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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 Grand and 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.

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. Oh the pool is pretty poor.

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.

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Tropicana Las Vegas, my Review

3810 Las Vegas Boulevard South ,
At E Tropicana Ave,
Las Vegas
NV 89190
(739 2222)
www.tropicanalv.com

Location The “Trop” is located on the South Strip surprisingly enough at the junction with Tropicana Avenue; this junction is the busiest in Las Vegas and indeed the whole of the United States. There are bridges to MGM Grand and Excalibur so you can see it is really happening here. Being at the far south end of the Strip transfers from the airport are very quick.

Theme The Tropicana has the theme of a South Sea Island this theme is eminent around the fantastic pool but is not noticeable in the casino but raises its head again in the bedroom.

Attractions There is a small amusement arcade by the entrance to the swimming pool. The Tropicana used to house the “Casino Legends Hall of Fame” this was brilliant and it’s a travesty that it has been shut down. There is apparently a wildlife walk well we never saw it so it must be small. You get free magic shows and shows by the “birdman” outside the Trop. Inside you used to have the Titanic exhibition and BODIES the exhibition, displaying bodies made up from well erm dead people, there are admission charges for both of these but these are sadly now closed with the tittanic exhibition shortly to reopen at Luxor

Pool The pool is amazing a lagoon with little beaches, mountains, waterfalls and in the summer swim up blackjack. In season every Saturday night there is a Miss Hawaiian Tropic competition.

Shows and Entertainment Tropicana is home to the Folies Bergere based on the French music hall of the same name. This is a sexy but fun cabaret (late show topless) with a variety of acts, originally all the dancers came from France but now the Americans have learnt how to dance so use home grown talent. Dirk Arthur a magician performs his cunning tricks here and is now the only act on the Strip to use living big cats. There is also a comedy show and lounge.

Dining Our breakfast we had consisted of a couple of latte’s e which was not bad and a doughnut the quality of the coffee was however surpassed buy the 20 minutes I had to queue to get it. There is no food court as such. We once had the misfortune of eating at the Tropicana buffet, B:$10.99, L:$11.99, D:$15.50 ad Champagne Sunday Brunch $16.25. This is by far the worst buffet I have eaten at anywhere the choice was small and the food had been kept warm for far too long. There was a 241 special on drinks we all drank soda’s (which were free) and still got brought two each time by a crazy waiter that took personal offence to you moving your glass, even to drink from! The Trop has an Italian, a deli , a 24 hour coffee shop and a lobster and steak restaurant after my experience of the buffet I will not be testing any of these

Gaming Cramped, noisy and smoky are the words best used to describe this casino to be fair though there are a great variety of machines and hundreds of nickel ones for cheapskates and low rollers like me. There are about a 45 or so cramped tables. Tropicana advertise having a $5 Blackjack table open all day every day its often only one and very busy $10 is more realistic minimum limit. The roof above the tables is glass looks old and is probably the most attractive feature of this casino. I had a craps lesson here that was both fun and informative, I must add that I did not nor feel that I was expected to bet even $1 of my money on their craps tables after my lesson and indeed I did not. They also have some deal where you pay $20 and get $40 worth of play on “special” machines if you don’t win a jackpot they give you a “valuable” gift steer clear the machines are not as loose as normal machines and the gift is not worth $20.

Drinks service The Depends on the time of day there seemed to be a real shortage of cocktail waitresses in the day and early evening but after midnight they seem to be serving you non stop .

Overall This is the Strip’s little secret; cheap rooms in ta good location but be warned Tropicana has filed for Chapetr 11 protection. The Casino is loud and cramped; the rooms are large but tired. No complaints, as over all you are paying the same as you would at a Motel 6 but getting a full service resort in the heart of the Strip. Stay there whilst you still can as it is one of the last Vegas old school ex mob ran casinos and  it may well be one of the next great casino’s to be turned to a pile of dust.

Good points Great pool, good location and cheap

Bad points The rooms are miles from the check in desk and the casino is between you and the lifts. The Garden rooms are terrible and the casino very smoky. You can now get better rates at Excalibur which is a better hotel.

Top Tips Even if you don’t join them elsewhere join the players club here you get all sorts of freebies that we take home as gifts. At the entrance to the casino by the MGM footbridge there is a big free slot machine you can have a go once a day and win prizes like packs of cards and free show tickets.


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Harrah’s Las Vegas my Review

Harrah’s

3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas
NV89109
+1 (702) 369 5000
www.harrahslv.com

Location Harrah’s is right on the Strip; no long walk through colourful gardens or moving walkways here. Harrah’s holds a very central position facing the Mirage and its wonderful volcano, with the Imperial Palace on one side and a short stroll to The Venetian on the other.

