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Treasure Island Las Vegas – My Review

Treasure Island
3300 Las Veags Blvd South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
(+1) 702 894 7111

Treasure Island Las Vegas

Location Good North Strip location sitting in between the Mirage and the Fashion Show Mall and nearly opposite the Venetian and Wynn.

Theme Much of the fabulous pirate theme has been replaced but thank goodness not all of it. TI still has a Caribbean nautical feel even if the bars are cooler now, its just grown up a bit. TI has started to aim for the higher spending beautiful people market and the theme has had to soften accordingly. I still love it but would prefer a few more skull and crossbones and couple of Captain Jack Sparrows walking round but not quite as much as my girlfriend for some reason.

Attractions The Pirate battle has not contrary to some reports ceased but been replaced with the Sexy Sirens of TI, now this is good because it means you don’t have to suffer a load of colonials kicking the Brits arse so many times a day but not so good as the classic swashbuckler for me. Still one of the best and most popular freebies on the Strip and aimed at trendy cool 20/30/40 something dude and dudette market ! Its well worth making time to see two full sized ships battle it out on the high seas but the show itself is now pretty poor.

Pool The pool is small and its not up to par with the rest of the resort which is suprising when you think about the crowd that TI is trying to attract.

Shows and Entertainment TI has Mystere as its Cirque De Soleil performance here and in my opinion the best Cirque show in Vegas, if you go to see Mystere you don’t need to book and expensive seat just make sutra you are not at the side. The show is full of amazing acrobatics so amazing that your brain thinks your eyes are lying. TI has no lounge as such and no other shows other than Sirens.

Dining The Treasure Island Buffet (B:$12.00, L:$15.00 D:$20.00 weekends $26.00 ) is smaller than most and the food is OK but not up to the keeping of everything else in the fine establishment, they do however bring you a carafe of your chosen drink which is good as it saves you waiting for refills. Buccaneer Bay has been replaced by social house which is a pity but it’s good even if the portions are a bit on the small size. There are 6 other restaurants here including Italian, Chinese and a very posh steak house, it must be noted that all food at Treasure Island is expensive. Along with these eateries there is a very good but expensive coffee shop. Kahunaville is one exception its cheap and quite frankly not very good, we eat there once when we were hungry and their were queues everywhere else and wished we had not.

Gaming 51,152 sq ft of gaming space I was actually surprised when doing the research for this site to find out it was so small, it feels much bigger. There are 2,200 slot machines lots of them with pirate type themes where you have to line up three cannon balls to attempt to sink a boat ect, surprisingly there are loads of nickel machines here. Nearly 70 tables adorn the floor with the minimum stake being $5 but as soon as people start coming through the doors these rise. The casino has a low roof and dimmed lights but does not feel either claustrophobic or smoky. There are lots of bars scattered around and they have some of the best bar staff in Vegas all of the bars are classy and relaxed we like it here.

Drinks service The drinks themselves are good but you always seem to wait an age both for a waitress and then for the drink to arrive.

Overall This is a very well themed joint that is aiming to attract a young trendy well heeled bunch of punters, with new bars and clubs. Its not quite where it thinks it is its not Wynn, Mirage, Caesars or Bellagio and you feel that the casino thinks it is. The staff are great and the whole place really does have a good feel Hosting one of the best free shows on the Strip adds to the attraction of this casino. Its worth noting that this is the only place in Vegas and maybe the World where you can get married on a pirate ship

Good points Mystere possibly the best show in town, but the bars come a close second

Bad points The crush of trying to get in through the front door whilst the sirens of TI is going on, and the general cost of food and drinks. Oh and it has justbeen sold to Phill Ruffin who used toown the New Frontier so who knows what will happen next ?

Top Tip If you are staying at TI, when the Sirens show is on there is revered standing area for, just show security your room key.

