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Results: What is your favorite Las Vegas attraction

The Secret Garden

5.71% • 12 votes

The Bellagio Fountains

70.95% • 149 votes

The Sirens of TI

1.90% • 4 votes

The Lion Habitat

6.67% • 14 votes

The Fremont street experience

10.00% • 21 votes

Shark Reef

0.48% • 1 votes

The Stratosphere

6.67% • 14 votes

The Volcano @ Mirage

3.81% • 8 votes

The Eiffel tower

0.95% • 2 votes

Rio Masquerade show in the sky

1.43% • 3 votes

You may not vote on this poll

210 votes in total.

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    • trets77
    • By trets77 31st Dec 08, 11:48 AM
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    Las Vegas thread and MSE guide 2009
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    Las Vegas thread and MSE guide 2009 31st Dec 08 at 11:48 AM
    LAS VEGAS


    .. is not like other places you might have been, where the Hotels are near to the attractions . in Vegas the Hotels are the attractions. most have a huge casino attached , but if you think thats all there is to the place , you are sorely mistaken .



    in a Family Fortunes style question if you asked 100 people something they associate with Las Vegas , I'd bet you my house the top answer would be "gambling". yet there is so much more.



    This page cannot hope to cover everything , but hopefully should point you towards some good money saving tips

    How to get there



    Las Vegas is 5235 miles from London , with flight times in the region of 10 hours +

    you could book a package from pretty much any online or high street travel agent that would include flights and hotels. however this is a money saving site so we try to beat those prices by booking things separately .Thats not to say a package deal might not be a cheaper option . it's easy to work out if a deal you have been quoted is value for money . If the price of the package (X) is more than the price of the flight via the Airline (A) + the Price of the Resort ( or similar quality resort) listed in the deal links below (B) then why not save money and book things separately .

    so please before you post the question " is this a good deal ? " please work out the following is X>A+B ? . if you are booking in advance there might not be a deal for your hotel yet , but you should be able to get a reasonable idea of prices by looking at current deals, but be sure to factor in any holidays / sporting events / big conventions ect.

    only three airlines at the time of writing operate direct flights to Las Vegas , and only one of those operates flights everyday and BMI will terminate their direct flights Easter 2009 .


    Virgin fly everyday from Gatwick airport .however be warned this flight is poor quality IMO. the planes used (747's) are old , with cramped uncomfortable seats arranged in a bad configuration ,

    Virgin's new Airbus A340's planes and service are excellent but they are not on the Las Vegas route !!!

    That said going direct has big appeal , and when BMI stop their direct service , Virgin will be the only ones offering direct flights with decent baggage allowance .

    Make sure you take the Quidco cashback available if you book with Virgin


    Thomas Cook (AKA My travel )fly Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer and Wednesdays only in Winter , again from Manchester. Max jet was operating flights but went bust xmas 2007

    (a note about Thomas Cook flights , the baggage allowance is a very poor 15kg ( upgradeable to 20kg) , and the flights in June + July may well see your flight stopping off at Belfast or Glasgow to pick passengers up , making them not much better than indirect flights that connect in a American city . prices for these flights often get lower the nearer to your dates except in summer ..i.e June till September )

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: British Aiwrays have announced they will start a direct daily flight from Heathrow from October 2009

    http://www.lvrj.com/business/45249642.html

    should you consider flying indirect there are many choices available , and far too many to cover here, but please be sure you know what you are letting yourself in for . flying times direct are 10 hours plus . you can probably add a few hours on top of that flying indirect .

    Getting a good fare is not straightforward . Factors that can see you getting that good fare are
    Flexibility
    be prepared to travel mid week not at the weekends like everyone else.
    Preparation
    look into you flight upto 11 months before you fly if you can.
    Time of year
    most Brits like to take holidays June till September .
    Research
    asking advice to regular posters on this site .
    Airline Sales and Offers
    airlines know when people start thinking about booking trips , keeping very regular tabs on the airlines websites for sales and fare reductions is a good idea. also some airlines offer reduced fares for frequent flyer's and members of there flying clubs.MSE members have found good fares by booking before Xmas for the following year , when Xmas is over lots of people start planning their holidays.
    Risk
    great fares can be had if you a prepared to wait till very close to your chosen dates with My travel .

    before booking you should check that you qualify for entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) . Also from January 2009 you will need to obtain a ESTA ( Electronic System for Travel Authorization ) to board a flight to the USA . you can find info on ESTA here . you can apply for one here

    Where to stay

    The Strip is where most visitors tend to stay , a few casinos worth staying at are slightly off strip and usually have a free shuttle bus to and from the strip.the other main area is called Downtown, where the standard of accommodation is lower ( and cheaper ) than most of the strip.



    if your a first time visitor you really should try to stay on the strip if your budget allows . you can then check out the other areas to see if you would consider them on a return visit.




    A common posted question on the old Las Vegas thread was "where is nice but reasonably priced ". It is a hard question to answer. none of the main strip hotels are likely to make it on to a " Hotels from Hell" show on ITV, but you do get what you pay for. a good starting place is to look at the following link

    http://www.vegas.com/resorts/

    anything with a Four star rating is unlikely to displease the Vast majority of people . but a fair few people will probably be happy with something in the Three star bracket and consider the hotel to be nice.



    A word of warning about using Tripadvisor to pick your hotel. there are nearly 300 hotels reviewed on the site meaning good hotels can end up way down the list in the 30's 40's and below . Also the site lists hotels that are in the Las Vegas area , but no where near the strip. South point for example is listed as 8th best reviewed hotel , and is on Las Vegas Boulevard but it is about a 15 min car ride to the heart of strip and is not walkable in any circumstances .

    The Hotels on the strip to be most wary about are unsurprisingly the cheapest. They are Circus Circus , The Stratosphere , The Rivera , Sahara , The IP , Excalibur ,Hooters and The Tropicanna . post for some advice before booking

    There is no set price for the majority of hotel rooms . it's a myth that rooms are given away for next to nothing. rooms are priced on a supply and demand basis . if the hotel is selling rooms at a high price why discount? but if they are not then there is no money to be made from empty rooms.



    prices for your hotel room can vary day to day , let alone week to week. Normal Friday and Saturday night prices are always more expensive than normal weekday prices ( upto 3 times as expensive is not unusual) . other things that can have a big impact on the price you pay to stay at your preferred location are.

    Big sporting events
    Super bowl weekend in January for example or the Rodeo finals at the start of December, March Madness basketball which starts on the 20th in 2008.. also Big Boxing matches

    Large Conventions
    Events like the The Consumer electronics show , can have 150,000 attending . here is a calendar to try to avoid large convention dates http://www.lasvegastourism.com/conventions_jan.htm

    USA public holidays
    19 Jan Martin Luther King Day.
    16 Feb Presidents' Day.
    25 May Memorial Day.
    4 Jul Independence Day.
    7 Sep Labor Day.
    12 Oct Columbus Day.
    11 Nov Veterans' Day.
    26 Nov Thanksgiving Day

    also special events like Halloween etc can push prices up.



