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Live like a High Roller - Viva Las Vegas!

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A May 2005 trip to Las Vegas by Fula97

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: If imitation is the highest form of flattery then many of the iconic cities of the world should be flattered. It’s a replication of everywhere else with its own unique twist that makes it original and a must see.
Paris hot air balloon Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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In the past 10 years I've been to Vegas over 40 times and only 3 of those times have not been work related. I have a love hate relationship with Vegas. More than 3 days and I'm done. When I first went to Vegas the Strip ended at Harrahs. The Stratosphere had just gone up and I was wide eyed at all the hotels contained on one strip and eager to explore.Now the Strip has expanded to include the Wynn the Hilton timeshare. The poorly designed Aladdin hotel is now a remodeled Planet Hollywood with a with a Westgate time share element. Most of the major hotels have added an upscale sister wing, The Hotel, Palazzo to name a few.Then the economy imploded and the heyday of packed Vega...Read More

Live like a High Roller - Viva Las Vegas!

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Overview

Bellagio Conservatory Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas is a study in contrasts. Over-the-top opulence vies with a .99 shrimp special. Some people go to Vegas to lose their inhibitions and live up to the slogan "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas." You can party until late and do things that you would never do at home. Then wake up, stroll, and do high end shopping at Chanel and Tiffany’s. Want to experience Paris without the French "snobbery?" No problem; you can stay at the Paris hotel and propose to a loved one at the top of Eiffel Tower. You can be serenaded while floating in a gondola while hundreds of tourists gawk. The best part of visiting Vegas is walking from one end of the Strip to the other. Nowhere else can you exp...Read More

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "Treasure Island at The Mirage"

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The rooms at Treasure Island (now going by TI) are spacious and nicely appointed. My room had two double beds with the room done in various shades of gold. The bathrooms are appointed with marble baths and showers. The room is light and airy due to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms come with makeup mirrors and hair dryers. The television set is contained within an armoire. While this is a very nice hotel, this is not my favorite on the strip. There is no atmosphere to this hotel despite the rooms being nicely done. There is no WOW factor that so many of the hotels in Vegas have. In any other city, I would say that this hotel is gorgeous. However, when you compare it to a Mandalay Bay...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
3300 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 894-7111

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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Hotel | "Mandalay Bay"

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This is my absolute favorite hotel in Las Vegas! Having visited Vegas 18 times in three years, mainly for work, this remains my all-time favorite hotel. Where to begin describing this hotel? The experience begins from the moment you walk into this hotel; the parrots in lobby are there with the giant fish tanks. The rooms are large and spacious with large double closets. The rooms are painted a light yellow with colorful spreads. There is a comfortable desk with two data ports next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that make it easy to spread out. Or you can curl up in the comfortable chair in the room. The bathroom has stone floors and contains a shower and separate sunken tub. Among the ameni...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

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

Paris Las Vegas

Hotel | "Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino"

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The rooms at The Paris Hotel are done with a French flair in deep blues and grays. Ohh la la. The rooms, like most hotel rooms in Vegas, are spacious and nicely appointed. The beds are comfortable and covered in a blue toile bedspread. By the armoire that contains the TV, there is a cute ottoman on which to rest your luggage in style. The armoire desk and tables are all a lightly stained oak color. There is a spacious Louis-style desk that offers high-speed Internet access. Within the armoire is a small safe to lock away your valuables. The interior of the hotel is made to resemble a French street, complete with cobblestones and small, intimate shops, cafes, and streetlights that dot the way. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

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Hotel | "Venetian"

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These are some of the largest and most lavish standard rooms on the Strip. When you reserve a room at the Venetian you don’t receive simply a room. All of the rooms at the Venetian are suites with a bedroom and sunken living room. The two living spaces are separated by 2 small steps and a rail. The living area contains a desk, tv, sofa bed and two comfy chairs. There is also a small table with two chairs for dining. The Venetian added several amenities I was happy to see when I checked in. One the mini-bars are back in the room. They also have installed high speed internet access in all of the rooms and fax/printer machines which is great when traveling for business. In the bedroom section of the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2004

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-1000

Bellagio

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Hotel

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I had high hopes when I checked into the Bellagio in March of this year. I had long admired the gorgeous conservatory and enjoyed eating at many of their restaurants over the years. I recall that when the Bellagio first opened, if you looked slightly confused, someone from their staff would come over and personally direct to your destination. People who stayed raved about the spa and the customer service. Whenever I traveled to Vegas, I would take the time to visit the conservatory and watch the water show that still fascinated me several years later. Imagine my dismay after checking into this acclaimed hotel and being slightly letdown. I expected the rooms to be slightly smaller, so that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

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

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Aladdin"

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This hotel defies description, and not in a good way. The Aladdin left me underwelmed. The Aladdin is a fairly recent hotel, having opened less than 5 years ago after they tore down the old hotel to build the new Aladdin. The entrance is on an awkward location, sort of hidden from the sidewalk. First, let me say that I enjoy walking through the Desert Passage, with its feeling of strolling through Morocco or some other exotic locale. Many of the restaurants are enjoyable, especially Commander’s Palace, the Spice Market Buffet, and PF Cheng’s. The theater is spacious, and the seating is comfortable. The staff is pleasant, eager to please, and seem to want to make your stay pleasurable. Tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

