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“All you see Las Vegas show buffet” Harrahs All Stage Pass

Anyone who likes shows but can’t make up their mind as to what to see should consider the  exceptional value of the  “Harrah’s All Stage Pass”  as well as pretty cool logo this is a ticket that allows you 48 hours access to 20 Las Vegas shows across 9 Las Vegas resorts.  Apparently if you get your timing right and you can move pretty quickly you can get in 10 shows in the 48 hour period ! The cost of this ticket is $119 + tax of $99 + tax for Harrahs Total Reward Members so the smart guy will join Harrahs Rewards before purchasing the Harrahs All Stage Pass. These passes can be purchased at Show Tickets Direct in front of Ballys,Planet Hollywood box office, and the Crown box office at Rio

Access to the shows listed below is included in the price of the ticket in addition to this you can purchase tickets for top headliners Donny and Marie, Barry Manilow or Penn and Teller for only $40.

Matt Goss Fri.-Sat. 9:30pm
George Wallace  Tues.-Sat. 10:00 pm
Chippendales®  Thurs.-Tues. 8:00pm Fri. & Sat. 10:30 pm
Dirk Arthur  Mon.- Sat. 7:00 pm
Legends in Concert  Mon.-Thurs. 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm; Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show  Tues.-Sat. 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
The Price is Right™- Live Stage Show  Tues.-Thurs. & Sat.  2:30 pm; Fri. 7:30 pm
The Improv  Tues.-Sun. 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm
X Burlesque  Nightly 10:00 pm
Absinthe  Tues. & Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm Wed. & Sun. 7:30 pm only
Donn Arden’s Jubilee  Sat.-Thurs. 7:30 pm & 10:30pm
The Platters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters & The Marvelettes  Nightly 7:00 pm
Anthony Cools  Thurs.-Sun. & Tues. 9:00 pm
Nathan Burton  Tues.-Sun. 4:00 pm
Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas  Sat.-Thurs. 10:00 pm
Human Nature  Sat.-Wed. 7:30 pm
Vinnie Favorito  Nightly 8:00 pm
Matsuri  Sat.-Wed. 4:00 pm Fri. 8:00 pm only
Defending the Caveman  Nightly 7:00 pm extra on  Sun. & Mon. 3:00 pm
Viper Vixens  Mon.-Sat. 9:00 pm


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Direct links to the hotels ;

MGM Grand Excalibur Mandalay Bay, Luxor Aria Bellagio, The Mirage, New York New York, MGM Signature

August 5, 2011 Posted by | ARIA, Casinos, entertainment, events, flamingo, Holiday, Las Vegas, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Huge Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas discounts and promotions

We all know that the Cirque du Soleil shows are everywhere in Vegas, well there are 7 which means that there are is 7 times more Cirque shows than any other show in Las Vegas this makes them the best right ? Now despite the fact that more is not always better anyone who has seen a Cirque show will tell you that they are brilliant and going to a Cirque show is very much part of many peoples Vegas experience. People ask what is the best show and I can’t answer that I don’t like the Beatles so that rules out LOVE for me and I like Criss Angel but not with Cirque so that rules out Believe for me, I think that Mystere was my favourite and Zumainty – “oh so very much not for the children” was probably my second but we did have very good seats which made it better.

Steve Wynn has tried to rival “O” with his show La Reve but it has not taken the crown and “O” is still the best of the Las Vegas water based shows.

Sadly we also know that going to Cirque du Soleil shows are expensive well the good folks at Cirque have realised that there is a credit crunch on and are offering 2 tickets for $100 (+taxes nd fees) for Mystere, Zumainty, KA, LOVE, Believe between now and the end of October. These is a great deal and if you want to see a show in Vegas it is well worth taking advantage of.

 Bellagio also have 20% off of “O” on certain dates in July and September and it is very rare for “O” tickets to be discounted.

The Cique shows are on at the hotels listed below.

Zumanity is at New York New York, Las Vegas
KA,  is at MGM Grand Las Vegas
Love, is at The Mirage, Las Vegas
Believe  is at Luxor, Las Vegas
Zarkana is at Aria, Las Vegas
O is at Bellagio, Las Vegas


July 16, 2011 Posted by | ARIA, bellagio, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cirque discounts, Criss Angel, entertainment, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM Grand, Uncategorized, vegas shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How much money do you need to take to Las Vegas ?

After being asked about how to get a free upgrade the question that I am asked the most is “How much money do I need to take to Las Vegas ?” This is a very difficult to answer as it is the same as someone saying “How much do I need to spend on grocery’s each week ?”

So I will do the best I can to try and show some examples of spends and costs and what I would spend. I am going to assume that your hotel (including resort fees) and flights are paid and that you do not have a rental car and that you will not be doing any shopping. Please bare in mind that I have have great trips in Vegas on $25 per day when I have been hard up and great trips when my budegt has been $1k per day its not the money that makes it better or worse.

The first expense that you will have is getting to your hotel from McCarran you have four options cab $15 – $30(depending on hotel and time of day), shuttle bus $12-$15 (return), public bus $2.50 or Limo approx $60. How to get from the airport to the Strip

When you get to the hotel if you have bags that you will check you should allow $5 per bag for a tip for the bellboy, at the same time it is worth putting a few dollars away for the maid they do a good job and often get forgotten we generally tip the maid $3 per day or $5 if we want extra shampoos etc to take home for Christmas presents 🙂 How much to Tip in Las Vegas

We generally take in a show every two or three nights when we are in Las Vegas we book one absolute cannot miss show before we leave home so this would not come out of our budget all the others we buy from the half price booths and we have paid as little as $15 for a magic show and about $125 for a Cirque show. I think that if you budget $75 for a show that as long as you are prepared to be flexible you should be able to find something that you like. If you want to book direct with the hotel when you are out there shows vary in price depending on show and seats and day of the week etc from about $40 to several hundred dollars.

Dining in Las Vegas is something where you can get buy on say $15 a day but you can also pay $10 for a coffee so what you spend is really up to you. We tend to either have a very small breakfast just coffee and a danish then coffee shop or deli lunch and proper meal in the evening or large or buffet breakfast a snack at lunchtime and then decent dinner. Excalibur and Luxor have 24 hour buffet deals for $24.99 and then $29.99 respectively and this is probably the cheapest way to stay full in Las Vegas though not the best. We generally allow $10 for coffee and danish, $15 for deli or coffee shop lunch and then the evening can be anything from a $20 buffet to a $200 fine dining meal at Eiffel. Food prices change between hotels we were surprised to find that staying at Wynn we spent a lot more money than say at MGM Grand as everything costs more.

Drinks are free when you are gambling (subject to tipping) but if not the prices vary greatly from one casino to another and how you get them ! Casino Royale has the cheapest beer with Michelob $1 all day every day at their bars generally though expect to pay $8 for a beer and $12 for a shot and mixer in a casino bar. Following the rules in the link below will ensure that you maximise your free drinks at the same time don’t piss off the cocktail waitresses.. FREE DRINKS IN LAS VEGAS

Like everything else in Vegas you and gamble as little or as much as you like there are slots from 1c and tables from $5 up slots at $1k per spin and tables with minimums of $5k per hand. Please  remember that most machines are multi lines and to get any return you need to play multiple lines and you should expect a minimum for 25c per spin on a 1c machine Unless you have a few good wins to start with as a rule of thumb you will spend at least twice what you think that you will on slots. $5 tables now are few and far between in the major resorts but Tropicana and believe it or not Bellagio have $5 BJ tables open 24/7 but generally speaking the more upmarket the hotel the less likely you are to find low limit tables. I have had days when I have stared with $40 and it has lasted me all day and I have even left with a profit and had other days where I have dropped $200 in 20 minutes. You can get comps on your play but never ever play for comps take them as nice bonus but don’t expect or try to play just to get a comp.

So roughly here is what I would allow as spending money for a 3 night trip Las Vegas

Taxi to and from airport $40
Tips for bellboy and maid $20 (plus $20 Upgrade trick)
Show with drink $80
Food* $250
Drinks (above free ones) $80
Gaming $300 – $1000
Misc $75

*Food
1 x Luxor 24 hour buffet deal $35
2 x coffee and danish breakfasts $20
1 x med quality dinner $100
1 x good buffet dinner $40
snacks and sodas $55

Please note this is a very rough idea and you really spend as little or as much as you like in Las Vegas,



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Vegas with kids over Presidents day

I was asked the question below and I thought that it may help somone else out.

