Location, location, location
We just returned from Vegas. This was a very nice hotel (time share), but it's too far from the action. We stayed at Bally's in June and that's a great, central location. Being too far from the center means transportation becomes a real issue, even if you have a car because the traffic is heavy and parking could be a problem. We rode the bus a lot. Get an all-day pass for $5.00. It's worth it. And take advantage of the free shuttles to Hard Rock and Sam's Town. Monorail is still not working except from MGM Grande to the Luxor.
Getting back to the hotel itself: We stayed in the studio. It's about as big as a regular hotel room, with a tiny kitchen along the wall. Room is suitable for 2 people. Time share pitch was medium pressure, lasts about 1 1/2 hours, and you still get your freebies if you decline.
We recently stayed at this hotel and were very pleased. I am very picky, & this place was extremely nice. The rooms are large, well stocked & just as nice as those at the big expensive hotels closer in on the strip. We had a 2 bedroom unit, which had a full kitchen with granite countertops & a dining table with chairs.
The den had a huge flat screen tv with a dvd player & stereo. The master bath had a huge jacuzzi tub & separate walk in shower. We have stayed at the Bellagio, the HGVC at the Flamingo, the Hyatt on Lake Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget, & the Venetian, & this was just as nice if not nicer. In fact, our 2 bedroom unit was just as much money as our one room was at the Bellagio.
Also, parking & getting in & out of the hotel is so easy & it's free. The lot is right there, & there is no casino to walk through. True the location of the hotel is further down on the strip, but we didn't care because we always rent a car in Vegas. It is so cheap & easy to drive there. All the casinos let you valet park for free, & we usually pay about $27 a day for a car (easily the price of one roundtrip cab fare). We like to gamble at different casinos.
I do wish there was a real restaurant with room service on the premises, but otherwise this hotel is a real gem. We will stay there again.
We recently stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club on the Strip during the last week of October. It is a brand new facility with great features. We had a 1 bedroom suite. It is like having a small apartment which we really enjoyed. The rooms were very clean and actually quiet. We couldn't hear any noise from our room.
They are building more rooms in the future so the area is still under construction. There are no restaurants onsite but there is the seasonal pool bar and deli downstairs for light snacks. The best bet is to go the local grocery store and buy items for your room since the deli store is kind of expensive.
The pool area is beautiful. We actually swam even though it was end of season and kind of cool.
We are planning a return trip in May and are trying out the LV Hilton Grand Vacation Club. I am sure it will be nice also. The monorail is running again which is good. I would definitely recommend becoming a Hilton Grand Vacation Club Member.
Beautiful Room, but......
We stayed here for New Years Eve weekend 2005 and the place is new and beautiful BUT it is no where near the Casinos, shows, or the "action." You either have to cab it (25.00 roundtrip), bus, or drive to get the food or activities. The surrounding area to the hotel is either under construction or not safe for women alone to walk. The other thing that we did not really like was that because this place is really a timeshare facility that is used as a hotel, they will ring your room phone "off the hook" to get you to participate in a timeshare presentation. We turned down a 100.00 cash off to participate, then they called back and offered 150.00--we turned that down, then they offered 200.00 Cash on the last day we were there. We had to take it--200.00, but it ate up 3.0 hours of our time when they promised 1.5 hours max for it. I have never done anything like that so be careful about participating.
On the Strip; Away from the Noise
I stayed in a one-bedroom "villa" suite in January 2005. The room was large and lovely, having a welcoming foyer; a large living room with a convertible sofa, armchair and ottoman; dining area for four; full kitchen; huge bedroom with a king-size bed, armchair, ottoman and armoire; extra-large bathroom and a jacuzzi tub. The mirrors placed throughout made the large suite even more spacious and light. Speaking of light, the lamps and fixtures were varied and ample, allowing for ever-changing mood and functional lighting.
The kitchen has everything you need--really!--from top-of-the-line full-sized appliances to utensils and dinnerware to gorgeous granite countertops. This is not a 'kitchenette' with a tiny cubical fridge and a microwave--it is actually better than my own kitchen! The cabinets and drawers are chock-full of kitchenware, and there is a dishwasher and a washer & dryer in the room as well, although there is no pantry.
