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Is it really 'Sin City'?

An April 2005 trip to Las Vegas by wanderer 2005

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Quote: I go to Vegas any chance I get. I love the excitement and craziness of it all. OF COURSE there's first-rate cusine there, too.

Blue Man Group at The Venetian

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Attraction | "Blue Man all the Way..."

Blue Man Group at The Venetian Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I’ve been a huge fan of these guys for about 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve seen them live and it was worth every penny of the $120.00 per person I paid for the tickets.The theater is at the Venetian Hotel, down on the lower level, just follow the overhead signs.Now what you’ve heard is true. The first 20 or so rows are messy and require you wear a poncho so you don’t get paint all over you. The ponchos are already placed on the seats, as you get seated.We had great seats, about 5 rows behind the poncho seats, so we had a great view and we didn’t get messy.In fact, I don’t think there’s a bad seat in the house. The theater isn’t as big as it looks on t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2009

Blue Man Group at The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(866) 641-SHOW

Olives

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Restaurant | "Wonderful Food on a Great Patio Overlooking the Bellagio Fountains"

Olives Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We had dinner at Olives, one of Todd English' restaurants.We had reservations, so we could sit out on the patio and watch the fountains. Now remember, this is December and it's COLD outside, but the patio has heaters and after a couple cocktails, you can't even feel it.We had mostly appetizers, but one of us had an entree.We were served a bowl of different kinds of bread, with a tray of olive tepenade and some olives as well. The focaccia was really good.We started off with the raw oysters which I can't eat anymore cuz I got sick on them 10 years ago...and once you get sick on something like that, your body rejects it and you can never eat it again. (be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 26, 2008

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

Bally's Las Vegas

Hotel | "Decent Place to Stay"

Bally's Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 girls stayed here over a long weekend and it was really perfect.The room had 2 queen beds, a pretty big bathroom with LOTS of towels, hairdryer, safe and the most important feature in my opinion....a coffee maker in the room.We were on the 20th floor, overlooking a parking lot...but that didn't matter...we're in Vegas and we're not here for the views!The beds were comfy, with duvets which is nice, cuz comforters are too hot.There was a separate table with a mirror and table lamps, to help us get ready while one was in the shower. The water pressure was horrible, but we managed.The lobby has a coffee stand with sandwiches and drinks....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2008

Bally's Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 967-4111

Wynn Las Vegas

Hotel | "Wonderful Hotel!"

Wynn Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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LOVED the Wynn and can't wait to stay at Encore...the second part of the Wynn resort experience.Steve Wynn hasn't spared any expense on this place. This is no ordinary hotel and I'm totally ruined from staying anywhere else on the strip. Thanx, Steve.We stayed in a room with 2 beds on the 20th floor and had an incredible view of the golf course and waterfall.The hallways are curved, just like the building itself. Our room had a huge marble foyer with a frosted glass door closet with the most amazing robes in it.The bathroom was huge and had separate shower and deep tub along with a double vanity/sink area, lighted makeup mirror, hairdryer, TV and separate r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 26, 2008

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Bldv. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 770-7000

Palms Casino Resort

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Hotel | "Palms Hotel"

Palms Casino Resort Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Palms is the epitome of excess at its best. I have been a friend of the owner, George, for many years, as I am a former employee of his family for about 15 years now. Anyway, the Palms rooms, restaurants, clubs, and ambience are spectacular! This is where ALL the beautiful people flock when in town. Let's start with the lime-green limo that picks you up at the airport. There's no mistaking WHERE you’re going in that car! When the hotel first opened 2 years ago, it was featured on MTV's show The Real World Las Vegas. A reality show about seven strangers picked to live and work together. The Real World suite is a top seller, getting booked up to months prior. At about $5,000 a weekend...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2005

Palms Casino Resort
4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 942-7777

Clarion Hotel And Suites Emeral

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Hotel | "Clarion Emerald Springs"

