Last week Mike and I went to Las Vegas! I blogged about our experiences at the Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, and the Tournament of Kings dinner and show in separate blog posts – now this is just my general Las Vegas recap!
Basically we had a great time! We stayed on budget, tried different restaurants, saw at least one show, walked/bussed up and down the Strip a bunch of times, visited different hotels, went to Fremont Street and more! Mike also gambled a bit but I don’t like gambling so I was usually napping in the hotel room while he gave away his money.
There was lots to see and lots to do and a lot that we didn’t get to do simply because we wanted to stay on budget, we were so exhausted, and our feet hurt from all of the walking! It was insane how much our feet hurt over the three day period we were there. All the walking was great exercise don’t get me wrong, but wow at some points I couldn’t even stand. I’m surprised I didn’t get blisters!
There was beautiful sunshine our entire stay there. It was average 30 C, a nice change from Edmonton but definitely not weather I’d want to face every day. We took pictures at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, inside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, in front of the Bellagio Fountain (and all the way down the Strip), all around our hotel and in Old Vegas (Fremont Street).
We stayed at the Luxor which I loved. It was a bit inconvenient having to bus so far down the strip to get to and from the hotel but I think the Luxor is one of the most interesting hotels there is on the Strip! From the pyramid to the giant sphinx to all of the different Egyptian sculptures, wall hieroglyphics and being home to the world’s largest atrium, the Luxor, simply put, is cool. We had a pyramid room so our window was slanted and the elevator going up to our room also went diagonal instead of straight up and down which was definitely unique. I wish I had taken a picture of our room to show the slanted window!
My biggest complaint about the trip was the fact that there was NO WIFI! What the heck!!! I know I’m not the only one who thinks any hotel or tourist spot in a place as popular as the Las Vegas Strip should be providing wifi for their customers. There was intermittent wifi along the Strip, depending on which hotel we were at. The MGM and Bellagio had some, but Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York New York, Paris and Planet Hollywood for example, did not. (This doesn’t make sense to me because you’d think all of the MGM chain hotels would!) Some random stores and restaurants would have wifi and there would be wifi if you stood in certain spots in a casino but for the most part, it was really hard to get an Internet connection. Since we didn’t want to sell an arm and an leg for a roaming data plan, we were really hoping for wifi but alas, disappointment.
I also didn’t have a great time at the outlet mall. Everyone always talks about how great it is to go shopping in Las Vegas and everything is so cheap, yadiyadi. I couldn’t find anything I liked at the outlet and I didn’t think it was cheap either! I feel like so many of the stores are designer, higher-end brands that even their “sale” is too pricy for my tastes. I ended up getting a few items at a Forever 21 in Fashion Show Mall at a great deal, but nothing at the outlets. Mike found what he was looking for there though.
Overall we had a fun time in Vegas! There’s definitely a lot we missed out on doing, so we would like to come back one day, but not anytime soon. I know a lot of people end up going to Vegas on repeated trips but there’s just too many other places we want to see. We didn’t love it that much. I could see why other people would love it more… if you’re interested in the party scene, gambling, and alcohol, it would definitely make for a fantastic vacation spot. But Mike and I really aren’t that type. Don’t get me wrong, you can still have fun without all that stuff because we did! There’s certainly enough to do and enough to see without just sitting in the hotel and gambling away the day. I just got tired of it all very quickly. I guess when it comes down to it, if we had more money it’d have been even better because we wouldn’t have been limited in the shows we could see, restaurants we could dine at, etc. But it’s a destination in your life that you should go to at least once, which we now have, but now that we have, I’m good with exploring beach spots and Europe and Asia and the rest of the world now!
So have you been to Las Vegas? What did you think??