As far as the rest of the place: there are two large plasma televisions, DVD player, CD clock radio with ambient sounds, a (merely standard) hotel hair dryer, ironing board and iron. The bathroom is fabulously large with a glass-enclosed shower easily big enough for two (with only a standard shower head, sadly), beautiful tile floors, another huge granite countertop and upscale fixtures.
Although this property is on the strip, it is away from the noise and traffic. Having a car made the trip perfect: I could go south on Las Vegas Blvd to partake of the hustle-and-bustle, then head back up to the hotel, park for free, ascend the beautiful stairs to the spacious lobby--without having to negotiate a casino!--and take the elevator to the home-away-from-home. And to make it even more perfect, I still have full resort housekeeping and turn-down service, although it feels like my own luxury apartment.
(Contrary to what some of these reviews say, it is not WAY far away from everything. It is ON the Strip, and only two miles from 'extreme end' with the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Everything else is closer than that!)
The final day of my stay, some friends who were bragging about having stayed at Caesar's Palace came by to hang out at my place. They were impressed! "Beats the heck out of our room!"
One Bed Villa Rooms Par 5* Strip Hotels, For Fraction of the Price
I was really impressed with this property.
Having stayed at Paris last time in Vegas, I decided to save my pennies for the shows and found a rate on the Hilton Website for $76/night for a standard room. Received 12% off macy's voucher for use at the Fashion Show Mall.
I was initially disappointed as I thought I was staying at the HGV Club at the Hilton Flamingo, which has a much more central location. This HGV property is almost opposite Sahara, so a good distance north from the centre of the strip.
A rental car would be a great option if staying here, but I walked to Luxor from here (25 minutes) and cabbed to Caesar's ($10) but also the municipal bus is regular from right outside the door at just $1.25 and the new monorail can be ridden from the Las Vegas Hilton for $3 so you have plenty of options for transport.
The property is under a year old, and well presented throughout. My standard room boasted a DVD player, CD player well stocked kitchen and a great bathroom with stone flooring and plenty of towels.
As a Hilton Gold Card holder, I received a $10 voucher for use in the deli on the ground floor, and special truffle chocolates with turndown service (which has to be requested).
The outdoor pool was sizeable, gym had plenty of good quality cardio equipment, a pleasant recreation room adjacent.
Washers and Dryers are free, with detergent (and most other essentials) available in the deli.
If you want to hook up your laptop to the complimentary hi-speed internet system in your room you must remember to bring your data cable as this is not provided and is offered for purchase at the Vegas Price of $12.95 (!) in the deli. Otherwise free WiFi works well on floors 1 and 2.
Note my requested wake up call did not happen, so it is not to be relied upon. The night before departure I requested a van service to the Airport which cost $4.95/person and was courteous and on time. The cab on arrival cost $22 from the airport.
In summary, a great new non-casino property, slightly away from the action but not insurmountably so. Rooms rival some of the five star properties for facilities, and the larger studio rooms are on a par with suites at the best hotels on the strip, for a fraction of the cost. With kitchen and laundry facilities, this is particularly good for long term stays.
Hilton Grand Vacations Time share
Has anyone stayed at the Hilton Grand vacation on the LV strip and had to attend a 2hr timeshare presentation? My question is whether they make u fill up any forms or get a credit card info or something before the talk? Pls share your experience.
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No to the TS presentations, but you do not need to provide any credit card info to any of these people. Don't partake of these schemes unless you only are hoing to get hold of some of their cheezy give a=way junk... although some is ok.
Re: Hilton Grand Vacations Time share
I have not been to this presentation, but I know nobody gives me anything for free
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Hiltom Grand is nice and what do you get 3 days 2 night free to listen to the 2 hour pitch.They will want your credit card but can't charge it without you signing thats not legal.If you are a strong person and can keep says no no no . then this is a good deal.I know people that sell time shares they are high presure salesmen or women.I know a guy and hes the last person you see when no one else can sell you and he said he sells 75%. So if you go at the end you will own a time share.They don't care if you have no down payment credit because if they get a few payments out of you and you stop paying they just sell it to someone else and screw up your credit.