Las Vegas Journals

A Strange Thanksgiving in the New Sin City

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A November 2008 trip to Las Vegas by Red Mezz

Excalibur Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Popping across from California for some exuberant buffet dining on Thanksgiving - I got a good taste of the changes Las Vegas has undergone in the past 6 years.

Hoover Dam

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Attraction | "The Most Impressive Thing off the Strip..."

Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
You can't really do a review of Las Vegas - new or old - with out a mention to one of it's most visited attractions, Hoover Dam. For a structure that at the time of it's construction was the biggest concrete structure in the world - it's often easy to forget that it's a part of the Las Vegas experience. I think in many ways the Hoover Dam is seen an attraction for the older generation, the family trip, or the hard core 'tourist.' But you shouldn't let this put you off. If your time in Las Vegas allows it, then you should get out of the bright lights of the city into the desert a bit. To fully appreciate what Vegas is, and where it has come from, the desert is the place to go. And now...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2010

Hoover Dam
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

Beware the Time Share

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It seems that in recent times, the introduction of the 'Time Share Salesman' to areas like Las Vegas and Reno is nothing new. When I spoke to friends about it after our experience, more than one of them came out with 'Yes, I experienced something similar last year on my trip to...' Unfortunately, we arrived in Las Vegas after a 7 year hiatus and being in the middle of a round the world trip with no knowledge of this whatsoever. For me - this was the catalyst which brought Vegas down significantly in my opinion. There were many aspects of change which meant that - for me - it was no longer the greatest destination I had ever been to, or one of my favourite places to go. But ...Read More

Gonzalez Y Gonzalez New York New York Hotel & Casino

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Restaurant | "Interesting and Tasty..."

Quote:
Designed around a well known New York Mexican Restaurant, Gonzalez y Gonzalez in New York, New York in Las Vegas is a nice addition to the multi-cultural feel that the hotel offers. Located in the midst of the 'historic' district of New York food dining area of the hotel, you could almost miss this little restaurant as the drama around the many, many other restaurants can be somewhat more appealing. But a hint of Old Vegas survives here for me, as somewhere in the midst of the old brick buildings that make up the scenery here, the little old Irish pubs and Italian pizzerias the sense of MGM and their domination over the strip gets a little less prominent. Perhaps ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2010

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

Southpoint Hotel Bowling

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Attraction | "Midnight Bowling Rocks Hard in Las Vegas..."

Southpoint Hotel Bowling Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
After our week that was largely disillusionment with the Las Vegas we remembered and the new strange MGM built theme park of a place, we found a spectacular and unexpected repose in a new off-the-beaten track hotel that we may not have actually heard about had we not had to venture down away from the strip to find the hoax of a free meal we were offered by the timeshare group. It's a strange, though shiny and new hotel - it is definitely off the strip so if you are with out a car getting out there might be a bit tricky. But with a car - especially at midnight - it's a pleasant and easy 15 minute drive from the center of the strip. The hotel is big, and in an area that is only ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2010

Southpoint Hotel Bowling
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

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Restaurant | "Brilliant Beer and Food..."

Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
Where a lot of my opinion of Las Vegas went down on this trip due to it's changes in the past couple of years, one thing that was better even than I remember was the restaurants. If there is one thing that Vegas still does extremely well - it is their upscale restaurants, although now you will really pay for them. I think the days of really cheap lobster and steak on the strip have come and gone. But at least what has replaced it are some very classy, well designed restaurants with brilliant food, and for that I was very pleased and impressed. And Isla was certainly one of these. Isla Mexican Kitchen - located in the Treasure Island hotel and casino is one of thos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2010

Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar
3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada
702/894-7111

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

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Hotel | "Tall and Above it All..."

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It's not quite as easy as it seems to review The Stratosphere hotel on my second visit to Las Vegas amidst all of the 'New Vegas' additions. In tribute to our original visit, we had decided to spend our week split between either end of the strip - half at the Excalibur and the other half at the Stratosphere. This was an excellent idea the last time as it gave us a full, well rounded experience of the strip (as one end is significantly different than the other) and still allowed us to do a lot of walking around without the enormous hike that would be going from one end to the other. On our last visit, the Stratosphere was the cheaper option (and the second half of the week when mone...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 25, 2010

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 380-7777

Excalibur Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Almost unrecognizable"

Excalibur Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
The first time I came to Las Vegas,the Excalibur was the first of the two glorious hotels I stayed in in what quickly became one of my favourite cities, and so it has a lot of sentimental value. When I decided to come back to Vegas for Thanksgiving week in 2008, I couldn't resist the temptation to spend the first couple of days in a place filled with so many good memories. And it didn't hurt that it seemed to be the only hotel offering a really good Thanksgiving deal - a price that was pretty cheap for a holiday week. However, when I arrived I found something very different to what I experienced last time. Though always a little cheesy with it's enormous castle exterior...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 6, 2010

Excalibur Hotel & Casino
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 597-7777

Roundtable Buffet at the Excalibar

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Restaurant | "Can't Have Thanksgiving with out the Turkey"

Roundtable Buffet at the Excalibar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
Quote:
If you're going to have Thanksgiving in Las Vegas - the most important thing to decide is where to eat. Luckily for us we had almost an entire week in the city to try out a lot of places, so Thanksgiving dinner was all about the turkey. Well - at least it was about finding the best place that I could eat like I do at home on Thanksgiving... We arrived in Las Vegas after a spending a year in New Zealand, and since I've been living in the UK, it had been almost 4 years since I'd had a real, all American Thanksgiving dinner. It had to be huge, and it had to have all the trimmings. I am sure there are a lot of places in Las Vegas where you can enjoy a real Thanksgiving...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2010

Roundtable Buffet at the Excalibar
3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 597-7777