This is a great forum and I have learn a lot from your posts! I am happy that I found you!
I have never used the internet to make reservations but have been told by friends that the best deals are now online and to just search for them. I am in charge of planning a trip to Las Vegas for two people for 3 or 4 nights sometime over the next two months. The airfare is taken care of and I need to find a good hotel deal. I am looking for something on the strip that has some package deals along with it like 2-for-1 shows or spa. Can anyone help me find a good deal? I have looked on Expedia and Travelocity and am not find what I want.
Thank you for your time and for running such a great place for travellers!
Specify your time frame, please. Las Vegas deals depend upon what date(s) you are going to be in town, (more expensive on weekends,) and whether there is large convention business in town at the time of your visit.
In general I like to use www.kayak.com because they survey a variety of sites and can give you a good overview. (If I'm going with a chain I'll usually check their personal site to check as they sometimes have the best deals for their own hotels and generally allow you to cancel up until sometime the day of the reservation.)
If you are willing to gamble a little bit I'd go with www.hotwire.com. Before you book you will be told the star level, general location (North Strip, Central Strip, etc.), and the amenities offered. After you book you will be given the name of the hotel. Obviously if you want a specific hotel it's not the way to go, but you do get a good deal and for larger cities is generally a pretty good bet.
If you want to book through Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity you'll get a much better deal booking your plane and hotel together.
Hope this helps you out.
Quick remedy..book with the Tropicana. Usually one of the best deals on the Strip, (especially last minute.) Older hotel but still has LOCATION1 Great pool area, AND across from NY, NY and the MGM. Watch for the deals....this place is a little gem that often times has entertainment in it's main room, (simply to entice shows for later....)
You may pay something like $20 more a night than say, a Motel 6, or something....On the other hand, you are paying hundreds of dollars less per night for a room a block away from you!
Hands down! For the money, the Tropicana... (OK, I've only been to Las Vegas nearly 20 times and my husband over 60 times!)
If you have money to burn... You have LOTS of options. If you are looking for a true feel of the Vegas Strip, on a reasonable budget, do the Tropicana...and put on your walking shoes.
(If money is no object....the Venetian, Bellagio, Ceasars Palace, The Wynn Mega-Whatever...) OH! But DO brunch at the Paris Cafe.
Oh, and for anyone searching for fantastic live Irish music; NINE FINE IRISHMEN in NY, NY! (Walking distance, mind you, from the Tropicana!)
Check out www.fatwallet.com. They have a forum just for Las Vegas hotel deals. People will list promo codes to get good deals at the hotels. Hotels constantly have promos going on so I would join a couple of their email lists and they will send you deals. Also, if you find a good price on a travel website such as Travelocity or Kayak, go to the hotel's website and book through them directly or call the hotel directly to book. They will usually honor a cheaper rate found elsewhere. If you book through the travel website you usually can't cancel your reservation if needed. If you book direct with the hotel and find a cheaper rate, you'll have no problem adjusting your rate for that hotel or cancelling.
Thank you very much for your replies! I think I have found what I am looking for thanks to your helpful responses!
I checked www.Kayak.com and I really like their search features. I bookmarked them so I can use them in the future. This is a great tool!
I tried the www.fatwallet.com site and found it to be overwhelming and a bit confusing. However, in one of the messages on their forum, I found www.casinotripreports.com which is a forum too but also lists Las Vegas hotel deals in a separate area. This helped a lot! Using it, I found a great Tropicana deal that I am using for our trip! It has:
a 2-for-1 coupon for the Xtreme Magic of Dirk Arthur
a 2-for-1 coupon for the Folies Bergere
$3 off Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
$3 off Bodies: The Exhibition
This is perfect and is exactly the kind of deal that I was hoping for. The rates are great and we are now set for our Vegas trip. I am excited!
I first used Kayak for plane tickets and it has some really nice features for that as well. Best of luck on your trip - have a great time!
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 17, 2007, at 7:48 PM by Wonkerer ]
Has anyone gone to the Bodies: Exhibition ??
I heard it has something to do with cadavers and am wondering if it might gross me out.. I have a weak stomach and generally only like anatomy on the OUTSIDE. but if it tastefully done or something that people think is worth seeing I might try it out.
I haven't seen it personally, but have heard really good reviews from friends and such. I do think it has some gross-out factor just considering what it is, though I've heard it's done in a respectful manner, so I'm not really sure if you'd like it or not . . .