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Should I rent a car in Vegas ? Best  Spas and Restaurants

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Can anyone recommend restaurants in Las Vegas and let me know if I should rent a car or if the monorail goes from the airport. I would rather not rent a car if possible because I will be at a convention all day and probably too tired at night to go anywhere except dinner with  business associates.Is the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel near the Strip, and is it easily accessible by monorail ? for 2 people it may be cheaper to rent a car than taxi, bus or rail.

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    hoosprojectpat Platinum
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    The Renaissance is not very close to the strip but is right on the monorail route.  The convention center stop is right next to the Renaissance.  The monorail does not go to the airport though.  Most of the hotels have free parking (I know for sure that the Renaissance and Balley's have free valet parking).  The rental car rates are pretty inexpensive so you may want to just get a rental car.  Otherwise, just do a shuttle.  Depending on the size of the convention, the monorail system may be at capacity and you would be better off with a rental car.

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    hoosprojectpat Platinum
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    Rum Jungle is a good restaurant at Mandalay Bay.  Their menu is on their website (http://www.mandalaybay.com/dining/rumjungle.aspx).  Their coconut rice is amazing!  The food at Envy (the Renaissance's restaurant) is excellent.  The breakfast was great and I ordered room service twice the the dinner meals were very good as well.

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    elitepro Member
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    The Ct yd and Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel is near the Strip, which is easily accessible by monorail See my http://www.elitepro-travel.com/search/label/PLANET%20HOLLYWOOD%20hOTEL%20AND%20CASINO Getting up and down the Strip is now faster and easier than ever before. The Las Vegas Monorail will speed you effortlessly between Tropicana and Sahara Boulevards, with plenty of convenient stops in between.. While day passes and rideshare tickets are available, a single ride costs USD5, and can be purchased from Sahara, MGM Grand, the Convention Center, Bally's, Flamingo, among others.

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    We used the monorail in Vegas, it was great.

    Got car to go to Hoover Dam, and places outside of Vegas, it worked.  

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    We stayed at the Marriott Suites on the northern end of the strip near the Convention Center and a car rental helped to make our stay comfortable and convenient.  Las Vegas is more spread out than most people think.  The strip is several miles long.  Almost all of the major hotels have complimentary or inexpensive parking.  We really fell in-love with the Spa at the Mandalay Bay on the south end and went 3 times during our stay. Our best romantic dining experience in Vegas was at the Picasso at the Bellagio.   For family value dining try the hotel buffet.  Most of the hotels have theme-style buffet offerings.  They are comparable in price and quality and offer quick, convenient service.

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    Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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    The Rennaisance is near the end of the Monorail. Valet parking is free almost everywhere in Vegas, including the hotel (last time I was there). But cabs and limos vye for your business, are quicker, and not that expensive.  Try to go without a car if you can, that's my advice.

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    adamslm Platinum 8 Reviews
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    I'm in Vegas all the time..   net.   You cannot use the monorail from the Airport to your hotel..  a cab is the best way to get where you need to go, leave the rental car behind, it will make your stay in Vegas far more relaxing, and actually give you more time (no fighting traffic, no having to valet, etc.)  The Monorail is great especially if your visit is for activities on the strip,  inexpensive, fast, and effecient.  

    Food.... Vegas is known for it's cuisine..  I personally have not had a bad meal in Vegas..   but I also stick to the "big-name" houses and the restaurants that are there..  ie Venetion, Caesars, MGM.   you pretty much can't go wrong.   Since I travel pretty exclusively with Marriott I have to recommend the Envy which is a great steakhouse at the Renaissance in Vegas..  that is my prefered hotel in Vegas, and it is tucked away off strip, but with a monorail station right next door.  quiet, "non-Vegas" type setting, but with great access to the fun and excitement the strip offers.

     

    Enjoy 

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    kevin_l Platinum 8 Reviews
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    I haven't stayed at the Renaissance before, but when I travel to Las Vegas I find a cab to be easier than renting a car.  When returning a rental car at the airport, you have to take a shuttle from the offsite rental return to the terminal anyway.

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    rjmcdani Platinum 8 Reviews
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    I have been to Vegas several times.  My rule of thumb is no, you do not need to rent a car unless you are looking to leave the area on a day trip.  Then you can rend for that specific day.  There are lots of cabs and busses.  Besides,  walking the strip is all part of the fun.

