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May 1, 2009
From journal Slow Motion Vacation in Las Vegas
November 29, 2007
From journal Bulls in Vegas!
May 22, 2006
Next, pools. Although I haven't been able to access all of the pools in Las Vegas, I can say that it would be tough to beat the Mirage and Mandalay bay. However, I have heard that the Bellagio has six pools and that beautiful fountain! The Flamingo's pool is also a great place to cool off on those hot Vegas summer days that reach way over 100°F.
Shopping! Vegas is a huge shopping destination. The first time I visited from here in Montana, The Forum Shops at Ceasar's Palace totally blew me away. It seemed endless. Another favorite, the Venetian. I actually got lost!
Well to wrap this up, my favorite choice of Vegas hotels are:
Treasure Island - it's cheaper than a lot of the others, but is still great.
The Venetian - what can I say, it is beautiful and you can take an indoor gondola ride!
Mirage - I love this hotel because it is beautiful and has a great tropical feel to it, plus I love the volcano!
Mandalay Bay - This hotel is just awesome, there is plenty of stuff to do, but the downside is that it is one of the top of the list as far as price goes.
Well hope this helped a little!
p.s. Take the monorail! Your legs will get tired faster than you think.
From journal Las Vegas Hotels
by Mary Kloeckner
January 25, 2006
We always get free nights at Stardust and Sam's Town, so we are able to spend 5 days here, and they even give us money for one meal each. With two places to stay, we have variety. There is so much to see and so little time to do it. Every hotel is different and a must-see. The shows are fantastic and have a variety of subjects and prices. Some are even free. There are tours of nightlife in Las Vegas, or go to the Grand Canyon, a chocolate factory, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the desert, and many other places. We do very little gambling. If we wanted to do that, we would stay home. Don't miss the laser show downtown for free. Go to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel and see the lights as far as you can see--such a beautiful sight at night. See the living statue at the Venetian, go to the museums, and observe the dancing waters at the Belagio. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Resort. Visit Henderson & Laughlin. We like Sam's Town because they even have a bowling alley. These are just a few of our favorite things to do.
Every kind of restaurant is here, too. We always go to Lonestar Steak House for the biggest and best baked sweet potato, and we don't have a Lonestar where we live, so we look forward to that. Well, this is just a sampling of the fun things to do in Vegas. Enjoy--we do.
From journal Las Vegas--More Than Gambling
October 21, 2005
The Fairfield Grand Desert Resort's interior and exterior is grand. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. If you have time to go to their presentation, they give you free money to gamble with and one free show of your choice, and they have transportation to and from the resort. Of course gambling was on our minds, so we visited the Hilton, Stardusk, downtown Vegas, and a couple of other hotels. The cab drivers complained that business is slow and that they are not getting the work that they used to get. I guess everyone is feeling the pinch of the economy. But I won while I was there! The resort's accommodations had every amenity at your fingertips, except gambling. But, guess what? They are building a new casino across from the Fairfield Grand Desert Resort. It should be finished sometime in 2006. The nearby hotels were MGM, Stardust and Imperial Palace. But don't try to walk to them unless you want to get your exercise.
Overall, the view from my window of all the hotels and casinos was fabulous, especially at night. I do not have any pictures to share with you. But, as an additional amenity, the Fairfield Resort takes free photos of you and your group. The game room was great, something for all ages, and also free use of were the computers if you want to e-mail or check your messages. Most other hotels charge a fee.
The three-bedroom unit had two double beds in one room, one king-size bedroom, and one master bedroom with the hot tub and shower in the bedroom. I could live like a queen if I had a place like that on a daily basis. I give this resort five stars. I went with my husband and my cousins, and when we stayed in the suite, we played music, had drinks, and ordered pizza. Yes, they deliver from the Hilton Flamingo and various other restaurants if you decide you just want to lie around and have a little family fun. They had a family pool for children and an adult pool. I prefer the adult pool, no children. As I said, the only disappointment is the lack of local gambling casinos, but you will not be disappointed.
