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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guides (Book 229)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470460296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470460290
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2010

For Travelers Who Want More Than the Official Line!

Hotels & attractions, ranked and rated Insider tips that save you time & money

Bob Sehlinger

"Best Travel Series of the Year" —Booklist

From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide® to Walt Disney World®

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
—Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"
—The New York Times

Five Great Features and Benefits

offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide ®:

1 Over 100 hotels and casinos rated and ranked — the most offered by any guidebook — plus proven strategies for getting the best rate

2 Complete detailed descriptions of each casino and casino hotel

3 In-depth critical reviews of Las Vegas' 60 best shows and 30 top nightspots — the most offered by any guidebook

4 Detailed reviews of more than 100 restaurants — a complete dining guide within the guide, plus the best buffets rated and ranked

5 Fifty pages of gambling tips from how to play, recognize sucker games, and cut the house advantage to the bone

Sample Rating

Cirque du Soleil's LOVE ....1/2

Appeal by Age Under 21 ... 21–37 .... 38–50 ... 51+ .....

host casino and showroom?Mirage—LOVE Theater; # 702-792-7777 or 800-963-9634; www.mirage.com or www.cirquedusoleil.com

Type of show Circus based on music of the Beatles. Admission $69 (upper level), $93.50 (obstructed view), $99 (upper-mid), $125 (mid-level), $150 (floor level). Cast size 60. Night of lowest attendance Monday. Usual show times Thursday–Monday, 7 and 10 p.m. Dark Tuesday and Wednesday. Topless No. Duration of presentation 1 hour and 30 minutes.


More About the Author

Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of the Unofficial Guide Series published by Wiley Publishing Inc. and sold worldwide.

He is credited with being the first to apply research techniques from the fields of operations research and statistics to travel guides. Among other projects, he was able to develop mathematical models that could save theme park patrons more than three hours of standing in queue in a single day.

Sehlinger and his research team (pictured) have had numerous adventures and developed some unusual methodologies. Here's a sampling from research for The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World:

"We've slept in every Disney resort multiple times and more than 80 Orlando-area properties. Only once did we wake up covered in bugs. (It was a non-Disney hotel.)"

"We test hotel room soundproofing using a sophisticated digital sound meter and a copy of The Who's Greatest Hits."

"The first time we did Orlando spa reviews, one of our researchers had an eyebrow burned off during a waxing that went horribly awry."

"We once logged more than 700 miles in one week on buses to test Disney's transportation system, and never left Disney property. The bus drivers got so used to us being on board that one forgot we were there and took us back to the bus garage when his shift ended."

"We test pillow fluffiness using a measurement process we invented. We intended to use a fake human head as part of the test, but worried about getting it through airport security. We settled on a gallon jug of water, which is about the same size and weight as an average adult's noggin."

"When we test counter-service restaurants, we order at least one of everything on the menu, and break up in to small teams to sample each thing. We've tried every counter-service food item in every American Disney theme park."

"Our crowd prediction models take in to account everything from the day of week and time of year, to the vacation schedules of the fifty largest school districts east of the Mississippi, to weather phenomena including temperature, rainfall and humidity."

Bob Sehlinger is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press in Birmingham, Alabama; Clerisy Press in Cincinatti, Ohio; and Wilderness Press in Berkeley, California. The author of twenty-seven books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia.

Before becoming involved in writing and publishing, Sehlinger was CEO of SAGE, inc., a wilderness arts teaching and expeditional company that produced courses in kayaking, rock climbing, survival, and backpacking (among others) for high schools and universities in a 7-state area. During this period Sehlinger served as president of the Eastern Professional River Outfitters Association. Sehlinger makes his home in Birmingham, Alabama where he continues to be an avid river runner and mountain biker.

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It's very well layed out, plenty of good information and good maps.
C. Miller
I highly recommend buying and reading at least 1 of these guides--this or fodor's as there is so much information that you may not find out if you just come.
TC
I used this book to plan my first trip to Vegas and it proved very helpful.
Foreigner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TC on February 6, 2010
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I purchased this along with Fodor's Las Vegas 2010 and Frommer's Las Vegas 2010. This book has the most pages. They break down everything in terms of a rating, price, etc. for shows they tell you the slowest time of the week for the show, the length of the show, as well as a description. It breaks down the top restaurants and buffets.

This book has information regarding shows, hotels, restaurants, nightlife. There are little tips here and there but none i found that i didn't already really know.

What I don't like is that there are no pictures--and there are very few visual breaks for me so sometimes the pages can be a bit overwhelming. I loved the Fodor's book the best for layout and pictures as well as side trip information.

The difficulty in rating is that there are some things I like about Fodor's better and it gives better information and some things I like about this one better--this one has more information about buffets--which kind of excite me. I'm wondering if the only thing i will be doing is eating!

After looking at Fodors and this book over and over, it really has become more of a tie for me between the two. Frommers on the other hand is clearly not on par with either of these books and provides the least amount of information on everything.

If you are only looking to be in Las Vegas, then this is probably the best book. If however, you are like me and also wanting to do day trips or side trips, I would also purchase Fodor's Guide to Las Vegas 2010 as it has a lot more information about those. (63 pages on side trips--as opposed to 6 pages in this book).

I hope this help you make a decision on which book is best.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on September 26, 2009
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I have been to Las Vegas several times and used other travel books. This was my
first purchase of an "Unofficial" book and will not be my last. It's very well
layed out, plenty of good information and good maps. I don't think you will be
disappointed, I wasn't. Well worth the money, especially at the "Amazon" price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Faye on October 14, 2009
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I am planning a trip to Las Vegas in November and wanted very current information on hotels, shows, etc. This guide was the perfect choice and I would highly recommend it if you are planning a visit.

The format of the book makes comparisons between hotels, dining establishments and entertainment easy. This is not my first trip to Las Vegas so this book is for everyone.

I have purchased Unofficial Guides to other cities and I have never been disappointed!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen H. on November 8, 2009
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I had read the reviews and thought "what the heck, it isn't that much money".

This was probably the best investment for our vacation that I made!

We go to Vegas at least once a year and found a lot of coupons to use - the food coupons got us BOGOs at some of our favorite inexpensive buffets (Gold Coast and Flamingo) as well as introduced us to new places (we got deli sandwiches at the deli at NYNY - wow, they were phenomenal and we would never have tried that spot without the coupon).

My husband and I tend to not be tied to just one casino so we used quite a few of the coupons for free slot play at some unfamiliar casinos - so that was fun as well.

You will recoup the cost of the book in 2 - 3 coupons.

It also is just a great resource - it tells you everything you need to know about every casino - # machines, payoffs, address, buffet costs, etc. For folks who do enjoy trekking around, that info is worth the cost of the book as well.

Much of the book is for non-Vegas casinos (Indiana, Florida, etc.) - we are anxious to see if they begin to include coupons for our PA casinos in future editions.

We are headed back to Vegas in December and - absolutely - we purchased the 2010 guide - we won't leave home without one from now on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. McDermott on December 19, 2009
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I read this before my first trip to Vegas. It was very, very helpful. I understand there is not enough room for them to cover everything, but I would have liked to see some reviews of Grand Canyon tours/helicoptor tours. Overall, definity glad I bought this book. By the way, on the helicoptor tours, I HIGHLY recommend Papillion tours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marco on December 23, 2009
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I have been travelling regularly to Las Vegas in the last dozen years. I thought I would need a traditional guide no more, but in truth this "Unofficial Guide" really offers informations and tips which would not be differently available.
The hotels descriptions are well written and detailed. An example amongst many the refined review of the Wynn Hotel, a 4 page essay that really outlines this wonderful resort.
Less convincing is the "dining section" which deals too much on famous establishments within the hotels and pays less attention to local restaurants. In this respect I would considere having the latest edizion of Zagat at handy.
All in all the best guide to Las Vegas.

Marco Cicogna
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazonite on July 23, 2010
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In July 2010, we went with another couple to Las Vegas for a combined anniversary celebration (25th and 20th). Not only did we use this book for planning the trip, we literally carried it with us while we were there for guidance and trusted opinions/reviews. Yes, very touristy of us to whip out a guidebook and read it right on The Strip, but there is no shame in that town! It became even more clear once we got there that the information was on point every time. Especially in an area where there are so many choices and limited time, having a way to sort through the overwhelming amount of offerings was extremely helpful and enhanced our experience. Not bad for a $20 investment!
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