Essentials to Pack for a Vegas Vacation

A Vegas Vacation is a unique travel experience. The weather can be hot during the day and it can be quite cool at night depending on the time of year you visit. The properties are massive in size which means lots of walking. Having the proper gear and supplies for a trip to Vegas is important. We will Lets just assume that you will bring a bathing suite and shorts, that’s is given. Lets look at some of the essentials to pack for a Vegas Vacation.

Realistically, you don’t have to load all of this stuff up on the plane with you. You can pick up many of the items listed below at a Walgreen or CVS store. Just don’t buy they from your hotel or casino store, they are way over priced.

Clothing Essentials

  • Comfortable Shoes – We were logging anywhere from 6 to 10 miles a day on our last Vegas trip. There is no way you want to do that in a pair of uncomfortable shoes. I bring a pair of walking type shoes for daytime gawking and a pair of dressier shoes for fancier dinners or functions.
  • Jacket or Long Shirt – One, it can get cooler at night and secondly you might need a long shirt if you are going anywhere with a dress code.
  • Long Pants – Same reason as above.
  • Hat – That sun can get to you if you are sitting around a pool or just walking up and down The Vegas Strip. If you plan on being outdoors bringing a sensible hat just makes sense.
  • Sunglasses – Again the sun is merciless in Vegas and who is kidding who, you might want to hide those bloodshot eyes the next day.

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen – No brainier here. You have to keep that skin protected in the hot Vegas sun.
  • Lip Balm – You might forget about this one but my lips always get chapped in Vegas. Hotels are dry at the best of time add that to the dry desert air and it’s extra dry.
  • Nasal Spray – It happens every trip. My nose dries out in the dry desert air and when it does it’s uncomfortable. Nasal Spray is on the list this year.
  • Pepto Bismol – I prefer the Pepto tablet. They are easy to carry around and they do the trick when I get that “buffet tummy”.
  • Headache Pills –  This one is self explanatory.  Who hasn’t had a sore noodle in Vegas?
  • Ear Plugs – If you are unfortunate enough to get a room over top of a night club you will be glad you packed these.

Misc

  • Water Bottle – Some people like to have their own water bottle to carry with them. Vegas is one those towns where drinking water is important.
  • Solo Cups – I usually grab these when I get to Vegas. I like to pour a drink from the hotel room and take it with me or when I buy one on the Strip pour it in the cup.
  • Beer Koozie – I have a Beer Koozie in the pocket of every jacket I own. They keep your hands dry and your beer cold.
  • Small Cooler – Most hotels do not have a fridge you can use. They are stocked with snacks and drinks. We bring a small collapsible cooler that we can fill with ice to keep our drinks cold.

Tech

  • USB Plugs – More and more hotels in Vegas have usb plugs in the room  but it’s not guaranteed. I throw a few of these in my bag.
  • External Batteries – When you are away from your room for longs periods of time taking photos or posting on social media  you can drain your battery on your phone or camera fast. You can find small portable batteries or even phone charger cases on Amazon fairly cheaply. We have noticed more USB Charge stations over the past couple of years.

Documents

  • Drivers Licence or Passport – I was at Ellis Island on my birthday and my drivers licence expired that day.  They would not give me a card or let me use my coupons because the computer would not accept my information. It’s important to make sure you have your information up to date and handy. I am not a fan of walking around with my Passport but some clubs and bars will not accept a drivers license and require a Passport.

Vegas Vacation photo

Best Bars in Vegas with a View

You are headed to Las Vegas and you are looking for that perfect place with a great view to enjoy a drink. This review of the best bars in Vegas with a view should help you. There is nothing like having a cocktail and getting looking over the Las Vegas Strip. Surprisingly there aren’t as many places to get a good strip view as you would think. For a town with as many sights and lights as Las Vegas you would think you would have dozens of options but that’s not the case. Still there are some real solid options to get a drink and enjoy the Vegas skyline. We were going to set a price range for each place but just count on expensive. A view isn’t cheap in Vegas, or is anything else.

