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Escape to Las Vegas between Major Holidays

A December 2001 trip to Las Vegas by hwlrmnky

Quote: I have been to Las Vegas over two dozen times and now I can honestly say that the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is one of the very best times to go.

Escape to Las Vegas between Major Holidays

Overview

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December 25-29 yields some of the most reasonable room rates I have ever seen (at reputable hotels) in Vegas. We were able to stay at the Las Vegas Hilton for three nights at , & 39 succesively, and get two free tickets to the Star Trek Experience--normally each--as well as various and sundry other discounts.Quick Tips: When looking for cheap, go corporate! (Odd but true.) If you visit ParkPlace.com and click on Las Vegas, you will be able to check package rates for both Hiltons (Flamingo and Las Vegas), as well as Bally's and Paris Las Vegas, more quickly and intuitively than if you went through each property's individual website.Best Way To Get Around: If you are staying on The ...Read More

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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Hotel | "Las Vegas Hilton"

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The regular guest rooms at this Hilton are spacious, well-kept and--perhaps because of its proximity to the Convention Center--quite geared to the business traveller with a dataport on each of the two phones, reasonable telephone charges, a great deal of dignity and very little romance. Rooms come with either two queen beds or one king; king rooms have a comfortable club chair with ottoman. Rooms also have work spaces by the windows allowing for some lovely views at night. Bathrooms are spacious, though the tubs are functional as opposed to luxurious. These rooms have personal safes but no refrigerator. These Hilton rooms have a superior lighting system. Unlike many hotels, enough different lights,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2002

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 732-5111

Quark's Bar & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Eat at Quark's!"

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Whenever I go to Las Vegas, I make sure to stop in and have a meal at Quark's at the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. The food, American with a touch of Asian fusion, is consistently quite good, plentiful, and reasonably priced. Furthermore, Ferengi and Klingons abound, and the bartenders mix up very fine "foofy drinks" with Trek-inspired names. The waitstaff appears to be human, but members of other alien races walk about the dining area making conversation (in character) with patrons. If you are worried about being allowed to eat in peace, don't be--the aliens have a very good sense of when they their company has grown "enough." I once had a perfectly productive casual business lunch at...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2002

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

Las Vegas Hilton Buffet

Restaurant | "Buffet at the Las Vegas Hilton"

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I was astonished that dinner at the Las Vegas Hilton buffet was only $10.95. Compared to some buffets on The Strip that clock in at about $20, this is an amazing deal. The food is delectable and the Hilton generally does not skimp--the meat in Beef Bourguignon was excellent, the vegetarian dishes were varied and plentiful, and the salad looked fresh in the dead of winter. I believe the overall quality of hot food was superior to the MGM's buffet. My one complaint was that the breaded shrimp, while delicious, were very scarce on actual shrimp meat...as I wrote above, they generally do not skimp...overall, $10.95 for this quality of food is a genuine deal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Las Vegas Hilton Buffet
3000 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-732-5111

Spa At The Las Vegas Hilton

Attraction | "Spa and Personal Care at the Las Vegas Hilton"

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The Spa at the Las Vegas Hilton is well-equipped and reasonably priced. The staff is cheerful and friendly and handles multiple questions from new visitors gracefully. It is much more luxurious than the standard business-class hotel exercise room and spa but less lush than the seasoned spa habituee will want. The Regis Salon (a ubiqutous chain in Vegas) at this Hilton has well-mannered desk staff an especially good hair stylist named Michael.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2002

Spa At The Las Vegas Hilton
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702 732 5111

Venetian Guggenheim Hermitage Museum

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Attraction | "Guggenheim at the Venetian"

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The Venetian's Guggenheims are actually two separate exhibits with two separate entry fees. The Guggenheim-LV installation through June 2002 is The Art of the Motorcycle. This exhibit originally opened in New York in 1998; my brother, a motorcyclist, was so thoroughly blown away by it that I knew I needed to see it eventually. My parents, husband and I started with the Motorcycle exhibit. This is a LARGE exhibit, fascinating in varying degrees for different members of our party. My mother lost interest first; her interest in history was tickled by the very old bikes from the late 19th century and she was intrigued by the advances in paint and aerodynamics, but ultimately, she was not interested ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2002

Venetian Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(877) 883-6423

Wheelchair Accessibility in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is without question one of the easiest tourist desintations to visit on wheels, but since most of the hot spots have been built within the last decade and they are intended for visitors, I have very high standards for accessibility. There is no reason that new architecture should not be fully and conveniently accessible. If you do a search for "accessibility Las Vegas" on most search engines, you will find a few pages whose writers assure you that it is no problem to visit as a tourist with wheels. After my first wheeled sojourn, I can report that overall it is quite possible and enjoyable, but it is truly more of a challenge to visit Las Vegas on wheels than to visit it on feet. A li...Read More