Las Vegas Journals

A week at Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

An October 2003 trip to Las Vegas by jif101

Quote: Hotel stays and fun things to do.

Palace Station Hotel and Casino

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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Check in There were only a couple of people working at the front counter, so it took 10-15 minutes to check in. When it was finally our turn to check in, the clerk was very friendly. She informed us of a $4.50 services charge per day to cover shuttles, local calls, and use of other amenities. She gave us our keys and a map, scribbling circles and lines showing us where to go. We parked our rental car where our room was and went inside to look for an elevator. We discovered that the only elevator was all the way back where we checked in! So we dragged our suitcases up the stairs and found our room quickly. The Room We had a non-smoking king room. The ent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2003

Palace Station Hotel and Casino
2411 W SAHARA
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
702-367-2411

Luxor Las Vegas

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Luxor"

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Check in Although 12 or so people were working at the front desk, it still took 15-30 minutes to check in. Note: The carpets throughout made it difficult to roll our suitcases. The Room Our East Tower room had sand-colored and patterned wallpaper, custom carved crown molding, and an elegant entertainment center with dresser drawers enclosed in the main doors and a closet in the side door. There was no suitcase rack. The bathroom was made completely of large tile, floor to ceiling, and featured a soaking tub and separate shower. The room was kept spotless daily. Our king bed was firm. There was a hair dryer on the wall. The only thing that bothered me was that you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2003

Luxor Las Vegas
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-1000
702-262-4444

What To Do In Vegas And Beyond

Attraction | "Casinos in general"

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All of the casinos in Las Vegas are smoky, so I would recommend bringing a small spray bottle of fabric refresher. Many of the casinos had poker tables (i.e. 7 card stud, Texas Holdem, etc.), but the rooms were small. Some of the casinos did not rate table games on your player’s club card. Some casinos had partnered with others for one club card to make it easier to earn points and comps. Tropicana had some good promotions running at the time, but they were severely understaffed. It was also easy enough to earn comps -- we're not heavy gamblers, but we managed to already have $2 in food comps and earn 2 t-shirts by playing slots for just an hour. We also won magic show tickets by participat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2003

What To Do In Vegas And Beyond
Various
Las Vegas, Nevada

Hoover Dam

Attraction

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The Hoover Dam is one of the "must sees" if you're staying in Las Vegas. It takes about an hour to drive there, and expect to take at least 2 hours to take a tour, grab some food, and take pictures. We didn't have time to visit the intake towers. The Hoover Dam stopped Hardhat Tours on 9/11/01. The tour consisted of an introductory film explaining the time period (The Great Depression) and other things about the Hoover Dam being built. We then followed the crowd to the next segment, which involved going down an elevator to see the generator room. We headed back up the elevator and visited the exhibit hall and the overlook to see the Dam and Lake Mead. The drought has been fairly bad this y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2003

Hoover Dam
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

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I was pleasantly surprised with Las Vegas. I expected it to be as bad or worse than the bad streets of Atlantic City at night, but it was well lit (not just by neon -- they actually have a good number of street lights) and most people were fairly friendly. Of course, most of them were tourists, but that's ok. :) The strip is VERY long (I think someone told me it's 4 miles), so I wouldn't recommend walking the whole thing in one go. There are always people trying to hand you things, but you don't have to take them (just walk on by). Most of the casinos are breathtaking. New York New York has a 1/3 scale skyline that includes the Empire State Building and a 1/2 scale Statue of Liberty. Paris ...Read More