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How much money do you need to take to Las Vegas ?

After being asked about how to get a free upgrade the question that I am asked the most is “How much money do I need to take to Las Vegas ?” This is a very difficult to answer as it is the same as someone saying “How much do I need to spend on grocery’s each week ?”

So I will do the best I can to try and show some examples of spends and costs and what I would spend. I am going to assume that your hotel (including resort fees) and flights are paid and that you do not have a rental car and that you will not be doing any shopping. Please bare in mind that I have have great trips in Vegas on $25 per day when I have been hard up and great trips when my budegt has been $1k per day its not the money that makes it better or worse.

The first expense that you will have is getting to your hotel from McCarran you have four options cab $15 – $30(depending on hotel and time of day), shuttle bus $12-$15 (return), public bus $2.50 or Limo approx $60. How to get from the airport to the Strip

When you get to the hotel if you have bags that you will check you should allow $5 per bag for a tip for the bellboy, at the same time it is worth putting a few dollars away for the maid they do a good job and often get forgotten we generally tip the maid $3 per day or $5 if we want extra shampoos etc to take home for Christmas presents 🙂 How much to Tip in Las Vegas

We generally take in a show every two or three nights when we are in Las Vegas we book one absolute cannot miss show before we leave home so this would not come out of our budget all the others we buy from the half price booths and we have paid as little as $15 for a magic show and about $125 for a Cirque show. I think that if you budget $75 for a show that as long as you are prepared to be flexible you should be able to find something that you like. If you want to book direct with the hotel when you are out there shows vary in price depending on show and seats and day of the week etc from about $40 to several hundred dollars.

Dining in Las Vegas is something where you can get buy on say $15 a day but you can also pay $10 for a coffee so what you spend is really up to you. We tend to either have a very small breakfast just coffee and a danish then coffee shop or deli lunch and proper meal in the evening or large or buffet breakfast a snack at lunchtime and then decent dinner. Excalibur and Luxor have 24 hour buffet deals for $24.99 and then $29.99 respectively and this is probably the cheapest way to stay full in Las Vegas though not the best. We generally allow $10 for coffee and danish, $15 for deli or coffee shop lunch and then the evening can be anything from a $20 buffet to a $200 fine dining meal at Eiffel. Food prices change between hotels we were surprised to find that staying at Wynn we spent a lot more money than say at MGM Grand as everything costs more.

Drinks are free when you are gambling (subject to tipping) but if not the prices vary greatly from one casino to another and how you get them ! Casino Royale has the cheapest beer with Michelob $1 all day every day at their bars generally though expect to pay $8 for a beer and $12 for a shot and mixer in a casino bar. Following the rules in the link below will ensure that you maximise your free drinks at the same time don’t piss off the cocktail waitresses.. FREE DRINKS IN LAS VEGAS

Like everything else in Vegas you and gamble as little or as much as you like there are slots from 1c and tables from $5 up slots at $1k per spin and tables with minimums of $5k per hand. Please  remember that most machines are multi lines and to get any return you need to play multiple lines and you should expect a minimum for 25c per spin on a 1c machine Unless you have a few good wins to start with as a rule of thumb you will spend at least twice what you think that you will on slots. $5 tables now are few and far between in the major resorts but Tropicana and believe it or not Bellagio have $5 BJ tables open 24/7 but generally speaking the more upmarket the hotel the less likely you are to find low limit tables. I have had days when I have stared with $40 and it has lasted me all day and I have even left with a profit and had other days where I have dropped $200 in 20 minutes. You can get comps on your play but never ever play for comps take them as nice bonus but don’t expect or try to play just to get a comp.

