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An April 2007 trip to Las Vegas by Dagnasty

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Quote: An HGVC member's perspective with advice about having an active vacation in and around Sin City.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip

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Hotel | "HGVC on the Las Vegas Strip"

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My Wife and I stayed for five nights using our Hilton timeshare points. Our friends joined us. We stayed in a 'penthouse' suite in Tower 2 on the 32nd floor. Our friends stayed in a regular suite on the 8th. Penthouse level rooms have upgraded amenities including larger flat screen TVs, Bose 5.1 surround sound, cathedral ceilings, multiple jets in the shower, and Jacuzzi jets in the tub.From our room, we could see the MGM, the Wynn, Palms, Rio, and others. The rooms facing the strip have a limited view of Las Vegas Blvd. because of a high-rise condo tower next door. The higher floors of the next new towers might offer a better view.The hotel is quiet even with construction across ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) on the Las Vegas Strip
2650 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 765-8300

Delmonico Steakhouse

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A $215 dinner for two. Was it worth it?I wanted to treat my wife and myself to a really nice evening out in Vegas. We had a great meal, and a good time. So I suppose it was worth it.We had reservations for the evening of April 3, and were seated immediately upon arrival. The host sized us up for a second, but wasn't obvious about it. We were dressed smart, or business casual, and were seated in a quiet corner of the front room. It wasn't until I went to the restroom that I learned that those dressed down are relegated to a glass enclosed "casual room" tucked away from view.We enjoyed the crab cakes appetizer and a garden salad before the main course. Both were very good. I also...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

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

Firefly on Paradise

Restaurant | "Firefly on Paradise Rd."

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Tapas-style dining allows you to sample lots of different dishes. You can order as little or as much as you'd like to suit your appetite. Firefly, on Paradise Road, is one of two tapas restaurants in Vegas. I can't speak about Cafe Ba Ba Reeba (at the Fashion Mall), but Firefly's menu is an infusion of Spanish, Asian, and other food flavors.We went with friends, and I recommend you do the same. It's more fun, and you can order more and sample more.Their mojitos (a minty Cuban rum drink) tasted pretty authentic though I'm not a fan. I preferred their sangria; fruity and just as refreshing on a warm evening.I can't describe all the dishes we had that night. After the alcohol, can you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Firefly on Paradise
3900 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 369-3971

Shibuya

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It seems there are sushi joints all over the place these days. Even the local supermarket sells prepared sushi."Authentic" sushi is hard to find. Most sushi restaurants are owned by Chinese or Koreans. If you're lucky enough to find a Japanese sushi chef, the sushi menu is usually Americanized with entries like "M-16" or "Brooklyn" rolls.My buddy and I have traveled extensively throughout Asia, including long stints in Japan. We don't claim to be experts, but we both speak conversational Japanese. Shibuya at the MGM is pretty authentic. This was my second visit in 7 years. The wait staff actually are Japanese. They have a pretty good selection of tempura (agemono or deep-fried items), ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Shibuya
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 880-0880

Seablue

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I made reservations for our party of four at Seablue because we were going to see KA at the MGM that night.I had read reviews about Seablue prior to our visit—they said to avoid the shellfish, which seemed odd since they claim to fly everything in fresh daily. So the ladies ordered the tuna steaks, my buddy ordered the prawns. I ordered a pork tagine (seasoned baked dish in a Moroccan clay pot). The tuna steaks were good, but not to die for. The pork dish I got was better, but oddly out of place for a seafood restaurant.They had an OK wine selection, but it was pricey. The tiramisu wasn't very memorable.While the food wasn't bad, we felt it wasn't spectacular, and it was ov...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Seablue
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 262-2220

Cirque Du Soleil-KA

Attraction | "Cirque Du Soleil - KA"

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I'll keep this short. To date, we've seen two travelling Cirque shows, "O" and Mystere in Vegas, LaNouba in Orlando, and Ka at the MGM Grand. Ka isn't like the traditional Cirque show. There aren't the usual graceful circus performers; no trapeze or Chinese gymnasts. This show is pretty dark, with lots of drums, flashes of pyrotechnics, and pseudo-martial arts epic battles. In my opinion, the story line is the easiest to follow of all the Cirque shows. You might count the stage as part of the essential cast. It tilts, giving you almost a bird's-eye-view of the action (but not as innovative as the water tank in "O"). The sword, spear, arrows, and cannon battles were pretty cool. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

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

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

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Attraction | "White Tigers/Siegfried/Roy's Secret Garden"

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Secret Garden isn't flashy like SeaWorld, and it isn't as informative as some modern zoos. But it's a nice slow break from the hustle and bustle. We've swam with dolphins before in Mexico, and at Discovery Cove (SeaWorld, Orlando). The "trainer experience" is available through the Mirage Hotel. Check the website for current price$e$. The Secret Garden staff don't claim and don't pretend that anything they do is a show. After a brief safety lecture, you're free to walk around and spend as much time as you'd like in the garden. You get to watch some "training" sessions with the high-paying guests. In our opinion, this was pretty amusing, educational, and enter...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7188

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Still looking for a $5 card table in Vegas? The Palace Station is a local favorite. I must say, I don't always feel comfortable at most of the big glitzy casinos. I'm no high rolling card shark, but I'm no cheapskate either. That's why I really like the homey feeling you get at the Palace Station Casino. Five-dollar and up tables let you gamble safely, and let you stretch your entertainment dollars farther and longer. I like straight blackjack, but they've also got pai-gow poker and other card games. Most of Vegas is using a six-deck shoe, but some are going to eight decks to combat graduates of the MIT Card Counting Team. The ladies in our group really ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Palace Station Hotel and Casino
2411 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 367-2411

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)

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Attraction | "Grand Canyon Skywalk and Hoover Dam Day Trip"

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk) Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Two-and-a-half hours from Vegas via the Hoover Dam is the new Grand Canyon Skywalk. You can find news reports and general info on the web about it. If you really must see the Grand Canyon, but don't have time to drive to the National Park, the Hualapai Indian Reservation (aka Grand Canyon West) is a pretty good option, albeit pricey.We spent our last day visiting the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. We rented a car for our week stay in Vegas; an SUV would have been better... We left the hotel at 6am, crossed the dam just before 7am. Our plan was to finish the tour of the Indian reservation and be back to the Grand Canyon around 1pm. A bonus is the time zone change, which lets y...Read More

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)
Pierce Ferry Road To Diamond Bar Road
Peach Springs, AZ 89146
(928) 769-2219