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Affordable dudes weekend trip to Vegas

3 friends and I are thinking of taking a dudes weekend road trip to Vegas soon and we're looking for suggestions for a hotel, restaurants, bars, clubs and things to do.  We want to stay somewhere decent on the strip.  I'm thinking that each of us would spend about $150 a night on hotel (open to having two rooms or a suite) and each meal we'd like to spend $50 or less per person.  We love buffets if anyone has suggestions.  One thing that we're not too big on are shows, so we can save $ on that.  Open to anything else though!

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Jeremy from Los Angeles

There are some epic suites within your budget. The premier two bedroom suite at Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel-Center Strip is at the edge of your budget on most weekends in the coming months (about $520 per night). It offers one of the most stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the strip you could find at any price point and a big jacuzzi in the master bedroom.  The wraparound terrace suite The Cosmopolitan only has one bedroom but lots of couch space, and it's 1,200 square feet, so probably big enough to accommodate a few dudes. The wraparound at Cosmo feels like a high roller suite, yet some nights is as cheap as $250 per night. A final option would be the two bedroom penthouse Trump Hotel Las Vegas, which I've seen for as low as $400 per night, but presently it's only available on the Trump website, so you'll have to check there for rates. As a side note, Vegas rooms and suites are about 50% cheaper on weekdays... so, if you could make it a weekday trip, you could get even more bang for your buck. If you have more questions about pricing and specific amenities, you could check, which is where I found this info (full disclosure, I work there). Hope this helps, and I hope you have a rockin time in Vegas!

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  1. Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel-Center Strip (hotel)
  2. The Cosmopolitan (hotel)
  3. Trump Hotel Las Vegas (restaurant)
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answered by
Craig from Brookfield

Don't overlook  Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel-Center Strip that is connected to the Miracle Mile Shops and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The Hotel has very nice suites that are definitely "group sized". A bevy of food options in the mall and PH. Best prices on Liquor at the nearby Walgreens store. Tons of nightlife across the street at  The Cosmopolitan.

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Good restaurants

Estiatorio Milos for lunch $20 three course is best deal in Las Vegas

Sage Restaurant best high end restaurant close to your budg

Mon Ami Gabi good for breakfast, too.

Wicked Spoon good buffet in Cosmopolitan

The Country Club  at the Wynn Hotel. New Orleans Jazz Buffet - over your budget, but worth it

Mozen - Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV  Great oriental sunday brunch with live Jazz

Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Planet Hollywood - best burger in Las Vegas

Gordon Ramsay Steak  best steak in Las Vegas.  Order the ribcap cut.  Don't miss the baked potato.



Comme Ça

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Estiatorio Milos (restaurant)
  2. Sage Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Mon Ami Gabi (restaurant)
  4. Wicked Spoon (restaurant)
  5. The Country Club (attraction)
  6. Mozen - Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV (restaurant)
  7. Gordon Ramsay BurGR (restaurant)
  8. Gordon Ramsay Steak (attraction)
  9. Bouchon (restaurant)
  10. Comme Ça (restaurant)
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answered by
Annemarie from New York City

You didn't mention whether you were single guys, but if you are, the The Cosmopolitan is definitely the place to stay if you want to be around attractive people -- and it's really just a fun, young hotel. They also have some great little nooks for drinks and food all throughout the hotel, including a teeny tiny hidden pizza shop that reminds me of home (New York) and David Myer's Comme Ça. The The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan is an actual bar inside of their centerpiece chandelier where they serve painfully hip bespoke organic infused drinks... lots of sprigs of rosemary, peels of fruit and steam coming out of that bar. Another fun tip: They have little art vending machines around the main floor lobby where you can spend a few bucks and get a teeny tiny surprise work of art by a local artist to bring home.

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  1. The Cosmopolitan (hotel)
  2. Comme Ça (restaurant)
  3. The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan (attraction)
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In my opinion, the most dynamic and interesting part of the strip is roughly from the MGM Grand Las Vegas north to, say, Mirage The Hotel and Casino. Anything past that – Circus Circus, Wynn Las Vegas, Treasure Island – is too far from the action.