So roughly here is what I would allow as spending money for a 3 night trip Las Vegas

Taxi to and from airport $40
Tips for bellboy and maid $20 (plus $20 Upgrade trick)
Show with drink $80
Food* $250
Drinks (above free ones) $80
Gaming $300 – $1000
Misc $75

*Food
1 x Luxor 24 hour buffet deal $35
2 x coffee and danish breakfasts $20
1 x med quality dinner $100
1 x good buffet dinner $40
snacks and sodas $55

Please note this is a very rough idea and you really spend as little or as much as you like in Las Vegas,



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June 13, 2011 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, all day buffet pass, ARIA, bellagio, buffets, Casinos, circus circus, cocktail waitress, cocktails, entertainment, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, Free Upgrade, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM codes, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mirage, tipping, Travel, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas discounts, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shopping, vegas shows, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas 24 Hour Buffet passes and Vegas Buffet Deals

Shrimp at Las Vegas Buffet

One of the things that I love about Las Vegas is the Buffets they are great OK you are best to avoid the real cheap ones as they are well real cheap !! For what is a small amount of money you get the choice of loads of different types of food and you can pick the bits you really like and avoid the stuff that you don’t which usually happens to be the healthy stuff. If you want to eat a tiny main and stacks of deserts you have it, if you want plate of starters as your main you’ve got it.  It works well when dining in a group and you all like different things each person can choose what they want without the usual arguments about the type of place you go to eat, you go to the buffet and each choose the type of food that you like.

In Vegas you kiss goodbye to your body clock when you get off the plane and buffet dining helps you with this as there are generally all types of foods at all open times buffets work better for me in Vegas than anywhere else I the World. The only problem that you have is that the decent buffets have long lines and you can wait up to an hour (more so at Wynn) to get a table.

My favourite buffet is Mandalay Bay this is because of the food and the setting it is just really nice, I like the Mirage and Bellagio buffets for the sheer quality of the food  and that the breakfast buffet at Excalibur whilst never the best is one of the best value. As a general rule the quality of the hotel will determine the quality of the buffet the worst I have eaten at is Palace Station followed closely Tropicana and I would not eat the Circus Circus or Imperial Palace buffets if budget allowed me to eat elsewhere.

Anyway Harrah’s Entertainment are offering a “buffet of buffets” pass for $44.99 this gives you 24 hour access to 7 buffets, Caesars Palace: Lago Buffet; Flamingo: Paradise Garden Buffet; Harrah’s Las Vegas: Flavors; Imperial Palace: Emperor’s Buffet; Paris: Le Village Buffet; Planet Hollywood: Spice Market Buffet; and, Rio: Carnival World Buffet. This is a brilliant deal if you think that the dinner buffet at Paris for instance is $27.99 and if you time it right you can get two dinners, a breakfast and a lunch which could cost up to $93 ! If you want a cheaper 24 hour pass look at Excalibur from $24.99 or Luxor from $29.99

“No craving stands a chance with a “Buffet of Buffets” all-access pass. It’s good all day at seven different buffets for only $44.99*. Fuel up for the morning with a made-to-order omlet, satisfy your afternoon appetite with some sushi and seafood, or just enjoy every meal throughout the day at a different spot. Simply walk up to any participating buffet and ask for the “Buffet of Buffets” pass. You’ll receive your credential which is good for 24 hours from the time of purchase. Then dig in!”

Luxor Buffet offer; all you can eat buffet passes from $29.99 for Adults and have the option of adding unlimited wine and beer for $10

MGM 2-4-1 –Buffet Deal; There is a deal at present at MGM where you can get 2 4 1 for a buffet when booking a room

Excalibur  have a 24 hour Buffet pass from $24.99

Circus Circus offer 2 free buffets with a stay of 2 nights or longer also includes $150 of dining, entertainment and retail vouchers

Youc an of course still try to get the best buffet in town for free read how to do it here !

 

 


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April 8, 2011 Posted by | all day buffet pass, ARIA, bellagio, buffets, Casinos, circus circus, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, resturaunts, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas discounts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York New York, Las Vegas My Review

New York New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas
NV 89109
Tel +1 (702) 740 6969
New York New York Las Vegas

Location Right on the money, sitting on the corner of the Strip with Tropicana Avenue, the busiest road intersection in the USA. There are foot bridges connecting New York New York with the MGM Grand and Excalibur.

Theme
Well what can I say; it’s the Big Apple. All of the buildings outside are 1/3 scale copies of those in Manhattan including the Empire State, Chrysler and CBS buildings. There is also a Statue of liberty and a Brooklyn Bridge with a ” Coney Island” roller coaster screeching round the whole lot. The theme does not stop outside, as you enter the casino you will see manhole covers with smoke rising out of them, trees in Central Park and hotdog vendors. It is dubbed as the greatest little city in Vegas something, we think, is well earned.

