As I am flying to las vegas I was just thinking today I have probably been to vegas 30 times in the last 5 years and stayed at many different hotels
There are basically 4 ways I roll in Vegas.
When I go with my wife:
My wife works super hard and gets very little vacation. When we goto Vegas I spare no expense. I usually use American Express Platinum travel services to hook up the best suite available in the city. This is also the only time I fly first class. In November I am taking my wife to see Madonna at the MGM Grand and was able to purchase 2nd row seats from the stage on eBay for 1300 bucks for both. Should be a great show.
When I With friends just for fun:
Once a year I meet up in Vegas with child hood friends. Our goal is to drink as much alcohol and play as much poker as possible. We always stay downtown at Binions and rarely leave the poker room except to eat. We generally do a package deal with Aligent Air where its like 250$ per person for hotel + air TOTAL.
Times when the hotel is paid for by someone other then me:
At the higher end conferences or when you plan ahead when you are a featured speaker not only do you get paid to speak but they also cover your hotel expenses. Every time this has happened with me I have stayed at the Renaissance. Its a very nice hotel adjacent to the convention center and also has a great bar (and the best calamari in the world). Usually the bar at the Renaissance is the “conference bar” for shows in Vegas anyway so its very convenient to stay there. Its very expensive though usually 250-300 per night.
At conference where I am paying:
When I am by myself on business and paying the bill I love to stay at the stratosphere. Reasons are many (which I will write about soon). Its amazingly cheap.. 60$ to 80$ per night. Compare this to the Bellagio or the Wynn and your talking about atleast 1,000.00 saving you can spend on other things… Like strip clubs. And to be honest I feel much better about contributing to the college fund of a hard working young lady from the Spearmint Rhino then sleeping on 20000 count sheets.