Updated 2018/09/03 – The Mandarin Oriental has been purchased by The Waldorf Astoria.

Best Bars in Vegas with a View

Many people ask what is the best time to witness the Vegas skyline and that really is a matter of preference. During the day you really get an idea on how massive the buildings and attractions are. It’s something that at night is almost hidden or obscured by the lights. At night obviously the lights are an amazing sight to see and a must do when in Vegas. A third great time is at sundown itself. There is something really special about watching the strip lights come on as the sun dips behind the horizon. We will show you a few photos of each prospective.

Skyfall Lounge at The Delano

The Skyfall Lounge sits atop of the 64th floor at The Delano at the south end of the Vegas strip.  The lounge gives you an amazing 180 degree of Vegas from the south.  The video above is not ours but it gives you a great shot of the view.

  • Location: 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119
  • Hours: Daily 5 pm – 12:00 am
  • Dress: Smart Casual
  • Cover: No
  • Website: Skyfall Lounge

Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay

foundation room vegas photo
Photo by fictures

The Foundation Room sits on the 63rd Floor of Mandalay Bay at the south end of the strip. Not exactly a club or a bar it’s described as more of a high end lounge. The photo above is a typical view that you will expect to see from the balcony view. Your view is looking down towards MGM and up the strip towards the bend at The Paris. There is a cover charge which you reportedly do not have to pay if you dine there.

  • Location: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
  • Hours: Daily 5 pm – Close
  • Dress: Smart Casual which means no shorts, sandals, hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sports apparel, tank tops, sneakers and athletic shoes.
  • Cover: $30, Reported free access if you dine at the restaurant.
  • Website: Foundation Room

Sky Bar at The Waldorf Astoria

The Mandarin Bar has been renamed to The SkyBar as the property has been purchased by The Waldorf Astoria. The SkyBar is located on the 23rd floor of the The Waldorf Astoria hotel which sits just in front of the Aria Hotel and Casino. While it may not sit as high as the two bars to the south the view is stunning. The glass to ceiling walls give an impressive view. There is also a tea room located next door if you are looking for a different experience with a view. Not our video we found this gem on YouTube.

  • Location: 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
  • Hours: Sun – Thurs (4:00 – 1:00 am), Friday – Sat (4:00 – 2:00 am)
  • Dress: Casual but not set. People report that you don’t want to be undressed as in flip flops and a tank top.
  • Cover: No
  • Website: The Waldorf Astoria

107 SkyLounge at The Stratosphere

Does a 360 degree view from the 107th floor of the Stratosphere have you interested? You won’t catch another view of Vegas like this. The Strat is located fairly north of the strip and not a good idea to walk to at night. It’s a short Uber or Lyft. Admission is free and it’s highly recommended to visit at happy hour and see the sun set over Vegas.

  • Location: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
  • Hours: Daily from 4pm – 3am
  • Dress: Casual dress.
  • Cover: No
  • Website:  107 SkyLounge

VooDoo Lounge at The Rio

bar view voodoo lounge the rio

The VooDoo Lounge is located off the strip at The Rio Hotel and Casino.  The photo above is from our 2015 trip. We did VooDoo Zipline package from Groupon and had free entry to the bar. You get a great view of the strip from the rear.

  • Location: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Hours: Sun.-Thurs. (8 PM – 2 AM) – Fri.-Sat. (8 PM – 3 AM)
  • Dress: Casual dress.
  • Cover:
    • Sun – Thurs –  $10 Women/$20 Men
    • Fri – Sat – $20 Women/$30 Men
  • Website: VooDoo Lounge

High Roller at The LINQ

high roller view las vegas

High Roller is a 550-foot tall Ferris wheel located at the back of the LINQ Promenade. We are including it because you can do the Happy Half Hour all you can drink package or from views buy a drink in the bar and take it with you. It takes a half an hour to rotate and you get a 360 degree view of Vegas from the west side of the strip. We have done the ride during the day, dusk and night. We enjoyed them all.

