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nsxdrift_89 asked on 08/16/05

I am considering a trip to Wynn in December, but I am trying to decide if the panoramic view is worth it. They say, it is bigger, but the double bed rooms aren’t. If you could suggest which to choose, I would appreciate it.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

If you want to do something interesting, get a room in the South Tower – it is a hotel within the hotel and quite a different experience. Otherwise, the standard ‘Resort Room’ is fine – the panoramic is of dubious value.

sylron asked on 08/16/05

Do you have any info. on the merger of Harrahs and Caesars concerning if they will combine any of their slot club accounts in the near future. In the Harrah’s World Mag. it also mentions that the Casino Windsor (Canada) is also one of the properties involved. Is there plans on using 1 slot card for all the properties in U.S. & Canada. Thanks for your help.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

They will be combining their club into the Harrah’s ‘Total Rewards’ club but expect it to take some time. We have some info on the blog: Harrah’s on the RateVegas blog.

cchaseatl asked on 08/16/05

Hi can you tell the most romantic things to do in Vegas over 4 nights—including restaurants? It’s our first time there! Thanks Chris

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Actually, it’s funny you mention this as it sorta dovetails with a new project we’re starting to cook up… It’s Vegas related but a bit too early to get into details. I digress… There is so much to do, I’ll throw in a couple of suggestions: 1. Visit the Fountains of Bellagio at night – the show is fun during the day but nighttime is a different experience. Amazing. This is in the lake in front of Bellagio and it is free. 2. Have a drink at MIX lounge atop THEHotel (Mandalay Bay). You’ll get an unbelievable view of the city. 3. Have dinner at SW Steakhouse or Bartolotta (Wynn). Both restaurants offer excellent high-end dining in an incredible environment. It’s becoming very obvious that Wynn has some of the best restaurants in town, not just for food but for ambiance. 4. Maybe consider a helicopter ride over the Strip. My favorite operator is Maverick which operate out of the airport. Maverick. Tell them sent you. 5. Have a drink at the Bellagio’s Fontana Lounge – another great view of the fountains (but make sure you don’t skip seeing them from the Strip). 6. Consider a couple’s treatment at Canyon Ranch Spa Club at the Venetian. These can be a lot of fun and very romantic. Have a great time – you’ll be planning your next trip soon (trust me).

dglover asked on 08/13/05

Do any of the Bellagio’s suites have an option for 2 queen beds? From the website it appears the suites are King beds only, but often you have more info than the website.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

According to my Bellagio contact, the suites are all kings. Many offer a second bedroom option and if you rent a villa, they will arrange the beds anyway you like… My guess is that this isn’t the answer you were looking for.

brad asked on 08/13/05

Hello, we are going to Vegas in Oct. and we heard about the “PERKS” that some hotels offer, one of the perks is at one of the hotels when you register for their free VIP card you have access to a VIP lounge with a “self serve” bar and refreshments.This our first time going and we have a hard time believeing this, THANKS for any info. you have.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

If there is one Vegas-ism that I think is overblown it is that the casinos are desperate to hand out comps to anyone who signs up for a card… While they do sometimes give hotel deals to everyone on their mailing list, any comp worth having has to be earned… Most of the hotels do have VIP lounges like you refer to but I don’t know of any that offer access simply by signing up for the slot club (VIP card). The VIP lounge at Wynn Las Vegas has a nice bar and small buffet but to use it you need to be a casino invited guest, status that comes from a [large amount] of casino play. I hope that this helps – maybe you’ve heard of a specific hotel lounge? If so, I’d be interested to hear about it.

sterlingguy asked on 08/13/05

We need three rooms for the Thanksgiving (Wed-Fri nights) holiday. Found an ok deal at NYNY (with upgraded room, free spa, free rollercoaster, etc.) on their website. What can we expect at NYNY? We’ve stayed at Paris, Hilton, Flamingo and MGM previously. What’s the best strategy to get the best deal for our dates in Nov.? (Thanks for the great vegas site. Your comment on asking for a “p” room at Paris got us into a great corner, strip view room for no extra cost. Sweet.)

