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Bellagio Queen of the Las Vegas Strip !!

Bellagio Las Vegas, secret rates ;)

3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
at West Flamingo
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702) 693 7111
Bellagio Las Vegas

Location Center Strip next to Ceasers oppersite Paris could not really be any better.

Theme Well it’s amazing! Theme based on a northern Italian Village on the shores of Lake Como, did I say on the shores? Well they built the lake as well but missed out the usual beaches that you would find in Italy. The theme doesn’t stop at the village you can see across the lake; the shopping arcade has a very Italian feel to it. As does the pool that you would not be surprised to find in a very upmarket Tuscany Villa. The only thing that does not fit in with this theme is the completely over the top luxury, this is just not found in Italian Villages! I must admit though the two themes added together do work well for the well-heeled patrons of the magnificent Bellagio.

Attractions Bellagio is stacked full of attractions all slightly different from the usual ones that are aimed at getting you through the doors of a Strip casino. You will not find a rollercoaster or a fire breathing dragon here, you will however see the Bellagio gallery of fine art holding some of the world’s most expensive pictures in it including Van Gough‘s sunflowers. The biggest, most obvious and voted the best freebie on the Strip is the dancing fountains, these are brilliant. Over 1200 water cannons shooting water 240 ft in the air and “dancing” to a variety of music from Sinatra to Pavarotti. The glass mural roof above the check in desk is not to my taste, but I can see attraction, 3D flowers, which must have cost no small fortune. There is a lovely glass domed conservatory housing thousands of exotic flowers and plants. The displays in the conservatory change with the seasons and seem to get better each year well worth a visit.

Like everything else at Bellagio the pool is class, no waterslides or fake beaches here but 5 pools in classic Italian style with hand carved stone features. There are 4 whirlpool tubs and also a lap pool for those who feel the need to work off the buffet!

Shows and Entertainment Bellagio is home to Cirque De Soleil’s “O” this was the first Cirque show to come to Vegas and is preformed in water ! “Cirque du Soleil® weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless production, “O™.” The international cast of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters perform in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience in a magnificent theatre reminiscent of a European opera house.” With names such as Hermes, Rolex, Tiffany and Chanel my wife and I assume many others find the upmarket stores here great entertainment.

Dining The buffet has been crowned king of the strip but at $27.95 going up to $35.95 at weekends for dinner it crowns the pricing as well (B$14.95, L$19.95 and $28.95 for Sunday Brunch with champagne). The no children rule here is strictly enforced ensuring that little fingers are kept out of such delights as crab claws, venison and duck breast offerings. We did not find a food court as such but a very good coffee shop opposite the swimming pool. Bellagio has a host of gourmet restaurants with prices to match; many of these are situated around the lake providing the best possible view of the fountain shows. Bellagio Picasso’s Mediterranean restaurant must be mentioned as it has only original Picasso’s on its walls, they are lesser known works and not anything special but its typical of the Bellagio “money no object” policy.

Gaming It’s big but seems quieter than most other Casinos on the Strip. The tables are canopied and the limits are higher than elsewhere on the Strip with the minimum often $25. There are not as many slot machines here and the ones that there are have the volume reduced on them and the pay out trays even seem quieter. The Bellagio does not have very many nickel machines but a does have a good selection of quarter upward machines. The casino, like the shopping arcade, is over run by security guards.

Drinks service On quarter and nickel slots you are lucky to see a cocktail waitress; once you get on the tables even the $10 tables the service is very good.

For well heeled patrons who want that ultimate luxury; this is your place. Everything here is the very best that money can buy. Great theme and magical fountains a very different affair from many of her rivals. Though I some say tha Bellagio has lost its crown to Wynn !

Good points The dancing fountains, I could watch them for hours.

Bad points
The secuirity can be a bit snotty and you can feel that some of staff look down their noses at the low rollers such as myself.

Top Tip
Buy a travel mug at Palios coffee shop for $6.49 and refill it for free with coffee, tea or soda for the duration of your visit.


October 11, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, buffets, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cocktail waitress, cocktails, entertainment, events, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, Mandalay bay, MGM, Monte Carlo, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas shows, vegas suites, vegas tips, vegas wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tipping in Las Vegas – how, who and how much to tip in Las Vegas

Las VEgas Strip

Las vegas StripBelow is what I tip, I am not saying that this is generous (I am mean) but its what I generally tip and only once has anyone acted in a way where they thought that I had not tipped enough. My tips are based on a mid range casino like MGM, Luxor or Monte Carlo if you are at a top hotel like Wynn, Mirage or Bellagio adjust up slightly and a cheaper property like Excalibur or Circus Circus slightly less.

