Sunday, November 13, 2005
Okay I want to thank you all for your support of this site and your comments and emails. By the way I have posted my email on the site now and if you have any questions or comments please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Its year end and this is the time of the year that many people do year end top ten lists I decided I won't do top ten lists instead I will mention the best in each category and then give honorable mentions to others. Las Vegas is always changing such as the recent closing of Bourbon Street and the closing of Westwood Ho on November 17th but thats what makes Las Vegas so interesting its always changing and i hope by visiting this site often it keeps you up to date on the changes.
Posted by Paul at 6:31 PM
We Will Rock You the musical set to Queen music is set to end on November 27th at the Paris Las Vegas. Right now the Paris is running several different room and show packages for the final performance of the show, see their website for more information.
Posted by Paul at 5:55 PM
Saturday, November 12, 2005
The Four Queens is located downtown on Fremont Street and is one of the last remnants of old time Las Vegas. I have stayed here many times over the years and enjoy this place. It has had many owners over recent years and is a little worn in places. You may not get all the features of a strip hotel but what you do get is resonable priced rooms, player friendly rules on card games, friendly service, a really good coffee shop, a good gourmet room and easy access to Fremont Street. The hotel has two towers one is right on Fremont Street at check in they ask you which tower because the one on Fremont Street is noisy because of the Fremont Street Experiance. I usually stay in this tower because the noise doesn't disturb me and i like taking the elevator down and being right on Fremont Street. The brew pub is small but the service is good and you can get really good bar food especially the crab cakes. Next to the brew pub is Magnolia Coffee Shop which is one of the best in town and overlooks the casino. Below Magnolia's is Hugo's Cellar which in my opinion is one of the two best gourmet rooms in town and is very romantic setting for a meal. On the table games they have things such as single deck blackjack which are getting harder to find. One note on the table games if you need to take a restroom break it is a little ways from the tables. I met the owners recently and they asked if there was anything i would like to see and i told them i missed the lounge that they used to have and, he said they were trying to bring music back. If you want to stay downtown and are okay with the fact this place doesn't have things like a pool this is a good choice. I stay here often and may stay here again on my next visit. (800) 634-6045
Posted by Paul at 1:27 AM
Friday, November 11, 2005
At the Paris Las Vegas on the strip is a 50 story replica of the Eiffel Tower. For $9 you can take a ride up to the top of the tower. You get good views of the strip and for the price its worth a visit. Open daily from 10am to 1am and you enter via an esculator in the casino. (702) 946-7000
Posted by Paul at 4:57 PM
The Westwood Ho which is closing November 17th was famous for many years as a good place for inexpensive food and drink specials right now is giving away free champagne and blood marys among other things. Also inexpensive t shirts with the Westwood Ho logo are available. With everything going upscale on the strip if you can stop at one of the last places for deals on the strip before November 17th i suggest you do.
Posted by Paul at 4:25 PM
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Okay this a strange attraction its gondola rides like in Venice but this time the canals run through the middle of a shopping mall at the Venetian. The ride snakes through the mall including going outside briefly and then back. The gondoliers sometimes break in to song while you glide down the canals. Its a fairly long ride for the price and it is a different change of pace although if the view wasn't just a mall it may be more interesting. Where you buy your tickets they have a small gift shop selling gondola related merchandise. It is open most of the time the mall is although it closes down about 15 minutes before the mall does. Prices are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. (702) 414-4525
Posted by Paul at 8:48 PM
New York New York is running a good special right now for selected days in November and December for $69 a night. The deal called Manhatten Nights also includes a room upgrade, 2 free drinks, 2 spa passes, 2 roller coaster passes as well as 2 for 1 breakfast and lunch. This is a good deal for a room in a prime location on the strip although one note is some of the rooms can be on the small side.