Things to do:

Famous fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel, which happens every 15-30 minutes depending on what night of the week you’re there. More impressive is the Fremont Street Experience – a music and light show with 25 million LED lights – but that’s over in downtown Las Vegas.

You must walk the strip at night to see all the lights (even better, drive up and down the road in a convertible with the roof down).

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in hotel

Note: If you want to eat at  Gordon Ramsay BurGR restaurant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino without standing in line for an hour you shouldn’t go there for lunch or dinner. Instead, go some time in between.

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answered by
Jim from Sandy (Utah)

Well, for cost, I normally stay downtown or across 15, both have shuttles that get you to the strip (or sometimes the city bus).  Fremont Hotel and Casino and Four Queens Hotel And Casino are great choices downtown allowing you a 4 star hotel at standard hotel prices.  Thanks to everyone wanting to be on the strip, off strip works well.  The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Palms Casino Resort both are reasonably priced and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is owned by Harrah's, so the shuttle moves you from there to Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino which gives you access to the monorail, which can get you anywhere else on the strip.

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answered by
William from Eugene

Bellagio Buffet is the best.

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answered by
Sherri from United States

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino and the  Riviera Hotel & Casino are two budget friendly options located on the Las Vegas Strip.  Vegas is known for its buffets so I recommend signing up for the Total Rewards card and purchasing the Buffet Pass.  Total Rewards Buffet of Buffets website has a 2-Night stay and Buffet Pass starting at $52/night with entry into 5 buffet restaurants.

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  2. Riviera Hotel & Casino (attraction)
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answered by
Alberto from Allen

For $150 a night per person you can virtually stay anywhere in Las Vegas. Paris Las Vegas for example is something like $180 a night per double room, so two of you would fit. That part of the strip is the best to stay/walk.

Eating is expensive though. There are many buffets, mainly every major hotel has one. The one in the Bellagio Hotel is good, the Paris one is good, then the ARIA Resort & Casino also has. All of them are around $40 USD per person. As I would imagine you would stay late, the goal would be you "brunch" around eleven so just combine breakfast+lunch So you save some $$.

For bars, they are going to be expensive so be prepared. Wynn Hotel Las Vegas has a couple of nice places, the Aria too. Try to get with a Public Relations person that is on the street and try to get free entrance (most of the places requires cover). If you are not big on shows, I would recommend just one: The is the best show in Las Vegas by far. It is expensive but worth it.

For cheap drinks go to downtown casinos: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Four Queens Hotel And Casino, etc. You will be able to drink and play very cheap compared to the newer casinos In downtown you will also be able to see the light-roof show while walking. It is a different experience but worth it.

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answered by
Brew from Manhattan Beach

There were a lot of great hotel recommendations above, but if you want an affordable food recommendation, then I can't recommend Joe's Seafood Steak & Stone Crab enough.  We do a guys trip to Vegas every year and literally, every trip, we hit Joe's for lunch on Sunday.  A great place to have a fantastic meal, have some wine, beers or cocktails with the fellas, and relax while watching a game.  This is very high end steak and seafood, but they have a 3 piece lunch special that is $25... filet, appetizer and dessert.  one of the best steaks in town at a great price.  Add some medium stone crab claws for one of the best meals anywhere (great service and a relaxing ambience too).  Grab a seat in the bar, as they have TV's so you can watch games if you want some sports.  

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Palms Place Hotel at the PalmsLuxor Hotel and Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino featuring HRH Tower Suites are all decent hotels that should have weekend rates under $150 per night.  The only one on the strip is the Luxor and it is at the beginning of the strip..As for buffets, most of the inexpensive buffets are NOT on the strip.  However I think Spice Market at  Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has a decent buffet where you can get more bang for your buck. 

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