Las Vegas is a magical place. It is strange, unusual, and of all things, it is grand. Nothing in Vegas is subtle, and we expect nothing less. The shows are extravagant, the restaurants are world-class, the shopping is second to none, and the hotels defy the imagination. We teamed up with our friends at GOGO WorldWide Vacations to put together a Beginners Guide on what to know before you start planning your trip to Vegas.
Where to Stay
Many would argue that in Vegas, it’s all about location, location, location. When a walk from one end of the Strip to the other can cost you upwards of one hour, it’s difficult to disagree. There’s something to be said for being in the heart of the action. For most, that centre is the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Blvd. Here lies Bally’s Las Vegas.
With the Bellagio fountains on one side, and the Eiffel tower on the other, this corner is arguably THE place to be on the Strip. The hotel is a real gem in this area. With rooms ranging from bargain Indigo rooms, to 3400 square foot Penthouses, this hotel can cater to all walks of life. With a new BLT Steakhouse opening in 2014, adding to its already diverse range of dining options, Bally’s remains a top notch address to hang your hat for those few days on the Strip.
Just up the street from Bally’s is a colossal complex that breathes royalty and opulence. It is an iconic structure in the centre of Las Vegas, and for many, it is the epitome of luxury in a city of excess. When we think of Las Vegas, many of us think: Caesar’s Palace. With movies such as Rain Man and the Hangover, this hotel has become symbolic with the lavish Vegas lifestyle and experience. The resort’s room offerings range from simple yet elegant rooms for the more frugal client, to 10 000 square foot villas for that ultra luxurious experience.
Where to Eat
Looking for a unique place to eat? With the involvement of renowned chefs including Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay, Michel Richard, Bobby Flay and Bryan Ogden, Caesar’s Palace has become the place to see and be seen while enjoying a spectacular meal or that early evening cocktail.
Where to Go
Once the hotel is booked and the dinner reserved, the cherry on top of every Vegas escape is the entertainment. The attention of Vegas has slowly shifted over the years, from the poker tables, to the astounding hotels that house them. Few brands have grabbed this attention better than Caesar’s Entertainment. Caesar’s Palace has hosted such iconic acts as Diana Ross and David Copperfield. Currently Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart have all found a home there and can be seen entertaining thousands every night.
When all is said and done, any trip to Las Vegas is going to be an exciting one. There is such an abundance of stimuli; it can be hard to choose the right hotel, the right room, the right restaurant. Often, it’s the tried and true pillars of Las Vegas that will make for an extraordinary getaway.