view from the high roller

  • Location: 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Hours: 
    • Daytime Pass – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Anytime / Night Pass – until 2:00 a.m.
  • Dress: None
  • Cover: See website as there are different packages for day/night and drinking package. See Groupon or Travel Zoo for deals.
  • Website: High Roller

These are probably your best go to lounges, clubs and attractions for getting a great view of Las Vegas while enjoying a cocktail. There are many other places along the strip where you can get a lower view. Check out places such as The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris and The Giada at The Cromwell and the Beer Park.  Please let us know if we should add any more places.

Christmas in Las Vegas Guide

We have been visiting Las Vegas during the Christmas season for the past four years. We have put together this guide to show you what type of weather to expect, attractions and Christmas displays to visit and what to expect in general from crowds.

Christmas Weather in Las Vegas

The average temperatures for Vegas in December is a high of 58° F (14° C) and a low of 34° F (1° C).  We have found that the temperatures can fluctuate quite a bit from day to day. There have been days where we have been able to wear shorts and a t shirt by day and a long sleeve and pants at night. Probably more often than not you will require long pants by day and night, a short or long sleeve shirt by day and a light jacket at night. When the sun goes down and the winds pick up at night it can fairly chilly.

Las Vegas Crowd Levels at Christmas

There seems to be differing opinions about crowd levels in Las Vegas over the Christmas Holidays and December in general. By the first week of December Christmas decorations will appear in hotels and along the strip.

The first two weeks of December has The National Finals Rodeo in town for 10 days. This is the time period that we generally are in town for. It is  considered by many to be a busy time in Vegas but it’s a bit relative. Any of the casinos like The Mirage, MGM or Orleans that host nightly concerts or events will be busier than others that don’t. The NFR Experience website has a list of after dark events.

The following week and right up to Christmas Eve or a couple days before is generally fairly dead or empty in terms of crowd. This is because Christmas itself leading to New Years can be quite busy.

Vegas Shows Go Dark

Before you plan your big Vegas Christmas Vacation you should know that some shows go dark in December. This is especially true leading up to Christmas itself. It’s always best to check schedules in case you get your hopes up about seeing a show. For example, we never get a chance to see Brad Garret at his comedy club as he takes a few weeks off before Christmas and New Years.

Christmas Decorations and Attractions

One thing we have noticed over the past 5 years is that Vegas seems to be getting into the Christmas spirit more each year. There are lots of amazing Christmas Tree Displays. The Christmas music is hit or miss but you will find it in the lobbies, shopping areas and around the buffets. Lets take a look at some of the main displays and attractions.

Holiday Menus and Buffet Lines

Vegas is open on Christmas like any other day. It would be impossible to list where to dine for Christmas dinner. Your best bet would be to search out where you want to dine and look at their website or call to see if there are any Christmas dinners planned. Buffet lines can be fairly busy especially during NFR in early December and closer to Christmas. Plan accordingly.

The Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Display

You can expect crowds as The Bellagio Conservatory is the Cadillac of Christmas displays in Las Vegas. This is probably one of the most stunning Christmas displays you will ever see.  There is moving train, moving polar bears and a small area where it snows.

Bellagio Christmas Display Vegas

Las Vegas Christmas

Christmas displays in Vegas

Aria and Crystals Mall

Our next top spot is to a less degree Aria lobby and more importantly the Christmas Tree at Crystals Mall. This first photos is the display at Aria and then the tree at Crystals.

Aria in Las Vegas

Crystals Las Vegas Christmas Tree

The Wynn

Last year was our first visit to The Wynn. We went to see the Christmas display and we were not disappointed. Not as grand as The Bellagio it was still a site to behold.

