Post # 1
My SO and I (and hopefully two of our friends) are going to Vegas next year for a week and I was wondering if I can please get some tips/suggestions from people who live there or have been there about the must-see sights, good places to eat, etc. I’ve been Googling and doing my own research but I’m also hoping to get some unbiased advice here as well
Oh and what’s the weather/temperature like in Vegas in February? Does anyone know if the hotel pools are open?
And I know this seems a bit silly but can someone please point me to a site that shows a comprehensive list of who to tip and how much? We don’t tip in NZ and all I know from reading the Waiter Rant blog is that you tip waiters 15-20% and give the coat check people a $1 per coat. Is that right?
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
Yes to the tipping. If someone takes your bags up for you, tip that person. I usually tip the taxi cab driver $1-2. Bartender usually gets $1/drink. If you go to a buffet, don’t forget to tip your server there too.
February will still be cold. You can check http://www.weather.com for the estimated temperature. I highly recommend the Paris Buffet. It’s been my favorite for years. It’s reasonably priced. For clubs, I like Tao.
Have a blast!
Post # 5
@Mrs. Hot Wings: Thank you so much! I’ve been a bit worried about tipping since it’s not something we do and I don’t want to rish shorting and/or offending anyone. And I didn’t realize Las Vegas was going to be rather cold then luckily I like the cold.
Post # 6
It is going to get pretty cold at night, so bring some warm clothes. If you gamble you can get free drinks the whole time, even if you are just playing the penny slots… tip tip tip. the better you tip the better service you will have at the bar. All of the hotels are open and you you can valet park for free at any hotel but you will want to tip the valet person. Yout tip 15 to 20 percent at resturants, but at the bar I typically tip by the drink and how helpful they were. but like I said in Vegas if you tip well at the bar to the same bar tender you will get great service. But a dollar or two per drink is a decent tip. The Rio has a great buffet but it is off the strip, my favorite buffet is the planet hollywood buffet but the belagio is great as well. Treasue Island has a bar where you can buy a whole bowl of liqour that taste amazing! There are a lot of great places to eat but where you eat will depend on how much you are willing to pay. I enjoyed Coyote Ugly bar in New York New York but there is a great club at the Venetian you may want to check out. If you can see a Cirque du Soleil show they are awesome, as is blue man group. There is a bunch of free things to see as well too like the Lions and MGM and the parade in the Sky at the Rio and the talking statue show and Caesars Palace, and don’t forget the water show at the Bellagio I can watch it over and over again and still enjoy it just as much. The hotel pools are typically open all year because they are heated and vegas isn’t as cold during the day as it is at night, but at night you will freeze. I could go on all day about vegas hope this helps let me know if you have more questions
Post # 7
@radar: Thank you so much for all of your tips and advice! You’ve been so helpful and I really appreciate it I’m a bit overwhelmed over how much there is to see and do lol
Post # 8
Favorite spots: Madame Tussauds–it’s a must! Also, the M&M factory is FUN, and the M&Ms are super fresh! And just like Radar, I strongly advise a Cirque du Soliel show–I’ve been to several, all around and they’re the best in Las Vegas.
Taxi drivers to and from the airport are NUTS, so if your hotel offers a shuttle, take it! I’d avoid the all-you-can-eat buffets, some of that stuff is out for a long time, and it’s just kinda yucky (Personal opinion, of course!), but there are some awesome restaurants to check out!
Post # 9
Where are you staying? There are tons of great restaurants and shopping and clubs… everywhere…
Post # 10
@Wed2Attn: Thank you! Oh Madame Tussaud’s, the M&M Factory and a Cirque du Soleil show are all definitely in our must-do list! We really want to do the things that we can’t do in NZ. And thank you for the tip re. taxi drivers – I’ve had my share of crazy taxi drivers in my travels lol and I don’t want to add to my many stories
Post # 11
Don’t rent a car, it’s a total waste o money. Better to walk or cab it, becuase you’re going to be parking 76 floors up in a parkade anway, and good luck finding it once you’ve parked.
The outlet mall out there is worth a look, but I found the products to be lower quality and not extremely well priced.
Pen and Teller play at the Rio ( I think) and they have a seafood buffet there that is supposed to be epic. (I can’t do buffets)
If you’re buying tickets to ANY show there are booths where you get discounts on the tickets. There’s one in circus circus. You save a ton of money by not buying right at the shows’ location.
That being sad please watch out for the guys that offer you “free” tickets to shows, just want to talk to you for a few mins etc. They are everywhere and are just selling timeshares.