Bell Boy – I generally tip $2 per bag when it arrives in the room I don’t generally tip the person who gets my stuff out of the trunk as the tips are pooled so they should be covered. I would do the same for the Bell boy who delivers my bags back to my car or taxi when I leave. Sometimes you can wait ages for your bags or for a Bell boy to come to your room I still tip as the Bell Boy is generally doing his best but in busy times there are just not enough of them employed by the hotel.

Check in clerk – I always tip the check in clerk before my room is assigned, if I want an upgrade using the $20 trick, even if its just for a view of the Vegas Strip then I tip at least $20 (see here). If I just want to make sure I don’t have the room by the kitchen extractor fan or with a stunning view of the third level of the parking lot maybe $10.

The Maid – the poor maid often gets forgotten about because you don’t see her, I always leave at least $3 per day for the maid, usually on the pillow or under a spent bottle of toiletries.

Dealers – I am slightly funny about this I rarely tip a dealer directly but if I am doing well I put small side bets for the dealer every now and again, when I leave the table if I am up I will usually tip the dealer about 5% up to about $50. I have had many dealers in Las Vegas who I have found either moody or boring in this case regardless of what I win I will not tip.

Cocktail Waitresses –In Las Vegas all drinks are free whilst you are playing if they are served to you by a cocktail waitress but you need to tip.If I am just passing and don’t expect to stay I tip $1 – $2 per drink if I am going to be there for a while I tip $5 per drink for the first one then usually $1 per drink after that. See here for more detail.

Barman – I tip $2 – $5 per round up to 5 drinks I think that this is probably on the stingy side but that is what I tip. In London you dont usually tip a barman but this is expected in Las Vegas.

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Valet Parking – There is no charge for valet parking in Las Vegas (except at the Four Seasons) so tip the guy, but only when you collect your car usually tip $2 if I want it quickly and ask and I get it quickly thi.s can become $5 – $10

Guy that calls the cab, outside most hotels there is a guy who calls the cab and opens the door for you, most people tip him $1 I don’t I am happy an capable of calling a cab myself just not allowed to.

Cab Driver – This depends if it’s a very short trip under say $6 I give the change to $10, this is to compensate the cabbie for the time he has spent waiting and the fact he could have got a better fare. $6-$10 generally the change and a couple of dollars $10 upwards the change + 20%. If the cab driver is moody or if he takes me what I think is a long route he won’t get tipped he wont like it but he wont get tipped. I am on vacation I am paying for a service and part of that service is his attitude.

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July 12, 2008 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, bellagio, Casinos, circus circus, cocktail waitress, cocktails, entertainment, Excalibur, free drinks, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, news, tipping, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, Wynn | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4th of July Vegas hot deals be quick for the best rates for this holiday weekend

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Mandalay Bay “JULY 4TH WEEKEND” Rates from $99.99/nt. *Plus, enjoy $10 off discount for each event when you stay with us: July 4th – Vertical Horizon on the Beach and a 20 minute Fireworks Extravangaza! July 5th – Closed Circuit – UFC 86: Jackson vs Griffin! (*See site for additional detail and restrictions) Jul 3 – Jul 6, 2008. Promo Code: PJULY4 (Exp 7/6/08)

Luxor “RED, WHITE & BEAM” Rates from $65/nt *Amenities are one time use only based on double occupancy with a minimum two night stay. *On select calendar dates treat yourself to: One Romance Kit and one bottle of Korbel Champagne,One $10.00 Beverage Credit for Oasis Pool Bar, Complimentary Upgrade to a Tower, Deluxe Room, One $50.00 Gasoline or Airline Flight Certificate Towards Your Stay, & $10.00 in Free Casino Play for New Player Club Members (*See site for additional details and restrictions). July 2 – 7, 2008. Promo Code: PJULY4 (Exp 7/4/08)

TI “Red, White, Blue & Green” Rates fr $76/nt.*Plus, $20 per night upgrade to a Petite Suite based on midweek availability (Sunday – Thursday), and/or an additional $50 per night on weekends (Friday & Saturday) and other dates, $15 Midday Food and Beverage Credit, $35 Pool Cabana Discount based on availability Monday – Thursday, 35% off tickets to Mystère™ and Cirque du Soleil®, BONUS – $25 Casino FREE PLAY® (*See site for additional details and restrictions). Jun 30 – Sep 4, 2008. Promo Code: TIRWBG (Exp 9/4/08)

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June 30, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, Mirage, Monte Carlo, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas – My Review

Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Las VegasMandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas

NV 89119

+1 (702) 632 7777

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Location This is the first or last resort on the Strip depending on how you look at it. It overlooks the airport and out towards the mountains. Its nearest neighbour is the Luxor and that is about a 10 minute walk. Luckily there is a monorail that links you to Luxor and Excalibur; this makes the location of Mandalay Bay the ideal resort for people who want easy access to the action of the Strip without being right in it.

