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Only in Vegas... Baby...

A January 2007 trip to Las Vegas by toytwin78

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Quote: The best trip yet! We try to visit Vegas at least once a year and NYNY Hotel is our favorite hotel.

Only in Vegas... Baby...

Overview

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Our favorites over time, as we have explored Vegas, seem to be the things we return to repeat suchs as the Star Trek Experience at The Hilton.  We love the Monorail to get around. We have tried the Manhattan Express but it's not all its claimed to be (too bumpy). The Jacuzzi rooms, the best French dip sandwich at America Resturant, the Boulevard mall (not the high end one on the strip), Toby Keiths bar (try the club here it's huge), Regale Itlian resturant in Excalibur (just the best), and the wonderful views from any vantage point.Quick Tips: For coupons and discounts I usually do a search well ahead of a scheduled trip online, just hit "vegas coupons" in any se...Read More

New York New York Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "New York New York Hotel & Casino"

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We have tried the different rooms at NYNY but the best one is the spa/marquis suite. With a full size Jacuzzi in the room. So romantic! And not as much walking (to get to the room) as others. The views are great and you don't really notice the roller coaster noise (as others have stated).They did finally get rid of them using the room card to access the elevator, so now it is a breeze to get to your room. All elevators have access to the park garage. And the beds are so comfy.

We tried the roller coaster this time and it was cool.


Zumanity is another must see! (But not for the easily offended!) As it explores all aspects of sensuality.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 4, 2007

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

Nine Fine Irishmen

Restaurant

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This place is so cool. We couldn't get in the door on the weekend... We went on a Sunday instead, the food is excellent (especially the pot roast!).

They have live bands and a nice ambience... so romantic!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 4, 2007

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

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's

Restaurant | "Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill"

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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It's a nice place with great food (I love the club... it's huge), and sometimes they say you can see Toby Keith himself. Downsides - they charge to share a plate and the drink prices are not listed (even for soda).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah's
3475 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89029
(702) 369-5000

America

Restaurant

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Great food, great prices, interesting outlay. Try the French dip! It's better when they are not super busy, and they have a small breakfast buffet in the mornings. (The room service is even better.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

America
New York - New York Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 740-6451

Gonzalez Y Gonzalez New York New York Hotel & Casino

Restaurant | "Gonzalez y Gonzalez"

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Great Mexican food with fair prices. The drinks are good, and you have a view of the streets of New York - New York complete with steaming sewers... (right next to the no smoking sign!) It's an interesting way to people-watch.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Gonzalez Y Gonzalez New York New York Hotel & Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6969

Quark's Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Eat at Quark's!"

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A great place to unwind while you hubby goes NUMEROUS times through the star trek experience. Entrées are named after star trek characters (flaming ribs of targ... holy rings of betazed). And they have character actors who roam the dining room talking to guests... pretty cool!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Quark's Bar & Restaurant
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 697-8725

Harley Davidson

Restaurant

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Harley Davidson Café. On the strip. It has interesting displays of vintage motorcycles all through the restaurant. Food is good but a little pricey with kids (also not a lot of room if you have strollers). Usually very busy so expect a wait.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Harley Davidson
3725 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-4555

Regale Italian Eatery

Restaurant | "Excalibur Regale"

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This is one of our favorite places. It doesn't open until 5pm but is worth the wait.

Romantic dining, terrific food, excellent service.

Just off the escalators to the left.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Regale Italian Eatery
Excalibur Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 597-7443

Various Casinos

Restaurant

Excalibur Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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From Regale in Excalibur (excellent food!), Quarks Bar at the Hilton. (Try the specialty drinks... a warp core breach or the beer sampler of Romulan Ale, Klingon Blood Wine.) Or Kadys cafe at the Rivera (great all American food) to hard rocks quaint diner with terrific atmosphere there are many budget to mid priced places to eat. It all depends on where you are at when the hunger strikes you!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2007

New York New York Hotel and Casino

Attraction | "New York-New York Hotel Casino"

New York New York Hotel and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Manhattan Express roller coaster is cool, I love the arcade and collecting all the tickets, there are lots of crane machines (when they work), and having Haagen Daz to unwind after.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip

Attraction | "Night Flight Over the strip"

Las Vegas Strip Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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There are many helicopter flights companies to choose, we went with Heli USA for best price. For about $75 per person for the night flight over the Las Vegas Strip at night. It is so scenic to see all the lights from that angle (and I am afraid of heights... but it was nice).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada

Star Trek: The Experience

Attraction | "Star Trek Experience"

Star Trek: The Experience Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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A must for Star Trek fans, you can even get married on the bridge of the enterprise. It has interesting movie and series props from all series and time line data while you wait in line. It's quite extensive... and if you are going for the all day pass anyway, go the extra $ for the backstage preview. It gives you insights to how things were done.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

Star Trek: The Experience
Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 462-6535

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Attraction | "Forum Shops"

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Wow...the newly remodeled Caesars has alot, even just strolling around is entertaining.They have a huge fish tank and animated shows to keep you (or the kids) entertained while you wait for your other half to shop.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 893-4800

Fashion Show Mall

Attraction

Fashion Show Mall Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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So much to see, high end shopping but 'wow' what a staircase! This is a great place for people watching, wandering and especially shopping. Never know what you will find.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Fashion Show Mall
3200 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 369-8382

Cirque Du Soleil: Zumanity

Attraction | "Zumanity"

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Zumanity is a version of a circ show. The sexier side. Frankly the other circ ones seemed to bore me but I REALLY liked this one. It's not for everyone though, especially not kids. We have been 3 times now trying different seats and the balcony is the best. It combines comedy, sensuality, and an open acceptance in all aspects of sensuality.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

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

Las Vegas Monorail

Attraction

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One of the things I don't see covered much here is transportation. While cabs are the normal, and certainly buses are an option. The monorail is a cool way to travel for certain things. It runs from MGM to Sahara (stopping at Ballys, Flamingo, Harrahs, Convention Center, and Hilton) and saves money when you get an all-day or 3-day pass for unlimited rides. Passes can be bought ahead of time also www.lvmonorail.com. The only drawback is it does not cover the other side of the strip and the waiting area can be a little chilly in winter.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Las Vegas Monorail
3720 Howard Hughes Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
(702) 699-8200

The Venetian Gondola Rides

Attraction | "The Venetian~Gondolas"

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The gondola rides, a little steep at $20 person but worth it to try it once! Romantic way to spend the afternoon, you make an appointment through their office (at the far end of the canal) and it's about a 20-minute ride while you cruse and listen to your guide sing romantic songs in opera.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

The Venetian Gondola Rides
Grand Canal at The Venetian
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 883-6423

Free Fun!

Attraction | "Sights to See... They're Free!"

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From the free tram that runs from Excalibur to Mandaly Bay, volcano eruptions at the Mirage, sirens and pirates at Treasure Island, lions at MGM or tigers at Caesars Palace there is a lot of free things to do and see around town.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Free Fun!
Hotels on the Vegas Strip and More
Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxor Las Vegas

Attraction | "Luxor Pyramid"

Luxor Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Luxor is an interesting hotel, all the rooms are slanted and is a beautiful site at nite. Can be accessed for the free tram at Excalibur or Mandaly Bay too.Has Imax theatre and a few interesting things on second level but not a major stop.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Luxor Las Vegas
3900 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 262-4444

Harrah's Hotel Casino

Attraction | "Rita Rudner"

Harrah's Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Actually Rita is now at Harrahs... But her shows are great! Front row is nice but watch out she asks your name at the beginning and uses it all night to ask you questions and bring you into the conversation. (Hubby didn't like that part). But she is witty and charming and does a terrific show for the price.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Harrah's Hotel Casino
3475 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 369 5000

M&M Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Around town there are many interesting things to do.The M&M World with 4 levels of totally M&M stuff is cool, the Hilton has Star Trek (and Quarks Bar), MGM has the lions, Mirage has the volcano, TI has the pirates, the gondolas at venitian (there is a great doll shop there too!). The Coke Factory shop (check out the new coke black).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2007

Circus Circus Midway

Attraction | "Circus Circus Carnival Midway"

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This is a interesting place to take the kids, but bring lots of money, the games are not cheap anymore and you seldom win much (toys that is). It is sadly in need of a remodel and new carpet! The walkway is not very wide, especially with strollers and lots of people.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 24, 2007

Circus Circus Midway
2889 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 734-0410

Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand

Attraction | "The Lions at MGM"

Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Lion Habitat at MGM is a cool place to visit. Just past the entrance stairs, right after Studio 54 on the right. They usually have at least 2 lions in the enclosure, sometimes more. From cubs to full grown at different times. It's free to watch, and the only downside is the taped lion sounds.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2007

Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 891 1111; +1