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A March 2003 trip to Las Vegas by motesk

Quote: Viva Las Vegas in the Fairfield Grand Desert. This journal will descibe our adventure into Sin City with the help of Fairfield.

Wyndham Grand Desert

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Fairfied Grand Desert"

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Best Things Nearby:The Strip is within walking distance, but not recommended. 1/4 mile the other way is the Hard Rock. Not too terribly far away is Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.Best Things About the Resort:Proximity to the Strip, activities available, day trips available.Resort Experience:Staying in the Grand Desert was the best timeshare experience that our family has had. The one-bedroom deluxe that we stayed in was as big as our two-bedroom house. The amenities are outstanding, including the whirlpool bathtub. But the best part about staying in the Grand Desert would be the Las Vegas Strip. Nothing in the world beats Sin City, and the Grand Desert (thou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2003

Wyndham Grand Desert
265 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(800) 4386493

Polo Towers

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Million Dollar Mile, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead.Best Things About the Resort:Good interior decoration; HUSH lounge on the 19th floor gives a 270 degree view of the Las Vegas Strip; it's the only timeshare on the Strip.Resort Experience:The rooms were a bit small for our tastes, but the room was nicely decorated. The television has an interactive menu with a link to the Aladdin Hotel and Casino; dining/shopping/entertainment/golf menu which gives numbers and discounts to a few of the shops and other interest in the area. They have internet in the room at $4.95 for 20 minutes. The HUSH lounge of the 19th floor is incredible due to its 270 d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Polo Towers
3745 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 261-1000

Cheesecake Factory at The Forum Shops

Restaurant | "The Cheesecake Factory"

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The Cheesecake Factory is an excellent chain resturant that is a must stop for our family. There is normally not a long wait to eat because of the ample seating inside the resturant. They have a large option of food from pasta to pizza; hamburgers to steaks; soups to salads. The best part of their main course is the portions - they are big.

But obviously the best part of this restaurant is the cheesecake! The options are vast, I personnally recommend the Snickers Cheesecake, although my wife perfers the Oreo Cheesecake. Whatever you order I'm positive that you will enjoy it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2003

Cheesecake Factory at The Forum Shops
3500 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas 89109
(702) 792-6888

Spice Market Buffet

Restaurant

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The Spice Market Buffet at the Aladdin Casino is big. There is a lot of variety from Chinese food to Turkish food. My wife enjoyed their pastas and their salad bar was quite large. I enjoyed their prime rib, however there was not a very good variety of American type food and the desserts weren't very good.

The service was decent for a buffet, but since you have to wait on them to get your drinks it can be hassle. We had our food for ten minutes before the server came back with our drinks.

This is a good buffet, but for $20 a plate, there are better buffets in Vegas to eat at.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 12, 2003

Spice Market Buffet
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 785-5555

Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel

Attraction | "Rancho Fiesta"

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This is the home of the Royal Flush. Rancho Fiesta is off the beaten path. It's a locals casino. They mostly have video poker machines and a ton of those. If you are a video poker player and are in Vegas to play video poker, this is the place to go.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2003

Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel
2400 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
+1 702 631 7000; +1

Stallion Mountain Country Club

Attraction | "Stallion Mountain Golf Club"

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I played the West Course which is where many PGA events have been played and it was difficult. I'm a 6 handicap and played the course very well. The greens are sloped and can make it difficult to sink putts, but the fairways were in perfect shape and the scenery couldn't be beat. I've played St. Andrews, the Royal Troon, and many a course in Florida, and I would rank this course up there in the difficulty of play. It was well-worth the money I paid.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 9, 2003

Stallion Mountain Country Club
5500 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89122
+1 702 450 8000

Splash

Attraction | "Splash!"

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Splash! was a very good variety show which included comedians, juggling acts, world class pairs ice skaters, great singers and dancers, four motorcycles inside a cage, and true Las Vegas Showgirls. My wife and I went to the show after attending one of the local timeshare tours that gave us the tickets as a reward (about a $120 deal). We weren't sure what to expect -- we had heard there was ice skating, but that was about all. We were really impressed once the show began. The Showgirls were topless but it was done very tastefully -- however, this did make the show 18 years and older (which we didn't know before we went). There were no drinks served inside the theaters, however you c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

Splash
2901 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 794 9433; +1

The Improv

Attraction

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My wife and I were looking to go see a comedy act (something we try to do everytime we are in Vegas) and decided to check out the Improv at Harrah's. We had thought about checking it out the last time we were in Vegas, but couldn't fit it in so we made sure to do it this time. I received a free show from Harrah's when I registered for my player's card and my wife went to 1/2 price tickets which is located between the M&M store and the Coca Cola store next to the MGM. This made our total admission to the show $15. We had pretty good seats and ordered our drinks . . . it did take a long time to get our drinks from the understaffed waitressing staff, but the drinks were worth the wait. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2003

The Improv
3475 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702/369-5111; +1

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This information is more for those of you have been to Vegas before, but want to avoid some headaches that Vegas can cause. First of all, I highly recommend having a car in Vegas, however I do not recommend driving on Las Vegas Blvd. When driving in Vegas you want to use side streets, mainly because every side street leads to the Strip. My wife and I use Koval and Paradise to get around the Strip without actually having to get on the Strip. If you use Koval you can easily get to the parking areas of MGM, Alladin, Paris, Bally's, Harrah's, and the Venitian. If you want to get down to Ceaser's Palace, but want to avoid traffic, I recommend you take Koval to Flamingo, you'll still have to get on Ve...Read More