If you are planning your first trip to Las Vegas there are some important things you need to know about staying in the resorts. There are tons of fantastic resorts to choose from at a variety of price points. We stayed at 3 different resorts at 3 different price points during our stay in Las Vegas. I’ll share the lessons I learned during these stays to help you make the most of your stay in Vegas.
Most of the resorts are family friendly
You might think this is crazy talk. But there is actually a ton of stuff to keep kids occupied at most of the resorts. For example, Circus, Circus has an Adventuredome full of arcade games, roller coasters and rides for all ages. If you stay at Mandalay Bay in the warmer months you can take advantage of their massive wave pool and lazy river. Planet Hollywood has a huge mall to walk through downstairs. You kids will never be bored in Vegas.
You are going to do A LOT of walking
When I say you are going to do a lot of walking I’m not exaggerating. To get from the lobby to your room you have to walk through the casino of most resorts. The casinos are HUGE. I averaged 20,000 steps a day during my stay in Vegas. If you want to venture out of your resort to visit other resorts you will again have to go through the casino of your resort and then go through the casino of the resort you are visiting. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.
Most of the casinos reek of cigarette smoke
Now this is the downside to bringing your kids to Vegas. Walking them through smoke filled casinos isn’t exactly the greatest thing in the world. I saw some people walking around with face masks on. If you aren’t a big fan of cigarette smoke (who is?) you might consider bringing a face mask with you for the walks through the casinos. I was not exactly prepared for this.
You don’t have to gamble to have fun
While the casinos are a big part of Vegas there are plenty of things to see and do if you aren’t into gambling. If you want to resort hop to see all of the sites, the monorail is a great way to go. The monorail can take you from the MGM Grand to the Stratosphere. A day pass is fairly inexpensive.
Ask nicely for room upgrades
Depending on the resort and the clerk you encounter you are likely to get a room upgrade if you ask nicely. During our stay at Circus, Circus we had a room reserved in the buildings that were detached from the main building. My husband joked with the clerk and was super nice and politely asked if there were any upgrades available. She upgraded us to a room in the main resort. He offered her a tip and she laughed and told him she wouldn’t take it.
Have you been to Vegas? What is your favorite resort? Do you have any tips for Vegas newbies that I missed?