Theme Tropical Island is the theme here, with a swimming pool the size of 9 football pitches complete with lovely palm trees and jungle type foliage. Pseudo bird and animal sounds as you enter the property along with loads of water features and a classy beach resort feel.

Mandalay Bay RoomRooms The rooms and suites at Mandalay Bay are lovely the smallest are a whopping 550 sq ft which is as big as suite in other properties. The rooms are all remodeled and are chic and comfortable. The rooms here in terms of quality are up there with Bellagio and that step above MGM Grand. Mandalay Bay has wider choice of room and suite type than most other resorts but whatever level you are in you will be pleased with your choice.

Attractions Shark Reef has been voted the best tourist attraction on the Strip. It is similar to a Sea Life centre with a walkthrough reef containing real sharks. The pool is worth a look, and Mandalay Bay is now up there with Caesars and MGM Grand as far as being a big shot boxing venue. I did not see an amusement arcade, nor do I expect there to be one hiding in a nook or cranny as you get the feeling this is a resort for grown ups.

Pool Amazing truly amazing its hard to believe its man made, if this is not the best pool in Vegas its very close. It has waves a real beach, waterfalls, lagoons you name it this pool has got it.Mandalay Beach, Las Vegas

Shows and Entertainment Mandalay Bay has the hit Abba musical Mamma Mia as its only production show, baring in mind how far up the Strip it is this is quite surprising. However Mandalay Bay also has the Mandalay Bay events center and arena and is host to many huge names as well as sporting events in particular boxing.

Dining The dining options at Mandalay Bay are huge lets start with the Bay Side Buffet (B$15.99, L$19.99, D$26.99 champagne Sunday Brunch $23.99) has a stunning view over the marvellous pool. Better still the food was great including a mountain of smoked salmon that we rapidly mined. This buffet feels up market, the food is probably not as good as Planet Hollywood but the setting is great and so I think this buffet more than justifies its high price tag. There is not only a 24hr Coffee shop here but also a 24hr noodle bar; great for those of us that craves sweet and sour at 6am!! There are another 8 or so more expensive restaurants including Trattoria Del Lupo – a very expensive Wolfgang puck restaurant, several very expensive seafood eateries, a couple of South Asian places to keep eating in line with the theme and Red Square the only Russian restaurant in Las Vegas. In depth information on Mandalay Bay dining here.

MandalY bay, Concerts on the beach

Gaming 135,00sq ft including 2400 slots from a nickel upwards and loads of table games Mandalay Bay has a spacey, airy and refreshing casino. Not feeling bustled or cramped is noticed and enjoyed here. Although there are a lot of slots here, there are not loads of nickel machines here, Mandalay Bay is aimed at upper middle Californians and they are not too keen to attract too many low rollers like yours truly.

Drinks service We played on nickel and quater machines here and did not find the drinks service as good as elsewhere. That said the drinks we did get were some of the best in strength – up there with the Las Vegas Hilton.

Overall A great resort it has everything great bars, great places to eat, great clubs, best pool in Vegas and nice spacious feel. This resort gives quality and expects quality back it captures a far number of the young rich beautiful people from LA.

Good points Amazing pool The tropical feel, the theme is done very well without being over the top and does make you feel very fresh and clean. Oh yes and rich!!!

Bad points Location it’s great to get to from the airport or I15 from LA ,as it’s the last casino on the Strip but it’s a pain if you want to visit several casinos in one evening you need to have a car or use cabs.

Top Tip Look around and you will notice that this is the Montecido from the TV show Las Vegas, watch out for Danny and big Ed.

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My Review – The Las Vegas Hilton

Las Vegas Hilton

3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas,
NV 89109
+1 (702) 732 5111

Location It lies about ½ a mile East of the Strip behind the Wynn golf course. Contrary to what many brochures say it is not a short stroll to the Strip, you need a car – particularly at night. This Casino is designed for car drivers, the idea is that once you are here there is everything you need on site and you don’t actually need to leave for anything.