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I usually give only good reviews, but in this case, I had to share my horrible experience at The Clarion Emerald Springs, in Las Vegas. From the website, it looks really nice and clean, and it’s only 3 blocks from the Strip. They offer free limo service to anywhere on the Strip. They have a nice, heated outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and all the rooms include coffee makers, Nintendo game systems, refrigerators, wet bars, and free cable with HBO. Some rooms have microwaves and Jacuzzis. Now, to start off, the front desk clerk who checked us in was wearing GREEN nail polish. I work in the hospitality industry, and that is just plain unprofessional. Our room was filthy: stained carp...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Clarion Hotel And Suites Emeral
325 EAST FLAMINGO ROAD
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-732-9100

Residence Inn Green Valley

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Hotel

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We stayed at Residence Inn for a couple nights because it was close to a friend's house. It's only a 10-minute drive to the Strip and the airport.This particular hotel is great for families because every room is a suite with a full kitchen and sitting area. You can choose from a studio or one- or two-bedroom units. The rooms come with breakfast every morning 7 days a week, complete with scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, make-it-yourself waffles, oatmeal, fruits, juice, breads to toast, and cereals. There is a small "market" by the front desk to pick up essentials and snacks, BUT there is an Albertsons across the street to get stuff to stock your full-size fridge for less money.We had a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2006

Residence Inn Green Valley
2190 Olympic Ave.
Henderson, Nevada 89014
(702) 434-2700

Lotus of Siam

Restaurant

Lotus of Siam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Lotus of Siam, or LOS to the locals, is a small but very busy Thai restaurant. It’s been named by several publications, as the best in the country. Located in a nondescript strip mall called Commercial Center, LOS has some great dishes at very reasonable prices. I’ve eaten here many times, and I have never been disappointed. A casual place with little ambience inside, but that’s not why you’re there. You’re there for the food, baby! The entry way walls are covered with newspaper and magazine reviews from all over the country, even the Food Network loves it here.They have a lunch buffet, but I recommend skipping it and ordering off the dinner menu instead. You’ll be happy you did! Among my f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2005

Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
702/735-3033

Delmonico Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Delmonicos Steak House"

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Emeril has done it again! Delmonico is a bit pricey but worth every penny... especially if you like beef. This place, located at the Venetian Hotel, attracts a dressy clientele--no jeans or hats. It also take time to eat here. It’s no In-n-Out Burger, for sure. As you walk in, it’s classic steakhouse décor: dim lighting, and tall leather chairs at white-clothed tables. The menu is creole-inspired, so there is plenty of heat and seafood to choose from. Not to mention the wine list. Service can be spotty. The first time I went there, the waiter never missed a beat. The second time, my waiter was nowhere to be found during the entire meal. BUT the food is always wonderful, and I can ove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2005

Delmonico Steakhouse
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-3737

Viaggio Italian Cuisine and Wine Shop

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Restaurant

Viaggio Italian Cuisine and Wine Shop Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Viaggio is a locally owned Italian place and wine bar. The restaurant itself is upstairs and has a great view of the city lights below. It’s a small place with maybe 15 tables, a small lounge area, and an open-air kitchen. The main dining room has floor to ceiling windows on two sides to enjoy the view. White-linen-covered tables and napkins give it a romantic feel. The walls are apricot, and the floor is orange with a yellow design on it. They also have a small, private dining room that can be closed off. The menu is not your typical meat and sauce. Dishes like crab ravioli and osso bucco make this an experience. The prices range from about $17 to $29 per entrée, and the food is really, really goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2006

Viaggio Italian Cuisine and Wine Shop
11261 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89052
(702) 492-6900

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

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Attraction | "Las Vegas Premium Outlet"

Las Vegas Premium Outlets Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Las Vegas Premium Outlets mall is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Fremont Street, and is a fabulous place to spend the day wandering around, getting great deals on your favorite brand names. We went the day after Christmas (crazy, right?) and the place was crawling with shoppers, dying to get their hands on an inexpensive Coach bag or some Dior sunglasses. Every designer brand name that you can think of is here, just waiting to tempt you. Try on a suit at Armani Exchange, or get some new Timberlands. How about some Calvin Klein jeans, or some Kenneth Cole cologne? There are 120 stores to keep you busy for hours. There’s a food court in the middle of it all, with choices like pizz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Las Vegas Premium Outlets
875 South Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
(702) 474-7500