Vegas for an almost rookie

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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#51 Post by dteng » February 5th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Stayed at Vdara (no ‘i’) last year with my 12 year old twins...no smoking, no casino.
Perfect location.
Even has a bridge directly connecting to Bellagio.
Next to Cosmo for food.
Very good value.
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#52 Post by Joe Dulworth » February 6th, 2019, 7:21 am

I've stayed at all of those places multiple times. If I were taking my 12 & 13 y.o. kids with me I'd stay at the Bellagio long before I'd stay at the Cosmo. Hands down.

Having said that with kids I'd likely stay someplace like Mandalay Bay, MGM, Mirage, NY/NY. If you're leaning towards Bellagio also consider the Venetian. Comparable.
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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#53 Post by Paul Jaouen » February 6th, 2019, 8:58 am

Bank has a new restaurant called Lamali which is described as a modern take on Thai food. I'm sure the wine list will be good and reasonable based on his prior ventures. I will check it out next time I'm there.
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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#54 Post by James Cross » February 7th, 2019, 8:08 am

Bank's new place is Lamaii and he has a Facebook page with photos. Check out the magnums! He's only been open for around ten days and has gotten some good reviews. He describes it as "modern Thai." It is in Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road, pretty close to the old places.

Also....on the hotels, Bellagio just opened an exhibit in their conservatory which celebrates the "Year of the Pig." Also getting good reviews.

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#55 Post by Robert M yers » February 7th, 2019, 8:39 am

We almost always stay at the Cosmo because we like the vibe there and the balconies. There isn’t anything inappropriate for kids there but the atmosphere is quite different. Darker, louder music, younger crowd. I’d think kids might prefer a different theme though if the trip is built for them. Bellagio, Caesar’s or NYNY ect would be more thrilling for them imo.
If you stay at Cosmo we always request the East tower (with strip views) which is right on the strip and has incredible night viewing. You do Need to be about 30 floors up to see the fountains if you want that.

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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#56 Post by A. Mishaan » February 7th, 2019, 9:26 am

Jud Reis wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 6:06 pm
If you want a hotel without a casino, the Mandarin Oriental is right down the strip from the Cosmopolitan and is a lovely hotel.
FYI, I believe the Mandarin has been rebranded as a Waldorf. No idea if there are substantive changes. The Mandarin was nice.

If you do like to gamble, I highly recommend going Downtown and playing at a place like the El Cortez. It's one of the original Vegas hotels (Siegel, Lansky, et al.), has low table limits, player-friendly rules, and actual character (and characters). There are also quite a few "real" bars and restaurants in that area that aren't just the underwhelming NY or LA imports you find on the strip. Also some great Chinese and Japanese options off the Strip in Chinatown (don't be scared off by strip mall addresses).

You probably don't want to actually stay downtown, but the Spa Suites at the Golden Nugget are pretty incredible (think 80's glitz/huge sweeping spiral staircases).

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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#57 Post by A. Mishaan » February 7th, 2019, 9:29 am

Oh, and I will echo that the Cosmo is a nice and fun place to stay. Good casino vibe, varied and quite decent dining. We used to be Bellagio people, but it's gotten a little long in the tooth. Now Cosmo or Wynn (which sort of feels like what Bellagio used to be) if staying on the Strip.

The NoMad hotel just opened, but I believe it's connected to MGM, which makes me wary.
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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#58 Post by M.Kaplan » February 8th, 2019, 9:55 am

James Cross wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 8:08 am
Bank's new place is Lamaii and he has a Facebook page with photos. Check out the magnums! He's only been open for around ten days and has gotten some good reviews. He describes it as "modern Thai." It is in Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road, pretty close to the old places.

Also....on the hotels, Bellagio just opened an exhibit in their conservatory which celebrates the "Year of the Pig." Also getting good reviews.
Lamaii is still in its soft opening period. I hosted a dinner for 30 people last night and the food was very good and fairly priced. I can’t wait to go back when it is up and fully open for business. Bank has modernized his menu and everything we ate (8 or 9 courses) was light and delicious. All of my group were very happy with the dinner.
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Re: Vegas for an almost rookie

#59 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 8th, 2019, 11:05 am

Aria is a pretty great place to stay too.

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