Also there are people on the streets at night that flick little cards at you with naked chicks on them. It gets annoying.
Post # 12
Another thing to note, if don’t go to booth’s to get discounted tickets, sign up for the casino’s membership card (it’s free), it’ll get you discounts on the shows. We got 40% off of Zumanity, the Cirque show at New York, New York for having it. They also would honor it for Ka (which both are totally worth seeing). If you sign up for the card at the Cosmopolitan, they’ll give you $10 to gamble with or a $15 Zappos gift card too.
Go to Holstien’s at the Cosmo or BLT burger at the Mirage, both had good food for not a ton of cash. If you want something cheap and really tasty, there is a secret pizza place at the Cosmo on the 3rd floor, it’s a hallway next to Jaleo. Get the white pizza, it’s amazing, plus a slice and a beer is only $9!
Post # 13
If you’re staying on the strip and don’t want to walk from one end to the other and certainly don’t want to pay $ for a cab, take the monorail. Runs along the strip and you can buy day passes at the “stations.” It’s super convenient and easy to use. If you don’t make it to a Cirq show you HAVE to see Le Reve at the Wynn. AMAZING!!!!!! It’s basically cirq, over a giant pool of water that you sit around. Absolutely incredible. I went to an all-you-can eat buffet and while it was fine, ton of food, wasn’t dirty, I wouldn’t go back. I’m a foodie at heart and I totally believe in quality over quantity. Not to say the buffet was horrible. If you’re sticking to a certain budget it’s fine, you’ll like it. But there are some incredible restaurants along the strip. Can’t remember what we went to (it was a while ago). I just remember that we basically asked the concierges what their fine dining recommendations were and went with those. If you’re into clubbing you have to go to Moon at the Palms. It’s at the top of the tower and has a balcony that you can hang out on that looks over the city – very beautiful at night. Drinks were expensive and there were a ton of hot chicks pretending to dance as they looked for dates but the music was great and DH and I just wanted to get trashed, pretend we could dance, and check out the balcony. 🙂
One last note – you MUST talk to your concierge. They can sometimes get you into shows for a discount, can book you shows for you, know just about anything going on on the strip AND they can get you on the list in places which is really nice if you’re going somewhere busy and don’t want to be the 30th person in line. We honestly didn’t make plans and just did whatever struck us in the moment and had a great time.
EDIT: Also, if you end up using the same concierge all week please, please, please tip them. They’re providing a service and the good ones will really hook you up so they’re totally worth some cash at the end. I don’t remember what we gave ours but it was DEFINITELY more than $20.
Post # 14
Definitely book one of the Cirque Shows. My favs are Ka and O.
Stop by Bouchon Bakery in Venetian for goodies, Caesar’s just started a new buffet that offers the Tomahawk steak! Walk along the strip, get a burger at Bobby Flay’s restaurant, gamble, enjoy the night life, go shopping!
Post # 15
@Miss Circe: do you know where you are staying? my tip: when walking the strip – hotels appear closer than they really are! you do a ton of walking between hotels and then a ton of walking through the hotels themselves. 🙂 It’s doable to walk up and down the bulk of the strip – but it’s a lot of walking! Most of the new-ish hotels have their own set of restaurants and clubs, etc…. so the options are really endless. You definitely won’t have a shortage of things to go see/do. I’d stay away from any free shows you may get offered. I’m also not a fan of the buffets – but some people love them!
Post # 16
@HappySky7: Oh we definitely won’t be renting a car. It’s hard enough learning to drive around a foreign city, let alone remembering to drive on the other side of the round lol
Thank you for the tip about the booths – we will definitely keep an eye out for that
@shningdrgn: Thank you! We might have to see if we can find that secret pizza place. What is a white pizza though?
@claireos: Thank you for all your tips! We were wondering about public transport and the monorail would definitely be a cheaper alternative to taxis lol. La Reve is getting added to the list of shows to possibly see and we are definitely planning on utilizing the concierge service – I’m going to see if I can surprise the SO with some kind of whiskey tasting at the end of the trip as a pre-brithday surprise. And thank you for letting me know what would be an inappropriate tip to the concierge – like I said before, it’s a bit of a foreign concept to us and the last thing I want to do is offend someone or not giving them their deserved due.
@missporkchops: Thank you! I’ve never had a tomahawk steak so I really want to try one
@oracle: We’re staying at the Luxor Ok comfortable walking shoes are definitely being packed.
Thank you once again for all your helpful tips everyone!!