January 10, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Travel, Treasure Island, Vegas, Vegas Strip, vegas wedding, wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Mirage, Las Vegas Volcano to open 8th December 2009 great deals

Mirage is my favorite hotel on the Las Vegas Strip we had part fo our wedding reception there and have a booking for this Christmas, the Volcano my joint favorite free show, it has been closed now for sometime and has been rebuilt to make it even better, the Volcano will re open on December 8th 2009 and the good folks at Mirage have put together some special deals to coincide with this and I have listed them below.

Mirage was the first Casino that Steve Wynn built and to be honest without this wonderful property it is unlikely that the Las Vegas that we all know and love would be here as it is today. When Mirage was built Vegas was in decline Atlantic City was the place to gamble and had taken most of the East Coast trade, President Regan had passed the Indian act and Indian Casinos were about to spring up all over the country, everyone was thinking that Vegas would melt away. Steve had a hard job raising the funds to build this massive total luxury no expense spared resort but he managed mainly on junk bonds. Mirage still stands today as one of the premier properties on the Strip and is one of the few where it still feels like Vegas and not Disneyland, all of the rooms have been refurbished in 2008 and with the offers below this possibly makes it the best value resort on the Las Vegas Strip, but hey don’t take my word for it see for yourself.

Mirage Volcano Offer 35% discount

Enjoy a red-hot deal when you book now at The Mirage for 2009. Brighten your nights with the new Mirage Volcano an reignite your passions at what’s now officially the hottest spot in Vegas!

Promotion Runs May 31, 2009 – September 10, 2009

Offer Expires September 10, 2009

Mirage Volcano Offer 30% Discount from $56

Enjoy a red-hot deal when you book now at The Mirage for 2009. Brighten your nights with the new Mirage Volcano an reignite your passions at what’s now officially the hottest spot in Vegas!

Promotion Runs January 1, 2009 – June 4, 2009

Offer Expires June 4, 2009

Mirage Winter Offer from $64

Give in to temptations this winter and warm up in style in our luxurious accomodations.

Promotion Runs November 23, 2008 – February 1, 2009

Offer Expires February 1, 2009

Mirage Love Offer from $72

Join us at The Mirage and enjoy 25% discount on select LOVE show dates and 20% discount on deluxe room rates.

Promotion Runs November 23, 2008 – January 31, 2009

Offer Expires January 31, 2009

Mirage Review here

Offers at other Las Vegas hotels here

November 23, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Madonna at the MGM Grand Las Vegas November 8th and 9th 2008

MadonnaNovember 8th and 9th 2008 : Grand Garden Arena
Madonna is a multi-Grammy Award winner and recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Therefore it is no surprise that her 11th album, Hard Candy, debuted at No. 1 in an unprecedented 37 countries. The album has received Four Stars in Rolling Stone, Blender and People, with The NY Daily News hailing Hard Candy as “Madonna’s greatest album ever.”
Ticket prices are $357, $252, $167 & $72 Not including applicable service charges & taxes. Ticket Limit 4.

For the best rates and discounts in Vegas click here

July 6, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, music, news, shows, Vegas, vegas events, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tim McGraw at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas 21st June 2008

Tim McGrawTim McGraw with special guests Jason Aldean & Halfway to Hazard

One of country music’s hottest acts is coming to the Mandalay Events Center.
Tim McGraw has been a force to be reckoned with since the ’90s and has continued to dominate the country chart’s top 10. He and his wife, Faith Hill, finished their Soul2Soul tour in 2007, and now he’s back on a solo tour accompanied by Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazard.


Mandalay Events Center


June 21st, 2008


$100, $75, & $50 (tax inclusive)

In 2007, Tim McGraw was accompanied by wife Faith Hill and completed “Soul2Soul II”, the most successful consecutive multi-year tours in country music history. Now, the popular headliner and country music icon returns to touring as a solo act and will bring the “Tim McGraw ‘08 Live Your Voice Tour” to the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized, vegas events, vegas shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas funny lady – Rita Rudner releases book

Las Vegas funny lady Rita Rudner has released a book as with anything else to do with the brilliant woman it’s hilariously funny.

