Book your stay starting on a monday or tuesday through thursday, thursday hits go find the desk manager and ask what kind of deal they can make you to extend your stay.
Check prices on casinos off the strip, they're usually cheaper and you can usually find free shuttle services to shows and such.
When you find the place you want to stay, look to see if they have a players club and sign up for that before booking.
Don't be afraid to haggle, they want to fill rooms, they make their money off games.
"But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782
Arguing with a truck driver is like wrestling with a pig in mud, eventually you realize the pig enjoys it.
I used to work for Best Western
if you call them, you get discounts for being a AAA member, along with other agencies. Also, sometimes there are "Manager Specials" which are anywhere from 10-25% lower than the regular price. Gotta request them
I was in Vegas this time last year...(wedding anniversary was yesterday). ANYWAYS...Never take a taxi! They have busses that cost like 3-5 dollars to run from one end to the other..takes a little bit of time but I learnt the hard way (which cost me 60 bucks plus a freaking tip!) They also have monorails that will drop you off at select casinos...They are really fast but cost a little more (Not much). If you want to stay on the strip for cheap, You'll probally find your cheaper rooms at places like the Stratosphere, Circus Circus, and Sahara. Be sure to check out Diablos at the Monte Carlo for the best freaking tacos you'll ever taste. Carnival Court was the best bar I went to and it's located at Harrahs. The roller coaster outside New York New York is not worth the 15 bucks you'll pay to ride it or the amazing whiplash you'll recieve from it. It's hot but not as bad as everyone makes it seem. BUY SOME GOOD WALKING SHOES!!! Seriously! <-------Best peice of info I can give you. Flat bottoms, no support, dress and heels are out of the question. Have fun!
I gambled approx 200 dollars and only got one drink. The Stratosphere has all you can drink Margaritas for 15 or 20 bucks...You'd have to call on the times though.
The MGM is a nice hotel...however if you plan on visiting the other casinos, there's quite a walk involved. Harrahs or Ceasars would be nearly center strip. HOWEVER...The MGM does have a monorail stop so it probally would be an advantage. When it comes to drinking...I believe Circus Circus has some of the cheapest yards at about 30 bucks, where as at other casinos they run about 50. If you want a really strong drink for the money Carnival Court at Harrahs is the place to go...they do alot of "flair" and less concetration on proper pours so you wind up with some really strong drinks. They also sell yards and half yards. Eating wise...I was hooked on Diablos outside the Monte Carlo which is next to NY NY which is directly across the street from the MGM. Alot of the casinos offer all day buffets so you can save some cash that route. I think the cheapest we found was at the Excaliber which is Catty-corner to the MGM. Hooters is located on a side street kind of to the side and behind the MGM and not only do they have pretty girls to look at but the have kick ass wings. (join the players club, and they give you coupons that'll save you money). Join all the players clubs...not only will you get some "free play" credits on slot machines (normally 10 bucks) but you'll also get some good offers to visit the city again after you return home.
Still though...best advise I can give you is invest in walking shoes and DO NOT TAKE A TAXI...ANYWHERE...They will rape you...not litterally, just financially.
If you do stay at the MGM . . . avoid the buffet. Without a doubt the worst I've ever had. The food was disgusting . . . after trying a couple things that were nasty as hell, I figured I'd just go with some fried shimp . . . how can you screw up fried shimp was my thinking . . . it's just shrimp, battered, and fried. I bit into the first one and quickly realized that they failed to remove the skin/shell off the shrimp before battering them . . . it wasn't just one or two either, all of them were like that. It was so bad, I filled out the comment card . . . a few weeks later I got a reply from MGM along with a couple free passes . . . to their buffet . . . thanks but no thanks.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
We spent last weekend in Vegas for my youngest's 21st birthday. We stayed in the "Go" rooms at the Flamingo. I highly recommend the "Go" rooms. We also rented one of the cabanas at the lagoon pool for the day. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Also, Total Rewards members (the gaming card) can get a 24 hour buffet pass for $35. Its good at like eight different places on the strip. We had breakfast at 11:00 on the first day, then lunch, dinner, and breakfast again.
I spent most of my time walking the strip and checking out the Casinos. It's such an awesome place! Don't go to the time share meetings, they're mean. When you say downtown...do you mean "downtown las vegas aka old town" They have the big monitor over the street (which is definatley worth seeing by the way). I would stick to the tram or shuttles. Probally runs a ton cheaper and you don't have to pay for gas and parking.
Go during the week and in the winter - hotel rooms are cheaper. I saw rooms at the Tropicana as low as $30 a night.
Everywhere you go, get a player's club card or whatever they have. They're usually free, and they'll mail you all kinds of offers, sometimes even free rooms. Plus you can get comps if you win (or lose) big.
Taxis cannot legally stop on the Strip, so don't bother hailing one. Almost all of the hotels have taxis lined up out front, just go there.
You will see people on the Strip at almost every intersection slapping packets of flyers into their hands. IGNORE THEM AND KEEP WALKING, DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH THEM. These are the infamous "porn slappers" and they'll descend on you like vultures if you even look at them.
Best odds are blackjack and craps. Stay away from the slots unless you're looking to kill time or take a break from the tables.
Tip EVERYBODY. Most Vegas workers make close to if not minimum wage, so this is how they make their living. Dealers, toss 'em a $5 chip every half hour or so - I like to do so after a big win. Cocktail waitresses I tip a $5 the first drink and $2 or $3 every drink after. Valets, shuttle drivers, taxis, etc. standard tipping rules apply. Plus you feel like a high roller chucking tips around to everybody you meet.
Finally, this is probably the most comprehensive site on how to conduct yourself in Vegas I've seen.