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I’m not a huge NYNY fan. I think the exterior is some of the best theming ever but I think the rooms are uninspired and a bit on the small side… If you don’t care about interesting room design or decor, you might not have any problem with the hotel. I’m not a fan of the high ceilings in the casino either… I talk about NYNY in this blog article: Stripping: NYNY. Your best bet for rates is probably to keep checking – they change ALL THE TIME.

ambie asked on 08/12/05

my friends and I are going to Vegas on the 14th and 15th of Aug and we were looking for a place that we can go dancing. WE are under 21 and are having a really hard time finding a place to go. Please help us out!!!!!!?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Sorry I didn’t get back to you in time – I was on vacation (not Vegas). Your request is a tough one. I don’t know of any LV Strip or area nightclubs that are 18+.

Vegas2005 asked on 08/09/05

Thanks for the quick response with my last question. Are there any good bars or clubs open sunday – wednesday nights? We are just looking for some good times, we don’t necessarily need something ritzy. If we get there early, can we avoid the hefty covers?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

You’re welcome! Some clubs are closed Sunday and Monday nights but most are open the rest of the week. Most bars are open seven days. You can certainly find places to go Sunday-Wednesday. As far as avoiding a cover, most do not waive cover fees based on time.

34DDD asked on 08/09/05

I tried to book MGM’s Terrace Suite over Christmas vacation but it’s not available. Are there any other strip hotels with patios? Thanks so much.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Make sure that you tried calling the hotel – the Web sites often can’t offer certain suite inventory to customers. As far as patios go, that’s about the best you can do. Very few even balconies let alone patios. The MGM’s product is fairly unique in that way.

musicmansimpson asked on 08/08/05

Hey! I’m headed to vegas at the end of this month with 5 other buddies, 22-25 years old. For 4 of them it is their first time to Vegas. I’m hoping to show them all the neat spots so I just wanted to check a few things with you. We’re booked at THEHotel, and I’m pumped for that because I haven’t heard anthing bad about it. First off, is RumJungle worth visiting? Second, do I need reservations for The Mix Lounge atop of THEhotel, or do we just stand in lineups. Third, What would you consider to be the best restaurant in Mandalay? Fourth, is SW truely the best steakhouse…Bellagio’s looks pretty chic! Finally, what restaurant in Bellagio affords the best view of the fountains—perhaps an outdoor terrace? From the website it sounds like Jasmine is in the prime location, but remember, we are 6 guys….this place sounds like we’ll need to find some elegant ladies to bring! Thanks for your advice.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Wow, lots of questions… THEHotel is a cool place to stay, much nicer than the rest of Mandalay Bay. It’s location is a bit remote but that’s really the only disadvantage. Rumjungle used to be a happening place but it’s popularity as a nightspot has really cooled off. They serve food and the restaurant is popular but you no longer see the crazy lines on most weekend evenings. As far as MIX goes, the lounge usually doesn’t require reservations but if you’re talking Friday or Saturday, I would mention that you want to head up there when you check-in. The clerk may give you line passes. Mandalay has some good food choices. I would SKIP MIX though. I was very underwhelmed by my food. Aureole is probably considered the top restaurant but the environment is pretty fancy. If you’re looking for good food in a more casual setup, try the 3950 steakhouse… SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas is fantastic. Prime at Bellagio is good but in my opinion, the view is better than the food. In my mind, the only contender for top steakhouse besides SW is Delmonico at the Venetian. No view but the food is drop dead amazing plus the service is top notch. Everyone I’ve taken there has agreed and I have some food-snob friends. Jasmine does have a good view of the fountains but the restaurant environment is pretty subdued and people don’t really get up and watch them when they go off. They sit in their seats and politely chomp on their food. Prime, Picasso, Circo and Le Cirque all have great views. Olives has some good outdoor seating despite being off center a bit. Circo has some great Italian food if that’s what you’re looking for. If the view is the most important thing, eat somewhere cool like FIX and then have drinks at the Fontana Lounge on the patio. Have fun – sounds like a good trip.

