Posted: 1/2/2013 12:02:26 PM
Just been in Vegas for the holidays. A few more insights.
1) Southpoint Casino meets all of your criteria, easy in-and-out, easy access to freeways, close shopping, however, the parking lot fills up for major sporting and special events as well as busy weekends. BTW, the surface parking lot mentioned previously is SE not SW side. Once the surface parking near the sportsbook fills up, it is a pretty good walk. Also, Hilton used to be OK, I still go there, but, quite honestly it's way down since losing the Hilton brand association and becoming the LVH. Kinda dumpy.
2) Some posters may disgaree with this, but, in my opinion, since William Hill is virtually everywhere (took over the old LeRoy's sites plus added many more) from major casinos to very local places, it is very easy to get a bet in at prevailing odds and collect on tickets, any WH site will cash a ticket regardless of which WH site the bet was placed at. Gives you a lot more flexibility as to where to stay with a car.
3) I guess it is just me, but, I try to avoid the strip at all costs. I recently stayed one night at the Wynn and in my opinion staying on the strip was awful. Too many people, too much traffic, etc. I have that feeling in spite of the fact I have a pretty good knowledge of the non-strip access by car to most of the strip hotels. BTW, the Wynn is a VERY nice hotel and had pretty good access to their sports book from the parking garage (excellent design of parking garage relative to location of casino).
Staying on the strip seems to be a question of being in the heart of the action which many people prefer. If not, there are several nice places, Red Rock (NW side near Summerlin), Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station (SE side near Henderson), all three Station Casinos, M Resort (Cantor gaming, three miles south of Southpoint Casino I-15 south St. Rose Parkway exit). I am sure there are more, bit, all of these hotels are options meeting your criteria.
Hope all this helps.