Question: QUESTION: We have decided to stay in Circus Circus. We will fly in from rural Oregon for 4 days. The hotel is cheap, but the flight is expensive. The kids are 12 & 14. We found a plane & motel package for $1400. It gave us 2 free show tickets. In general, can we get discount tickets for the kids? How are the crowds in the amusement park and midway over this holiday. We are considering the $25 all day buffet. Do we have to plan our meal times around crowds? Is an indoor pool and option anywhere-should we even pack swimsuits? How safe is the hotel? Do we need to be with our kids inside the hotel’s attractions? They are good kids, but shy and not worldly or used to cities. How do we get from Circus Circus to see some of the free sights at other hotels? Can we walk?

 

ANSWER: Hi,

OK firstly when you get to Circus Circus please ask for an upgrade the cheapest rooms are the old motel rooms I think that they are called Manor Rooms it is worth paying the surcharge to stay in the towers if the $20 trick (shown bottom of post) is not successful. The manor rooms are away from the main casino and just not very nice.

The amusement park does get crowded just like any other theme park in peak times and whilst it is the biggest indoor theme park it is not as big as even a modest open air park. I have ridden out of season midweek and there were no lines for anything I would suggest that you get their as soon as it opens stay for a few hours and as it gets busy go off and explore something else.

There are not that many shows that will offer a discount for the kids Vegas is seen as an adult resort and whilst there is plenty for all the family the shows tend to think that if they discount a seat to a kid they have lost out if another adult had bought it. However you don’t have to pay a lot of money to see a show in Las Vegas. What we tend to do is look for one show that we cant miss and book that at full price before we go then we have a look at http://www.goldstar.com (you need to join but it is free to do so) and see if there is anything we fancy the look of there we saw a Hypnotist for about $4 once, we also go to the booths on the morning of the day we want to find a show and take what seems good value on that day they change every day. http://www.tix4tonight.com/ get the coupon and print off before you go.

Sorry you have not said when you are going so I cant tell you whether you can swim or not there are no public indoor pools on the Strip in fact that only one I have been to is at Tropicana and that is a sad affair and really not worth it.

I am not happy to say whether the hotel is safe or not as that puts a responsibility on me and what I consider safe and what you do may well differ it is worth noting that there is CCTV everywhere inside the casinos and a large number of security staff. I generally feel pretty safe anywhere on the Strip and in most areas of most casinos.

You will need to be with the Children anywhere near the casino floor you should be able to leave them on their own if you choose to whilst in the theme park and of course they can walk around the Strip on their own but to be honest you are probably better off at night walking with them.

You can easily walk from CC to the other casinos it is probably about 20 minutes from CC to Treasure Island (or TI as it is now known) and from there the rest of the Strip is easy or you can walk to the Sahara and get on the Monorail. Encore is probably about the same walk maybe slightly less. I would suggest that at night you get a cab to or from these places its not that it is unsafe but particularly the walk to Sahara but it can feel a little unsafe and you don’t want to feel like that whilst on vacation and cabs are very cheap in Las Vegas.

$25 per day is of course excellent value but yes you have got it in busy times expect a long wait the other problem that you have is that the food will be very similar from one day to the next and you may get bored with it but as I said it is great value and you know you will be full up and that you will get free soft drinks. There are still good cheap options to eat in Vegas we never ever leave town without going to the Peppermill (http://www.peppermilllasvegas.com/restaurant/index.html) which is a Vegas institution cheap, huge portions and open 24/7 this site shows the menu for there and other places Peppermill Las Vegas We also allays have at least one breakfast at IHOP and have been known to pop in to Dennys. If you decide to go downtown (Fremont Street Experience is something you children will love) eat down there far cheaper than the Strip buffet at Golden Nugget is excellent, you can get downtown on the bus for $2 each. Lets face it though whatever you do (even McDonalds) you are not going to be able to do that on $25 a day.

I hope this helps you

Simon

MGM Grand and Excalibur are also both very good choices to stay if you have kids.

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April 5, 2011 Posted by | all day buffet pass, buffets, Casinos, circus circus, entertainment, Excalibur, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas discounts, vegas wedding | Leave a comment

Barry Manilow headlining Paris Las Vegas

Sorry it is a quick cut and paste job I saw Barry at LV hilton in December 2008 and he was mazing I woudl definitly see him again and I think it worth paying for the best tickets – Simon

Time: 7:30 PM

Price: $95-299
Venue: Paris Theatre
Seating Chart: Click Here To View Seating Chart
Reservations: 1-800-745-3000
Online Reservations: Click Here To Purchase
Group Sales: Groups of 15 or more,
call 1-866-462-5982 or click here to email.

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow brings an all new show full of music and magic to the intimate Paris Théâtre at Paris Las Vegas in March, commencing a two-year residency that promises to present the sincere and unforgettable songs of this exciting, energetic performer in a whole new light.

Over the past 35 years, songs like “Copacabana,” “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You” have made Barry Manilow a true musical icon. He’s the top-selling, top-charting adult contemporary artist of all time, with 80 million records sold to date and 25 consecutive Top 40 hits between 1975 and 1983.

His show at Paris Las Vegas will be unlike anything you’ve seen before, customized for the intimate and elegant 1,500 seat showroom. “The audience in Vegas is always energized and electric, so I know that the Paris Las Vegas is going to be a special run,” Manilow said. “I’m planning something new for this performance; definitely not to be missed.”

Barry Manilow is a fitting headliner for Paris Las Vegas, a destination known for romance and energy. He will perform on selected Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights over the next two years. Tickets are now on sale for performances between March 5 and July 18, 2010. Prices range from $95-250. Get yours online at ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the Paris Box Office. Hotel packages are also available!

Weekly Platinum Experience tickets will also be available, with proceeds benefiting the Manilow Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to putting musical instruments in the hands of middle and high school students. This special package combines front-row seats, pre-show Champagne reception, a meet & greet, a photo with Barry Manilow and an autographed show program. Visit www.ManilowParis.com or call 310-957-5788 to reserve your Platinum Experience.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Casinos, Cirque, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Uncategorized, vegas events, vegas shows | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celine Dion back in Las Vegas 2011

Celine is preparing for her triumphant return to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas for a three year residency starting March 2011.

The brand-new show designed exclusively for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will premiere on March 15 and features 31 musicians, consisting of a full orchestra and band. The show’s concept will be one-of-a-kind, centered on capturing the romance of classic Hollywood movies and performed with a stunning visual presentation.

Tickets are on sale now for performances from March 15 to August 14!

www.ticketmaster.com keyword “Celine Dion”

1-877-4CELINE (423-5463)

Prices range from $55 – $250, not including taxes and fees.

VIP ticket packages are available through Ticketmaster

Tickets may also be purchased at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Box Office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For groups of 20 or more, call 702-731-7208

February 13, 2010 Posted by | ARIA, bellagio, Casinos, entertainment, events, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM codes, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows | , , | 1 Comment

Hard Rock Cafe opens on Las Vegas Strip

The world renowned Las Vegas Strip is now home to the most highly anticipated, state-of-the-art Hard Rock Cafe in the world, Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas.

Featuring 42,000 square feet of pure unadulterated rock n’ roll, the new cafe, located next to the MGM Grand Hotel, provides three-floors of non-stop action and features the world’s largest Rock Shop. An interactive “Rock Wall™”, interactive “Microsoft Surface” tables, hi-speed Internet access, a contemporary lounge and bar, and patio dining are yours to experience while enjoying an unobstructed view of the world famous Las Vegas Strip.  A Hard Rock Live multi-function venue on the 2nd floor rocks with concert seating for 1000, while state-of-the-art in-house audio visual equipment offers mind blowing imagery and sound. The cafe also features a built-in stage with an attached Green Room that will be occupied by artists from around the globe.

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas is located on Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) in the Showcase Mall, next to the MGM Grand and adjacent to the Monte Carlo.

September 6, 2009 Posted by | buffets, entertainment, Las Vegas, news, nightclub, resturaunts, Travel, Vegas, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York New York, Las Vegas My Review

New York New York
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas
NV 89109
Tel +1 (702) 740 6969
New York New York Las Vegas

Location Right on the money, sitting on the corner of the Strip with Tropicana Avenue, the busiest road intersection in the USA. There are foot bridges connecting New York New York with the MGM Grand and Excalibur.