afm asked on 08/07/05

I am going to be in Vegas in September for a combined 40/50th birthday party. Will be part of a group of ut 20 people. Some of us will be staying at the Mirage and the rest at Bellagio. We will have one 9 month old with us as well. Do you have any suggestions for a good place for the “bitrthday dinner”? We are really at a loss for a restaurant that would accomadate so many, be fun and not outrageously expensive. Thanks, Andrea

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The reason you’ve been having trouble is that there aren’t too many places that fit that description. At The Mirage, you might be able to commandeer a whole side of the Brazilian restaurant, Samba, which is reasonably priced. Three restaurants at The Mirage are currently closed for renovation. At Bellagio, you might consider Sensi. It is a new restaurant in the Spa Tower and the prices are reasonable, especially compared to other Bellagio options. FIX at Bellagio is another choice but it is open to the casino and can be quite loud… You could also take a look at a couple of options at Caesars: Mesa Grill or Joe’s Stone Crab. Both are excellent choices and have a wide range of menu options that should cover the bases. Lastly, there is the Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian. It is a bit lower end than the other suggestions and they don’t usually take reservations but it could easily accommodate a group that size. The most important thing is to make sure you have a reservation…

Myron asked on 08/05/05

I used to collect $1 gaming tokens as souvenirs from each casino. I noticed on my recent trip that these are no longer available as the $1 slots now use paper receipts. Do any casinos still have $1 gaming tokens? The fun is gone if I am forced to buy the tokens from coin dealers.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Most are gone and the pace is accelerating. Wynn Las Vegas opened without any slots that spit out dollars. Most major Strip properties have converted or are in the process of converting to TITO (Ticket In-Ticket Out) slots. Some notable partial exceptions are Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur (though they are being upgraded soon)… Downtown will be slow to adopt so you can head down there… Also, they sometimes will sell you tokens that they use in table games like blackjack and Let It Ride.

Myron asked on 08/05/05

While atop the Stratosphere, at night, I viewed a hotel on the Strip that is lit emerald green. I thought this was the MGM Grand lit in green, but I notice that this tower is located near the Imperial Palace and Flamingo Hilton. Could it be Harrah’s? Does Harrah’s use emerald-green lighting? This is driving me nuts!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The MGM Grand is the largest green monster on the Strip. I have seen Harrah’s use some green lighting in the past, yes. Hard to say exactly without a picture. This one doesn’t really help much.

uofmichgrad99 asked on 08/04/05

I am really being indecisive about where I should stay on my next trip to Vegas. I have spoiled myself by staying at the Bellagio for the past 5 visits and it’s time to try something new. I am also used to my rooms being comp’ed at the Bellagio, so I don’t want to pay an outrageous rate. I love the rooms, pools, and location on the casino at the Bellagio. With that in mind, what would be my best choice for my next stay. The Venezia Tower, The Augustus Tower, or TheHotel?? Help!?!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hard to say about the Augustus Tower since it isn’t open yet. The pictures make it look like it will be like the Palace Tower, perhaps slightly nicer. Caesars is a huge property and can sometimes be a bit of a pain to navigate… THEHotel is a great choice if you don’t mind the location… It is way down on that end of the Strip. The rooms are great though – it really does feel like an entirely different hotel plus you get access to the pool at Mandalay Bay. As far as the Venetian goes, don’t bother unless you are in the Venezia Tower. Even then, I would pick THEHotel and Caesars over the V. Have you considered Wynn Las Vegas? If you like Bellagio then this is probably the closest to that experience.

dglover asked on 08/04/05

To follow-up on my March Madness question, I have heard that the NCAA is cracking down on Casinos showing the basketball tournament in theaters, etc. Is there any truth to this? Regardless, do you know which Vegas casinos regularly show March Madness in conference rooms, casinos or other places outside of the sportsbook? Thanks.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

This mostly seems to happen with the NFL and the Superbowl but other sports seem to be doing some of this. Where you run into trouble is when the hotel uses a ballroom or theater to show the game, almost movie style. There is no issue with watching in the sports book. Many casinos such as Bellagio, The Palms, The Mirage and others host game parties for medium and high rollers in private rooms. Most are invite only unfortunately.

