United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 USA Trip in 4 Weeks
  2. 2 Coffee in Boston?
  3. 3 Best route to tour most of Michigan-Help!
  4. 4 sight seeing Las Vegas to Palm Springs to Sante Fe
  5. 5 Palm Springs restaurant suggestions.
  6. 6 Suggestion for Las Vegas to Yosemite in July
  7. 7 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20170119141330
  8. 8 28 Day Road Trip to the Northwest from Chicago
  9. 9 My Colorado trip ?'s (June)
  10. 10 Change planes in Atlanta
  11. 11 LAX Time Between Terminals
  12. 12 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20170119115046
  13. 13 Any Estero Island/Ft Myers experts?
  14. 14 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20161230120556
  15. 15 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20170119111907
  16. 16 Florida beach vacation
  17. 17 Trip to USA in July
  18. 18 Beaches in Incline Village
  19. 19 Fodor's Travel QA Test_20170119110010
  20. 20 San Diego to Oregon road trip itinerary
  21. 21 Key West luxury hotels
  22. 22 Scenic vistas along the road the big island Hawaii
  23. 23 Florida vacation
  24. 24 Later Winter around Mobile
  25. 25 Trip Report a short trip to san francisco
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Las Vegas - Business Trip

Jump to last reply

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.

6 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement