Excalibur

Excalibur

Description

Excalibur is a castle themed budget hotel on the Strip. It is one of the best cheaper hotels and I have seen room rates below $30 a night, so don’t rule it out if you want to save some money. You are only sleeping there anyway right? The rooms are average and can be compared to a Super 8, but they are clean. If you like the south part of the Strip Excalibur has a pretty good location being across the street from New York-New York and MGM Grand. Excalibur also has a great pool area considering the quality of the hotel. There is plenty of room to swim or lounge. If you like to spend time in Luxor or Mandalay bay, there is a free tram that goes between all three casinos starting at Excalibur.

Casino

Excalibur’s casino is a little run down, but it can be worthwhile if you like  lower limit table games.  The atmosphere is rowdy and exciting as the floor is usually decently crowded and when someone wins you will hear it.  The poker room has been changed to be electronic so no real chips are involved.

Hotel Details

  • Location: South Strip
  • AAA Rating: 3
  • Casino:  Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 2 Pools
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: Octane Lounge
  • Show: Tournament of Kings
  • Buffet: Poor
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes (for a fee)
  • Iron and Ironing Board: No
  • Resort Fee: $15 per night

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Encore

Description

Encore is the newer version of the Wynn. You’ll see both hotels side by side and the main difference from the outside is which direction the hotel is curved. Encore is built for luxury just like the Wynn, but all of the rooms are suites and they are larger than comparable rooms at the Wynn. The best deal I have seen for either of these hotels is $100 a night on a trip Thursday through Tuesday, but rates can easily be over $200 at any given time.

Casino

Encore’s casino is missing a sports book and a poker room, so you’ll have to visit the Wynn to place sports bets or get your Texas hold em fix.  Besides that the casino looks much like the Wynn except smaller.  Usually it is less crowded so table rates will be a little lower than next door.

Hotel Details

  • Location: North Strip
  • AAA Rating: 5
  • Casino:  Yes
  • Sports Book: No
  • Poker Room: No
  • Pool: 1 Pool
  • Clubs: XS and Surrender
  • Lounge: No
  • Show: No
  • Buffet: Poor
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25 per night

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Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan

Description

Cosmopolitan just opened on December 15, 2010. Many bloggers and journalists were on site to cover the opening and from what I heard, the rooms are very nice, but the check in process still has some kinks to work out. In a few months, I’m sure the service will be fine, but be aware that there may be problems if you stay there soon. Cosmopolitan towers above the Bellagio fountains and I’m sure it offers a great view. The best part is there are two entrances right on the Strip, so there is minimal time wasted getting to the street.

Casino

Cosmopolitan’s casino is a wonder to see. I walked in and my jaw dropped. There is a curved video screen that serves as a separator for the Bond lounge. The video playing was just bright lights, but it fit in perfectly with the sparkling atmosphere. I was there during the weekend and a couple weekdays in January and the place was still crowded. It is obvious that everyone wants to be at Cosmopolitan. The crowd is predominantly younger, but you’ll see some rich older folks too. Based on the two DJs on the casino floor, even on Monday, I would assume that Cosmopolitan wants to keep this younger image. The DJs also made the casino quite loud, so if you do not like noise this casino is not for you.

When you walk in, you can’t help but notice the three story bar in the middle of everything, Chandelier. It looks amazing and I really enjoyed the multistory casino experience considering almost every casino is limited to one floor. I will admit that the casino floor looks extremely busy, but I think that it suits Cosmopolitan well. I never felt cramped, even though there were a million things to look at. At this time, you can also win a Tesla Roadster, so if you are interested in being green in style check out the slots at Cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan is smart and is taking advantage of being the hottest casino in Las Vegas by keeping their table limits high. Even on weekdays the lowest table limit is $15, so don’t come thinking you’ll find a cheap table. The bathrooms were also a little disgusting, but I am assuming this was because it was so crowded. Either way, if their popularity continues they’ll need to find a better way of cleaning the restrooms.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 4.5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: No
  • Pool: Yes
  • Club: Marquee
  • Lounge: The Chandelier, Bond, D.O.C.G
  • Shows: None
  • Buffet: No
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No

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Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

Description

Caesars Palace is one of the Las Vegas hotel icons. It was built in the 1960s, but it has aged wonderfully seeing how it was added onto throughout the years. Caesars Palace is located in the middle of the strip and offers everything somebody staying in Las Vegas needs. It has a Casino, a great club, and is attached to one of the largest shopping areas in Vegas.

