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Hi all, My wife has a landmark birthday in 2018 and I'd like to book her a surprise trip to Las Vegas. I don't normally do this kind of thing, i.e. she normally sorts holidays etc, so I wondered… Read More
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9m, 3d agoPosted 9 months, 3 days ago
Hi all,

My wife has a landmark birthday in 2018 and I'd like to book her a surprise trip to Las Vegas.

I don't normally do this kind of thing, i.e. she normally sorts holidays etc, so I wondered when I might be able to book this holiday?

A quick Google search seems to suggest I can book around July 2017 so far however I can't seem to find how soon I book for 2018.

With it being a landmark birthday I wanted to push the boat out and make it a memorable holiday. I know nothing about Vegas other than it looks amazing, so I'm wondering if anyone who's been before can recommended the best hotel to stay in and some activities they enjoyed.

Thanks!
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9m, 3d agoPosted 9 months, 3 days ago
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#1
I've been before and I would tell you, but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
#2
Most hotels in Vegas you can only book a year in advanced from my personal experience.
#3
Also I found new York New York to be good value for money, it's pretty central on the strip, has good bars (an Irish bar, coyote ugly etc) has a roller coaster on it, there is a shop called cvs next door which is the equivalent to a tesco express with a pharmacy in it. Always handy! If you're a bit more minted stay at ceasars Palace. It's a beautiful place. That or the bellagio. There is A huge fashion outlet place just north of the stratosphere tower, failing that just hit the fashion show mall, it's like the bullring. It's huge. Other than that, everything is everywhere. You can miss restaurants as they're everywhere!
#4
stayed at the Bellagio this year, lovely place but beware of resort tax per night! I did the New York New York roller coaster and bent my iPhone 6 :(
I found it quite expensive on the strip, had the full monty 3 courses with wine at the top of the Stratosphere which cost £250 for 2! Not worth it in my opinion, Joe Crabs was better especially the Spider Crab!
Also did the helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which I would recommend...I booked in advance before we went for the sunset but it wasn't really dark when we got back. I would also recommend heading to Old Town Vegas for an evening!
All in all, it was a great experience and a week was enough! Not sure I'd go again but worth doing it once.
#5
I'd personally book your trip away from the Summer, it's too hot.
But if you like the heat, go for it.

If you're pushing the boat out, I'd go for a room over looking the Bellagio Fountains at either the Bellagio or Paris hotels.
You could also spend a few nights at the South rim of Grand Canyon at the El Tovar.
#6
think
stayed at the Bellagio this year, lovely place but beware of resort tax per night! I did the New York New York roller coaster and bent my iPhone 6 :(
I found it quite expensive on the strip, had the full monty 3 courses with wine at the top of the Stratosphere which cost £250 for 2! Not worth it in my opinion, Joe Crabs was better especially the Spider Crab!
Also did the helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which I would recommend...I booked in advance before we went for the sunset but it wasn't really dark when we got back. I would also recommend heading to Old Town Vegas for an evening!
All in all, it was a great experience and a week was enough! Not sure I'd go again but worth doing it once.


Should have got a better phone ;)
#7
Try to avoid Friday / Saturday nights as the price of hotels is inflated. Probably best to go on Monday through Thursday. Plenty of hotels to choose from. Really depends on your budget and what type of hotel you prefer.
#8
Sun-Thu is the cheapest, Fri & Sat nights are expensive; beware of resort fees which are charged even if you don't use the amenities. There is always the $20 trick to get upgraded rooms, look it up online (have used it successfully myself couple of times). Jun - Aug is painfully hot to do anything outdoors. Most airlines will allow you to book up to 330 days in advance, so you still have time.
#9
Definitely do a trip to the Grand Canyon - we did the sunset one with Serenity Helicopters with a champagne picnic. this is the video i made...
#10
You might also want a consider a stopover either on the way there or back, when we went to Vegas last year we flew with Air Canada which not only broke up the long flight but on the way out there gave us a 9 hour stopover in Toronto, which gave us enough time to visit Niagara Falls, which was a wonderful way to start a 2 week holiday.

Depending on how long you're going for and what you want to do, I'd advise hiring a car, prices are generally much cheaper than in Europe for 'flash' cars (all part of the Vegas experience) and fuel is of course very cheap. Each to their own but personally speaking I didn't find the Grand Canyon that amazing, we drove to the proper village (not the glass floor thing that is miles away from the proper canyon) and whilst we enjoyed the views etc. we didn't think it was quite as 'out of this world' as you might expect, so if you do go I would advise the helicopter tour rather than driving. We also drove to LA, which again we didn't like city wise at all, but did like Santa Monica, Malibu etc. Also enjoyed walking in Mount Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead etc.

Like anywhere Vegas can be expensive depending upon where you eat, which shows you see etc., but generally I found the prices very reasonable. Having a car also meant we could go to the big Walmart, where we'd stock up on snacks, water etc., which saved alot of money during the course of the holiday.

