Las Vegas Journals

Four Days In Vegas

An April 2005 trip to Las Vegas by draftingbatman

Quote: A quick trip to Vegas meant a lot of walking but a lot of great places to visit and eat.

Four Days In Vegas

Overview

Quote:
My wife had never been to Vegas, so just seeing the sights was amazing. The hotels are so unique--they are a attraction all on their own. I loved the NY/NY Hotel and Casino.

Quick Tips:

Book your hotel through the hotel's website. If you sign up for their mailing lists, you will get emails about once a month with upcoming specials, which usually will include coupons for your stay. Try to see as many of the hotels as you can. Each is unique and has something to take your breath away.

Best Way To Get Around:

It's worth it to rent a car here. Every place has free valet parking. If you want to visit a lot of places, this will save you a couple of bucks (don't forget to tip).

New York New York Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "New York/New York Hotel and Casino"

Quote:
We walked through just about every hotel in Las Vegas, and we are glad we stayed here. We are in our mid-20s, so we wanted to stay someplace fun, not just someplace fancy like Venetian. This is the place to stay for people who like to do things besides gamble. The inside is supposed to look like New York City, including a stream running through Central Park. The restaurant area looks like the village, including the little shops you always see. The pool is not the greatest, but it gets the job done. Be prepared to walk a lot. The hotel is laid out in a long pattern instead of a box, so it can take a couple minutes to reach the front door from your room. The rooms were nicely decorated--nothing extremel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

New York New York Hotel & Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6969

Main Street Station

Hotel | "Main St Station"

Quote:
We stayed one night here because it was only $50 a night during the week. You get what you pay for in Vegas. Nothing was that special in the hotel. There was no valet parking. Everything was clean and neat. If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in Vegas, stay here. It is only about 3 blocks to the Fremont Street Experience. If you want to go to the Strip, make sure you have a rental car. If you take the highway instead of the Strip, you can get to most hotels in about 15 minutes or less.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Main Street Station
200 North Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 387-1896

Il Fornario at New York-New York

Restaurant | "Il Fornario"

Quote:
We got a coupon for a free breakfast when we stayed at the hotel, so we had to go. I guess that's what everyone else was thinking too. At 8:30pm, we had a 30-minute wait. The dining options are very neat--inside or "outside", next to the stream. They start you out with fresh bread and jam. It's very good. The service is okay. I think they had too many people and not enough waiters. The food we ate was very very good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Il Fornario at New York-New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada
702/740-6403

Mon Ami Gabi

Restaurant

Quote:
We decided to go here because it is right across the street from the Bellagio Fountains. As usual in Vegas, we had a 30-minute wait. Unfortunately, it was so windy that the fountains weren't running. The main restaurant is dark, but we were able to sit in the bar/patio area, which is all windows. I recommend this over the dark main room. The waiter was the usual stuck-up French guy. The food was really good though, especially the fresh bread they start you out with. Ours was warm when it came out. Try the shredded carrot spread for the bread (I know it sounds weird, but it is really good).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

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

Main Street Buffet

Restaurant

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To start out with, I am not a buffet fan. We went because we were staying in the hotel, and it was supposed to be rated one of the best in Vegas. Again, the wait was crazy for dinner. We waited in line for about an hour. The line goes back and forth like at an amusement park. The one thing that made it better is the bar, which is really close by. You can get the Main Street Microbrew for less than 2 dollars. We happened to be there during steak night. They have many different stations: pizza, kids' food, dessert, Chinese, American, etc. For a buffet, it was pretty good. You have to go to at least one buffet in Vegas, so why not this one?

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Main Street Buffet
Main Street Casino - 200 N. Main Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 388-2608

The Pub at Monte Carlo

Restaurant | "Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery"

Quote:
This is a great place to eat. It will take you forever to get there, since you have to walk the whole way through the casino. If you like microbreweries, you will like this place. It has the typical commercial theme (wood bar, exposed pipes and support posts, sports on TV). The beer was really good. If you go with a big group (or if you are really thirsty), you can order your beer in bulk. They bring out your own tap to sit on the table. It's a cylinder about 6 inches across and 4 feet high, with a spigot at the bottom. We had the hamburger and fries, which I recommend. It's a relatively cheap place to eat in Vegas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

The Pub at Monte Carlo
3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 730-7777

Mr. Luckys 24/7

Restaurant | "Mr. Lucky's 24/7"

Quote:
Located in The Hard Rock, it's a little out-of-the-way but worth the visit. First, make sure you sign up for the slot card, because you get a coupon for a free dessert. When you get to the restaurant, forget about the menu. Order the special. For $7.77, you get a salad, steak, shrimp, and mashed potatoes. All the food was suprisingly good for such a cheap price.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Mr. Luckys 24/7
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
800-473-ROCK

In-N-Out Burger

Restaurant

Quote:
We are from the east, so this was a new experience for us. If you have a rental car, you have to go here. Don't go if you are looking for a big menu. You have three choices for burgers, one choice for fries, and soda or milkshake to drink. The hamburgers come with a Thousand Island-type dressing instead of ketchup, but you can change it if you like. The food is much better than the other fast-food places. You could tell by the huge line of locals at lunch. Give it a try.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

In-N-Out Burger
2900 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mystere at Treasure Island

Attraction | "Cirque de Soleil - Mystere"

Quote:
My wife made me go to this show, but now I'm glad she did. We made sure to buy tickets beforehand. Before the show starts, they have a man running around messing with people. He pulls people out of their seats, makes fun of people, etc. Once the show starts, prepared to be amazed. The acrobatics were very neat, and there was enough humor mixed in to keep you smiling. (Unless you like popcorn poured all over you, try to keep out of the last row of the middle section.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Mystere at Treasure Island
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 796-9999

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Attraction | "Siegfried & Roy's Dolphin Habitat & Secret Garden"

Quote:
I felt a little ripped-off for paying that much to see maybe 12 animals, but it was neat experience. The dolphins love to show off in front of people, even when the trainers aren't there. You will be able to be about 6 feet away from them. The caged animals were also neat to watch. You were able to get about 3 feet away from them. Just watch out if they turn their butt towards you. It means you’re about to get peed on (I watched someone there find this out the hard way). This is no zoo, but if you like animals, this is a good place to see them in Vegas

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7188

The Roller Coaster at New York New York

Attraction | "Roller Coaster at New York New York"

Quote:
This is a giant rip-off. It's $12 to ride a roller coaster. It's neat to actually ride a roller coaster in the middle of Las Vegas, but if you don't have a coupon, just skip it.

The Roller Coaster at New York New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
866.815.4365