Other Hotels/Casinos/Shows, Las Vegas
The hotels on the Strip are like huge factories.
If you have only one bag you won't have any problems carrying it yourself, but if you have more luggage, the easyest way is to have it brought to your room. Don't overlook the large distances between the parking lot and your room. Often you'll need a 10 minutes walk criss cross between the slots and the gamblers before reaching the elevators.
Favorite thing: See Monte Carlo. This is by far the least extravagant new casino to appear in Las Vegas in the last 10 years. It's modeled after the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, so there are plenty of statues and a certain elegance. The guests tend to be more affluent and slightly older. It's a quieter and classier place to both gamble and sleep than almost anywhere else on the Strip. The hotel is lacking in crowds and kids in particular.
Nevada casinos typically don’t like people taking pictures. Historically, their reason for this policy was to ensure the privacy of their customers. As gambling is considered a vice, many people might not want to be photographed within a casino. In fact, some people might not be found within a casino when their employer or spouce thought they where elsewhere.
Another consideration was that in the days before corporate control of the casinos, some cheating may have occurred. In order to prove a case of cheating to the Gaming Commission, some physical evidence like a photograph would be extremely useful. There are those who believe that casinos used to ban pictures to prevent the collection of evidence.
With the widespread use of camera phones and compact cameras, numerous pictures are being snapped daily by tourists visiting the casinos. The casino security seems to be overwhelmed by all this photographic activity and seems not to enforce the no pictures rule to otherwise harmless tourists. But keep in mind, if you do take pictures within a casino, security might give you a stern warning to stop doing so.
Favorite thing: If you're looking at a specific top show then I would say book in advance to ensure you are not disappointed. I usually go through the hotels own website to book and you then collect the tickets, usually the day before. If you're happy to take a chance on which show you see, or are looking for the lesser shows then there are cut price ticket outlets at the Forum shops on the Strip and within the Four Queens Casino on Fremont St. You can usually get tickets at up to half price from these places for shows either same day or next day.
Hmm... I should say it's the unique character and beauty of each individual hotel that impress me... :) The interior and exterior design of the hotels are classy, extravagance and luxurius... It seems like a hotel viewing tour for me... hahaha
Fondest memory: Walk along the strip, and visit to each invidividual hotel...
Favorite thing: Sam's Town is located at the cluster of casinos along Boulder Highway, just a few miles east of the Strip. It's not as grand as the casinos on the Strip, but popular among locals because of the relaxed atmosphere and great buffet deals. The bighorn sheep shown in photo are not real; just part of their country/western decoration.
GOOD DEALS ... Vegas is STILL hurting and you can get great rooms at great rates! Mid-December at many properties will be LOW rates ($45) at the Flamingo, for example!
A Classic bargain at one of
the most famous hotels from the Rat Pack days. Deals starting at $29.95 per night!
Fondest memory: Paying less than $40 to stay in a nice room on The Strip!
Well go and see a show. There's s o many to choose from so everyone will find someone they want to see.
Fondest memory: The Andrew Dice Clay stand-up performance. If you have seen the movie 'Ford Fairlane, the rock n' roll detective' you know this guy.
OK, I'm off to Vegas again and again I'm doing it on a budget.
There are loads of things to do in Vegas FREE!! The casinos want to get you there because once you are there, you might spend some money. SO they put on FREE things to tempt you through the doors.
(I'll be posting a list of things that I have done FREE when I come back, meantime check out this list of free things, http://www.vegas.com/attractions/freeattractions.html )
Fondest memory: TIP-1 Want to gamble?? OK, her is my tip. Dont go out too early, sit down enjoy your dinner. Vegas picks up a little later, but as I discovered at 04:30 its quiet so dont go out too late. Take a set amount of money out with you, whatever your budjet allows. For example I would take out $40 max, now I want to drink a few beers, so that does not leave me much to gamble with. WRONG! Find a table, I like Craps, you can stand and watch people playing on a $1 table (minimum bet $1, there are $20 tables etc etc.) Stand and watch for a while, enjoy your drink, and then start playing it will make the night longer than if you walk up to a table and start playing straight away. While standing at the tables the waitresses come over and ask if you want a drink, YES PLEASE its free (I try to tip $1).
As long as the cocktail waitress thinks you are gambling, you can get free drinks. Cocktail waitresses prowl the floors of all the major casinos, giving out free drinks. Place you order and the next time the waitress makes her round she will bring you the drink of your choice. If you leave a tip they'll come back again to take another order.
Although this is technically free, you really are expected to be actively gambling and leave tips to take advantage of it. It is easy enough, however, to hang out on a slot machine chair or in a sports book and still be able to recieve the drinks. People usually leave about a dollar tip per drink unless they are doing well at the tables or getting drunk.
The waitresses serve people at the tables first and the slots after, I have played slots and sat for ages before being offered a drink.
After I have spent my $40 either tipping or I have lost it all, I walk off and find some of the free things to do in Vegas.
The Las Vegas Shakedown was soo much fun!!!
Fondest memory: Being proposed to, while The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs played 'Slow Death' at The
Las Vegas Shakedown held at the Gold Coast Hotel
Fondest memory: My favorite memory was when my sweet hubby (then fiance) took me to see a Lance Burton magic show for my birthday.