Overrated Aspects of Las Vegas

Las Vegas as a travel destination as a whole is certainly NOT overrated. There is a reason over 42 million people visited in 2018 alone, many making the trip multiple times. Vegas is heaven on earth, a place where societal norms back home simply don’t apply. There are however, a number of services and activities that a good number of visitors still embrace that we have found to be completely overrated.

Let us know in the comments if you disagree or have additional suggestions!

The Deuce Bus: Commonly used by tourists to travel up and down the Las Vegas Strip and to Fremont Street, the Deuce may be cheap ($8 for 24 hours) but its value is overblown. At peak times, the bus is jam packed, hotter than hell and slow. If you are riding from Mandalay Bay all the way to Fremont, you will endure 22 stops. 22! Don’t waste your vacation on a bus, take an Uber.

Penny Slot Machines: While pennies are the most popular gaming device sprinkled across Las Vegas casino floors, they are tighter than their larger denomination peers. In 2018, penny slots held as profit an average of 10% of every bet made in Nevada compared to a more reasonable 7.16% hold if you denom up to a quarter machine. If you are making a big bet on the penny machines, try your luck on a larger denomination without increasing your wager.

Gambling on the Strip: Gaming options on the Strip are becoming more overrated by the day as casinos continue to increase their game’s statistical edge over the player. Strip slots are tighter and the table games stingier (looking at you 6-5 Blackjack / triple 0 roulette) than establishments off the beaten path. With player odds plummeting, there is an increasing incentive to try your luck away from the main tourist centers. Try casinos away from the action like Sam’s Town, Green Valley Ranch and Boulder Station for a slightly better shake at winning.

Visiting the Pawn Stars Pawn Shop: While many of the items you have seen bartered for on the show are on display, the location itself is disappointingly small and the characters are rarely on site. The shop may be worth a stop for super fans, but ensure your expectations are tempered.

Taco Bell Cantina at Planet Hollywood: Look, I love Taco Bell and the food at this location is no different. There is nothing that hits the spot like 8 Doritos Locos tacos after a day of drinking and debauchery. This particular Taco Bell even serves slushy alcoholic drinks! What makes this location completely overrated, however, is the 5,683 decibels of pulsating beats that are blaring incessantly through the speakers. It took me an eternity to order as the cashier couldn’t hear me over the maddening ruckus. It’s Taco Bell, not Omnia, turn the music down.

Carnival Court: A bar nestled between Harrah’s and LINQ which is celebrated by members of the Everything Las Vegas Facebook group for their signature Fickle Dip cocktail and flair bartender “Flippy” (who is NOT overrated). I was quickly overwhelmed by the concert like atmosphere making conversation impossible as well as the steep drink prices. Check out one of our favorite locations serving cheap drinks on the Strip instead.

Mid Tier Strip Buffets: Average price for a “middle of the road” dinner buffet on the Strip is $35 and the masses stream in daily to overindulge. For me, the quality isn’t there to justify a $30+ bill. I would rather go off the beaten path to a higher quality, mid-tier buffet option like Palace Station’s Feast, Palm’s A.Y.C.E. or M Resort’s Studio B Buffet. The other option is to spend up for Cosmo’s Wicked Spoon, Wynn, Aria, or Caesars Bacchanal buffet. A high end dinner buffet on the Strip will typically cost just over $50.

Alternatively, take your buffet money and spend it at a quality sit down, non-buffet option. You don’t need all that food. Get a quality meal.

Hash House a Go Go: I’ll give em this – The meals at HH make for a killer social media post as the portions are enormous. Unfortunately, like with the mid-tier Strip buffets mentioned above, I prefer quality over quantity. Meal quality, service and wait times have yet to impress me. Many will disagree and perhaps I’m nuts, but the hype around Hash House is unwarranted.

Airport Shuttle Services: This transportation option that ferries people back and forth from the airport to their hotel may look budget friendly, but offers minimal savings when compared to Uber or Lyft. For instance, a 2 person party will spend $30 minimum ($15 each) round trip for a shuttle that is likely to make multiple stops before you get dropped off at your hotel. An Uber will cost an average of $24-$36 round trip from the airport to and from a Strip hotel. Ride sharing is much quicker and about the same price as the shuttle yet an absurd amount of people still pile onto these shuttles daily at McCarran.

In N’ Out Burger’s Fries: This is a challenging topic as my feelings about their burgers reside on the other end of the spectrum. It’s the best damn quick serve burger on the market. Period. The fries, however, are like a cut up raw potato that spent 30 seconds in the microwave with little to no seasoning. Stick to the burgers and you’ll be OK.

Binion’s Million Dollar Photo Op: Did anybody else think a million dollars cash would be a more impressive sight? Just didn’t do it for me. Binion’s casino and dining options are not overrated however – Check ’em out!

Taxis: The definition of overrated, taxis in Las Vegas are more expensive and oftentimes more dishonest than ride-share options Uber and Lyft. Download the app, ditch the cab and save money in Vegas.

What Vegas service, meal or activity do you feel is overhyped? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 thoughts on “Overrated Aspects of Las Vegas”

  1. Wow! I have about 40+ visits to Vegas and agree with everything you said, especially about the transportation. I don’t understand why people waste valuable vacation time on slow transportation only to save a couple of bucks.

  2. Agree with not using the Deuce. However, the DX runs the same route, stops at less than half the stops, is a lot faster and the same price. It’s interesting to see Vegas away from the strip or Fremont and the DX is a cheap way to do it. Some really good tagging on the old buildings along the way. Also, have met some really interesting people (and some rather freaky).

  3. Right on – with the single possible exception of the In N’ Out fries. (My son would give you quite the argument in favor of them; for my money, I think that they are consistent, but that’s about all I can say good about them). What amazes me is how Vegas Taxi companies continue to charge such ridiculous rates with the competition from Uber and Lyft continuing to take market share away from them. It took forever for Uber and Lyft to be granted access to the Vegas market, but now that they are there, I don’t believe there is any going back.

  4. In-n-out fries – terrible! Used to be good 10 years ago – last visit we actually complained, they apologized, gave us ANOTHER basket of crappy fries….
    I’d add South Point and Red Rock to the list of casinos with better odds.

  5. you can order fries the way you want at in & out, you just have to be precise at the cashier^^

    I’d like to take the bus sometimes to see the pop Las Vegas and meet some people, always a fun and strange ride 🙂

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