Theme Harrah’s used to have a very distinctive theme of a huge Mississippi Paddle Steamer but that has gone in favour of carnival, a cross between Rio, New Orleans, Notting Hill and well, a sort of colourful African village. There are bright lights (unusual for Vegas NOT) loud colours, fountains and plants. It really is a merry and friendly little place with no ideas of grandeur just very comfortable and happy, even the dealers and change people seem to carry this theme inside them. Harrah’s is very relaxed and you feel at ease straight away. This may be part the reason that it is such a big hit with Americans who I think must make up at least 99% of its clientele and whole lots of them repeat customers. I met a lovely American lady from Detroit at Las Vegas airport who was going home after her 45th visit to Vegas and had stayed all but one of them at Harrah’s.

Attractions Well there are loads of performers wandering around with little trumpets and the like in the Carnival Court, which is good fun with a few shops selling junk loosely associated with a carnival. Carnival Court also gives free live performances all day underneath what appears to be a very large and colourful fabric covered may pole with big bar and an always empty dance floor. If you feel the need to do “agado” or relive the 80’s classic “birdie song” dance here is the place to do it.

Pool You do not come here for the pool its a big hole in the concrete its just not nice.

Shows and Entertainment It seems that comedy is the entertainment of choice at Harrahs, aftera long run at New York New York, the lovely inoffensive and very very funny Rita Rudner Headlines at Harrahs, she has been voted best comedian in Las Vegas for 5 years running so I guess it’s not just my opinion. Mac King is another comedian at Harrahs and it’s the home of the long running IMPROV.

Dining Well there is fair bit of choice here which includes the Fresh Market Square Buffet (B$13.99 L$16.99 D$21.99 Sunday Champagne Brunch $19.99) this is a good buffet for the price but the queues can be massive. The buffet is not up to say Mandalay Bay or Bellagio but far better than many others that are higher priced. The garden café coffee shop is great, good value though the coffee is allegedly not the best, as with most other coffee shops its open 24hrs. There are several other gourmet restaurants including; The Range Steak house which supposedly is very good and great value, Asia – Chinese, Asian, Thai, Indian, and Japanese cuisine and Café Andreotti’s – Italian. Toby Keith’s I love this bar and Grill is probably my favourite place to eat at Harrahs.

Gaming When Harrah’s changed the theme in 1997 they increased their gaming space by a third to 103,325 sq ft, it is showing its age now and is ready for new investment. Harrah’s has over 2200 slots, about 60 tables and 8 roulette wheels – one with single zero’s! There is a great range of nickel machines but the table minimums are $5 matching most of the other large casinos on the Strip. Its big, it’s bright and its loud, to add to the brightness all of the dealers are lit up likes the signs you see on the strip. Hollering for wins and shouting at the tables seems to be encouraged. The dealers and change people are a happy, very friendly bunch this is a great place for the novice gambler to ply his trade. It is very easy to relax in this casino.


Drinks service
Good, very good in fact. I had just sat down and was getting my wallet out when the cocktail waitress asked what I wanted. The drink arrived in less than 5 minutes and the second 15 minutes after that.

Overall A friendly place that really tries to put you in the party mood. This, along with a central location makes it a great place to play. For people who prefer a nice and relaxed attitude to gamble in, rather than the more serious affair where winning big bucks is far more important than the fun.

Good points Relaxed easygoing atmosphere this casino is not looking for the high roller market and as a result treats low rollers very well.

Bad points Can be very loud, too loud for some, resort needs some love and investment made to bring it up to date.

Top Tip Sign up for the Harrahs reward card you can use it here and the Flamingo next door, Ballys, Caesars, Paris and Rio.

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Monte Carlo Las Vegas – My Review

Monte Carlo
3770 Las Veags Blvd S
Las Vegas
NV 89109
(+1) 702 730 7000
Monte Carlo Las Vegas

Location Great South Strip location next door to NYNY and over the road from the West Wing entrance to MGM Grand. At time of writing there is a large building project going on to the North of Monte Carlo.

Theme Themed on the Mediterranean Rivera principality of the same name. The theme only runs as far as the door and then it all ends. It’s just another casino with a low ceiling and a few candelabras. I can not believe that the interior designers of this casino have ever been to Monte Carlo!!

Rooms The rooms are standard sized and have lovely furniture and fittings, they are meant to look European and they do look classy, these rooms are excellent value for the quality.

Attractions
I have to be honest past the external architecture not much in fact nothing that I can really think of ummm.

Pool The pool is great with a lazy river and machine to create 10 foot waves. Because of the lack of attractions this means not many families stay at the Monte Carlo so the pool does not tend to get too crowded or have many kids in it.

Shows and Entertainment Lance Burton probably the first modern master magician has been the main attraction at the Monte Carlo for years, the show is meant to be one of the best magic shows in Vegas if not the World and is very highly recommended. Monte Carlo also have guest performers in their theatre.