The Park and T-Mobile Arena

The Park area is relatively new but that doesn’t mean that they don’t celebrate Christmas. You will another large Christmas tree as well as decorations, lights and music. It is especially lively if there is a sports event or concert in the area. Visit at night to get the full effect of the lights. Last year in 2017 they had a skating rink but it was not real ice. It was plastic surface and it was very small.

This view is from the the open outdoor bar inside the t-mobile arena.

Golden Knights Vegas

Fremont Street Experience

I wouldn’t say that Fremont St goes overboard with the Christmas spirit but they do have a tree. They also have a number of filthy Santa’s but they might have those on any other given day.

The Best of the Rest Christmas in Las Vegas

Many of the casinos will also decorate their main lobbies or their shopping malls with Christmas cheer. For example, The Mirage, Caesars Palace and Harrah’s put up miscellaneous decorations. The Venetian also does up the area where the waterfall is located (photo below).

Christmas Activities in Las Vegas

There are a few Christmas themed activities to visit which we have not taken part in but are recommended. This would be The Ethel M. Chocolates Cactus Garden holiday display which is free to visit. There is also The Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you can drive the track or take a tram which is lite up Christmas lights and decorations. There are generally Groupon deals for both of these activities.

Ice Skating in Las Vegas at Christmas

Our first trip back in 2014 there was ice skating located at Caesars Palace and we have heard that there was also skating at The Venetian. For the past couple of years there is only ice skating at The Cosmo. They have a real ice surface on top of their pool and you can rent skates.  You can also reserve a fire pit area and do the whole smores experience. There is also a Groupon for this event. We tried it one time and had a great time.

This is a stock photos as ours did not turn out well.

 

Best Pizza Restaurants in Las Vegas

The subject of food and what restaurants are best is always a contentious subject among diners. You have hardcore foodies and casual diners that have different expectations and standards. There are a few places that be agreed serve the best pizza in Las Vegas. We have dined at two of the four restaurants have the other two on our list.

Best Pizza Restaurants in Las Vegas

Five-50 at Aria

FIVE50 Pizza Bar - Las Vegas (Aria)

Aria Five-50 comes highly recommend among pizza enthusiasts in Las Vegas. We first ate there back in 2015 after a trip to the Hoover Dam. They offer a full sit down dining experience or you can grab a quick slice if you are on the go. We opted to make our own three topping pizza. We also sampled a few beers from a local brewery that brewed special for Aria. We did enjoy our experience but it certainly came at the price of “casino costing”.  On subsequent trips we have opted to just grab a  quick slice instead of a sit down meal.

FIVE50 Pizza Bar - Las Vegas (Aria)

Pizza Rock at Fremont

Best Pizza in Las Vegas - Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock may have been my favourite dining experience so far in Vegas. It’s actually located one block north of the Fremont St Experience and is right beside The Downtown Grand. There is a walkway that takes you right there. We were lucky to get there before 6:00 and enjoy happy hour. The personal size pizza you see above was only $7 and the large selection of beer was on sale as well. We enjoyed an amazing meal and drinks at a great price.  Their happy hour runs 3:00 – 6:00 and from 10:00 until close every day. If you are a pizza fan and on Fremont St we highly recommend it.

Pizza Rock

Grimaldi’s at The Venetian

Kids Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas- Grimaldi's Pizzeria

If you are looking for a true NY style pizza in Las Vegas then you owe yourself a trip to Grimaldi’s at The Venetian. Admittedly we have not had a chance to try it out yet but have been reading so many positive reviews that it’s on our list. The reviews we have read center around the NY style and the restaurant itself and it’s NY like decor.  If you sign up for their mailing list they will send you a pizza on your birthday. We added it to  our Birthday Deals and Freebies in Las Vegas.

Secret Pizza at The Cosmo

Secret Pizza Place at Cosmo

Not so much of a secret any longer. The Secret Pizza at The Cosmo is located on the third floor and the end of a long hallway covered in album covers.  With it’s gain in popularity comes longer lines, especially late at night. Most reviews agree that the pizza is good with a lot of no frills nonsense. We haven’t made our way to this place yet but it’s on our list.