Theme
Well what can I say; it’s the Big Apple. All of the buildings outside are 1/3 scale copies of those in Manhattan including the Empire State, Chrysler and CBS buildings. There is also a Statue of liberty and a Brooklyn Bridge with a ” Coney Island” roller coaster screeching round the whole lot. The theme does not stop outside, as you enter the casino you will see manhole covers with smoke rising out of them, trees in Central Park and hotdog vendors. It is dubbed as the greatest little city in Vegas something, we think, is well earned.

Rooms NYNY used to be a cheap resort I am not sure why but now it’s generally more expensive than MGM Grandand Monte Carlo. The rooms are a little on the small side but they are nice, be warned though if you have a room facing the strip you will hear the rollercoaster. It’s quite cool that your room is in a particular New York Skyscraper like Empire State or Chrysler tower.

Attractions
The Manhattan Express rollercoaster, supposedly the best in Vegas, runs round the outside of the structure speeding up to 67mph for $7 per ride. Sadly The Coney Island Emporium amusement arcade has been closed down. There are Ice shows outside, around Ellis Island, in the winter and tugboats spray water at each other in the summer.

Pool Surprisingly for a resort that has spent so much attention to detail the pool is very small and drab; this is not a place to stay if the pool is very important to you.

Shows and Entertainment Zumanity is the Cirque De Soleil offering here it’s the sensual side of Cirque, that means nudity and sexiness all held together by a drag queen compere. We loved this show it was great fun but you have to be opened minded to enjoy it and you also need to sit facing the center of the stage we were at the side and feel that we missed something for this. Coyote Ugly whilst not a show in the true sense is an interactive bar where the bar tenders dance on the bar and pour drinks directly into patrons mouths.

Dining This is the only Strip resort that has no buffet. America – 24 hour coffee shop is very good though the wait for the food can be longer than you feel it should. Il Fornai is a lovely Italian next to a stream that offers “outside” dining this is one of the best places for breakfast in Vegas. Gallaghers Steak house is pricey but very good you can see all the meat maturing in glass fridges. Nine Fine Irishman is an Irish pub offering good food and ambience. There are also several Delis and hotdog stalls as well as the village eatery. This has a variety of, eat in/take away fastish food.

Gaming 81,000 sq ft of well themed gaming fun containing nearly 2500 state of the art slot and video machines, along with about 50 tables and 7 roulette wheels. NYNY contains one of the best selections of slots on the Strip with a very large selection of my favorites; the good old low roller nickel machines. They have all the usual wheel of fortune, Adams Family, Winning Bid etc. plus Swing which we did not see elsewhere. The gaming area is a little dark and in certain parts slightly cramped but didn’t appear as noisy as some. Live acts performing at the huge bar at the front makes a nice diversion to the hundred dollars you have just lost. I don’t know if we were just lucky but we seemed to have a better hit rate on the NYNY slots than at any other Strip casino. The tables used to be covered in Central Park type tress sadly this has been removed and replaced with somthing that looks like lit up sweet wrappers.

Drinks service Like all casinos the service you receive whilst playing on the lowly nickel machines is never as good as when you are playing on the dollar ones, but the service here, even for us low rollers, was quite good. One thing – steer clear of the coffee.

Overall We love it, it’s exciting and you leave the real world for the time that you are in there. The theme works very well, with a very good variety of slot machines and friendly staff. It is our favorite casino, although it may have helped that we hit a jackpot there.

Good points
The whole theme thing as you enter from the upper level is New York; it works well and is great fun.

Bad points
I don’t think that there is anything that I dislike about NYNY apart from that at busy times we had to wait for machine attendants but this could have been the same anywhere.

Top Tip If you ride the rollercoaster and love it you can by re-ride tickets for about half price or if you really love it you can buy an unlimited daily ride pass.

To find out how to ensure that you get the cheapest possible rate read the post here

September 5, 2009 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, Excalibur, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, MGM, MGM Grand, resturaunts, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas discounts, vegas pools, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Casino Royale, Las Vegas My Revie

Casino Royale

3411 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702) 737 3500
www.casinoroyale.com

Location On the Strip, right on the Strip walk out onto the pavement next to Venetian and opposite TI.

Theme Very loosely based on the David Niven James Bond spoof of the same name. The outside of the hotel is made to look like sort of comic buildings, the theme ends at the doors.

