again, I'm an avid collector of Shot Glasses of all kinds and types and on a revisit to las vegas and staying at the Encore, I must have one of their souvenir Items which are the shot glass. They have assorted shot glasses where you could buy them at the assorted shops at the encore and depends on the design, they will cost between $ 5.99 each excluding the sales tax. So I bought one as a memento of my stay here at the encore.
They just came up with the double buses and in order to get a better view, make sure to go to the deck. It is nicer to seat up front where you can see the view of Las Vegas Strip especially at night. Taking the bus at night is nicer just to see the spectacular neon lights at the Las Vegas Strip!!!
Make sure not to take the bus between 4-5 pm because that is the peak of traffic. You don't like to be caught in bad traffic especially since most of the day job workers get off from their work between these times.
The best time to catch the bus is at 7-8 pm after dinner when you have already done some of your free shows. (The Las Vegas Strip is so beautiful! Make sure to check my videos in Las Vegas, too!)
I can truly say that Las Vegas has a different shopping culture. It didn't matter how you look or how you dress, as long as you have the mighty dollar and the Gold or Platinum Visa or Mastercard, all the expensive stores welcome and greet you with a huge smile...
Unlike other places, when you are in a casual dress or in shorts shopping at an expensive store, the sales people don't treat you well as much as when you are dressed-to-kill. Sometimes, you are ignored...Have you experienced this? (I did. As a matter of fact, just recently when I was in Milan shopping at the Louis Vuitton at the Galleria).
In Las Vegas, your attire didn't matter. They know that it is a gambling city and when you hit the jackpot, it didn't matter how you looked! They can't tell whether you hit the jackpot or not, whether you won the big pot money, or you got lucky that night at the roulette!
Have you watched Pretty Woman? Do you remember when the actress went to the signature shops to buy coutoure dresses and she asked questions about how much the dress was and was talked down by the sales girl because she was in a street dress?
Well, that's in Hollywood. Image there is so important. But not in Las Vegas. Sales people are smart enough that they know there is no way they can figure out whether the customer coming in to their shop has money based on the attire alone.
They just have to welcome the customer. Whether the shop be at Prada, Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Armani, Fendi, Tiffany's, Balenciaga, Cartier, Ferragamo, David Yurman or Rolex, Longines, Patek Phillip stores. The sales people here don't discriminate base on your looks or your attire! They all love your mighty $$$$!!!!
This is definitely not New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan or Paris where the brand name shops are used to dress-to-impress clients!!!
Since most big hotels charge a hefty price for in-room Internet access, we were happy to find a 24h Internet cafe at the Showcase Mall that was quite affordable. All we had to do was stick $1 in the computer to get it started, and that gave us 30 minutes worth of Internet. It was then possible to add some money for more minutes, and at the end they gave us a password that made it possible to come back and use whatever minutes we had left.
The Internet cafe's four computers are located in the Showcase Mall foodcourt (on the second floor), near the Starbucks. Showcase Mall is located at 3785 South Las Vegas Blvd, near the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (just look for the giant Coke bottle and M&M store).
The big downside to Vegas as a family resort is the Mexican guys and women who give out free 'call girl' booklets in the street.
These are basically free porn mags. It is funny to watch some guys go and get them, then act all disgusted when their wife sees them.
If everyone said no, they would vanish.
It is also a litter menace.
I have nothing against people who want an escort, but use the phone book, don't feed this vermin
These cards make part of the scene. Every 50 steps 4 or 5 overacting people put a few of these specimens in your hand, only if you are a male person of course! Even your kids get cards!
They are also spread on the side walks, pressed between traffic signs...everywhere!
Very funny thought my 15 years old son, who took this picture for his friends at home.
Did you know that until 1870 camels were used here in the desert as pack animals. Yes I know its not a local custom now, and you wouldnt expect to see a camel tripping along the strip, but this is Vegas so you never know!
There is a huge coca cola bottle situated next to the MGM Grand Hotel where you can buy same day tickets for shows at apparently 1/2 price. We were going to try and get tickets here for a show but didnt make it back into Vegas in time.
The ticket booth is open from 12 noon
Compared with other parts of the world tips are Expected and 10 to 15 % is typical .
As a result the service is generally good though .
They can be sarcastic if there is no tip e.g. A cab driver " thanked" me for my very small tip --- hadn't spoken to us or even said Hi as we got in ------
I said I have a big tip for you -------------
" Speak to your ******* customers and be pleasant for once !!"
It made my day :))))
With this I am not only speaking of around the Strip, but also in your hotel. These are grandiose complexes built to keep you (and your money) on property. Wear shoes in which you are comfortable walking.... and standing for that matter, because there may not be a seat at the bar!
Distances on the Strip itself are greater than they appear, being all clustered with lights and structures. More than likely, Point A to Point B will be farther than you anticipated.
There are different ways to book your hotel room... you can book directly through hotel reservations (phone or internet), or you can use a third party such as a travel agent or an internet site (ie Hotels.com)
Having been behind the front desk, I have seen how different reservations are handled. Of course, you want to comparison shop, but if at all possible, I would book directly through the hotel. If there is a problem with your reservation, it is easier to deal with internal reservations. Plus, these may be upgraded first in cases of room assignments when overbooked.
With third party bookings, these are of a lower priority because, honestly, they are usually the cheapest. If there is a problem with your res, then the third party must be contacted to amend the issue. Other problems arise with requests, like "non-smoking room" or "king size bed". THESE ARE ONLY REQUESTS and are not guaranteed. When you make a reservation, you are ONLY booking a room, that's it.
If you liked this page, maybe you'd like my San Francisco page! (click here) thanks for visiting :-) Greg
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