    Popular times
    a lot of this has to do with the weather . July and August are often disliked because of the intense heat. January and December are also quite months ( pools often close down in October till March ) . That said Las Vegas is a year round destination. Many consider the best months to visit as April, May , Sept , and October . Prices for UK flights in traditional UK holiday months of June to Early Sept always seem to much more expensive than April or May ( excluding bank holidays and Easter of course) , yet April and May are better times to visit . By not going in the Traditional UK holiday season , you could save a considerable amount of money on your flight, meaning more money to spend on your hotel.


    finding a good deal on a room usually only requires a small amount of searching. Booking through the Hotels direct has BIG advantages . first you are cutting out the middleman . second all of the hotels operate the same booking policy, that you only need to pay your first nights rate as a deposit and the deposit is 100% refundable if you cancel upto 72 hours before you stay. this is generally the rule with all hotel offers but there are exceptions . Some Luxor offers and other MGM group owned casinos ,offers have recently have been NO REFUND offers and The Rivera charges a small cancellation fee at the time of writing. be sure to check all terms and Conditions before you book to be sure .Offers can become available any time , but generally start appearing 12 weeks before your dates


    There are several websites that list offers and discounts for hotels. remember these sites simply list the deals that Casinos release so there is no need for a flashy website.Unless stated the offers usually take you to a direct booking with the Casino
    The first link you should check/bookmark is the Fatwallet Las Vegas deals thread . there is very handy round up of all casinos current offers on the 1st page as well, make sure you check here for deals , before going into the most recent posts
    http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203

    Other sites to check out are

    http://www.vegas-promotions.com/

    http://www.vegashotelhunt.com/

    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?topic=57.0

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13

    http://www.openvegas.com/vegas/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17

    http://www.vegashotelspecial.com/

    http://www.harrahs.com/hot-deals/

    http://www.vegas-hotels-online.com/

    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=3ccf0aabc1ad93b1d7868846e86c67 3e&topic=57.90

    http://www.smartervegas.com/

    http://www.earlyvegas.com/promo_codes.html

    http://www.vegasuncovered.com/pages/special_offers.htm

    please be careful about posting on these boards though as some are for the posting of deals only , not for questions on deals etc.


    some deals say they require you to be a member of the Players club to book. usually if you can book it without a players club ID, then they won't generally ask for it at check in.
    FAQ number 4 on the Fatwallet page (http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203) covers this subject well. but the important thing is NOT to bombard the hotel with phone calls and e mails about honoring the booking without a players club card. otherwise they might pull the offer ect ( or tip them off to very thing you are concerned about) . people on this thread have done these type of bookings without being signed up members .. no problem .you can of course join the club before checking in if you want . personally i would not worry , but don't be tempted to call the hotel if you book it and you are worried

    when you have found and booked a hotel , it's a good idea to keep checking the new offers as they come in on the Fatwallet Thread as you might find a better deal for the same dates . If the better offer is for the same hotel , you can probably get the hotel to match the better price under your existing booking by calling them up ( don't forget to use the MSE International call checker !!) . Really good offers may not hang around if there is a lot of interest , so get in early if you see a new one thats a great deal .

    Moving hotels is also a good idea if you find great deals for different blocks of nights , and is not as much hassle as you might think.

    Some people ask if it is better to find a hotel when you arrive , this is most defiantly not a good idea. besides the fact that you need to have your 1st nights stay booked up , to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) , simply showing up at a casino without a booking will almost certainly mean you being charged "Rack Rate " for a room , which is pretty much the most you can end up paying.

    Arrival


    McCarren Airport is right next to the strip . Shuttle Buses operate to all the main casinos . A Taxi is by far the most popular way to get to your hotel though. you can find a good estimate of the fare to your Hotel here http://www.taxi.state.nv.us/FaresFees.htm
    if your hiring a car you will find directions clearly posted at the airport.
    If you really want to arrive in style why not rent a Limo from the airport , they cost around $50 a hour. If you share with someone off your flight it may work out as much as a Taxi

    Check in
    you can check in from the airport at some Casinos.
    when you check in the clerk will will assign you a room . some rooms of the same class are more desirable than others. Strip Views are always more sought after , as are corner rooms or rooms overlooking a casino attraction ( the Bellagio fountains for example) . also try to get a room that is not situated directly next to a elevator.you should try to do as much research on the rooms within your casino as possible to find out what to ask for
    Cash is King is Las Vegas.. the following sites give advice on how to try and obtain a upgrade or a better positioned room by tipping the check in clerk using The $20 Trick.This works more often than not , but you may find it harder to get a upgrade by doing this if you have a long stay, or if the hotel is fully booked .Also don't expect to get a Penthouse suite from a standard room booking , you will probably only get one or two steps up the luxury ladder

    http://www.frontdesktip.com/

    http://www.thetwentydollartrick.com/

    http://vegasuncovered.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/las-vegas-20-free-room-upgrade-trick/
    note: The MGM Grand is known to be a difficult place to use the $20 trick

    regardless of if you tip of not , if your not happy with the room , complain and get one you are happy with.


    Getting around
    If hiring a car you will have the choice of parking it yourself at the hotel( usually free) or using the Valet service ( a tip is usually given for Valet). The strip is very busy at most times traffic wise .Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore the many great places to visit around Las Vegas , Like Lake Mead and The Hoover Dam for example , while being able to hop around the strip easily and cheaply


    Taxis are good option for speed and convenience , but cost more than the other methods of getting around the strip. also you cannot flag them down either , you have to get them called for you from the Casino or designated pick up areas .

    The Deuce is the local 24 hour bus service and is pretty reasonable.


    $7 is all it costs for a 24 hour pass up and down the strip. be warned though the buses fill up at popular mid strip locations and make it hard to get on at busy times.


    The Monorail runs from MGM Grand to The Sahara .


    full list of prices can be found here http://www.lvmonorail.com/ride/ticket_info/. while it is certainly fast, clean and comfortable ,the downside is that you have to walk through which ever casino you get off at. Casinos are designed to be difficult places to escape , so it can be a trek to get back to the strip. if your going less than a mile your probably better off walking.

