Be Aware / Be Prepared, Las Vegas
Everyone needs to understand how important hotel safety is.
FIRE SAFETY :It has been said that you should never stay higher than the 4th floor because most fire trucks ladders do not reach any higher. Yet, I know that is not practical especially in Vegas. So make sure you know where the fire extinguisher is and the stairways are. Make sure to count the doors from your door to the stairways encase it gets too smokey and you cannot see.
READ: the info behind your door. Lots of wonderful emergency info to know. It also shows you where your room is and where the stairways are.
LOCK: your doors. Most hotels have great locks on their doors now. Use them. They give three locks, so use them. Do not stay in a hotel unless you have new locks. Some of the older hotles may not have them, so I would not stay in them.
LIGHTED AREAS: Stay in lighted areas of the hotel if you can and park your car in a lighted area if you can.
STAND TALL AND LOOK UP: Don't look vunerable and pay attention of where and who is around you. If you look confident and alert, your likely not going to be a target.
DO NOT: get in a elevator by yourself if you can. For women, do not get into a elevator with strangers if you can.
KEYS: Carry your car keys in your hands between your fingers so you can use them as a weapon just incase.
Just some tips to keep you safe!
If your a Californian, your aware of the term "Get Away Fridays." Those who are visiting, are probably not aware of that term. Plus, Interstate 15 is know has one the deadliest highways in California. Get Away Fridays is what describes the traffic on Fridays when heading towards Las Vegas. Traffic is bad and partly that is because between California and Nevada transportation departments are trying to update the highway conditions. Unfortunately because much of the Hwy 15 is built throughout the mountains,they had to literally blast away the mountain sides to add more lanes. It's much better, but they are always trying to maintain it. So traffic can be terrible. So, please check the Caltrans site for current conditions.
Plus, there is a new law on the books. If there is any type of emergency vehicle, such as Highway Patrol, Sheriff, Ambulance, Firetrucks, or Tow Trucks you are required to move over to give them a safe buffer. Truckers have been doing this for years as a curtisey, so you should too!
Our first meal in Las Vegas was lunch at the Bellagio Cafe, with perhaps one of the worst martinis in recorded history. One mini-sip and it was obviously an inferior product. The kindly waitress told us that for popular drinks the house liquor was placed in a vat and kept chilled with ice, dispensed as needed by the bartender with a gun similar to those used for soda at pizzerias and cafeterias. The result is a bubbly liquor, watered down by melted ice, and tasting just awful. In the large busy restaurants and bars in Las Vegas, use of the booze gun is a standard practice even in some of the better establishments.
When ordering, be sure to specify that the liquor is to be poured from a bottle. Interestingly, some establishments claimed to never do such a terrible thing. At others, the server simply nodded and moved on - read between the lines.
Please, whatever you do, cross the streets at the signals where it is safer. Everyday there is some tourist that gets hit by a car and I know you don't want to spend your vacation in the hospital. Just remember, most of the people that are driving on the strip have been drinking. Please, just be aware of your surroundings and watch for cars.
This was not the inside temerature of car, but the outside. This was during July when we came here. We do not do that too often, but wanted to see the Fourth of July fireworks. Well the fireworks were awesome! Yet, the temps here was Hot Hot Hot..lol! Make sure your car is always in good condition. When traveling here during the hot summer months.
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Distances are extremely deceiving in Las Vegas.
The casino next door may look just next door but it's actually a long hike ... and by the time you scope out the inside of multiple huge strip casinos during the day, you've walked a long way.
Unless you plan to just stick to one casino (and what fun is that!) you can expect to hike many, many miles while in Las Vegas.
This is not true. Well, it may be true depending on where you go, but I spent some time alone in Vegas and this did not happen to me. I'd be warned about it, was concerned, but it didn't happen. Most people are generally friendly and I didn't even have the occasion of anyone saying anything out of line. The closest I came to having this happen was while having a drink at Bellagio and waiting for a friend when the man sitting next to me asked if I was local. I don't think he meant anything by it and there was never a time when anyone presumed anything of this sort about me.
There is no denying the danger once in a Hotel in Vegas which due to the large capacity of visitors are rather big and high. The aspect of a fire can be a do or die situation while you are in your room or in a night club etc.
Always be concious of the exits signs and never use the lift in case of a fire...Crawl low as not to inhale smoke and make out to the nearest exit or as recomended in your room fire escape instructions.
Vegas is a smoker-friendly town. Just remember that State law regulates indoor smoking: it's not allowed in such areas as restaurants, arcades, hotel lobbies and elevators, guest rooms hallways, malls and Las Vegas Airport, all showrooms are now also smoke-free.
Smoking is permitted in the gambling areas, some bars and nightclubs.
If you are sensitive to smoke: Bellagio and Golden Nugget have smoke-free poker rooms, and Mirage has non-smoking poker tables, Harrah’s has a 1,000 square foot non-smoking gaming section.
Newer hotels have better ventilation and air-filtration systems.
I've said it before, but the corner of Fremont Street and LV Blvd. is just about the most entertaining place on earth if you're into observing the dregs of humanity interacting beautifully with Eurotourists, bicycle cops, and downtown personal injury attorneys. They all seem to be in their ideal environment and I liken the experience to visiting one of those dilapidated low-budget inner city zoos where the underfed animals are all pacing back and forth and growling to themselves and seem to be watching you a little too closely. These are two such typical specimens. Fun and fascinating to watch, but keep your hands well out of reach.
The size of some of these casinos can make the distances between them look shorter than they are. You'll likely be walking miles a day without even realizing it. I can't figure out how some people are ever able to walk again after seeing what they're hiking the strip in!
Never leave any slot machine that you're playing for any reason. People have been known to sit down at your machine and assume your play, keeping your winnings or credits.
If you hit a 'big one', stay at the machine until a slot hostess comes to your aid. Don't go looking for your spouse to show him/her your 'hit'. Save your bragging rights until you have the cash in hand.
OK, ANYplace that is a large city has its pros and cons.
What's cool about LV? You already KNOW it's full of debaucheries, gaming, drinking...all those sinning kinds of stuff that makes it fun for tourists and makes for jobs. It also means you already should be more than aware that it also allows for more money type crimes. It's in your face and if you miss it...well...stay in Moosejaw...
Across the map anyone can also figure out that any city you go to is going to have dangers. I lived in NY back when you didn't go into certain areas after dark..like the park or Harlem...
Yeah, I've been screwed by conniving money grubbing a***** in Nevada, which is why we're now in a homeless situation. But...
Hint: you just don't need to drive through some of the areas that are slums.
Now, that said, I want to point out what has happened to my daughter and I here in ... what's it called...? Ah, a SANCTUARY CITY!
First off the bastard stole my car. Yup, San Francisco has this towing scam thing going on. The city earns more than 11 million a year on parking tickets alone! LET ALONE the towing kickbacks it has going on. You have to pay the pd here close to 200 bucks on TOP of the tow fees.
I just want to point out that my car was parked legally on a no-traffic side street, no street sweeping warnings or ANYthing. SOME idiot there must have just not liked my WY plates or something. Makes people really want to visit, right?
OK, so now we're stuck in a single room occupancy on the edge of a war zone, the Tenderloin. You want gross....there have been close to a half dozen shootings/murders (some by BART cops) within the past month within a 4 block radius! Every night there are fights, screaming, crashing...you name it....under out window. We're on the 4th floor and it wakes us UP. You have to walk around piles of unknown origin excrement, several blood dribbles, splotches, or ....along certain blocks...urine smelling homeless sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk. You don't want to be out after dusk, let alone all the people asking you for money during the day. A 'neighbor' had his wife thrown out of a window a few months back. The pot smell is thick on blocks and in the halls...
I could go on. So, just how unsafe is LV sounding now?
Yeah, we're frantic about trying to get away from here and the first goal is LV.
Yeah, it has its problems but at least it's honest about them.
This is one thing I really did not like. There is a big sign at the Las Vegas Boulevard that Excalibur Hotel has a 2 for 1 Buffet. The sign gave an idea that lunch is offered 2 for 1 until 6:00PM. We went to the hotel when we think we still have time, really hungry.
When we get there and line up to the cashier to pay, she charged us for the regular amount of lunch for 2. I told her I am paying only for the 2 for 1 buffet. You know what she said? Oh, we do not offer that today! Just like that. End of the story.
Don't get hooked. This hotel mislead tourists. Do not believe in this 2-for-1 Buffet. If ever there is one, they choose the time, the person, and the situation to deny it.
The Extended Stay on Valley View is within walking distance (a little less than 1 mile) of the Rio...but during late May to mid June the temperatures are between 95F-115F. It is fairly safe in that area as long as you stay East of the Palms Resort (stay closest to the Strip). Your biggest safety concern is the traffic and hot temperatures. The traffic in that area can be quite aggressive (especially the Taxi Cabs!)- so watch when you cross any streets. The heat is very dry- 10% humidity so the sun and temperature can sap your energy quickly. Always wear a hat & sunscreen (SPF 20+) and ALWAYS have a bottle of water in your hand (not beer!) especially when you are outside. Because it is so dry you don't realize you're sweating and that 1 mile can feel like 10 miles. Drink at least 4+ bottles of water a day & after every 4th bottle drink Gatorade or something with electrolytes. I am a tour guide in Las Vegas for a company called Guided Vegas Tours and I travel that area almost daily, so feel free to ask anything!
Hope this helps...Happy Travels.