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    christiank Platinum
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    The monorail does not go to the airport.  Renting a car depends on what you want to do.  If you plan on staying in the strip then you probably don't need a car. The monorail covers most of the modern day strip, convention center and couple blocks toward Freemont but you will still be doing a lot of walking.  A cab is most convenient but can be pricy. 

    If you are planning on exploring off the strip then you will need a car for sure.  Most of the hotels can help you with tours so check prices first (shop around because prices vary widely). 

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    cynpaj Platinum
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    No need to ever rent a car in Vegas!

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    dejamo Platinum
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    Don't rent a car,  a waste of time. Shuttles to the hotels are cheap,  monorail goes one end of strip to other.   Last visit we rented a car, it sat in hotel parking garage entire time except from/to airport.   Set up shuttles to airport day prior to departure.  They run continuously.   My 4:30 am shuttle to airport from Rio was 15$.   Save your money, and avoid the traffic.

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    buspeddler Platinum
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    When I go to Vegas I have found it cheaper and faster to take a cab if I am staying near the strip and you are. Most Hotels there have self parking but most things are with-in walking distance or a $10. cab ride. Also takeing the bus to the rental car center is a grind and when you leave you must give your self an extra hour and the securty lines are long to start with.

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    techinstaller Platinum
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    The monorail does not go to the airport.  The monorail does run from the Renaissance, the station is at the convention center and runs to the Strip, ending at the MGM.  Can buy multi-day passes and I have used it for CES and IBS shows.

     The Renaissance is next to the convention center and Las Vegas Hilton.  You would have to pay a daily parking fee at the Renaissance, but most of the strip hotels have free daily parking.  Unless you must go out daily, I would think that using a cab and the monorail would be cheaper than the cost of a rental car plus parking.

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    travelerbruce Platinum
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    its a $20 taxi ride and less than 15 minutes from thre airport, you'll pay as much for parking as what the rental costs, plenty of free shuttles or you can walk the whole strip in vegas under 30 minutes....

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    iamcanadian Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Don't rent a car in Vegas until you intend to sightsee off the strip (red rock canyon, lake mead etc.). Monorail does not access the airport. FYI...I bought a monorail pass last fall for a business convention (was staying @ the Mirage and took the monorail from Harrah's to the convention centre) and it was a mistake. Monorail is slow and it's quite a trek to/from the station from the hotel and the convention centre. Cabs are cheaper, easily accessible and drop you close to entrance/exits. Here are our favs...

    1. Magianno's (Fashion Show Mall) -- Italian. Big portions, quality food, great service, nice ambiance. (We ate there twice on our last visit to Vegas)

    2. Cheesecake Factory in Caesar's. Extensive menu...food is good...atmosphere (from the patio) is great...but expect long line ups at peek hours.

    3. Vic & Anthony's @ the Golden Nugget...atmosphere, food and service were a 10/10. When you're done...enjoy the Freemont St. experience (right out the front door of the Nugget) It's the best thing in Vegas...and it's free!!!!!

    Good Luck!

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    globalspy Gold 2 Reviews
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    When I was there in December, the weekend rate for my rental car was equal to the fare I would have spent on a taxi to and from the airport, so I would consider the rental car if you don't mind the slight wait to pick up your car.  For restaurants, you could take the monorail from the hotel to the strip; I think it's around $5?  I could be mistaken.  But driving from the Renaissance to one of the casino hotels isn't a big deal, especially with the free valet.

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    5iubanners Silver 2 Reviews
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    Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens hotel and casino downtown is a five star dining experience that you will remember.  Continually recognized as one of Vegas' best, every inch of the service, atmosphere, and food and drink are first rate.

     Enjoy and good luck!

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    ontheroad1 Platinum
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    I went to Vegas with my wife and others in our family. I rented a car for 5 days and drove it only 1 day ! We drove to the Hoover dam... I was much better to take a taxi or bus around Vegas and we did lots of walking!

     As for restruants.... depends on what you like, just google your liking for food in the area and you will find lots of GREAT places to eat. Good luck and have fun.

