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2 nights at El Cortez "Cabana" or 1 night each at Red Rock and Green Valley?

Last edit: anawas on Sunday, 30th October 2016 11:26 pm
Last response by n580564x 1st November 6:03am

I'm happy with the deal I got at the El Cortez "Cabana Suites", which is about $110 (includes taxes+fees) for a Sunday/Monday night in November.

But I also can cash in 90,000 worth of MyVegas comps for one free night each at Green Valley (Sunday) and Red Rock (Monday). Since I presume I still have to pay taxes and fees, I guestimate both nights will cost me $125 total, which I can partially offset with $10 match play at each property.

Would YOU do the El Cortez or the Station/RRR casinos?


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More details: I'll be staying solo. I stayed at El Cortez a couple years ago, before Fremont East and the Container Park were as built up, and liked the vibe and accessibility of DTLV and Fremont East. And I won't be surprised that the Cabana Suite room is neither a Cabana nor a Suite.

I've been to Red Rocks Canyon before, but might enjoy another visit. I've also visited the Red Rock casino, but never stayed at a Station/RRR property.

As for gaming, Green Valley has a poker room. El Cortez and Red Rock don't, though I've walked from Cortez to Nugget before. I also plan to watch (and bet??) some sports, including the NFL.

In either situation, I'll have access to a cheapish rental car, though I might use Uber if I'm just going to be downtown.

If I don't use the MyVegas credits on room comps, I'll probably "overpay" to redeem them as free slot play at a MGM property and collect about 50% of face value, since everything else useful is sold out.

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 knagl responded on Monday, 31st October 2016

Hmm. I guess it depends on how much you value your Vegas time. Red Rock is a beautiful property (we just stayed there for about the sixth time a couple of weeks ago), and I believe that GVR is comparable.

But, staying in a hotel for one night, then moving to the complete opposite end of town for another single night? Kind of a bummer.

I think I'd personally lean ever-so-slightly towards the two nights at ElCo, just to avoid constantly moving.

Is there any chance you can get the second night at Red Rock or GVR at a decent price, and pair it with the free night from myVEGAS? If so, that would be the way go.

 anawas replied on Monday, 31st October 2016

Thanks for the quick reply. GVR is only available one of the two nights.

I could pay to stay at Red Rock for a second night, but paying the rack rate means my total jumps from $125ish to $245ish, which is a considerable sum to avoid being a vagrant.

 jucifers responded on Monday, 31st October 2016

Can you save the MyVegas comps for a later trip with your wife or girlfriend?

Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch would be a great place to take your wife or girlfriend, but maybe not so great for a solo trip.

 anawas replied on Monday, 31st October 2016

This is my/our only planned Vegas trip in the next 6-12 months.

Unfortunately, most (all?) MyVegas rewards have a 60- or 90-day expiration date on them, which is tied to the date of purchase.

 jucifers replied on Monday, 31st October 2016

In that case, I would go for the new experiences, staying at Red Rock and Green Valley. But that's just me. Go with your gut instinct. It will be right.

 n580564x responded on Tuesday, 1st November 2016

Anawas, I believe Red Rock is 20 miles from the strip, about 20 to 30 minute drive depending on traffic). RR also has no neighboring casino to speak of. RR does have great gambling and excellent eating options (Lucille's BBQ is great and the Yard house is also above average. While the buffet and Café are very good as well). The down side when I stayed there was... NO POKER ROOM! A huge negative when it comes to my gambling. It has very nice rooms (Comparable to any 4 star joint on the strip), but the atmosphere was a bit of a downer. Also a downer, the price if you were to take advantage of the free night and pay for the other night (I would not recommend switching hotels for a two night stay, you will waste 3 to 4 hours out of a day doing so), it will run you a pretty penny. GVR also has a very good buffet and café and Hanks is as good a steak house as anywhere else in vegas, but the other eating options are... lacking. The gambling is good and the poker room is nice. GVR is 5 miles from the South point and silverton as well as roughly 12 miles from the strip ( 15 to 20 minutes from the strip). The rooms are also very nice. El Co is a place I myself like, Cabana Suites are nice if not loud. Loud people, loud Colors, just loud. The atmosphere is the best of all three casinos, but the room will be the worst of the 3 options. The gambling is amazing and is a 5 minute walk from a dozen other casinos. I myself would go with El Co, the room doesn't matter to me, it only has to be kept clean and be of decent quality for my purpose, which is to gamble and drink. good luck and no matter which you choose I'm sure you will enjoy your stay.