Do look on websites etc. for offers on shows, we saw Cirque du Soleil 'O' at the Bellagio, which was probably the most amazing Cirque show we've seen (and we've seen quite afew). We did Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay was expensive for what it was and only of the few places in Vegas not to make you go 'wow' - honestly the Deep in Hull is better !.

Hotel wise there is a massive choice for all budgets. If you're going in July you'll want to be on the Strip because of the heat, although there's so many places on the Strip to dive into to escape from the heat that it's bearable when you there, I just can't imagine walking far away from the strip where's there is no respite from the heat.

We stayed at Palazzo which of course was expensive (although it worked out at under £100 a night for a 2 weeks stay) but was also absolutely wonderful and there's no way I'd stay anywhere else. Personally I think hotel rooms where you pay extra for a strip view are overrated, ours looked out over the golf course and mountains beyond, which made a pleasant break from the neon lights you see all the time on the Strip.

Don't think about a round of golf at the Wynn unless you fancy shelling out about $600 dollars for a round and they insist on a professional caddy accompanying you - I'm not into golf much anyway but certainly those prices put me off !.

If you want to go to the casinos there's no need to spend a fortune, although it amazed me how much money people would put in slots/fruit machines and computer generated roulette etc. I used to play craps most evenings after 10pm until the early hours, and I only ever took a bottle of water with me, which invariably lasted considerably less time than I was at the table. As someone who does gamble but not on cards/dice (and certainly not on slots/fruit machines) I was surprised how much I enjoyed the casinos, particularly the bouncing semi mechanical/semi computerised craps machines, which were not as intimidating as the proper tables and the other players were nearly always friendly and jovial.

Vegas itself is one of those places people either love or hate. I wasn't sure what we'd make of it, but we both absolutely loved everything about it and for me it did feel like the perfect holiday, and because we also visited lots of places out of town 2 weeks there was the perfect amount of time.

Generally speaking I'd say try to book flights and hotels between 4-6 months in advance, make sure you use Quidco etc.
#11
acb76
You might also want a consider a stopover either on the way there or back, when we went to Vegas last year we flew with Air Canada which not only broke up the long flight but on the way out there gave us a 9 hour stopover in Toronto, which gave us enough time to visit Niagara Falls, which was a wonderful way to start a 2 week holiday.
Depending on how long you're going for and what you want to do, I'd advise hiring a car, prices are generally much cheaper than in Europe for 'flash' cars (all part of the Vegas experience) and fuel is of course very cheap. Each to their own but personally speaking I didn't find the Grand Canyon that amazing, we drove to the proper village (not the glass floor thing that is miles away from the proper canyon) and whilst we enjoyed the views etc. we didn't think it was quite as 'out of this world' as you might expect, so if you do go I would advise the helicopter tour rather than driving. We also drove to LA, which again we didn't like city wise at all, but did like Santa Monica, Malibu etc. Also enjoyed walking in Mount Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead etc.
Like anywhere Vegas can be expensive depending upon where you eat, which shows you see etc., but generally I found the prices very reasonable. Having a car also meant we could go to the big Walmart, where we'd stock up on snacks, water etc., which saved alot of money during the course of the holiday.
Do look on websites etc. for offers on shows, we saw Cirque du Soleil 'O' at the Bellagio, which was probably the most amazing Cirque show we've seen (and we've seen quite afew). We did Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay was expensive for what it was and only of the few places in Vegas not to make you go 'wow' - honestly the Deep in Hull is better !.
Hotel wise there is a massive choice for all budgets. If you're going in July you'll want to be on the Strip because of the heat, although there's so many places on the Strip to dive into to escape from the heat that it's bearable when you there, I just can't imagine walking far away from the strip where's there is no respite from the heat.
We stayed at Palazzo which of course was expensive (although it worked out at under £100 a night for a 2 weeks stay) but was also absolutely wonderful and there's no way I'd stay anywhere else. Personally I think hotel rooms where you pay extra for a strip view are overrated, ours looked out over the golf course and mountains beyond, which made a pleasant break from the neon lights you see all the time on the Strip.
Don't think about a round of golf at the Wynn unless you fancy shelling out about $600 dollars for a round and they insist on a professional caddy accompanying you - I'm not into golf much anyway but certainly those prices put me off !.
If you want to go to the casinos there's no need to spend a fortune, although it amazed me how much money people would put in slots/fruit machines and computer generated roulette etc. I used to play craps most evenings after 10pm until the early hours, and I only ever took a bottle of water with me, which invariably lasted considerably less time than I was at the table. As someone who does gamble but not on cards/dice (and certainly not on slots/fruit machines) I was surprised how much I enjoyed the casinos, particularly the bouncing semi mechanical/semi computerised craps machines, which were not as intimidating as the proper tables and the other players were nearly always friendly and jovial.
Vegas itself is one of those places people either love or hate. I wasn't sure what we'd make of it, but we both absolutely loved everything about it and for me it did feel like the perfect holiday, and because we also visited lots of places out of town 2 weeks there was the perfect amount of time.
Generally speaking I'd say try to book flights and hotels between 4-6 months in advance, make sure you use Quidco etc.
very informative, well done!
#12
Thank you everyone for your input. Really appreciate it :)

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