bobndee asked on 08/04/05

Hi Hunter, what would I do without your help? We are changeing hotels this time, going to Caesars. I hear things about wings, what should I ask for? Will finding the pool be a big problem? Is there a coffee and muffin place near the pool?
Thanks again for your help over the last few years.
Dee Clark

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Your best bet is either the Palace Tower or the new Augustus Tower (opens later this month). Those are the best parts of the building, no question. Larger rooms, better everything. Caesars is a large complex but you should be able to find the pool without too much trouble, especially if you are in the Palace Tower. There is a cafe right next to the pool area that offers indoor and outdoor dining. Have fun!

dglover asked on 08/03/05

I and a group of about 20 are making plans to visit Vegas for the first weekend of March Madness. What casino (strip or otherwise) would you recommend for staying at to watch the basketball games?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Well, all the good sportsbooks will be packed, so no matter what you’ll be either getting to the ’book early or waiting for seats. The best books are at Bellagio, The Mirage, Caesars, Wynn Las Vegas and the Hilton.

tomsamdee asked on 08/02/05

Hello again….I enjoy your website soooo much :)
I just read a review from someone who just stayed at Ceasar’s ….he said that the main pool was closed? Do you know anything about this or do you think it was just a problem that was being corrected during his 4 day stay? Another question for you….We go to Vegas every year and usually stay in a higher priced suite….but it seems as if nowadays you get nothing EXTRA for the money. I usually stay at the Mirage and I know you get the limo and the line passes for 3 of the restaurants but that is it. Do you know anyplace that actually gives you a few more PERKS. Also any hints on getting into the more popular night clubs….and if the VIP passes sold on e-bay are usually legitimate?
Thanks so much….

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

If you’re planning on buying line-passes, I would skip EBay and try something direct like – they have a reputation to uphold and thus a reason to not screw you over. As far as the suites go, The Mirage is actually one of the only places that does anything extra for suite guests. One other exception is Wynn Las Vegas where you get access to private pools, private check-in and a partially private restaurant… Caesars has been doing some landscaping but they are not closing any of their pools long term. They are aiming to slightly expand the pool area to accommodate more guests.

JoeHead9 asked on 08/02/05

Hey Hunter, Just wondering if you think the v.i.p. passes to the big clubs are a pretty good buy? (rain, bikinis, ect…) or even the line passes for that matter.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Anything that can get you out of line is worth it. Those lines are VERY long. The best way to skip the lines is to reserve a table and get bottle service.

Vegas2005 asked on 08/02/05

This is a really great site! 3 friends and I are going to Vegas for the first time. We will be staying at either Mandalay Bay or the Mirage, for the nice pools. Is it necessary to state exactly how many people will be staying in our hotel room, or can we get away with not specifying, in order to avoid the extra person charges? Also, would we each need to show room keys to get into the pool, or is one per group ok? Thanks for your help!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! The hotels would rather you be up front about the folks in the room but I know many people that don’t for exactly that reason. The pool at The Mirage checks keys by groups of guests but at Mandalay, EACH GUEST must have a room key.

mary asked on 08/02/05

hi hunter, just heard about the renovations at Mirage. wondering if it will interfere with my visit the first week of october?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Renovations have been ongoing for several months and will continue for at least another 9 months. During this time, certain restaurants and bars are closed. In general, everything is open. More info Mirage Renovation Information

g2 asked on 07/31/05

Hi Hunter,
I have reservations for Prime at the Bellagio and was wondering about what to wear. Is a sport jacket with collared polo shirt ok or is a formal suit jacket with tie more appropriate? Thanks for the help.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

All of the above work. Jackets are suggested but not required at Prime. Ties are certainly not required.

TowardTheSky asked on 07/30/05

I’ve got sort of a long question. Hope you can help.

I live in Las Vegas, and work at Circus Circus. Before I moved out here in 02, I visited Circus Circus in 1996. I do in fact remember it looking alot differently than it does now. In fact, I think it looked less tacky. All I remember was the buffet was colored differently and the food was better. When exactly were the renovations?

