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A March 2003 trip to Las Vegas by britgirl7

The Oxygen bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: I have been to Vegas six or seven times. It doesn't matter on the time of year or who went with me, Vegas is always a blast.

What Happens in Vegas...

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Overview

The Oxygen bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The first time I visited Las Vegas was as a 22-year-old traveling by Amtrak. The train pulled trough the desert into this neon mecca, and I was hooked. Back then, I stayed in a youth hostel and fell in love with the city when I won on the nickel machine. Vegas, and me, have changed a lot over the last 10 years. I have returned many times since, and though I don’t stay at the hostel these days, I still love those nickel slots.Vegas really does cater to everyone. You see little old ladies throwing their life savings into a slot machine, big-spender business men on the "minimum ,000" tables, hagged-out-looking strippers heading home after a busy night, families with kids, squealing bachelouret...Read More

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "The Aladdin hotel"

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I stayed at the Aladdin Hotel for my 30th birthday. Normally we do the Luxor, but at the time, the Aladdin was quite new and offering good deals. The original hotel was blown up (imploded) in 1998, and this new one built in its place. I just loved it, though the rumors circulating Las Vegas are that it is already suffering financially. Apparently, the major problem is that it has a Middle Eastern theme, which is "just not so popular these days." That seems quite ridiculous to me, and I would certainly return here. Room prices can vary wildly from website to website. I have found them as low as $59 on travelworm, but you can also see what the ho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

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

Luxor Las Vegas

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Hotel | "The Luxor"

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We have stayed in The Luxor more than any other hotel in Las Vegas just because it houses my favorite nightclub Ra. The Luxor is difficult to miss and usually the first one you will see flying in. This is not only because it’s just 1 mile from the airport, but also because it’s a giant pyramid with a laser light on top that, we were told, can be seen from space. The Luxor is at the far southern end to the Strip, so it’s a bit of a walk to the Venetian/Cesars shopping areas. However, there is a monorail that links it to Mandalay Bay and a moving sidewalk that goes to Excalibur. Nothing is really too far along the Strip; it’s just the humidity that can wear you out Our ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

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

N9NE Steakhouse

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Restaurant

N9NE Steakhouse Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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N9NE steakhouse is inside the Palms Hotel and Casino, which is actually one of the newer and trendier places to stay. The Palms is the casino in which the Real World Las Vegas cast stayed. It's also home to the Ghost Bar and Rain Nightclub (see other entries for these). It's set off the Strip and involves a not-so-safe walk along a highway or a $4 taxi ride. The restaurant is open from 5-11pm. It’s not cheap, but then, for the setting and atmosphere, it’s not horrendously expensive either. In fact, if you are arriving from England with all your high-value pounds right now, well, it will almost seem a bar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

N9NE Steakhouse
The Palms
Las Vegas, Nevada
702.933.9900

The Ghost Bar

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Attraction

The Ghost Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Ghostbar is also in the Palms Casino and is a lounge, rather than a club. Having said that, they do have DJs at the weekends, and the small seating area quickly becomes a dance floor. This lounge is very small and has a space-age feel to it, with modern furniture and lounge chairs, as well as funky, futuristic chairs strung up like hammocks to relax in. You enter this bar by an elevator, and that’s the only way you can get in. The wait when we were there was 2 hours, but as we had eaten at N9NE, I think they gave us preferential treatment and let us go up when we showed our dinner receipt. I’m not sure if they always do this, but it's worth asking. I heard some people say they had waited the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

The Ghost Bar
The Palms
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
702.938.2666

Rain Nightclub

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Attraction | "Rain"

Rain Nightclub Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The nightclub RAIN is in the Palms Hotel and hasn’t been open as long as some of the other clubs. Since MTV filmed a lot of the Real World Las Vegas here, it has become one of the IN spots to hit for dance-floor action. Be sure to check the schedule because as well as a nightclub and DJ lineup, Rain also hosts shows (P.Diddy, Britney Spears, etc.) I loved the set up of Rain; according to its website, it's 28,000 square feet, with a huge dance floor, which is always packed. You enter through a long, mirrored tunnel, which I liked, and inside, along with the big dance floor, there are smaller areas and podiums set along moats of ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Rain Nightclub
Palms Casino Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 942-6832

RA Nightclub

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Attraction

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Ra is my favorite nightclub in Las Vegas. It's inside the Luxor (big Pyramid-you can’t miss it), and so we tried to stay at this casino whenever possible, just to be close by. I brought my best friend here from the UK, and we had a great time running up to our room to change outfits throughout the night. Why? Because we could. See the Ra website for information on the upcoming DJs. I have been here quite a few times, and the resident DJs are great. Duane King was the best, though I'm not sure if he is still a resident now. Ra also hosts some of the big-name international DJs (we have seen Boy George spin here and DJ Sammy). ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

RA Nightclub
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 262 4400;

Red Rock Canyon

Attraction

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Red Rock Canyon is about a 30-minute drive from Las Vegas. I went on this trip as a tour for about $30. The entry to just the park is only $5, though, so it does make more sense to drive yourself if you have a car. The tour in question started with a trip to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, which resulted in me eating far too many chocolates, so this was a great place to hike off those extra pounds. The tour guide we had very informative and told us about the history and facts of the geology of the area. He was also keen to impart any knowledge of Las Vegas: where to eat, which shows to go to, and where the best gambling odds were. So, all in all, we learnt more than I had bargained for....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2005

Red Rock Canyon
Highway 159 at Scenic Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
(702) 363-1921

Aureole

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Attraction | "Aureole (restaurant and wine bar)"

Aureole Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Inside the Mandalay Hotel there is a really cool little bar/restaurant called the Aureole. We have been here many times for drinks, though as yet, I have not eaten here. I have seen the food menu and I can tell you it looks great. Even if you don’t want food, this place is perfect to just come and stare. On entering, you are immediately above the bar on a metal staircase. Directly in front of you is a 42-foot glass wine case. In fact, that staircase curves down and around the wine house, giving you views from all angles. Now don’t think you are dreaming if you see James Bond-style women dressed all in black, propelling themselves up and down wine house on pulleys and ropes. Really!These are the ‘...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2005

Aureole
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
+1 877 632 7800

Day Trip to the Grand Canyon

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Las Vegas is smack-bang in the middle of the desert, and that's an easy thing to forget with all the waterfalls, fountains, and abundance of pools. When all the smoky casinos and clinking of quarters get too much for you, try getting out and about. My friends and I rented a convertible car and decided to drive to the Grand Canyon. You have to get an early start, so we actually got the car the evening before and did a drive along the Strip with the top down that night to see Vegas from a different angle. So, back to the trip in question… It's a good 4-hour drive to reach the South Rim. To me, this was a great time to enjoy the scenery. You pass through beautiful desert lands, and eventually...Read More