These are four pretty solid pizza recommendations for Las Vegas.  These four restaurants continually come up on social media and forums when people are asking where they should go to get a decent pizza experience in Las Vegas. If you have any other feel free to let us know and we will add them our list.

Birthday Deals and Freebies in Las Vegas

I am spending my birthday in Vegas and I am wondering if there are any deals of freebies?  This is a common question for Vegas travelers. We have a list of current birthday deals and freebies in Las Vegas. Many of them entail you signing up for membership cards, an email list or online newsletter. If you follow our guide you should be able to get yourself a few specials and birthday freebies.

Shameless Self Promotion

There is not shame in self promotion. Tell everyone it’s your birthday and see if they offer any special deals or freebies available. Let people know you are in Vegas to celebrate your special day.

  • When making your hotel reservation make sure they put a birthday note on your reservation and mention it upon check in. They may give you an upgrade when making the reservation or when checking in. For example, we were given a room on the 53rd floor with a strip view at the Aria.
  • Mention it to your bartender, waitress or hostess. You may just get a free drink, entree or dinner.

Birthday specials and freebies in Las Vegas

Sign Up For Players Club Cards

Sign up for players club cards and their email lists. They will email you promotions for your birthday. It may something as small as a free drink or it could be freeplay credit. Last year I was given $10 free play plus a bonus of $30 for any stay during my birthday month. If you don’t get a special via email I would still go to the players club ask if there are any promotions or freebies.

Sign Up For Email List or Fan Clubs for Restaurants

Many restaurants will give you a 2-1 coupon or freebie on your birthday simply for signing up for their email list or fan club. If they ask you for your date of birth when signing up you will more than likely get a freebie.

  • Hash House a Go Go offers a 2-1 Dinner Coupon for joining their Facebook Club.
  • Holsteins sent me a free alcohol shake for joining their Club (halfway down the page).
  • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria offers a free pizza on your birthday. I just signed up so I cannot confirm what they offer as of yet. They also offer a $5 off coupon but it expires within a month of signing up.
  • Hexx sent a coupon for a 1/2 price signature drink or free appetizer with entree purchase.
  • Lettuce Entertain You puts $15 in your account every year for your birthday that does not expire and is good at several Las Vegas restaurants.

These are just a few examples of freebies you can get in Vegas from joining restaurant clubs or email lists. If you plan on going to a restaurant check their website for a list and join it. If not mention to your server that it is your birthday and see if they give you something.

Vegas Specific Birthday Freebies

These are the Vegas specific freebies that have been reported on various websites, chat boards and forums. I can’t speak for the validity of them so please report any that are not active.

  • The Eiffel Tower at Paris is free on the day of your birthday.
  • Luxor offers a free spin of the birthday wheel for free play amount.
  • Four Queens gives a two-for-one dinner voucher for Magnolia’s during your birthday month.
  • Orleans earn 1 point and swipe for prizes at kiosk booth.
  • Wynn: $10 freeplay within 48 hours of b-day (not sure if still active).
  • The Plaza has a number of bday offers including discount rooms.

Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide

One of the greatest activities in Las Vegas is it pools. Pool season in Las Vegas is a life of its own. Most of properties have a number of pools and options to suite everyone’s needs. If you are looking for a family pool experience or more adult pools you will be able to find what you are looking for on our Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide.

