If there was one thing I was looking forward to when we hit Las Vegas it was the hotels. They may be hotels and on any other holiday you wouldn’t just stroll into one to have a look but this is Vegas, and the hotels are, shall we say a little different to normal vacation (holiday if you’re British!) spots! In pictures, they look so random but so intriguing and exciting at the same time! So, I’ve put together a little list of my favourites (in no particular order) from the strip, if you’ve ever been, see if you agree with me:
This is the hotel we stayed in. The German was adamant he was going to get a good deal on a hotel in Vegas, and, after weeks of telling my brother we were sleeping on his sofa because the German’s Priceline attempts weren’t working, 48 hours before we left Atlanta his bid was accepted and we were staying at Treasure Island:
The hotel room was comfortable, clean and had everything you need for a stay in Las Vegas. We had a king size bed (always good, having one at home means we’re a little too close for comfort when we sleep in a double bed!) and we were on the 25th floor so we had some good views of the strip. Obviously, there was a casino, it was slightly random and weird walking through a casino pulling a suitcase behind you but that’s standard in Vegas. We had a pool (that we didn’t use), various bars and restaurants and a Cirque du Soleil show in the hotel’s theatre. Sadly we didn’t see this, or any show for that matter, but I’m sure we’ll fit one into our next trip whenever that may be. We also can’t forget about the pirate ships outside, our room looked onto them and they are just typical Vegas – random but fab!
New York New York
This was, by far, one of my favourite hotels in Las Vegas. You walk up to it and there’s a Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Chrysler building mixed into a mock-up of New York’s skyline along with the Brooklyn Bridge before you even head inside to check out what looks like a typical New York suburb, complete with shops and restaurants. It’s pure madness and a little bit like stepping into New York, just with a huge casino in the middle!
We also can’t forget the hotel’s roller coaster too. Yep, you read that right, this place has a roller coaster that goes inside and outside the building – if you look closely on the picture of the German and I in front of the Statue of Liberty you can see the tracks. We didn’t go on it but given the chance next time I’ll be on it like a shot!
Another hotel of utter madness, step inside The Venetian and it’s like stepping into Venice but without the smell (or so I’m told, I still haven’t made it to Venice but it’s on the list.) You can take a ride on a gondola, visit St Mark’s square, walk over the Rialto Bride, take a stroll along the Grand Canal – like I said, utter madness! The gondola men even sing while you’re taking a ride! Obviously there’s a casino, bars and restaurants inside too, this place is definitely worth checking out!
There’s also an amazing pizza place inside The Venetian but we’ll come to that in a later post!
From the outside this place isn’t as spectacular as the other hotels, it doesn’t have a specific theme like the New York New York or The Venetian, that is until the fountains come on. This hotel has been the backdrop from many a film in shot in Las Vegas, most notably Oceans 11, and believe me, in person, those fountains are even more spectacular than on-screen, although the area in front of it is a lot smaller that it looks in a movie! The Fountain Shows start every 15 – 30 minutes depending on the time of day and each show is different – you simply have to check them out! Inside the hotel has an amazing conservatory with some beautiful flowers and butterflies in and of course there’s a casino, we are in Las Vegas after all! This place looks so pretty at night too!
Oh, and there’s an amazing roof in the lobby (bottom right picture) made out of glass flowers. These people know how to make hotels that little bit different!
Another of Las Vegas’ themed hotels the Paris bases itself on, you’ve guessed it, the capital city of France, and it does it pretty well. Complete with an Eiffel Tower (if you’re staying there you can easily find your way home after a few drinks on the strip!), French bistros both inside and outside and small French looking streets inside, some people might think they’re actually strolling through the famous city of lovers. Of course there’s a casino in the middle which kind of shatters the illusion but it wouldn’t be Vegas without a casino!
You can also dine in a restaurant within the Eiffel Tower – I’m sure you can get some amazing views of the strip from up there.
Talking about amazing views, this hotel is slightly off the main part of the strip, if you’re staying on the strip you might want to get a taxi up there, unless you fancy a good walk, but it’s definitely worth the trip for the views from the top of the Stratosphere tower. The hotel itself is nothing to write home about, inside there’s a casino, some shops and restaurants, as with every hotel. The big draw to The Stratosphere is the tower, and the views from the top of it. If you’re staying at the hotel you can go up the tower as many times as you want during your stay, if not, I think it’s about $18 per person.
When you’re at the top of the tower you’re more than 100 floors up (those lifts are pretty fast too, prepare for your ears to pop!) and around 1,149 feet above the Las Vegas strip, it’s the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. As well as amazing views at the top there are rollercoasters galore, well 3 I think, one of which is pictured above and pretty badly, it was hard to capture it! This one literally dangles you over the edge! There are bars and nightclubs and if you want a quicker way down you can bungee jump off it! Rather you than me on that one – the rollercoasters look good though! A little tip for you – if you buy a tower admission ticket and roller coaster ride at the same time you can save a lot of dollars!
Fancy a trip to one of the seven wonders of the world? If you can’t make it to Egypt then this is your chance. The Luxor is a replica of a pyramid and a sphinx. Inside the pyramid there are hotel rooms that must have sloping walls to be inside a pyramid. The inside isn’t much to write home about, a casino (obviously), hotel rooms, a couple of bars and the longest check-in queue I have ever seen! If I was staying there and was stuck in that I wouldn’t be a very happy bunny by the time it was my turn to check-in, that’s for sure. Back to the pyramid – it’s doesn’t necessarily look like the original’s in Egypt although it’s location is pretty similar – when I went to Cairo I was shocked by the lack of desert you had to drive through to see the pyramids, literally take a left turn off a main road and you’re there, a little bit like the strip!
It’s pretty impressive when you’re standing inside the pyramid and looking up to the point though!
Sitting next door to The Bellagio and The Mirage, this little piece of Rome in the middle of the desert is definitely a sight to see. Will a full-blown Colosseum that houses a theatre where the likes of Celine Dion and Elton John perform, a replica of the Trevi Fountain and some of the most expensive shops on the strips I would definitely recommend a stop off at Caesars Palace. At one point the hotel hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix – looking at it now you would never guess where! Obviously there’s a casino inside too!
Caesars also has the most amazing all you can eat buffet (that gives you unlimited mimosas at the weekend!) but again, we’ll save that for another post!
So there you have it, my favourite hotels in the weird and wonderful city of Las Vegas. Obviously there are many more to check out like the Wynn and Encore and their amazing flower displays, the MGM Grand with its huge lion outside, Circus Circus with its big top and circus attraction rides, the Disney castle inspired Excalibur, The Mirage with its white tigers, the list is endless and believe me, it can take you a long time to check them out!
Which Las Vegas hotel is your favourite?