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    Lambi, free drinks are like the ONLY reason to gamble. If you plunk yourself at a slot machine or a card table, the nice waitresses will serve you your free alcohol. Look at it this way, you can gamble the money you would have spent on booze, and hey, you never know, you could win the jackpot! What could be cooler?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane
    Lambi, free drinks are like the ONLY reason to gamble. If you plunk yourself at a slot machine or a card table, the nice waitresses will serve you your free alcohol. Look at it this way, you can gamble the money you would have spent on booze, and hey, you never know, you could win the jackpot! What could be cooler?
    NOW you're talking my language, AJane! And another thing that you don't learn at the casino's websites!

    If our drink budget was $50 per night, would that mean that we can gamble the $50 dollars and those nice waitresses will keep bringing the drinks???

    Cheers, Mate!
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    That's what it means, lambikins! Do remember, though, if you decide to walk up to the bar in the casino, that drink will NOT be free; go figure. Definately go Downtown at night for a few hours...that's the "old" Vegas with all the neon that you see on all the old films, and they have it renovated into a pedestrian only with a killer light show every hour, and the show is different every hour. Some people find it cheesy but I love a good tacky break from the more wanna-be upscale stuff myself. Also fun in the "tacky" department, the Liberace museum and Elvis O Rama!
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb
    That's what it means, lambikins! Do remember, though, if you decide to walk up to the bar in the casino, that drink will NOT be free; go figure. Definitely go Downtown at night for a few hours...that's the "old" Vegas with all the neon that you see on all the old films, and they have it renovated into a pedestrian only with a killer light show every hour, and the show is different every hour. Some people find it cheesy but I love a good tacky break from the more wanna-be upscale stuff myself. Also fun in the "tacky" department, the Liberace museum and Elvis O Rama!
    Again, this is why I wanted multiple opinions of visitors to Vegas to help me out: everyone's got a wonderful suggestion!

    To quote Janice, from FRIENDS " " in regards to BOTH Liberace and Elvis! When I was the wee-est of wee , my grandparents bought me a "baby" Grand Piano, complete with candelabra, so that I could play along with Liberace when he was on TV! It's been years since I thought of that!

    And my Scottish friend is a FREAK over Elvis: her bathroom in Glasgow is completely wallpapered in Elvis pictures. Her lounge (living room) is done in Early 50's ? Vegas with a giant 6' x 3' poster of the Rat Pack playing pool.

    So, it sounds like Downtown Vegas is where we also have to head.

    Tacky? Did someone say tacky? I love tacky and kitschy!

    I'd heard on TV about the old timers lamenting over the loss of the "real" Las Vegas; that with all the new casinos, et al, coming in, it was turning into Disney for Adults, vs. the Den of Iniquity that it was in the old days. It likes like there's a scrap of it left in Downtown.

    Thanks for the info and the PM, queenb!
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    I was in Las Vegas once. As a 6 year old, back in the 60's.

    Since I just got back a week ago, my memory is fresh. At least what I remember of my memory. I'm sorry if my suggestions are duplicates, I did the big fort no-no and posted without reading prior posts.

    I was not impressed.

    you will be

    However, times change, people change, and apparently, Las Vegas has changed.

    I have 3 U.K. friends: two from London and one from Glasgow, that are planning to visit me in Chicago and they say they aren't leaving the States until they see Las Vegas.

    So, I've gone On-line and investigated Orbitz plans and other plans until my head is spinning and I'm no closer to finding out what to do then I was before I started my search.

    Any Las Vegas people on FORT or people who LOVE Las Vegas and can give me insight and tips?

    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?

    I rarely gamble in Vegas. Very rarely.

    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!)

    When I called around to get a room (on a holiday weekend, at the last minute :rolleyes ) I ended up calling a hotel a bit west of the strip. If all you want is a place to eat and sleep, I'd recommend that. We stayed at the Ogden Hotel. It was $33 a night. It was spotless. The room was small, but there were two beds, and plenty of room for what we needed. We knew we wouldn't be in the room much - so that's the direction we chose. Previously, I've stayed "posh" every trip down, very expensive - unless you are honeymooning or something....and money is no object, I'd go cheap. (jmo)

    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.

