excellent way to by pass long line ups, however you will tip $20 to $30 per person and you will still have to pay the $40 cover, but that sure beats a 2 hour wait to get into the clubs.

Most clubs are dead inside, but they start a line up outside the club. There is nothing you can do about it. A good trick is to get to the clubs early if you are all girls or a mixed couples you will get in. If you are all guys, you might as well pack a lunch, you will be in the line up all night long. Again get to the club early, they always let all the ladies in first. Nite Tours gets into the clubs first before anyone else, and all I see in the club is WOMEN, so if you are a single guy this is PERFECT for you. it is like shooting fish in a barrel, but later on in the evening the clubs change from 80% to 30% women so work your magic early

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June 20, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, cocktails, entertainment, events, Excalibur, free drinks, gaming, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, nightclub, Paris Las Vegas, shows, slots, Stratosphere, tipping, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Biggest Discount rates, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, Signature, Luxor,Las Vegas

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Beneath are the current best deals available for these stunning MGM Mirage las vegas hotels, all are direct with the hotels this cuts out the middleman enabling the hotels to give you the best rate, as its direct with the hotel unless stated on the booking page yuo can cancel with no penalty up to 48 hours prior to check in. I hope this can help sonmone get the best deal.

MGM Grand, Las VegasMGM Grand Summer Splash! Rates from $69/night, and it comes with;
Two Free Inner Tube Rentals
$35 activity credit toward dining or entertainment
15% off spa services
Runs: June 11, 2008 – September 30, 2008

Expires: September 1 2008

Mirage Fathers day Offer
Make the Mirage your perfect Father’s Day gift. Room rates starting at $79 per night Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Starting at $119 per night Friday and Saturday

MGM Signature, Las vegasMGM Signature Summer Splash
* $25 Entertainment Credit
* 20% off spa treatment
* Continental breakfast for two at Delights
* Kids(10 and under) eat a free poolside meal with adult meal purchase (The Signature Poolside Grill)
* 20% off at The Signature Poolside Grill
June 5, 2008 – August 31, 2008 EXPIRES June 12th

Mirage “Tower Suite Offer” Rates from $168/nt. Join us at The Mirage and enjoy 30% off, on our luxurious accommodations on select dates . Apr 29 – Sep 10, 2008. Promo Code: RRTWR08 (Exp 9/12/08)

Luxor Luxury Getaway
These online rates reflect a $10 discount per night,
Luxor, Las Vegas • One $30.00 Dining Credit good at Fusia our Asian inspired restaurant*
• One $20.00 Spa Credit for Nurture Spa services*
• One 2 for 1 admission to Nurture The Spa at Luxor*
• $10.00 in Free Slot Play for New Player Club Members.*
Runs June 5, 2008 – February 28, 2009 – Expires February 27, 2009

Monte Carlo SPECIAL OFFER
Receive Exclusive Low Rates!
Offer is non-refundable and may not be cancelled.
Two Night Minimum Stay.
Runs June 5, 2008 – July 31, 2008 Expires July 31, 2008

Circus Circus Las Vegas “Be Adventurous 2008” JUNE RATES fr $42nt (2 night minimum). Plus, $10 Resort Credit (apply towards food, beverage, retail, or room charges), 2 for 1 Dinner Buffet, 2 for 1 entree at Mexitalia Xpress, Free pitcher of Margaritas at the Garden Grill, $4 off The Adventuredome Theme Park and Free Fun Book ($100 Value). Feb 5 – Jun 30, 2008. Promo Code: BE07 (Exp 6/30/08)

ExcaliburExcalibur “30-DAY ADVANCE OFFER” SUMMER RATES FROM $61/nt. *Book early & receive $10 off our already low internet rates. (*Displayed rates already include discount. Offer is non-refundable & may not be canceled or changed. Total stay is charged at time of booking. Mar 13 – Nov 15, 2008. Promo Code:EBOOK (Expires 11/30/08)

