Vegas ‘Ventures

Last Thursday, my husband and I along with our two good friends and travel buddies, the Chadwicks, hopped a plane for a long weekend out in Vegas.

I have only been out here one other time for Orkfest.  And let’s face it, at Orkfest we never leave the rental house because drinking. And board games.  And good company.  And food…

Anyway, at the end of that trip Jesse and I spent one night on the strip at the Luxor, but it was after a long week and one day wasn’t really enough to enjoy the city.

This trip we did hotels a bit oddly.  I’m a fan of pricelining hotels.  And the rest of our group humored me and let me book through Priceline.  Long story short, after you win a bid, Priceline claims you can book more nights at the rate you won.  But really it submits the bid over again, so it’s tough to get multiple nights.  This is one of the reasons we wound up staying at four different hotels over four days haha.

We did get good deals on the room prices, with the exception of the resort fee that all hotels in Vegas apparently charge.  Also, some hotels, like the Flamingo, charge you money to check in early!!  Gross.  We refused to pay that fee.

I think I would rank the hotels we stayed at as follows:

1. Monte Carlo – good location, nice hotel and rooms, part of the larger Mlife casino group.

2. Tropicana – very south strip, outside a little sketchy but inside is freshly renovated, part of the Hilton honors group which helped us skip the check in line.

3. Trump – no casino and very north and off the strip a bit but the rooms here were definitely swanky. I mean, check out the crazy bathrooms!

4. Flamingo – location was good and they had a Margaritaville which made me happy, but the rooms were hurting a bit … This hotel could use a facelift.  It did however have some flamingoes.

Switching hotels had its downsides, but it wasn’t all bad.  We walked with our luggage in the mornings to the next hotel, and the streets were not very crowded at that time.  The hotels were happy to keep our luggage until check-in time.  Aside from forcing extra exercise (below was the day we walked most according to fitbit) …

…we were able to kind of localize what we did each day based on which part of the strip we were at.

I think the most frustrating aspect of switching hotels was actually not having a “home” during the middle of the day.  We weren’t able to enjoy the hotel pools without room keys, and since check-in wasn’t till 4 pm the best part of the day for naps was over by the time we got checked in.

What else did we do on our trip?  We walked and wandered through most of the hotels on the strip.  There was a little bit of shopping that happened.  We saw one of the Cirque du Soleil shows, Zumanity.

We ate a lot.  Breakfast at Hash House A Go Go.  I had a roasted chicken and asparagus hash.

Suzanne and Colin each had hash as well, there were quite a few to choose from.

We had an afternoon snack and drinks at Maragritaville one day.  Late dinner the first night we got in at Grimaldi’s pizza. And we gave one buffet a try, The Wicked Spoon, at the Cosmopolitan.

I really enjoyed it and found the food better than the one other buffet we ate at last trip.  Sadly, they are expensive … I would have a hard time spending that much (around $40 pp) on more than one occassion.

We hit up a fun Irish pub in the New York, NY hotel called Nine Fine Irishmen.  Neat decor, yummy food, and good drinks plus live music!  Sorry for the derpy picture below.  (Notice which dress I am wearing?)

We also checked out the Chandelier bar in the Cosmopolitan.  It was very pretty, popular, and the drink menu was unique.  We all liked the Cosmo enough that we think we’ll stay there next time.  I personally enjoyed all the weird steampunk devices and decor, like the high heel in the picture below.  Again, wearing a self-made garment!

The other fun bar we went to was Minus 5, an ice bar.  We did do this last time we were in Vegas, but enjoyed it enough to go again. They change the ice layout and sculpting once or twice a year, so we wanted to see the difference too.  FYI, their drink menu now features a drink named after Frozen.

Saturday, we got to visit and eat lunch with my grandfather, who I don’t get to see very often.   I loved spending some time with him and catching up a bit.  We ate at the Cheesecake Factory.  He looks great for his age (88), don’t ya think?

After our visit with Grandpa, we took a trip out to the Hoover Dam.  It was neat to see, and I never realized exactly how crazy it was to build such a structure.  Plus, it is a great world wonder to build in the Civ games…

Yep, more derpy faces for Jesse and I in the above photo.  Least we aren’t boring?

There were still plenty of things we didnt actually get to do that we had wanted to.  We would have seen another show.  We wanted to do the Fremont Street experience one night and never actually did (there is a cool video game bar there too).  I forget what other things were on our list originally but there were more than we could do during our time out there.

We did do a little gambling.  I apparently have a talent for throwing money away in slot machines.  I blame the dancing lobsters… I started trying to play blackjack and craps a bit the last day but frankly I should just leaving the gambling to Jesse, he is better at it.  I liked how many digital games they have now, with virtual dealers and everything.  Oh and here was my favorite slot machine I saw all week.

Jesse and I tried out an Oxygen bar during our last day (Suzanne and Colin left a day before we did).  It was … different, and interesting to try once, but I am not sure that it did very much.  Maybe temporarily woke me up and refreshed me a bit, but it was short lived.

I guess I was probably not supposed to tell you all about this trip since “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” … But it’s too late for that now!  It was a fun long weekend trip, and I’m glad we went!

 

6 comments for “Vegas ‘Ventures

  1. March 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Looks like y’all had a lot of fun! Totally jealous here. I’ve never gotten to stop in Vegas I drove through it and over the hover but I was on a mad dash across states to get to Arizona for college now that I’m older I really regret not having the time to stop and take in the place.
    Love the pictures 🙂 — And yes girl you’re a bit nutty 4 hotels! My husband would kill me he thinks it’s bad when I plan more than two stops in a day. 😉

     
    • March 19, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Haha, yeah my husband was probably the most vocal about not liking the four hotel plan, though I did ask before I booked it all, and was hoping for only one. If you get a chance, you should go!

       
  2. March 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’ve heard the Cosmopolitan is cool, and the chandeliers bar is fun too. Glad you made it out to the Hoover Dam — seriously so cool!

     
    • March 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Yeah, it was pretty dam awesome 😉 See what I did there …?

       
  3. March 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I can’t believe you stayed in four hotels! That’s a good way to check out a few for future reference. Glad y’all had a good time.

     
    • March 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Next time you should go with me!

       

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