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MARIO asked on 09/13/09


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Take a look at XS, Tryst, Pure, Jet and/or The Bank.

Scott asked on 09/12/09

If you stay at Encore or Wynn do you get into XS or Tryst with no problems of waiting in line?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Guests can get line pass cards but there’s often a line, no matter what, even for the guest access.

MARIO asked on 09/08/09


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The M Resort Buffet is quite good – I sampled it opening night and came away impressed. I would go back.

On The Strip, the most popular buffets are typically Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, Paris and Planet Hollywood, probably in that order.

RICH KOZAK asked on 09/08/09

planing a family spring vegas vacation this spring, end of march,do you have any ideas how I can get multi room rates? Also how much of the City center will be opened to the public, this coming march. Thanks again for any info

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

By March, all of City Center, save the Harmon Hotel, will be open – the entire complex opens in December 2009.

Regarding rates for multiple rooms, most hotels don’t give any breaks unless you’re booking for a larger group of at least 10 or more. A standard reservationist can help you try to book rooms that are adjoining or nearby, depending on your requirements.

susanna asked on 09/07/09

We want to go to vegas the first week of november. Will the weather be hot enough to enjoy the outdoor swimming with my kiddos?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Eh… probably not. It’s not all that warm in November, during the day or at night. Some hotels have some heated pools open, some also shut down pools to do annual maintenance.

Ron Studman asked on 09/03/09

Staying at the Riviera from October 28 through November 3 2009. Have been reading a lot of bad press about the Riviera’s money situation. How is the Riviera doing with this Missing loan interest payments?

I have contacted the hotel and they assure me that they will be around. Have you heard anything negative about the Riviera?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Many Las Vegas operators are currently in bad financial shape – the Riv is in good company in that regard.

Yes, they are having trouble but I would not be concerned about them closing their doors. Many many things would have to go wrong between now and then for that to happen. I would say it is very unlikely.

Even if they are forced to declare bankruptcy, no one wants to shutter the place and put thousands out of work. In other cases, properties have been allowed to remain open while they reorganize.

Jason asked on 09/03/09

Great Q&A, learned a lot.

My wife and kids are taking our first trip to Vegas this weekend, any advice or insider info on the Stratosphere? Best room to try and get a reasonable upgrade to?

Also, any inexpensive options for childcare? My wife and I would like to go see Penn and Teller.


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Second question first – I really don’t have any experience with childcare in Las Vegas for tourists, though I do know that those services are available. I can’t recommend one firm over another – you might ask the front desk at the hotel, they may have a firm they do business with regularly.

The hotel was built in two phases – the original rooms, in the Regency Tower, are smaller. If you can, avoid those rooms. Try for the ‘World Tower’ or ‘Premiere Tower’ for some extra square footage.

mungroo asked on 08/31/09


Great job on the site. I am a regular reader of your Two Way Hard Three blog.

I have a semi-technical question relating to access to poolside black jack – at the Wynn in particular. I stayed there last year and really enjoyed the poolside BJ set up they have at the Wynn pool.

I know from experience that they check room cards at entry and sometimes will even run through a machine to see that it is still valid (and not just your Red Card).

My understanding is that Nevada law requires all gaming establishments to be open to the general public. If so, it seems to me that if I want to play BJ by the pool and not use the pool itself, the Wynn must grant me access.

Do you know if this is the case?

Sorry for the technical question. I figure if you don’t know the answer, you will know someone who does. Thanks.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Good question.

You are correct, Nevada law requires public access to those games. You would be in the right to ask for entry to play blackjack.

The question is if the security guards are properly trained to recognize this – they may not be. I don’t know if anyone has tested this but if you do, please let us know!

MARIO. asked on 08/23/09

yeah i have a few questions for you where can i stay where the adults and kids will have fun on the STRIP with no problems, also which las vegas buffet is the best i heard the bellagio was great but i am not to sure can you tell me please, one more question (sorry) where can i find a good dining place on the strip (money not an issue) THANK YOU!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hi Mario,

Depending on what you’re looking for, kids can stay anywhere. You’ll find more of them at Excalibur and Circus Circus, both of which have made efforts specifically for families.

