Las Vegas (Nevada) Hotels and Apartments
Las Vegas (Nevada) Overview
Big, bold and brash
Las Vegas, the town of excess where everything is big, bold and brash. Whether you are in town to bring the house down, party non-stop or shop ‘til you drop, Sin City will take your best shot and keep coming back for more. The first gaming license was awarded by the State of Nevada in 1931 and the city has never looked back. The downtown, mob ruled Las Vegas of the 1960’s is now a tourist attraction in its own right with visitors flocking to see the covered walkways of the Freemont Street Experience. The modern resort of Las Vegas is centred on a four mile strip of the Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as ‘The Strip’.
Hit the Strip
From the Mandalay Bay resort, complete with Shark Reef Aquarium, in the south up to the Stratosphere Tower Hotel and Casino in the north the Strip is lined with huge resort hotels and casinos as well as bars and clubs. The majority of the entertainment on offer on the Strip is contained within the imposing hotels. From the casinos to the bars, clubs and all you can eat buffets you could probably spend all your time in one hotel if you chose to. The landmark venues such as Caesars Palace, The Venetian and the MGM Grand are all worth visiting. Las Vegas, like New York, can feel like a film set as you recognise hotels that featured in your favourite movies.
The natural wonder of the Grand Canyon
The Strip and surrounding area now displays a more refined edge with a good range of high end restaurants and more exclusive bars competing for your custom alongside the mainstream resort hotels. Entertainment is a 24 hour offering and the bars, clubs and after parties will keep you partying long after bed time. The casinos are a great experience even if you’re not a gambler. It’s great to watch the high rollers go to work in their attempts to win back the previous night’s losses. If the city gets too much for you, head east and take in the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon, approximately 2.5 hours away by car.
Things to do in Las Vegas
Eat and drink in Las Vegas
Like everything else in Las Vegas, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink. Visitors on a budget might enjoy the bulging all you can eat buffet at Caesars Palace. Quality has pushed quantity to one side in recent times as Las Vegas seeks to improve the dining experience but with over 500 separate dishes on the menu at one time you are sure to get your money’s worth. For a meal with a view. Head to ‘The Top of the World’ at the Stratosphere Tower hotel. Not only is the restaurant 800 metres up in the air but the whole restaurant revolves 360° once an hour. The bars come in all shapes and sizes from classic sports bars to cocktail bars and themed bars.
Las Vegas nightlife
Whatever you want, Las Vegas can provide. The Strip is busy with pool bars, rooftop bars, clubs, strip clubs, sophisticated lounges, speakeasies and dive bars full of hipsters. You don’t have to look too far or in some circumstances even walk too far to find the right bar. Some of the larger hotels have as many as 15 different bars under one roof. Hit the popular clubs like Chateau at the Paris Las Vegas and the Hyde Bellagio. It is like no experience you have ever had.
Shopping in Las Vegas
Shopping in Las Vegas is seen as the only real way to leave with something to show for your money. Your shopping experience in Las Vegas may be dictated by your budget. At the top end, the Strip is home to six authorised Rolex dealers as well as several hotels that can organise your next high performance sports car. For mere mortals, the Strip and surrounding area has a great range of shopping malls offering pretty much everything you think you might want or need. The most popular are the Miracle Mile, Planet Hollywood and The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. An increasingly popular destination for more independent stores and boutiques is the Downtown Container Park. Home to local artists and bohemian types. The homes and stores are constructed from recycled shipping containers. It is a great experience and is a stark contrast to the bright lights and noise of the Strip.
Things to see in Las Vegas
There are some things you have to do on your fist visit to Las Vegas. Number one is have your picture taken in front of the iconic ‘Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas’ sign on Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Mandalay Bay resort. Next, to help get some sense of the landscape, head to the sky. A hot air balloon ride or a trip 550ft up in the ‘High Roller’ will give you an incredible view of the Strip below and the widespread city and Mojave desert beyond that. You can then have some fun without spending money which is a rarity in this city. Go and admire the wide range of ocean life on show at the Silverton Hotel Aquarium or the incredible Fountains of Bellagio. For an amazing light and sound show, head downtown and take in the Freemont Street Experience. The landmark street has a $70 million light canopy suspended over it with a 540,000 watt surround sound system.
Mandarin Bar – Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Great views, classy surroundings and a great range of cocktails make this one of the most popular bars on the Strip. The bar food is excellent and the service is relaxed but efficient.
Andiamo Italian Steakhouse
Head downtown and sample some of the best steak in Las Vegas. The restaurant has an authentic Italian feel with a touch of class. The waiters in white jackets will take care of your every need and the large lumps of beef are cooked to perfection. There’s a great wine list and nearby Freemont Street is waiting for you after dinner.
Visit the Mob Museum
Brush up on your mobster history and learn how Sin City was run by the gangsters of the 1960s. This downtown museum is housed in a former courthouse appropriately enough. Walk through the history of the mob, the way they influenced life in Las Vegas and their ultimate downfall.
· Currency – US Dollar
· Time Zone – GMT - (8)
· Travel Time – Las Vegas (LAS) - 10 hours 45 minutes (London)
· Transfer Time – 20 minutes (Taxi)