Rooms contrary to popular belief there are rooms at Casino Royale, they are motel type away form the casino floor, I have not personally been there but reviews seem to imply that they are not very nice and are similar priced to Excalibur which is far nicer.

Attractions None were noticed, but this is reckoned to have the most valuable Fun Book (according to Las Vegas Advisor). When getting our slot club cards the person in front asked for some playing cards, I did the same and got given a couple of decks of “used cards” from the casino. These are full sized, quality cards as opposed to the freebies given away like at the Tropicana slot club. Oh and very cheap beer and free smoke, unfortunately all second hand yuk !

Pool Nope!

Shows and Entertainment Erm nope unless you count watching drunk folk act stupid.

Dining I saw no restaurants though apparently there are two upstairs, I was never aware that there even was an upstairs. Attached to the casino is a very busy Denny’s selling a variety of good quality, cheap food?

Gaming A mere 6000 sq. ft of gaming space with about 500 machines, 11 tables and a roulette wheel squeezed in. This is a dark crowded casino aimed at the lower spending tourist market. Casino Royale has a large percentage of nickel machines and even has a few penny machines, the only casino on the strip to offer gaming at this low stake. It can be smoky unless you sit near the doors, which unlike most other Strip casinos are usually left open. You do get low limit tables here 24/7.

Drinks service We did not stay long enough to be served cocktails but looking at other patrons and the states of soberness that they were in I guess the service must have been pretty good. However you don’t really need it as the bars are so cheap.

Overall A small low rollers casino if this casino were in England it could only be at Blackpool, Brighton or Southend.

Good points Erm low limit tables it’s so close to the Strip you can get out quick!

Bad points Smoke, clientele did I say smoke and clientele?

Top Tip Its worth buying a beer for a buck and walking in to another resort and there is a cheap clothes store where I bought a hoodie for $10 when I was cold that I quite like

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, circus circus, entertainment, events, Excalibur, free drinks, gaming, Holiday, Las Vegas, slots, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Las Vegas memories

I first arrived in Las Vegas Labour Day weekend 1992, we arrived at night by car and at this time this was the only way to to arrive in Las Vegas. From miles away you started seeing the faint gleam of neon as you got nearer as you took twists and corners in the road the light got brighter and the excitement rose. I had never been to Las Vegas and to be honest had not read much about it, this visit was just a short stop on a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco, I knew that there were casinos there and I knew that there were shows but nothing more than that. The Las Vegas we arrived to was amazing and immediately I fell in love with the town. On this first trip I had gaming lessons at The Sands, munched 3 castle burgers for 99c at the Hacienda, had 99c Shrimp cocktails, surf and turf for $3.99 and buffets for less than than the cost of Starbucks Latte. I did a Bungee jump at AJ Hackett which was located behind Ballys when you got up the tower it was pitch black to the desert on the East, on what is now a highly populated valley. In 1992 you could get all sorts of freebies from almost every Casino just for gracing it with your presence it was a totally different town.

On my first visit there was no Mandalay Bay, no Luxor, no MGM Grand, no Monte Carlo, no NYNY, No Paris, Bellagio or Venetian, Treasure Island was not built and the Desert Inn proudly sat on the lot now occupied by Wynn. Aside from the casinos there was little reason to come to Vegas except to gamble and maybe to have a stopover or use it as a base for a trip to the Grand Canyon, Vegas was not the playground it is today, many thought that Vegas’s time had gone and Atlantic City would be the new entertainment Mecca and had it not been for the belief, hard work and commitment of the likes of Steve Wynn and Kirk Kerkorian then this may well have been the case and the Las Vegas that I love today would not be there.

Since 1992 I have visited Las Vegas countless times and intend to do so for as long as I am able, in fact this Christmas will be my second in succession that I spend in Las Vegas. I have stayed in many hotels at all levels of comfort from Circus Circus at the value end to Wynn and Bellagio for the height of Las Vegas luxury. I have enjoyed some more than others and this is not always based on price.

Vegas has changed beyond recognition since my first short visit and I have no doubt that this will be the case forever, some changes will be for the better and some for th worse, prices will go up prices will come down Las Vegas will change to what the visitors want and for what they are prepared to pay for. The one thing that I don’t think will change is that there will always be something for everyone to love in Las Vegas and just when you think that you have seen everything Las Vegas will re-write the rule book and amaze you even more.

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