Rooms NYNY used to be a cheap resort I am not sure why but now it’s generally more expensive than MGM Grandand Monte Carlo. The rooms are a little on the small side but they are nice, be warned though if you have a room facing the strip you will hear the rollercoaster. It’s quite cool that your room is in a particular New York Skyscraper like Empire State or Chrysler tower.

Attractions
The Manhattan Express rollercoaster, supposedly the best in Vegas, runs round the outside of the structure speeding up to 67mph for $7 per ride. Sadly The Coney Island Emporium amusement arcade has been closed down. There are Ice shows outside, around Ellis Island, in the winter and tugboats spray water at each other in the summer.

Pool Surprisingly for a resort that has spent so much attention to detail the pool is very small and drab; this is not a place to stay if the pool is very important to you.

Shows and Entertainment Zumanity is the Cirque De Soleil offering here it’s the sensual side of Cirque, that means nudity and sexiness all held together by a drag queen compere. We loved this show it was great fun but you have to be opened minded to enjoy it and you also need to sit facing the center of the stage we were at the side and feel that we missed something for this. Coyote Ugly whilst not a show in the true sense is an interactive bar where the bar tenders dance on the bar and pour drinks directly into patrons mouths.

Dining This is the only Strip resort that has no buffet. America – 24 hour coffee shop is very good though the wait for the food can be longer than you feel it should. Il Fornai is a lovely Italian next to a stream that offers “outside” dining this is one of the best places for breakfast in Vegas. Gallaghers Steak house is pricey but very good you can see all the meat maturing in glass fridges. Nine Fine Irishman is an Irish pub offering good food and ambience. There are also several Delis and hotdog stalls as well as the village eatery. This has a variety of, eat in/take away fastish food.

Gaming 81,000 sq ft of well themed gaming fun containing nearly 2500 state of the art slot and video machines, along with about 50 tables and 7 roulette wheels. NYNY contains one of the best selections of slots on the Strip with a very large selection of my favorites; the good old low roller nickel machines. They have all the usual wheel of fortune, Adams Family, Winning Bid etc. plus Swing which we did not see elsewhere. The gaming area is a little dark and in certain parts slightly cramped but didn’t appear as noisy as some. Live acts performing at the huge bar at the front makes a nice diversion to the hundred dollars you have just lost. I don’t know if we were just lucky but we seemed to have a better hit rate on the NYNY slots than at any other Strip casino. The tables used to be covered in Central Park type tress sadly this has been removed and replaced with somthing that looks like lit up sweet wrappers.

Drinks service Like all casinos the service you receive whilst playing on the lowly nickel machines is never as good as when you are playing on the dollar ones, but the service here, even for us low rollers, was quite good. One thing – steer clear of the coffee.

Overall We love it, it’s exciting and you leave the real world for the time that you are in there. The theme works very well, with a very good variety of slot machines and friendly staff. It is our favorite casino, although it may have helped that we hit a jackpot there.

Good points
The whole theme thing as you enter from the upper level is New York; it works well and is great fun.

Bad points
I don’t think that there is anything that I dislike about NYNY apart from that at busy times we had to wait for machine attendants but this could have been the same anywhere.

Top Tip If you ride the rollercoaster and love it you can by re-ride tickets for about half price or if you really love it you can buy an unlimited daily ride pass.

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

September 5, 2009 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, Excalibur, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, MGM, MGM Grand, resturaunts, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas discounts, vegas pools, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Casino Royale, Las Vegas My Revie

Casino Royale

3411 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702) 737 3500
www.casinoroyale.com

Location On the Strip, right on the Strip walk out onto the pavement next to Venetian and opposite TI.

Theme Very loosely based on the David Niven James Bond spoof of the same name. The outside of the hotel is made to look like sort of comic buildings, the theme ends at the doors.

Rooms contrary to popular belief there are rooms at Casino Royale, they are motel type away form the casino floor, I have not personally been there but reviews seem to imply that they are not very nice and are similar priced to Excalibur which is far nicer.

Attractions None were noticed, but this is reckoned to have the most valuable Fun Book (according to Las Vegas Advisor). When getting our slot club cards the person in front asked for some playing cards, I did the same and got given a couple of decks of “used cards” from the casino. These are full sized, quality cards as opposed to the freebies given away like at the Tropicana slot club. Oh and very cheap beer and free smoke, unfortunately all second hand yuk !