The following list shows:

  • A link to each hotels pool page, if they have one.
  • Notes if the pools are year round or seasonal
  • Hours of operation
  • Temperature (which may not be accurate)
  • Links to any specialty pools or clubs

Las Vegas Swimming Pools Guide

Aria
Year-round;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (hours are seasonal)
82°F (spa pools heated to 101°F)
Liquid Pool Lounge (adults only)
Bally’s
Seasonal; While pool is closed guests can use the pool at Paris
74°F
Bellagio
Year-round;
7:00 AM – 8:00 PM. (hours are seasonal)
84°F
Binion’s Gambling Hall
Seasonal; Guest from Four Queens may use pool at Binion’s
Not heated
Caesars Palace
Year-round;
8 AM – 7 PM. (hours are seasonal)
83°F
California
Seasonal (Until September 30);
8:00am – 8:00pm
Not heated
Circus Circus
Seasonal;
Pool 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Daily
Slide Tower – Only Mat Racer Slide Open | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Weekdays
Slide Tower – All Slides Open | 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM – Weekends
82°F
Encore
Seasonal;
8 a.m.-7 .pm
.82°F
Excalibur
Year-round;
Pool Hours Vary
80°F
Flamingo
Seasonal;
9 AM – 5 PM
74°-84° F
Go Pool – 21+
Four Seasons
Seasonal
85°F
Fremont
Guests use the pool at the California
Not heated
Gold Coast
Year-round;
Winter hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
80°F
Golden Nugget
Year-Round;
Winter hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Not heated
Green Valley Ranch
Year-round
Not heated
Hard Rock
Seasonal
85°F
Harrah’s
Seasonal;
9 AM – 6 PM
Not heated
Hooters
Year-round;
Daily 9 a.m – 8 p.m.
90°F
LINQ
Seasonal;
Mon. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Luxor
Seasonal;
While pool is closed guests can use the pool at Excalibur
80°F
M Resort
Seasonal;
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
82°F
Las Vegas Swimming Pools GuideView of Treasure Island Pool, May 2017
Main Street Station
Guests use the pool at the California
Not heated
Mandalay Bay
Year-round;
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
82°F
MGM Grand
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
82°F
Mirage
Seasonal;
Daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
(Closed for maintenance in December)
75°-78°F
Private Oasis Pool and Bare Pool
pools in las vegas
View from The Mirage Pools, May 2017
The Park
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
80°F
New York-New York
Seasonal;
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
70°-75°F
Orleans
Seasonal;
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Daily
78°-80°F
Palace Station
Seasonal;
Sunday – Thursday: 9 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm
Palazzo
Year-round;
Winter hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (hours are weather permitting)
82°F
Palms
Seasonal 9am – 7pm
75°F
Paris
Year-round;
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (hours are seasonal)
83°F
Planet Hollywood
Seasonal;
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
71°F
Plaza
Year-round
9am – sunset
Heated
Red Rock Resort
Seasonal;
9 am – 5 pm Monday – Thursday
9 am – 6 pm Saturday & Sunday
78°F
Rio
Seasonal;
9 AM – 6 PM
Not heated
Sam’s Town
Seasonal;
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Memorial Day through the first week of September
78°F
Santa Fe Station
Pool Currently Closed
Signature at MGM Grand
Seasonal;
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
82°F
Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
Year-round;
7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Not heated
Silverton
Seasonal
78°F
South Point
Year-round;
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (hours are seasonal)
Stratosphere
Year-round;
Winter hours :9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
78°F
Suncoast
Seasonal;
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunset Station
Seasonal;
9 am – 8 pm
74°F
The D
Year-round;
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Not heated
Treasure Island
Seasonal;
Varies 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closed Mid Nov to Mid Feb
78°F
Tropicana
Seasonal;
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Heated
Tuscany
Year-round;
Winter hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Summer hours: 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.
75°-80°F
Vdara
Year-round;
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
83°F
Venetian
Year-round;
Main Pool 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Venezia Pool: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Hours are seasonal
80°F
Westgate Las Vegas
Seasonal;
84°F
Wynn Las Vegas
Year-Round;
Winter Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Summer: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
82°F

We have gleaned our Las Vegas Pools Guides from a number of sources but mainly from each pools website. Vegas is always changing and while we strive to keep our list updated it may contain errors. Please let us know if any of our information needs updating. Make sure you check out the rest of our Las Vegas Guides.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