    Strip Trolleys are cheap at $2.50 a ride or $4.50 for a all day pass. however they don't run 24 hours , are not the most comfy ride , and tend to drop you at the back and sides of casinos http://www.striptrolley.com

    There are also 2 free to ride Monorails . One connects The Mirage with Treasure Island. The Other one connects The Excalibur , Luxor and Mandalay Bay. This one has a interesting set up . If you catch it at The Excalibur it does not stop at the Luxor heading south. The Casino owners don't want you skipping Mandalay Bay , so it only stops at the Luxor on the return North journey .
    Eating
    There are hundreds upon hundreds of places to eat in Las Vegas. It would be impossible to scratch the surface in terms of recommendations on this Post. however we have started to put together a list of threads in which we give opinions on popular places to eat ..please see post 4

    Las Vegas provides pretty much every price range of food , from practically every type of world cuisine. from headline super pricey Celebrity chefs to cheap pile em high buffets ( and everything in between ) , you will find it in Vegas. so where do you choose to eat ??
    Your casino will almost certainly have more than a few places to eat at. But bare in mind the casino has a captive market so in house restaurants are often more expensive than independent/ off site restaurants . a good resource for dining options is a well researched guide book . i recommend "The Unofficial Guide To Las Vegas " it gives great tips on dining. or you can also find info and deals on this site www.restaurant.com

    There are still great deals to be had on food if your prepared to search them out. although some deals come and go , a few have been running for many years and should be around when you visit.

    $6.95 steak dinner at Ellis Island
    It's long been a table topper in Las Vegas Advisor's top 10 Vegas Values. a 10 oz Steak with salad , beans and choice of Potato . it's isn't actually on the menu though , you have to ask for it.available 24/7 . Ellis Island also does a highly rated BBQ for a mere $8.99. and thats not all, you can get a voucher for 2 for 1 meals @ Ellis island from either of the coupon books listed in the coupon section below.

    Shrimp Cocktail 99c at Golden Gate
    served from 11am till 2am

    Pasta at California Casino
    at the Pasta Pirate Restaurant

    Breakfast Specials $1.49
    served at Wild Wild West , Wildfire , Gold rush and Magic star. 12 am till 11 am

    Steak and Eggs $3.29
    at Arizona Charlie's Decatur . 24/7

    The most famous of dining options in Las Vegas are the Buffets . for a set price you can eat and drink as much as you want from the food selection available . Again you can choose from the Bargain to the expensive. don,t expect to find a small selection of food , Most buffets offer a huge choice of dishes. The Cravings Buffet in the Mirage for Example has many different stations from around the world , where food can also be cooked to order. Nearly all the Strip casinos have a buffet and it is unlikely you are either going to feel short changed or not find something you enjoy at nearly all of them. From the many many reviews i have read ( and of course the ones i have been too ) a few buffets come up time and time again with top marks. they are
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  • bounty99
    trip report - stayed at caesars palace - 6th to 12 may 2009 7 days and 6 nights
    day 2



    woke up at 5am, showered and got dressed, had no time left to get breakfast as van was coming at 06.15 to pick us up, we made our way outside and the weather was beautiful and warm, we took some photos whilst waiting and saw a van pull up with Grand-Adventures written on side of it, this was us.




    We walked upto the van and was greeted by Darryl who was our driver and tour guide for today, stepped in the van and there were five other people already in there, we said our hellos, me by losing my balance whilst getting on board and about to fall in someones lap! how shameful! We were on our way after Darryl picked up the last couple who were staying at bellagio. I took random photos of hotels we passed and soon got bored and decided to close my eyes and sleep the rest of the journey, as me and bal only slept for 4 hours and were awake for at least over 24 hours before that.




    An hour into the journey the van was coming to a standstill, it was breakfast time at McDonalds! Whoo hoo! looking at the board i couldnt choose what i wanted to eat so settled on a safe bet of egg mcmuffin roll, hash brown and strawberry milkshake with apple pie for dessert, bal opted for the same.

    This breakfast was delicious, the milkshake was bursting with strawberry flavours, the apple pie was soft and warm and the egg mcmuffin was so tasty i ate it in 3 bites full, first time ever iv been impressed with mcdonalds!




    After breakfast we were on the road again and as usual i took more photos, especially when we stopped off at hoover dam, so lovely and peaceful. We could see construction workers on the new bridge that is being made and it is huge! After 15 mins of soaking up hoover dam atmosphere and picture perfect opportunities we made our way back on the road again. We came to another pit stop after a couple of hours in an Arizona petrol station and took this time to stretch our legs and to get some water. I noticed they also sold souvenirs so bal bought me a sand globe and a hat to keep the sun away from my face, if it was burning hot here, how hot would it be at the canyon?! After the 10 minute stop we were once again back on the road, i noticed i was falling asleep and dammit bal did it again, he deliberately startled me into waking up! i hate it when he does that! iv yet to return the favour...




    After another couple of hours on the road Darryl told us we were stopping on Route 66 for 20 minutes so we could have a look around. I got off the van looking for the Route 66 sign to take photos of, whilst looking for the sign i couldnt help but notice mannequins all dressed up on a shop roof, and other mannequins seated on a bench where people would sit next to them and have their photos taken, it kinda freaked me out and reminded me of the movie, the hills have eyes. We found the sign and took photos of it, we next went into the shops and saw a few snow globes, found a good one of Route 66 and bal bought it for me. Twenty minutes were up and we made our way back to the van on our last leg of the journey.



    We got to Grand Canyon an hour or so later on the South Rim side, Darryl let us off at the visitors centre while he parked the van, we went looking for a grand canyon snowglobe but they didnt sell any so made our way out of there and walked towards the canyon - one word - AWESOME! This is Mother Nature at her best, it literally looked like the canyon was a huge canvas painting, words cannot describe how beautiful it truly is.




    Out came the cameras, Bal had one and i had one and we were happily snapping away as was everyone else, Darryl was explaining the facts of grand canyon but it was hard to listen when trying to comprehend that you're at grand canyon and just staring open-mouthed in awe of it.



    Bal was doing his best to stay away from the edge as hes not that into heights but i managed to get him to come with me where Darryl took a picture of us with the canyon in background, i was impressed that he made it this far, nice one bounty.




    We stopped for a while to have a picnic, Darryl had bought Arby's sandwiches for us which we all had to choose the filling when we made our booking, Bal had the turkey and i had the veg, and yes once again, it was delicious, i will be keeping an eye out for Arby sandwiches when i am in the States again.


    After our picnic we began walking the trail and every so often stopped to take photos and when i took photos too close to the edge bal would hold onto my bag strap (as i am rather clumsy) ready to save me if i slipped over the edge, but what a great way to go! After a while of getting too close to the edge and already stumbling a few times on stones and rocks bal would just outright not let me get any closer! not fair! It got to the point where whenever i saw him talking to other people i would go closer and closer to the edge to take mind-blowing pictures and oops he'd see me, but it was worth it!




    we spent at least over 3 hours at the canyon, took crazy, beautiful photos, i fought with the big massive fat flies as did bal and went many times close to the edge, we loved every single moment of grand canyon and will definitely be returning to see what it looks like in autumn and winter.


    i felt really dehydrated after we completed our walk on the trail so me and bal went in search for water and walked for quite a bit till we found some. we got to the tap and we downed all the water we could, bliss.



