and bring chapstick.
If most people are staying at the Sahara I wouldn't try to stay at the San Remo simply because its completely on the opposite end of the strip, however I *have* stayed there and the rooms are decent for a three hour stay Probably equal to the Excalibur rooms, bed, tv, bathroom, view of "something".
Sahara isn't so bad from what I've seen but I've never stayed in the rooms. I haven't even tried the monorail system! It wasn't running by the time we moved (except for the tiny one between the Luxor and Mandalay Bay)
I've heard that if you can get the "right" room at The Barbary Coast, you can see the Bellagio fountains from your room Once again, they are decent and its smack dab in the middle of the strip. Cheaper gambling than the "big dogs". There is also, always, the Stardust (my former employer) decent rooms, cheap gambling, and some kitschy dinner theater.
If you feel adventurous enough to travel to and from the strip in a cab or shuttle, Sams Town on Boulder Highway is AWESOME.(again, former employer) Very cheesy, great lounge acts, amazing Billy Bob's Steakhouse and a captivating waterfall/atrium in the middle of the hotel.
I'm looking forward to the trip, I hope you all live up to your reputations