Hotel Shops, Las Vegas
Every time we venture into the Venetian shopping canal we like to roam into here. They have a whole variety of items to purchase as souviners or gifts. One of my favorites places.
Public Access: Opens at 7:00am
Not only does Wynn have some of the most luxurious accomodations. So I was not surprised to see some the most high end stores on the market. Still it was fun to window shop. The Wynn mall boast 29 stores that sell everything from apparel to jewelry to art to home furnishings. Stores are Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Gaultier, Oscar De La Renta, Jo Malone, Graff, Judith Leiber, Brioni, W. Ink and even a dealership such as Ferrari.
I am not one for swank shops but this chocolate store at The Bellagio Hotel was something out of a Salvatore Dali painting. The products were a bit out of our price range but gawking at the displays certainly was not and as it turns out, the incredible chocolate fountain at The Jean-Philippe Patisserie is Guinness acknowledged as the largest in the world. The chef after which the shop is named is evidently highly lauded for his creations. Like he says, “you dream it, we'll make it” Sounds like the Vegas city slogan to me.
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.
Most of the large hotels have a shopping area. I guess its their way of making sure that those people who don't leave their money behind at the casinos have somewhere to spend it. But seriously, the shops are worth checking out, even if they are overpriced and all you do is window shop. The Venetian Hotel's Grand Canal shopping area is especially pretty, with the canal and gondolas in the center and the Italian architecture.
There are a mixture of high end and not as high end shops here. Burberry and Ann Taylor are represented, but there's also a Sephora and Banana Republic.
What to buy: Nothing really. This is a place to come and take a look. The shops are very pricey and not the place to be buying stuff. Even the more reasonable name stores such as Banana Republic have higher prices. There's another mall on the Strip whose prices are more reasonable. Unless you win big at the casino, stick to window shopping here.
What to pay: Way too much. See above
Another set of shops in the if-you-have-to-ask-you-can't-afford-it category. But most people stroll through this area, either to get to Olives restaurant, or simply to get back onto the Strip without having to walk the length of the Bellagio in the Vegas heat. But if you're a regular at Tiffany, Gucci or Hermes, you may want to pick up a little something while here.
What to buy: Some diamonds at Tiffany, a purse at Gucci and a dress at Chanel.
What to pay: More than you'll ever win at video poker.
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."
If you collect masks, then go to the shop at the Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio Hotel. There are many masks there.
What to buy: Masks, mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other souvenir items.
What to pay: Depending on what you buy.
The Stratosphere Tower Shops atop the Stratosphere Hotel winds it way leading to the thrill rides, 800 feet above the city at the north end of The Strip. The shops are mom and pop, along with a few amenities such as the Roni Josef Spa and Salon. It's a long walk to the shops, but the view at top is awesome. It's a perfect way to spend an afternoon and catch the sunset over the mountains to the west at the end of your shopping day.
Which is probably just as well. Although I am glad they skipped the pigeons:) The "ambience of Venice is actually very pleasant -- unfortunately the shops are rather too high-end for my tastes. Interesting restaurants though. One thing is authentic -- the layout is as confusing as Venice's streets.
Paris definitely had some of the best souvenirs! I really enjoyed their shops along the way to Bally's casino. Such cute things!
What to buy: I bought a duffle bag since I bought too much :x
What to pay: Oh, you'll pay, but it's not as bad as Bellagio!
There are so many stores inside the mall including restaurants. Just check it out and you will be surprised how nice the mall is.
This mall just opened recently. They have several inexpensive stores to buy souvenir items like the Indian Jewelry store, and the favorite of most Japanese, the ABC Stores.
Miracle Mile features 170 specialty stores - from H&M and True Religion Brand Jeans to Marciano and Urban Outfitters, 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues; the Miracle Mile Shops also features a multi-million dollar fountain show and an indoor rainstorm.
The fountain show plays every hour on the hour, from noon to 11 p.m. in front of the V Theater.
What to buy: We enjoyed our walk around this mall with lots of thing to see.
What to pay: Depend
High-End Designer Shops:
Crystals at CityCenter - the world’s largest collection of designer brands, including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, H. Stern, BVLGARI, Cartier, Tom Ford and de Grisogono etc.
What to buy: Artistic Fine Jewelry & Luxury Watches
HanArtistic Fine Jewelry & Luxury Watches
Hand-Blown Glass Art
Natural Landscape Photography
Men’s Clothing and Accessories
Gifts, Essentials & Snacks
Creative Handbags & Accessories
Innovative Bronze Sculptures
Rejuvenating Health & Beauty Products and Apparel
What to pay: Depend
Many of the gift shops around Vegas sell the same kind of stuff - dice bracelets, Elvis t-shirts etc etc. There are a bunch of stalls upstairs in the Tropicana that sell it all too but they seem to be cheaper than elsewhere I found. Yes, its only a couple of dollars but thats still a couple of dollars worth of fun on the slots!
What to buy: I bought a bright orange Las Vegas jail t-shirt for my brother and Las Vegas edition monopoly for myself.