New York New York Link
New York New York Link
Posted by Paul at 5:31 PM
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Everyday at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat which is located at the Flamingo on the strip they have free penguin feedings that you can watch. The feedings take place at 8:30am and 3pm daily in a section of the 15 acre habitat. (702) 733-3111
Posted by Paul at 9:05 PM
The Mirage has the Carnegie Deli and not to be outdone TI formerly called Treasure Island has its own called Canters Deli. Canters has been a Los Angeles landmark since 1931 and this location keeps up the tradition of selling large thinly sliced meat sandwiches. They include such favorites as the Reuben, corned beef, pastrami and turkey, if thats not enough they also have there homemade matzo-ball soup. Okay if this sounds good to you a visit on your next trip will be well worth your time. Open daily for lunch and dinner (702) 894-7111
Posted by Paul at 6:43 AM
Monday, November 07, 2005
At the Desert Passage Mall at the Aladdin which is changing its name to Planet Hollywood they have a free attraction which is pretty cool; The attraction is a rain storm with loud thunder and also has a sky of lightning in the Merchants Harbor area of the mall. If you are visiting the mall its worth seeing but probally not worth a trip on its own it runs hourly Monday to Thursday and half hourly Friday to Sunday. Check with the mall or hotel for more details as it could change with the hotel name change and rebranding. (888) 800-8284
Posted by Paul at 6:29 PM
Okay the Adventuredome at Circus Circus is a five acre indoor theme park. It was built when Las Vegas tried to be family friendly but even though Las Vegas is marketing to adults again the park is still open. The park has a roller coaster, boat ride, IMAX simulator and an underwater Sponge Bob Square Pants ride. Most of the rides are pretty tame and if you are bringing your kids they would enjoy it. I don't visit Circus Circus too often or the Adventuredome because it has two things i don't want to see in Las Vegas kids and clowns. All day ride passes are $22.95 for adults or $13.95 for kids 48" and taller. (702) 759-3483
Circus Circus Link
Circus Circus Link
Posted by Paul at 6:28 PM
Gameworks a huge arcade located in the Showcase Mall which is just north of the MGM Grand on the strip. Gameworks is probally like no arcade you have ever been to before some of the games were even designed by Steven Spielbergs Dreamworks company. It is 47,000 square feet of more than 250 games of many types from your basic games to new and high tech games some of which are more like rides than just games. There are also games such as air hocky and pool. Next to the games is a huge free standing rock climbing wall. Also here is a full service restaurant and bar as well as two snack bars. This is a fun place to go to although one drawback is it can get a little pricey but often they offer all day passes for $35. To use the machines you buy cards which means you don't have to carry around quarters. Its fun and if you have time i would suggest a visit. Its open from 10am to 1am everyday except Fridays and Saturdays when its open to 2am. (702) 432-4263
Posted by Paul at 5:18 PM
Sunday, November 06, 2005
This is a photo of Pioneer Pete on Fremont Street downtown a long time fixture of Las Vegas. It sits on top of the old Pioneer Casino which has been a souvenir shop for many years. In downtown they have been trying to put many of the old historic casino signs on display as possible.
Posted by Paul at 9:37 PM
This weekend i watched "Cheating Las Vegas" which is a documentary narrated by actor James Woods. It shows all the different techniques people use or try to use to cheat Las Vegas casinos and the high tech tools the casinos use to stop them. It has interviews with the cheaters and the security experts, i found it a very interesting documentary and if you are interested in Las Vegas behind the scenes i think you would too.
Cheating Las Vegas Link
Cheating Las Vegas Link
Posted by Paul at 9:12 PM
If you are driving in to Las Vegas on interstate 15 a detour to Chicage Tasty Dogs is well worth the trip. If you are looking for Chicago style hot dogs at an inexpensive price this is the place to be; From Vienna dogs to polish dogs to beef and Italian sausage. this may not be the healthist food but its real good. They also carry Russells Barbeque Sauce which is a Chicago tradition much like Tasty Cakes are to Philadelphia. So if you are looking for filling food at cheap prices stop on by. 9711 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas (702) 914-3451
Posted by Paul at 8:39 PM
America On Line has launched AOL Vegas which is part of its AOL City Guide Network. The free service has Las Vegas hotel and casino reviews as well as travel guides. free casino games and video. My only question is why did it take so long for them to do a travel guide on Las Vegas?
