Yesterday, we ended our Girls Weekend in Vegas. Before you get any ideas, one of us girls is eleven months old. So about the wildest thing we did at night was order Pay Per View movies and sip bottled water. But during the day, we kept up a frenetic pace trying to see all of Sin City in one long weekend. Forthwith, some valuable things we learned in Vegas:
1. The most important decision you’ll make is choosing the right hotel. You can’t possibly see everything and most of what you see will end up being in your hotel. Make sure it covers all the bases: fun theme, good rooms, lots of restaurant choices, spa and good location. We were happy with the Luxor on all counts. And it helps that it has indoor skybridge access to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. Across the street from Excalibur, you can catch a monorail that stops at most of the big hotels most of the way down the Strip.
2. Most of the hotel spas will give you all day in-and-out health club and spa access if you book a treatment. Schedule your treatment early in the morning, then you have the whole day to go back. This is especially key if you are going to try to walk all the way down the Strip. You’ll need a steam bath.
3. If you want to teach your kids to gamble, take them to the Luxor.
4. Splash out on one meal at a celebrity chef’s restaurant. There are dozens of them. Last year, Andy and I did Alain Ducasse’s restaurant — and the great man was actually in the house. This weekend, we visited Rick Moonen’s seafood restaurant. The staff told us, Moonen stops by most days of the week. So you could get a Celebrity Encounter with your meal.
5. On the other end of the dining spectrum, Las Vegas coffee shops seem to feature some of the nicest waitresses you’ll ever encounter. Ladies named Flo or Marge who are especially helpful to diners with babies.
6. The Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon let’s you run down the strip which they close to traffic for the event. It’s become an even bigger, more organized event than it was last year when I
ran walked limped it.
7. Be sure to go see the Fountains of Bellagio, waterworks set to music. They even post the music playlist on the Bellagio website. We were lucky and saw the show to the tune of Frank Sinatra singing Luck Be a Lady. A perfect Vegas moment!
And the last thing we learned?
Run? Walk? Limp? I don’t gotta be no place that bad. Strolling suits me just fine.
Hope you accomplished your goal.
Thanks for taking all of us along.
Sounds like you ladies had a good time. Matt & I are planning a Vegas getaway for late Feb to escape the cold for a couple of days & the Luxor is on our list of possible hotels
There are swankier hotels, but Luxor gives you the best value for dollar while still having all the basic amenities. Mandalay Bay is incredible, but oooooh the price. However, they do have that pool with the real beach sand and the wave machine.
Cute column. I went to Vegas for the first time in 2008, after years of saying I would never visit “Sin City” because I just knew I wouldn’t like it. And I did. Like it. More than I thought I would.
I have never been to Las Vegas except on business, which means an expense account. I don’t gamble, most of the shows hold no inferest for me, and there are no art museums there. In spite of that I have made the most of my expense accounts and I have had some great meals and some wonderful nights of great conversation and tasty cocktails.
I’d never pay my own way there, but if my employer sends me there and if I am going with the right people I’d love it.
And if you go to the Luxor, stay in one of the towers. The rooms are much quieter.
We found the best stuff was the free stuff. The Bellagio Fountains, just walking down The Strip and into the themed hotels. There actually are art museums these days — even outside the Bellagio. But, hey, it’s Vegas. The closest I wanted to get to Art was Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.