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Which 5 criteria are most important to you when planning a trip to Sin City?(select only 5)

Last edit: Chuck60 on Monday, 22nd September 2008 9:55 pm
Last response by mdow222 2nd October 1:27pm

1. Costs/cost savings
2. Dining options
3. Airlines / flight options
4. Gambling options
5. Hotel quality/ service
6. Hotel-casino location (strip/off strip)
7. Entertainment (shows/performers)
8. Nightclub venues
9. Comp programs
10. Recreation options (golf, etc.)
11. Room amenities/ comfort
12. Family (children) - oriented options
13. In - town transportation
14. Shopping

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 Tinustuff responded on Monday, 22nd September 2008

In order of importance

3. Airlines/ flight options (Flying First Class to Vegas is part of the experience.)
4. Hotel quality/ service (I suggest the Wynn or theHotel at Mandalay Bay)
7. Entertainment
11. Amenities
2. Dining options

 RockChickX51 responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

In no particular order:

1) Shopping - I like shopping in cities where they sell clothes that are different than what we have in this culture shocked everyone only wears Old Navy town that I live in. I like being different and Vegas has that (and Chicago and NYC and LA). I usually hit up the Forum Shops, the Fashion Show mall, Miracle Mile and if I get out to it the Meadows Mall (in Spring Valley)

2) Hotel-casino location - I like being in the middle of it all, even though my past trips have always put me at the South end of the Strip. My next trip I'm staying in the middle somewhere, like Mirage, for cheaper cab rides downtown

3) Costs/savings - I usually look at rate calendars that most hotels have now to see when a cheap time to go is. I think this next trip I'm not going to plan until about a month before we go to get some of the great specials they send out at the last minute. I got a letter from the Venetian the other day for $99 rooms but you only have until the end of September to book it.

4) Nightclub venues - Now when I say this, I don't mean "nightclubs" I mean bars. Chicks with black and blue hair, real boobs, wearing skirts and goth boots, covered in tattoos doesn't exactly fit in bouncers usually frown at me, because I make fun of them to their face and it's funny. (I think that's what they call "drunk balls")
But if the hotel has a good selection of bars I'll be there. I like the Flamingo a lot and Caesars Palace and anywhere downtown

5) Entertainment is low on my list but if I can get a good deal on a show I like I'll go see it. I had to sit through BITE with my boyfriend if that tells you anything.....I'd really like to see the Blue Man Group, but they just put them here in Orlando so I can drive there and see them...but I'd rather see them out there, or if there's a good metal show (especially if there's a good metal show) or comedian in town I'll hit that up too.

 canadiancrapshooter responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

1. Costs/cost savings - I'm cheap
6. Hotel-casino location (strip/off strip) - Not overly interested in staying off-strip
9. Comp programs - Mrs Crapshooter is a bit of a gambler. We like free stuff (see number 1)

The following aren't really deal breakers for us (but you asked for 5)
2. Dining options (we travel up and down the strip quite a bit on our visites)
4. Gambling options (you can find slots and craps everywhere)

 BlackHillsBoozehound responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

1 and 3 are closely related; we save bux by flying Allegiant, and as they only fly on Monday & Friday into our airport, that's a big factor in our planning (we usually go the Mon - Fri route rather than a weekend stay, as we like Vegas when it's less-crowded, added benefit being less children). We've finally achieved a level of play whereby we've started getting rooms comped, but when we were price-shopping for rooms, we'd wait until about 3 weeks before our trip and hit Kayak on a daily basis to find a good rate at a place we wanted to stay. The more we save, the more money we can put into the machines in pursuit of those elusive royals...

6 and 9 also tie closely together... we like to stay at the Hilton (next trip comped there), but if we had to end up paying to stay at the Hilton vs. getting comped somewhere else, we'd probably take the free ride, but only presuming the place in question had easy Strip/Monorail access.

Finally, we look at 4, gambling options -- where can we play 9/6 Jacks or Better in closest proximity to where we're staying, at a place that we want to earn points/comps?

After this, I'll meticulously plan out entertainment and dining options based on our location. And then get drunk and blow off half of our plans. If you're married, be sure to schedule at least one argument during the trip.

 RockChickX51 replied on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

If you're married, be sure to schedule at least one argument during the trip.

HAHA that's great. I'm not married but I've been with the guy for almost 3 years so we might as well be married, you've hit that right on the money. As well as getting drunk and blowing off your plans. When you go to Vegas with no plans and it just turns out better. Let it ride and see what happens....

 BlackHillsBoozehound replied on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

I would love to be able to just visit Vegas and go where the wind (and/or KungFuApril) takes me, but I'm far too Type A for that. I plan out an itinerary with a very liberal timetable so that we can do/see as much as possible, yet don't feel rushed.

That said, after a big lunch, feet sore after a couple of days of walking, and having been drinking the better part of the day, often times some of those items drop right off the list. I wish that they had the shows (the good ones, not stuff like Mac King) early in the afternoon when I'm still somewhat fresh, rather than at night, when I'm bedraggled and ready to just relax, sit in a comfy chair, and feed money into a machine.

