Las Vegas Journals

Las Vegas Excitement

A June 2005 trip to Las Vegas by LA guy

MGM Grand Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Las Vegas is no longer the cheap, tacky place it once was 10 years ago. Now it is a bustling commercial center with upscale shopping, dinning, and entertainment so that one can easily spend days there and still not have seen everything.

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino"

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Rio is a 4-star resort that's located about half a mile outside of the Strip. However, don't let its location deter you from staying here as it provides free shuttle to and from the strip without charge. Check-in was efficient, and we soon were given the keys to our room. As we opened the door to our room, we were pleasantly surprised by what we saw. The room turned out to be a grand suite, which contained a comfy king-size bed, a large living space, a luxurious bathroom, and a large-screen television. It also contained the standard refrigerater, which contained the same overpriced snack and drinks as in every other hotel. The room was very clean and very well maintained. Definitely no problems...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 252-7777

Luxor Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Luxor Resort and Casino"

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Luxor is the unforgettable pyramid on the Strip that has the Xenon Laser that shoots up to the evening sky every night. We stayed here on two of our trips and found the place to be quite unique. The first floor is the lobby and the casino. The second floor is the "arcade," which houses the main attractions of this hotel (restaurants, shops, video games, etc). As one expected, the pyramid itself is the hotel, with the hotel rooms stacked on top of one another higher and higher up until they reach the pinnacle of the building. It’s because of this design that the designers of this building came up with the "diagonal" elevator that is capable of transporting guests up and down from their hotel ro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

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

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Circus Circus is best for families who have teenagers, as most of the attractions in this hotel consist of county fair-type shooting games and circus acts, and, of course, the adventure dome, which houses a roller coaster and a water ride. The rooms are generally okay, but it’s nothing to brag about (at least when I stayed there). Kids will love it here. However, adults might find this place a bit boring, as it is a bit too removed from the other major attractions on the Strip (Venetian, Paris, New York New York, and Caesar's Palace).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 734-0410

MGM Grand

Hotel

MGM Grand Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We stayed at MGM two Christmas' ago and found this mega-resort to be one of the best we have stayed in. The room was very spacious and offered a great view of the south side of the Strip from our window. Everyone was courteous and check-in was efficient.

We have visited MGM before, so we knew that the amenities at this resort would be just incredible. Inside the resort, there are numerous upscale restaurants (like Rum Jungle and Areola), buffets, gambling, the resident show "Ka," and a gigantic pool to suit everyone's need. Its proximity to the center of the Strip also made touring other hotels much easier. All in all, it is the perfect resort for anyone visiting Las Vegas.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 891-7777

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We stayed at this hotel for one night because it was on the way to the Grand Canyon, a last-minute change from our tour company. The Lady Luck may have once been the premier hotel in the region, but with the decline of the Old Town, so has it. The hotel itself is just okay. The main casino feels like any other casino, and even a little rundown in some of the areas. The hotel is reminiscent of the Las Vegas 10 years ago. And since it’s a few blocks away from the Old Town, Freemont Street, where most of the excitement happens, its location must have dampened its tourist population greatly. For our stay, we found that check-in was just alright and the rooms were moderate at best. The...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Lady Luck Hotel and Casino
206 North Third Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 477-3000

Golden Nugget

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Hotel

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Golden Nugget is the premier hotel/resort in Las Vegas' Old Town, located right on Fremont Street. We have only stayed in the Old Town once before, at the overpriced, and declining, Lady Luck. Therefore, we had reservations about this hotel/resort when we learned our Hotwire bid placed us there.But once we arrived, we found the hotel to be very well furnished, with marble floors, a tastefully designed lobby, and excellent customer service, definitely on par with the four-star rating listed on Hotwire. It had two hotel towers, one located on Fremont, the other closer to the parking garage. It contained a decent-sized pool and exercise center, although we didn't get to see either. There is als...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Golden Nugget
129 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 385-7111

Rumjungle

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Restaurant

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We ate at this restaurant before attending a concert that was to perform at Mandalay Bay that night. We decieded to eat here, because from the outside, it exuberated an unique atmosphere that tempted us to give it a try--that and the menu looks pretty good. Once we stepped in, we were amazed just how extravagantly this place has been designed. In the center is the grand "bar table", which divides the restaurnat into two halves, left and right. Each half is then divided in to three (front, mid, and back) sections by two giant sheet of glasses that ran from the top of the elevated ceiling to the rectangle pools that housed their footing. The glasses were illumintated from inside and with the sheet...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Rumjungle
3450 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
+1 877 632 5300