    After, we met up with the group, everyone was accounted for and it was time to make our way back home, darryl stopped at a petrol stop so we could buy water and such, i also saw a grand canyon snowglobe which i bought and a trilby hat for bal. Made our way back to the van and had an uneventful drive back, we got to know the couple sitting behind us and were chatting to them for a bit till we decided to go to sleep as we were feeling really tired....bal went to sleep before me, nah forget it, im not gonna wake him up, some other time maybe...he was really tired cos he was snoring really loudly for the whole van to hear so i pretended to be asleep too, but couldnt cos of how loud he was!




    we got back to our hotel at around 20.30 and decided to sleep for a couple of hours before heading downstairs for dinner and 3 card poker...at least thats what we thought!




    Day 3 to follow...
    • trets77
    • By trets77 20th May 09, 10:18 PM
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    trets77
    It may have escaped your notice but the is starting to creep up against the $ .
    now nearly $1.58 which is about a 16% increase in 2 months .
    Better in my pocket than theirs
    • funkyfin2000
    • By funkyfin2000 21st May 09, 7:12 AM
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    Its all good!
    • ratkarth
    • By ratkarth 21st May 09, 8:52 AM
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    ratkarth
    escaped my notice that the $ is rising?
    have been sending hourly update to the misses as im watching it at work!!!
  • a8vip
    We normally tip $2-$3 on picking up the car...but I know some people only tip $1...some tip more, but I think $2-3 is pretty much average.
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    Wow, really holding up the US perception of the UK folks being mean tippers!

    I know this is a money saving forum, but tipping anyone apart from a bar tender less than $5 is pretty much an insult.

    I usually tip bell boys $10 for bringing bags to my room, $5 for pretty much anything else (apart from food - 15% minimum, and bar tenders, $1-2 per drink)
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 21st May 09, 11:08 AM
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    ferf1223
    Wow, really holding up the US perception of the UK folks being mean tippers!

    I know this is a money saving forum, but tipping anyone apart from a bar tender less than $5 is pretty much an insult.

    I usually tip bell boys $10 for bringing bags to my room, $5 for pretty much anything else (apart from food - 15% minimum, and bar tenders, $1-2 per drink)
    Originally posted by a8vip
    Well, I'm American...I just live here - not sure if that makes me UK folk or not...and most Americans I know tip the valet $2-$3...so...I also know a valet in Vegas (guy I went to high school with) who regularly gets nothing (from Americans and those coming from abroad)...he doesn't see $2-$3 as an insult at all, he sees it as a lot more than many people tip.

    I think this may be the first time in 8 years I've been called out for being a bad tipper by anyone in the UK.

    Also, according to vegas.com - $1-$2.

    http://www.vegas.com/traveltips/tips/tipping.html
    Last edited by ferf1223; 21-05-2009 at 11:20 AM.
  • a8vip
    Well, I'm American...I just live here - not sure if that makes me UK folk or not...and most Americans I know tip the valet $2-$3...so...I also know a valet in Vegas (guy I went to high school with) who regularly gets nothing (from Americans and those coming from abroad)...he doesn't see $2-$3 as an insult at all, he sees it as a lot more than many people tip.

    I think this may be the first time in 8 years I've been called out for being a bad tipper by anyone in the UK.

    Also, according to vegas.com - $1-$2.
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    I guess I'm too generous then!
    • trets77
    • By trets77 21st May 09, 11:46 AM
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    trets77
    i have been thinking about the new poll , and think Airlines should be the next vote .

    i will definatly list these

    Virgin Direct to Vegas
    My Travel direct
    Virgin Indirect ( airbus planes )



    please let me know Airlines that you feel must also be included in the poll
    Better in my pocket than theirs
    • wdyw
    • By wdyw 21st May 09, 12:26 PM
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    wdyw
    i have been thinking about the new poll , and think Airlines should be the next vote .

    i will definatly list these

    Virgin Direct to Vegas
    My Travel direct
    Virgin Indirect ( airbus planes )


    please let me know Airlines that you feel must also be included in the poll
    Originally posted by trets77
    none, its a silly poll to have imho
    • luci
    • By luci 21st May 09, 12:38 PM
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    luci
    i have been thinking about the new poll , and think Airlines should be the next vote .

    i will definatly list these

    Virgin Direct to Vegas
    My Travel direct
    Virgin Indirect ( airbus planes )



    please let me know Airlines that you feel must also be included in the poll
    Originally posted by trets77
    We most of my trips have been on bmi direct from MAN, but as they no longer go I am limited in my experience.

    I would add American Airlines, United and KLM/North West who I have used. Also US Airways and Continental whom I haven't used.

    Not sure when the poll ends, but better bung in BA direct ftom LHR in case someone wins the lottery and flies with them.
    • bevawelly
    • By bevawelly 21st May 09, 12:50 PM
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    bevawelly
    Hello all,

    I am a long time lurker and have decied to take the plunge and post! I love this thread - I have read every page over the past few months and have picked up some wonderful tips. I love the trip reports as well!

    Thanks to this thread and trip advisor, I have a road trip booked to the West Coast in September/October. For the Vegas part we have a Celebrity Spa Suite booked at the MGM Grand on the "buffet pass" offer (I forget what the code was) - again thanks to this tread.

    I have two questions if I may. 1) I wanted to book something unique and special as a surprise for my other half whilst in Vegas - I have been watching the events on at the MGM Garden Arena but there is nothing I fancy for our dates. Are there any other venues on the strip which hold one-off shows like the MGM does - I really fancied a rock concert like Aerosmith or a boxing match...

    2) I was also thinking of booking a helicopter flight over the strip as another surprise. All the companies seem to offer very similar prices ($99!!) so can anyone recommend any particular company for this based on experience?

    Many thanks and again thanks to all for the very very helpful information I have found on this thread.

    We have only been to Vegas once before, in 2003 so I am sure there will be lots of changes.
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 21st May 09, 1:16 PM
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    ferf1223
    1) I wanted to book something unique and special as a surprise for my other half whilst in Vegas - I have been watching the events on at the MGM Garden Arena but there is nothing I fancy for our dates. Are there any other venues on the strip which hold one-off shows like the MGM does - I really fancied a rock concert like Aerosmith or a boxing match...
    Originally posted by bevawelly
    For concerts this is a good resource (though not all concerts will have been announced for your dates yet, I wouldn't think, so may need to check regularly):

    http://www.lvol.com/events/vegas_concerts.html

    Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay, Orleans and The Palms regularly have concerts in their venues along with several others - though some are more locals casinos and off strip (and some are in Primm).

