by on November 16, 2020
With so many hotels on the Las Vegas strip, it can be a daunting task to choose one. Two years ago, we stayed at the MGM Grand because they were offering great pricing at the time. However, after all the walking on that trip, I knew I'd want to stay somewhere more central for this year's trip. The main reason we choose the Planet Hollywood was because of it's location (near center of the strip) plus it seemed to be a place we visited a lot during our last trip. Booking it Planet Hollywood Resort is a Starwood Hotel, and lucky for me I had a Starwood Preferred Guest account since my last visit to a Sheraton. However, the Planet Hollywood website had no spot on the form for a Starwoord Preferred Guest number. I went to the Starwood website in an attempt to book and the price was higher than that found on Planet Hollywood's website. I didn't have the energy to call, so I just went ahead and booked through Planet Hollywood's "Drinks are on Us" advertisement. Even though I didn't book through Starwood, and I never gave my Starwood number, my Starwood Preferred Guest account does show my stay and my points! It might have been linked to my credit card. The Price I was shocked to find out how high the price was at MGM considering that last visit we got a great deal there. Planet Hollywood was much more reasonable. It cost us around $700 (pretax) for the four night stay. In all my comparison shopping, this was in line with or cheaper than the other hotels on the strip. With the Drinks are on Us campaign we were also given one free 5th of alcohol each day. We are not big drinkers, so we just took these home with us as was suggested by other couples staying at the hotel. Please note: the campaign advertising has since changed to say one bottle PER STAY instead of PER DAY. Please be aware which deal you are getting when you book. Checking in Check in was easy and fast. Even though there was a bit of a line when we arrived, it moved fast and when it got to us there were no hold ups. If I would have had my Starwood Preferred Guest card I could have gone into a much shorter line. We arrived at the hotel around 11, which is 4 hours before standard check in time. Even so, the room was ready to go with no delays. The Room Located on the 29th floor, our Hollywood Hip room was a good size for us. The bathroom had a stand up shower, separate toilet room and a soaking tub. I made use of that soaking tub on day one to relieve my achy feet! The shower was about standard. The rest of the room contained a King size bed, a small sitting area and table, a desk, and a nice television. The bed was comfortable, but noticeably not as comfortable as the one at the MGM! Still, it did the job and we slept well. Our view was of the back side of the hotel. We did not feel like paying the upgrade money to face the strip since we knew we wouldn't be in the room that much. We had a nice view of the mountains and otherwise just saw cars driving by. I would love to be in a room that faces the Bellagio Fountains, but since that is only a quick walk across the street it isn't entirely necessary. The Restaurants The reason we liked the Planet Hollywood on our last trip was because of the restaurants. Cheeseburger Las Vegas was the first stop on our agenda because we remembered how good it was last trip. They didn't disappoint and it's a great way to get a smaller meal in Vegas since most are huge! Earl of Sandwich was another great place for a smaller meal and we had a late night soup and salad there one night. Planet Daillies had great breakfast and they were reasonably priced so we stopped in there twice. All of these options were a nice change from the MGM which seemed to mostly offer fancy or expensive restaurants. Getting around the Hotel It took us the whole trip before we finally knew the shortcuts through the Planet Hollywood and the attached Miracle Mile Shops. A lot of things looked the same and the circular design made us walk way out of our way most of the time when we were just trying to find our room.
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