Sunday, March 14, 2010

Where to Stay?

From reading my blog, you are aware that I stay at casinos that offer me free nights. But, I'd like to offer some tips on how to choose a place to stay. Several factors must be weighed in making a final choice. For example, does the casino have the games you like to play? If no transportation, is it located in an area where you could safely walk to other casinos? Does the casino offer enough dining choices to suit your needs or desires? Does the casino offer hotel amenities that are important to you? Finally, is it in your financial comfort zone? Now, your factors may be in a different order than mine. However, it is important to consider all these factors.

First, since I like to gamble, it is important for me to have the games that I like to play. There is nothing more disappointing, to me, than having to settle for games that I don't really understand or care to play. So, with a little research, you can easily find out what games are available in any particular casino. Most casino websites list the table and slots games they offer. If not, get a hold of a floor person for slots or table game supervisor. Most are happy to help you in any way possible. Also, contacting the player's club desk can give you relevant information. If gambling is an important part of your Vegas experience, then you must know the territory.

Location, location, location is an important factor to consider. I prefer going to the casinos that cater to the locals. For me, they generally are less tourist oriented and are user friendly. Less tourist mean less crowds and more game availability. Since these casinos tend to be located away from the strip, a vehicle is a must to get to other casinos. If you have never been to Las Vegas, I would encourage you to stay on or close to the strip. But, on subsequent visits, I would veer out to find the best deals. If you do not have access to a car, many casinos offer transportation to their sister casinos or even to the strip. This service was free but most casinos now ask for a small fee. Again, consulting a casino website will usually provide this information. Additionally, many casinos offer shuttles from the airport to their casinos. Currently, this is a free service by most casinos.

Food and room amenities can be deal breakers for some. I like casinos that offer a wide range of food options under one roof, from fine dining to snacks from a snack bar. Since I'm a diabetic, I have to consider whether the food choices are compatible with my dietary needs. The casino websites will always provide offered restaurant choices. If you like or expect certain qualities in a room then that must be explored as well. There are many travel sites online that will provide 3rd party evaluations of any particular casino. I would consult at least 2 to 3 of these sites to make an informed decision. Remember, everyone is different and carry different expectations. Personally, a good bed, tv and clean and quiet room are enough for me. For the best Vegas experience, you must do your homework.

Finally, unless money is no object, the cost of your stay must be considered. For me, this is the last consideration. If you know what you want then you can shop around. If you are on a budget then you can start with cost and try to match as many of your amenities into the price. The whole idea is to get the best experience possible for your money. To be honest, I've stayed in places for $14 a night and had just as much fun as places with $150 a night price tag. I guess if you seek luxury then seek luxury but still shop around and get the best price. Hopefully, these tips will help you get the most for your money. Until next time, I wish you and your families much happiness and good fortune.

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