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I was in Vegas 10/23 - 10/27. The lowest daytime temperature was 80, most days it was 85-88. Nights were usually 58-63 by midnight into the wee hours.
Check your pool to see if it's still open though. Harrah's had already closed their pool when I was there.
In a couple of the large hotels we visited we noticed some handy internet kiosks whose main purpose seemed to be as a flight check-in and boarding pass printing facility. What a great idea.
You can use cash (min $5) or your credit card to access the internet via the kiosk, choosing up front how much time you want (and this can be increased during your session). Once you have paid, the machine opens up to a page with a list of airlines and links to their check-in pages.
Be aware that if you do want to print off your boarding passes this will cost you an additional $1 per page, so is not included in the basic internet charge.
Fondest memory: We used the kiosk to check-in for two separate flights and found it easy to use (apart from an unusual mouse) and the speed was fast. You can also use the kiosk for regular internet browsing.
There are these very cool kiosks in all the casinos - ok, maybe they are common place in your lives, but I had never seen anything quite like them before. They have 3 uses - an ATM, Ticket Redemption and Bill Breaking.
The ticket redemption option is used to cash in any winnings you may have on the slot machines - when you press the take your winnings button a ticket spits out from the slot machine and you can convert it to cash at this magic money machine.
Fondest memory: The ATM part means you can withdraw lots of money to gamble away, but when the machine gives you a couple of large notes you are in luck - this is where the bill breaking function comes in. You can put a large note into the machine and it will give you smaller notes. And you can tell it what combination of notes you would like. You can even put smaller notes in there (say a $5) and it will give you 5 x $1, which are perfect for a quick flutter on the slot machines or the endless tipping.
Favorite thing: I did my homework before getting to Las Vegas, I studied maps, read reviews etc. No one told me about the heat and humidity. I arrived in late July and it was about 100-115 degrees (35-42 Celcius) The strip looked tiny online, but it is a good 1+ walk from the top of the strip to the bottom. Even the monorail stations seem really far, especially in the heat. I suggest you bring a bottle of water with you and plenty of sunscreen.
Click on "shopping cart"
On the next page that loads go to the left hand side, under "store departments" scroll down until you find, "coupons" (actually I think its right near the top)
click on that.
Here you will find a whole load of coupons to order for your trip, VIP passes to night Clubs (means you pay no entry fee), money off dinner etc etc. You only pay a shipping fee, but you will get loads of coupons mailed, the more you order the more your fee. About $10 will get you a load. Which means you get to go clubbing on a budget.
Favorite thing: Be aware that cash advance are very costly on the strip... At the Tropicana, I went to the ATM to get 400US$ from my Visa card, I got a receipt and I had to wait in line again at the cashier... I had to give my fingerprint!! I paid 14US$ on service fee! The ATM at my hotel (The Renaissance) only charge me 2US$ no matter how much I got.
Favorite thing: A good way to find room rates is to first get an idea of the average cost of a room by going to www.vegas.com and www.lasvegas.com. Once you've decided on a few hotels go to the hotel website or call them. In my experience I have gotten cheaper prices directly from the hotel website. WWW.cheapovegas.com will give you the links and phone numbers of different hotels as well as provide you with other tips on vegas.
Favorite thing: Don't forget to tip everyone when you're here. Even if you're losing. I know that the gambling guides tell you not to tip if you want to make money, but your experience will be so much better if you do. The dealers might even give you some good advice on a hand if you have been taking care of them. t's customary to tip a dealer a few bucks when you win a decent amount of money on a hand/spin/roll. The dealers' salary isn't as high as you might think. Also, make sure that you tip the bellhops because you will get your bags faster when you checkout. Trust me, a few dollars can make a big difference.
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Mc Carran International Airport is 8 miles from downtown Vegas and only a couple of miles from the southern end of the Strip. Depending on the traffic and where your hotel is located, the trip will take 10-20 minutes from the Strip and about 30 minutes from downtown.
Mccarran has 2 terminals: Terminal one serves most domestic airlines and Terminal two serves international carriers. Terminal one has four concourses, but there are no signs along the road leading into the airport which tell you which airline is in which concourse, which makes for a bit of confusion.
Favorite thing: This is especially true of the hotels. What may seem like a short walk from one hotel to the next is actually much longer. Also, the Vegas Strip may be only a couple of blocks long, but remember most of the hotels are huge and each block is rather long. Don't be surprised if it takes you more than a few minutes to walk over to the next hotel, especially if its hot outside and the street is filled with tourists doing the Vegas shuffle (see transportation)
Favorite thing: Here's a good tip...never go to Vegas with your significant other if you are planning to break up with them right when you get back...its not recommended, and doesn't make for lasting memories...aka 4 days of hell and boredom in the City that never sleeps....hope this helps!!!
The Las Vegas Talk forum!!
The best possible advice I can give to anyone going to Las Vegas is to visit my favorite and the busiest LV forum on the Internet.
I've been a member since way back when I was planning my first trip, and while its come a long way technologically, some of the same people are still there. In fact I attended a LVTalk meet at Luxor the last time I was in town, and met one woman I'd been in touch with for years.
There are literally hundred of questions asked and answered per week about every facet of Las Vegas by both locals and fanatics. Whenever I've been planning a trip to LV you could find me on the forum daily.
Oh, the address is www.lasvegastalk.com
Another excellent Internet site is www.lvol.com (Las Vegas On Line) It has reviews of all the hotels and shows.
Those walkways across the Strip are feet savers and timesavers! And they are building more all the time.
Also take advantage of escalators, elevators, people movers every chance you get. It's importand to conserve energy whenever possible because you will be expending plenty of it.
Always ask for a line pass from VIP services (slot club counter) at your favourite casino if you plan on eating there. The pass allows you to walk to the front of the line at the buffet, and you will be immediately passed through. Anyone can get one if you possess a players card (be confident, be polite) they're free, and you feel like a king when you use it. Ignore the grumblings from the people in line, if they joined VT, then they would also have inside knowledge. BEST TIP EVER, TRUST ME.
Fondest memory: The food.