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A May 2002 trip to Las Vegas by Stasi

Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: My wife and I went for a long weekend and didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted. We would highly recommend staying on the south end of the strip.

Viva Las Vegas

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We really enjoyed the Rick Thomas magic show. It is at 2 and 4 in the afternoon. His show included tigers and was quite impressive for .Quick Tips: My wife and I went for a long weekend and didn't have enough time to see everything we wanted. Make sure you go for at least a week. We spent a day touring the casinos and that takes longer than you'd think. We really liked the Bellagio and Venetian. Make sure you visit Madame Tussuads wax museum, the celebrities look like they are alive! You can touch the figurines and take pictures. The Bellagio fountain show was incredible, don't miss it. We also enjoyed the older casinos downtown (Freemont St), much cheaper gambling than on the strip....Read More
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This was our second time staying at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club and I wanted to add some comments. This is by far the best timeshare on the strip. You can't beat the location. Unfortunately, if you are not an owner, Hilton's policy is that you can only make reservations every 4 years. When you arrive, you are given a card with your room key that allows you to charge meals at the Flamingo casino to your room. The resort has a private pool that only Hilton Grand Vacations Club guests may use. This came in handy 2 days of our stay because the Flamingo pool was packed and we couldn't find chairs to lay on. We stayed in a 1 bedroom, which included our own jacuzzi. We had 2 tvs, a beau...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2004

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo
3575 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 697-2900

Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip

Hotel | "Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo"

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Best Things Nearby:This resort is located right in the middle of all of the action. Caesars is across the street and the Venetian and Mirage are within a block of the resort.Best Things About the Resort:The pool/spa area was enormous. The rooms were clean and very modern looking. Resort Experience:This resort is located behind the flamingo casino, so it is not actually on the strip. The pool was very large and had waterfalls and slides. Flamingos and penguins roam around outside adding to the tropical flair. Make sure you watch the penguins get fed, it's quite an ordeal, they are fed at 8:30 and 3:00. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2002

Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip
2650 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 765-8300

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Best Things Nearby:The Strip. This resort is located behind the Flamingo and Imperial Palace. You can get to the strip in 2 mins by walking through the parking lot of Imperial Palace. The Imperial has a restaurant named Betty's that has great icecream and pastries. They are open 24-7, so it's a good place to stop on your trip back to the resort.Best Things About the Resort:Free shuttle service to many locations. Nice kitchens for preparing meals. The units were gated, you needed to swipe your card to enter, so it was definitely safe.Resort Experience:We were disappointed with the appearance of the timeshare when we arrived. The lobby is updated, however t...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Leisure Resort
100 Winick Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Best Things Nearby:The unfortunate aspect of this resort is that it is off the strip. You must drive or take a shuttle to get anywhere. That being said, the resort itself makes up for its poor location. There is an Albertsons grocery store within walking distance, you make a left out of the resort entrance and it's a block away.Best Things About the Resort:The one bedroom suite was beautiful. The rooms are recently remodeled and very spacious. Resort Experience:Staying at the Club de Soleil is certainly better than a hotel room on the strip. The one bedroom suite is very spacious and tastefully decorated with a fireplace in the living room. Each unit is equi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2006

Club De Soleil
5625 W. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 507-9400

Caesars Palace Lago Buffet

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This buffet features a prime rib dinner buffet and chilled seafood bar. The buffet had everything you could possibly imagine. The dessert bar was unbelievable, everything was delicious. Drinks were included in the buffet price.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2002

Caesars Palace Lago Buffet
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 731-7110

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Thomas includes animals in his shows. Thomas' cockatoo does charming imitations of an eagle and a bat, and four beautiful Bengal tigers (two white, two golden) contribute for a spectacular finale.

Thomas' afternoon shows are geared toward families. If you can forgive Thomas for a few corny jokes, you'll fare just fine.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2002

Illusionary Magic of Rick Thomas
3801 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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The show was cute; however, I didn't find it overly thrilling like the advertisements state. Tiana Carroll, a bird trainer has several skits that are aimed for people with children. The birds sing, dance, ride a bicycle, and even juggle. Unfortunately there aren't many seats, and the stage is in front of the walkway to guests' room, so there are many interruptions. I suggest getting there early to get a good seat so you can thoroughly enjoy the show. The show is at the Tropics Lounge. The shows are daily at 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2004

Tropicana Live Bird Show
Tropicana Hotel Casino / 3801 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702 739 2222

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil

Attraction | "Cirque Du Soleil"

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"O" is an awe-inspiring production. Basic elements of water, earth, fire, and air are mixed and mingled in a variety of spectacular performances of dancing, swimming, acrobatics, and clowning. The theatre is designed in the style of a European opera house. The name of the show "O" is a homonym for the French word, "eau," which means, "Water." The central element of the set is a large pool built into the stage. The pool contains more than 1 million gallons of water. Within the pool there are several stages. The performers are inspired artists that have the ability to create magic with their movements. The athleticism of the production keeps the audience filled with wonder. One unfortun...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2005

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil
Bellagio Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 987-3456

Bellagio Casino

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The Bellagio, whose design was inspired by European towns, overlooks an 8.5-acre lake where dancing fountains are choreographed to lights and music. Inside, guests are treated to artistic touches such as the Dale Chihuly glass sculpture decorating the lobby ceiling and the exotic plants and flowers in The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Shoppers can stroll along Via Bellagio, a promenade featuring a collection of upscale boutiques, and browse through collections at Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and the rare jewelry of Fred Leighton. Guests enjoy a full range of services in the Spa and Salon Bellagio, where the menu includes treatments su...Read More