Las Vegas Journals

Viva Las Vegas

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An April 2005 trip to Las Vegas by noushi

Quote: Having never been to Vegas before, I thought it was both exciting and one of the strangest places I've ever been.

Viva Las Vegas

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Overview

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Welcome to a taster of pure capitalism, where everybody is trying to cash in on some gimmick or another. Las Vegas is all about reinventing itself: it moves and changes with the times, and the casino/hotels try to outdo each other to be the new, glitzy hotel to attract hordes of tourists and high-rollers to their tables. The newest casino hotel is Wynns, which now owns roughly around six hotels now. He spent over 1 billion dollars more than the Bellagio on his hotel and promises that anywhere from inside his casino you will be able to see natural light. He also promises plasma screen TVs, even in the bathroom. Off course, the essential highlight in Vegas is the Strip. The Venetian; Luxor; New Yor...Read More

Luxor Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Luxor"

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Luxor is situated on the southern end of the strip in between mandalay and Excalibur. All three are part of the same group so its very easy to walk to either as they have connecting walkways. They even have a train you can take if you can't be bothered to walk. Luxor comprises of a huge pyramid modelled on the pyramids at Giza, you can either choose to stay here or their new modern tower which we stayed in and can accommodate 2,000 people. The Pyramid has better views, but the tower also has a bath and shower, while the pyramid only has showers. All rooms had Egyptian decor, which was quite fun they really have made an effort. The pool area is fabulous, they have 3 huge pools, but considering L...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

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

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Excaliber Hotel and Casino"

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Although not as upmarket as its neighbouring casinos, Luxor and New York/New York, Excalibur is unquestionably the best-value hotel on the Strip. Room rates from Sunday to Thursday are $45, which represent phenomenal value for money. We paid $49, including tax, on their own official website. The standard rooms are above average, with most offering great views of the Strip. With regards to standard rooms, they only come with shower--no bath. Excalibur can accommodate over 4,000 people. It's also in a great location, only a walkway from New York/New York and the MGM Grand. Also, if you book online, upon arrival you will receive excellent money-off vouchers, including a marvelous 2-for-1 offer on ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Excalibur Hotel & Casino
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 597-7777

Burger Bar

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Restaurant

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You would think that a burger bar in The Mandalay would be outrageously expensive, but surprisingly, this was great value. The atmosphere is cosy, and the TVs showing sport coupled with the booths give it a diner feel. Service was friendly to start with, but once seated, they seemed to forget about us and not really care or bother. The food, however, certainly makes up for this, as the menu was great. You choose what type of beef you want, be it Black Angus ($9) or prime sirloin ($8), or even kobo. You then choose which type of bun you would prefer, such as onion, plain, or sesame. Finally, you have a huge list of toppings, all around the $1 mark. You could have bacon, peppered bacon, spinach, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Burger Bar
Mandalay Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 632-9364

Mon Ami Gabi

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Restaurant

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Sip fine French wine and savor crepes, quiches, steak frites and salad Nicoise, pommes dauphinoise, bouillabaisse, or fruits de mer on a street-level patio while viewing the sights against a beautiful lake backdrop. No! This is not the bank of the Seine River in France, but rather Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Resort, Las Vegas, on the fabulous Strip. When we went, it wasn't too busy, so no reservations were needed. We decided to sit outside and dine on the popular terrace, an exceptional outdoor "sidewalk" dining experience with unobstructed views of "Strip" action and dancing waters of Lake Bellagio. Their heaters were not working, so it was quite chilly, but the food was so exceptiona...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2005

Mon Ami Gabi
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89019
(702) 944-4224

Steak House at Circus Circus

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Restaurant | "Steak House"

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If you're into great steaks and ice-cold martinis, have I got a place for you! The Steak House has been a top-rated place for years. I just never wanted to believe it since it is housed in the horrifying Circus Circus. I'm a believer now! Once inside, you are in a dark, quiet, calm world. We had reservations, which are an absolute necessity, since this is a small, popular room. We showed up on time and were seated within 2 minutes. We had a booth that was classic tuck-and-roll leather. It was comfortable and classy all the way. The whole room is like that. The grill area is a prominent feature of the room. The chefs working in there are truly masters, and I think it's fitting that their perform...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2005

Steak House at Circus Circus
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 794-3767