I forgot to mention that the Hard Rock Cafe is right down the street from the resort, and they had an outdoor band performing. Across the streets is Hamburger Mary's, gay karaoke bar/restaurant. At the time we did not know it was a gay bar and we were just hungry and celebrating my cousin's birthday. They helped us celebrate and also took photos of us. It was a very nice and hospitable group.
From journal Week Getaway
December 23, 2004
Mandalay Bay, the most northerly point of the Strip, is a classy hotel, but other than that, I have no real lasting memory of the place. I do remember that it had a notice pointing to a "sand and surf" beach, but I’m not convinced that it’s open in February. There’s a free monorail link to Luxor, and this hotel has the "wow factor". To start, it is a gigantic pyramid that at night has the world’s most powerful beam of light, reaching up to the stars, and guarding the front entrance, a huge sphinx and a massive obelisk are suitably inscribed in "ancient" hieroglyphics. Inside the front door, Egyptian-type statues of guards and lions stand proudly, watching over the highly polished floors and richly carved walls. They really shouldn’t get away with such an obvious replica, but it actually seems quite tasteful (now, there’s a contradiction). Speaking of tasteful, try the self-service basement restaurant. The food is absolutely terrific, you can eat as much as you want, and it’s all fresh. Waiters and cooks are constantly replenishing the stock, and the value for money will be hard to beat. Pop in to the King Tut’s Museum, which houses replicas of the artifacts discovered by Howard Carter in the 1920s.
A short monorail ride will take you to the fairy-tale castle that is Excalibur. Now, as classy as Luxor is, the Excalibur is not. It is sheer fantasy, with no attempt to create any real images. Everything seems extreme and artificial, but somehow that holds its attraction. Our main problem with Excalibur is that we had great difficulty finding our way out—there were no visible exit signs. Perhaps that’s the trick of the casino owners—get the punters in, but don’t make it easy for them to get out!
New York, New York was next in line. It has a stunning façade replicating the Manhattan skyline at one-third of life size. The Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty are there, with a roller coaster linking them together. It’s interesting to see in the daytime, but at night it’s absolutely cracking. Inside the casino, there are more treats, and surrounding the gaming tables and slot machines are superbly decked-out shops set into New York scenes. The sounds of the casino are complimented by strains of jazz music, the chatter of people enjoying a coffee, and the sight of steam puffing out of the false sewer covers. Large screens project horse racing from across the world, and there’s a real sense of excitement from the race watchers. All in all, there is a truly authentic feel to this "no expense spared" tourist attraction.
From journal A family celebration In Las Vegas
Carshalton, United Kingdom
January 28, 2007
From journal Viva Las Vegas!
New Haven, Indiana
August 2, 2006
From journal Las Vegas
July 16, 2006
From journal Spring Break in the Strip!
San Antonio, Texas
October 30, 2003
Starting off at the MGM Grand, we made reservations at the Rainforest Cafe and then browsed the casino until our table was called. Don't miss the lion habitat or the beautiful ceiling in the casino.
We walked over to New York-New York and rode the roller coaster that leaves the building and circles the casino. Then onto the Bellagio to watch the water dance which plays a different pattern every 15 minutes. We toured Caesar's shopping area and saw the volcano erupt at Mirage, then rode the tram to Treasure Island where we waited for the night show. TIP: at the entrance to the casino the actors will be available to meet and greet the kids. They are set up for photos, which is a nice memento.
At first glance, the strip doesn't seem long, but the monstrous casinos are very deceiving. It can take 5-10 minutes to pass just one casino. Walking the strip is a safe and great way for exercise. Don't be afraid to visit both sides of the street -- use the elevated walks to cross.
We could have done so much more, but it was late and we had a long drive back to Flagstaff, AZ. The best thing about this daytrip was that it cost us a lunch and a photo!
From journal From Texas to the Grand Canyon and back