Just got back from my yearly trip to Vegas - Oct 11-15. We stayed at the Monte Carlo just a short walk to the Aria poker room and sports book. I played about 24 hours at the Aria (based on comps) and about 6 hours in two sessions at the nugget.
First let me state I preferred Aria over the nugget for the table cap. I played 1-3 NL at Aria and 1-2 NL at the nugget. Min $100 max $300 at Aria. No cap at the nugget. I was fortunate to have 1 losing section at each. $200 at GN and $250 (last morning at Aria before my flight - I played hands I normally would not have).
I consider myself a true recreational player. Living in Houston I play in a local club that plays the first and third Wednesday of every month. $40.00 tournament buy-in with 1 rebuy allowed the first 30 minutes. If you get knocked out a $1-2 PL game breaks out. So no ones winning or losing their mortgage but its great fun and practice.
I found the Aria game filled with business men who've watched too much poker on TV. Thinking every hand should be played and going all in with medium pairs. The first day at the Aria I was able to take the $300.00 buy-in to over $2,100.00. If you play solid poker you can easily identify the fish and they were more then willing to donate to my trip. The dealers were friendly, poker room management great and table service was always great. $2.00 comps per hour was nice as well. If on the strip I'd say plan a session or two there. There early crowd was great. 8am the drunks are still at the table and the businessman wanting to get in a hand or two before a conference.
Now on to the GN. The game was a little tougher and with no max buy in I was surprised at how many locals would sit down with $1,000+ at a 1-2 and just try and play bully poker. I had two sessions there. 1 losing $200.00 and the second walking away up about $275.00. they catered more towards the locals. I'm ok with that; it's their main clientele. But when a local misses a big and small blind and can sit back down without sitting out or paying that's a little much. Drink service was slow and inconsistent, dealers friendly enough and I was able to get into a game quickly.
So as a review no matter where you're staying - on the strip or Fremont I'd suggest taking the Uber ride to Aria. It's always been one of my favorite poker rooms and with the rake going up (max $5.00) and comps $2.00 per hour more of the locals are heading elsewhere making the game softer.
I hope this helps on your next trip to Vegas and happy hunting!