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    As mentioned, I stayed at the Rio on Labor Day and loved it. The room was uber reasonable and large. There is a window in the shower so you can see out to the bed. I liked jumping up to the window to scare my husband when he was showering, but I don't think it was made for such antics.

    The Rio had much to do for the non-gambler (me) , there is a 'show in the sky" that has floats coming out of the ceiling - and I never was bored with how many times I saw the show. It is free.

    Also, the bartenders do the 'Cocktail' flair thing- throwing bottles etc. When my husband was at a table, I parked myself at the Octagon Bar and watched the bartenders.

    There are two nightclubs at the Rio, Bikinis and The Voodoo Lounge. The latter is at the top of the hotel and has a view of the strip. Bikinis has woman in bikinis dancing in water. Both were a lot of fun.

    We visited the Mandalay, and liked that hotel as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipse
    If you book on-line make sure you have the confirmation number with you when you arrive. And when you check in slip them some extra cash and ask if your room can be upgraded. We got a suite in the Paris for no extra charge and they told us we could do that next time. If they have one available they will hook you up.
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    Ooooo, I like tips like THIS! One mans change is another's fortune, so:

    1) WHO do I tip? The front desk? The bell boy? for an upgrade, and

    2) HOW much? Say your current room is $150, do you tip 10% or more?

    (I really like this nitty-gritty insider stuff. I feel like a spy! Now...where's my harness?)
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    I see that you have already got some people to answer your questions but I thought that it couldn't hurt for you to have another opinion. I went to Vegas, with people from another message board, the first weekend of this month so I will see how I do answering these
    Here's my questions:

    1) NONE of the four of us gals gamble. Does that matter where we stay? For example, will a hotel kick you out if you don't gamble? Have no fear about the gambling thing. Half of us gambled and the other half didn't and there was never any problems.

    2) Usually, when I travel, I stay at the best room that I can afford, usually a suite, with fire place, Jacuzzi and mini kitchen. But, would that be a waste in Las Vegas? Would we ever be IN our rooms? Should we book in some dump or older hotel, instead? (All I see is porn movies being shot in "old hotel rooms...ick!) (Not that I've ever seen any porn, mind you!) We honestly didn't spend much time in the hotel rooms. However, we had rooms in the Luxor which were really beautiful and not that expensive --- as far as Vegas goes

    3) On all of the sites that I've visited, I can NOT LOCATE ANYWHERE if there is a "center" to Las Vegas, that once you got there, you could walk to all the spots you wanted to see. The Luxor was pretty damn close to the middle...or it seemed that way to me. There are moving walkways and tram things that take you from casino to casino so it actually isn't too bad regardless of where you stay on the strip. The Luxor is the pyramid building and I was able to go from there and see the Water Show and all the other things. Vegas is really not that big if you are taking about the main strip.


    4) You can't go to New York and see the most popular Broadway plays because they're all sold out. I've also seen, also on TV, that the popular shows in Vegas are "all sold out." What does that leave for us to do? How far in advance do you have to book this stuff, and, if you've never been there, then how do you know what you want to see? Well....shows like Celiene Dion are sold out. What you should is look and see who is going to be at the surrounding casinos. Usually you can find lots of great comedy shows. The Queen musical looks very good to me. I would recommend seeing what stuff your friends like and then go and check the casinos as you are bound to find a show that suits you in Vegas.

    5) Vegas buffets are legendary. Do they come WITH the room, or again, do you have to be a gambler to partake of them?The buffet does not come with the room. With the Luxor, what you get with the room is a free day pass to the spa, which is amazing, and a free pass to the museum that is upstairs. I, however, never got there as I was sidetracked by Margaritas by the Yard . We went to the buffet in the Excalibur and that was pretty good. You do not have to be a gambler to partake.

    6) Since we won't be going until January, February or March, is that even a decent time to be in Las Vegas? Is it cold? Is there snow? If all the fountains and cool things are shut down, it might be a bust of a trip. I live pretty close to Vegas and I really don't think that it will be that cold. Vegas never shuts down so you don't need to worry about that. Might actually be cheaper at that time of year. We went during a big convention weekend You should have fun and nothing should be closed.

    7) Do you fly into an airport (which one?) and do the hotels pick you up? Or, will we have to rent a car to get to the hotel and then just park it (at a huge expense) for the rest of the trip? As far as I know there is only one airport in Las Vegas and they have shuttles to the casinos so you shouldn't need to rent a car for the time that you are staying in Vegas.

    8) How much time should we plan to see Las Vegas? You can 'do' Chicago's Lakefront in 10 days and come off with a grand trip; how long for Vegas?
    We stayed for a long weekend and that was more than enough. However, I live near Vegas and can go there a lot so you might need another opinion on that.

    9) One of my friends dreams is to see Wayne Newton. I'm guessing he still performs there, so how do we get tickets?Um...I have no idea if he still performs there. You would need to find out if he is there and then contact the casino and see how to get tickets from them. You could probably by them online is he is still performing.