Pool Nope!

Shows and Entertainment Erm nope unless you count watching drunk folk act stupid.

Dining I saw no restaurants though apparently there are two upstairs, I was never aware that there even was an upstairs. Attached to the casino is a very busy Denny’s selling a variety of good quality, cheap food?

Gaming A mere 6000 sq. ft of gaming space with about 500 machines, 11 tables and a roulette wheel squeezed in. This is a dark crowded casino aimed at the lower spending tourist market. Casino Royale has a large percentage of nickel machines and even has a few penny machines, the only casino on the strip to offer gaming at this low stake. It can be smoky unless you sit near the doors, which unlike most other Strip casinos are usually left open. You do get low limit tables here 24/7.

Drinks service We did not stay long enough to be served cocktails but looking at other patrons and the states of soberness that they were in I guess the service must have been pretty good. However you don’t really need it as the bars are so cheap.

Overall A small low rollers casino if this casino were in England it could only be at Blackpool, Brighton or Southend.

Good points Erm low limit tables it’s so close to the Strip you can get out quick!

Bad points Smoke, clientele did I say smoke and clientele?

Top Tip Its worth buying a beer for a buck and walking in to another resort and there is a cheap clothes store where I bought a hoodie for $10 when I was cold that I quite like

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, circus circus, entertainment, events, Excalibur, free drinks, gaming, Holiday, Las Vegas, slots, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

Treasure Island Las Vegas – My Review

Treasure Island
3300 Las Veags Blvd South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
(+1) 702 894 7111

Treasure Island Las Vegas

Location Good North Strip location sitting in between the Mirage and the Fashion Show Mall and nearly opposite the Venetian and Wynn.

Theme Much of the fabulous pirate theme has been replaced but thank goodness not all of it. TI still has a Caribbean nautical feel even if the bars are cooler now, its just grown up a bit. TI has started to aim for the higher spending beautiful people market and the theme has had to soften accordingly. I still love it but would prefer a few more skull and crossbones and couple of Captain Jack Sparrows walking round but not quite as much as my girlfriend for some reason.

Attractions The Pirate battle has not contrary to some reports ceased but been replaced with the Sexy Sirens of TI, now this is good because it means you don’t have to suffer a load of colonials kicking the Brits arse so many times a day but not so good as the classic swashbuckler for me. Still one of the best and most popular freebies on the Strip and aimed at trendy cool 20/30/40 something dude and dudette market ! Its well worth making time to see two full sized ships battle it out on the high seas but the show itself is now pretty poor.

Pool The pool is small and its not up to par with the rest of the resort which is suprising when you think about the crowd that TI is trying to attract.

Shows and Entertainment TI has Mystere as its Cirque De Soleil performance here and in my opinion the best Cirque show in Vegas, if you go to see Mystere you don’t need to book and expensive seat just make sutra you are not at the side. The show is full of amazing acrobatics so amazing that your brain thinks your eyes are lying. TI has no lounge as such and no other shows other than Sirens.

Dining The Treasure Island Buffet (B:$12.00, L:$15.00 D:$20.00 weekends $26.00 ) is smaller than most and the food is OK but not up to the keeping of everything else in the fine establishment, they do however bring you a carafe of your chosen drink which is good as it saves you waiting for refills. Buccaneer Bay has been replaced by social house which is a pity but it’s good even if the portions are a bit on the small size. There are 6 other restaurants here including Italian, Chinese and a very posh steak house, it must be noted that all food at Treasure Island is expensive. Along with these eateries there is a very good but expensive coffee shop. Kahunaville is one exception its cheap and quite frankly not very good, we eat there once when we were hungry and their were queues everywhere else and wished we had not.

Gaming 51,152 sq ft of gaming space I was actually surprised when doing the research for this site to find out it was so small, it feels much bigger. There are 2,200 slot machines lots of them with pirate type themes where you have to line up three cannon balls to attempt to sink a boat ect, surprisingly there are loads of nickel machines here. Nearly 70 tables adorn the floor with the minimum stake being $5 but as soon as people start coming through the doors these rise. The casino has a low roof and dimmed lights but does not feel either claustrophobic or smoky. There are lots of bars scattered around and they have some of the best bar staff in Vegas all of the bars are classy and relaxed we like it here.