For buffets, the top tier is Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Wynn Las Vegas and sometimes The Rio, depending on who you ask.

For fine dining, it really depends on what you’re looking for. Some of my favorites are Delmonico (The Venetian), Carnevino (The Palazzo), Botero (Encore Las Vegas), Wing Lei (Wynn Las Vegas), Sinatra (Encore Las Vegas), FIX (Bellagio), Okada (Wynn Las Vegas) and Bartolotta (Wynn Las Vegas).

john asked on 08/21/09

Are there any good country bars in Vegas? Any on the strip?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

There used to be Gilley’s but the New Frontier is now long gone. It may re-open at Treasure Island sometime in the future.

The only thing close would be ‘Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill’ at Harrah’s.

Betsy asked on 08/19/09

Hi Hunter, as always great site and much appreciated. I searched for this question before I submitted it, but I don’t think it’s been specifically addressed.

What are the differences and advantages/disadvantages of the “regular” Wynn and Encore vs. the Tower sections of those properties? In a similar vein, what are the relative differences and advantages/disadvantages of the Wynn vs. Encore (aside from the obvious fact that Encore is newer).

I can’t quite figure out from their website what special amenities are unique to each of the four (Wynn, Wynn Tower, Encore, Encore Tower). In your opinion which do you recommend?

Thanks for the breakdown and the help as always.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Sure, happy to help.

First, Wynn Las Vegas vs. Encore in general – Encore is of course newer. The standard rooms are a bit larger and feature a more modern and up to date design. The standard bathrooms are, to my eye, identical in both towers.

Encore is billed as ’Wynn’s sexier younger sister’ and I think that fits – a hipper pool scene with integrated nightclub, smaller casino and overall more intimate footprint. The Encore Spa is a true work of art, a huge improvement over the original at WLV.

Personally, I prefer Encore for all of those reasons but I know people that prefer Wynn Las Vegas.

As you’ve said, both Wynn and Encore are split into ‘Resort’ and ‘Tower Suites’ areas. These ‘Tower Suite’ areas include all of the suites in the respective towers but they also include some standard rooms as well. Since I think anyone understands that a suite is bigger/better/nicer, let’s focus on these standard rooms in the ‘Tower Suites’ side of things.

In both towers, Tower Suites guests have a private check-in and valet area. I would argue that the difference between the Resort and Tower rooms at Wynn Las Vegas is more distinct than the Resort and Tower rooms at Encore. At WLV, Tower Suites guests have access to two additional pools. There’s no such amenity at Encore.

In both buildings, Tower Suites guests get additional perks with turndown, newspaper delivery, etc… There’s also a more personal touch with the service.

As for me, I find myself staying at Encore but in Resort rooms most of the time. I like that balance. My second choice would be Encore Tower Suites, then Wynn Tower Suites and then a Wynn Resort room.

Hope that helps.

susan asked on 08/15/09

How are the roman tower rooms at ceasers. We have stayed in the augustus tower and palace tower and were happy, but I am a little nervous about this older section of the hotel.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

They’re smaller and less luxurious than either the Palace Tower or Augustus Tower, no doubt.

Fortunately, they have been re-worked in the not too distant past so the decor is not awful.

Some people staying there have reported that some rooms do not have normal doors on the bathrooms so if that’s important to you, you might want to request one (seriously).

Ian Keith asked on 08/13/09

All I want to know is where in Vegas can I find the type of VP machines that allow you to double-up on winning hands?
Specific casino names would really help!

I was there is ’07 and could not find a single one.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hard to say since machines are changed out so often.

You might check the VPFree2 database, a community effort to track video poker playing conditions.

Rob asked on 08/12/09

Spent an hour reading through old questions, love it! My wife and I will be in Vegas for 4 nights starting December 19. She has comp rooms at any of Harrahs casinos, except Ceasars, so which one should we choose. We are there to gamble and be comfortable. We are not rollers for sure.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Yeah, lots of old content in the archives – I sometimes go back and read ’em for fun.

