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Las Vegas - You Can Sleep When You're Dead

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An October 2004 trip to Las Vegas by Carmen

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Quote: Vegas is one of my few repeat destinations. Why? Because it’s just so much darn fun! It’s nonstop sensory overload. It's just - VEGAS!

Las Vegas - You Can Sleep When You're Dead

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Overview

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The highlight of this trip was the wave pool and lazy river at Mandalay Bay. I’ve never had so much fun at a pool before. We body surfed the waves, we jumped the waves, we got knocked over by the waves, and we watched cute boys in the waves. It was fun in the sun. Then we rested by taking an intertube down the lazy river – a river/pool with a 2 mph current that lets you relax and enjoy the ride. Just staying at Mandalay Bay was a treat in itself. Normally out of my price range, I managed a great rate for Sunday night – my last night there. Thus far, it’s my favorite Vegas hotel – but I haven’t stayed at the Bellagio or the Venetian yet. The casino was exquisite, the room w...Read More

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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Hotel | "Mandalay Bay: Can I just say WOW!"

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I had always wanted to stay at Mandalay Bay, located at the very south end of the Strip, but didn’t have a deep enough pocketbook. (One Wedneday night in October, it was listed as $524 a night!) A quick stop to their website landed me a $129 rate for my last night in Vegas (Sunday). So, I lugged my stuff down the strip after checking out of a two-night stay at the Aladdin. Mandalay Bay did not disappoint. The room was HUGE with a bathroom that could’ve doubled as an extra room. There were two vanities (thank you!) and a separate shower and bath, plus an extra little room for the toilet, so one person could go and another could still be at the sink. However, the draw for me was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Aladdin: Don't I get two more wishes?"

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Aladdin hotel sits smack in the middle of the trip, right next to the Paris hotel and across the street from the Bellagio – so we had quite the view when we requested a room with a Strip view. We looked right out over the Bellagio fountains – my favorite free entertainment in the city. The room was pretty spacious, with a large bathroom featuring a separate tub and shower, plus a separate room within the room for the toilet. The lights were on dimmers – though I’m not sure why you’d need mood lighting in the bathroom, but whatever! The beds were comfy, but the pillows were a little on the small side. We really liked some of the automated features – automated wake up calls that you c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Aladdin Hotel Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Fellini's Ristorante at The Stratosphere

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Restaurant | "Fellinis - Mange! Bellissimo!"

Fellini's Ristorante at The Stratosphere Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Watching the sunset from the top of the Stratosphere tower made us a little hungry, so when we came back down to earth, we began looking for a place to eat. We found a quiet little Italian place in the Stratosphere, and, since we wanted to remember our Italian trip from the spring, we decided that Fellinis was a good choice. Boy, did we get to relive our trip! Each room is painted with a different scene from famous Italian cities. For example, we were seated right next to the wall that featured a painting of a gondola floating underneath the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. After dinner, we walked into the next room just to check out the painting of the Spanish Steps in Rome. (Although there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Fellini's Ristorante at The Stratosphere
2000 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 380-7777

Bally's Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "The Steakhouse: I'll have a side of cow please"

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Unfortunately we realized much too late in the day that we would actually need a reservation if we were going to eat at one of the many steakhouses in Las Vegas. Fortunately, we were able to procure an 8:30pm reservation at The Steakhouse in Bally’s. We did try to get in on standby in a few other locales, but didn’t want to wait until 10:30pm to eat. So, we made our way over to Bally’s to get some side of cow. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that dinner here was a fallback as far as I was concerned, so I’m probably a little harder on the place than I normally would be. The décor of The Steakhouse was very masculine – dark colors and dark wood. Our waitress, while certainly competent,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Bally's Steakhouse
3645 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 736-4300

Le Village Buffet

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Restaurant | "Le Village Buffet: Please roll me out now"

Le Village Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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On my last visit, I stumbled upon The Village Buffet at the Paris hotel. Now, it has become a staple for my pilgrimage back to Vegas. For $13, you can partake in one of the best breakfast buffets that Vegas has to offer. Don’t believe me? Ask Zagats – they also give it rave reviews. The buffet has everything: scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes – the normal American buffet fare. But this being the Paris hotel, they’ve got to throw a little French in the mix. My advice, head straight to the back of the buffet, picking up a chocolate croissant on the way, and get in the line of people waiting for the freshly made crepes. You can mix and match fillings – my favorite is the raspberry...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Le Village Buffet
Paris Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

House of Blues

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Attraction | "House of Blues: The '80s are Back!"

House of Blues Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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If a good time is what you’re after, put on your dancing shoes and your best club clothes and head on over to the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay – a.k.a. HOB. Every Friday night, the DJ spins the vinyl and the house rocks out on old-school ‘80s music. Flock of Seagulls, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and others bring back memories and bring out the dancing machine in most everyone. In my next job, I’d like to be the HOB dancers – there are a few stations where very sexy women show some very smooth moves and make the rest of us look bad. Every so often, they’ll turn on the smoke machine and a foggy mist will fill the dance floor and produce some interesting lighting effects....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

House of Blues
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 632 7000

Gospel Brunch

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Attraction | "Gospel Brunch: Amen and Pass the Biscuits!"

Gospel Brunch Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Every Sunday at 10am and 1pm, the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay hosts the Gospel Brunch. For a $40 ticket price, you can have access to a great, southern-style brunch buffet and some good old gospel music. The buffet has not only your standard fare – scrambled eggs, bacon, bagels, cinnamon rolls, etc., but throws a bit of southern into the mix with biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, fried chicken, blackened catfish, and more. Don’t expect to eat much else that day, because you’ll certainly be full. The eating portion of the afternoon takes about 45 minutes, and the second 45 minutes is performance time. The performers ask if it’s ok to, “Have a little church up in here,” and ever...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Gospel Brunch
3950 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
702-632-7600

Sunset Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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It took me three trips to Sin City to figure out that the best place to get a sunset photo in Las Vegas was from the top of the Stratosphere tower on the far north end of the Strip. Since Las Vegas is on the “edge” of its time zone, the sun sets a little earlier than you’d expect. This fact slipped our mind – as our cab driver went all NASCAR on us to get us to the tower as we were watching the sun slip behind the mountains. We did manage to arrive at the tower, get our tickets ($9 just to go to the observation deck), and get up to the top to see a little color left in the sky. We also got to watch from high above as the Strip began to light up in all its neon glory – one hotel at a time....Read More