    For other things which might not appear here, if you go to

    http://www.vegas.com/shows/

    Put in your dates, choose 'headliners' and search...it will bring up the standard headliners, but also other things like concerts, short-term engagements, comedians doing a one-off show, etc.

    Note that you should probably NOT book through vegas.com as their prices are generally ridiculous...unless the show is sold out and you're happy to pay over the odds, it's usually best to book direct with the venue.
  • TangoBunny
    sorry not been around....server problems
    will post part 2 of my TR when I get a chance....

    Bounty99.....you should have come to the MSE meet at Bills
    LORRAINE
  • highfivenot
    Also check ticketmaster.com (cant post links yet) for concerts as well. I find in America that gigs are announced later than here so its worth checking quite often right up until you go.
    • bevawelly
    • By bevawelly 21st May 09, 1:52 PM
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    [QUOTE=ferf1223;21751391]For concerts this is a good resource (though not all concerts will have been announced for your dates yet, I wouldn't think, so may need to check regularly):

    I'm not allowed to post the link again but this website is perfect - exactly what I was after so thank you.

    I would quite like to see Kylie Monogue (not a huge fan but I think she would put on a good show) but we will miss her by 3 days!

    I will keep checking then...
  • TangoBunny
    OK here is my Trip report in Full with pics added

    Travelled up to Gatwick via train the day before the flight
    Stayed in the Oakhurst guest house....brilliant service...free pick ups and excellent breakfast so if anyone wants details let me know.



    Anyone wanting a TR on gambling.....forget it....we dont gamble we go to Vegas for the sun and the sights....so here we go



    Day 1
    Well got here after a pretty uneventful but never ending flight.
    Backseat entertainment was fine as was the service throughout the flight....I really dont know what people find to maoan about Virgin.
    Immigation took about 20 mins....our bags were on the carousel so we were quickly outside and into a cab....Taxi fare came to $16.40 to the Imperial Palace
    No one was waiting at check in so again it was smooth sailing for us,we'd made our reservation through a casino host and fair play Bob did us proud with a lovely poolside room on the 8th floor.



    We dumped our bags freshened up a bit and went back down to the bar for a long awaited drink....ooooops no draught at the bar ...never mind we settled for a couple of bottles of Miller instead.
    After a few more we wandered down to the little supermarket in the avenue of shops and stocked up on some water and mixers to go with those 2x1l bottles of Absolute Vodka I'd bought on the plane.
    Then it was back up to the room for 40 winks before hitting the strip.
    Well the 40 winks turned into no winks for me so I read my book while Alan snored his head off next to me.....I'm useless after long haul takes be days to get into a proper eating/sleeping pattern.

    Then we freashened up,changed and went downstairs....neither of us was particularly hungry so we just had a burger and fries to keep us going.I was still pretty tired having not slept much the night before and not at all on the plane or up in the room so we decided we wouldn't walk far.
    Stopped off for one in O'Sheas had a little walk around the Flamingo gardens then just caught the end of Fat Elvis in Bills.Beer was only $2 on the spin the wheel offer so we settled in the lounge bar for a few.
    Kareoke was just starting up and that guy Igor who was on Americas Got Talent was there.
    We had a few more and were joined by a nice couple from Texas.Stayed for a couple more then went over to Carnival court to watch the Crashers had a few more beers then decided enough was enough so we finished off the night back in our room and then it was off to bed.


    Day 2

    Started off the day with a IP special breakfast from the Burger place as neither of us could be arsed to go far....was ok but don't think we'll have another.
    Went for a little walk up to the venecian then came back to spend the morning by the pool.
    who ever said it was going to be in the 80's temp wise was seriously mistaken ...today was 97....I love the sun and all I could stand was 3 hours tops my god it was hot...so we returned to our room to freshen up a little and then went for a walk to see some sights and take a few pics and do a little shopping.
    called in o'sheas on the way back for a well earned drink then back to the room to dump our purchases.
    By now it was 3.30pm and time to make our way to Bills for the forum meet.We were a bit early and the lounge was full with Big Elvis being on...
    walked round for a bit then spotted Rich (Funkyfin)and Claire....introduced ourselves and then set out to look for the others..
    Spotted pebblesmax(Elaine) as we had a meet in Benidorm earlier in the year and then Luci arrived.we all started chatting and then Luci had to go as she had to get ready for Cher that evening the rest of us then made our way over to the sports bar lounge for Big Elvis's next set.....got seats in the front....not a huge Elvis fan myself but the guy does have a good voice and he was entertaining enough I suppose



    stayed till the end of his set then we all said our goodbyes



    We went back to the hotel for a little siesta.
    We decided to do a few lounge bars later on but made our way to the Venician to the noodle place....



    Al had Dim Sum and I had Mu Shu.....it was ok but nothing special....
    there seemed like a good group on in the lounge bar so we stayed there for a few drinks then moved on to the Mirage.
    Had a couple more drinks in the lounge at the Mirage then made our way to Harrah's.



    Piano bar was full but had one there and then went to Carnival court to watch the Crashers again....
    I never get tired of this band I think they are brill.Stayed for a pitcher or 2 by now I'm starting to feel it so we decided to call it a night and went back to the IP for a nightcap around midnight.


    Day 3

    Up early today...6.30am...Al couldn't sleep and he's about as quiet as a warthog so got some of my TR done before heading up to the Fashion show mall.Plan was to get a show for the evening from the Tix booth....really dissapointed as we wanted either La Reve(they only had splash zone)Chris Angel (marked up unavailable on the board) or Carrot Top which for some reason had closed across it....didn't fancy anything else so we left it
    went up to the food hall for a spot of brekkie then we hit the shops.Finished shopping around lunchtime so we called into TI for a couple of beers.By now it's steaming hot so wemade our way back to the IP to dump our shopping.....freshened up a bit so went down to the casino floor to watch the dealertainers singing here's the Freddie Mercury Guy



    then on to O'sheas for a couple of drinks.
    TV was on and the weather girl said it was 98 degrees outside....sod that for a game of soldiers so it's back to the IP and a dip in the pool.



    we could only stick it for about 2 hours it was mega hot......spent most of that time in the pool....Al and I love to spend time lounging around the pool but even for us it was way to hot.....back to the room for a siesta me thinks.
    After a wee kip we showered and changed and made our way to Ellis Island for our evening meal....god that place is cheap $2.50 for a vodka and coke and $1.50 for a large glass of beer.
    we both had the rib eye steak special just $6.99 brilliant price and it was really nice. the whole bill came to just over $20 with drinks.
    went into Bills for one on the way back and then on to O'Sheas to watch the band there Greedy Gretchen...they were ok so we stayed for one set



    then off to the Carnival Court to watch the Crashers again...when they finished around 12.30am we moved to the Piano bar stayed for about half an hour then went back to our room for a nightcap.

