Hotel Shops, Las Vegas
I like to bring home souvenirs of my Las Vegas stay to friends and co-workers, and hotel gift shops are the best place to shop for things that reflect your experience.
What to buy: What I buy, almost in bulk (I have a large family) are decks of cards and dice, with the names of the casinos on them.
I love window shopping (but not buying) in the beautiful, unique indoor shopping malls in places like Caesar's Palace and Venetian.
What to pay: Depending on how upscale the hotel is, the cards cost anywhere from 99c to about $2.50 a deck (same for the big dice), which represents a small amoung of $$ for a nice, representative guest. (I buy several at a time from the $.99 places.
Lifestyle: The Shopaholic
Those who think they've seen all shopping has to offer haven't been to Vegas lately. Here you can shop along a canal, in Paris and even among the Roman gods.
Q: Shopping is my main agenda. Where should I stay to be closest to all the shops?
A: For your convenience, many of the shops just happen to have hotel-casinos attached. You might try Caesars Palace which is attached to the Forum Shops, the Aladdin, which is attached to Desert Passage, or the Venetian, Paris and Bellagio. And Treasure Island is right across the street from that mall you gals find so wonderful, the Fashion Show.
Q: Help! Where do I start?
A: I hear the best plan of attack is to pick an end of the Strip to start from and make your way down. In this case, the girls recommended you start with Fashion Show mall. Its addition is brand new and it looks like a million bucks. From the Fashion Show, stop at the Venetian for the Grand Canal Shoppes and Caesars for the Forum Shops. If you still have any energy after that, stop at Via Bellagio (don't miss the other shops scattered throughout the casino), Le Boulevard at Paris and Desert Passage at the Aladdin.
Q: Where can I see celebrities/people watch while I shop?
A: If there's one place people consistently say is good for people -- and celebrity -- watching, it's at the Forum Shops. You're also likely to bump into the rich and/or famous at Via Bellagio, Grand Canal Shoppes or Fashion Show mall.
Q: I'm here on a budget. Where can I find the best bargains?
A: You'll find bargains galore at Las Vegas Outlet Center. Outlets include the Off 5th Saks 5th Avenue, Nine West, Pfaltzgraff and hundreds more. If you're up for a trip out to Primm (shuttles leave daily from the MGM Grand and New York-New York), you'll find unbelievable deals at the Fashion Outlets. I believe my lady friends call them "steals."
LV has garnered enough repute to be a top global tourist atttraction in its own right. Thus it can afforrd to charge top end rates. In US, my favourite shopping is at Walmart's - the no. 1 rated company in US, if not the world.
Walmart offers US made goods at the lowest price possible. E.g. buy Sam's Choice chocolates as gifts. Clothes are cheap and good too. Of course no tour guide will bring you to Walmart. Rent a car and it will more than recoup your other costs. Cheap when shared among 4 people like we did.
What to buy: Buy antique cars at the Automobile Museum at the Imperial Hotel. Visit it even if you don't intend to buy. Simply admiring them is gratification itself.
What to pay: in excess of $500000
Between Imperial Palace and Harrah's is an outdoor entertainment court with bar and stage. Adjacent to this are several street vendors with various goods, and the best on-strip prices I found!
In particular, there is a Las Vegas Snowdome I want that plays "Luck Be A Lady". At the airport, it was $35.99, and other gift shops, $24.99 or $29.99. The gift shop there had it for $19.99! I also was able to get a $15 bracelet I had eyed elsewhere for $7! Shirts generally run $15+, here, 2 for $10.99! I got several keychains for friends for 99 cents each too!
Besides the great prices, the entertainment there was great! A performer was balancing several bottles of beers and wines on a tray on his head to today's hottest pop and hip hop music!
If you want unique gifts to take home, or souvineers for yourself, take a look here!
What to buy: Shirts, clothing, handbags, keychains, magnets, decorative items and MORE!
What to pay: As much as you have in your wallet if you wish! Items are $5-$10 less expensive here than I found in Casino gift shops.
We have the most unique shopping malls in this city. Where else can you find themed shopping areas where it rains indoors every hour on the hour......that would be Desert Passage at the Aladin. Or where ceiling looks like a changing sky and the statues come to life?? ......The Forum Shops at Ceasars Palace. These make for great diversions when you get tired of feeding the slot machines. At least the $$$ you spend shopping guarantee you'll have something to take home to show the folks you left behind.
What to buy: true Vegas 'kistch' -- you know you have a wall just aching to be home for the Elvis swivel hips clock, or the ever popular dice clock. If this is what you want to take home check out the world's largest souviner shop on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara
The shops at the Bellagio are basically what you would expect from a hotel trying to attract wealthy clientele. You have your Gucci and Prada and everything else. You know, the kind of stores that don't post their prices on their merchandise because they think that if you need to know the price then you can't afford it anyway. Mom and I like to go in them and touch everything. Drives the sales people insane.
What to buy: If you win big (or if you're just really wealthy) then I would go for a Prada purse. Actually, I own a couple of Prada purses. They're great bags. I just bought mine in Chinatown in New York City for about 2% of the real price.
What to pay: Expect to pay anywhere in the thousands of dollars for something that is the size of a peanut. Just kidding! It is very expensive, though. But if you can afford it, go for it!
Paris Hotel house boutiques, gift shops, a home and garden store, a gourmet food shop, newsstand and more.
What to buy: From exquisite accessories to the latest fashions.
What to pay: Depend
Wow! Is about all I can say. Great shops! Great lunch time dining. And, what a beautiful place! Should check it out!
What to pay: A lot!!!!
The shopping is amazing but there is so much of it you HAVE TO wear comfortable shoes to make it all day long!!
What to buy: Every designer imaginable has a store in Vegas.
This a a nice mall inside Paris with musc, all the architecture of France, food, and all the french streers, nice place like Paris.
What to buy: You can get souvenirs, French food.
The unic and gorgeous mask you find only in Venice. The Venetian Hotel is the second place for the masks shopping.
What to pay: $300 and higher
Very nice boutique with a porcelain dolls . Probably it is the only place in US you can find these doll. Overprised, but beautiful.
In the Bellagio they have designer shops such as Prada and Tiffany's.
What to buy: Jewellry, clothes, handbags and shoes
What to pay: Be prepared to spend a lot of money.