 KungFuApril replied on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

Yes, but your itineraries are one of my favorite things about Las Veejas. (For those curious, you can check out the latest one at I like your type A because I get to just sit back and enjoy the ride!

 metalman6164 responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

Not in order

1. Costs/Costs savings
2. Dining Options
4. Gambling options
6. Hotel-casino location
11. Room amenities/comfort

 KungFuApril responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

I agree with BHBH, though I'd throw 11 (Room amenities/comfort) in above location. I don't care so much about the amenities, but a comfy bed is a biggie for me. Comfy bedding is a nice extra too. We'd likely stay more at the Orleans if their beds weren't so rock hard and they didn't have the plastic-feeling pee-proof tarp underneath the sheets.

 vespajet responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

1. Costs/cost savings. Considering I have long had a policy of not going into debt in order to pay for a trip, I try to get the most for the money, as I save up for my trips. I decided against a Fall trip this in order to use that money for a really nice trip out there next Spring.

2. Hotel/Casino Location. Getting the best deal isn't always the best deal if you end up using the savings on taxis and gas (if you're renting a car). I used to prefer the Strip, and Mid-Strip was my area of choice considering the main mass of properties is within a 10-15 minute walk. I've now shifted my preference to Downtown, as in the amount of time it would take to walk from Harrah's to Bally's, you can walk the entire length of Fremont Street and back. Plus you only have to deal with crowds for a couple of hours a night. On the Strip, many of the areas are crowded 12-15 hours a day.

3. Dining Options. While I'm easy to please when it comes to food, I like having a nice selection of places to eat at. I didn't come all the way out to Las Vegas to eat at a Panda Express or McDonald's. I always try to have at least one "nice" meal every trip.

4. Airlines/flight options. We have two airlines that serve LAS non-stop, Delta and AirTran, and both airlines' fares are within a few dollars or less of each other. My first two trips to Vegas were on AirTran until I finally decided to give Delta a try (I was splurging on a First Class ticket and both airlines wanted the same fare for their front cabin, and Delta offered a much superior product [AirTran doesn't even have meal service. All their Business Class product offers is some free booze and some larger portions of snacks.] up front.) I've stuck with Delta because they have a superior transcontinental product than AirTran does. Plus I always try to get on Delta flights operated by 767s, as even in coach, it's not too bad.

5. Hotel quality/service. I'm pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my room. As long as the room is clean and the bed is somewhat comfortable, I'm happy. I was actually surprised at the quality of service I got during my stay at Binion's back in May. I've never had that nice of employees at the Riv, the Impotent Palace, or Harrah's. I guess they've got to go the extra mile since they have a harder time attracting folks to stay Downtown instead merely visiting it.

 krazyk responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

3. Airfare - There's pretty much only one way to get to vegas from Honolulu.
9. Comps - A Vegas trip is a lot cheaper than going to the other Hawaiian Islands when your hotel and meals are free
4. Gambling - 3:2 payout 21, 10x odds on craps
14. Shopping - something to keep the other half busy
5. Hotel quality - I couldn't do Circus Circus under any circumstance and my bed at Paris was hard like rock.

 donnymac66 responded on Tuesday, 23rd September 2008

For me it differs each trip.

In November we are going for the Madonna Concert so the show date dictated the trip.

In July we went to gamble so cost was the number one consideration.

In March we went for Spyder's birthday, actually we pushed it back a couple of weeks to April to ensure good weather. So the weather was the number one consideration.

We go for at least one great meal on each trip as well.

So I guess my top 5 would be:
1. Costs/cost savings
6. Hotel-casino location (strip/off strip) - I'll admit that I'm a strip dude
2. Dining options
4. Gambling options
9. Comp programs

 fungirl responded on Wednesday, 24th September 2008

Gosh, this is tough since we pretty much always stay at Wynn, regardless of cost, just dependent on when Funguy can get time off work and nothing going on with the kids (we have 3 boys). We're staying at THEhotel this weekend since there are 4 of sharing a room (me, my mom, sister, and her girlfriend) for a girls trip and needed a bigger room. ANYWAY....

5. Hotel quality/service is VERY IMPORTANT to us, this is why we stay at WYNN!

11. Room amenities/comfort (see above)

14. Shopping... I always go visit my faves @ Chanel, DIOR and Louis Vuitton. This last trip (last month) I treated my husband to a trip to the ROLEX store to get a nice Submariner!

2. Dining Options.... I LOVE the plethora of dining available at WYNN! Whatever you want, they've got it! :)

4. Gambling Options.... LOVE gambling @ Wynn.

 bigpopajd3 responded on Wednesday, 24th September 2008

5. Hotel quality/ service
1. Costs/cost savings
11. Room amenities/ comfort
6. Hotel-casino location (strip/off strip)
8. Nightclub venues

 johntree responded on Thursday, 25th September 2008

Location, location, location!

Quality of hotel and service

Room comfort

Flight options

and last the cost.

All good as long as you have fun fun fun.

 justJoey responded on Saturday, 27th September 2008

5. Hotel Quality - I refuse to stay in a dump.

6. Location -I like to be able to walk around and not be 100% at the mercy of public transportation/cabs.

1. Cost -Try to get best value for a mid-strip 4 star or better property. Usually book a refundable room rate and within 4 days of trip will throw out some low priceline bids for 5* on strip properties.

11. Room Amenities -A marble bathroom and nice fixtures don't hurt.

3. Airlines/Flight Options -Flyin in early on the first day and leaving mid day on the outgoing with direct flights maximize functioning Vegas time.

Hey Chuck, nice to see the Trippies are coming!

 donnymac66 replied on Saturday, 27th September 2008

Nice to see you around again joey. Glad you are updating your site regularly again.

 mdow222 responded on Thursday, 2nd October 2008

1,3,5,9,11 in no particular order