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So it has been decided that Corj and I will be getting married on October 11th in scenic, historic Las Vegas, Nevada.

The talk was to stay at and get married at Mandalay Bay.  However, after some searching and digging… Mandalay Bay is expensive.  So… here’s what’s up.

If you are coming to the wedding, or maybe you don’t know me well enough to come to my wedding… but let’s say you were my friend… then the question is, where should we all stay?

Last May, Natalie and Tyler got married in Vegas and it was an outrageously fun time.  We stayed at the Flamingo, Coral and I know this place to be good (and likely we’ll be saying the “I do’s” in one of the gardens there).  Coral and I made a short list of Casino’s that we like for cost/pool/location/family friendliness.  What do you think?

01) Mandalay Bay – Best Pool on the strip.  Seriously, look at it from space on Google Maps, it crushes every other casino.  Sadly, one of the more expensive hotel’s and located at the beginning of the strip so not as central.

02) Flamingo – The cheapest of the decent hotels, great pool, centrally located, likely having the ceremony in the garden here.  Downside really is that Corj and I already stayed here for Nat’s wedding and we were thinking of trying a new place.

03) Monte Carlo –  Whoa… Coral and I hadn’t really thought of it till we searched “best pools in Vegas” and this place ranked just behind Mandalay Bay.   Central location, good price. ***Natalie says that is beside the City Center mega project construction which could be a problem and the pool is in shade a lot of the time.

04) MGM Grand – Epic Pool, alright rooms, a little on the more expensive side, alright location.

05) Luxor – The pyramid one.  Also down at the end, bit not as end of the strip as Mandalay Bay.  Neat rooms… alright pool, alright price.

06) Mirage – Lush pool just like Flamingo.  Centrally located, OK price.

What are your thoughts?  if you are planning on coming to the wedding, where would YOU like to stay?… and don’t be shy.  Coral and I are going to book next week or the week and your thoughts and ideas will make the difference! huzzah.

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some thoughts from Vancityrockgirl that she posted on my Facebook:
of the hotel options listed, mandalay bay is definitely the best hotel and the nicest pool.
second choice would be the mirage. newly renovated rooms and pool area. their “bare” pool is very hot right now… lots of celebs.
flamingo is great, but as you said, been there, done that. so i don’t need to tell you anything about there.
luxor sucks. rooms are very old and run down and the pool area is very basic.
mgm has a great pool area, but the rooms are so-so. if you decide to stay here, upgrade to a suite. i’d avoid the basic rooms. Read More
monte carlo is a great hotel, i love it there…. and the pool area is great… but (and this is a BIG BUT) it is currently totally shaded all day long because of the mammoth construction next door at city center. the rooms are not quiet because of the construction and the pool area doesn’t get sun anymore. total bummer, but that’s why you see their rates so cheap.

lso, (and perhaps most importantly) keep in mind that when you book direct with the hotel, you can cancel your reservation with no penalty. promo codes for october won’t come out until the end of summer (prob august), so i’d book and then keep an eye out for deals and either change hotels in august/september or get your rate matched to the current promo rate.
if you book with a 3rd party (expedia etc) or a package, you will not have this option.

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