    Day 4

    He's done it again.....woken me up at 6.45am ....why can't men be quiet for gods sake.....I've had about 4 hours sleep and I'm ratty as hell.
    So it's off to breakfast we go then down to O'Sheas to the Tix place to look for an afternoon show...plumped for Mac King at Harrah's then it's back to the pool to chill for a bit.Got our lunch poolside then it was up to the room to freshen up before the show.
    I must admit I didn't think we were going to like it at first but he turned out to be both clever and funny....I would certainly recommend this show to anyone....great value for money
    decided to go for a little siesta after as we'd been up so bloody early thanks to someone we know
    ok where to go for evening meal???? we wandered over to the forum shops and ended up in Planet Hollywood....well may as well use those $5 off coupons.....I had the salmon and Al had a steak....then we shared an icecream sundae....well I ate most of it.



    Called into O'sheas and watched the band there for a drink or two then wandered into Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville for a bit of a dance then down to Bills again to watch the band in the lounge there....so cheap to drink there we stayed for the rest of the night



    Day 5

    Oh Joy!!!!!A lie in this morning till 7am....he's spoiling me.Denny's for breakfast....we were told it was an hour wait to be seated

    buggared if I'm waiting that long so made a huge mistake and went to Mc d's for brekkie...it was disgusting and I threw most of it in the bin....Al has a cast iron stomach so he ate all his.
    Then down to Bills to get show tickets......Plumped for Love as it was the only Cirque show on the list waited an hour to get served for our tickets but at least it's in the shade there unlike the one by the M&M store or the Fashion Show Mall.
    then it was off to Mirage to exchange our Tix tickets for show tickets.....got K section row 7 seat 8 and 9 which we were told by the guy in the box office were good seats.Had a drink at the bar seing as we were walking past....you know....as you do....then back to the IP to go online and check on the girls at home.....picked up lunch from Subway on the way back to take to the pool with us
    Off to the pool for the last time at the IP for us....stuck it in the sweltering 98 degree temp for all of 2 hours....



    I'm a pool person usually but not at these temperatures....so bumbled over to carnival court for a well earned jug of beer for 2 and a bit of a dance.....well why not we are on holiday and the poolside DJ at the IP was playing rap which we both hate with a passion.
    Then it was back to the room for a wee siesta......which turned out to be a bit longer than planned but left us just enough time to get ready for dinner.....we opted for Flavours Buffet at Harrahs as we has coupons and suprisingly the line wasn't to long so we were all finished and suitably stuffed by 8pm plenty of time to get over to Mirage....
    had a little wander round Harrahs for a bit then over to the Mirage to see Love.There was a fair sized queue by the time we got there and it was only 8.45pm but we were seated by 9pm and really pleased with our seats as they were right next to one of the walkways the performers use to enter the stage....
    OMG!!!! what a show....I thought it would be good but it was absolutely amazing....worth every penny...
    Off to Bill's for a few drinky poos next and watch the band there then into O'Sheas to watch a bit of Greedy Gretchen and finished off the night at Carnival Court.....got in about 3am absolutely knackered.

    Day 5

    Our last day at this end of the strip.......
    Spent a lazy day round the pool in the morning.Siesta early then back to the pool,up to change out for dinner at Panda express then did the rounds...Carnival court/Bills/O'Sheas
    Not much to report for this day




    DAY 6

    Moving day and Al excelled himself once again by getting me up at 8am after just 5 hours sleep....at this rate I'm going to need a week off just to catch up on my sleeep.
    Packed all our stuff and left it in the room while we went for breakfast.....Bill's Victorian Cafe....thank god for money off coupons..... then after breakfast back to the IP to check out ....taxi over to MGM was reasonable ....only $7.20.....



    Checked in at MGM but room not available yet we had a 40 min wait so had a drink at the crazy horse bar.
    Rang on house phone to check our room number and we were on 18th floor room 427



    .....lovely room with 2 queen beds and a sort of strip view could see Mandalay Bay,Excalibur and Tropicana...



    Hotel is not bad but it's mega huge and one hell of a trek to the pool......stopped at the farmers market on the way back for a bite to eat...It's taken us the best part of the morning to get our bearings
    decided to take a walk up to Tix4tonight to see what they had up on the board......yet again no Cirque shows....had a drink in the Hawiian market then back to the hotel for a siesta..
    I think this hotel is far noisier than the IP they had a dj on poolside right below us in the IP and yet when you shut the balcony door you couldn't hear a thing....
    we could hear every plane taking off from our room in the MGM and we could hear our neighbours through the walls,plus the windows were filthy so you couldn't rally take clear pics from the window....
    anyway siesta interupted by planes taking off.....
    suppose thats the drawback of having a room facing the airport......thanks a lot...MGM....
    so much for me saying it's our first time here could we have a nice strip view room...
    No I didn't do the $20 trick as I didn't want a west wing room and I thought that's what i would get if I tried it,there you go.....we are here now so we'll just try and make the best of it but so far Al's not impressed and I'm beginning to regret not booking the excalibur or the luxor....
    Anyway time to catch up on writing my TR...not done it for a few days and I'll forget bits if I dont do it soon.....
    ok where to go for dinner.....neither of us particularly hungry so we op to go to the food hall near the M&M shop..



    We plumped for Panda Express....cant go wrong and brill value for money....off to Planet Hollywood now and a walk round the Miracle mile....well not all the way round as my feet are killing me....
    so it's off down to the Hawiian Marketplace for a drink and to watch the kareoke for a bit
    then we moved onto NY NY


    and watched the Irish Band in Nine Fine Irishmen.and had a couple of drinks...then it's off to the Excalibur...got given VIP passes for Coyote Ugly...place was heaving and the queue at the bar was about 4 deep......so we moved on to Dicks....love this place and the band are really good......
    there was a group of gay lads in there dancing with some girls on a hen party......they were hilarious....very entertaining boys whoever they were...
    Stayed for a couple of hours then made our way back to the MGM



    and off to beddy byes..
    LORRAINE
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 21st May 09, 2:04 PM
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    ferf1223
    I would quite like to see Kylie Monogue (not a huge fan but I think she would put on a good show) but we will miss her by 3 days!
    Originally posted by bevawelly
    We looked at getting tickets for Kylie but could only get the last or second from last row of the balcony and decided they were too pricey to be that far back even though it's a tiny venue relative to what she plays in the UK...and now it looks like we may be shifting the dates of our trip, so we're rather glad we didn't book tickets!

