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So we're attending a conference in Vegas next week that's being held at the Las Vegas Sands convention center. After we scored a super cheap flight on Southwest from LAX to LAS for just $85, we set about finding a hotel room for the night. After some research, we were confronted with another Vegas Dilemma
Did we want to stay at The Venetian for $219 a night (about $249 after taxes) or book a room for $115 on Hotwire, which we deduced to be the Trump Las Vegas across the street? (The absence of a casino amenity is the dead giveaway.)
The thrill of scoring a one-night trip to Vegas for about $200 had us tempted to book the Trump on Hotwire. Then we started to think about what "across the street" really means in Vegas (about 1/4 of a mile). And then we remembered that the Sands is in the back of the Venetian/Palazzo so getting from our hotel to the convention could feasibly end up being about a mile of walking, or at least a $6 cab ride, each way.
Where we shacked up for last year's Super Bowl. And we didn't even vomit on those pillows!
We're keeping tabs on the Super Bowl XV party scene in Vegas (see you all at the Red Rooster!) but if you plan on drinking all day Sunday, you're gonna need a hotel room, right?
We checked the hotel rates at HotelRates.HotelChatter.com from February 4-7 and this is what we found:
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Warning: the ladies may not be so impressed with your, um, turrets
VegasChatter fan Curtis emailed us to say that he's hitting Vegas in June with the guys and is looking for a less sexy option than Paris. We understand, sometimes you just don’t want the man dictating your rubber selection.
Trolling for deals June 1-4, we found some decent offers amid some rooms that were surprisingly a bit expensive for a mid-week stay. Since we aim to please all budgets – but still want to score a deal, here are a few rates we liked:
Just like Matt Goss, it’s always been our dream to take up residency at Caesars Palace. Unfortunately for us, unlike Matt Goss, our musical prowess means that our residency will have to be purchased. So when we saw a hotel that we were pretty sure was Caesars going for $72 on Hotwire, we knew our time had come.
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We’ve said before how much we love blind booking site Hotwire, but when something’s as good as this, you can’t say it enough. So here’s our latest success story.
This past weekend, we had a friend staying and since we were bored of never being able to drink and drive, we thought we’d go halves and get a room on the Strip for one night. We plumped for Sunday, to get as good a deal as possible, and hit up Hotwire.
We were thinking of trying for something along Flamingo/Paris/Ballys lines, but what did we see? A 4.5 star hotel on the Central Strip was coming up as $72. Yes, $72. And cross-referencing what it offered on Betterbidding.com, we were 90 per cent sure it was Caesars Palace.
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Wonder if they put that message up in honor of Jordan?
Later on we were relieved when the fine Norm Clarke tweeted that their honeymoon suite was a wedding present from PH top dogRobert Earl. We wouldn’t have liked to have think of our Jordan being taken advantage of.
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After our initial foray into the world of McCarran car rental – and Dollar’s insanely long queues – the other week, we thought we’d give another company a shot. This time, we needed a car for three days over this past weekend. We asked Dollar how much it would be to extend the rental we already had, that we’d got for $15 a day, and were quoted a ridiculous $100 a day. Hmm - you want us to queue for 45 minutes for the privilege of being overcharged? Time to look elsewhere.
We trawled through the main agency websites, but once again the wonderful Hotwire came up trumps, offering us an economy car with Budget for $49.92 including all taxes. Result.
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Slight scandal doing the rounds across the pond at the moment. It was revealed by the Guardian today that the Head of the BBC, Director General Mark Thompson, dropped £647.50 ($1072) of expenses on two nights at the Bellagio earlier this year.
$1072? How odd. Because we’re looking at the website now, and we can see rooms available for $129. Also, a friend of ours is, right now, shacked up in said Bellagio, having paid the princely sum of £500 ($828) for five nights and flights from London, all in.
So what we’re thinking is, someone either got a bad, bad deal, or someone booked a nice, nice room. Possibly a penthouse suite (from $359) or even a two-bed penthouse suite (from $699). Wonder which it is, Mr Thompson?
We had a nice enough time (barring the odd crime) living up the four star hotels last week, but when we needed to extend our Vegas stay over the weekend, rates had shot up (maybe it was the Rod Stewart groupies filling up the posh hotels - he played Saturday). We looked at the Stratosphere, thinking it’d be cheapo, but it was throwing up nearly $80 for the Friday night and $115 for the Saturday.
But Hotwire was showing a three star hotel in the North Strip for $54 on the Friday and $75 on the Saturday. Checking on Betterbidding.com we were pretty sure it was the Strat, and booked it. And sure enough, it was.
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HotelChatter's contributor, Londontown, has come over across the pond for a visit to Las Vegas and will be rounding up some Vegas Observations for us this week.
Stupid alert – last week we took to heart the maxim that Vegas is for doing things you wouldn’t normally do, and did a dumb thing. Unfortunately, not a fun dumb thing – no waking up on a sidewalk or forking over a wad to go see Criss Angel. No, we did the dumb thing of letting our security guard down. And we paid for it.
We wanted to book a night on the South Strip through Hotwire, found a four star hotel going for just $66, and snapped it right up, hoping (through cross-referencing on betterbidding.com) that it would be either the MGM Grand or New York New York. Result – it was the MGM, which would have cost us $109 if we’d booked with the hotel direct.
There were no upgrades or freebies thrust our way at check-in, unlike at Planet Hollywood (which we wrote about over on HotelChatter), but we were fine with that, what with the excitement of staying at the MGM.
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If you aren't familiar with Hotwire, here's our brief description about what it is. Hotwire is an opaque booking site which means you can get serious deals on your hotel stays BUT, and this is a big but, you won't know the name of the hotel until your credit card has been charged for the non-changeable, non-cancellable, non-refundable reservation.
So why would someone ever want to book a hotel room this way? Well, you can specifiy your star class and the general area that you prefer. In Las Vegas, you can specify Central Strip (anything on the Strip), downtown, or Near Strip South, East and West. And if you aren't picky about your hotel rooms, then this is a great way to save money on your hotel stay. Just remember, you can't cancel it at all which is why we often refer to booking a room this way the Hotwire Roulette Game.
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Since our parents are now on Twitter, we're guessing you are too. But while some argue that Twitter is just a micro-blogging vanity project for individuals who have no understanding of the concept of TMI, we say Twitter, when used appropriately, can be fun and useful, especially when you're deal-hunting.
It's the perfect place to stalk celebrities (see what Miley, Demi, Ashton, Lindsay, and Nicole and Joel are up to on the hour, every hour!), dig up Top Chef Las Vegas filming secrets, and gripe about airport security. But it's also a great place to find Las Vegas deals.
Several of the major casino hotels are on Vegas offering special deals and discounts only for their Twitterer followers. Recently, The Venetian and the Palazzo offered discounted Richard Lewis tickets and the Luxor and MGM Grand were practically LV Twitter pioneers in offering room discounts for their followers.