Bellagio Summer 2008 Suite Offer
We invite you to experience Summer at Bellagio with this exclusive offer at our AAA Five Diamond resort casino. Suite rates starting from $299 per night.
Runs June 8, – September 18, Expires October 2, 2008

Monte Carlo, Las VegasMonte Carlo SPLASH PROMOTION
Discover a Monte Carlo like you’ve never seen and enjoy:
$20 Dining Credit
$20 Spa Credit
Complimentary Golf Club Rental – some restrictions apply
2 Complimentary Spa Admissions
$10 slot FREE PLAY
Food Court Coupons
Runs:June 5 – September 12 Expires: September 12, 2008 Continue reading

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Special rates at Luxor, MGM Grand and Excalibur Las Vegas from 26th May 2008

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BEST RATES ADDDED HERE FOR 2009

Here are the latest special rates that I have been given for the MGM Grand, Excalibur and the Luxor hopefully they will help somone save a few dollars. , yoWhen you click on the links you need to enter the code shown here in in bold ( PZ0023 for Luxor example) in the special arrangements box and then click go to the right of it you will then be presented with a “hidden”page which will give you the special rates. all the best Simon

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Luxor “Stay An Extra Day” *Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free on select calendar dates in June (*See site for additional details). Rates from $79/nt. Jun 4 – Jun 15, 2008. Promo Code: Pstay (Exp 6/13/08)

Luxor “ONLINE SPECIAL” RATES From $59/nt. *Plus, One $20.00 Food Dining Credit ($10.00 for Backstage Deli, $10.00 for the Pyramid Cafe),50% off the normal suite upgrade charge (Pyramid Spa or Tower Luxury Suite) Based on availability, $10.00 in Free Play for New Player Club Members (*See site for additional details). May 15 – August 31, 2008. Promo Code: PZOO23 (Exp 5/28/08)

Excalibur “Summer Vacation! Rates from $51/nt. Book this promotion and receive an upgrade to one of our newly-remodeled Widescreen rooms at no additional charge. This offer includes a total of $25 in dining credits. Subject to availability. May 14 – Sep 30, 2008. Promo Code: EMUPG (Exp 5/22/08)

MGM Grand “Summer Splash!” Rates from $69/nt. *Plus, $35 Activity Credit towards dining or entertainment, Two Free Inner Tube Rentals, 15% off Spa Treatment, $50 upgrade to Celebrity Spa or Hollywood Suite -based upon availability at check in (*See site for additional details). May 16 – Sep 30, 2008. Promo Code: INB174 (Exp 6/2/08)

STOP PRESS Mirage amazing rates from $72 per night !!!!!

Mirage Suites from $154 per night

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Tropicana Entertainment – files for Chapter 11 protection

Tropicana, Las VegasToday’s news that Tropicana Entertainment is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection comes on the heels of a much-publicized slowdown that has uncovered the myth that gaming is a recession-proof industry.

And yet, the bankruptcy petition has little to do with the economy and isn’t for reasons a handful of casinos in years past have been forced into bankruptcy.

Tropicana Entertainment, which owns the Tropicana casino in Las Vegas, lost its biggest asset when New Jersey regulators removed the company’s gaming license at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, which is in the process of being sold. That triggered a lawsuit by bondholders seeking immediate repayment.

Without the Atlantic City casino, the company says it can’t afford to pay its debt obligations. Bankruptcy will give the company some relief.

“There were other alternatives but this is the best one,” Tropicana President Scott Butera said. “People feel the assets are valuable and the way you maximize value is to work through a restructuring process.” As an executive with Trump’s casino company, Butera organized the restructuring of that company out of bankruptcy a few years ago.

By contrast, the Trump casinos in Atlantic City, as well as the Aladdin and the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, filed bankruptcy for reasons many other businesses do – because they lost money.

Butera said the company is still generating positive cash flow from its casinos and has lined up $67 million in financing to run its operations. Casino operations will be “business as usual” during the restructuring process, he said.

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May 7, 2008 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, Casinos, Chapter 11, cocktails, entertainment, events, Excalibur, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, Monte Carlo, news, resturaunts, shows, Stratosphere, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment