What's Your Never, Ever Again Vegas Hotel?

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  1. uggboy
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    A long time ago, I was in town for Comdex. Late booking so I got stuck at the Aladdin....it was about a 2-mile trek from the lobby to my "garden room" towards the back.

    Couple months later, it was imploded. So....never again for sure.

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    What an experience! Never again, for sure!:oops:
     
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    LOL

    I was actually in one of the far rooms in the wings of the MGM Grand last time I was there. I decided to fire up my Nike+ app since I was wearing the shoes anyway. It was almost 2 miles from the entrance of the hotel, to the elevators, then out and down the hallway to the room. No lie.

    I walked about 18 miles that weekend, most of it just getting in and out of the hotel. :)

    As for the Never Again, I've always stayed at the strip, but I think Excalibur is one of those hotels that you do "when you don't know any better" since there are so many better choices. :)
     
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    Circus Circus, what a nightmare. Kids running up and down the hallways all night because mum and dad were in the casino gambling away the rent money. Totally depressing atmosphere.
     
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    +1,000...horrible, but I can't complain too much as flight + hotel were like $50 iirc thanks to XP.ca deal last year!
     
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    Couldn't be worse than the Luxor... people staying in the pyramid because they think it's cool, not knowing that the damn thing is a sound chamber and you get every single beep from every slot machine, the restaurants, bars, club, everything, coming up to your room. :)
     
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    I stayed at the MGM once. Whatever you do, don't go for one of the "hip" rooms in the East Wing. Small, far away, and they bake like an oven. Dirty, too. The only good part was that on the last day of our stay we figured out how to escape through a side exit instead of trekking all the way to the lobby, but we were still far from everywhere we wanted to go on the Strip.

    I haven't stayed at the Monte Carlo, but having walked through it once to get to the monorail, I would say that it is another of those hotels that suffers from infinitely long walks to everywhere with poor signage along the way.
     
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    Actually I stayed at the Monte Carlo last month and it wasn't too bad getting to the monorail once you knew your way. Don't even get me started on trying to get to and from the monorail via Harrahs.
     
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    I actually enjoyed the Monte Carlo too.
     
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    Absolutely loved Palms Place!
     
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    There are so many factors involved with enjoying a Vegas hotel. Whether it's a good place to stay totally depends on the situation and people involved.

    While Circus Circus may be horrible for someone who doesn't want to be around kids, it might be great for a family with young kids or people who might be in Vegas on a budget.

    MGM is a massive hotel and it does take forever to get places but for foodies, it does have some fantastic restaurants and for gamblers, there are tons of tables and slots available. Although the East Wing is far from the center, they have a modern design for people who don't want the older design in the main MGM towers and because they are far away, tend to be much quieter as well.

    Personally, I hate Palace Station. It's dead, the rooms are bad, old and smell.... especially if you're in the part that is like an old two story motel. But at the same time, the benefits are low cost in that it is very cheap to stay at and the table limits are very reasonable for gamblers on a budget. As much as I dislike the P-station and the fact that it is the closest thing I have to a never again, I can't really say never because if budget is an issue, it could be in play.

    I've never run across a roach motel in my countless stays in Vegas but if someone else has, please let us know to avoid that location.
     
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    I still have nightmares of this place. The Maxim hotel was a beauty as well. If you don't remember that one, consider yourself lucky.
     
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    I've only been to Vegas once, and the Luxor is where I ended up staying. It was run down for sure, but I didn't experience any of the noise issues you've listed. I even got a free upgrade to a room with a hot tub. :eek:
     
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    Excalibur. I think I knew "never again" after one time we went up to these girls at the Venetian and they asked us where we were staying, and after we said "Excalibur", they laughed at us. :)
     
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    It all depends on what crowd you are trying to run with. There's nothing wrong with taking a hard earned vacation and staying at a hotel within your budget.

    Living in LA, I see way too many people living beyond their means and trying to represent how hip, cool and well off they are eating $100 meals, drinking $15 drinks and driving $30k+ cars. I think there is nothing less cool than people mortgaging off their future for the present. The opinion of a few snobs is not one that I would put great weight in and hopefully doesn't affect how much fun you have on your vacation.
     
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    Although people have criticized it, I have found the Hilton Las Vegas to be nice. (as long as you like taking a cab everywhere)

    I stayed at the Aladdin in the 70's and still had a loooooong walk. Excalibur was okay. PH has a nice location, but a dead casino.
     
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    Once I was in Vegas for a small meeting in a smaller casino hotel (I forget the name) up in the hills, a long expensive taxi ride from everywhere. The property itself was pretty good in that it had a nice pool and spa, rather nice rooms (I got an upgrade to a sort of junior suite), attractive grounds, etc. The problem was it was in bankruptcy/receivership and the hotel was actually auctioned off when we were there. This meant that employees had no incentive to do anything, including the absent bellmen despite the mandatory $6 baggage fee per person.
     
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    Just a question.... why do most people avoid rental cars when they go to Vegas? I find them to be far more convenient than waiting in the ridiculously long taxi line and cheaper as well. Autoslash.com always seems to have great rates there over the weekend with multiple car rental companies.... I've used Advantage twice.
     
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    I used to avoid them when I did short weekend trips, mostly because if you're going out drinking or what-not, you don't wanna have to worry about the car.

    But Vegas gets tiring after a while, so the last few trips I've started doing other stuff like driving up to local spots for breakfast and what-not, rather than hang around the strip. For those trips I've been renting cars since they're not that expensive and valet is free pretty much everywhere you go.

    Then again the valet line is not always short, and sometimes rivals the taxi line. But considering a single taxi ride from the Luxor to the Rio to see a show will cost you the same as a weekday rental from most companies, you might as well rent. :)
     
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    Agreed...although quite a few times, for those short weekend Vegas jaunts, the rental car was used only to go to and from LAS.
     
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    Much easier to cab it when you're strip club hopping too... not that I know or anything. :p
     
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    Price went up? :rolleyes:
     
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