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

Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Westin Casuarina"

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This hotel is off the Strip and down the block from Bally’s hotel. The Westin is geared towards the business traveler or someone who wants to be near the Strip but not deal with the hustle-and-bustle and crowds of the mega hotels. If you are a member of the Starwood rewards program, you can also use Starwood points toward free rooms. The best part of this hotel room is the BED. These beds are the legendary heavenly Westin beds. The beds have become so popular that you can now buy them, complete with duvets sheets, etc. The linens are all white, with a high thread count, numerous fluffy pillows, and a pillow top mattress set. The rooms are a decent size, with robes for use in the rooms. Al...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa Las Vegas
160 East Flamingo
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 836-9775

Fatburger

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Restaurant

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Everyone needs to experience Fatburger at least once in their lifetime. If you don't eat beef, don't worry; have a turkey burger or a chicken sandwich, or even an egg sandwich. All of the sandwiches are made to order, and the taste is mouthwatering. You can choose from a variety of burgers, i.e. Baby Fat or the Kingburger. Then you choose your toppings, which range from bacon, tomatoes, and pickles to a fried egg (which is surprisingly good). You can then choose fat dinner fries or skinny fries. Then choose your beverages. Go for the milkshake. They make the milkshakes using real hand-scooped ice cream. It’s a rich drink worth the extra calories. While you wait for them to prepare your meal, yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Fatburger
3763 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 736-4733

Olives

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Restaurant

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This is a great restaurant located at the Bellagio hotel. Reservations are recommended since this restaurant is often busy and you would have to wait quite a long time for a table. Request a window seat, overlooking the lake, if they are available so you can watch the water show during dinner. The setting, as well as the menu, has a lush Mediterranean look and feel. Try and save room for an entrée, which is hard to do, since all of the starters are great. While I didn’t have the tuna tartare or the beef carpaccio, my dining companions raved about both appetizers. A must-have are the flatbreads. We ordered the Greek, Portabella, and Italian flatbreads. All three were flavorful and divine. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 8181

Jean Philippe Patisserie Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Most people don't know this exists at the Bellagio since it is tucked away past the fantastic conservatory that most people never go past. This is located to the far left of the conservatory at the Bellagio hotel. Here you can order sandwiches, salads, and a variety of pastries and other desserts. Crepes are made to order and filled with all types of sweet or savory fillings. The showstopper here, though, is the fountain of white and dark chocolate. Nowhere else in Vegas will you find such rich, decadent chocolates and chocolate-inspired desserts.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Jean Philippe Patisserie
Bellagio
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

Commander's Palace

Restaurant

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This famed New Orleans restaurant owned by the Brennan family, who seems to own at least half of the restaurants in New Orleans, is now in Vegas. It’s located within the Desert Passage at the Aladdin Hotel. Instead of losing our quarters at the slot machine, we decided to head to Commander’s Palace, where we could have $0.25 martinis or screwdrivers with our lunch. The restaurant is bright and friendly, with the decor done in crisp green and white. The staff is full of good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality. For starters, I had the tasso shrimp, which is fried and covered in a spicy sauce. My friend started with the gumbo, which was thick and flavorful. We both ordered the Cobb salad, hers wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Commander's Palace
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 892-8272

Charlie Palmer Steak

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Restaurant

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This is my absolute favorite steakhouse in Las Vegas. Located with the Four Seasons Hotel, which is located within Mandalay Bay, crossing over into the Four Seasons side, it is like stepping into a hushed oasis. Unlike many other establishments in Vegas, this is all about understated class. With rich, dark woods, it’s like being let into a gentlemen’s club without the sidelong looks. Whenever I go to Vegas, I bring clients to Charlie Palmers, since it makes the ultimate impression. The wait staff is attentive and the entrées have always come out perfectly. The foie gras is perfectly prepared. The scallops are cooked to perfect consistency, not raw and not an overcooked rubbery mess. The M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 632 5000

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains"

	Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is my absolute favorite place to visit when I go to Vegas. Since I go several times a year for work, I get to see the changes the hotel has made to the Conservatory. As you walk into the Conservatory, the first thing that hits you is the smell of all the different flowers. Then the colors hit you from all the different flowers arranged into intricate designs. The conservatory is changed at least four times a year based around the seasons. One year, during the fall season, they created a huge cornucopia that represented autumn. I do miss the grand staircase that used to be part of the gardens. There you would catch a glimpse of many a bride taking her wedding photos.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada

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The best part of the visiting Vegas is walking from one end of the Strip to the other. Nowhere else can you experience a slice of Venice, Paris, New York, and Rome in one place. You can do Vegas as high end as you want or as cheaply as you want. The best part of Vegas is taking in the sights and visiting all the sights different hotels offer. There are some things you must do while in Vegas. Your first stop should be the Bellagio hotel. First, watch the water show set to different music, then wander inside to the lobby to stare at the hand-blown flowers on the ceiling. From there, proceed to the conservatory to view all of the beautiful flowers and fountains. After you are done, go across...Read More