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Trip Report Las Vegas - Business Trip

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Was in Vegas for a business trip June 19-23. Stayed at THE Hotel, Mandalay Bay. Had an excellent rate on a suite ($159 + $10 resort fee). The suite was well appointed with a large living room and ample working space, large bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms. The resort itself is very large (approx 60 acres), and at first it was daunting trying to find my way around. Lots of signage to help though. The only complaint would be that smoking is allowed in the casino. The complex has several excellent restaurants to choose from, none that are inexpensive. House of Blues always had music - which was great. When there is entertainment on the stage they automatically charge your bill a 10% entertainment tax - so total tax before tip is 18.1%. I didn't use the pool area (100F and above every day), but my room overlooked the beach and it was a well used area! Lazy river, wave pool, etc.

It was easy to walk up the strip, with lots of overpasses and trams to take you from hotel to hotel. One morning I walked from Mandalay Bay (at the end of the strip) to Caesars Palace - took me about an hour at a leisurely pace. The hotels are corny, but at the same time, very entertaining. Only in Vegas can you walk through Egypt, New York, Paris and Rome all in one day!

Vegas isn't "cheap" to visit. Cab drivers told me the prices have risen dramatically over the last 10 years. Most cocktails will cost you over $15, you have to search for the happy hour specials. There is a CVS and Walgreen's on the strip (just past MGM grand) and water is significantly cheaper there than in the hotel rooms ($8 and up).

Taxis are plenty, but make sure they don't take you for a ride. Ask you conceirge approx how much the ride will cost and you can gauge it. One taxi driver got lost and I had to navigate him to my destination. At least he turned off the meter!

If you get a chance to see Celine Dion while in Vegas, I would highly recommend it. Although I didn't, several of my colleagues said it was the best - beware of the $20 drinks though!

If you are flying from Vegas direct to Canada, the old terminal you fly out of must have been the original air terminal and is ancient! Not a lot there, so don't expect to be able to enjoy a nice meal waiting for your flight.

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