Drinks service The drinks themselves are good but you always seem to wait an age both for a waitress and then for the drink to arrive.

Overall This is a very well themed joint that is aiming to attract a young trendy well heeled bunch of punters, with new bars and clubs. Its not quite where it thinks it is its not Wynn, Mirage, Caesars or Bellagio and you feel that the casino thinks it is. The staff are great and the whole place really does have a good feel Hosting one of the best free shows on the Strip adds to the attraction of this casino. Its worth noting that this is the only place in Vegas and maybe the World where you can get married on a pirate ship

Good points Mystere possibly the best show in town, but the bars come a close second

Bad points The crush of trying to get in through the front door whilst the sirens of TI is going on, and the general cost of food and drinks. Oh and it has justbeen sold to Phill Ruffin who used toown the New Frontier so who knows what will happen next ?

Top Tip If you are staying at TI, when the Sirens show is on there is revered standing area for, just show security your room key.

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Travel, Treasure Island, Vegas, Vegas Strip, vegas wedding, wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mirage, Las Vegas Volcano to open 8th December 2009 great deals

Mirage is my favorite hotel on the Las Vegas Strip we had part fo our wedding reception there and have a booking for this Christmas, the Volcano my joint favorite free show, it has been closed now for sometime and has been rebuilt to make it even better, the Volcano will re open on December 8th 2009 and the good folks at Mirage have put together some special deals to coincide with this and I have listed them below.

Mirage was the first Casino that Steve Wynn built and to be honest without this wonderful property it is unlikely that the Las Vegas that we all know and love would be here as it is today. When Mirage was built Vegas was in decline Atlantic City was the place to gamble and had taken most of the East Coast trade, President Regan had passed the Indian act and Indian Casinos were about to spring up all over the country, everyone was thinking that Vegas would melt away. Steve had a hard job raising the funds to build this massive total luxury no expense spared resort but he managed mainly on junk bonds. Mirage still stands today as one of the premier properties on the Strip and is one of the few where it still feels like Vegas and not Disneyland, all of the rooms have been refurbished in 2008 and with the offers below this possibly makes it the best value resort on the Las Vegas Strip, but hey don’t take my word for it see for yourself.

Mirage Volcano Offer 35% discount

Enjoy a red-hot deal when you book now at The Mirage for 2009. Brighten your nights with the new Mirage Volcano an reignite your passions at what’s now officially the hottest spot in Vegas!

Promotion Runs May 31, 2009 – September 10, 2009

Offer Expires September 10, 2009

Mirage Volcano Offer 30% Discount from $56

Enjoy a red-hot deal when you book now at The Mirage for 2009. Brighten your nights with the new Mirage Volcano an reignite your passions at what’s now officially the hottest spot in Vegas!

Promotion Runs January 1, 2009 – June 4, 2009

Offer Expires June 4, 2009

Mirage Winter Offer from $64

Give in to temptations this winter and warm up in style in our luxurious accomodations.

Promotion Runs November 23, 2008 – February 1, 2009

Offer Expires February 1, 2009

Mirage Love Offer from $72

Join us at The Mirage and enjoy 25% discount on select LOVE show dates and 20% discount on deluxe room rates.

Promotion Runs November 23, 2008 – January 31, 2009

Offer Expires January 31, 2009

Mirage Review here

Offers at other Las Vegas hotels here

November 23, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

$20 Upgrade Trick an Update, Las Vegas

Since I first published the $20 ugrade trick on my website I have had a quite a few emails from both people who have thanked me saying the $20 upgrade trick this has worked and others almost blaming me because it has not and they have had to end up staying in the room that they have paid for – how terrible. More recently I have been reading on other sites and blogs people saying that the $20 upgrade trick does not really work and how it’s just a waste of time and you get the same result just for being friendly and polite. Some people have even said that it annoys the check in clerks and if you try it they put you in a basement room with no windows with the Brady bunch in the room next to you.

So I thought it time that I wrote another post on this very popular subject and make it clear what I know either through personal experience or that of friends rather than say what I think (but without trying it) which it seems many people are keen to do on chat rooms and forums. You will see below the hotels in Las Vegas where the $20 upgrade trick has worked.

