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Las Vegas IV and the Death Star Bonus

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A September 2005 trip to Las Vegas by Carmen

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Las Vegas IV and the Death Star Bonus

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While there were some favorite repeat activities, we also wanted to try new things, like some of the nightclubs on the Strip. My favorite club was Light at the Bellagio, beating out the brand-new Tao at the Venetian by a nose. (The -a-head cover at Tao was the deciding factor.) The more lounge-like Ghost Bar at the Palms was also a highlight, as was the sing-along-sensation of The Bar at Times Square in NY NY. Of course, it helped that we knew a friend of a friend who helped us get past the lines in all the hottest places. Then there was the first-class food! Anyone who’s read any of my journals knows my weakness for a good steak, and Emeril’s Delmonico...Read More

Bellagio

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Hotel | "Bellagio – A 2-Star 5-Star Hotel"

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From the time I first stepped onto the Las Vegas strip, I was in love with the Bellagio. It was a beautiful Italian building, it had the lovely fountains, it had Picassos, it was luxury. I lamented that I couldn’t spend the $350 a night to stay in such decadence – until I came across a $199 rate for a Thursday night (for a pool view). What luck, right? Wrong. Why anyone would pay over $200 a night for a stay here baffles me. The room, while nice looking, was only “ok.” (The rooms at the 4-star Mandalay Bay were bigger and more bright and luxurious.) When I pulled up in the cab, I expected the bellman in their top hats to open my door for me and make me feel like royalty. I would have to fig...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

New York New York Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "NY NY – the Neon Big Apple"

New York  New York Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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After our experience at the Bellagio, just about any hotel that we stayed in would’ve been an improvement! But for $159 a night (which was a surprise, because we booked at $189) you just couldn’t shake a stick at NY NY. I’ll start with the (minor) things that I didn’t like. I wasn’t a big fan of the décor in our room (retro purple is what I call it), but the room itself was bigger than the Bellagio, and it was a corner room, which meant almost every wall was a window. However, the corner room meant a very long walk from the elevators – not recommended while drinking or having danced with sore feet. Also, I didn’t like that to get to the rooms, you had to walk through the casino maze. Also, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

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

Delmonico Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Delmonico – The Steak that Emeril Built"

Delmonico Steakhouse Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Voted #1 steakhouse in Las Vegas and a Frommers favorite, our hard-to-get reservation at Emeril’s Delmonico steakhouse was our biggest coup of the trip. We were seated almost immediately (which I would guess comes from our relatively early reservation time of 6:30 p.m.) and shown to a table near the back of the restaurant. That was just fine by me, because I got to walk through and appreciate Delmonico from an aesthetic point of view before I could judge the food. All the senses were in overload. They eyes took in a very smooth mix of modern with old-world bistro, with arched doorways to accompany the hard, straight lines of the tables and chairs, which stimulated the touch sensation with their...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

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

Corsa Cucina

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Restaurant | "Corsa Cucina – Vroom Vroom"

Corsa Cucina Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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A stop to check out the new Wynn hotel seemed out of the way – UNLESS we HAD to go there to eat dinner. That was the logic we used, anyway, when we made reservations at Corsa Cucina, one of the restaurants in the new hotel and casino. I was surprised that it wasn’t named the Wynn Cucina, as everything else in the hotel has got his name all over it (who does this guy think he is? Trump?). While the restaurant doesn’t bear his name, it does scream Steve Wynn with its very masculine décor and pictures of Ferraris everywhere. (Wynn is involved with racing, and the restaurant just happens to be right next to the Ferrari shop that is located within the hotel.). My friend said it felt like sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Corsa Cucina
Wynn Hotel, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 770-2040

The Ghost Bar

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Attraction | "Ghost Bar – a Bootiful View"

The Ghost Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Ghost Bar is the Palms’ contribution to the ultra lounge sensation that’s sweeping Las Vegas. Located at the top of the hotel, part of the Ghost Bar extends out over the strip onto the Ghost Desk, offering up some amazing views (I’d dare say a great sunset location, if it was open at that time of day) and some unexpected thrills. Part of the outdoor deck’s floor is glass (ok, acrylic, but same difference), and at 55 stories up, it was a bit more unnerving that I’d thought it would be. No one that came upon the glass floor area took walking on it lightly. I stood on it for a few seconds as I looked down and marked it as something I’d done and didn’t really want to chance again. The biggest ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