Feast Around the World Buffet

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Restaurant | "Sunset Station/Feast around the World"

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We decided to eat at Sunset Station (east side of Las Vegas) one time as we drove back from the Grand Canyon in Arizona. We happened to pass by at lunchtime, and our growling stomachs persuaded us to give it a try, as the billboard looked pretty interesting and the price was right (about $10/person). We had never heard of Sunset Station before and found the casino to be quite well maintained. The first floor is that of any typical casino, with lots of games and game tables. We briefly toured the place, then proceeded to the "Feast around the World," as it is called, for our lunch. We are not particularly fond of buffets in general, but we felt the food to be quite good for the pri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2005

Feast Around the World Buffet
2101 Texas Star Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130
+1 702 631 1000

Grand Cafe

Restaurant

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Grand Cafe is located in the Palace Station a few blocks west of the Strip. We decided to dine here because it was close to I-15, as we were driving up to Utah, and the price seemed great from the billiboards we saw. The restaurant itself is quite nicely decorated, with high ceiling, several plasma TVs mounted on the walls, and spacious seating. The menu is all the usual, with sandwiches, soups, salads, a few steak/prime rib options. However, with the lower-than-expected price also came a lower-than-expected quality - while everything is perfectly edible, the dishes just lack that extra effort to call it delicious. For a restaurant that's located in a multimillion-dollar casino, I was expect...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Grand Cafe
Palace Station
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
(702) 367-2411

Cirque Du Soleil-KA

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Attraction | "Kà"

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Having seen Mystere 2 years prior, we had wanted to see another show by Cirque du Soleil. And since "O" was sold out, we decided to see "Ka" instead. The theater is very well designed, with a "boat" theme. For pre-show entertainment, multiple performers ran across, dangled from, and jumped down the entirety of the stage, performing little tricks until the show was about to start. I won't give away the show, but let’s just say that the set is just incredible. It’s a giant floating stage that showcased the numerous acts that follow. A lot of thought must have been given to the design of the stage. Throughout the show, there were many sword plays, battles, acrobatics, and dangerous...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

Cirque Du Soleil-KA
MGM Grand Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mystere at Treasure Island

Attraction | "Cirque du Soleil's Mystere!"

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Mystere is the longtime resident show at Treasure Island. We saw this show 2 years ago and have found this to be quit an exciting show. The show doesn't have a storyline like "Ka." However, it more than makes up by supplying you with one extraordinary acrobatic after another. Soon, you are so engrossed in the incredible choreographies that you just crave more. I won't give the show away, but there were segments that had people stacked 4 stories high, people doing back flips over each other, and performers bounding back and forth between bamboo poles, to just name a few. It is a very worthy show.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

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

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil

Attraction | "O!"

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After seeing "O," "Ka," and "Mystere," I do believe "O" is the most superior of the three. "O" succeeds better in incorporating art and circus into a harmonious presentation that transcends "O" into superb entertainment. Beginning with a dazzling array of synchronized swimming coordinated with amazing rope play, with a stage design that can be described as intriguingly imaginative, the 90-minute show grabbed our attention the whole time, with each act leaving us wanting for more. From fire wheels to midair acrobatics to high elevation diving to creative human catapults across the on-stage pool, no act failed in its ultimate purpose--to entert...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

"O" by Cirque Du Soleil
Bellagio Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 987-3456

Red Rock

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Red Rock Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Red Rock State Park is located about 20 miles west of Las Vegas. We decided to visit this place because we were looking for something different than the busy Las Vegas Strip. We arrived here late morning and proceeded to drive the 10-mile scenic loop after a brief visit to the visitor center. The first stop turned out to be the best, as we stopped right alongside a huge chunk of red rocks and then hiked down the somewhat steep slope to see it up close. On the side of the mountain, there was an abandoned limestone quarry and we took a few pictures on top of the blocks of limestone left there. We decided not to embark on the trail that woudl lead us up the hill to the top of the red ro...Read More