I have had success at many resorts in actually getting a room above the standard to what I had paid for, even if you don’t get the upgrade by tipping the clerk will generally put in more effort to accommodate your preferences with a room on the same level, lets face it not all rooms are equal. As well as these successes I have had some failures but in each instance the clerk has handed me my tip back. I have a standard room booked for Xmas and you bet that I will be trying this then 😉 Its worth noting that staff at MGM Grand, Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay have been told that they face disciplinary action if they are found to be taking “bribes” for room upgrades this does not mean that they will not be happy to take them nor does it mean that they will not get you a nicer room on the same level that you have paid for but it does mean that you are less likely to get an upgrade to higher level of room or suite than you have booked.

I have had personal success upgrading the level of my room at these hotels
Wynn Las Vegas – Standard room Vista Suite
MGM Grand, Las Vegas – Grand room to Bungalow Suite
Luxor – Pyramid Room – Tower Room and Pyramid Room – Spa Suite
Tropicana – Garden Room to one of the Towers
Mirage, Las Vegas – Standard Room – Strip View room
NYNY, Las Vegas – Skyline room – Broadway Deluxe
Friends have had success at;
Caesars
Bellagio
Monte Carlo

I have had success here ensuring that whilst the room has been the same level that the room I have got has been a good room usually with a view.
Excalibur – basic room View room
Luxor – High Floor view
MGM Grand – High floor Strip view
Mirage, Las Vegas – Strip View top floor

Just a reminder on how the $20 trick works.

This Las Vegas trick can work at any hotel and is worth a shot the worst that can happen is you get what you have paid for.

1.Before you leave home make sure you know what the levels of rooms are at the resort so you know what you are being offered and if it is something that you want.

2.Before you get to the check in desk place a folded $20/$50/$100 note between your credit card and your ID and ask the clerk if there are any complimentary upgrades available for the period that you are there.

3.Try to look for a youngish clerk as your odds are usually better with them than an older one and one at the end of the check in desk so that they are not overheard and be discreet. A young and friendly looking will
improve your chance of success.

4.You generally have more chance of success if your room is booked directly with the hotel rather than through a consolidator. You can book directly here for the best price using the best codes on the web

The most important thing is to make sure that you will be happy if the $20 Upgrade trick does not work that you will be happy in the accommodation that you have booked.


October 16, 2008 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, bellagio, Dumb, entertainment, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, Free Upgrade, gaming, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM codes, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, news, Paris Las Vegas, Riviera, shows, tipping, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas discounts, vegas events, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas suites, vegas tips, wedding, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Las Vegas Money Saving Tips Free WiFi access on the Strip

If you want internet access in your hotel room in Las Vegas most of the hotels are very happy to provide this, they are also very happy to charge you quite a high fee for this privilege. The lowest you are likely to pay is around $9.99 per 24hrs but you are more likely to pay over $15 for the same period. The hotels will claim that this is to cover the costs of the servers and the support staff etc but hey they don’t charge you for extra bed linen or pillows and these have an infrastructure to pay for and lets face it casinos all ready have a load of IT infrastructure in place !! What they really want to is to ensure that you spend more time on the casino floor or in shows and restaurants rather than  sitting in your room browsing the web. The good news is that VegasUncovered lists below places on the Strip (or very near) that have free WifFi internet access, whilst you cant do everything you need to do on a public internet connection hopefully this will prove to be useful and save some money for a few people.

Apple Store – and nearby area outside store – Fashion Show Mall
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Planet Hollywood hotel– miracle mile shopping area
Fortuna Coffee/Wine Bar – Las Vegas Hilton – 3000 Paradise Road – 702-732-5111
Krispy Kreme – inside Excalibur Casino,3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Library District Hquarters, Las Vegas,Clark County Library District – 833 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas Library – 833 Las Vegas Blvd N – (702) 507-3500
Nextel Central Station, Las Vegas Convention Center Monorail Station – behind their retail store
Saks Fifth Avenue – Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. – (702) 733-8300
Sugar & Ice – The Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S – 702-770-7100

ESPN Zone in NYNY hotel for free Wifi.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, events, Excalibur, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM Grand, Monorail, news, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment