Trip Report – Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip

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My wife and I were going to Las Vegas so I could compete in the April 2013 Spartan Super race (save 15% on registration fees with my link!), so we needed to book a room in Las Vegas.  I had been contacted by Hilton Grand Vacations Club to attend a presentation in Las Vegas, so things worked out great.  The offer was for 15,000 Hilton HHonors points, a 3 day / 2 night stay, and I would receive a $200 voucher towards a future one-night stay at any Hilton property.  All we had to do was attend a 90-minute presentation at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip.  I took the bait.

 

Spartan Super 2013-04 Las Vegas - Me and Vinh

Getting ready to run the Spartan Super
20+ obstacles across 8+ miles

 

Booking the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites On The Las Vegas Strip

We originally booked the trip to start on a Friday night and conclude on Sunday night.  When you book your stay, you also book your timeshare presentation time.  It can’t be on the day you arrive, nor on the day you leave.  [By the way, a completely stupid rule!!!]  At the time, I wasn’t sure of my race window, so I rescheduled our arrival date to be on Saturday and departure to be on Monday.  This way, our presentation could be on Sunday.  Unfortunately, they charge you for rescheduling your stay.  [Again, a completely stupid rule!!!  Extra fees certainly don’t make me want to buy your product… if they charge you all these fees while they’re trying to sell you, just think how it will be once you’ve already bought.]

If you like the room below, but don’t want to bother with a timeshare presentation, you can pay cash or Hilton HHonors points for your stay.  Here are sample rates for September 21 thru 23, 2013.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip rates

Rates when booking at Hilton.com

Or, if you don’t care about getting Hilton HHonors points or stay credit, you can book at PointsHound for $42/night less AND earn airline miles.  I’d rather have the American Airlines miles… and, there are several other airlines partners to choose from at PointsHound, such as Virgin, Delta, US Airways, and Hawaiian.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip PointsHound

When booking at PointsHound

 

Our Room At The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip

We were booked into a one-bedroom unit that was very spacious.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip living room

There was a full kitchen to make a meal, reheat leftovers, or even chill some adult beverages.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip kitchen

The bedroom was very comfortable.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip bedroom

And there was a nice soaking tub between the bedroom and bathroom.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip bathtub

The shower felt SOOOO good after my muddy race!  =)

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip bathroom

Once showered and relaxing after the race, we enjoyed the nice view from our room.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip view

 

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip Resort Property

My wife is in school for her MBA, so she was upstairs studying, writing papers, and doing homework, while I explored the property.

There is a nice gym.  I try to work out on vacation, but after the Spartan Super race, I was in no mood.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip gym

The lounge is a nice place to relax and meet some new people.  When I meet new people at a timeshare location, they’re generally a good resource for insights to the program and which properties you must visit… and those to stay away from!

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip lounge

There are plenty of food options.  There is a market that has a kitchen and a deli, on top of food items you can take back to your room to cook.  I ordered a pizza and bought some beer at the cafe.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip store & cafe

Store and Cafe

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip store

Freezer & Food to Cook

My wife enjoyed some great sandwiches from the deli counter.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip deli

Deli Counter

After getting something tasty to eat, I ventured out to the pool where there were a couple of spas, numerous BBQs (one of my favorite features at timeshares!), a poolside bar, and a large pool.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip pool aerial

Aerial view of the pool area

I’m not a big gambler, so the spa was a great way to spend the evening while Anna was studying.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip pool

View of the pool from the spa

 

The Benefits From Attending the Timeshare Presentation

We earned 15,000 Hilton HHonors points, which used to be worth so much more before Hilton’s point devaluation earlier this year.  According to the Hilton HHonors award chart, 15,000 points will get you two nights in a Category 1 or one night in a Category 2 room, which are primarily Hampton or Homewood Inns.

We stayed in a really nice room for 2 nights, that was within walking distance of the north side of the Las Vegas Strip (about 2 blocks north of Circus Circus), and about a block south of the Stratosphere.

We earned a $200 certificate towards our next stay at a Hilton property.  There were some limitations to using it.  The certificate was good for only 1 night, so you couldn’t apply it towards a multi-night stay (ie: if room is $129/night for 2 nights, you would max out at $129 reimbursement).  Also, the properties were limited to “Hilton” hotels.  You couldn’t stay at a DoubleTree, Garden Inn, or any of the other Hilton brands.  This severely limits your options.

We found a nice getaway to the Hilton Del Mar, near San Diego.  It was a short drive from our home, and we really enjoyed ourselves.  We stayed there the weekend after Fourth of July, and I submitted the reimbursement paperwork right away.  We’re still waiting for the reimbursement, but I expect it to take a normal 8-10 weeks processing time.

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip rebate

 

Recommended

Hilton - Be My Guest book

Be My Guest

by Conrad Hilton

available from Amazon for $8.75

Conclusion

The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip is a great property at a reasonable price.  We love the spaciousness of the one-bedroom, but there are also Studio (aka typical hotel room size) and 2-bedroom units available.  The bonus Hilton HHonors points were nice to add to our point balance.  But the best reward was the $200 towards a future stay.  I would totally recommend considering this location for your future stay, especially if you have kids.  The pools are great, and snacks and quick meals are just an elevator ride away.  It’s close enough to the action on The Las Vegas Strip, but far enough away for families to enjoy a nice getaway without dealing with the smoking and casino action that is typical at other hotels.

Bald Thoughts Rated (4/5)
Razor4
Marked down because we had to attend a timeshare presentation to stay here

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Lee Huffman

Lee grew up loving to travel with his parents. Now he explores the world with his wife, Anna and his two children Timothy and Scarlett. He enjoys being spoiled as a Kimpton Inner Circle Member and taking full advantage of Southwest's Companion Pass. Lee wants to teach his readers how to 'Travel More. Spend Less. Live Better.' using miles, points, tips and tricks.

8 Comments

  1. Salvador Suarz March 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    I would like to attend a presentation.

  2. marcus June 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hey man!!!!! Long time no talk. Hope all is well. Tell the family we said hi.

    I realize this was last year but I would like to find out if they have something similar going on. Their site does not mention anything about presentations.

    • Lee Huffman June 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

      We’re doing great Marcus, thanks for asking. I received a similar offer from HGVC recently, but I think I threw it away. I’ll look to see if I can find it for you bud.

  3. Suzanne Taylor July 11, 2014 at 7:10 am -  Reply

    Hi, Lee-
    I attended a presentation in Orlando in mid-May, but have not yet seen my HH points for attending as being posted yet. A phone call to them said it could possibly take up to 90 days. How long did it take before your points were credited to your account?

    • Lee Huffman July 11, 2014 at 10:02 am -  Reply

      Hi Suzanne, I looked at my Hilton history and the last entry I can see is August 2013. I did the presentation in April, so the points posted sometime between April 2013 and August 2013. I wish that I could see more history on my Hilton account online to give you an accurate detail of my experience. Please let me know when the points post!

      Which Orlando resort did you stay at? What did you think of the resort? How was the presentation – high pressure or mild? When we went, the person could tell that I knew a lot about timeshares, so he was really mellow with us. He asked that we keep an open mind, which we did. At the end of the presentation, we told him that we were not interested in buying. After we turned down the alternative option/package he offered, we were free to leave without any further pressure. Overall, we had a good experience.

  4. Sal July 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    I would like to attend a presentation and stay at hilton Elera.

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