Last week I visited Vegas partly for vacation and partly for work.
We don't gamble and are rather boring/easy to please, so my review may be a bit boring to many of you.
Started off with flight delays from DFW. I expected it because the day before had many cancellations due to weather. There were thousands of stranded travelers at DFW trying to get to their destination.
Got out 2 hours late on a jam packed plane, but that was not a big issue.
Rented a compact car from Hotwire for 12.00 a day + tax. 5 days came to 100.00.
They assigned us a older Kia Spectra. Hideous and beat to hell, but it ran fine and was great on gas.
From the a/p we went straight to Nellis AFB to go shopping. For those of you who can enter, Nellis has a HUGE BX. Some great deals on the latest styles from the top brands. The Commissary is also large and a great place to get snacks and drinks for your trip.
I got our hotel on Hotwire as well and ended up with the South Point Casino which is south of the strip on LVB.
After figuring out where check in was, we made it over to the other side of the casino to go up to our room.
The room was nice and clean and a great value at 45.00/day. Can't say much about the casino or food outlets. We only stayed there for the room. It was quiet, though and we could park relatively close to the room elevator. The location was close enough to the strip, when we wanted to go. I would stay there again for 45.00!
The following are most of the places we visted and a quick summary:
Red Rock Canyon - Spectacular hiking. This was a big part of our trip. We love it there. Carry lots of water, good climbing/hiking shoes and gloves with rubber palms are very helpful for climbing. I hate the thought of people going to Vegas and never seeing Red Rock. It's too close to pass up!
Hoover Dam - Never been, never really wanted to go. It was cool and the drive up was nice. We hiked all over the area that day and ended the afternoon by crusing the wonderful neighborhoods in Boulder City. Lots of houses for sale in the area. I recommend the day trip!!
Lake Mead/Visitor Center - Happened upon this gem on the way out to Lake Mead. There is an interactive display geared to youngsters, but we found it very interesting. The employees of the center were very interesting as well!
Harley Davidson Las Vegas - Huge store with loads to buy. Not many bikes, though.
Red Rock Harley Davidson - Another large store that is more like the stores here in Texas. Nice employees that are happy to discuss good things to see/do in the area.
Shelby Museum - Husband loved it, I played on my iPhone the whole time we were there... expect your Shelby fan to buy stuff in the gift shop ;>/
Pawn Stars location - Little store, LOTS of people, no familiar faces. No big deal.
The Gun Store - Good if you want to shoot some big guns, otherwise skip it.
Premium Outlets - Bought a bunch of Kiehl's stuff at 75% off or more at the Estee Lauder outlet. Typical outlet mall FULL, FULL, FULL of International travelers.
Outlet Mall on South LVB (name?) Ended up here because my husband needed a new pair of athletic shoes. Good mall with one deal breaker... all the aggressive sales people in kiosks in the middle of the mall. They are one after another and VERY aggressive. It was like walking a gauntlet and so annoying, I would not go back!
Harley Davidson Cafe - Decent food, SLOW service!
Juke Joint Cafe (near Nellis AFB) Dodgy part of town, our waitress had no teeth. The food was diner-good and the prices were CRAZY low!
In-n-Out Burger - WHY are people obsessed with this place. This was my 3rd or 4th visit (all in different towns) and I just don't get it.
Pink Taco, Hard Rock - Good food, INCREDIBLE salsas!!!!
Imperial Palace Car Museum - Great if you are into Rolls Royce. We are not. Very disappointing.
Original Pancake House in Summerlin - Fantastic. Good thing we hiked around all day to work off some of that heavy b’fast!
We did walk all over the strip but found nothing worth stopping for
As the corporate part of my trip started, I returned my ghetto Kia to Enterprise. They were so nice, it’s hard to fault them for the banged up car. It did make us wonder how many people they have charged for that damage. It was never fixed. They didn’t even act like they were checking the car, in any event.
I ran over to Avis and picked up my brand new Kia Soul. It had 5, yes 5 miles on it. I loved that little car. It is put together well!
The second half of the week was spent at the Red Rock Casino... the business part of the trip.
It is located close to Red Rock Canyon. My room was on the 11th floor with a floor to ceiling panoramic view of the canyon and their spectacular pool/cabana park.
First, let me say a few things about the room.
I spend much of my time in hotel rooms. When I am traveling for work, I get to stay in wonderful hotels. Mostly 4 and 5 star. Peninsula Hong Kong, Langham London, Pierre NYC... these are all hotels I have stayed at in the last 2 months.
I can say without a doubt that this is may favorite room in recent memory.
It was huge and new with a great big LCD TV (and full cable). The bathroom was the size of my bedroom at home with a huge 6ft tub that was about 2ft deep and a large separate shower. There were 2 big sinks and a very long, roomy marble counter. I loved the bathroom and the products. The halls were curved, brightly lit and really pretty… which is odd to say, but mostly hallways are not pretty, so they stuck in my mind. The lobby was so nice and cool! It seems separate of the casino, but it is not really. The hotel, hotel lobby and elevators are all in the same area… sort of a separate building attached to the casino. The casino is nice and smoke free, although people are allowed to smoke it is almost undetectable. Maybe they have a great filtration system?
The buffet “Feast” is awesome. I never eat at buffets but I heard some people talking about it and at 19.00 the price was right. It was so good I went back the next day.
I ate breakfast at the café twice and the food was excellent and the coffee was very good, too. I am not much of a coffee drinker but this coffee was smooth and I drank a couple of cups each morning.
There are many restaurants in the hotel as well as a Starbucks.
I really like the Summerlin area. It’s all new, not crowded and very clean.
Shame on me for not noting that the Red Rock Casino offers a free airport and strip shuttle. I did not need to rent a car for the business part of my trip. 160.00 down the drain. Boo!
But I must tell you that Avis at Las Vegas has a stellar operation. Because my new car did not yet have plates, they could not check me in with the hand held. I was a but freaked out about my flight, and told the nice man (Ken) that I was worried I would miss my flight and he smiled and said “No problem, I will do it all for you.”
All in all a great trip. Didn’t do much, as planned. Got 8-9 hours sleep per night, as planned, shopped and hiked around. For us this is all good!
My biggest gripe were the daily nosebleeds we got after the frst day and the horrible dry skin that developed after the 2nd day. NOTHING helped. My poor face looked like leather by the time I got home. It took 3 days to 'plump' back up!! Unfotunately the a$$ plumping I got from all the eating in Las Vegas has not gone away. That's going to take a little work!
One thing I know for sure... the next time we go to Vegas we are staying at the Red Rock Casino the WHOLE time!!!
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Vegas trip report... Red Rock Casino is awesome!
Last week I visited Vegas partly for vacation and partly for work.