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    Quote Originally Posted by obscure View Post
    I enjoyed it the first time, it was over Christmas whilst it was cooler and quieter, but May was so busy you could hardly walk on the strip and the heat was deadly.

    If you dont want to be in the casino or at the pool there isnt much else to do. The Mob Museum was a good afternoon though and the helicopter trip to/from the canyon was great.

    All of the hotels are smokey because as it is still allowed indoors everwhere, make sure to book and insist on a non-smoking room, I was first given a smoking one at check in at CP until I asked specifically about it.

    Aria seemed OK when I was first there, there is a monorail station too.

    I think 7 days may be too long as there is only so much pool I can take. I'll probably end up visiting all the themed hotels
    The grown up kids will love the pool and the bars.
    We will definitely take a trip to the Grand Canyon.

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    I also plan to do a trip to the Grand Canyon. Any recommendations? Who to book through, what to book, etc? Any idea of costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by obscure View Post
    Caesers is overpriced and has very poor customer service, also very smoky and smells musty. Huge queues and very busy (we were there in May so not even peak season).

    Interiors are getting tatty and even though it was supposed to be one of the better grade rooms it ws no better than a standard Marriott. Also coffee machine was provided but they charged $14 for a pk of 4 coffee pods to go in it. Could get them from Walgreens next day but a real P in the A when you first arrive.

    We spent a week there earlier this year for work and I hated it.

    I have previously stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in LV and if I ever have to go back, I won't chose to do so, I wouldnt consider anywhere else. It is non-smoking and non-gambling and has the usual great MO service
    One of my nicest hotel stays ( last year) was at Caesars in an Octavius Tower room . Sublime room and fantastic customer service . The private valet out on to Flamingo rather than the madness of Las Vegas Blvd aka The Strip was worth the not insignificant cost of the room. My least favourite hotels based on past experiences are Bellagio ( akin to bring in a goldfish bowl ) and The Palazzo ( our first suite had human excrement on one of the sofas......Yeuk ......

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    The Deuce is usually packed - I used it once years ago and haven't done since. I know you don't like hiring cars but it's the easiest way to get around especially if you want to see the Grand Canyon. I did the helicopter trip to the West rim on my first ever trip to Vegas and then drove to the South rim on a trip a few years back.
    There is no comparison - the South rim is far far more impressive and is what you see on all the scenic photos of the canyon. It was about a five hour drive but was so spectacular that it was absolutely worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapteam View Post
    One of my nicest hotel stays ( last year) was at Caesars in an Octavius Tower room . Sublime room and fantastic customer service . The private valet out on to Flamingo rather than the madness of Las Vegas Blvd aka The Strip was worth the not insignificant cost of the room. My least favourite hotels based on past experiences are Bellagio ( akin to bring in a goldfish bowl ) and The Palazzo ( our first suite had human excrement on one of the sofas......Yeuk ......
    Quote Originally Posted by rapteam View Post
    The Deuce is usually packed - I used it once years ago and haven't done since. I know you don't like hiring cars but it's the easiest way to get around especially if you want to see the Grand Canyon. I did the helicopter trip to the West rim on my first ever trip to Vegas and then drove to the South rim on a trip a few years back.
    There is no comparison - the South rim is far far more impressive and is what you see on all the scenic photos of the canyon. It was about a five hour drive but was so spectacular that it was absolutely worth it
    double yuk
    You are right we are very anti hiring a car probably because hubby drives thousands of miles a month with work and would rather take a break.
    I may be able to persuade based on there are 6 of us and we would save a fortune hiring and driving to the Grand Canyon as opposed to a organised trip which we also dislike

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroleandancer View Post
    double yuk
    You are right we are very anti hiring a car probably because hubby drives thousands of miles a month with work and would rather take a break.
    I may be able to persuade based on there are 6 of us and we would save a fortune hiring and driving to the Grand Canyon as opposed to a organised trip which we also dislike
    When I drove there were four of us ( DD and her best friend and Mr RT) in a seven seater SUV ( that we'd driven up from LA in) so there was plenty of comfort
    The cost of the fuel was minimal compared to the cost of the trip in a helicopter ( again for Mr RT and I) for the four of us ( lots of money !!!!) and as we had plenty of time and the SUV for the duration of our trip (we drove back to LA after the Vegas stay) it made sense ( I too hate organised tours ).
    The South rim is absolutely worth the effort compared to the West rim

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapteam View Post
    When I drove there were four of us ( DD and her best friend and Mr RT) in a seven seater SUV ( that we'd driven up from LA in) so there was plenty of comfort
    The cost of the fuel was minimal compared to the cost of the trip in a helicopter ( again for Mr RT and I) for the four of us ( lots of money !!!!) and as we had plenty of time and the SUV for the duration of our trip (we drove back to LA after the Vegas stay) it made sense ( I too hate organised tours ).
    The South rim is absolutely worth the effort compared to the West rim
    Did you do the GC in one day or stay there overnight?
    I would love to go to LA

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    we flew on to la , it was nearly as cheap to fly and less hastle (we came back on wednesday)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHITEGUINEAPIG View Post
    we flew on to la , it was nearly as cheap to fly and less hastle (we came back on wednesday)
    Welcome home i would love to hear all about your trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroleandancer View Post
    Did you do the GC in one day or stay there overnight?
    I would love to go to LA
    Did it in one day - I drove there and back as Mr RT was poorly . How about flying in or out of ( or in and out of) LA. It's a really easy drive up to Vegas . A quick stop in Barstow for an In ' n Out burger and then up to Sin City

    I love LA but again it's Marmite territory......

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