    Just remember that some of the venues like The Pearl at Palms and The Joint at Hard Rock are very small, so big name shows there will sell out really quickly.
  • TangoBunny
    Day 7

    Up at the crack of bloody dawn again 7am....thanks Al,,,,it's a pain in the !!!! being married to someone who doesn't need the obligitory 8 hours kip...it's not so bad at home but on holidays where ever we are we go to bed much later but he's still up with the bloody lark every morning....
    OMG !!! I've got a blister on my foot christ knows how I've worn all my shoes before with no problems.....I just can't have a blister in Vegas....Dilemma...shall I burst it???
    Better get ready anyway so I try to forget my personal agony
    Off to the LV outlet today so it's down to the Deuce stand to buy our tickets...bit peckish so went up to the food hall to get some breakfast....bad mistake...got a Wendy's for 2 yeuch !! I wasted more than half of mine...utterly disgusting Al ate his but as've said b4....cast iron stomach....
    I felt quite ill even afterthe little amount I ate...
    Caught the Deuce outside the Excalibur and got there just before opening time.....Had afew things I wanted to get but unfortunately I wasn't particularly lucky as they either didn't have the style I wanted or not the right size.....
    got 2 nice Fossil watches for the girls for Xmas....think they'll be pleased
    came cack bout 12 ish deuce and stopped for a subway at the food hall.....then back to the room to have a quick chat with the girls...good news my eldest has finally got a house.....whoop whoop she'll be moving out once it all goes through end of July beg of Aug.....
    made our way 2 the pool for a couple of hours ..



    had a few swims round the lazy river then off to siesta.......



    got up showered,changed and off back down to catch the deuce downtown,,,,,may as well make use of those tickets...
    got there as the Freemont show was just ending so decided to kill time till the next show by going for something to eat....went to the Bay City Diner and Al and I got the prime rib special which was surprisingly nice and really good value at $7.99





    Dining over we decided to explore a few casinos....not a patch on the ones on the strip are they....very dated I thought....got ourselves a couple of drinks from one of the street vendors then watchedd the band performing on the stage in the centre.
    Saw one of those russian gymnast/strongmen performing on the other stage a bit further up....Vladimir.....phenominal strenghth and grace on these russian performers ...no wonder Cirque have so many of them in their line up...great performance from Vladimir on 2 balancing poles....



    Then the Freemont show started up again.....Kiss....not my cup of tea as a band but great show all the same...



    .had a few more drinks and a wander round the shops etc...then caught the deuce back to the strip....took forever because of the roadworks at the top(north end)
    Got off at the Excalibur and went in to The Lounge to watch the act there....not bad ... then on to Dicks for an hour and back to MGM for a nightcap....my feet are bloody killing me and despite those blister plasters that cost an arm and a leg at Walgreens I'l still in agony


    Day 8

    whoop de do....a lie in till 8am....I now have another blister on my heel....I think that's down to me walking at an angle trying not to put pressure on the one I have on the ball of my foot......soak my feet in the bath for a bit...dry them and slap on 2 new blister plasters then off we go

    off to xcheck out the Tix place....still no Cirque shows Ka is on Vacation...of all the luck...we could have had it last week but chose to wait as we were moving to the MGM anyway...Mystere was on vacation last week when we were up the top end....luck of the gods eh!!! havent got a hope in hell of getting 'O' so if ther is nothing up 2 morrow we'll do La Reve or Zumanity
    Called in the LA Salsa place for their special $3,99 breakfast...brilliant value for money,,,did a spot of shopping and then off to the pool for a couple of hours....these pools at the MGM are like bathwater....don't cool you down at all....not impressed,so took a spin round the lazy river again....at least that's cool



    called into the Farmers market on the way back for a slice of pizza....again pretty good value as it was a huge slice for $3.50....then off to see the Lions...been here for 3 days so think we'd better make an effort....they were quite frisky for a change...all I've seen them do in the past is sleep.







    off back to the room to write up my TR and talk to my girlies if they are still up.....one of them was so chatted for a bit...the other one had gone to bed as she's on work experience from college this week...
    Don't know what we are going to do tonight now as we'd planned to go to a show....might take a spin on the monorail....see what we fancy
    woke after about 20 mins...noisy neighbours banging and slamming cupboard doors.....well that's what it sounded like ...Al was doing his warthog impressions and snoring for Wales so I jumped back on pc to chat to vicki and a few mates,,,,may as well make use of that $14.99 a day the robbing barstewards at the MGM are charging for wi fi..
    Finally Al wakes up.....well I woke him as time was getting on.....now he can sleep,,,,,try it a bit more in the mornings..
    we get washed and changed and make our way downstairs to the Rainforest Cafe





    where we decided we would eat....didn't actually fancy anything on the menu so opted to go to Dicks in the Excalibur....we got the sample platter for 2 and an extra portion of fries which literally came by the bucket load....the platter was great and cosisted of deep fried cheese sticks,hot chicken wings,crispy coated shrimp and chicken goujons......it was lush..
    after a couple more drinks we decided to go for a walk to the Bellagio
    and try out the Fontana lounge as recommended by several peeps on MSE.....took some video footage of the fountains....







    as you do...was going to take a walk round the conservetory but it was closed as they were inthe process of changing it over....just our luck......so off to the Fontana lounge....
    Well I must say I really thought this place was way way overated.....poorly lit to the point of being dingy....terrible waitress service really slow and there weren't many people inthere so there was no excuse for it.....we waited 20 mins for our drinks....and as for the band.....Bellagio boasts it has the best lounge acts on the strip....!!!!!!!!e these were absolute pants....I'd heard better in Bills kareoke.....
    So we left and went over to Paris to the Napoleon lounge....had a couple of drinks here and then went back to





    NY NY to Nine Fine Irishmen for a couple then back to Excallibur to THe Lounge to watch The Klique who were far better than the pants act at the Bellagio ....at least they can all sing....finished off the night here and went back to the MGM and sleep

    Day 9
    Up at 6.45am......and god knows how but I have another blister...the first one is really making walking difficult now and my foot is well swollen....I'm 99% sure it's infected......bloody noisy neigbours HAD WOKEN ME again...so I decided to have a bath and soak my feet....that done we got dressed and took a walk up to the Hawiian market for breakfast....well Al walked and I limped...all had the works but I'm not great with fried breakfasts so I just had the toast and a cuppa tea.....that will do me.
    Got into the queue at the Tix4tonight place by 9am.....I will get cirque tickets today....I will I tell you.....whoop whoop
    Zumanity is up....so we got 2 tickets for tonights 10.30.show and 2 advance tickets for Dirk Arthur for tommorrow.....

    Standing in line is thirsty work so we popped into La Salsa for a drink on the way back.....
    on to NY NY to the Zumanity box office to exchange our Tix tickets for tonights performance......what are the odds of this happening.....we got row k seats 8 & 9 ...exactly the same row and seat numbers as we got for Love....I know its a different theatre but I'm hoping they will be as good
    That done its b.ack to the MGM pool for a bit......did the Lazy River about 4 times and a spot of sunbathing but had enough by 2.40 pm so went back to the room....calling in the Farmers market for a bite to eat on the way back.....had a few drinks up in our room and then settled for a siesta.....no such luck...
    I got about 10 mins before maids yabbering in the hallway woke me up......
    time to catch up on my TR I think.....Al sleeps on
    Woke him up at about 6pm to get ready to go out for a bite to eat....decided to go to the buffet at NY NY as we were going to be there for the evening anyway.....it was nice but not as good as the Harrah's one I thought..wandered round the shops for a while then stopped in Nine Fine Irishmen for a pint and to watch the irish group......
    then it was off to the theatre to see Zumanity.....
    OK I'm not a Cirque expert having only seen Love as a complete performance...other than that I've only seen snippets of the other shows on TV or on the internet.....personally I thouht Zumanity was a comlete rip off....didn't like it at all...the only parts that were good was the comedy performances and one or 2 of the acrobats....
    I liked the hula hoop girl and the boy girl pair....the rest IMO was rubbish.Not worth the money
    That done we set off back to Excalibur for one or 2 drinks in the lounge bar then it was back to our room to finish off the night with a few nightcaps.....as you do

    Day 10


    Blister number 3 arrived during the night...though I'm not quite sure how....I now have one on the heel of my left foot to match with the 2 on my right foot....I'm seriously contimplating foot amputation at this stage....I'm not and never have been a wimp
    I've had 2 babies with virtually no pain meds and I rarely take any pain medication as my threshold is quite high.....Now I need something....anything to take way the excruciating pain when I walk...I wonder if lost property have any crutches handed in but nevr claimed....I want to go and ask but Al's not keen on the ides....well he wouldn't be...it's not him that cant walk....
    Smother my feet with cream again and don a pair of cotton socks to keep the cream in place....take the tube with me to top up....and off we hobble
    Breakfast at the studio cafe in MGM then off for the day.











    Bought tickets for the deuce and took a spin up to the Fashion show mall....they were doing that strip bikini walk today and there were hundreds of girls lined up waiting to take part.



    Did a spot of shopping Al has a neck massage for $10 and then we walked over to TI for a drink...caught the tram to the Mirage and walked no hobbled round there for a bit as my foot is really playing up now...
    back to the hotel via deuce and called in wallgreens for antibiotic cream..again as I don't think this tube is gonna last.....plastered my foot in the stuff when we got back then got ready to go over to the Tropicana for Dirk Arthur.....
    I booked this as I love big cats and I wasn't dissapointed there were lots of them....didn't think much of the dancers ...but some of the illusions were quite good....some were very mediocre though and Dirk himself was really over the top cheezy...
    back to the MGM for a wee siesta before getting ready to go out for the evening...as it's our last full day in Vegas we thought we'd use our Deuce tickets to travel up to the top end again.Got our dinner at the Flavours buffet in Harrah's again as we'd enjoyed it the last time plus we had $5 off coupons....good value for money then I think.
    Wandered (hobbled in my case) had a few drinks in the IP,one in Margaritaville,a couple in O'Sheas whike watching the band there....
    they were ok but not really our sorta music so down to Bills to check out the lounge bar there....3 piece band on there awesome guitarist but again they were playing stuff we'd never heard of so made our way back to see the Crashers one more time.....you can never have enough Crashers IMO
    then after a couple more drinky poos it was back on the Deuce to the MGM....quick nightcap and off to sleep.....big day 2 moz....we are going home



    Day 11


    Last day in Vegas but not enough time really to do anything..got our packing all sorted then went for breakfast at Excalibur buffet....cheaper than MGM and not much difference in the choice really.
    Back up to the room ,got our bags taken down and stored then went for a wee wander round....just one last look......almost hijacked an old lady for her buggy as I felt my need was greater than hers....she was not even sitting in it at the time......anyway popped into the Tropicana for a coffee.....oh there is a line of those sit and ride buggy things....do u think they'll miss one???
    back to the MGM and collect our bags....off to the airport we go....may as well get there early as at least the wifi is free there.
    All in all I really enjoyed my time in Vegas.......
    Best hotel for me is the IP...can't beat it for location and there are far more things to do at that end of the strip....cheaper to drink and eat in the hotels surrounding it.......
    Fav show Love......seriously thinking of doing it again next time as I'm sure we missed half of what was going on.
    Best afternoon show....Mac King....funny and clever
    Best lounge bar....The lounge at Bills....cheap and plenty of variety
    Best band seen.....without a doubt The Crashers followed by the band at Dicks in Excalibur
    Best buffet....for the money Harrah's
    Best breakfast...Victorian cafe at Bills
    Value for money meal....Panda express...can't beat it for the money
    Best steak....Ellis Island......for tenderness and value
    Cheapest drinks....Bills and O'Sheas
    Most expensive ...Nine Fine Irishmen and Mc Carran airport
    Best shopping....LV outlet centre
    Best free entertainment....Freemont
    LORRAINE
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 21st May 09, 2:33 PM
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    ferf1223
    loved your report, Lorraine! The pictures really did add to it...I was sorry to see it come to an end! Sorry about your blisters - I found a few trips ago to bring 2 pairs of comfy shoes and rotate them - otherwise I would end up with the blister situation you had...I know from experience it's not nice at all!

    I know you don't gamble, but I bet you could save quite a lot from the free drinks if you did (personally, I would not survive one day trying to keep up! )! If you don't have a specific objection to gambling, of course...perhaps you would sit down at a penny slot and bet very low (we've seen people betting one cent a spin - slowly - and taking the cocktail waitress up on free drinks every time she walks by). Just a thought.

    Thanks very much for posting!
  • TangoBunny
    I've certainly no objections to gambling.....I just don't know what to do....never learned so just can't be arsed to start now.....I can play snap and 9 card brag and pontoon and that's my limit.....as for slot machines I wouldn't know what to hold and what to nudge....plus OH would get bored just sitting there....he likes to be on the move.......
    All the shoes I took were comfy ones....2 of them I took on my last trip to Vegas and they didn't give me blisters then.....I think it's because I gave myself a pedicure before going....exfoliating etc.....should have left them well alone.....never mind I know now......next time I'm taking my slippers....lol
    LORRAINE
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