Any Harrah’s property besides Caesars? I would say Paris, the next notch down their chain. Good location, nice rooms, plenty of good restaurants nearby.

Plus, the giant City Center complex will be opening just a few doors down and across the street a few days before your trip – you’ll be nearby to check it out!

dave asked on 08/11/09

I am getting married at the Flamingo and am looking for a fun but yet not too expensive place for my grooms dinner, but more the fun part. There will be about 25 people. Any suggestions?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Depending on what you’re in the mood for, there are lots of options:

  • Margaritavilla – right in the hotel, an outpost of Jimmy Buffet’s restaurant is known more for fun than food but they have both.
  • STACK – at The Mirage, high end ‘bar’ food in a very hip atmosphere.
  • FIX – at Bellagio, a cousin of ‘STACK’. Good food but not the least expensive option around.
  • Grand Lux Cafe – at The Venetian, a HUGE menu in a restaurant used to serving large groups. Pretty reasonable prices.

Mario asked on 08/11/09

in your opinion is las vegas the entertainment capital of the world, also i am travling to vegas for pleasure which cirque du soleil show is the best O’, MYSTERE, ZUMANITY, KA’, BELIEVE, OR LOVE.THANKS!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

‘Entertainment Capital of the World’? That’s really more of a marketing term than anything else but there are a ton of great options in Las Vegas – more than almost anywhere I can think of except maybe New York or London.

My favorite CDS shows are Love, Mystere, O, Ka, and Zumanity, in that order. I haven’t seen Believe yet.

mace asked on 08/10/09

Do you prefer the Wynn fairway villa to the Encore Salon Suite?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Wynn Fairway Villa

JB asked on 08/04/09

I have been doing a lot of research on hotels in Vegas and have narrowed it down to the Palazzo and the Wynn Encore. I am looking at the entry level rooms such as the luxury suite(Palaz) and resort king luxury(Encore), what would you consider to be their strong points and weaknesses comparatively? What would be your personal choice and why? The rooms at the Encore look kind of small online but that could just be the pictures. I know you generally favor the Encore but the Palazzo seems very nice so I wanted your opinion. Thank you!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Both have very nice rooms and you’ve picked two very strong contenders.

If that’s the only consideration, you might favor Palazzo over Encore. The Palazzo room is bigger, though both are luxurious.

I believe service, restaurants, casino and the pool are superior at Encore though. Service especially – it really shines. Also, I think the Encore spa is the best in Las Vegas.

I would pick Encore 10 times out of 10, assuming costs were about the same.

mj asked on 08/02/09

Last time we were in Vegas, there was a new Hard Rock restaurant being built in the showcase mall. Is that completed or do you know when it will be done? Is there anything else going in there as well?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

It’s not quite finished yet but should be very soon now.

The mall has a lot of vacant space – interested? :)

Bryan asked on 07/30/09

My wife and I are coming to vegas and she has always wanted a massage from multipe massuses at the same time (4-5). Do you have any recomendations of respectible establishment that perform this type of massage therapy? Also, I found some “happy ending” massage parlors which I assume very few are respectible, but do these places offer services for females?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:


Sorry, I can’t help you with the ‘happy ending’ bit.

High end spas like those at Bellagio, Encore and Wynn will allow you to customize a high-end massage experience, assuming you’re willing to pay for it – having five people working on your wife will be very expensive.

Ron Walker asked on 07/29/09

Does anyone know how much a cypress suite at the Bellagio, Las Vegas costs? Are they only on the 4 – 13 floors? and do they all have a view of the fountains or just the 10th floor and higher?

Also what is the cost of the Grand Lakeview Suites and are they on the 29 -36 floors? If so what is in between the Cypress suites and the Grand Lakeview Suites ( in the middle section) from floor 14-29?


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The rates vary – the Cypress Suites are technically under the authority of the casino marketing department for their players but are sometimes sold on the Web site or through the 800 number.

Your best bet is to call the hotel for the dates you’re interested in.

