Sugar Factory at 3655 Las Vegas blvd will not serve you a glass of tap water. If you want water, you have to buy a 12oz. Bottle for $2.00. Also they charge a consession fee (cnf) of 3.5% of the bill.
Unique Suggestions: Bring your own water! I walk around with a bottle of water anyway. Nothing you can do about the cnf. Maybe choose not to eat there like I do.
Nice vehicles, crooked and predatory towards tourists
My experience was with a driver who charged us about double what the hotel doorman told us the cost per hour would be. the driver insisted that he was correct and we were shocked enough to not get on the phone to his boss.
After we paid the guy, and got into the airport, we did phone his office and we were told that the hourly rate we were quoted ($38 per hour) was indeed correct, and that the $57 that the driver gouged us was wrong. Unfortunately, as I searched the web for info related to this, it became apparent that the company itself seems to prey upon tourists and vegas visitors regularly. Those who actually paid via credit card seem to get gouged hundreds or thousands more than they expected.
This company is outside every hotel with nice clean lincoln autos, and sharp dressed drivers. DO NOT get in without knowing in advance what you are expected to pay and NEVER ever give them your credit card. From the writings of others, you will not even get a return call when you complain to the company. It sounds like they should be out of business.
Unique Suggestions: know up front what the expected cost is to be
keep your receipt and paperwork
do not be taken in by a clean lincoln and a drive in a suit, they are crooks dressed in nice clothing in my experience
Fun Alternatives: a taxi with a meter is probably more honest and transparent
if you have to use them, be forewarned that they tend to take advantage of the fact that you are away on holiday and will not be back and will be unable to pursue them properly
The new store at the M Shopping Mall is great. It is great for shopping, dining and all that. There is an Indian Jewelry store over there and they sell a lot of jewelries. They also sell jewelries on installment.
Make sure to keep your records if you do installment plan at this store otherwise you will end up forgetting what you paid for!!!
Unique Suggestions: Make sure to buy only those intricate Indian jewelries and get original certification that it is an original art!
In some of the hotels, people might approach you to offer bargains on show tickets. Typically, they'll ask how long you're in Las Vegas for and will then drag you over to their counter to explain how it works. That's when you find out they actually work for companies that sell time shares: they want to sign you up for a presentation at a new place they're building some distance away from the Strip and as a thank you for the time you've spent there, you'll get a discount on show tickets. They can be pretty persistent but you shouldn't feel bad about turning them down, they'll just move on to the next people.
Fun Alternatives: Wasting an afternoon to get some ridiculous discount doesn't seem like my idea of having a good time in Las Vegas. If you're looking for cheap show tickets, you can get them hassle-free at Tix4Tonight (see my shopping tip).
The Shark reef – how disappointing. $15 entry fee and it took all of 18 mins to walk through. Mostly a circular glass tube where you can see the same fish over and over and yes over again and if you have every been to an aquarium or snorkeled, there is nothing new. A few small sharks, lots of groupers, parrot fish and other every day ocean fish. The only thing I found interesting was the komoto dragon and large pink jelly fish. Save yourself the money, pick up a flyer and you have seen all the fish they have.
I would not let my own family go there! A couple of blocks with lot's of lights, Drunks, some homeless, con people are watching you from the sides of the casinos and buildings. Be careful if you park there. Smells (blaaaa)
Fun Alternatives: Stay on Las Vegas Blvd from Mandalay Bay Hotel until Wynn Hotel. You can tell by all the shady areas. Plus it's nicer and safer.
The ubiquity of opportunities to sign up for a free weekend trip to Vegas is alluring, but if you're not prepared, it could be a time share nightmare.
Originally, we attended a 90 minute pitch about the resort company, got a couple of buffet and show tickets, and signed up to get our 3-day, 2 night trip.
When we went back, we had to go to a full-on hard sell tour and sales pitch from hell. These things go on for what seems like forever.
It's not a bad idea to get to come to Vegas on someone else's dime (we stayed at a cool place), but make sure you have the time to take the tour(s).
I was not impressed. This was a very short, cheesy, factory tour. You walk about 10 steps through a smalled glassed room where there are some machine (which were not moving0 and you saw two people in the very back of the room doing something, but you couldn't see a thing! then you walk immediately into the gift shop where they sell extremely overprised chocolate. Anyone who lives near or has been to Herhsey wouldn't be impressed.
Unique Suggestions: I did however enjoy the Catus gardens outside. It was very interesting.
Fun Alternatives: Just go to buy chocolate don't expect a great tour of candy being made.
When walking through the MGM Grand looking for a restaurant, it was amazing how overpriced most of their restaurants are. I remember one steak dinner on the menu for a few hundred dollars. The one or two places with expensive, yet had more realistic prices, were booked solid until the late evening. Wonder why? We decided to eat elsewhere had never regretted the decision.
Fun Alternatives: Eat Elsewhere!
The Golden Nugget Hotel charges $11.95/day for internet access which seems a bit of a rip off, considering many roadside motels provide this free to their guests.
Fun Alternatives: Hit a nearby coffee house for free internet if you are on a budget.
The Mini bars at hotels like Paris use electronic monitoring methods that will charge your bill if you move an item from its slot to either read the label, see it better, or to make room for something else. :) It does not matter if the item is immediately returned; your bill will be charged.
Fun Alternatives: If you have inadvertently disturbed an item in the bar, be sure to notify the front desk to correct your bill.
Dr Naughty Hypnotist Show. Advertised as the best show off the strip, it was $40 down the drain. Very very poor unfuny show. Don't go, you can see better acts in pubs in the UK.
Since this, we saw another disgrace of a show called Shock.
Since this, the hotel Bourbon Street closed down and was demolished. Justice!!!!!
Like good little tourists, we took a ride on the Vegas Monorail. I was disappointed to see that it is a short ride with stops only behind several of the big hotels. Their idea is that you get off and explore one hotel or casino then walk around to the others. Fine idea but you could just get to one and stroll along the strip. Riding the monorail doesn’t save you many steps if you are out to see the strip. And walking wouldn’t cost $5 (one way or $9 return). One of my friends ventured into the bus system and found it fine and inexpensive.
If you are interested it opens at 7:00 a.m. daily and runs until 2:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. Friday-Sunday) Web site:http://www.lvmonorail.com/
Common, $70-100 to see men hit drums and splatter paint all over the place? This is probably your worst bet for a show here in Vegas.
Unique Suggestions: Get a good coupon.
Fun Alternatives: See a magic show or go watch the many free attractions such as the pirate show nightly at the Treasure Island.
A quick gig in the middle of the casino by two men. A few twirls and flips and its over. Obviously a cheap thrill to get people into the casino, but avoid it by all means.
Unique Suggestions: Don't go!
Fun Alternatives: Free acrobat show at the Circus Circus throughout the day.
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