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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Frommer (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027455
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  • Hundreds of color photos

  • Easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Rick Garman began visiting Las Vegas as soon as he was not barred from doing so by pesky things like laws. He started writing about the city in 1997 when he and his best friend Mary Herczog were invited to write Frommer’s Las Vegas. He went on to create Vegas4Visitors.com, one of the most respected Las Vegas travel resources on the Web and has appeared in various outlets as a self-proclaimed Vegas expert, although most of that expertise has been gained sitting at a slot machine with a glazed look in his eye while mumbling incoherently to himself. When not gambling away his life savings, Rick lives in Los Angeles and works in the entertainment industry.

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Having recently read a number of travel books to Las Vegas, I found Frommer's to unfortunately be an uninformative resource.

There is a lot of redundancy in this book. If the author likes a certain show, expect it to be mentioned several times, in several different places in the book.

Updating appears to be sloppy. In certain parts of the book, it will tell you the Luxor has been de-themed, but clearly in updates the author has been sloppy, so in some entries in the book it will mention that the Luxor no longer has an egyptian theme within, in other places it will talk about the egyptian theme in the Luxor.

A large section of this book is devoted to casinos, but if you wanted to know the table limits in certain casinos, or which house rules are in affect at their Blackjack tables (such as hit a soft 17 or no double downs except on 10's-11's) you are looking in the wrong resource. The author reviews a casino based on the height of the ceiling, the color scheme, and whether he won money there.

Also, don't expect scaling by price. The author tends to like all the expensive stuff and not like the cheap stuff. Whether an experience/hotel/restaurant is a good value for the price tends to be lacking, minus a few exceptions.

Competing Las Vegas travel books provide significantly more relevant and accurate information in the same space.
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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1 2012
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Whether you're a first time traveler to Las Vegas or a regular guest, there is much to learn and enjoy with this guidebook. It describes in detail all the hotels, restaurants, shows, clubs, and shops on the Strip as well as more family-oriented activities outside the city limits. I like that the writers do more than just describe attractions, they review them and offer personal (and often witty) opinions as to what's good and what's not and whether the asking price is worth it.

The book has many color photos and maps. Everything you could possibly need to know about Vegas is here, presented in an entertaining and helpful style. If it's in Vegas, it's in this book. It's fun to read and all the information is current as of 2012. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A real bargain among travel guides May 13 2012
By The Bee Bee - Published on Amazon.com
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Frommer's travel guides went into a period of malaise during which the effort put into producing their annual updates seemed more laborioius than a labor of love. But in the past few years, things are changing for the better - and the Frommer's Color Complete series is an excellent reboot of what had been a tired franchise.

Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 packs so much useful information into a $19.99 package that it would take ages before you consumed everything. Fortunately for those of us who like to browse through a book like this, the information is extremely well organized, and the "user experience", as it were, is just about flawless. Just flipping through a few random pages brings you inside info on how to get cheap show tickets, how to avoid crowds (really!), and which hotels are worth the extra expense (hint: it's not Bellagio).

So whether you're looking for sin or salvation in Las Vegas, set aside a little of your stake for Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 and start your trip with a sure bet.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Shouldn't A Roulette Wheel Be On The Cover? May 21 2012
By Book 'Em Danno - Published on Amazon.com
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The market is flooded with tons of travel books. Frommer's travel books have been around for a long time and have a solidified brand in the travel market but these days a travel book has extreme competition with technology. Let's face it, a travel book costs money whereas internet information is free. Travel books become outdated quickly whereas internet information is up to the minute.

I think most travel books are purchased because the area is one that you visit regularly or you'll be visiting for a long period of time and want to get the most out of your experience. So if you go to Las Vegas on the regular this may be book for you. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:

*Gives you quick "Best Of" experiences such as "Best Shopping", "Best Places to Eat", "Best Things to See and Do". I like having quick lists like this just for that simple fact, it's quick.

*There's a section for things to do if you're visiting 4 days, 3 days, and so on. This is useful because Las Vegas has so much to get into that it's nice to have suggestions of what to do within a certain time period.

Cons:

*Well, this may sound crazy to say about a book but is common among travel books - TOO MUCH INFORMATION! That's the problem with travel books. The decision of what information should be included and what should be left out is always risky because it's so subjective to the reader.

*There's not a pull out map. You have to go to each separate area of the Strip to see its accompanying map. This takes a lot of page turning instead of being able to use one map.

*Surprisingly, not enough pictures for my taste. The few pictures that are shown seem dated even though this is a 2012 edition. Also, referring to the title of my review, why is the Wheel of Fortune on the cover instead of a Roulette wheel? Proving my point of dated pictures.

This book isn't all bad but for a price of $19.99 my advice is to buy it only if your trip falls under one of two things - 1) You visit Las Vegas regularly and this turns into your Cliff's Notes or 2) You have the time to read the majority of the information before your trip. If you don't have the time to read this book and it'll just collect dust, or you don't go to Vegas on the regular, save your money and do your travel research on the web.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Guide For All But The Most Seasoned Vegas Travelers May 17 2012
By J. E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Las Vegas. I do not do any serious gambling anymore, so why do I love it so? Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world where you have a myriad of entertainment possibilities within an area of only a few miles. I am not talking about only shows, I am also referring to food, architecture, scenery, glamour, nightlife (however you define it, it is there), and awe inspiring feats of Engineering and artistry. However, the problem is that if you ask someone a simple question such as where is a good place to eat, and you will get 412 different answers. If you are not a frequent visitor, then many of the answers will not make sense to you anyway.

This is where Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 comes into play. The Frommer's guide helps sort out the fast paced, whirlwind city that is Las Vegas. The book provides a ton of information that is easy to reference quickly on the fly. The book is a bit bulky to carry, but could fit into a full sized woman's purse or easily slip into a shopping bag.

The book contains 12 chapters, split into various subjects. The first three chapters I thought were OK. Chapter 1 is a pretty decent "Best of" guide to Las Vegas, covering pretty much any subject you can imagine from casinos to side trips. This is a good guide for someone who doesn't have the time to read the entire book but wants to pick out a few things to do while they are there. Chapter 2 is the history of Las Vegas, which I have to admit I skipped over. Chapter 3 touches on suggested itineraries which covers 4 general topics (two being a guys getaway and a girls getaway). I'm sure some people will find that information useful, but I kind of like blazing my own path.

Chapters 4 and 5 are where I think where this book becomes valuable. These chapters in the book touch on the subjects of hotels and restaurants. The book divides this information into categories based on geographic location and each location is further divided by pricing. Both chapters begin with a "Best of" section which I found very helpful as a starting point to planning the vacation. I love the idea of having the restaurants geographically separated. If I am hanging out at the MGM Grand checking out the lions and I get hungry, I can flip to the South Strip and see what is in my area, plain and simple.

Chapters 6 though 10 cover what I would call the "entertainment" aspect of a Las Vegas vacation. If it is legal and you have an interest in it, chances are it is at least touched on in these chapters. These chapters cover the area attractions, gambling, shopping, night life, and side trips away from Vegas. I am far from an expert on Las Vegas so I cannot comment on the accuracy of everything mentioned in the book, but the sites I have visited that they talk about in the book seem to be explained very well.

The final chapter discusses "Planning your trip to Las Vegas". While there are some good tips in this chapter for the first timer, if you have a basic familiarity with American customs and American transportation infrastructure including public transit, then there was not a ton to learn from this chapter. I think it would be great for a first timer or especially a foreigner who might not be familiar with local customs and expectations. It can also be good for spot referencing for the experienced Vegas traveler like if they want to know about the bus system. It is good information, but it is a lot of information most people would know or could figure out on their own very easily.

Currently, I am beginning to plan my 3rd trip to Vegas and I must say reading this book has been invaluable. I am generating a list of new restaurants to try that I had no idea even existed and putting together my "to do" list for when I am there. The book does an excellent job of compiling information that would take many, many hours to review online.

I would highly recommend this book to all but the most seasoned Vegas travelers. If you have been to Vegas before, some of the information will be things you already know, but I found a number of little tidbits that I think will help make my next vacation there that much better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must-have guide especially for first time visitors June 3 2012
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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I've only been to Las Vegas once, about three years ago. My husband and I met my brother and sister-in-law to celebrate my brother's 50th birthday. I wish we'd had Frommers earlier edition for that trip.

My husband and I were newbies to Vegas. My brother and S-I-L go 4-5 times a year. We had a good time but stayed a few days longer than them and that is where a book such as this would have helped plan our days (and nights).

The Frommers 2012 Las Vegas edition is very comprehensive. I have used their guidebooks before for other trips and have always been more than satisfied.

The section on hotel accommodations is nice but don't a lot of people book package deals that include airfare? I can see this section being useful if you were driving through or had a cut-rate airfare. My brother had our rooms comped (some benefits to being frequent gamblers).

The food section would have been immensely helpful to us, especially as in-depth as it is. There were lots of hints on eating great but saving money.

The maps were nice but I would have liked to see a pull-out map that combined all the areas.

I would have loved to have seen the Erotic Heritage Museum (not kidding) or the Atomic Testing Museum. I was very surprised that the Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace isn't mentioned. The tickets aren't expensive and there are coupons to get in free all over the web. My husband and I love old cars and it was a great collection.

I was also surprised, as popular as the History Channel television show "Pawn Stars" is that the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop wasn't mentioned. CSI was.

It would have been nice to get more information on the ticket clearinghouses and how they work.

We were lucky that we went to Vegas with people that know their way around. If you've never been, pick up this book or their newest version at the time of your trip, and spend some time acquainting yourself with the city. There are some scarier parts of town, too, especially downtown. There's a new guide out that gives you some information on crime areas in Vegas - Stay Safe Crime Map of Las Vegas.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Vegas, Baby!!! May 12 2012
By Diana De Avila - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Las Vegas so when I got the chance to get my hands on a copy of Frommer's Las Vegas 2012, I was all over it. Vegas is one of my favorite vacation places and my partner and I like to go and try our luck. We get "comped" in Vegas because we use our players club cards at the Harrah's resorts and always get a great stay and a nice room and meals. Even if I wasn't a gambler, Vegas would have a ton of stuff for me to do. That's what is so great about this full color travel guide by Frommer's ... it introduces me to all of the possibilities that Las Vegas has to offer. From gourmet food, to free stuff, to things the locals like to do (including their gambling establishments). The book lays out possible itineraries, gives some great history of the city and tells me where I can go shopping.

Shows, eats, gambling ... there is even a section on the different games in Vegas from Craps to Baccarat. While this chapter doesn't offer much depth, it gives a good jump off point. One of my favorite sections in the book is the "Suggested Las Vegas Itineraries". Since the city can be so overwhelming, this section provides some great, concrete ideas for planning your stay. I like everything about this book. One of the best things, it's portable enough to keep around in a purse or bag.

Great for tips and tricks. Explore it to get the most out of your trip to Sin City.

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