17 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2014 2:50 PM by blainep22 RSS

Taking the family to Vegas

jonathanhochman Platinum
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I'm a platinum member and stay at marriott pretty much weekly. I am heading to Vegas with my wife and 17 yr old daughter the first week of Dec. For reasons beyond my control we will be staying at MGM the majority of the trip. I do have one night that I am not booked into the MGM and would like to take advantage of my status at Marriott. I want to make this a special trip for my daughter. it's a new experience for her and would like any guidance I can get on how to get the best room/upgrades/perks for that one night

 

My questions are

1) which hotel on the strip offers the best experience for a family? nicest room/suite?

2) how can I best coordinate with the hotel so I get an upgrade and any other benefits (I keep reading that some of the properties don't care about platinum status)

 

Any additional tips tricks or insights would be more than welcome

 

thanks

Jonathan

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    zukracer Alumni Steward Platinum 4 Reviews
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    I guess you'd have to tell us what you think would make her happiest.  There's really only 2 Marriott properties "on the strip" the others are tucked away near but far enough you'd likely not walk back to the strip.  The best upgrade I have received in Vegas was when I was platinum and at the JW Marriott outside of the strip area (up near red rock).  The resort is really nice and they do have some dang impressive suites.  I'm going to Vegas on the 3rd-6th of November, for work and staying at Planet Hollywood.  I tried to look at staying loyal to MR for the time there but its just way easier to stay at the host property if you are going to an event (like I am).  I've stayed at the MGM before, they do have some exceptional rooms but their "normal" rooms are certainly nothing to write home about.  Remember Vegas is a customer focused city but they tend to tilt slightly harder for the folks spending the big bucks.  If you are looking to stay on the strip and for a room that you'll remember for years to come, I'd take joshm's advice and call the property you are looking at.  The MGM has some amazing rooms, maybe you can get one for a deal?  Also wear comfy shoes....the properties are HUGE.

     

    I will say that the "strip" gets old quickly, its very touristy and expensive.  If you can peel yourself out of that area you'll find just about anything and everything you could ever want to do there.  You will want a rental car though for staying away from the strip, I imagine taxi fees could get expensive. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    boatpi Platinum 1 Reviews
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    You might want to look at the Cosmopolitan.  I stay often, Sunday to Thursday are very reasonable as low as $112 for an entry room.  They do upgrade you most every time, but it can be a gamble. .  The One Bedroom suite has a divider for the bedroom and a large sofa queen bed for daughter.  Look at the suite with the sunken tub....  It is the newest hotel on the strip with balconies and incredible views.  They have the fastest valet parking in Vegas, off of Harmon street.   All platinum members receive 2 entries to the Wicked  Spoon buffet for breakfast.  It has over 500 items, so come very hungry!  Hotel is center strip so a short walking distance to Shops, Bellagio fountain, etc.  Use the AA rate.  I am booked for a wrap around suite Thanksgiving week at $232 a night, it is over 1,000 sq feet!

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    roylguitar Platinum 2 Reviews
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    If you can stay off the strip - J W Marriott no question!

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    roylguitar Platinum 2 Reviews
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    If you can stay off the strip - JW no question!

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    roylguitar Platinum 2 Reviews
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    If you can stay off the strip-JW, no question!

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    workworktravel Gold 3 Reviews
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    I would try the Cosmopolitan.  It's more of a young, "hip" hotel, I would say, especially in the lobby, but the location on the strip is key and convenient for shopping and eating.  The Wicked Spoon was good in its heyday, but nowadays the "it" place is Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's Palace, which is right next door.  I think it's the best buffet, hands down - it's a bit on the pricier side, but I love buffets - and you want to cover that before it goes down in quality - with time Vegas buffets always meet the fate of mediocrity, as in Vegas it's always the next best, new thing when it comes to buffets.

     

    Of course, I'm assuming your teenage daughter likes to shop and eat.

     

    The JW, I hear, is nice.  But it is far from the strip.  I think your teenage daughter might get bored.  Just guessin'

     

    Hope this helps - I live in LA so I'm in Vegas more often than I would like to admit.

