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January 10th, 2011 No Comments

My Vegas Strip Cred

I think it would be helpful for you to know my background with Vegas as I offer these reviews and seemingly snap judgements.

Thankfully I would never call myself a Vegas expert, but I have quite a history with The Strip because I went to school in Los Angeles, which is only a 4 hour drive away.  And then actually went back when I was old enough to legally participate in the sinning ;)

HOTELS

In a nutshell, I’ve stayed at a handful of hotel casinos at every pricepoint.  Off the top of my head, going from South to North, these include:

  • The Hotel at Mandalay Bay
  • Tropicana
  • New York New York
  • Bellagio
  • Rio
  • Palms
  • Cesar’s Palace
  • The Mirage
  • Imperial Palace
  • Venetian
  • Palazzo
  • Wynn
  • The Hard Rock – YIKES!

Holy cow.  That’s almost embarrassing!  I even stayed at some of those places (like the Imperial Palace) BEFORE the renovations.

THE OTHER STUFF

In terms of restaurants, I’ve been to a good variety of those too, but still have a list at least a page long!  In my opinion, the food is the city’s best attraction. The tables and the sports book are a close second.  I’m a pretty good black jack player, so-so at craps, only lucky at poker sometimes, and always love the sports book.

I think that’s about it.  Shows are really not my thing.  The Canyon Ranch spa, after its renovation, is still my favorite.  Although I think the smaller spa at the Mandarin Oriental, that treated me to an amazing facial this weekend, is now a VERY close second.

More to come this week in Part 2 of 2 of The City Center review to feature The Mandarin Oriental and The Cosmopolitan (which actually is not part of the property).

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