One of the more overlooked services that hotels in Las Vegas provide is the Concierge Services. Every hotel that you visit will have a concierge services desk that are usually located near the main check in. The concierge is there to help you make the most out of your Vegas vacation. The average traveler is either not aware of concierge services or may think that they are more for higher end clientele. This is not the case, they are there to assist all hotel guests. Lets look in the how to make the most of your trip using hotel concierge services.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

A hotel concierge performs a wide range of tasks for hotel guests. These would include making restaurant reservations, getting show tickets, planning golf outings, a spa day and even having flowers or special items waiting it the room when you arrive. It has beeen said that they try to get the impossible done for their guests. The concierge will use their contacts and connections to get you that special table or hard to get club tickets.

Concierge services are free but it’s Vegas. While you only have to pay for your tickets or yours special items it is customary to tip depending on the service. A typical tip could be anywhere between $2 and $20. If they are putting something big together for you and your group, you should show your gratitude.

It is advised to contact them with your request as soon as you can. You want to give them enough time to work their magic and get your request completed. As soon as you make your hotel reservations and you know that you are after show tickets, give them a call.

Personal Concierge Story

We had Terry Fator tickets for the day we were arriving in Vegas. They had to be picked up at The Mirage box office an hour before show time. With our arrival time at Aria and check in at the hotel we would be very rushed to get this done. The concierge at Aria had our tickets waiting for us when we checked in. There was no rushing around and we had plenty of time to get some dinner after check in.

If you want to try a local restaurant, get a reliable tour company for the Hoover Dam or try to get some tickets to a show give them a call. It is very easy and low maintenance to use their services. Vegas is always changing. What’s hot one day might not be the next. You want your Vegas vacation to be perfect. Why not get an expert to help you out.

Concierge Services in Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower Experience Las Vegas

The  Eiffel Tower Experience at The Paris in Las Vegas is an attraction you can’t miss.  When you visit the Las Vegas strip the one thing you notice is The Eiffel Tower. You can travel up to the 460 ft.-high observation deck atop the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower for amazing views of Las Vegas.  The observation deck give you great views of the strip in all directions and an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains.

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas

The observation tower at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris in Las Vegas is located on the 46th floor. You are whisked up there on a quick ride in a glass elevator. Once at the top spend as much time as you like taking in the sights.  The Observation Tower is one of those attractions that doesn’t seem to want to get you in and out in a hurry.

Note that you will be viewing through a wire cage that surrounds the deck. They do have ample view ports or cut outs in the cage so you can grab photos or even get a clear view. When you leave they wait for a full elevator to take you down so it may be a small wait. There is also no washroom so take that into account.

We suggest the Night Time as the best to go as the lights are fantastic and the view of the fountains are top notch.

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas

You will find the entry for the tower on the casino floor at The Paris. It is a small souvenir store where you can buy shirts, mugs, key chains and about everything else. You can also purchase your tickets but lets talk more about that.

Website: Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
Address: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours:  Monday –  Friday 9:30 am – 12:30 am & Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 am

Discounted Tickets for Eiffel Tower Experience

There are ticket deals for the Eiffel Tower Observation deck in Las Vegas but you have to do some digging. Groupon and Travel Zoo regularly have discounted tickets for packages. These have been the two reliable resources to find discounted tickets. It is rumored that you get a free pass on your birthday but that seems hit and miss. If you are staying at a CET property you could ask the Total Rewards or concierge if they have any discounts.