And MGM may not, in fact, demolish Circus Circus. I’m told by my bosses that a full scale renovation is in discussion. A renovation of the place would mean the entire place would be painted in Circus Pinks and Whites (I believe that it is how it was a few years ago). Great site, thank you for your help.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I don’t think MGM MIRAGE will demolish CC, at least not anytime in the next ten years or so. The place is a very solid cash flow contributor and even though that area is going more up-market, MGM wants a mid-range property to be able to send guests to. The buffet had a $10 million renovation that was completed in 1998. I hope that helps.

cchaseatl asked on 07/28/05

Hi! Am going to Vegas with my fiance for the first time for 4 nights in Sept. We are staying in a Petite Suite at the Mirage. Other than that we have nothing planned. We are very laid back 40 yr olds, want to have fun but not into heavy scheduling. And are casual people. What would you recommend as some not to be missed things? Romantic things? thanks so much! Chris

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Without a doubt make it a point to head to Bellagio to see the fountains. They are great during the day but at night it can be a magical experience. The best viewing area is from the street but afterwards you can head inside and grab a drink at the Fontana Lounge and watch from the balcony as well. If you’re carnivores and looking for a romantic meal, try SW Steakhouse at nearby Wynn Las Vegas (reservations required). Located on the lake, it’s a great place to have a nice meal… If you’re looking for a nice place to grab at drink at The Mirage, consider Ava – a lounge located right in their tropical atrium… If you’re looking for some more specific advice, such as shows or restaurants, feel free to write back with another question.

bdp23 asked on 07/27/05

Hunter, I was wondering if you knew how big the west wing rooms were, i’ve been reading that there pretty small but comparable to the hotel @ Mandalay Bay. Thanks again

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

They are relatively small. What’s interesting about them is their decor – not a standard Las Vegas hotel room layout. I would check the MGM Grand Web site and take a look at the floorplan to see what I mean…

JoeHead9 asked on 07/26/05

Great site Hunter…….. 2 friends and I will be first time travelers to Vegas at the end of October. Were 20 somethings looking to have a party on a budget (hotel budget not gambling budget, We’ll have plenty of money for that) Still a toss-up between these hotels. Imp. Palace, sahara, Boardwalk, Brrb. Coast, and possibly Ballys. Wher would be the best place to party and at the same time have a good poker room? Thnk you sir.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Bally’s would be my first choice here. Their poker room is only so-so but the rest of the hotel is much better than the rest of your options. Barbary Coast is probably next on the list. Beyond that, you start moving down the food chain pretty quickly… Bally’s is very centrally located so you can party at Light (Bellagio), ghostbar (Palms) or even Body English (Hard Rock) without going too far. Out of your options, that’s the best bet.

Flowers asked on 07/25/05

I would like to get a passport I live in Las Vegas and visited your Hotel Casino and it is so beautiful, I got a card not so long ago for the show but my grand daughter distroyed it and I was wondering if you guys will ever send them out again for the free show. I sure will like to get one.
Thank You,
Millie Spataro (Flowers)

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Hi. It sounds like you are trying to reach a specific casino hotel directly. We do not actually operate a casino. I suggest you contact the property directly through their Web site.

wintersweet asked on 07/25/05


i’ve really enjoyed browding around this site and the blog. Anyway, my question is: I’m booked into the LV Hilton for the end of August. Included in the package is a “$25 chip.” I’ve never gambled nor been to Vegas, so what’s the best way for me to use this chip? (I don’t suppose they’d switch it for restaurant credit…) Sorry for the clueless question. Thanks!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! We’re having a lot of fun at the blog too. The chip will likely be one that you cannot cash in – you have to play it at a table game such as blackjack, roulette or craps. If your bet WINS, you will be paid in casino chips that you can exchange for cash in the casino. Hope that helps.