Cypress Suites are on floors 4-16. Rack rate is $600/night. They all have a lakeview, not as good on the lower floors obviously.

Grand Lakeview Suites are on floors 29-36, yes.

The floors between are the ‘Lakeview Suites’, in one and two bedrooms, between 2,075-2,694 square feet. Balconies on odd floors. They are similar to the ‘Grand Lakeviews’ but lower floors.

rdy4you1 asked on 07/29/09

What are the best cigar lounges in Las Vegas and best stores to buy cigars off the strip?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I’m not a cigar smoker but I asked a few trusted sources and here’s what they recommended:

  • Casa Fuente (Caesars Palace)
  • Davidoff shop at Mandalay Bay and then upstairs to catch the view at MIX
  • Andres at Monte Carlo

Also, pretty much any good high limit lounge (Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian) can be a good spot to have a smoke. The new High Limit Bar at Encore also has a modest selection of good cigars.

jon asked on 07/27/09

What is a better hotel overall between Flamingo and Ballys? Or is there another hotel you recommend somewhere around mid-strip?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I’d rate them about the same – older hotels with some remodeled rooms.

Location is about the same.

Bally’s has (slightly) easier access to the monorail, The Flamingo has a better pool.

I’ve tried both and if you’re looking for value, they’re great contenders.

Mike asked on 07/27/09

We are planning on coming to Vegas for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Two questions…When does the Bellagio change out the botanical gardens to the holiday theme? Second question, we are thinking of coming for a week so we don’t to spend a ton on a room, any suggestions of a hotel that is pretty affordable (under like 80 a night) and is on the strip?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Bellagio will typically change things out right after Thanksgiving – that week after the holiday, usually the middle of the night.

Rates vary quite a bit but I’d check into the following: Bally’s, Luxor, Monte Carlo, Bill’s Gambling Hall, The Flamingo and Harrah’s – all typically offer a very good value.

Barry Johnston asked on 07/26/09

Going to the Vegas strip in September and while I feel comfortable playing reasonable limit tables, my companions are not real gamblers. I despise and will not play continuous shufflers at the BJ tables. Know a good place where the limits are low and there’s no shufflers? I was told to try Slots-of-Fun.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Between continuous shuffle and 6:5 payouts, 21 players have been hit hard by the recession and corporations padding the bottom line.

Slots-o-Fun was a good recommendation. I’d also check out Sahara across the street.

Have you considered going down to Fremont Street? You’ll typically find better games vs. The Strip.

d anderson asked on 07/23/09

My wife and I are planning a 4 night stay for our 30th anniversary towards the end of September. Last time to Vegas we stayed at Alladin and liked the room but the pool was kind of plain. We like mid-strip, a clean comfortable room, a nice pool area with enough chairs/loungers etc. We tend to eat around at different spots and we try slots at various places as well. What are your best suggestions?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:


If you want to be mid-Strip but don’t want to stay at Planet Hollywood (it used to be the Aladdin), I’d take a good look at Paris, Bally’s and maybe Monte Carlo, though the last one suffers from a good bit of construction noise from the nearby City Center pit.

Sarah asked on 07/22/09

Hi Hunter! All these years later, you still have the best website on LV…thanks again! Ok, I am going to the Bellagio on jul 30 & staying in a 2 bedroom penthouse suite we got for a ridiculously low price..which is fantastic…but it’s also what worries me! Our room is overlooking the pools, any chance there’s construction from CityCenter and Cosmo? Also which tower is best these days..the penthouse picture on the bellagio website is very modern with dark woods and light marbles..but any pics I find on the internet look like my grandmothers light blue powder room with dated tvs and such! Do they even have flatscreens or ipod players?? Of the properties that opened after Wynn i.e. encore, palazzo, M..would you most recommend to check out if i can manage to tear myself away from a bellagio black jack table?? Thanks again :-)

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks for the kind words. Good questions.