Posted by Paul at 8:27 PM
If you are interested in the Green Valley Ranch which is a beautiful property away from the strip; watch American Casino which is a reality show set at the Green Valley Ranch. The show can be see on the Travel Channel on Wednesday night at 8pm et/pt and is repeated often.
Green Valley Link
Green Valley Link
Posted by Paul at 2:48 AM
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Wynn Resorts has announced that they expect their new resort called Encore next to Wynn Las Vegas to open in the second half of 2008. The new resort will have 2,000 hotel rooms as well as a casino. pools. entertainment, spa retail and all the other amenities a resort is expected to have. I wonder if the new resort will help Wynn Resorts have a complete package or if it will hurt the existing casino.
Posted by Paul at 9:44 AM
Friday, November 04, 2005
This was the first of the strip side attractions and is still worth a visit. The volcano is right in front of the Mirage on a little lake of cascading waterfalls. Every fifthteen minutes from dusk to midnight it erupts with flowing lava. Its very clever and well done and worth a visit. Get here a little early because it still attracts a good crowd. MGM recently announced that they are going to improve the effects which is great.
Posted by Paul at 6:04 AM
Thursday, November 03, 2005
The long talked about Double Decker buses of Citizens Area Transit (local bus company in Las Vegas) are now working on the strip. The brand new 81 seater double deckers are running on the busy strip route. I grew up in England and have a fondness for the double deckers and i think it will be a great way to view the strip from the top deck of the bus.
Posted by Paul at 6:47 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Traffic on the strip is bad and at peak times can be a parking lot, one alternative is the Las Vegas Monorail. Soon after it openned it was closed for many months but is now reopened. The route of the monorail is on the back side of many of the large hotels on one side of the strip. It runs from the MGM Grand to the Saraha with stops also at Paris/Ballys, Flamingo, Harrahs/Imperial Palace, Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton. Because its behind most of the properties the stations for most are at the back of the hotels. The fare is $3 for one way or $10 for a day pass or $20 for ten rides or $25 for a three day pass.You buy the tickets at machines on the station platforms or in some casinos it runs daily from 7am to 2am. Trains arrive and depart every few minutes with more at peak times. I use it often because it is air conditioned fairly quick and cheaper than taking taxis. It was privately funded and they originally talked about extending it to downtown as well as to Mc Carren Airport but either is probally years off. I like staying at the Las Vegas Hilton which is off the strip by the convention center which was a drawback because you would have to take a taxi to the strip but now with the monorail it makes it a lot more conveniant.
Posted by Paul at 8:20 PM
A 99 cent 1/2 pound hot dog at the Slots A Fun snack bar in the front of Circus Circus. Its nothing special but tastes okay. They have been running this for years but it could change. Also the Westwood Ho has something called the Mega Dog which i haven't tryed but is 3/4 of a pound and 14" long for $1.49. With the Westwood Ho closing November 17th i probally won't be able to but will probally live longer because of it lol.
Posted by Paul at 7:57 PM
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
This is a picture i took of Mermaids casino downtown on Fremont Street. This is a small slot casino with no table games or hotel. Out front is usually two girls with Carmen Miranda style headresses shouting for people to come in; Sometimes an Elvis impersonator joins them, you can take pictures with them but there main job is to try to get you in to the casino. I must tell you the slots in here i real tight and i have never seen people win much. My suggestion if you go in this casino is to go right through to the back of the casino where they have a small bar that has cheap beer specials and deep fried twinkes and oreos if you are feeling daring.
Posted by Paul at 5:28 PM