So here goes Part 2 of the Florida and Las Vegas travel review. I hope you enjoyed my short review of Florida. I’m going to follow a similar format for my Vegas review too.
First things first, Las Vegas is a different breed. Las Vegas is like no other place I’ve visited, famous for it’s immense bright strip full of hotels, casinos, fine dining and shopping.
Las Vegas is a place you can enjoy with friends, with partners, or even alone. It’s a place where you can experience on a budget, or without. It’s a place where you could spend a few days, or two weeks. A place known as a go-to for many birthday’s, weddings, stag do’s, hen do’s and cheeky getaways; it’s a place where everyone can find something to do.
I have broken the blog down in to three sections, ‘Where to Eat, What to Do and Where to Stay’.
WHERE TO STAY – This is all dependent on your budget. The strip is split in three sections, South, Centre and the North. I’m going to recommend a hotel for the South and for the North.
Make sure to shop around on deals and use comparison sites to make sure you’re getting the best rate.
For the South of the Strip – I’m going to recommend the Luxor hotel, simply because this is the place we visited for some of the evening entertainment shows such as Criss Angel and the Blue Man Group (both highly recommended).
The layout of the hotel was so different to any other (it’s the shape of an actual pyramid), in a good location and reasonably priced. At the Southern end of the Strip you’ll be close to the Las Vegas sign for that perfect photo opportunity.
(If you have a bigger budget I would definitely recommend staying in the centre of the strip, the Venetian is highly recommended but be prepared to spend more)
For the North of the Strip – Now we actually were travelling on a budget, and we would rather spend money doing things than on the room so we decided to stay at The Circus Circus – this hotel is out of the way but you’ll see the reduction in the price. The hotel itself was clean and had good entertainment for families.
TIPS – Don’t forget to factor in the resort and tax fees that are added to the hotel price. If you’re staying at either the Southern or Northern part of the Strip then you can easily get ‘The Deuce’ which is the least expensive way of seeing the sights throughout the Strip. It runs roughly every 15 minutes and you can buy a 3-day pass for $20. This will take you right from MGM all the way into the Old Town.
There is also the option of staying outside of the strip, this will reduce the price too.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option to get to the hotel from the airport, hire an uber.
WHAT TO DO – Despite the glaringly obvious thing to do in Las Vegas (gambling) there is much more that you can add to your list to make for an unforgettable trip to Las Vegas; these include:
- Don’t fancy walking the whole Strip? Fly over in a helicopter!
- If you are an adrenaline junkie, try the Stratosphere rides or the Fremont Street Zip Line
- Want something to do in the evening? Try a show – Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group or the famous Criss Angel.
- Visit the Premium Outlets
- Take a day trip to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon reserve (I’d recommend horseback riding through the Canyon)
TIPS – Each hotel has something different to do and a different casino to experience. I’d recommend visiting as many as you can to make the most out of your stay.
You’ll receive a coupon book once you check in to your hotel, these coupons cover a wide range of activities such as gun ranges as well as restaurants.
Download Groupon to look for discounted activities that you can book in advance.
If you’re not sure how to gamble most of the casino’s offer short lessons, usually taking place in the morning.
For free things to do some hotels have shows outside of the complex, such as the famous fountains at the Bellagio hotel and the Volcano at the Mirage.
WHERE TO EAT – America is known for it’s food, huge portions, whacky flavours and all you can eat buffets and Las Vegas has every chain restaurant possible. Here’s some of the places I’d recommend:
- Joes Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Ceasers
- The Cheesecake Factory – and no it doesn’t just sell cheesecakes
- For a good vibe try the ‘Dick’s Bar and Grill’ in Excalibur
- For steak head to Gallaghers
- Earl of Sandwich – for a buffalo chicken wrap
- Hard Rock Hotel – American Food
- Hash House A Go Go – American Brunch
TIPS – For a good night out head to Fremont Street – enough said! I would recommend playing it by ear in the day and eating anywhere close by but planning to eat in a couple of nice restaurants in the evening. If you’re looking for a few drinks, sit down at a table in the casino and you’ll receive free drinks as part of the service. (This is a good deal, if you’re good at gambling!)
Have you been to Las Vegas? What did you get up to?
Thanks for reading!