Theme It has a “space quest” theme loosely based on Star Trek. The stage show of which is the main headliner here drawing “trekkies” from all parts of the World in to see. There are two casino’s housed at the Las Vegas Hilton, the smaller low roller “Space Quest” casino which gives you the feeling of gambling within a space ship. The main and much larger casino does not really have a theme although it does have a sort of Wild West bit with barrels as stools near the back before you enter the massive sportsbook. This casino plays host to many business travellers due the location of the Convention centre next door so you are not going to experience pirates or fire breathing dragons here. Though the staff do wear shiny silver “space” uniforms!!! This is the place where Elvis made his comeback, they had the opportunity to use this for so many themes and yet they choose to use someone else’s legend this seems like a real waste.

Attractions There is a brass statue of Elvis as you enter the casino that represents the 837 sell out dates he performed there from 1969 up until his death in 1977. The Star Trek experience attracts thousands of visitors every year, making it one of the most popular shows in Las Vegas.

Pool Its a nice pool you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Califonia like everything else here its nice but not over the top.

Shows and Entertainment Barry Manilow is the headline act here after 247 years of performing he is still selling out every night. I would love to see Barry in fact we were meant to on 12/27/2007 but he cancelled never mind we will see him next time he is fantastic. The LV Hilton has been home to Menopause the musical and has the $250,000 game show spectacular that you can take part in and win prizes. The LV Hilton also plays host too many visiting headline acts.

Dining The Buffet of Champions (B$11.99 L $12.99 D$16.99 Sunday Champagne Brunch $16.99) is far better than this ridiculous name may suggest. If you are here it well worth a trip but does not warrant a special visit. There are several other restaurants to choose from including the Hilton Steak House, Margarita Grill – Mexican, Garden of the Dragon – Chinese, Andiamo – Italian as well as the compulsory 24hr coffee shop and a couple of other eating establishments. The food in the coffee shop is great and the portions big but the service we recieved in there was poor. You could stay a whole week and not have to eat the same type of food twice.

Gaming 105,500 sq ft in total housing over 1700 slots, over 60 tables and 7 roulette wheels. The smaller Space Quest casino was the one for us with lots of nickel machines, and a very fun theme as well as being almost deserted and probably the only casino on the strip where the bright light feels natural. It feels pretty cool to gamble whilst shooting through space. The main casino is a very serious affair apart from the “Wild West” barrel section mentioned above and minimums on weekdays are sometimes $5 but this does not last for the evening and definitely not weekends. This casino is aimed at the rich corporate client who is quite prepared and happy to bet a minimum of say $25 per hand. I have been told that the casino gets very busy during conventions and limits can be very high. The main casino does seem to have a shortage of nickel machines though some can be found at the rear prior to entering the sports book. The sports book has to be the best in Vegas; it’s like walking into a cinema, well worth a look even if you don’t want to bet. This casino does give you a sort of Vegas feel of how it used to be loads and loads of lights all over the machines and a sort of luxury upmarket feel. This is probably the quietest casino in Vegas – even the usual holler from the craps tables was not noticed here.

Drinks service The Not bad the drinks took their time in coming but the strength and quality of my gin and tonic seemed higher than many other freebies I got in Vegas. You do get the feeling that you would stand out if you got drunk here. It would not be pleasant experience you feel you may get a telling off similar to one you may have received at school.

Overall A nice pleasant place to gamble for those who do not like the gimmicks that seems to be part and parcel of almost every Strip casino. It is a car ride from the Strip but there is ample parking and it is well worth a visit if for no other reason to see where Elvis filled the showroom for 8 years selling every consecutive date out.

Good points It never seems to be too busy andI liked the “space quest” casino it was real fun; light and airy a refreshing change

Bad points It has to be location if this was on the Strip it could probably contend with the best of them but now if you took away the convention centre and the Star Trek exhibition it would probably be empty.

Top Tip Join the players club you usually get a 241 for the buffet here. 3000 Paradise Road

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June 10, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, cocktails, free drinks, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, news, shows, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, vegas wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celine Dion coming back to Caesars Las Vegas ?

Celine Dion

May 1, 2008 ‘Game Show’ Gone, Celine Back? “$250,000 Game Show Spectacular” at the Las Vegas Hilton is a thing of the past. It shut down with so little fanfare that blogger Steve Friess only learnt of it when trying to arrange an interview with Jamie Farr, one of the afternoon show’s three rotating hosts. The LVH’s Ira Sternberg told Friess that renting out the showroom had crimped the rehearsal schedules of Barry Manilow and others, so a replacement act is unlikely.

Friess also, by way of Robin Leach, reports that Celine Dion is in negotiations to return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2009-10, possibly as a successor to Elton John’s “Red Piano” show. Hopefully, if Celine returns, she won’t bring “Powder,” Franco Dragone’s creepily omnipresent whiteface-clown figure with her. Celine, oui! Dragone, non.

The Mirage Entertainment

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, MGM, music, news, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas shows, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment