Basic Lowdown on resorts
The cheapovegas site is handy to get a look at each resort, what they offer etc.http://www.cheapovegas.com/index.php
Here are maps of the 2 main areas of interest to the tourists.Downtownhttp://www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_map.php?map=downtownThe Striphttp://www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_map.php?map=strip
There is a map for offstrip too but you can't check out any of the properties on the site only see where they are in relation to others.http://www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_map.php?map=offstripFLIGHTSVirgin
Virgin fly from Manchester and Gatwick so giving an ideal point for you guys way oop there to fly direct too.http://www.virgin-atlantic.comLondon Gatwick - Vegas
- Daily as below
1640pm-1030am (overnight flight)Manchester - Vegas
- Thursday and Sunday at the times below
1720pm-1105am (overnight flight)Thomas Cook
Direct flight from Manchester which leaves on Wednesdays and Sundays
Manchester - Las Vegaswww.thomascook.com
Will probably be of interest to the Scots that the 23rd-30th June flight picks up and stops in Glasgow on the way home.British Airways
BA also run a daily direct service from Heathrow with a more poker player orientated flight time.http://www.britishairways.com/travel/globalgateway.jsp/global/public/en_
It gives you almost an extra day in Vegas as you don't have to leave for the airport until around 6pm, the downside is that's when the fun normally starts
2110pm-1455pm (overnight flight)
For those that don't mind indirect flights and want to save a few quid, just use the Skyscanner link below by plugging your dates in to get every flight leaving throughout that day.Flights and Packageswww.skyscanner.net
Will give you the best price on flights available in different varieties, both direct and with stops as filtered by you. Easy to use and will make sure you don't see yourself off with price.www.ebookers.comwww.expedia.co.ukwww.lowcostusa.co.ukwww.trivago.co.uk
You can often find a good value 'Flight & Hotel' package using the above sites. I generally book separately myself as I like to split my trip between hotels. That said you can book a hotel for only part of the trip with Expedia.ESTA Travel Authorisation
Everyone who goes to the states now needs to fill in an ESTA travel authorisation prior to going. The cost is $14 through the official site and link below so you can't get tucked up by the fraudulent ones all over the net.
Visa forms are gone on flights now so we only have to fill in the customs ones that everyone does.
Regardless we have to do the ESTA so here is the linkhttps://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html?_flowExecutionKey=_c70D6A6A8-9366-B800-EFFA-FAC75E294E8F_boost9887F0-63C6-2389-5C2A-730D695608D1Hotels
I've stayed most of the strip hotels for varying periods between a couple days and a few weeks so have an idea about most. I can only give you my thoughts and obviously this will depend on the individual as one mans trash is another mans treasurewww.harrahs.com
Harrahs own the majority of the strip and have hotels at every budget level.
You also will not find their rooms any cheaper on an outside website and if you do they'll match it. I've listed their properties in price order generally.
Until this year were free of resort fees, but since March 1st have been charging as belowQuad (IP) $10 p/night
Harrahs $18 p/night
Ballys $15 p/night
Flamingo $18 p/night
Rio (off strip) $18 p/night
Planet Hollywood $20 p/night
Paris $20 p/night
Caesars $25 p/night
Nobu $25 p/night
I've stayed at IP, Harrahs, Rio, Ballys, PHo and CaesarsQuad
when it was the IP
was one of my favourite casinos to drink in or play hammered for laughs, I only stayed there once and whilst I wouldn't again it's very cheap. If you think Premier Inn and paying the same price for the best location on the strip you're somewhere close.Harrahs
I only stayed at once for one night so didn't get to see much of the casino, Carnaval Court is great fun when you're strip crawling, or drink driving a scooter as the case maybe and again location is good.Rio
is out of the way so not really worth considering unless you're grinding the WSOP imo.Ballys
is again ideal, the rooms are very big and you're opposite the Bellagio so great location once again. You're paying a little more though and the casino isn't all that for action so only if the price is right for me.Planet Hollywood
is the perfect party casino, lively with lots of scantily dressed women poledancing or even dealing. A little more expensive but if you're sharing it's not all that bad and you have one of the liveliest resorts on the strip.