AtomicLush asked on 07/25/05

Hi Hunter. About the Stratosphere hotel: My parents will be staying here in August due to the rest of the Strip hotels being too expensive during a convention week. They got an “okay” rate, but then we saw some people on TripAdvisor complaining about a $5/day resort fee and a $1/day telephone fee. Are these fees mandatory in addition to the room rate or are they optional if you tell them to take it off? I’ve never heard of that fee in Las Vegas and thought that you’d be the best person to ask. Thanks!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Some Las Vegas hotels have been getting a little stingy and adding these random fees to customer’s bills. The Strat does have a $5/night ‘resort fee’ that is non-optional. My understanding is that the phone fee is actually per call, not per day.

dastaffo asked on 07/24/05

Some friends and I are going to vegas over the first weekend of the 2005 NFL season. What place(s) are recommended to take in all the games? Thanks.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The best sports books are at Bellagio, The Mirage, MGM Grand, Caesars and Wynn Las Vegas. Off the Strip, check out the Las Vegas Hilton.

g2 asked on 07/23/05

Hi, Very helpfull site!

Staying at Wynn the first week in August and have read numerous comments on Trip that the air conditioning system at Wynn is not up to par. Have read that it is down right hot in the elevators and rooms. Should I consider changing to another hotel?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I’ve stayed there twice and not had any problems like this. My guess is that this may have been an isolated incident. I wouldn’t worry about it.

doubleg asked on 07/22/05

Enjoy your site, advise helped out on our last trip. Shopping for a suite this winter for our anniversary. Have stayed before in the petite at TI. MB has their honeymoon and exec suites at a great rate, around the same $ as TI. Any recomendations on the suites at MB?
Thank You

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The mid-level suites at TI are about the same quality as those at MB. If you’re looking to try something new, MB could be a good alternative. You might also want to look at THEHotel, the new suite tower attached to MB.

Kylie asked on 07/21/05

I think this website might become my best friend, you’re very helpful with everyone’s questions, and I really need it!

My fiance and I are getting married in Vegas, next summer. Neither one of us have ever been there, so I’m having a hard time figuring out where to stay. We’re both young, early 20s, and don’t want to stay anywhere too “stuffy”, but since it will be our honeymoon, I do want a pretty nice room. The pool area will be important, because we’re going at the end of June, beginning of July.

We’ve never been, and aren’t renting a car, so I know we should be somewhere on the middle of the Strip. I keep going back and forth between Mirage, and Flamingo. Flamingo seems a lot less expensive, but I’ve heard some scary reviews, and Mirage seems to have a lot of great things said about it. Because it will be in the summer months, is it possible to find a good deal on the Mirage? Any other recommendations besides Mirage and Flamingo? Also, how far in advance should I book a room?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! Flat out no comparison, The Mirage is the winner here. Your best bet for finding a deal is going to and signing up for their ‘Guestbook’. They will from time to time send emails with lower rates… Summer typically has discounted periods and they start sending mailers for Summer in the Spring. I would keep an eye on rates about 6 months out to see how they go – as long as you book directly with the hotel on the Web or phone, you can always have your rates adjusted down if lower prices become available.

bfunston asked on 07/19/05

Hi, Great site!!! Will be in LV Aug. 18-22, want to take a day excursion to Lake Mead and rent a jet ski for a few hours. Can I rent one and if so any recommendation on from who?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

I’ve not done it, but this article has some good info. Las Vegas Sun.

chumley asked on 07/18/05

Great site! I’m always on the look for big suites at a significant discount. Years ago, the Rio’s Masquerade Suites were going for 1/3 of their normal price, and, last year, the MGM Penthouse Suites were even better at $299/nt for a 3000sf, 2 bedroom suite, which ran for a couple months. Have you heard of any good deals this summer? Any particular websites which specialize in suites? I’m looking for the best I can find for $500/night or less. Thanks!!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! Suite deals seem to pop up randomly… Typically I’ve seen good suite deals at The Mirage and Bellagio during the late Summer and December… Unfortunately I don’t know of any current specials going on suites… If we could get better access to data feeds from the hotels, I would create a dynamic listing but they rarely make their suite pricing info available outside of their own 800 number or Web site.

tomsamdee asked on 07/15/05

If you had the option between the Bellagio penthouse suite with full lake view or Ceasar’s petite suite in the Palace Tower top floor….which would you choose and why? One other question…What do you think of the pools at the Bellagio as compared to Ceasars pools?
Thanks again…I am truly enjoying and learning alot from your website :)

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks for the kind words. Pretty interesting question… Ok, here goes. I would go with Bellagio, hands down. While a bit sparsely decorated, the Penthouse Suites at Bellagio are a very nice room product. At over 1,500 square feet, the suite is fairly large (and you can add a second bedroom if you need to). Located on floors 29 and above, a Penthouse Suite with a full lake view means a fantastic look at the fountains and Paris. Beyond that, Bellagio is a better hotel. The service is a notch above Caesars and that’s before we even mention that Caesars is still a bit of a construction site. Bellagio has one of the best restaurants in the city (Picasso). In terms of general layout and setup, both pool areas are somewhat similar. Both feature large, open pool areas and elaborate landscaping. Both can be quite crowded so get there early unless you want to rent a cabana. Bottom line: Caesars is a nice hotel but Bellagio is arguably the nicest in the city (some folks prefer Wynn).

jackdean asked on 07/15/05

Is it legal to drink in Vegas, esp. on the strip?
Do hotels and casinos allow one to bring a drink into their establishment?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

If you are over 21 you can drink in any Las Vegas bar, club, restaurant or casino. Las Vegas Metro PD will not cite you for drinking on the Strip as long as you are not out of control and causing problem – then they swoop in and take care of you… You can freely transport drinks between casinos, yes.

tomsamdee asked on 07/14/05

We will be coming back toVegas next month….we have reserved a Palace Tower Suite at Ceasar’s but were also offered an Augustus Tower room… main issue is what my view will be from the room? any suggestions on how to guarantee a bellagio fountain view in the augustus Tower? We also have a Venezia Palazzo concierge suite reserved? Which room would you reccomend overall? We are mostly worried about a great view from our room and the pool area is very important to us because we spend alot of time there. Thanks for your help

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

It’s hard to compare the Augustus Tower with anything because it is not open yet. The aim is to displace the Palace Tower as their high end offering and it will probably do that. As far as guaranteeing a view, if the hotel will not offer you that then it’s a bit of a crapshoot. The Venezia rooms are very nice and offer a higher level of service than the standard rooms in the Augustus Tower.

sylron asked on 07/13/05

I have been invited to attend the 2006 Miss Rio beauty contest Aug 5th…..It is out at the pool area…..what would be the dress code for this occasion….has anyone attend the previous pool party contest…..Thanks Ron

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

These things are usually resort casual – no need to get dressed up and outside in August will be WARM, even at night. You might check with the hotel but in general I wouldn’t worry too much.

Kaz asked on 07/13/05

Which hotels have jacuzzi’s in the rooms?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Use the newly improved search – this question has been answered many times before. Cheers!

bigrob418 asked on 07/12/05


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Actually, most of the rooms at Bally’s have only so-so views of Bellagio, as all the windows face North-South and Bellagio is to the West. You can see the fountains best from rooms in the South Tower and the elevator lobbys in the North Tower. Bally’s has airport check-in if you want to skip the lines, the downside being less room to negotiate with the clerk as they don’t have the same powers.

toebone7 asked on 07/12/05


Great descriptions of Wynn Las Vegas. I’m going there for the first time this summer. Since you soak up all the details, I just wanted to know how the place “smells.” Last time I was in vegas was in 2003, and Bellagio had this great citrus smell wafting around the casino floor. The venetian had a floral one and mandalay had a coconut one. Monte carlo had a “fresh laundry” smell. What does the wynn smell like?


Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

It smells fantastic. Part of this might just be that it is new but the joint smells like a cross between The Mirage and Bellagio – some very floral smells in the garden areas and generally a clean and inviting smell in other areas.

SPoynor asked on 07/10/05

Hey Hunter, thank you about answering my previous question about Mandalay, The Mirage, Luxor, and NYNY. You said check out suites at THEHotel and the Mirage. For our honeymoon my fiance got free rooms in the Renaissance or the Westin. What would your suggestion be between these 2. (We will be renting a car) Also what would your opinion be between free Westin, free renaissance, and $170 THEHotel. Her vouchers will be good for 1 year for the free stay.
Thanks, Shawn

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

It depends… If the cost of THEHotel won’t put a major dent in your budget, that’s my recommendation. It’s a first class hotel with great service and great rooms. Your stay will be memorable and for a honeymoon it sounds perfect… If the cost would seriously impact your budget, then of the other options I would pick the Westin. It’s relatively recently redone and located just off the Strip. The Renaissance is also fairly new but is primarily a business traveler’s hotel. Located near the convention center, that is who they cater to. Congratulations and have a great time.

