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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby RaceBoarder » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:12 pm

I've been contemplating going to Vegas to see my alma mater compete in the Ice Vegas Invitational for NCAA hockey. Don't have a huge budget for the trip. Im really put off by the fact that you're quoted a price at whatever hotel and then you need to add $30-50/day for "resort fees" on top of the quoted price. Basically I was looking at packages where these fees were as much as the hotel itself :cry:

It's a hell of a swindle they got going here with that :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:35 pm

^ This might help!

The following hotels DO NOT charge a resort fee:

Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge
Americas Best Value Inn
Bluegreen Club 36 resort
California Hotel
Casino Royale
Courtyard by Marriott
Desert Rose Resort
Elara (PH Tower)
Emerald Suites Cameron
Emerald Suites Las Vegas
Four Queens
Fremont
Hawthorn Inn
Holiday Inn Express
La Quinta Inn
M Resort
Main Street Station
Marriott
Renaissance Las Vegas
Residence Inn
Royal Resort
Siena Suites Hotel
Skylofts
Wyndham Grand Desert

Also, this link might help you too.
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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:31 am

That's a great resource to have those all in one place. People are used to an airline ticket not being the final price, and concert tickets too, but a lot of people don't realize that the hotel price isn't what they end up paying. I work for a travel company (part of the reason I can afford to travel to theme parks), and I run across daily scenarios where the guest wasn't aware of the resort fee and didn't bring enough money to cover it. This usually results in the guest, hotel, and travel agency all losing money. I work in accounts payable, so I see the hit everybody takes for not having good information.
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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby Jew » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:44 pm

Are you driving? There's only a few of those hotels actually on the Strip. Any cost savings might be negated by uber's if you stay too far away.
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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby coasterbill » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:52 am

RaceBoarder wrote:I've been contemplating going to Vegas to see my alma mater compete in the Ice Vegas Invitational for NCAA hockey. Don't have a huge budget for the trip. Im really put off by the fact that you're quoted a price at whatever hotel and then you need to add $30-50/day for "resort fees" on top of the quoted price. Basically I was looking at packages where these fees were as much as the hotel itself :cry:

It's a hell of a swindle they got going here with that :lol: :lol: :lol:


Allow me to help...

Going by the location next to your name, you live in the Chicago area. If you fly from Milwaukee and not Chicago, you can get round trip airfare for $84.18 TOTAL on Frontier Airlines (both are direct flights) that would have you there on January 5th for the Ice Vegas Invitational. Seriously, I just did it. You can play with the dates a little and get equally cheap fares if you want more or less time.

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Then stay at America's Best Value Inn. It's a budget option but it's a block from the heart of the strip and there's no resort fee and the reviews are fine given the price. Book on Kayak and it's $138.27 for the duration of your stay so the total for airfare and the hotel is $222.45. You don't need a rental car in Vegas because that hotel is a block from the heart of the strip. Now THAT's a cheap vacation (well... until you step foot in the casino :lol: ).

The hotel is within walking distance of the arena. You're also within walking distance of that piece of sh*t New York, New York coaster. You can decide for yourself if that's a negative or a positive.

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On the subject of not having a rental car, here's an important tip: Obviously you'll need to take an uber or cab from the airport. If you take a cab, don't get tunneled. They WILL try to tunnel you (even though that hotel is right off of Paradise by the airport entrance) and will probably blame traffic or some bullsh*t. Tell them to take Paradise and if they don't, threaten to report them to the taxicab authority. This is a major problem in Vegas and they WILL do it if you don't specifically tell them not to.

jarmor wrote:Is it possible for this thread to be moved to the theme parks, roller coasters and donkeys section? Vegas is like a theme park for adults with its rides, shows and unique experiences? And there's been an influx of vegas questions topics popping up (and I would have loved to discover this thread before my trip lol)


I second this. We have an Adventuredome discussion thread that gets bumped about once or twice a year. This thread encompasses that, Stratosphere, the High Roller, the cool zipline ride at the Rio, Manhattan Express and Vegas in general (and probably even Desperado and the Buffalo Bill's rides). I'd love to see that merged with this thread and put in the main forum where people know it exists. Just a suggestion, but I love the idea.

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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby jray21 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:55 pm

Jew wrote:Are you driving? There's only a few of those hotels actually on the Strip. Any cost savings might be negated by uber's if you stay too far away.


I agree. And the hotel shuttles to the strip are hit and miss.
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Re: The Vegas Thread!

Postby RaceBoarder » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:40 pm

Thanks to all that replied. After some deep soul searching, I decided to take a pass. Vegas is one of those trips that I want to do "right" and I know I'll blow by any budget I set. It's not the time or place to be counting every penny...

I was just shocked initially that I was looking at a package of hotel AND flights out of MDW for $329 for a strip hotel (Luxor), but would be hit with an additional $135-140... That's an additional 40% before you're even on the ground... And Vegas seems like the kind of place where other Nickel & Dime type stuff would add up very quickly...

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