Rooms are good quality with big bathrooms and the only downside I would say is they can be a little dark. When you're only there to sleep it's hardly a dealbreaker though and the food choices are good.Caesars Palace
is the flagship property and I stayed there for a week in 2009 in the Augustus Tower. Rooms in the Augustus are very nice and I believe both Palace & the new Octavius are of similar quality.
They also have the new 'Nobu Hotel' inside, priced alongside Mandarin Oriental and only for the real ballers!
Nice property but is a bit aloof for what it is, kind of thinks it's on a par with the Wynn/Palazzo/Bellagio when it's not really on that level. I have noticed that it's pricing is way over what it should be for the property it is imo.
My fave resort is the Palazzo
, love the rooms in Palazzo and the restaurants are incredible. Some people don't like the casino as much but I don't punt on table games all that much so it's all the same to me.Wynn
is great and you wake up feeling like a lottery winner in that place... The only trouble is to stay there you also need to be one unless you snag a deal.
You also have the Cosmopolitan
which hasn't been open long for the higher end market too. Of late it's been getting some bad press on the customer service side of things which is inevitable I'm guessing when the numbers coming through are as high as in Vegas.Bellagio
is a great property as well and they have recently remodeled all their rooms to get them up to date. The videos on youtube look pretty nice and the apparent Jersey Shore invasion of clientele at the Wynn probably won't have done it any harm in the eyes of those looking for a more relaxed Vegas experience.
Next door to this you have the City Centerhttp://www.citycenter.com/
Inside you have the Aria
and Mandarin Oriental
I don't know much about the resorts as I've not been in, but they're pretty highly rated and I know the Aria has one of the best card rooms.
Some sites you can use to book your hotels, obviously you can use Expedia, ebookers etc. for hotels only too as well.www.ebookers.com
Those are a couple but I also think your best bet is to go to Smartervegas or Fatwallet and look up the deals first.
Smartervegas really is the business and by entering the date you want a hotel from it will bring up all promos available to you in each hotel at the time.
Best bet is to check the hotel website for the price and then match it against it once you have gone through smartervegas to see how much you save.
Fatwallet isn't as busy for promos but occasionally it chucks up a beauty so is worth checking.www.smartervegas.comhttp://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1036400/?start=0
Another alternative if you like a punt is priceline where you can put an offer in on a room at a * level you like and see what you get.www.priceline.com
Not something I'd do as I like to know where I'm going before I book, for those that want to start the gambling early you can save some money.Cheap BitesEllis Island
: One block off the strip (Behind Ballys I believe). Basically it does steaks/bbq pizzas and all similar types of stuff. They have a steak special for $7.99 which includes sides, potatoes and a beer. The Microbrewery sells draughts at $1.75 a pop too WHACK!Food courts
: There are food courts all over Vegas with a variety of foods available. Chinese, Burgers, Mexican, Pizza and just about anything else. Situated both in casinos and along the strip.Peppermill Lounge
: Another diner on the strip located near to the Wynn. Big portions and open 24hrs I'm pretty sure.Grand Lux Cafe
: The nut lower price food venue!! They have one of these in both the Palazzo and Venetian. Lots of variety and big portions.Hash House A GoGo
: Diner style place located in the IP big portions not big prices.Earl of Sandwich
: Rolls/Sandwiches etc. most importantly drunks are persona grata and 24hrs (inside Planet Hollywood)POKERAll Festivalshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoMaiIIMBl1zdDhxMUs2V3hxTUdKLTJrTGVtb3NqWnc#gid=0WSOPhttp://www.wsop.com/tournaments/Venetian DSEhttp://www.venetian.com/uploadedFiles/The_Venetian/Gaming/Deep_Stack_Extravaganza/DSE_III_2013_Schedule_v20130311.pdfGrand Poker Series @ Golden Nuggethttp://goldennugget.com/lasvegas/pdf/gps.pdfBinions Classichttp://www.binions.com/gaming/poker_classic.phpCaesars Megastackhttp://www.caesarspalace.com/content/dam/clv/Gaming/Tournaments/CLV-MegaStack-2013-Final.pdfWynn Classichttp://www.wynnpoker.com/wynn_classic13.cfm