SOLDSHORT asked on 07/09/05

What do you think of Wynn’s new players club? How does it stack up against others?

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Surprisingly, the Wynn ‘Red Card’ has been sending out some decent offers in the last couple of months. I got an offer for two free nights based on very average play levels.

Nevermatters asked on 07/08/05

Hi Hunter,

Being that Mandalay’s pool area is so large (containing a warm pool, cold pool, lazy river pool, and beach/wave pool), would you happen to know which part of the pool area is the best? Best for me would be shade(since it’ll be 100+ degrees), few kids, and good looking women (hey, I’m single). Thanks, as always.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

If you want the best part of the Mandalay pool, spend the $30 and head up to the Moorea Beach Club. It’s a European (read: topless) allowed bathing area just located above the main Mandalay pool area. Since there is a fee, it is usually less crowded than the lower areas.

kmilan asked on 07/07/05

Hi Hunter! Thanks for your last responsed for a place for my husband and I to go dancing (in our 40s), Got another question. How is the Sand Doillar Bar. We love blues. Is it a safe place? Also, how is the Beach.? Thanks. Karen

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

The Beach is totally safe, totally loud, and very full of folks in the 21-35 age group. It can be fun but it’s very much like going to a frat party as seen in some 80s movie… The female servers wear bikinis and the men are also shirtless… Regarding the Sand Dollar Bar, I’ve not been but it gets rave reviews for blues fans. The location is fine if you are taking a cab. I wouldn’t recommend walking in that area late at night, even though it is fairly close to the Strip.

ramraideruk asked on 07/07/05

I’ll be staying at the Venetian at the end of July.
Can anyone recommend somewhere to go for an inexpensive breakfst near the Venetian? I don’t need a huge buffet just a cheap, filling breakfast.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

There’s a Denny’s next door, just South. Or try their restaurant, the Grand Lux Cafe.

presleytcb asked on 07/07/05

Hi Hunter. Ridiculously helpful site. I hope you’re getting paid for this. My husband and i are heading out Aug 4-7 for our 5th anniversary and want to stay at MGM. We just signed up for the players club on-line. Do they offer upgrades or anything else if it’s your anniversay (we got married at Bellagio) or will they just laugh in my face if I ask. Also we want to book a nice room like the 1bdrm Hollywood suite which is almost $1000 for the three nights, is there any chance that the $20 or even $50 trick would work to get us an upgrade to say the premiere suite or will they laugh in my face yet again? (my sincere apolgies for another 20buck question) Thanks for your help on this.

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! We do okay but it’s mostly just a very time intensive hobby… They certainly won’t laugh at you but that also doesn’t mean that they will be able to help you out. The golden rule in Las Vegas is that it never hurts to ask. That said, the upgrade you’re gunning for is pretty significant so I wouldn’t set your sights too high. Good luck!

miwatch asked on 07/06/05

First of All – great site! We are coming into town on the 15th with a group of 4. We are looking for a suggestion on a lounge / club for Sat. night. We want a guaranteed table so realize bottle service is probably the route to go, however, can’t seem to decide. Any suggestions on a lounge or club that is somewhat more low-key (Tabu, Light, others???) with table service that won’t seem wasted at the end of the night? Thanks for your help!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

Thanks! Tabu is more of a lounge where Light is a real club… The difference is that the clubs have dancing while the lounges/ultralounges have music but no dance floor. If you want more lounging and conversation, the lounge is the way to go…

AtomicLush asked on 07/06/05

Hi Hunter. I tried searching for “MGM” and “MGM Grand” and it didn’t come up with any hits in Reader Questions. The only thing that comes up is in the Hotels category. I think there might be a bug. Just FYI. Thanks!

Vegas Mate @ RateVegas answered:

We’ll take a look. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. In the future, all bug reports can go to