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Las Vegas on a Budget

A March 2002 trip to Las Vegas by azsunluvr

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Quote: Las Vegas is not as cheap as it used to be. There are deals to be had, however. Check the websites of the big hotels. Many have a link to specials being offered. Two of us spent less than $300 total on food and lodging for the 4 days.

Las Vegas on a Budget

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The Eiffel Tower at sunset, water fountains at Bellagio, fresh fruit and pain au chocolat for breakfast at JJ's Boulangerie in Paris.Quick Tips: Take good walking shoes! Each of the hotels has something unique to offer. Do some research and decide which ones you'd really like to experience and do it! My family can spend 3 days there and feel like we saw everything we wanted to on the strip.Best Way To Get Around: Lots of walking. Some hotels offer trams from one hotel to another. The bus from the Strip to downtown is .00, but takes a long time with all the stops. If you take the bus, be prepared for an adventure. It gets very crowded and cozy in there. Add a humorous bus driver and s...Read More

Paris Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Paris"

Paris Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Check out the Paris website at www.parislasvegas.com. There is a link to specials. My girlfriend and I went on the American Express special, which gave us some discounts at restaurants and spa, but what we really wanted were the 2 free passes to go up the Eiffel Tower. The cost was $99 per night. Not bad! We got stuck in terrible traffic going through the Hoover Dam area and didn't arrive until almost 9 at night. By then the non-smoking, 2 bed room we had requested was not available. They willingly upgraded us to a smoking suite with a King bed at no extra charge. As the clerk went to check us in, a non-smoking suite became available and she nabbed it for us. The Imperial Suite is on the 32nd ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "The Boardwalk Hotel"

Boardwalk Hotel and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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After spending the night in a suite at the Paris Hotel, this was a let down, but I've definitely stayed in worse. We had a regular room in the tower, which I heard was newer. We had 2 double beds and a decent bathroom. Water pressure in our 8th floor shower was awesome! The room was clean, not spotless. Our view was wonderful. We looked north up the strip and could see Belaggio, Treasure Island, Mirage, Paris, Aladdin, and the Venetian. We were also right next to a business that offered helicopter rides, so we did have to listen to copters taking off and landing until about 1 am, but it wasn't too bothersome. We could see the pool from our window. There was nothing special about it, but ther...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Boardwalk Hotel and Casino
3750 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 735-2400

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Aladdin"

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After self-parking in the garage, I entered the shopping area with my luggage. I was immediately greeted by a pedi-cab driver and invited for a free half-mile ride to the lobby area. I accepted and enjoyed the ride in a little buggy as my driver pedaled through the throngs of people, chatting as he drove. The ride is only free at check-in. Any other time there is a fee, but I never found out how much. You actually get dropped off just at the edge of the casino, and must walk the rest of the way with your luggage. My wait to check in was 45 minutes, despite the seemingly short line. There were only three or four staff working the desk. Our standard, two Queen room was quite nice. It was plent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Aladdin Hotel Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Flamingo"

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Two stays within a year at the Flamingo brought two completely different experiences. The first was an overnight stay in August. On last-minute business, we just needed a place to stay, but wanted to be on the Strip. At $120/night, the Flamingo was the least expensive option by far. Because it was mid-week and we were only staying 1 night, we were upgraded to a suite on the 17th floor. Opening the door to the suite, the first thing that catches the eye is the huge, 52" TV surrounded by comfortable couches and chairs. Looking past the TV through the floor-to-ceiling windows, a stunning view of the strip and Caesar's Palace across the street had us grinning from ear to ear. A s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-733-3111

La Creperie

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Restaurant | "La Creperie at Paris"

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La Creperie is a little place in the main dining area of the Paris Hotel. There is a limited menu of about 10 items, including dessert crepes. You walk up to the counter and place your order. You can watch your crepes being made. There are cafe tables available in an adjacent courtyard where you can watch people go by as you enjoy your food. I ordered "La Bayonne," which included prosciutto, mozzarella, basil and a bechamel sauce (which I learned is just like alfredo sauce). My friend had the "Des Amis," which had bacon, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes and basil. Both were very yummy. We never made it back to try the dessert crepes, but we saw several people enjoying them. Each of the dinner crepes was $5...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

La Creperie
Paris Las Vegas - 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

JJ's Boulangerie

Restaurant

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This was our favorite place to get breakfast. A delicious fruit plate, big enough for two to share, is $7.95. We had cantaloupe, honeydew, fresh pineapple, strawberries and grapes. A croissant ($4) or sharing a warm Quiche Lorraine (6.95) rounded out the meal. One morning we took the fruit and croissants back to our room. The other time we ate in the cafe. It can get crowded, so stake out your table as soon as you get there!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

JJ's Boulangerie
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
1(888)-BONJOUR

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There are a lot of unusual and fun places to eat in Las Vegas, but sometimes you just want a hamburger. As we wandered around the Desert Passage shops and restaurants at the Aladdin Hotel, a cheeseburger seemed to be calling our name. Cheeseburger at the Oasis hit the spot. There is only one item on the menu that cost more than $10.25. We split a cheeseburger and fries and were very content. The burger was cooked thoroughly, but not dry. The buns are made fresh daily. Fries are not included in the price of the $7.50 hamburger. They are an extra $3.75. Many toppings can be added to your burger for $1-2 more, including guacamole, pineapple, mushrooms or chili. There was an entertainer for our enjoyment....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Cheeseburger at the Oasis
3663 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 735-8600

Harley Davidson

Restaurant

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This is a solid, fairly inexpensive restaurant with a good selection for picky eaters. It is located right on the strip near the MGM Grand and Aladdin Casino. My friend and I shared a large tossed salad (8.95) and Chicken Parmesan (8.95). The salad was fresh with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The chicken was tender, with a lot of cheese and a nice portion of sauce. There is indoor dining, but the weather was such that we chose to enjoy the beautiful weather outside at the cafe tables. Service was fast and accurate.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Harley Davidson
3725 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-4555

Smith & Wollensky

Restaurant | "Smith & Wollensky"

Smith & Wollensky Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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As a steak lover, I've often wanted to try Smith & Wollensky, but never thought about it when everyone was asking, "Where should we go for dinner?" This time, I was alone and happened to be walking nearby at lunchtime. The outdoor patio in the January desert sunshine was too much to pass up. I was seated under a large, green market umbrella and given a menu to ponder. I realized steak was a little too heavy for lunch, so I ordered the next best thing. . . my favorite salad of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. While waiting for my meal, I soaked up the sunshine and the nice view of the Monte Carlo Hotel across the street. A small plate of soft pretzel s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 27, 2004

Smith & Wollensky
3767 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 862 4100

What To Do In Vegas And Beyond

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Attraction | "More fun than gambling!"

What To Do In Vegas And Beyond Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Non-Gambling Highlights Siegfried & Roy's Secret Gardens and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Hotel. $10 entry fee, stay until closing if you wish. At the 2.5 million gallon dolphin habitat, watch dolphins up close exhibit natural behaviors. Trainers play with the dolphins and feed them as you watch from ground level or from viewing windows below. At Secret Gardens, see tigers, lions and an elephant in beautiful surroundings. Also swing through the Mirage lobby to see the HUGE saltwater fish tank. The M&M store on the Strip is 4 floors of M&M collectibles. Free 3-D movie adventure. Fun for the whole family. Next door is the Coke store. Many collectibles there as well....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

What To Do In Vegas And Beyond
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Las Vegas, Nevada