Las Vegas Journals

Viva Las Vegas!

A December 1999 trip to Las Vegas by soobax

Quote: Las Vegas is Disney Land for adults with the gambling, shows, great food, swarming crowds of people and abundance of hotels.

Bellagio

Hotel

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The Bellagio is perhaps one of the most lush, beautiful hotels in which I have ever stayed. This might change now that owner Steven Wynn has sold the hotel to the Mirage chain. When you first walk into the foyer, you will be wowed by the brightly colored Dale Chihuly glass blown light sculpture. The staff is extremely accommodating and polite. The art gallery within the hotel is on par with that of a famous museum. The rooms are enormous, and our bathroom had a hot tub and a separate spacious shower. The hotel compound was so amazing that you could have never left the hotel and still managed to have a true (although completely upscale) Las Vegas experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

Picasso

Restaurant

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Picasso is a place to go more for the ambiance than the food. Here I found myself surrounded by more than 20 Picasso paintings. After spending about two hours in the restaurant, I truly got to take in Picasso’s work -- an opportunity I would never have in a museum. Fresh flowers are everywhere, and the staff is extremely attentive. Vegetarians beware: there are not many options on the menu for you. The food is more exotic, and those not willing to experiment will probably leave disappointed. Regardless, the restaurant is quite spectacular.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Picasso
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-693-7223

Circo

Restaurant

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The Maccioni Family has brought their New York Italian restaurant to Las Vegas. The atmosphere is festive and the food is decent. The prices are high, and you could probably get as great of a meal for much less. If you are seated next to the window, you’ll get to see the dancing fountain show in the Lake, which may make the expensive dinner prices worth it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Circo
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 8150

New York New York Hotel and Casino

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Attraction | "New York, New York"

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Like all of the hotels, New York, NY, has its own casino. Betting tables range from $5 to $1,000. There are plenty of slot machines, including nickel slots. Also, when you manage to get out of the casino, the outside of this hotel has a skyline of New York which is perfect for taking pictures.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Attraction | "The Flamingo"

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This hotel seems slimy compared to some of the others on the Strip, but probably comes as close to an old school gambling feel as a conservative person is going to get. The place is fun for those willing to throw down some money. But for those who are just there to take in the view, go to the big-name hotels where there is a lot more to do.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702 733 3111

Grand Canyon National Park

Attraction | "The Grand Canyon"

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Depending on how long you are in Las Vegas, consider taking a short plane ride to the neighboring Grand Canyon. High on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the canyon is over one mile deep, and the colors on the canyon walls shift in hue as the day progresses. The views from above are truly spectacular. Ask your hotel for more details, as there are many companies that offer packages to this natural wonder.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Swimming!

Attraction | "Swimming"

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The swimming pool at the Bellagio is immense. Cabanas and private pools can also be rented. While I did not go swimming (it was about 65 degrees), there were people in the heated pools. All hotels have gorgeous outside swimming facilities as the temperatures in Las Vegas can reach well above 100 degrees in the summer.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Swimming!
various locations
Las Vegas, Nevada

Via Bellagio

Attraction | "Bellagio Hotel Shopping"

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Like the rest of the Bellagio experience, the shopping in this hotel is quite high-end. If you don’t come prepared to drop a lot of cash then dress the part if you want attention from the sales staff. Just another example, though, of how much this hotel has to offer.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Via Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693 7111

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Attraction | "Caesar's Palace"

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Think upscale mall. Stores include Coach, Guess, Benneton, Bebe, Via Spiga, and Nine West. There is even a food court in this shopping arcade with pizza, burgers, and burritos. While walking through the area might prove trying -- it is always crowded -- the throw-back to Greco-Roman days with statues and paintings of Aphrodite, Cupid, and Augustus, makes for a fun shopping experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 893-4800

Water Show

Attraction | "Water Show-Bellagio Hotel"

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There is a huge lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel, which has a dancing water show every half hour. (Check inside for exact times.) Each water show is about five minutes and the water spray dances to a certain song. Since I visited during the Christmas season, many of the tunes were seasonal, but I did hear some Sinatra and Broadway renditions being played. In concept, the show seems trite. But like everything else at this hotel, the show is really spectacular. Try to see this both during the day and at night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Water Show
Bellagio Hotel / 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
888 987 3456

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Attraction | "Bellagio Art Gallery"

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Aside from fine dining and gambling opportunities, the Bellagio also offers something not other hotels might not: artwork. The paintings from Steven Wynn’s private collection are on par at what you’d find in any top museum. Art lovers will not be disappointed with works ranging from Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Miro to Pollock, Degas, Cézanne, and Picasso.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 7871; +1

Mystere at Treasure Island

Attraction | "Cirque de Soleil- Mystere "

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The show was unbelievable; prepare to hold your breath and experience flutters in your stomach as the stunts are truly spectacular. More than seventy talented acrobats, gymnasts,dancers, singers, musicians, and clowns come together in this top-notch performance that has been named best show in Las Vegas four times since its debut in 1993. There are no bad seats in the auditorium. One intermission. Seeing either Mystere or O (both Cirque de Soleil productions) is a must-do when in Las Vegas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Mystere at Treasure Island
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 796-9999

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Attraction | "Rockettes Christmas Special"

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The show, which is modeled on the Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY) show, was surprisingly great. The famous Rockettes performed, of course, but there were also magicians, jugglers, singers and other entertainers. Many of the performers relied on the audience’s participation. Each person received two complimentary beverages of her choosing.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2000

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702 733 3111

additional tips, suggestions, ideas

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Story/Tip

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The beauty salon in the Bellagio Hotel offers terrific services such as manicures, pedicures, and makeup lessons. The next-door spa is equally luxurious offering facials, massages, and personal training sessions. If going to the spa, be sure to bring a swim suit for a dip in the Jacuzzi and exercise clothes to use the gym. Definitely stay for a few hours and enjoy the complimentary snacks, beverages, and relaxing atmosphere that the spa offers. Caesar’s Palace is a fun place to go with children. They have caged tigers, a large casino, and great shopping. This hotel has been around for years and is a must-visit when on the Strip. Hotels and casinos are always clamoring for people. For the b...Read More