Night Time Views from The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas

Eiffel Tower Las Vegas Paris

Hopefully our little guide will get you set for your trip to the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. We have yet to visit the Eiffel Tower Restaurant for a drink but it is on our list of things to do. Make sure you see our Las Vegas Attractions page for more great places to visit while in Las Vegas.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign Guide

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign is one the of most recognized symbols you will see in Las Vegas. The symbol of the Las Vegas Sign is everywhere from shirts, hats, key chains and coffee mugs. No Vegas vacation would be complete without a visit to the famous Las Vegas Sign. It is one of the many free attractions on the Las Vegas strip that is worth a visit. Lets talk about visiting the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

Getting to The Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Getting the the Las Vegas Sign takes some work as it is not located at the far south end of the strip. Just south of The Mandalay Bay.  You have several options to get to the sign which include walking, bus or driving. The sign is located at 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Walking to The Las Vegas Sign

Walking to the Vegas Sign is an easy option but we would only recommend it if the weather is cool. Google Maps tracks it as a 16 minutes from inside The Mandalay Bay. If the weather is hot as it is in Vegas in the summer you might want to pass on walking.

The walk is fairly flat so that it should be easy for mostly everyone to make. You also pass by a police station which makes the day time walk safe. I personally would not be making the walk at night. We would also recommend bringing a bottle of water for the walk as there are no shops or stores along the way.

Taking the RTC Bus to The Las Vegas Sign

Using the The Deuce bus in Las Vegas is probably the preferred method to the visit the Las Vegas sign.  The buses in Las Vegas hit each stop every 15 minutes making it easy to use as transportation. Passes are as low as $8 for 24 hour access and can be purchased at vending booths located at every stop. You can see the bus stops and routers on the RTC Routes website. When we visited the sign the stop was just slightly past the sign but we do note that they are showing it an official stop now on both sides of the road.

Driving to the Las Vegas Sign

Driving is certainly an option if you have a car while in Las Vegas. It’s a very simple drive right the strip. Parking is free at the sign. It is very easy to get in and out of.

Taking  Pictures at the Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Taking photos at the Las Vegas sign is 100% free. You will more than likely find that there is a person there offering to take photos for a fee. This person is not affiliated with the City of Las Vegas or the Las Vegas Sign in any way. You do not have to pay this person to take your photo. That being said the girl that was there when we visited took amazing photos. Having her take the photo was an easy way for us to get photos of the pair of us at the sign. So we tipped her a few dollars and were happy with our photos. Of course you can always ask another visitor to take your photo if you like.

Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Las Vegas Sign Souvenirs

As we previously mentioned, there are no shops or stores at the sign location. Don’t worry you won’t have a hard time finding sign souvenirs in Las Vegas. Every store or shop that you visit in town will have some type of memento with the sign on it. If you looking to add to your shot glass or fridge magnet collection you will find them at any Walgreen’s, CVS or Casino store.

We have reviewed how to get to the Las Vegas Sign and taking photos at the sign. Having a few photos of the Fabulous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign is a perfect keepsake to remember your Vegas Vacation. If you are looking for other attractions see our Fun and Free Things to Do on the Las Vegas Strip post.

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts in Las Vegas has begun the process of phasing out plastic straws at it’s resorts. The  company has dubbed the campaign “The Straw Reduction Initiative”. The initiative began earlier this week at The Aria and Mandalay Bay Resorts. The company estimated that it was using 250,000 per day, and about 100 million per year. Plastic straws are bad for the environment as they take a couple of hundred years to breakdown. MGM has stated that this is a green initiative and not a cost cutting measure as many on social media are stating.

Plastic Straws Phased Out at MGM Resorts
Photo by Dean Hochman

Visitors can still get a plastic straw if they ask for one. They are no longer going to be just given out as they have in the past. So no worries, if you require a straw in Las Vegas  you can still get one. They will still be handing them out with frozen drinks and to go cups. Restaurants and stores such as Starbucks within the resorts are still handing out straws as well.

Reusable Plastic Straws

The phasing out of plastic straws in something that is not localized to Vegas. There will be more and more companies ditching plastic straws over the next few years. As stated it’s good for the environment and it saves them money. Like many people that bring their reusable coffee mug in for a fill up we will be using reusable straws in the future. You can already buy a number of different options on Amazon. You can purchase inexpensive plastic straws, steel straws and a number of different types of collapsible reusable straws for easy carrying.