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    scogor Member
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    There are many, many good to great restaurants in Las Vegas.  I would not rent a car unless you are planning a day trip out of the city.  We returned from a seven night stay a week ago at Marriott's Grand Chateau.  Here's a quick but far from complete list of ten restaurants you might want to try:

    Mon Ami Gabi--in Paris--great for lunch or dinner--try to get seated outside during the evening for a view of Bellagio's fountains

    Casa Di Amore--a neighborhood-style Italian restaurant--off the Strip but if you call in advance they just may send a limo to pick you up and bring you back to the hotel

    Rosemary's--well off the Strip but an incredible meal

    Fleur Du Lis--at Mandalay Bay and another upscale dining experience

    Yellowtail and Sensei--both at Bellagio and both high on our list

    Lawry's for Prime Rib--also off the Strip but not too far away--worth going just for the experience

    Maggiano's at Fashion Show Mall--it's a chain but their food is great and their portions are huge

    Burger Bar--also at Mandalay Bay--burgers raised to an art

    There is a Thai restaurant (I believe it may be Lotus of Siam) that's in an unassuming strip mall off the Strip that's incredible

    The best view is at the restaurant and night club at the top of the Palms Hotel and Casino

    Enjoy!

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    charleydog Platinum
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    Yes, you can walk out of the hotel to the train and for a daily fee ride it up and down the strip all day and night.  Good deal and no driving.  The hotel is nothing special, but comfortable.

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    We just got back for the week-end!

    Great deals and the Taxi served our needs.  Enjoy! 

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    elser34 Platinum 60 Reviews
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    A Cab ride to the Renaissance should only run you about $15 to $25 dollars.  The Renaissance is not on the strip, it is actually right next to the Convention Center.  The Monorail does not go to the airport.  There is a Monorail station right next to the Renaissance, which can take you from the Hilton Hotel, all the way to the MGM Grand.  I live in Vegas and it would be a waste for you to rent a car.  Plus with being right next to the Monorail you can pretty much get to where ever you want to go on the Strip.  Renaissance is about 4 blocks from the strip.  Hope this helps.

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    This makes me feel good that I have listened to you.  We took taxi's and the monorail and it was easy and safe.

    Leave the rental cars at the airport. 

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    bobctravels Platinum 1 Reviews
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    The Renaissance has its own excellent restaurant, and is very close to the monorail station.  You do not need to rent a car.  You are only a moderate-price taxi ride to the strip, or to the many great restaurants located near/along Paradise toward the airport - Ruth's Chris, PF Chang, McCormick & Schmick; Gordon Biersch, etc.

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    bamarriott Platinum
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    I really liked the french place in the Wynn.  Top Notch food, expect to pay some $$$.

    I prefer to walk in Vegas.

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    We love the steak and watching the games at the best steakhouse in LV, Smith and Wollensky's.  It is almost a great as the NYC location!

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    krlcomm Platinum
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    Renaissance is on Paradise Rd (short cab ride from airport as is everything on the Strip) close to convention center which has a monorail stop. Monorail travels the Strip so if the Strip, or any place in Vegas proper (Fremont St, etc) is where you'll be hanging out there is no need for a car. The monorail or a short cab ride is definitely the way to go. The only reason for a car is if you want to visit Hoover Dam, etc.

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    krlcomm,

     So well put!  Great advice!  That's what we will do! 

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    rmt0528 Gold
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    We've stayed at the Renaissance and loved it.  It is just off the Strip, behind the Wynn.  Easy access to the Monorail up to the Strip or take a healthy walk up to the Strip.  Depends upon what you want to do and, of course, the weather.  When we stayed at the Renaissance we did not rent a car but relied upon cabs to & from the airport, then the monorail....and the old "shoe leather express" while in town.

    As for restaurants, wow - tons!  Since you're at the Renaissance don't miss Envy Steakhouse, right there in the restaurant. In a word, awesome!  Olives on the fountain pool at Bellagio is another good find, Bobby Flay's restaurant at Mandalay Bay was excellent, the restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere was very nice - a bit high end on the pricing but a nice experience with good food.  Several of the restaurants in the Shops at Caesar's ... excellent food as well.  We've been several times and the names of some of the restaurants escape me....we always try different one's each time we go.
    Enjoy!

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    genevieveg Gold
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    I would rent a car.  the city is easy to get around but waiting for the rail is tiresome and it is often not working.  Our favorite resturant in Vegas is Vinters Grille which is in the Howard Hughes Plaza off of Charleston near the Red Rock Casino  It is excellent, wonderful presentations and the food is yummy and very different.   Have fun Vegas is one of my favorites  The Jersey Boys is also a great show.

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    mbiggs Platinum 20 Reviews
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    I really would not rent a car.  I visit Las Vegas many times a year and a car is quite expensive, traffic on the strip is crazy and you are constantly paying for valet service or parking fees.  If you plan to drive outside of Vegas then a car is definitely of value.