    10) You know that famous Vegas sign that has become the symbol of Las Vegas? Where is it and is it in a decent part of town? I don't know but I will ask my buddy Drew.

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    I recommend Mandalay Bay buffet to everyone I know if they're planning a trip to Vegas. The prices are cheaper at lunch time, so go then. Try them for dinner too, you'll be happy you did. But go later than 6 p.m. I've found lines aren't as long around 9 p.m.

    The Luxor is a pretty good deal for a hotel room on the strip.

    Taking the bus on the strip is a good idea if you get tired of walking, but the traffic is heavy at times.

    Take a shuttle bus from the airport, it's takes longer than a taxi because you have to drop other visitors off at their hotels, but it way cheaper.

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    You tip the person at the front desk you are checking in to. I would say $30? For the buffet go about 30-45 minutes before the dinner prices start and slow down to a crawl when you eat. Then you can stick around for the dinner menu without paying for it. My dad is very cheap and I learned from him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clipse
    You tip the person at the front desk you are checking in to. I would say $30? For the buffet go about 30-45 minutes before the dinner prices start and slow down to a crawl when you eat. Then you can stick around for the dinner menu without paying for it. My dad is very cheap and I learned from him
    My friends and I do this at Old Country Buffet (sh-h-h-h, don't tell a soul!) so I had a good laugh at ^that!

    New question: On the maps that I downloaded, they show "Downtown Vegas." What's THAT all about and should we also include that?

    Above question open to ALL!

    Also, with the wonderful "Insider" knowledge that I've been receiving from all of you (can Camp Cupcake be far behind, for me???), I'm waiting for the "I'm soooo bored at work crowd!" that will possibly read this thread Monday, and corroborate opinions or add new things.

    Once again, thanks to you all!
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    Lambikins, Vegas is so fun. You'll have a blast.

    I'll chime in about the Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotels...both are great. Although I must say that when you're on the strip, everything LOOKS a lot closer than it is. If you're a committed high-heel wearer like me you better make sure you always have cab fare. For instance, we spent a lot of time at the MGM Grand (there was a lot to see there) and stayed at the Luxor, and it was a fair bit of a walk. There is a shuttle train that goes between the Luxor, Excalibur, and to Mandalay Bay (I think, I'm going from memory here) that makes it a little easier.

    There's some kind of light show on Fremont street in downtown Vegas, from what I understand. We didn't go to it...if you're only there for a few days, it's hard enough to see all the sights on the Strip. The husband and I were just downtown for the time it took to get a marriage licence.

    I'll echo Clipse's warning about the cabbies - they drive like freakin' maniacs and will rip you off if they know you're a rookie visitor. Beware.

    And of course you girls will be juuuuust fine wandering around by yourselves...the Strip is full of people and lit up so brightly you won't even know it's nighttime. BTW...don't forget, if you do decide to gamble, it's free drinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane
    There's some kind of light show on Fremont street in downtown Vegas, from what I understand. [b]Okay...that's at least some clue as to what's there!

    We didn't go to it...if you're only there for a few days, it's hard enough to see all the sights on the Strip. The husband and I were just downtown for the time it took to get a marriage license. How nice! Actually, one of my friends DOES want to check out the chapel for her boyfriend and her. He's not coming on this trip, but for the future. Congratulations!

    I'll echo Clipse's warning about the cabbies - they drive like freakin' maniacs and will rip you off if they know you're a rookie visitor. Beware. Although we're all "street wise chicks", it depends on 'which' streets you're wise to that will prevent this from happening. I like what you've all said regarding the limos and the moving sidewalks (that's cool!), so we'll avoid cabs. My friends are the High Heel ladies (I accidently wrote "High Hell", which that they are, too!), so it will be short walks.

    And of course you girls will be juuuuust fine wandering around by yourselves...the Strip is full of people and lit up so brightly you won't even know it's nighttime. BTW...don't forget, if you do decide to gamble, it's free drinks. HEY! No one told me about THIS!!! We're drinkers!!! Are there really, really cheap gambling games...like with nickels, or pennies? And how do you get the drink vouchers and how do they know that you're gambling? Yes! We MUST get FREE drinks!
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    As far as the shoe thing go :rolleyes

    This is bringing back fun memories

    What we did was have a day when we all wore comfortable walking shoes and checked out all the big casinos. Then we knew what ones we wanted to come back to and spend more time in.

    One person opted not to wear comfort shoes that day and suffered the consequences.

    As I am Kinder teacher and on my feet all day the walking did not feel like much to me at all.
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    well, I have to stay at Caesars cause thats where the meetings are. They keep us pretty busy with sessions all day, and some get togethers at night.
    But one night, myself and some girlfriends decided it is going to be dress up night. We have made late dinner reservations at the Steakhouse in the Bellagio (looks very, very ritzy), I got this fancy vintage dress I bought and just looking forward to having someplace to wear it to.

    and also got tickets to see Penn & Teller another evening.

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