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Viva Las Vegas!

A March 2005 trip to Las Vegas by nikkii81

Quote: I love visiting this gambling city at least once a year. I have stayed in multiple hotels and have seen several shows. My forte is doing most of this for free or at very little cost.

The New Frontier

Hotel | "New Frontier"

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They have nice rooms, especially the newly renovated suites. Their regular rooms are comfortable. They are not real small like other older hotels. The beds are comfy and everything always seems very clean. It is also easy to obtain enough points to stay there for free. The staff is very accommodating. The casino itself is not overly busy, but also not dead either. It is one of my two favorite hotels to stay in.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

The New Frontier
3120 LAS VEGAS BLVD SOUTH
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-794-8200

Stardust Resort And Casino

Hotel | "Stardust"

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They have extremely nice rooms and you can't beat their price. The rooms are spacious, with very comfy beds, and kept very clean. The pools were not open when I went, but there were several hot tubs available. You had to present ID to security to enter the hotel section. This casino is not typically overly busy either, so one feels relaxed and an enjoyable experience. This hotel also is not hard to obtain enough points to stay for free. I would pay to stay here even if I didn't have enough points. There are also stores to shop in and an exercise room if one feels the need. It is my favorite hotel.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Stardust Resort And Casino
(Closed)
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-732-6111

Westward Ho Hotel And Casino

Hotel | "Westward Ho"

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It’s very cheap to stay here, but I wouldn't recommend it if you can afford to stay elsewhere. I was using a wheelchair at the time and they put me quite a ways away from the casino. Plus, they put me on the second floor. I wasn't sure what they were thinking. The rooms are very old. There were wires hanging out of one of our outlets and some of the outlets didn't even work. The beds were horrible! I couldn't sleep much. The bathrooms seemed dirty, but maybe just because they are so old. They have security monitoring the outside, but I didn't feel very secure. On the upside, it is next to Circus Circus, Slots, The Riviera, and a Mc Donald’s. It is very easy to obtain enough points to stay fo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Westward Ho Hotel And Casino
2900 LAS VEGAS BLVD S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 794-2061

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "Excalibur Hotel and Casino"

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It has very nice, spacious rooms. Everything seemed very clean. It was nice that there was security you had to pass to enter the hotel section. I really enjoyed the hotel but didn't care for the casino. We didn't stick around the casino because it was quite busy and there were many children around. Check-out was ridiculous. We waited in line for about a half-hour just to check out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Excalibur Hotel & Casino
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 597-7777

Harrahs Las Vegas

Hotel | "Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel"

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It is a little more expensive to stay here, but it is worth it. The rooms are beautiful. I have not slept in a more comfortable bed in my life. And the staff was great. There is a lot of entertainment inside and outside the casino. It is also in a prime location. It is in walking distance to Caesars, MGM, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Imperial Palace, and many small strips of stores. The dueling pianos is entertaining, along with the live music outside. The restaurants are great and not overpriced.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Harrahs Las Vegas
3475 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 369-5000

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino"

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This is a great place to stay. The rooms are clean, spacious, comfortable, and beautiful. We had a great view of the mountains. The location is a little out of the way, but they have a free shuttle you can take to Harrah’s in the middle of the Strip. The buffet is quite expensive for what they offer, but it has a wide variety of food. It may be a good place for a large group who can't decide. There are also many wings of rooms. It can be confusing. One of the dance clubs (Bikinis) had a line out of the doorway for a while. It looked interesting. The Masquerade Show in the sky is fun for everyone. It runs several times a day. For a small fee you can even ride in one of the floats. We did it for some...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 252-7777

Fremont Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "Fremont Hotel & Casino"

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The hotel is in an older style. There is no pool or hot tub. The rooms themselves are quite on the small side. Four people is quite a fit. The rooms need to be redone, but there were no hazards. The staff is great. They will try their best to accommodate you. Unfortunately, you are not guaranteed any specific type of room until you check-in. I would say that it is not as hard to obtain enough points to stay there for free compared to the more commercial hotels (Excalibur, MGM, Mirage, etc.). And it has a great location downtown.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Fremont Hotel & Casino
200 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 385-3232

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery

Restaurant | "Ellis Island"

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It has a warm, friendly atmosphere that makes one feel at home. Their late-night special is a steak dinner with green beans and your choice of potato. Also included is a salad and rolls. The meal is superb, especially for only $5.99!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
4178 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-8901

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Attraction | "Forum Shops"

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This mall is huge! It is beautiful and for those who have money. There are many intriguing art stores. I couldn't believe the prices on some things. The clothing stores included Banana Republic, DKNY, Versace, Lucky Brand Jeans, and such. The mall has several different wings, and at the end of each wing there are statues with a story they present as a show. This is a great place to shop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 893-4800

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Attraction | "Shopping at the outlet mall"

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This is a fairly new outlet with a very nice layout. The stores are basic name brands, such as Nike and Sketchers. They have great prices compared to regular stores. I purchased a couple pair of shoes and they offered to ship them to my home for free! It's a relaxing way to shop if the Forum Shops are a little too stuffy for you. This outlet is located minutes from the downtown Strip and is in a fairly safe area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Las Vegas Premium Outlets
875 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
(702) 474-7500

Fremont Street Experience

Attraction | "Freemont Experience"

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It's a party in the street! Every night, every hour, music is played and the huge canopy is lit up. Everyone floods to the street when the music starts and enjoys the free show. It can be quite entertaining just watching others dance to the music. Every hour there is a new show, so join the fun.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

Attraction | "Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay"

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It is the best aquarium I have ever seen! If you like sharks, this is the place to go. There are self-guided tours. You enter the display number and it gives you information about that fish. It is a very smart idea. You don't feel rushed or are able to skip any you'd like. My favorite is the end, where you are completely surrounded, top to bottom, in a shark reef. It is chilling.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

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This was an excellent show. If you want a good seat, I'd recommend joining her fan club. That is the only way to get seats straight in front of her. For those who cannot obtain VIP seats, they can see her blown up on the world’s largest LCD screen. It is a pricey show, but it's worth it! Her show contains not only some of her best songs, but remakes of legends such as Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. Those who did not see it during our trip regret it. Take the opportunity when you get it.