When celebrated comedian and New York Times bestselling author Rita Rudner turned fifty, she couldn’t even utter the dirty word. “It was more comfortable getting a laugh and telling people I was filthy than having to say the word fffiffffty,” she still stutters a bit, even in print. As the years stack up, some people Rita Rudner will do almost anything to reverse aging: Lasik surgery, hair dye, face cream, and “accidentally” celebrating the same birthday three years in a row. Always brilliantly funny as she directs her darts at our human shenanigans, Rita Rudner can’t help seeing the humor in the events that make up life in her ‘filthies.’ In the hilariously accurate I STILL HAVE IT… I JUST CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE I PUT IT: Confessions of a Fiftysomething, she relates and retells the absurd adventures of a woman navigating the world of ‘near-sighted insights.’ From reminiscing about her mother’s cooking (‘Most turkeys taste better the day after. My mother’s tasted better the day before’) to raising her own daughter (‘I worry about being an older mother, but I guess we’ll just connect in different ways. We’ll both be losing our teeth at around the same time’); the absurdity of reality shows (‘Future reality show: Who Wants to Eat a Cow Dung Sandwich?’); the foibles of driving (‘I’d like to point out the fact that honking doesn’t make cars disappear’) or taking up golf (‘How far am I away from the hole?’ I asked; ‘Twenty minutes,’ he replied), and her love of shopping (‘I buy a dress because I need change for gum’), Rudner shares her uproarious vision of modern life as a fiftysomething. Hardcover, 272 pages, published by Harmony. Order online here

Rita is currently headlining at Harrah’s, Las Vegas in their main showroom tickets at $54 + taxes and can be bought drectly from Harrah’s ticket office.

June 6, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, flamingo, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, news, shows, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donnie and Marie Tickets now on Sale, Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas

Donnie and MarieDonnie and Marie Osmond Tickets are now on sale for dates from the 9th September when they will be headlining at the Flamingo Las Vegas

Donny and Marie bring their distinctive talents and undeniable charm to Flamingo Las Vegas, starting September 9. These icons of music and television are set to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages.

Presented by Vegas superstar Danny Gans and Chip Lightman of GansLight Entertainment, the 90-minute extravaganza will showcase Donny and Marie’s greatest hits in a multimedia spectacle presented on a custom-designed stage with multiple video screens and a sizeable cast of electrifying dancers.

Donny and Marie’s timeless hits (some of which topped the charts as duets, while others were performed solo), include “Paper Roses,” “Make the World Go Away,” “I’m Leaving It (All) Up to You,” “Morning Side of the Mountain,” “Puppy Love,” “Soldier of Love,” “Deep Purple” and others.

This will mark the first time in 29 years that the dynamic pair has performed an extended residency engagement in Las Vegas.

“What Las Vegas has been missing is a true variety show that conveys the real essence of America and the country’s love of homegrown talent,” said Danny Gans, winner of numerous “Entertainer of the Year” accolades. “When you couple that element with the current Las Vegas entertainment landscape, we felt Donny and Marie provided the perfect combination and something no one else was making available.”

The “a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll” duo took the country by storm with the debut of the “Donny & Marie” variety show in 1976, becoming the youngest primetime hosts in television history. This universally popular series solidified their worldwide fan base which still numbers in the millions.

After multiple solo successes, the pair teamed up once again in 1998, hosting the successful, nationally-syndicated daytime talk show “Donny & Marie.” They recently hosted the “Miss USA” pageant.

Price: $250; $115; $99; $85 (plus taxes and fees)
Venue: The Flamingo Showroom
Reservations: 702-733-3333
Online Reservations: Purchase Tickets Now!