When it comes to the suites, I’d probably want to be in the Spa Tower over the original, Bellagio Tower. The trade off is noise from City Center next door but the rooms have less wear than the main tower in many respects. Since Bellagio owner MGM Mirage has been in serious financial hot water for the past months, they’ve really slowed renovation and repair projects at their hotels, Bellagio included. This is starting to show unfortunately. It’s not a disaster but it is a disappointment as Bellagio is a fantastic hotel. They did upgrade most rooms with new TVs and the iHome audio docks before the spending freeze went into effect.

Yes, both City Center and Cosmo are currently in a very active construction phase (less Cosmo than CC, the latter of which is running like crazy to make their December opening).

Of the more recent properties, my personal taste runs to Wynn stuff so Encore is at the top of my list (visit during the day to really see the impact of all the natural light in the casino). Palazzo has some good restaurants but the casino floor is pretty generic. There is a nice atrium transitional space between it and The Venetian. M Resort is worth visiting but only if it’s not a major bummer on your schedule. It has some nice touches but it’s pretty far out there.

Justyna asked on 07/21/09

We will be staying at Bellagio in mid September, 2009. While my husband will be attending a conference, me and our 10 year old son will be visting the city. Where are there affordable places to eat along the strip?
Many thanks!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The Strip has dining options at every level, from McDonald’s to the highest of high end. It really depends on what you want.

You’ll find food courts and the like at Monte Carlo, Excalibur, The Venetian, plus other low cost spots all through the hotels. There’s a McDonald’s across from The Mirage near Harrah’s, as well as a Denny’s.

Beyond that, some of the buffets can offer good value, depending on the time of day (dinner and weekends are more expensive).

Most hotels have a ‘coffee shop’ type restaurant that typically serves a variety of food at reasonable prices (though some are conspicuously expensive as well).

Hope that helps.

gilbert asked on 07/21/09

hellow, i’m looking forward to my first trip to vegas, i’m staying at the excalibur,is there refrigerater access in the room’s? if not, do they charge you extra if you request one? i’m planning on bringing my own drinks, thanks for your time.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

They do not have refrigerator access in the standard rooms. They can usually bring you a unit, based on availability, for a nominal fee.

You could also opt for a cooler.

Ryan asked on 07/21/09

Hey my girlfriend and I are in our mid 20’s and are making our first trip to Vegas and are staying at New York New York. We have read many reviews about Vegas and are wondering if you had any general advice for first-timers about what to do and not to do in Vegas. Thanks!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I could probably write a hundred pages on this topic… First off, I’d recommend realizing up front that you won’t be able to see and do everything in just a single trip – don’t even try, you’ll just wear yourselves out.

You’ll be on The Strip so I encourage you to wander and see the top places: Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, The Venetian, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Caesars Palace.

If you have time, head downtown to Fremont Street where you will find some of the older casinos. They’re smaller and in many cases can be friendlier. It’s a part of Vegas everyone should experience.

If your budget allows it, maybe pick one nice restaurant to visit. For steak, try Delmonico (The Venetian), Carnevino (The Palazzo) or SW (Wynn Las Vegas).

In general, just have a good time. That won’t be hard.

You might also try fiddling with CASINOVAC from my friends at

mj asked on 07/17/09

What is in the World Market Center? Is it open to the public?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

It’s a (very) large wholesale furniture showroom/market in Downtown Las Vegas.

Generally it is for trade professionals but several times per year, they have events that are open to the public.

More information here:

sean asked on 07/14/09

At the blackjack tables at XS, do you receive free drinks while gambling? Or do they make you pay because it’s in the club?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

This is one of those things where ‘if you have to ask, you can’t afford it’.

Most people will pay, no freebies.

Joe asked on 07/14/09

I’m a big buffet person and I have yet to try the best. I’m looking to go to two buffets during my trip. What two are the best that I need to eat at and price is not an issue-except the sterling brunch.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

No clue where you’ve been so far.

Typically, the following are often considered ‘good’, though they all seem to jockey for top spot:

  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Bellagio
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Paris
  • The RIo

and recently a friend told me he really enjoyed Mandalay Bay as well.

Mikey asked on 07/13/09

I heard about a place that may be built in Vegas that has a huge water park and even ski slopes all indoors. I think it was called wet. Any truth to that?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Truth in the fact that something like this was proposed but not in any seriousness.

There was never a site or funding so this project wasn’t very real in my opinion.

CJ asked on 07/13/09

Are there any updates for the monorail from the airport to the strip? Any idea when it could be completed?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I wouldn’t hold your breath. The monorail is in serious financial trouble and while they still talk about this, not in any near term.

John asked on 07/12/09

Hi! I’ll go to LV with my neighbour in September 09. We’ll stay at Encore. I’m 19 and my friend 24 and we are form Europe. Are there any restrictions for me in Encore nightclubs? Ok, I know that I’m not allowed to dring and gamble, that’s fine, but minimum age for pool-parties and nightclubs at Encore?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

You have to be 21 to enter any Las Vegas nightclubs or to ‘loiter’ on the casino floor.

Encore has two pools and one is supposed to be 21+ but I that’s loosely enforced while the nightclub and casino rules are heavily enforced.

Susan asked on 07/12/09

I have been a subscriber to Casino Player for several years; however, due to obvious problems, I now receive the magazine half way into the month following publication (it is currently almost mid-July and I have not received my June issue). Is there a monthly publication that highlights Vegas news that I could subscribe to that would allow me to remain current on what’s happening in Vegas? Thank you.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hi Susan,

A lot of this stuff has moved to the Web. In terms of monthly printed publications, the one that comes to mind is the ‘Las Vegas Advisor’.

On the Web, you might look at

Bobby asked on 07/08/09


Do you know what is going on with the New Arena that was to be built behind Bally’s? Since Harrah’s backed out there hasn’t been much news. Is it scrapped?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Dead for now at least. AEG actually said they were still ‘considering it’ but don’t expect anything from Harrah’s on a massive scale until the economy gets a lot better.

Linda asked on 07/06/09

Is there a way I can email the Flamingo directly? I just returned from Las Vegas two days ago, and while I totally enjoyed the gambling part of the Flamingo, I was extremely dissatisfied with the buffet in the Paradise Cafe. The price definitely DID NOT match the the quaklity of the food. I am not trying to be a pain the the posterior about it but I think some of these buffets begin the rest on reputation instead of quality assurance which was definitely the case here. Your suggestion as to how I would go about contacting them about this would be greatly appreciated.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

In my experience, while you can often find email addresses for the resorts, real USPS mail has the greatest impact.

I’d recommend writing a letter to the Food and Beverage VP (just address it to that position at The Flamingo) and make sure you note you are CCing the President.

You’ll probably get a response.

Adam asked on 06/24/09

Is it better to get my wife her own Rewards Club cards or can she just get a card to use my account? I was pretty sure its have a join account, but I read somewhere it may not be. Thanks. Awesome site.


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

You can share an account if you are married, sure. That way your points will be accumulated together.

Rachel asked on 06/22/09

My husband and I will be in Las Vegas over the 4th of July. Any suggestions for a fun place to hang out and watch the fireworks?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Traditionally Las Vegas is not big on fireworks for July 4th. The local neighborhoods typically do them but there hasn’t been a big event on The Strip like you’d see on New Years Eve.

This year, I believe both Mandalay Bay and the M Resort will host fireworks – you might consider traveling to either hotel to check them out. I think Mandalay Bay is having an event at their pool for people to watch.

Robert asked on 06/18/09

I’m looking for a vegas hotel that will arrange to have a minister come to my room and renew my vows and then serve a romantic dinner in my room at a reasonable price. Thanks

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hi Robert,

Any of the major Vegas hotels should be able to recommend a minister or alternatively you could select one from the local community yourself, if denomination is important to you.

As far as in-room dining, all Vegas hotels have it but the quality and cost ranges significantly. Typically, the higher quality places are the more expensive ones. Even in that realm though, the room service is not always good.

I’ve had very good (restaurant quality) room service at both Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Bellagio also has good in-room dining. Some hotels that you might think would have good room service, such as The Mirage and The Venetian, have mediocre food in many cases.