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    boatpi Platinum 1 Reviews
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    On the JW, it is large, a bit dated, but more suited to golfing as a PGA course is on the large grounds.  The pool is large with a waterfall.  It may be off this time of year as fall weather gets cool by November.  A casino is attached, small but it works.  Rooms vary in size greatly so a room large enough for all three will take a bit of upgrading.  Not much to do near the JW aside from driving to Red Rock, which is nice for a half day.  Not the Vegas feel at all. The Cosmo is clearly the smart move.  I would strongly suggest reserving the One bedroom suite: Las Vegas Hotel Accommodations - Rooms & Suites | The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

     

    ALWAYS use the Marriott website to reserve and AAA discount.  Check in is to the right of the font desk for platinum members.  The staff is very skilled.  Ask for a high level room, Bellagio side.  You may not get that view, but either way a floor above 40 is very special.  All one bedrooms suites have the dividing door, balcony worth chairs, two 50" TV's, very large bathroom with shower AND the sunken tub with access directly to your bedroom via retractable blinds.  Technology abounds at the Cosmo.  Free passes for the Marque nightclub if you are at the hotel on a Friday.

    The incredible deal is Sunday through Thursday, make reservation 2-3 weeks ahead of arrival.  I am in Vegas every other month, been to all hotels and find the Cosmo is the best overall for me price wise and location center strip.  Use Harmon to access the I-15 both ways by using the newer streets west of the freeway like all cabbies do as LV Blvd. is always a mess.

     

    Caesars is a 1/4 mile walk along the Bellagio sidewalk then over the bridge, all with plenty to see.  Paris, Planet Hollywood, and Ballys is across the street.  I would encourage you to make reservations at the Mon Ami Gabi restarant at the Paris, arrive by 6 and ask for outside table.  The wait may be another 20-30 minutes but worth it. You will be seated with a view of the Bellagio fountains, every 30 minutes they launch with music.  Food is great and priced right.

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    rinny54 Platinum 1 Reviews
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    The Marriott's Grand Chateau is on Harmon across the street from the Cosmopolitan.  It is a timeshare  but you can rent 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas with a full kitchen.

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    boatpi Platinum 1 Reviews
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    54 is correct, but the Chateau does not provide the Vegas experience.  No casino, lights, etc.  Understanding she is 17, this still means a lot.  Add to the Cosmo will give you two free buffet credits at $36 each, the off the hook room gets even less expensive.  At one night I would not think that you will be cooking an 'dinner at home'.

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    dmethvin Gold 16 Reviews
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    Just got back from the Grand Chateau, and would not recommend it. Right now it's under construction and almost all the amenities are closed. Plus, there's no real benefits there for a Platinum, no lounge or free breakfast for example. The clientele skews very old, I'm in my mid-50s and felt like the youngest person there. So it sounds like the Cosmopolitan would be a safer bet. For your MGM visit, get one of their M-Life cards as soon as you arrive because you'll get a few free gifts right off the bat.

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    gwenncc Platinum
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    Cosmopolitan has lovely rooms and is much quieter but still at a great location.  Marriott Platinum status is recognized with a special check in and free buffets at the Wicked Spoon.  You can use Marriott points to book your rooms. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    gwenncc Platinum
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    Cosmopolitan has lovely rooms and is much quieter but still at a great location.  Marriott Platinum status is recognized with a special check in and free buffets at the Wicked Spoon.  You can use Marriott points to book your rooms. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    woodhamj Platinum
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    I too have stayed at the JW Marriott Resort.  Not too far away (8 miles or so) but we got treated like kings.  We got the Presidential Suite on an upgrade and loved it.  It was about 1100 sf and had bathrooms that any girl would love.  Great views of the mountains and could see the strip from our porch that surrounded three sides of the suite. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    woodhamj Platinum
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    I too have stayed at the JW Marriott Resort.  Not too far away (8 miles or so) but we got treated like kings.  We got the Presidential Suite on an upgrade and loved it.  It was about 1100 sf and had bathrooms that any girl would love.  Great views of the mountains and could see the strip from our porch that surrounded three sides of the suite. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    woodhamj Platinum
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    I too have stayed at the JW Marriott Resort.  Not too far away (8 miles or so) but we got treated like kings.  We got the Presidential Suite on an upgrade and loved it.  It was about 1100 sf and had bathrooms that any girl would love.  Great views of the mountains and could see the strip from our porch that surrounded three sides of the suite. 

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    blainep22 Platinum
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    Cosmopolitan, hands down, in my opinion. I've stayed at a few others including the JW, Chateau, Marriott and the surprisingly really awesome renaissance... But for the Vegas experience, stay at the Cosmo and ask for an upgrade to a room with a view of the Bellagio fountain.  Again, just my opinion, but this is definitely the new hot hotel in Vegas!

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  • Re: Taking the family to Vegas
    blainep22 Platinum
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    What did you decide?  Anything good to report back to the chat?

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