    If you want to be "tourist-y" and see the strip, my opinion would be to stay at one end. If you start in the middle (which IMO would be right around the Flamingo Hilton and Caesar's Palace area), you miss some interesting sites.

    For instance, if someone wanted to come to Chicago and see it all, I'd have them book a hotel anywhere from Oak Street to Illinois Street, within a two block distance of Michigan Avenue. This way, they could walk, cab or bus to 100% of the museums, restaurants, shopping and Lake Michigan beaches.

    But, I can't find an Epicenter to Vegas.

    Is it THAT large? I've read in the newspaper that you aren't even IN Las Vegas when you go there, but in some suburb of the city and most tourists aren't even aware of the fact. We want to stay at a central location, if it exists, where we can see all the things that we see on TV: the pyramid building, the Eiffel Tower, the Bellagio Water Show, the "O" show from Cirque d' Solei (sp.)

    Does this exist?

    Huh? That's the strip, and as far as I know, that IS Las Vegas.

    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?

    Shows are rarely "sold out". If you go to the concierge - they can usually get you in. It's always worked for me, anyway.

    5) Vegas buffets are legendary. Do they come WITH the room, or again, do you have to be a gambler to partake of them?

    No

    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.

    (sorry) No, it doesn't snow. Leave your galoshes at home. hee hee. It's warm there. Not Miami warm, but warm. Vegas never shuts down. They probably even have a light bulb patrol just for the strip.


    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?

    You can fly into McCarran (sp?) I've always had a car. Either driven down or rented. You can walk the strip, but I prefer to have a car. And there is TONS of parking.

    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?

    I just did 3 1/2 days and it wasn't nearly enough. And I know the town. I'd love to spend five or seven days. However, two days would be fine, too, it just depends on how much you want to see. If you want to go to all the shops (esp the Forum at Caesar's - which is a definite "don't miss")

    9) One of my friends dreams is to see Wayne Newton. I'm guessing he still performs there, so how do we get tickets?

    Yes, he's there. I think it's the Stardust (?).

    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?

    It's at the north entrance into town heading south, right on the main road. Can't miss it.

    I feel like such a 'stupe' for not knowing how to do this! I can plan trips to anywhere else in the U.S. and Europe, but I can't do this place. Oy!

    I'm sure that I'll be thinking of other questions, but my friends are bugging me to start this thing and I've found out that it's beyond my experience to start the ball rolling.

    So, I'm relying on YOU guys to help me.....

    You really can't have a bad time in Vegas. (unless you lose your child support money at the craps table - I watched a guy do that once - what a sap.) Lots of good advice here. Have a fun trip, take lots of pix!

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    J.D., Oh, I'm guilty of doing the same thing...reading a post and wanting to say my .02 cents worth, and then finding out that someone else, back on page 74, out of 100 pages, said the same thing.

    Oh, well.

    The fact that you just came back from Vegas is wonderful and fortuitous for me! When you brought up the "cheap" hotels, I think that my London friends will probably want to go that route, but for me, I stayed at too many cheap hotels as a kid and have bad memories of them. Oookky smells! Plus, I'm the only one of my friends who is an inveterate Early Bird, rising naturally around 5:00 am, while they rise naturally around 10:00 am. That's a FIVE hour difference to occupy myself, and at least if we're staying at a place like the Bellagio, there would be enough things for me to do by going to the lobby to keep me happy.

    Question to the people who warned me about 'cabs' from the airport: Can you post directions for me to print out, from McCarran to the Strip? It seems self evident, by looking at my computer print out, that McCarran looks like it's 2 inches away from the Strip, but it may be "not to scale." I don't want to be ripped off by going the 'long route', but I don't want to be afraid of taking a cab from the airport, either. Any directions would be appreciated.

    Again, to all the posters from FORT who have shared their wonderful advice and knowledge, YOU will be responsible for giving my friends and I a trip to remember....THANK YOU!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambikins
    J.D., Oh, I'm guilty of doing the same thing...reading a post and wanting to say my .02 cents worth, and then finding out that someone else, back on page 74, out of 100 pages, said the same thing.

    Oh, well.

