Thursday, September 11, 2008

Viva Las Vegas

OK, so it's been awhile since I went to Vegas, but I absolutely have to share some of the photos of where we stayed, etc.

Somehow, I tend to manage to find pretty good hotel deals, which means I can stay at decent places for not exorbitant rates. For example, this time we stayed at Wynn for less than $150/night excluding taxes and around $170 all in. This included full access to the pool, where they had lovely complimentary iced water, as well as their health club (yeah, didn't make it in there) and everything else.

From the moment you walk in, you know this is going to be a nice hotel. I love the promenade of trees with little lights on them. It's so lovely and bright and open. And yes, I liked the floors, too. Marble, I think?

The pool totally rocked. It was nicer than honestly any other pool I've seen. This was only the first "pool" part. It's large enough that the entire pool doesn't fit in my viewfinder at one time.

It was so big that it needed bridges to get from one side to the other in the "river" part of it.

Now I've been places where they had cabanas before. The hotel we stay at in Florida has them and charges around $50 per day for them. I wouldn't pay that, but I'm cheap.

I finally had to ask about these cabanas. They don't include any of the food or drink, although you do have waitstaff at your disposal. Yeah. $300 per day, from 9am to 5pm. That's about twice what I paid for my whole room. And really, if I'm paying that much, I don't want to be time restricted and be kicked out at 5!

But ummmm, they are pretty nice!

The pool also had a second pool. This was the European style pool. I am not allowed to take pictures (see the sign), but the sign alone cracked me up. And yes, they had floating gaming tables in the pool. Because you'd hate to lose out on gambling time while lounging at the pool, right?

Our room was really nice.

And proof that it was really nice? They put a towel at the side of the bed. Now for those of you who aren't as ummm particular as me, you may not get this. I hate to have my feet touch the floor in a hotel. I walk around in either socks or shoes the entire time I'm there. And before bed, you step out of slippers and feet touch the floor, ditto with when you first get up in the morning. Not at Wynn!

And yes, I'm all about the bathrooms in hotels. I really liked this one, although -- no surprise -- I refuse to take a bath in a hotel bathtub. YUCK! I did really like the design of the shower next to the tub there and am remembering this one for when I remodel our master bath, which desperately needs to be done.

We did make our way outside the hotels. And what's Vegas without a little sex? Unfortunately(?) it wasn't yet open. But soon. They were hiring!

We also went to see a few shows while there, in addition to my lounging by the pool and watching gambling.

The first night, we saw Tony & Tina's Wedding. I can now say that I've seen it and don't need to go again. I'll leave it at that, and draw your own conclusions.

OK, OK. I'll share pictures of my husband (in the green shirt) who got tapped to be the cowboy in YMCA during the reception. He was a little too into it, if you know what I mean....

We also saw two other shows. The first was Zumanity, a "Cirque does showgirls" kind of show. It was definitely interesting, but nowhere near one of my favorites. Of the ones I've seen in Vegas, Mystere is still far and away my favorite. (And yes, I've seen O.) My friend summed up Zumanity the best: It's too tame for the prurient among us and too racy for the prudes. No one's satisfied.

The last night before we left, I got discounted tickets in the second row to see Le Reve. (See those bargain hunting skills?) That show rocked. I'd go back to see it in a heartbeat. It was really compelling and very fast paced. It was unique in a world where Cirque tricks have almost rote. It is almost like what O could have been but isn't. I'd definitely recommend that one.

And with that, I'll end my travelogue and return you to your regularly scheduled blogcast.


Irene September 11, 2008 at 7:47 PM  

Sounds like a great time! And boy, what an incredible hotel!

I went to Vegas once, for a trade show, and hated it. Of course, we stayed at the hotel where the show was..The Tropicana. Yuck. Old, disgusting, cheesy, and yes, I kept my shoes on.

I often think I should try Vegas again, with my husband, and stay somewhere nicer.

Steph September 11, 2008 at 7:56 PM  

Oh I could see where you and I would have a good time in Vegas, thanks for the tour! And those cabanas rock!!!!

Karen September 11, 2008 at 9:15 PM  

Vegas gives me the heebie-jeebies. I'm just sayin.

Kellan September 11, 2008 at 9:45 PM  

What a great hotel - what a deal - I loved the pool - beautiful place! Looks like a blast!

Take care - Kellan

~~tonya~~ September 11, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

I hope to visit there some day. My parents love it there.

Cookie September 12, 2008 at 12:34 AM  

I am soooo jealous! I've always wanted to go to Vegas and I've never been. Why wasn't I invited????

Angela September 12, 2008 at 5:13 PM  

Love the pics! So glad you guys had fun. We went in Dec 06 and saw Mystere, which I loved. We had front row seats and one of our party got pulled into the show. It was really cute. We drove past the Wynn but never made it in - it looked beautiful though!

Angie's Spot September 18, 2008 at 6:03 PM  

I've always wanted to know what Zumanity was like and a review on The Wynn. Thanks! I definitely know who to consult when I start planning the Vegas trip. LOL!

Michelle September 18, 2008 at 7:41 PM  

Irene - The hotel was incredible. That's a great descriptor for it. I do understand your distaste for the Tropicana. That's not a hotel I've managed to stay at yet. The Four Queens though... that I had to stay at once for work. $29/night if that tells you anything.

Steph - Hey, next time you're planning a trip, let me know ;) And maybe if I split the $300 cabana 7 ways I'd be ok with spending the money!

Karen - Really? What don't you like about Vegas?

Kellan - Yep, great hotel and deal. I definitely wouldn't have been staying there without it! Tons of fun.

Tonya - It's great. Definitely make it a point to go at least once. Just don't stay too long!

Angela - Mystere is definitely my favorite. I may actually see it again the next time I go, as I don't remember a lot of it now. Fun fun to get pulled into the show!

Angie - Yep, come straight to me. I've definitely been there often enough! The friend we went with this time LOVES it, and since he's in Seattle, it's a convenient meeting place for us.

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