I hope this helps.

Sherry asked on 06/17/09

In July my husband and I will be flying in for our first trip to Vegas. We’re renting a Harley for 3 days. Any suggestions on day rides and neat places to stop along the way?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Wow, that sounds like fun.

I would make sure that Red Rock Canyon is on your list and maybe Hoover Dam – they are in opposite directions so each would make a good trip of 3-4 hours depending on how long you linger. If you want to go further out, consider Valley of Fire.

CJ asked on 06/16/09

We are thinking about coming to Vegas over Thanksgiving. Anything we should be aware of that weekend? With the economy down still, will there be deals like there is now at that time?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

As far as deals go, you never know. I always tell people – do NOT wait to book. Book now, lock in the good rates. Most hotels have pretty liberal cancellation policies (check first) so you can make changes if need be.

Turkey day is more popular in Vegas than you might think – there are usually medium sized crowds.

james asked on 06/15/09

hunter! how you doing my man? i hope your as as hip to primm as your are the vegas strip,so here i go, i’m staying in primm in a few week’s but before i book i thought i’d ask you for some feed back first, i’m going to be too picky about where i stay, after all it’s just primm, all i’m concerned about is that my 2 kid’s and my wife have a good time so witch of the 3 casino’s would be best for us. i’m not worried about how pretty the room’s are or what kind of view i’m looking at, i’m looking for kid’s rides,arcades,movie theater’s, i was thinking buffalo bill’s would be a nice fit, what do you think? thank’s.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Ahhh, Primm. I can’t call myself an expert but I’ve been through so many times I can’t even count.

Staying in Primm? That’s something I’ve never done. I’m sure you have a reason though.

I believe that Buffalo Bill’s is generally considered the best. It’s the one with the giant roller coaster – depending on how old your kids are and if they’re into that stuff, it could be a fun distraction. I think your instinct is correct.

Lisa asked on 06/15/09

I am staying at the Paris in early August in a comped room. Do I check in at the VIP area or the regular check in? Also is the Price is Right ticket price of $49.95 worth the experience and do you get anything other than the show for that price?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Where you check-in depends on what your host and/or offer said – if they didn’t specify VIP then you probably need to go to the normal line.

Regarding The Price is Right – it’s pretty much what you would expect. If you’re a fan of the TV show and that sounds fun to you, you’d probably dig it. I have had other readers say it was a lot of fun. The cost of the ticket is for the show only.

macebuddy asked on 06/11/09

Thanks for all of your info. This is very helpful. I was wondering what the encore apartment experiance was compared to the villa at the wynn.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Ah, well I’ve personally seen the Wynn Fairway Villas but never the original ‘Apartment Villas’ at Wynn Las Vegas. One nice thing about the Fairways that you won’t find at Encore is the ability to go outside and look out over the golf course. It’s a really nice way to unwind.

gilbert asked on 06/09/09

i’m hoping you could answer my question, i’m staying at Excalibur fri, june 26, but before that i’m staying in Primm for one day, the 25th, does Buffalo Bills accept walk in’s? i dont want to clog up my credit card, thats why i’m asking. thank’s.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

By walk-ins you mean no advance reservation? Sure, assuming there are rooms available.

joe asked on 06/08/09

hey hunter ,love the site, your very helpful. is there any mexican restaurants on or near the strip? i would love to eat some “menudo” for the morning hangover!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks very much. There are a few Mexican places. Isla (Treasure Island), T&T (Luxor), Diablos (Monte Carlo) and Dos Caminos (Palazzo) come to mind immediately. I don’t think any of these are open for breakfast though.

For years there was very little Mexican on The Strip. Fortunately, with the above this has improved a good bit.

macebuddy asked on 06/06/09

Do you know anything about the 2 bedroom apartment at the Wynn Encore?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Sure, what do you want to know specifically? A friend of mine got a tour and relayed back. I stuck my head in but haven’t been able to see them in person yet – that’s scheduled for July.

They’re super-large, luxurious apartments located on the Strip side of the Encore tower. Some are two levels with up to four bedrooms.