Casino

The casino as Caesars Palace is phenomenal. There are plenty of table games and the waitresses come by often asking for drink orders. The sports book is one of the best in Vegas and you can enjoy the game you bet on in comfort and style. Caesars poker room is also very popular and they have great daily tournaments.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 4.5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 8 Pools
  • Club: Pure
  • Show: Celine Dion
  • Buffet: Good
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes (for a fee)
  • Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No



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Bill’s

Bill’s

Description

The best part about Bill’s is the location. It is in the middle of the strip across the street from Caesars Palace. For your money you are better off staying at other budget hotels such as Bally’s or Excalibur. Bill’s is an older and smaller hotel, so if you prefer an old-fashioned and personal experience check out Bill’s.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 2.5
  • Casino: Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: No
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: No
  • Show: No
  • Fitness Center: No
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron: On Request
  • Resort Fee: No



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Bellagio

Bellagio

Description

Bellagio is the hotel everyone dreams of when they think about Vegas. It is directly in the middle of the Strip and luxury is its main purpose. Everything about Bellagio was made perfectly and a Vegas trip is not complete without watching a Bellagio Fountain show. Of course you will need to pay a little extra for this luxury, but it’s worth it. There is a large lake in front of Bellagio, which is where the fountain show takes place and once you get inside the lobby contains over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers. Whether you stay here or not, make sure you check out the beauty of Bellagio.

Casino

Bellagio is one of my favorite places to gamble because they always make you feel rich and the table game minimums are usually not inflated. From the sports book to the slot machines, gambling in Bellagio is luxurious and fun. If you like poker, Bellagio has one of the largest and most prestigious poker rooms and you’ll see professionals stop by from time to time.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating 5
  • Casino:  Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 5 Pools
  • Club: The Bank
  • Lounge: Caramel
  • Show: Cirque Du Soleil – O
  • Buffet: Great
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Yes
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25 per night

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Bally’s

Bally’s

Description

Bally’s is an older and cheaper hotel located center strip. You can’t ask for a better location, but the hotel is a little run down. Bally’s still has a lot to offer because it is directly across from Bellagio and the Strip is easily accessible. If you are looking for a budget hotel and plan on spending time all over the Strip this hotel may be for you.

Casino

Bally’s casino is worn down, but it is a fun place to play. The dealers aren’t required to be professional like the Wynn and they’ll cheer with you when you hit a blackjack. There is a poker room with a few tables running at any given time and a sports book, so it is a full service casino.

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 3.5
  • Casino:  Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 1 Pool
  • Club: No
  • Lounge: No
  • Show: Jubilee
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Dial Up
  • Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: No



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Aria

Aria

Description

Aria is a luxury hotel part of City Center, and is located center Strip by Bellagio. Its 60 stories holds over 4,000 rooms and 150,000 sq. ft. casino. The entrance from the Strip showcases a spectacular water wall, which is worth the walk to go see up close. Aria holds almost everything you’ll need in Vegas including a Casino, a club, many restaurants, and a fancy place to sleep.

Casino

Aria’s casino is brand new and has a very modern feel to it. The colors are dark and everything looks high class and professional. There are always plenty of people around, but you usually won’t have to wait too long to get a seat at your favorite table game. Aria’s casino has everything a person would need including a sports book, a poker room, and plenty of table games. The only downside to the casino is that Aria is shaped like a half moon, and it is very easy to loose your sense of direction while inside.

Downsides

  • Aria is pretty far away from the Strip. The closest exit to Las Vegas Blvd. is the main front entrance and that is a 3 minute hike, which is doable, but annoying.  The closest hotel is Vdara and the closest Casino is Monte Carlo, so Aria is secluded somewhat.  This is a general problem with City Center and it will always take extra time to walk out of any Hotel there. One thing to note is that the Cosmopolitan is opening in December, which will add a second Casino to the City Center complex.

 

Hotel Details

  • Location: Center Strip
  • AAA Rating: 5 Stars
  • Casino:  Yes
  • Sports Book: Yes
  • Poker Room: Yes
  • Pool: 3 Pools – 215,000 sq. ft.
  • Club: Haze
  • Lounges: 2 – Gold and The Deuce
  • Show: Cirque Du Soleil – Elvis
  • Fitness Center: Yes
  • Internet: Wireless
  • Iron and Ironing Board: Yes
  • Resort Fee: $25

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