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South Strip stay March 12-13

Started by salkken on Thursday, 16th January 2014 7:57 am
Last response by n580564x 22nd January 7:22pm

Planning to see Jabbawockeez, Fantasy and Michael Jackson One so thought South Strip hotel would be convenient. Reviews of Luxor suggest dilapidated, poor-maintenance hotel. That bad? Would Excalibur or Hooters be feasible? Do I need to upgrade to NY-NY or Monte Carlo? On a budget. Thanks.

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 Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I stayed in a Pyramid standard room in May 2013. It wasn't that great but I think it was pretty cheap. I haven't yet posted a review of the room. My complaints were mainly a slew of pet peeves - elevators (inclinators) take FOREVER to come, and often times the card access/floor buttons wouldn't work. Also walking around the perimeter of the pyramid to get to your room gets really old fast. I wrote a review of the Pyramid Cafe which was memorable.

The rooms at NYNY are tiny.

Have you considered Tropicana? Should be roughly within that price range. It is probably the nicest of all of the joints in that area.

In the Battle Royale NYNY vs Tropicana, NYNY wins but the reviews are a solid 4, whereas Tropicana is primarily a 5. I'll bet that old, pre-renovation reviews weigh down the Tropicana.

 mantic59 responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Another vote for Tropicana. A solid mid-tier property with updated rooms.

 Blakjackkid responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014


 salkken responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

Thanks for suggestions!

 anawas responded on Thursday, 16th January 2014

I like the Tropicana, if you get there before construction work on its retail plaza starts. I like Monte Carlo if you get there after its construction is complete. Also check MGM, sometimes they have oddly cheap rooms.

And photos of Excalibur's "upscale" renovated rooms actually don't look too bad, but otherwise it's such a dirty property.

No matter where you stay, make sure you account for resort fees if you're traveling on a budget. And you can always try a non-casino hotel or something off-strip.

 Heresiarch responded on Friday, 17th January 2014

I suggest Mandalay. I stay there a lot, I like it. Access to andi from Frank Sinatra is cake (if you're driving) and getting to the Luxor for Jabbawockeez is cake. Yes, it's an upgrade, tho...

I don't really recommend Luxor or Excalibur. A friend stayed at Luxor a couple years ago and I was much unimpressed. If you can get a good deal at NY-NY, I suggest that, otherwise -- if this was me -- I'd try Flamingo. It's Vegas, what's the worst that could happen?

 wpsteel66 responded on Friday, 17th January 2014

I stayed at Luxor once, but almost 7 years ago; room was ok but nothing great. I agree with other comments about this place.

I would stay away from Excalibur.

NYNY standard rooms are small, but better than Monte Carlo. I prefer this casino than the neighboring casinos.

Monte Carlo rooms were ok, but in need of updating. Plus no wifi in rooms (as of last March).

If you can get a good deal at MB, that would be the best option. But with will be more $$.

 jinx73 responded on Tuesday, 21st January 2014

Monte Carlo is a solid choice, but I'm betting you can get Trop or even NYNY cheaper, and both are likely superior rooms (I've stayed at the Trop post renovation, have not stayed at NYNY).

MC's rooms are a bit run down, but not to the level that Luxor is, at least from my experience.

The other 'knock' against Luxor is that even with the monorail its a ways away to the strip, in my stays there, I tend to just stay at MB, Excal, and Luxor during a trip and only seem to make it as far as MGM. At least when I'm staying at MC, I tend to gravitate in both directions for some things to do. It's not a big deal if you manage it, just something I've found that tends to happen when staying at certain properties.

 n580564x replied on Wednesday, 22nd January 2014


I completely agree with your statement that you tend to stay to the MB, Excal and Luxor (I actually also go to NY NY, MGM and Trop). I think that once you start walking you realize how far you are from center strip and just give up. My Brother stayed at Trop this past year and I wasn't impressed with the rooms, but they are fine even if they are not spectacular.