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Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

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A September 2005 trip to Las Vegas by Shaken_Bake

Riviera Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: My husband and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Sin City when we found an unbeatable package deal with America West. Three days in Las Vegas is the perfect amount of time for me; we gambled, ate well, and saw all the sights. Viva, Las Vegas!

Riviera Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Riviera Casino Hotel"

Riviera Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Riviera Hotel and Casino is one of the oldest big hotels still left on the Strip. Built in 1955, it has 2,136 rooms as well as numerous restaurants and cafes, a convention center, and a medium-sized casino. It's on the north end of the Strip, a good distance from the action of the newer and glitzier establishments. Some of the lots in the area are under construction or being torn down, so the neighborhood can be trashy-looking. The hotel decor and furnishings are a little dated and the place isn't as lively as it used to be, but on the whole, the Riviera is a good value for the money when you can get low rates or a package deal. We arrived on a Labor Day weekend Saturday and were able to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2005

Riviera Hotel & Casino
2901 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
702/794-9494

Chin Chin

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Restaurant | "Chin Chin Cafe"

Chin Chin Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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In New York New York Hotel & Casino, there are numerous places to eat, particularly for casual and fast-food dining. Chin Chin Cafe is in an attractive, modern-looking space that offers updated versions of many Chinese classics. They are known for their dim sum, a tasty assortment of Chinese appetizers, like dumplings. It seemed like a good place to have a bite before our show. The server was attentive and quick, which got our visit off to a good start. We did enjoy our appetizer, four Cantonese dumplings with a number of sweet and savory dipping sauces. However, our menu selections were pretty disappointing. I ordered a tangerine beef dish, crispy beef strips in a tangy sauce, which I...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2005

Chin Chin
3790 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
+1 702 740 6300

Peppermill Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Pepper Mill Lounge and Restaurant"

Peppermill Restaurant Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Peppermill Lounge and Restaurant is a longtime Vegas establishment famous for its good food, huge portions, and intimate, friendly lounge. The decor has to be seen to be believed: intense neon strips of blue and pink outline much of the wall space and highlight the colorful seating and carpeting, enormous artificial cherry trees tower over the booths, and a long counter overlooks the kitchen area. It can be a bit of sensory overload, but it grows on you as you spend time enjoying the people-watching and certainly the food. Before it was remodeled, the Peppermill was featured in the movie, "Casino" because it epitomized ‘70s decor in Vegas. Apparently, Robert DeNiro was so taken with it, he fre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2005

Peppermill Restaurant
2985 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-1930
(702) 735-4177

Steak House at Circus Circus

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Steak House at Circus Circus Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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When my husband first suggested that we make reservations for dinner at a restaurant located within Circus Circus, a hotel notorious for children running amok and its chaotic, noisy casino, I was pretty skeptical. I expected something like Outback or Lone Star, not that they’re awful, but they’re not places I'd want to get dressed up for! I'm certainly glad I was wrong! The Steakhouse is an absolute oasis once you’ve navigated through the corridors and casinos in Circus Circus. The cool, dark paneling in the entryway is very inviting and immediately calming. We were warmly greeted by a hostess and seated quickly. The restaurant certainly has all the qualities of a good steakhouse: open gril...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2005

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

Cirque Du Soleil: Zumanity

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Attraction | "Cirque Du Soleil - Zumanity"

Cirque Du Soleil: Zumanity Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil production and was very eager to see what all the fuss was about when we planned our trip to Las Vegas. My husband wasn't too sure what to make of it: Acrobats? Dancing? Huh? Nudity? Well, okay then! I would first of all describe Zumanity as the least spectacular of the four Cirque du Soleil performances currently playing in Las Vegas ("Ka," "O," and "Mystere" are the others). The website describes the show as, "a provocative, cabaret-style production with a Cirque du Soleil twist. The adult-themed, 90-minute production is unveiled at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas." Reviews of the show were mixed; some patrons didn’t like the humor, sex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2005

Cirque Du Soleil: Zumanity
New York New York Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6815

Quick Yays and Boos in Vegas

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Viva Las Vegas! Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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One quickly learns what works and what doesn't in Vegas. At least there are always choices if you don't like something… most of the time! Here's a short list of what I liked and didn't like: MOST EXCELLENT: Slots-o-Fun (next to Circus Circus) was our hangout for low-stakes gambling. We gave that dollar craps table a workout, perfect for hubby, who was a craps virgin but had been practicing diligently with Casino-on-Net! There was always a good vibe, decent winnings, and a blackjack table, where, one afternoon, the dealer always went bust and never got 21! Overall, we were just down slightly and had money in our wallets going home. I didn't expect to do much better than that. ...Read More