    Remember taxi's can't pick you up on the sidewalk or street they have to be designated taxi pick up center's (major hotels-airport).  Even though the lines look long they go quickly. When you leave the airport it almost looks like a Disneyland l,ine but don't fret they go fast.

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    alfs30 Gold
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    I would never rent a car in Vegas.  Cab it whevever you go.  There are a million restaurants to go to there.  The real cheap places are pretty much gone but you can eat pretty reasonably.  Don't know the Renaissance.

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    jxhigd Platinum
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    There is no need to rent a car if you are only going from the airport to your hotel and grabbing dinner. Taxi cabs are abundant in Vegas. There is a great tapas restaurant around the corner from the Renaissance called Firefly (www.fireflylv.com). Morton's is also in the same parking lot if you prefer a heavier meal. If you want something on the strip, there is Maggiano's on 2nd floor of Fashion Show Mall, or RA Shushi just below it on the first floor. I prefer it because you don't have the hassle of navigating through a large casino just to grab dinner. Down the street from Renaissance in the Howard Hughes Center area (Flamingo & Paradise) there are several good restaurants...Gordon Biersch, McCormick & Schmick, and Bahama Breeze. All of the casino's have top notch restaurants, but one of the best meals I have had there was at Cili's which is at the south end of the strip off Las Vegas Blvd @ the Bali Hai golf couse (www.cili.com), Hope this helps! Again, definitely cab it if you are only doing dinner off site. Dealing w/ the rental will add 30 to 40 minutes coming and going.

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    luv2dance Member
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    I think that a car would be nice, but not neccesary for a city like Vegas with all the different transportation and availability. If you are going to work all day and get out at night, then a car would be nice.  Also, about nice restaurants, Nobhill Tavern is a nice place to eat. Mid price, so not too expensive, and great  California cuisine.


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    aggiefan Platinum
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    I LOVE Vegas and have spent many trips there for both business and fun.  If you are staying on the strip I recommend walking and cabbing it.  A cab should run about $20 from the Airport or you can get a shuttle for around $8-10.  Monorail is fine if you are staying near a monorail station.  Cabs between hotels are around $8.  Make sure to bring some good walking shoes, due to the huge scale of everything things can appear much closer than they actually are.

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    vacationlady Member
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    I recommend using shuttle or monorail depending on which ends of the strip you plan to frequent. If you have to see everything on the strip and need to go in every hotel or sight, then you may consider walking. Please wear comfortable shoes as the strip is long and sights are not as close as they appear. If it is still available, have lunch or dinner at Rio which is off the strip. Take a cab there!

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    lyonswife Platinum
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    krlcomm, I too stayed at the Renas in Vegas and completely agree... it was beautiful hotel, fantastic service, close to the Strip.  We had a great time and I'd stay there again!

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    egw019 Platinum
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    One of the best places to eat is right in the hotel you are staying. Bring an EEO coupon for one free meal. You do not need a car in LV. Your hotel is 1/2 block from the monarail which goes down the strip but not to the airport. Its a short cab from the AP to hotel. A ride almost anywere in town is cheap. While you can valet a car for free the tips add up at the end of the day.

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    I would not recommend renting a car rental in Las Vegas, a big hassel. Regarding the monorail at present it doesnot go all the way to the airport. The LasVegas Renaissance is located at 3400 Paradise Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89169-2770 USA Phone:  1-702-784-5700 immediately connected well two minute walk for me -- to the convention center. Just 2 blocks from the famous Las Vegas Strip easy walk to center of strip and monorail service is right at the convention center (3 day pass 28.00) it goes south all the way to the south end at Mandalay Bay Hotel. You can enjoy the monorail easy service within a two to three minute walk of the hotel.

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    I recommend Executive or AWG (the 8 pax maximum less stops) shuttles from the Airport, I have also used Ritz. A limo would run about 52.00 (for 2) versus the 8.50 or so for a shuttle (per person).

    The ENVY steakhouse at the Renaissance was excellent.  Regarding restaurants here -- Del Frisco's is another great Steak place near by (caters to Business Power Dinners) and 888 Noodle is Pan Asian.  The Las Vegas Hilton (about a block away) has the cheapest and best buffet that area of the strip.  If you are going to be going to a Las Vegas Show consider those at the following hotels:  Mirage, Treasure Island or Venetian.

    For breakfast the coffee is better at the convention center (Starbucks) rather than at the hotel.  Note you can also get internet here and Las Vegas Renaissance has an OUTRAGEOUS price for it.  Try WIFI sniffing to Save money.