    The fact that you just came back from Vegas is wonderful and fortuitous for me! When you brought up the "cheap" hotels, I think that my London friends will probably want to go that route, but for me, I stayed at too many cheap hotels as a kid and have bad memories of them. Oookky smells! Plus, I'm the only one of my friends who is an inveterate Early Bird, rising naturally around 5:00 am, while they rise naturally around 10:00 am. That's a FIVE hour difference to occupy myself, and at least if we're staying at a place like the Bellagio, there would be enough things for me to do by going to the lobby to keep me happy.

    Question to the people who warned me about 'cabs' from the airport: Can you post directions for me to print out, from McCarran to the Strip? It seems self evident, by looking at my computer print out, that McCarran looks like it's 2 inches away from the Strip, but it may be "not to scale." I don't want to be ripped off by going the 'long route', but I don't want to be afraid of taking a cab from the airport, either. Any directions would be appreciated.

    Again, to all the posters from FORT who have shared their wonderful advice and knowledge, YOU will be responsible for giving my friends and I a trip to remember....THANK YOU!!!
    I was just thinking....this will probably be the only time your friends get to Vegas? So a hotel on the strip would most likely be more fun. I think the cheapie places are for people like me who head down there with a quarter in their pocket and $33 left on their VISA.

    Also - about the entertainment, you can call ahead to the hotels, or check the websites to see who is booked for the time you are there. Then some of the hotels have the same shows every night (i.e., Wayne Newton).

    The strip is not that far from the airport, and I've never been taken advantage of by a cabbie. (well, there was that one guy, but...oh yeah, what happens in Vegas.... )

    I don't know if you are into the night-life, but there are some fun clubs. You won't be bored, that's for sure.

    Okay, I'll stop butting in acting like I live there. Have a great time.

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    Just to add to the knowledge pool here.

    My wife and I went last fall. We stayed at the Tropicana, and it was OK. I really wished we would have stayed down near Paris/Aladdin/Flamingo/Bellagio area of the strip. That (to me) seemed to be the central part of the strip.

    Prepare to do alot of walking.

    You MUST go see 'O' (its at the Bellagio). It was the best production I have ever seen (Don't let the 100 dollar tickets scare you away). It made the whole trip for me .. and I would see it again.

    Plan a side trip. Goto the Hoover Dam, or a ghost town, or etc. Although Vegas is a great time .... alot of what you will see in the other hotels are the same slot machines and gambling tables.

    Goto the 'Old Vegas' (Downtown). Take the bus (Will only cost you 3 bucks round trip, whereas a cab could run you about 20 dollars). Go at night so you can see the Fremont Street Light Show. Its really incredible. Worth the trip, and its fun to see some of the old casino's.

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    J.D. and Toxic: That was some sage advice, my friends, and it influenced what I'm going to do.

    You're right: this will probably be the only time that life will allow all four of us to go to Vegas together, so why stint on the money for a hotel room and stay at something ordinary?

    For instance: last year, we all decided to go to the Highlands of Scotland and stay near Inverness. We went on-line and found an astonishing Farmer's House from the 1800's that was located on 50 acres. It was pricey for 2 weeks, but my God, what memories. There was a full gourmet kitchen, 4 bedrooms, firewood already chopped, and the amenities that the owners left for us were too numerous for me to list.

    When we were deciding which of several places to stay, there were smaller, cheaper homes, but we decided to go with something that we'd normally not be able to afford solo and we never had a single regret.

    Also, you're right about the difference between people who are a car ride or short plane trip being able to go there with $33.00 on their VISA , and someone who NEEDS a Visa to get to Vegas.

    I also like what I'm hearing about Old Vegas and the fact that there are buses; all the U.K. girls take Tubes and buses in London, so they'll feel right at home.

    Thanks so much for coming back to this thread and lending some more wisdom!
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    You had mentioned that someone in the group wanted to see Wayne Newton--he appears almost every night at the Stardust. I went to see him last time I was in Las Vegas. I was disappointed with the show...not that he isn't a great entertainer--and there's a lot of variety in the show, but because he has nearly lost his voice. His voice cracked throughout the show and he can't hit the high notes. So if your friend remembers the Wayne Newton of old, she may not recognize him.

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