The Ghost Bar
The Palms
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
702.938.2666

Bellagio

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Hotel | "Let There Be Light"

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The one redeeming thing to come out of the Bellagio hotel is its nightclub – Light. It’s easy to see why this club would be a celeb favorite in Vegas, as Light is heavy on the fun. The music from the club spills out onto the casino floor, but it’s the inside that brings Light to life. After you fork over your $30 cover (you can pay $20 extra for front-of-the-line passes) you’re ushered onto an escalator which takes you to the second floor. You can hear the music, much louder now, but you still can’t see the club! You roam down a dark, narrow hallway, where Light is at the end of the tunnel. If you can find a spot on the dance floor, snag it, because you might not get the chance again. This...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

Tao Night Club

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Attraction | "Tao – An Enlightening Experience"

Tao Night Club Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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What was before only an Eastern religion and the philosophy of a stuffed bear has now become a righteous nightclub experience in the Venetian hotel. Opened Sept. 24, 2005, Tao redefines what a nightclub in Vegas should be. We visited only a week after its celebrity-studded opening. It was either the newness factor or the $50 cover charge, but we found it to be THE place to be on Saturday night. Thank goodness for our new friend the line-butter, because the line was circling the “courtyard” in which Tao is located. Once inside, we were elevatored up and delivered to a dance floor filled with people and a décor filled with Asian influences. Everywhere you looked, your eyes found some new surp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Tao Night Club
3377 Las Vegas Blvd S # 2025
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 388-8588

Times Square Bar

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Attraction | "The Bar At Times Square – Sing It Baby!"

Times Square Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Sing us a song Mr. Piano man. Sing us a song, tonight!” – That Billy Joel song is probably the most-requested song ever for a piano bar, and you can expect to hear it here. However, you’ll also get some ACDC, Bon Jovi, Def Lepard and more – whatever you can request really, the dueling pianists will oblige – for a price. The Bar at Times Square is located in – in case the name didn’t tip you off – in the NY NY hotel. Until recently, you could expect long lines and standing room only at any time – until the hotel decided to start booking reservations for tables at a total cost of $20 ($10 cover no matter what and $10 for the reservation.) Now, this all works in theory, however, the Food and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Times Square Bar
New York-New York Hotel & Casino Las Vegas / 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6969

Nine Fine Irishmen

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Restaurant | "9 Fine Irishmen – Can I Have #4?"

Nine Fine Irishmen Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Located in the NY NY hotel, 9 Fine Irishmen brings a wonderful Irish pub to the heart of New York, well, the one in Vegas, anyway. And I mean they LITERALLY bring the Irish pub here, it was transported to Vegas from Ireland. Inspired by 9 Irish independence fighters from the 1800s, 9 Fine Irishmen (which has nothing do to with the way they look, by the way) is a true Irish pub, filled with stouts and other fine beers, as well as a very entertaining Irish band and some Irish step dancers.The bar is a two-floor establishment, but you’ll only get to see the band from the first floor, and only if you crowd around the small stage and push other people out of your way. Fear not, however, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Nine Fine Irishmen
New York New York Casino - 3790 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 740-6969

Four Queens Casino

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Attraction | "Four Queens – Can You Hit 21 With 6 Cards?"

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Everyone should take a little side trip off the strip and head to Freemont Street – if not for the free light show and better odds, than at least to play some Blackjack at the $2 or $5 tables. My choice each year for low-stakes Blackjack (I can play more hands this way) is the Four Queens. They have the lowest-stakes Blackjack that I’ve found yet, with a $2 table. Just know that you’ll probably have to wait to play at the $2 table, and they’re pretty easy to find, in that the fact that they’re always full! I didn’t want to wait for the $2 table, so I moseyed on over to the $5 to plunk down my $40. Things started off well, I was $15 up. Then, through three dealers and several han...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 6, 2005

Four Queens Casino
202 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101