Las Vegas Journals

Infamous Las Vegas Strip

A March 2003 trip to Las Vegas by Amber Lee

Quote: We stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo (HGVC) and absolutely loved it! This resort is located behind The Hilton Flamingo, which is located on the strip. Thus, access to and from HGVC is quiet and peaceful, and access to and from the strip is just footsteps away. Our room was spacious and inviting. Our bathtub was HUGE, approximately five feet in diameter, with jets. There are plenty of swimming pools and Jacuzzis for everyone. They also have a commercial slide which turns and twist through the garden and under a tunnel to a pool and then another slide to another pool, and then to another pool. They have two baby pools and one with a slide. Their service was always quick and friendly!
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Best Things Nearby:In Aladdin, there is an ABC store where you'll find everything less expensive than other nearby retailers. For example, I bought a bottle of water for $3.25, only to come across the ABC store selling a larger bottle of water for only .99 cents. They have a wide selection of of all types of souvenirs priced just right!Best Things About the Resort:Resort Experience:In addition to my previous description, since I wasn't categorizing it right, the hotel also has a small convenience store called The Desert Market. Like any convenience store, food items are more expensive. The market also sells Las Vegas souvenirs, which are in the same price rang...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

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

Carnival World Buffet

Restaurant | "Rio Seafood Buffet"

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The buffet opens at 4:00pm, however, I recommend arriving early or be prepared to wait about an hour. The price is $30 a person, but well worth it even if you don't care for seafood. My husband loves seafood so I thought I'd bare through it. However, I thought the food selection was wonderful, as I didn't have an ounce of seafood. The food was delicious and the desserts were to die for!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Carnival World Buffet
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 364-9192

Grand Buffet

Restaurant | "MGM Grand Buffet"

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The price is $20 an adult and worth every cent. We went for dinner, which opens at 4:30pm. We arrived at 4:30pm and waited in line about 35 minutes. The food selection was outstanding (Spanish, Italian, American, to name a few). All the dishes we tried were very good to excellent. I was especially impressed with the variety of meats (prime rib, roasted pork, steak, chicken, turkey, and lamb chops).

Then of course the seafood (crab legs) for my husband. There's also TONS of desserts. The only complaint would be that the plates are located in one area by the salad bar, thus, we had to back track to get a new plate before heading to our next desired food.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Grand Buffet
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 891 1111

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

Attraction | "Shark Reef"

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We also went to the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. You'll walk along a path with a jungle atmosphere. They have exotic fish, sea turtles, golden crocodiles & of course, sharks, to name a few. They also have a "touch pool" where you can pet the sting rays. My son & husband remained in the touch pool area for what I thought was the longest time...that is, until we entered the HUGE shark reef. We could see them all around us, as well as below & above us. It was fascinating! There are also two oval tunnels that you walk through that encapsulate you as you are surrounded by 360 degrees of the aquarium. We enjoyed it, but it was kind of a "saw that, done that" sort of activity. Thus, with ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

Lance Burton Theater at the Monte Carlo

Attraction | "Lance Burton"

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For an enjoyable evening out with the family, I recommend seeing The Lance Burton Master Magician show at the Monte Carlo. We did, however, have to pay full price for our 3-year-old son & we were a little concerned whether or not he'd enjoy it. We sat on the fourth row & our son was completely captivated from beginning to end. It's more than just a magic show; it is Lance's style & sense of humor that are the most entertaining. He also performs tricks with children in the audience: pet birds, rabbits, & ducks, which really keep the interest of young children....& adults, as we all enjoyed the performance!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Lance Burton Theater at the Monte Carlo
3770 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 730-7000

Excalibur Hotel and Casino

Attraction | "Excalibur"

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The Excalibur is an exciting place for children. They have free children's shows daily: from what I saw, every hour on the hour. The shows include puppetry, jugglers & musicians. They include musicals, which really attract the attention of young children. Our kids, 3 years old & 9 months were both captivated by the shows! It also was enjoyable for my husband & I, however, most of all, it was a wonderful break to sit down & relax. On the lower level, Excalibur has Fantasy Faire Midway, which are carnival games for all ages of children. They have an assortment of prizes, which are relatively easy to win. We were probably there for an hour & walked out with 10 stuffed anima...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2003

Excalibur Hotel and Casino
3850 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 597-7777

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Here's a few options of transportation on the strip. First, you can rent a car; free parking structures are available behind the hotels. However, getting from your car to the hotel can still be a distance away, like a 100 yards. Another option, which I found the best, especially with small children, was using the hotel's valet. You don't have to be a hotel guest to use their free valet service. The convenience of being right there at the main entrance plus having your car brought back to you is well worth the small tip. It also saves time so you'll be on your way to the next hotel's valet. Vegas also has a trolley. Maps indicating the trolley stops are available anywhere. The trolley stops ap...Read More