VIP: $250 plus taxes and fees
Includes front-of-stage seating an after-show photo with the stars

Golden Circle: $115 plus taxes and fees
Main Floor: $99 plus taxes and fees
Balcony: $85 plus taxes and fees

Get Paid For Shopping And Eating Out. How You Can Get Paid $10 To $125 Or More Just To Go To Your Favorite Mall To Shop, Eat At Your Favorite Restaurant

Stay in luxury at the Mirage acrross from the Flamingo from $72 per night a real bargain

June 5, 2008 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cocktail waitress, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, music, news, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas – my review

Flamingo HiltonFlamingo Hilton
3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702) 733 3111

Location Dead centre of the Strip facing Caesars Palace – no moving pavements needed here as the Flamingo’s doors open straight onto the Strips sidewalk in this respect it feels like a hotel Downtown.

Theme If it has one it’s lost on me. There are lots of bright colours particularly pink but a fair amount of orange and yellow too. There is neon, stacks and stacks of neon, so bright you can see it for miles away and so intense that it makes a difference to the air temperature underneath it. If it is meant to have a theme I guess its theme is Vegas. This is the oldest surviving Strip resort originally opened by gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel in 1946 with other mobster’s money. Bugsy went well over budget and made losses in the first year thus having to close the unfinished resort from January until March 1947. He was repaid for his great vision with two bullets to the head in June that year. Without his vision and his guts it is doubtful that the Strip or Las Vegas would be what it is today.

Attractions The 15-acre “Garden of Eden” has lush palm trees; pools and jungle vegetation there is also a wildlife sanctuary featuring African Penguins – yes AFRICAN, and you guessed it Flamingos. There is also a video arcade for those who have more frantic pleasure needs.

Pool The pool is one of the best in town its a lagoon with palm trees and other tropical plants and waterslides, it has an area for “European” sunbathing.

Flamingo HiltonShows and Entertainment . Donnie and Marie Osmond of The Osmond fame have are now the super headliners at the Flamingo. George Wallace a comedian currently performs at the Flamingo as doe’s funny magician Nathan Blake. The Flamingo has an adult’s only sexy review called X Burlesque. There is talk that Harrahs will shortly be signing some huge names so watch this space. If you like Cirque de Soleil shows you are of course only over the road from The Mirage where LOVE is showing and TI where the amazing Mystere is playing or whatever headline is running at the time at Caesars Palace.

Dining The Paradise Garden buffet (Brunch £13.99, Dinner $18.99, Sunday Brunch $15.95 with champagne) has a lovely setting looking over Flamingo Island. Friday offers the Seafood Dinner Buffet for $19.95 which is pretty good if you like seafood, if not avoid. It is good value, when we visited the selection was not enormous though we have heard that this has improved. Bugsy’s Delhi for sandwiches. Conrad’s – for steak and seafood, one of the best in town but expensive. There is also Chinese that is not bad but there are better ones on the Strip. Margaritaville is one of the best value, fun restaurants on the Strip, it has a Caribbean flavor and possibly the best nachos in the World, only get them to share or your wont eat your main course.

Gaming 77,000 sq ft of gaming space, so yes big but it does not feel big, the low ceilings make it feel smaller and more cramped than it really is. It is noisy and appears to have some parts quite crowded and others very empty. Because the doors open straight onto the Strip you quite often get natural light flashing on for a second and real air moving near the doors. There are nearly 2000 slots here, about 70 tables and 4 roulette wheels. At times the table minimums are as low as $5 but that is not too often, maybe the credit crunch will change this who knows ?

Drinks service Fair, Not good, not bad just enough to keep you here but not good enough to get loaded

Overall Loud and bright is the statement that this casino throws out but it all ends at the doors. Once inside, yes it is noisy but does not seem as frantic as some and appears to be very safe and, well, sort of middle of the road.

Good points The feeling that this is one of the firsts, that you are in Las Vegas history and that you don’t have to stray far from the Strip to visit.

Bad points The casino can be hellishly noisy; up to headache levels and it feels on a par with many cheaper policies.

Top Tip I know I have mentioned it but get Nachos at Margaritaville just make sure you share them.

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May 28, 2008 Posted by | 20 dollar trick, buffets, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, gaming, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, news, nightclub, resturaunts, shows, Stupid, tipping, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas pools, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments