Top 10 Summer Travel Tips from a Vegas Concierge
It’s summer travel season, but don’t stress. We’ve got words of wisdom from a savvy Vegas concierge at M Resort Spa Casino.
1. Look for big savings off-Strip
By booking a hotel even just a few minutes away from the Strip, you’ll not only be able to save on room rates, but you can also take advantage of better deals at the resort’s restaurants, spa, bars and more.
Expert Tip: Just 9-miles from the Strip, M Resort Spa Casino is a hidden gem. The Forbes Four Star-rated resort offers elevated service, pristine accommodations, seven restaurants and a fabulous summer special that includes complimentary internet and fitness center access with rates starting at just $85 per night. If you’re flexible with your vacation dates, call ahead to ensure you choose a weekend with the best rates.
2. Take advantage of the world-class spas
Expert Tip: Look for special packages or midweek pricing. Schedule time in between treatments to ensure get the most out of the spa amenities.
3. Skip the taxis
Luckily, many Las Vegas resorts offer complimentary shuttle service for their hotel guests. Do your research and ensure the resort in which you’re planning to stay offers complimentary roundtrip shuttle service from the airport, as well as to other popular Vegas destinations.
Expert Tip: The M Resort offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and the Strip, so you’ll save on cab fare and gas!
4. Be aware of resort fees
Unfortunately, many resorts on and off the Strip charge a daily resort fee, and it often isn’t made aware to the guest until the time of checkout. Avoid surprises and determine the resort fee upfront – or choose a hotel that promises no resort fees.
Expert Tip: M Resort does not have resort fees. Do your homework before you book… or click here for a list of hotels that don’t charge resort fees.
5. Keep an eye out for free entertainment
Sure, you may want to splurge for a show or two, but the best way to stretch your vacation budget is to find cost-free entertainment. Many lounges have live bands that will guarantee a great time and don’t require anything more than a two-drink minimum purchase.
Expert Tip: America’s Got Talent season 5 winner Michael Grimm will perform live at Ravello Lounge on Friday nights in August. There’s no cover with your two-drink minimum purchase.
6. Savor the amazing cuisine
Las Vegas is a dining mecca, and with all the money you’ll save on the taxis, resort fees and entertainment, you can really invest in some quality dining. Keep in mind, not all memorable dining experiences happen during dinner – make room for a quaint breakfast with a view or a lively brunch as well.
Expert Tip: If you really want to maximize your dining experience spend some time browsing Yelp to really get a feel of what others are saying. If you still have too many choices, make a list and prioritize.
7. Be Flexible
You can really save on your summer vacation if you’re dates of travel are flexible. For example, if you book your vacation during the week you’ll likely save on room rates and airfare. Flexibility also allows you to take advantage of the resorts lowest rates, which means more money for blackjack (and more elbow room at the tables, too). Plus, there’s never really a dull night in Vegas, after all.
Expert tip: At the time of booking, ask about additional discounts. M Resort offers a 30% discount for Nevada and California residents (based on availability). Make sure your dates are flexible so you can lock in the best rates.
8. Get Off Strip
Even if you’re staying on Strip, plan to spend a day or two soaking in the non-gaming amenities. Nearby daytrips include Downtown/Fremont Street, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Lake Mead and Boulder City.
Expert Tip: Mount Charleston is fantastic excursion and a great way to avoid the summer heat. Just 35-miles from the Strip, it is usually 25 to 40 degrees cooler and there is no cost to drive up the mountain. There are a few dining options along the way and several hiking trails to test your endurance skills.
9. Join the club
Just about every casino offers a free loyalty program and it’s a sure bet if you’re looking to get the most out of your gaming experience. You’ll accrue points, which can be redeemed for discounts, free drinks, meals and even room nights, based on your level of spend. So when asked if you want to join the club, say “yes, please!”
10. Keep Cool
With summer temperatures that can exceed 115 degrees, staying cool in Las Vegas can make or break your vacation. When walking around outside be sure to take a few detours indoors. You’ll probably stumble upon fun hideaways and will also enjoy refreshing 65-degree temperatures in the casinos. Also be sure to spend a day or two at your resort’s pool, which is always free to hotel guests.
Expert Tip: Many resort pools offer a variety of pool experiences. Whether you’re looking for a lively dayclub or relaxing respite, be sure to check out the resort’s pool scene in advance to ensure it’s in line with your expectations.
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