Dining We eat at the food court and this was probably the worst service of any that I have experienced in Las Vegas. There is a buffet (B: $11.95 L: $13.95 D: $18.95 and champagne brunch $18.95) I have not eaten here but the reviews give it a fair marking. There are a handful of up market restaurants and a highly acclaimed Micro brewery. A new and exciting Mexican called Diablo has opened that is meant to be very good indeed.

Gaming 90,000 sq ft of gaming space brightly lit, gold and sparkly and not my favorite on the Strip, I actually think that this area has been reduced in size as more restaurants are added. There are 2,200 machines from a nickel upwards with a fair amount of nickels dotted around. There are about 70- tables and 10 roulette wheels. In Europe there is only one zero on the roulette wheel but in the US there is zero and double zero thus doubling the house’s edge. In a Monte Carlo themed casino surely the single zero applies right? Unfortunately not, they have one or two high stake wheels with single zeros and the rest good old American ones. The casino seems very serious to me, quiet and even cold; some people I guess prefer to play in this atmosphere.

Drinks service I got served quite quickly the first time. After that even when I had been served I seemed to wait ages between placing my order and receiving my drink.

Overall A luxurious casino with a fairly good Strip location; aimed at more sophisticated, slightly older and well-heeled patrons who like to gamble in a quiet atmosphere.

Good points If you like it, in a place where all of the casinos seem to be frantic, Monte Carlo seems calmer, more clinical and better organized. The cost of the rooms here are way beneathe what you would expect to pay for this level of comfort.

Bad points It can be too quiet, I guess this may appeal to some people and whilst I don’t like really noisy places this too quiet for me.

Top Tip Try the beer at the Micro Brewery it’s delicious

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October 23, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, buffets, Casinos, entertainment, Excalibur, free drinks, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, shows, tipping, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas discounts, Vegas Strip, vegas wedding, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Pool
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.

Overall
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

Getting Married in Vegas – Las Vegas Photographers

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers

TI WeddingsMost of the packages in both the Las Vegas Wedding Chapels and the Las Vegas Resort Chapels will include a photographer and some prints, some will give you a CD of digital photographs and others the film. If you wish to have additional professional photographs taken you can either arrange this with the Chapel or you can hire a photographer. The prices vary greatly but the least that you should expect to pay is around $1000. Here is a list of photographers in the Las Vegas area, most if not all offer a wedding service. Please be aware that unless otherwise stated we have no experience of these photographers nor of the quality or professionalism of either them or of their services. If you want your friends and family to take the photographs then this book will teach you “how to photograph a wedding”. It is intended to be bought by people setting up as professional wedding photographers and will show you all the tricks to take great wedding photos, it even comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied.

Jerry Swanson
368 Via Sonador
HENDERSON , NV 89012
Phone: (702) 564-5844
www.swansonphotographs.comom/
Britt Pierson Photography
2620 S Maryland Pkwy, #212 ,
Las Vegas , NV 89109
Phone: 702-731-0069
www.brittpierson.com
BLR Photography
Phone: (702) 325-3686
www.blrphoto.com
Picture Me In Vegas
Specialty Las Vegas Weddings
Phone: (702) 438 – 9400
Fax: (702) 437-1761
www.picturemeinvegas.com
A Picture Perfect Photography
2380 E. Patrick Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Telephone: (702) 436-5710
Allen Photographers, Inc.
3223 Industrial Rd.
Las Vegas , NV 89109
Telephone: (702) 735-2222
Altenburg Studio
3017 South Decatur Blvd.
Las Vegas , NV 89102
Telephone: (702) 252-7557
Loving Impressions Photography
Las Vegas , Nevada
Phone: 702-251-4800
Glen Douglas Photographer
1717 S Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas , Nevada
Phone: 702-878-3919
Bill Miller Photography
5425 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas , Nevada
Phone: 702-798-5785
Jani Mae Photographers
1800 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas , Nevada
Phone: 702-641-1800
A Advanced Photo & Video
3355 Spring Mountain Rd., #66
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Telephone: (702)220-8002
Taylormade Productions
Live-event Videography
Phone: 702-860-6203
Advanced Photographics
1692 Golden Horizon Dr.
Las Vegas , NV 89123
Telephone: (702) 431-9206 or 800-950-9206
Andrew Cattoir Photographs
1649 Nevada Highway
Boulder City , NV 89005
Telephone: (702) 293-6040
Jodi Lynn Studios, Inc.
101 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas , NV 89128
Telephone:(702) 259-8000
Kilby’s Video Productions
4699 Industrial Rd.
Las Vegas , NV 89103
Telephone:(702) 253-1699
Life Touch National
5900 Smoke Ranch Rd.
Las Vegas , NV 89108
Telephone:(702) 646-8750
Memories Photography
953 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas , NV 89104
Telephone:(702) 737-7060
Marc Anthony Productions
886 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas , NV 89104
Telephone:(702) 866-0798
Morgan’s Photography
727 S. 9th St.
Las Vegas , NV 89101
Telephone:(702) 598-3636
New Image Photography
946 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas , NV89104
Telephone:(702) 894-9881
Andrea Waller Photographs
600 Bianca Bay St.
Las Vegas , NV 89144
Telephone: (702) 387-1990
American Theme Weddings
390 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas , NV 89102
Telephone: (702) 671-0116