    Here's a compiled list of specials for people who appreciate a bargain (current as of Sep 12, 2009).  All specials that vary are listed as Other Dinner Specials.  Prices are only listed if they could be verified.  All specials that were not verifiable, either through the restaurant’s web site, another reputable site, or a recent review have been eliminated.  This list is not all-inclusive and there may be other specials available.

    While most of these specials have been in place for long periods of time, they are of course subject to change - either being eliminated or the price going up; both Fiesta casinos seem to change their specials quite often, as does the Cannery and Marilyn’s Café at the Tuscany

    For many of these, at least one member of the party must have the casino’s slot card and many are available only to persons 21 years of age and older.

    Steak Dinners (24 hours)

    Ellis Island: 10 oz. Sirloin, salad, baked potato w/free freshly brewed root beer or beer , 6.99 (not on menu, must ask for it)
    Orleans (Courtyard Café): 16 oz. T-Bone, 11.95
    Gold Coast (Monterey Room): 16 oz. T-Bone, 9.95
    Sun Coast (Siena Café): 16 oz. Porterhouse, 11.99  
    Terrible’s (Bougainvillea Café): T-Bone, 9.99 (not on menu, ask)
    Hard Rock (Mr. Lucky’s): Steak and three Shrimp, 7.77 Gambler’s Special (not on menu, ask)
    Arizona Charlie’s Boulder (Sourdough Cafe): 14 oz. Porterhouse,  9.99 
    Ellis Island: Top Sirloin and 5 Shrimp, 9.99 
    Best Western Mardi Gras (Paradise Rd): Steak & Shrimp, 9.95                                                                
    Sun Coast (Café Siena):  16 oz Porterhouse 11.99

    Steak Dinners (limited hours)

    Riviera: Kady’s T-Bone Steak 12.95 (10PM-6AM, closed Friday nights)
    Golden Gate (Bay City Diner): 16 oz. Porterhouse, 14.99 (11AM-Midnight)                              
    El Cortez (Kitty’s Café):  New York Steak dinner 7.95 (11PM-7AM)                                    
    Sahara (Caravan Café):  T-bone 13.99 (4:30PM-7PM)                                                             

    Steak & Eggs (24 hours)

    Sam’s Town: 3.99
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Cafe): 6oz New York Steak 3.29                          
    Binion’s (coffee Shop):  New York Steak 8.95
    Arizona Charlie’s Boulder (Sourdough Cafe): New York Steak 3.29 
    Ellis Island: 8.99                                                                                                                    
    Cannery (Victory’s Café): 8oz Rib Eye Steak 8.99

    Steak & Eggs (limited hours) 

    Orleans (Courtyard Cafe): 3.95 (Mon-Thu, Midnight-6AM)
    Golden Gate (Bay City Diner): 4.99, NY Steak (Midnight-2AM)
    Ellis Island: 3.45, NY Steak (11PM-11AM)  
    JW Marriott LV Resort (Promenade Café): 3.21 New York or Ham Steak 12AM-5AM                                 
    Tuscany (Marilyn’s Café):  Graveyard Special, 3.99 (11PM-6AM)                                             
    El Cortez (Kitty’s Café):  7.95 (11PM-7AM) 

    Prime Rib Dinners (24 hours)

    Orleans (Courtyard Café): 11.95
    Ellis Island:  includes Ellis Island beer or root beer & baked potato  10.99
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Cafe):  8 oz 8.50/12 oz 10.99 (11AM-10PM)
    Sun Coast (Café Siena): 9.99  

    Prime Rib Dinners (limited hours)

    Sahara (Caravan Café): 8.99 (2.00 off for slot club members) (4:30PM-7PM)
    Circus Circus (Pink Pony Café): 10.99 (Sun-Thur, 3PM-11PM, excluding holidays) 
    Wildfire:  Prime Friday’s, 8 oz Prime Rib w/choice of potatoes, 9.99 (Fri starting at 4PM, not available at all Wildfire Casinos)                                                                                           
    Arizona Charlie’s Boulder (Wild West Buffet): Prime Rib Dinner 8.99 w/slot card/10.99 w/o (Fri-Sat, 4PM-9PM, Sun 4PM-9PM)                                                                                          
    Joker’s Wild (Court Café):  9.99 {11AM-10PM)                                                                              
    Sun Coast (Café Siena):  Roasted prime Rib 9.99 (11AM-11PM)

    Four Queens (Magnolia's) $7.98 w/potato choice, veggie (w/players club card), nightly

    Binion's Coffee Shop (Friday evening Prime Rib Special $9.99 - $6.99 w/Players Cards (each person in party must have card)  No wait.  7/14/09

    Hamburgers

    Wild Wild West (Loose Trax Bar & Lounge):  Wild Burger Meal (includes fries), 2.99
    Wildfire:  Wild Burger Meal, 2.99 (available at all 3 Wildfire Casinos)                                          
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Café): Classic Belly Bomber Burger, ½ Lb 50’s style burger, 4.99                                                                                                                             
    California (Aloha Specialties): Hamburger w/Macaroni Salad, 2.85 Available 24 Hrs                                     
    California (Aloha Specialties): Teri Burger w/Macaroni Salad, 2.85 Sun-Thu 9AM-9PM, Fri 9AM-10PM

    Hot Dogs

    Gold Coast (Sports Book, vendor’s cart): .75 (10AM-6:45PM)
    MGM Grand (cart near Monorail Station) 3.50 Nathan’s hot dog                                           
    Circus Circus (Westside Deli) 2.50 Giant hot dog

    Ribs                                                                                        

    Boulder Station (Boulder Café):  BBQ Pork Rib dinner (w/coleslaw, bbq bwans,corn & French fries), 8.99 (4PM-11PM

    Rotisserie Chicken

    Terrible’s (Bougainvillea Café): ½ chicken, with salad, rice, beans, corn on the cob, 5.99, Not on Menu, Ask your Server. 

    Breakfast

    El Cortez: (Kitty’s Café) 3.95 (11PM-7AM) 
    Rampart (Promenade Cafe): Early Risers Club, various breakfast specials for seniors, 1.99 (Mon-Fri, 5AM-8AM, excluding holidays)
    JW Marriott LV Resort, Spa & Golf (Promenade Cafe): Deuces Wild, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausage, 2.21 (Midnight-5AM)  
    JW Marriott LV Resort, Spa & Golf (Promenade Cafe): Jack Stack, 4 buttermilk pancakes, 2.21 (Midnight-5AM)  
    Ellis Island: 2 scrambled eggs, Biscuits & gravy, bacon or sausage, 3.99  (11PM-6AM)
    Arizona Charlie’s Boulder (Sourdough Café): ham steak and eggs, 3.29
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Café): ham steak and eggs, 3.29
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Café): 3 pancakes, 2 eggs, hash browns, 3.50
    Wild Wild West: 2 eggs, bacon or sausage & 1 Pc toast, 1.49 (Midnight-11AM) 
    Wildfire: 2 eggs, bacon or sausage & toast 1.49 (not available at Barley’s or The Greens)
    Barley’s:  The Grand Silo, 3 eggs, 3 bacon or sausage, hash browns & toast 2.49 
    Sunset Station (Sunset café): 3 eggs, ham, bacon or sausage, hash browns & a short stack of pancakes, 5.99
    Boulder Station(Boulder Café):  3 eggs, ham, bacon or sausage, hash browns & a short stack of pancakes, 3.99 (24 Hrs)                                                                                                              
    Orleans (Courtyard Café): 2 eggs, hash browns, bacon or sausage, 2.95 (Mon-Thu, Midnight-6AM)
    Orleans (Courtyard Café): ham steak and eggs, 3.95 (Mon-Thu, Midnight-6AM)                                  
    Steiner’s a Nevada Style Pub:  2 eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns & choice of bread, 3.99  Texas Station (Texas Café):  Pancake Sandwich, 2.49                                                                          
    Texas station (Texas Café):  3 eggs, hash browns & toast, 2.99 (Midnight-11AM)                          
    Circus Circus (Casino Cafe):  Graveyard Special, 2 eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon or sausage & coffee, 4.99 (11PM-5AM, excluding holidays)                                                                                       
    Golden Gate (Bay City Diner): Giant ham steak and eggs 3.99 (Midnight-6AM)   
     

    Shrimp Cocktail Specials

    Golden Gate (San Francisco Shrimp Bar & Deli):  Classis shrimp cocktail, 1.99 (.99 w/slot card)
    Golden Gate (San Francisco Shrimp Bar & Deli):  The big shrimp cocktail, 3.99                               
    Circus Circus (Westside Deli): Giant shrimp cocktail, 2.50 

    Other Dinner Specials

    Boulder Station (Pasta Palace):  Shrimp, Steak & Lobster, 19.99                                                                          
    Boulder Station (Pasta Palace):  All you can ear pasta, salad & bread, 7.99 (4PM-9:30PM  
    California (Aloha Specialties):  Chicken Super Bowl over rice, 2.85 (9AM-9PM Sun-Thu, 9AM-10PM Fri-Sat)                                                                                                                      
    California (Aloha Specialties):  Chicken Tofu Saimin noodles, 4.75 (9AM-9PM Sun-Thu, 9AM-10PM Fri-Sat)                                                                                                                            
    California (Aloha Specialties):  Loco Moco, (bowl of rice topped w/hamburger patty, fried egg & brown gravy), 4.75 (9AM-9PM Sun-Thu, 9AM-10PM Fri-Sat)                                                            
    California (Aloha Specialties):  Large bowl Saimin noodles, 5.00 (9AM-9PM Sun-Thu, 9AM-10PM Fri-Sat)                                                                                                                                    
    Tuscany (Marilyn’s Café):  Various Specials throughout the week, including steak, lobster, prime rib & chicken (no pricing available)                                                                                          
    Rampart (Promenade Café):  Senior Specials (varies), 4.99 (Sun-Thu 3PM-5PM, excluding Holidays)                                                                                                                                                             Rampart (Promenade Café):  Monthly Dinner Specials (varied specials at various prices, check restaurant website), (11AM-10PM)                                                                                                         
    Wildfire:  Spaghetti & Meatballs (includes soup or salad), 5.99 (available at all 3 Wildfire Casinos)                                                                                                                                                             Wild Wild West:  Spaghetti & Meatballs (includes soup or salad), 5.99                                                              
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Café):  Great American Specials, selection varies daily 7.50 (11AM-10PM)                                                                                                                                    
    Arizona Charlie’s Decatur (Sourdough Café):  All you can eat spaghetti w/soup or salad & breadsticks 4.99 (must have slot card)                                                                                                                        

    Joker’s Wild (Court Café): varied specials at various prices, check restaurant website, (must have slot card, additional 1.00 off when paying with points)                                                                                
    Binion’s (Coffee Shop): Blue Plate Special (varied daily specials) 7.99 (11AM – 10PM)

    Cannery (Victory’s Café): Monthly Specials, varied tems at varied prices (11AM-11PM) 

    Four Queens (Magnolia's) $7.98 chicken fried steak dinner w/potato, veggie (w/players club card), nightly

    Drink Specials

    The Plaza:  Well drinks, 2.50                                                                                                             
    Fiesta:  Corona, 1.50                                                                                                                              
    Joker’s Wild (Pigskin Snack & Sports Bar)  .99 draft beer all day
     

    Buffets:  The below information was only partially updated, but will be fully updated by Sep 01, 2008.

    Most Las Vegas hotel/casinos have buffets. The prices vary greatly as does the quality. Most have champagne brunches on the week-ends (some on both Saturday and Sunday, some Sunday only).
    Gourmet-Quality (and are priced accordingly with lunch from about $15 to $20 dollars and dinner from the low $20's to over $30):
    Bellagio
    Paris
    Wynn Las Vegas
    Mirage
    Treasure Island
    Expensive
    Rio (the Rio also has a separate seafood buffet that is only open for dinner and which is $34.99)

    Plaza 777  Weekend Brunch Buffet -- $9.99 w-card    Food was good...No wait....Just realize the Plaza is one of the older casinos and not in a brand new building...The buffet area is appropriately called "Stuffed"...

    Best Bargain

    Green Valley Ranch (pricier than most, but very good quality); it’s particularly good for week-end brunchBally's Sterling Brunch - on Sundays the menu contains items such as champagne, sturgeon caviar, lobster, and freshly prepared sushi, along with the standards, such as omelets and beef tenderloin Orleans - although it has slipped a little recently Palace Station and Boulder Station  - a little behind the others, but in general, if a casino has Station in its name its buffet will be pretty good                                                                        
    Vegas Club (Lucky 7’s):  7.77 all day (Brunch 6AM-4PM, Dinner 4PM-10PM)           
    Terrible’s:  Theme Nights, varied menu themes nightly 9.99 every night except Seafood Night (Thu) 14.99 (4PM-9PM)

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  • Re: Should I rent a car in Vegas ? Best  Spas and Restaurant
    vermonter Platinum 4 Reviews
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    I highly recommend renting a car in Vegas. At busy times, you can end up waiting over an hour or two in the cab line at the airport. In addition, if you have a car, you can visit the Red Rocks State Park, which makes for some wonderful hiking. On the way back to the Renaissance, stop at Mother's, a great Korean Restaurant where they barbecue the food right at your table.

