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An August 2006 trip to Las Vegas by ttrllvr

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: About my trip this past August to Las Vegas.

Luxor Las Vegas

Hotel | "Luxor Resort and Casino"

The Luxor, the great black pyramid on the Southern end of the Strip, is a nice hotel to stay in during your trip. It is easy to find and get to from the airport, however, if you want to see the main attractions of the Strip, be prepared to walk. That said, it's located next to Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, and the walk to both is easy.I stayed in one of the Pyramid rooms, which means I got to ride in the Oscillator, which takes you sideways up the Pyramid. There are other rooms located in a separate building, which are normal hotel rooms. The room was spacious and clean, so it was worth the price.The Luxor contains a nice casino in the "second floor" which is the lobby area. Below, there...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

Luxor Las Vegas
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-1000



Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Bellagio is a fantastic resort to stay at in Las Vegas. It's a beautifully built hotel and the casino is very high end. The hotel is huge and has some of the most amazing art nestled in it's corridors.

Among some of the highlights you want to hit while visiting the Bellagio are the Atrium, the casino (of course), the buffet (if you are so inclined), and the O Cirque Du Soleil show. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Las Vegas!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

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

Le Café Île St. Louis

Restaurant | "Le Cafe Ile St. Louis"

Le Cafe Ile St. Louis is an interesting buffet. It's very "cute" and touristy, while maintaing that Vegas buffet style that many of the resorts have. Interestingly, I experienced a much more family atmosphere than I am used to with Vegas. The food was...ok. Compared to the genuine article it can't obviously compare, but it's not entirely inedible either. Lots of meat and veggies. The dessert bar is fantastic and worth the price, if nothing else. My big complaint is the layout. The restaurant is laid out so that it feels like you are eating at a cafe in the middle of a bunch of other cafes. Look, I've been to Europe and eaten in this type of atmosphere. While a street may be crowded wit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Le Café Île St. Louis
Paris Las Vegas - 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-4364

Bellagio Buffet


The Bellagio Buffet is supposedly "the best" in town. While I'll admit that it is a big, very nice buffet, it isn't the best buffet I've ever been to. It's overpriced and doesn't have as good as food as the buffet in the Paris Hotel.

Good things about it: It's huge, and has a lot of seating. However, get there early for meals, as EVERYONE and their brother tries to eat there. Service is fantastic and they do have a good variety of food.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

Bellagio Buffet
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 650-9459

Fremont Street Experience Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Fremont Street Experience is definitely something not to be missed. Besides seeing the infamous neon cowboy and girl, you also get a taste of some of the more seedier part of Vegas. The part that is reminiscent of the Sin City of yesteryear. The casinos and nightclubs are much cheaper than on the strip, as is the tourist shops.

Of course, the light show that begins in the evening and runs every hour is the trademark. They change it around a lot, so you get a different experience on each visit. It is well worth the time to go see the whole of Fremont Street on your trip to Vegas!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777

Las Vegas Monorail


The Las Vegas Monorail is in itself a good concept. Much like the Disney World Monorail, it makes an attempt to deliver easy transportation methods for tourists. However, it is unlike the DWM because it costs. A lot. Five dollars per ride is ridiculous considering that any other subway system around the world is much cheaper and can take you farther. Even with the 10-ride pass at $35, it's not that great of a bargain. Just bring a pair of comfy shoes and walk the strip. Much cheaper.