Flight - DH and I flew US Scareways nonstop leaving 8:35 pm and arriving @ 10 pm Vegas time. Flight was on time! Only complaint - very odd woman next to my hubby who removed her shoes during the flight and stuck her stinkers on the armrest of the seat in front of her. Her dirty feet were dangling into the aisle the entire time, rubbing on the unfortunate ones who walked by. YUK!! She was also a personal space invader.
Hotel - No wait at check in. Asked for an upgrade to a fountain view room. First we were told there was nothing available, but I mentioned we were celebrating on 20th anniversary, and ta-da, she found a room! The view was excellent, room was fine, and we were happy. We scored $199/night room rate thru the hotel reservations back in December. Overall, the hotel was great. Service was very good. Only thing I thought was bothersome was the fact that hookers were hanging out at the slots near the guest elevators in the back of the hotel.
Rental car - We decided to rent a car this time and it turned out to be a good idea. We rented an economy car from Alamo and picked it up at the rental car facility. The airport shuttle takes you right to the facility and it was pretty easy getting our car. It is right off the strip. The cost for 6/7 - 6/11 was $90. Driving isn't too bad if you avoid the strip during rush hour at night. We used the parallel roads and we had no problems. Just be careful of the jay walkers and crazy drivers. Returning the car was just as easy and quick. LV has free self parking and free valet everywhere, so you just tip the valet when leaving. We were able to do a lot more sight seeing and visit off strip casinos. It was worth it!
Food - breakfast was always at an off strip IHOP and once at the Bellagio breakfast buffet. The buffet was good.
Lunch - Margaritaville at Flamingo - decent, lots of food.
Dinner - N9NE @ Palms - excellent food (lobster bisque, iceberg wedge/bleu cheese, surf & turf), very expensive, some of the best service ever, atmosphere awful. Very loud music, seemed we were dining in a dance club.
Dinner - Wynn buffet, great food(shrimp cocktail, crab legs, prime rib), a little too expensive, nice atmosphere.
Dinner - Fusia @ Luxor. Good Sushi, excellent service, nice atmosphere, pretty expensive.
Activities/shows - Saw Wayne Brady from Whose Line Is It Anyway @ the Venetian. We had seats in the 2nd row. The show was funny, but he relies on audience members for material and this particular night was tough. The audience members he chose were not funny and didn't give him much material. Before the show started, everyone was asked to write down a title for a song that doesn't exist. I chose "Guts and Butts". At the end of the show he chose several titles and made up songs that went with existing tunes. He chose my title and sang it to the tune of Prince's Purple Rain. Very talented guy!
We also went to see Carrot Top @ Luxor. Hilarious show!! We laughed so hard. I didn't want the show to end. He still uses props, but also banters with the audience. Ladies - Carrot Top is hot - he has a great body and beautiful blue eyes. I could even handle the red hair!
We drove to Red Rock park and did a little hiking. This is an interesting place to check out if you have some time to kill. Not too far from the strip - maybe 12 miles. We stopped at the Red Rock Casino on the way back. Nice casino.
Gambling - We tried the following casinos: Bellagio, Caesars, Planet Hollywood, Palms, Venetian, Wynn, Flamingo, Bill's, Luxor, Mandalay, Paris, Ellis Island, Red Rock, Green Valley, Silverton, most casinos @ Fremont Street.
Best places for VP - Palms & Silverton. Hubby liked Black Jack tables at Ellis.
We didn't have much luck this trip, but we aren't real gamblers. I will return to Silverton on future trips. Green Valley is very nice also. Wouldn't mind staying there. Really nice employees at Green Valley.
Summary - Maybe I'm just getting old, but the fake boobs, sleezy women, drunk kids, and overall nastiness of Vegas was getting on my nerves. Hookers were everywhere. And, for the love of God, why do people bring their kids to Vegas? I left 3 at home, why don't the rest of you. While I was at Silverton, a father was chasing his two young sons through the casino for an hour. LEAVE THEM HOME - IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!!
Can't wait to return and try the VP at Silverton again.