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05-24-2008, 11:16 PM #21Chris Hidden Content
06-25-2008, 09:09 AM #22
Not sure if its much help, and heaps of people will be able to chime in with better info. But I started this thread on another forum (which members will know of as many are or were members there) and this was my original post and some of the great replies I got. Hopefully its of some help, or help in future to people.
My other advice would be for tourists to jump in a cab and ask the driver to take you around, many of them have a wealth of knowledge about the area and its history that you can't get from reading books.
The below is from one of the other forums.
Where to stay and what to do in Vegas for a foreigner?
Hey lads, hoping you can all help me out. I've been to Vegas before and ended up staying at the MGM and had a pretty good time overall. I was there about a week before heading on to Utah to catch up with friends. So, to cut to the chase, my best mate has just gotten married and him and his wife are planning on having a "renewal of vows" ceremony, or really another wedding so everyone can attend as all of his friends and family are in Australia. The shindig in planned to go down in Vegas, or just outside.
Here is pretty much what I wanted to know. Of my mates and their partners there will be roughly 15+ people going aged in their mid to late twenties. So.
- Where should we stay? The MGM's demographic doesn't seem to fit in with our age bracket from the little time I spent there.
- I'm prepared to pay about $700 US a night. What does that get me in the way of a room? I was in the grand master suite at the MGM when I was there. What I think they now call their marque suite. What do the other hotels offer in way of rooms, accessories etc. The MGM has an old decor feel to it, and I want something a little more modern. Or is that pretty much as good as my $ is going to get me?
- Where are the best places to eat for large groups? Mainly Italian, general food etc, Chinese is okay but nothing HUGELY exotic. Also I noticed you don't seem to serve vegetables with main meals, is this the norm?
- What is the best casino as far as tables, service and availability of seating. I walked into the Hooters Casino for a bit of a giggle and walked straight back out. It's not really the type of place for me.
- What are some of the night spots to check out? I imagine we'd probably be there for say 5 days so I'd be interested in and quiet lounge bars with a house band and the usual night clubs where everyone gets on the turps and drinks copious amounts of tequila.
- The sights: I did the helicopter flight over the strip last time I was there which was great, I couldn't be arsed doing the Grand Canyon one, although I imagine I'll probably end up doing it this trip. What else if anything should I check out?
- What live shows should we check out? You guys get great entertainers there and there is always heaps going on. This is more of a general one, as I'm not sure exactly when we'll be going.
- Gambling, were obviously going to do a fair bit of that as Aussies are huge gamblers. Not interested in poker machines (or slots) as you call them as we have more in the world than anywhere else, just table games. Mainly Blackjack, hold em, etc. Where's the best spots? Keep in mind were not going to be going with a massive bankroll to loose.
- Getting around. What's the best way to do it? I know you'll say walking which is fine :-) But if it's in June/July etc it's pretty warm out there, and last time it cost me a fortune in cab fares. Are we best to hire scooters (Vespa's not the old people's ones) or fork out for a car hire etc? And if that's the case, anyone have the links or recommendations to some cool hire car places? And what should I expect to pay?
Also interested in anything else you think or suggestions you may have. Look forward to hearing everyones thoughts as it seems most of the crowd here spent a bit of time in Vegas and know the ins and outs as far as having a good time out there and its pretty hard to get consciece information here in Aust about all of it. So it seems to be the best course of action is to ask the Roman's so to speak. And yes, I've searched the forums
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If you want more modern decor:
What is the best casino as far as tables, service and availability of seating. I walked into the Hooters Casino for a bit of a giggle and walked straight back out. It's not really the type of place for me.
What are some of the night spots to check out? I imagine we'd probably be there for say 5 days so I'd be interested in and quiet lounge bars with a house band and the usual night clubs where everyone gets on the turps and drinks copious amounts of tequila.
Tao, Tryst, Light for clubs.
All prices are +50% to 100% surcharge on Fri & Saturday nights.
As for restaurants: there are dozens of excellent choices and hundreds of rip-offs. The megaresorts have a captive audience and therefore charge an insane amount of money for sometimes mediocre food. Even the fine-dining experiences at Bellagio and Wynn are sometimes hit and miss. My recommendation is
1. DO NOT listen to the hotel concierge
2. DO NOT listen to taxi drivers
3. DO NOT listen to the reports in the tourist magazines
4. DO get recommendations from fellow 6-speeders
5. DO go to www.citysearch.com and find good reviews
In response to questions asked in my original post
My personal favorites (in no order):
1. Stripsteak (a very relaxed but refined atmosphere with more steak choices than anywhere I've been before)
2. FIX @ Bellagio (great people watching with some of the best "simple food" I've ever had in my life. The chili fries are AMAZING as is the dry-aged NY Strip).
3. Aladdin Buffet (while not as fancy as the Bellagio or Wynn buffet, I believe it's arguably the best buffet in vegas for a lot less money than Bellagio or Wynn)
4. ALEX @ Wynn (a true 5-star + dining extravaganza. traditional french food meets the best service I've ever had, all for a "mere" $300 a person)
And advice from MTK himself
Make your experience memorable:
Before you go read Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Form no game plan.
1. Wake up and smoke a ton of grass
2. Meet, hang out and Dance w/ Stacey Kiebler (or someone as hot as her)
3. Drink! cuz it's free... eat mushrooms and do some X
4. make sure you get 86'd from Hard Rock, puke all over the slot machines, wake up on the floor of the woman's bathroom (w/out ur wallet)
and run like forest gump from security.....
5. most important: when belligerent/ drunk and incoherent Pick a fight w/ strangers at any swimming pool w/ some Mafioso gudio looking guys wearing gold bracelets!!
6. wake up w/ your shoes on.. thirsty as hell !!!!
I hope that helps, being from Aust its something that I wish I'd been able to tap into before I ventured across the Pacific, but the time zones and travel pretty much stuffed me for my first week in the US which was Vegas and resulted in me and a mate getting totally shit faced the first night at the MGM, meeting some guy who played pickup games/saw MJ play in Washington and culminated (in what I can remember) playing blackjack with some guy from Australia) and resulted in US tipping far too much for drinks that while I was out of commission the entire next day with a whopping hangover the waitress could remember us two nights later when we went back to the tables. It also didn't help that I hadn't slept for in excess of 30 hours and totally blew my body clock out for the entire trip. I got back on schedule on the flight back home. Not fun...
I reckon your best to go with no expectations of what the trip will bring (as Vegas always has high expectations). Plan some events ahead of schedule, (we saw a burlesque show) and then just rock on and go nuts.
Then be sure to post plenty of pictures up for everyone at L4P to check out!
06-25-2008, 03:46 PM #23
Great post looking to use some of this and past experience for the L4P Nov. run!
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06-25-2008, 04:02 PM #24
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06-25-2008, 04:19 PM #25
yea.. i loved tao. music was great.. crowd was great... excellent times
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Can't wait until the L4P weekend in Vegas!Photography
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08-01-2008, 05:53 AM #30
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I like Picasso at the Bellagio. Nice view right on the water.