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    texasgirl Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Renting a car is a waste of $$, unless you want to drive out to Hoover Dam, etc.  If you are only going to the Strip or nearby, taxi's are the way to go! Great restaurants - every restaurant at Palazzo - Cut, Lavo, Zine Noodles, Woo, etc. Also, Noodles Restaurant at Bellagio.  Morton's (chain) off the strip is best Morton's we have been to.... Have fun! We don't gamble, but love Vegas for the restaurants & shows.

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Only recently did Marriott rapidly expand into this popular market with 16 properties.  If you're travelling solo to a convention in Las Vegas and staying at a Marriott w/in a mile or less of the convention center(s) located on the northern end of what is now about a 7 mile strip, schelping luggage and hoofing convention collateral around by foot or waiting in hour-long ques for a cab might work.

     

    Unlike popular convention towns like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and Miami where Marriott has 3rd party valet services and self-service garages that charge upwards of $15 per hour to park, ALL 16 Marriott properties and brands in Las Vegas have complimentary on-site parking.  In fact, the JW Marriott and the Marriott Vacation Club Grand Chateau have complimentary VALET parking. FREE valet parking is simply unheard of in major convention towns.  Neither taxis or the monorail in Las Vegas are complimentary, btw.

     

    Recognizing that Las Vegas is much more spread out than most think, Marriott is doing the right thing in that market.  All Marriott brands from Towneplace Suites and Residence Inn to Renaissance and JW Marriott are represented along the strip including Marriott Vacation Club and all offer guests complimentary on-site parking.

     

    Riding the monorail is fun if you're at the Magic Kingdom, but in Las Vegas on a business trip, I prefer that my family and associates travel in style and at our convenience.  With complimentary parking everywhere in Las Vegas especially at my preferred hospitality vendor, Marriott - renting a car is a no brainer. 

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    wheresthebeach Gold
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    Have stayed at the Renaissance Hotel and the restaurant in that hotel was outstanding.  I ate there for several meals...and always consistently good.

    The lunch area outside at the Paris Hotel Restaurant was terrific as well and walking distance from the Hotel.  Easy to get around and can take the tram from the Hotel as well...not far from hotel.  

    Don't need a car.

     

     

      

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  • Re: Should I rent a car in Vegas ? Best  Spas and Restaurants
    joey47 Platinum
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    Depending on where your convention is, renting a car has more upside then downside. First, the monorail does allow you to go places but you have to go up the stairs and down all the time. Second, Parking is free in any of the vegas hotel and you just tip the valet. Renaissance LV is at the back of the strip about 5 mins. REstaurants? if buffet is what you are searching for - bellagio has the best one. Any restaurants at the wynn is always good. The stratosphere lounge is overstated. The ambiance is good but the food is average with a high price. Hope this helps. Oh BTW, the hoover dam is only 30 mins away from LV and renting a car is not bad if you decide to do this. Hope this helps.

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  • Re: Should I rent a car in Vegas ? Best  Spas and Restaurants
    stefanie Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Not sure if you've already taken your trip, but here goes. 

    The Renaissance near the convention center is also near a monorail stop.  The hotel is not on "The strip."  I think a car would be more aggravation driving in LV traffic on the strip.  Although the casino parking is self park and free, you'd be better off taking the monorail to the strip and walking from casino to casino. 

    The monorail runs every 6-9 minutes depending on day/time, but it's not a long wait and you're no more than 5 minutes on the monorail to the next stop.  There's information online regarding the route.  Also, it is not connected to the airport -- take either a taxi or shuttle to your hotel.  The shuttle could take a longer time because they stop at various hotels to drop off passengers, but they are less expensive (maybe $6 one-way vs. $20 or so for taxi).

    With 2 people, taxi's are probably your best bet.

    So many good restaurants -- I would recommend any of the following:  Olives (Bellagio), Emeril's New Orleans Fish House (MGM Grand), Mon Ami Gabi (Paris), Pazzazzi (or something similar at Harrah's -- raw oysters and other seafood).  Really, most restaurants at the better casino's are top notch.  Nothing very extroardinary at the older properties.

    Have fun!

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