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Trip Report Las Vegas Trip Report: Day 1 Crazy Horse and Joe's Seafood

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The Scene: Hardworking 40-something aged couple w/kids decides on an adults-only trip to Vegas. Brings along another hardworking 30-something aged couple (w/kids) and a middle-aged Dr. w/no kids/no wife for a fun-fllled Friday thru Memorial Day trip. All kids are left safely home w/grandparents. The Dr. friend flies out a day early to test out the poker room.

Day 1: We leave Omaha on Southwest Airlines for direct flight to Las Vegas. Pay an extra $20 each way (for both of us) for priority boarding (to get in the A lineup--first pick of seats--would probably do it again). Our friends fly non-stop on Delta from MSP. Dr. has flown out of Sioux Falls via Allegiant air.

We took the $6 per person shuttle (must pay cash) to the hotel (it stops along the way at other hotels). Got into the hotel around 9ish in the am.

Hotel: The Venetian. Whoever says the economy is hurting the Las Vegas scene and that rooms are dirt cheap, well they aren't during the weekends and on on holidays. I think our rooms were $189 a night. I had wanted to stay off the strip to save money, but since the other parties wanted on the Strip, I was voted out. Never stayed here (previous visits were at the Tuscany and Mandalay Bay), but I was quite happy w/the room. I did a $20 "room upgrade" request. I read on the Internet somewhere when checking in, give the hotel clerk a $20 tip to check if there are any complimentary upgraded rooms. I volunteered we were celebrating our anniversary (which we were) and she gave us a room on the 23rd floor overlooking the pools and the strip. Our friends who didn't do this got the other side of the hotel (the view of the other building--not so nice). She said our room was usually $20 more per day. So I was happy w/the $20 investment.

Had breakfast at the Venetian: Grand Lux Cafe. The corned beef has breakfast was fantastic--not the corned beef you'd think about in a can, but the real deal meat. The breakfast buffet looked fine--I think $15 and it included drinks. The Spicy Bloody Mary was ok---$9. I've had better though.

Now it was time to walk the Strip. A few things to consider:
>wear really good walking shoes
>take sunscreen/hat
>take a bottle of water
>consider buying a bus pass

The RTC Transit has 2 different buses: The Ace and The Deuce (a double decker bus). Grab a map and consider purchasing a multi day pass. We didn't consider this option till day 2. The Deuce makes frequent stops at most of the Strip hotels/shopping places. The Ace stops at about 1/2 of them. There are some stops that are shared by both so you can easily get off and wait for the other. A 24 hour pass was $7. A great investment. Don't rely on cabs since they only stop at hotels (they don't stop on the Strip--at least) and most of the time there are long lines for cabs. Now to be fair, the cab lines run fairly smoothly/efficiently but consider the traffic can really increase the rates.

Our group walked from the Venetian all the way to Circus/Circus and back. Then back to the hotel for naps and pool time.

The pools at the Venetian are fairly crowded. It was easy to find a chair for one person at any given time but if you have more to your party, probably better to stake them out earlier in the day. There were at least 3 pools (not counting the Party Pool where you have to get on a waiting list/special VIP) and the connecting hotel the Palazzo had a few more. Pool wait service is bad. Still a 20 min. wait for a drink when you go to the bar. They could stand to hire a few more bartenders.

They will check for hotel keys or wrist bands when entering pool area. Now what if I kept my room key and came back on another trip to hang out at the pool (If I stayed at another hotel)? Would I get caught??? Is that naughty???

The Venetian/Palazzo pools are nice. I like some of the pools had chairs submerged in the shallow end to facilitate better tanning cooling off. Though, there was nothing "fantastic" about either of them.

Dinner: Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab. http://www.joes.net/
We had a wide assortment of food from stone crab appetizers, to scallops, oysters on 1/2 shell, king crab legs, steak, drinks. With the tip, we dropped $500 on the table. Our friend Anna almost had a heart attack. We all vowed to not tell Anna the price on any of the upcoming meals for the remainder of the trip. Every last morsel of food was devoured (had to right--we were paying a butt-load!) and savored. This is a great place to visit for a special occasion. On a side note, while we didn't have any random sightings of celebrities during this trip, but dining at the table next to us were 2 men who were featured on HGTV's "House Hunters: Las Vegas." These fellows were looking at buying a 2nd home in Vegas when they weren't in LA.

Entertainment: MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris Cabaret. http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/crazy-horse-show.aspx
It was ok...kinda tired. The robot dance was interesting. Wouldn't recommend spending the money on this. Cost: $57 each.

Day 2: Wayne Brady.

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