September 24, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, buffets, Casinos, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, gaming, grand canyon, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mirage, news, resturaunts, Riviera, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas shows, vegas tips, vegas wedding, 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

Top 10 useless but interesting facts on Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Contrary to popular belief the Flamingo was not the first resort built on the Strip it was actually the third opening in 1946. The first hotel/casino was El Rancho which opened in 1941.

Las Vegas is home to all ten of the largest hotels in the United States. The MGM Grand is largest with over 5000 rooms! There are more rooms in MGM Grand than in the whole of Sarasota, Fl.

In 1869 Nevada was the first State to outlaw gambling, it was reinstated in 1931 and was the only State with legalised gambling until 1976 when New jersey legalised gambling in Atlantic City.

With NYNY, Excalibur, Tropicana and MGM Grand on its corners, the intersection at Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) is the busiest in the whole of the United States.

The Strip (Las Vegas Blvd South) is not actually in Las Vegas its in Clarke County, it was originally build this side of the county line as taxes were lower.

More than 100,000 couples tie the knot in Las Vegas every year and until 2008 if you wished to get married in Las Vegas you only had to provide proof of age, you did not have to prove who you were !!

Between November and March Las Vegas gets cold really cold as low as 1F or 34F it has even been known to snow on the Strip !

The beam at the top of the Luxor is so bright you could use it to read a newspaper 7 miles into space!

Mandalay Bay hosts Shark Reef the largest predator only aquarium in the World, if the water was all taken out and put in 2 gallon buckets and placed side by side, the buckets would stretch from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, Excalibur, flamingo, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Below are the best 4th July holiday rates for the resort on the Las Vegas Strip these offer huge Savings, you need to take the code in bold and put it in the box where it says Have you received an Offer Code?
Enter your Offer Code”
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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)

New York New York “Online Affiliate Offer” Rates from $64/nt. Book NOW and receive 20% off each night you stay in any of our gorgeous rooms or suites. *Also included: $10 Starbucks Credit, $10 FREE PLAY (*See site for details). March 19 – July 24, 2008. Promo Code: 20DS1010A (Expires 7/31/08)

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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

Getting Married in Vegas – Las Vegas Wedding Chapels

Las Vegas Wedding Chapels

This is the classic Las Vegas wedding and what most people will think of when you tell them you are marrying in Las Vegas. These chapels are used solely for weddings and renewal of vows not for your usual Sunday service. There are wedding chapels at both ends of the strip but the majority are at the North end of the strip, I would Vegas wedding chapellike to say that they come in all shapes and sizes but most of them look like a small version of a classic church. These are the places where you can have al sorts of theme weddings really anything goes from Star Trek and Star Wars, to Wild West Weddings even to gothic vampire weddings ! You can be married by Elvis, Count Dracula and even King Arthur. You can of course (and most people do) have a traditional wedding with the Bride wearing a wedding dress and the Groom a suit. each chapel will have a variety of packages with the basic ones which can start from as little as $100, yes one hundred dollars but be warned though that the basic packages often do not allow you to bring guests. For around $500 you should expect music of your choice, flowers, a limo to collect the bride from her hotel, a photographer and some sort of souvenir the quality of which varies greatly. Most also offer a web streaming facility usually for an extra charge. Just like the quality of he chapels themselves the quality and the prices of the packages vary greatly. Unlike the Resort wedding chapels you may not have an area other than outside to wait before the ceremony and you may have to walk down the aisle together! Some of the chapels do not allow you take your own photos or videos.

Its worth noting that you need to add $55 for the wedding licence a $50 tip for the minister as well as a tip for the limo driver, if the Chapel provided a limo to collect the Bride.

La Vegas Wedding Chapels have played host to many a celebrity wedding including Judy Garland, Jon Bon Jovi, Richard Gere, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graff, Clint Eastwood, Mickey Rooney, Betty Grable, to name but a few.

The Chapel of the Flowers is a good example of a Las Vegas wedding Chapel and has very good website full of information and photos. Its certainly worth a visit.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, events, Excalibur, flamingo, free drinks, gaming, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, Luxor, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, music, news, resturaunts, shows, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas events, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, vegas wedding, wedding | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment