I may have left the indulgent city of Las Vegas six years ago, yet my memories of Casino Hotels from this desert oasis remain vibrant in my memory.
So far I’ve only made one trip to Nevada yet on leaving Las Vegas I had an incling I would be back again sometime to explore more amongst this casino group of hotels. Indeed it is the hotels which are a big draw for many even if you are not there to gamble.
When I was based in Saudi Arabia I remember discussing a potential trip to Vegas and this drew excited interest from one of the locals. I asked him why he liked the place so much, after all due to his religion (Islam) he was not allowed to gamble or drink alcohol. His response was simple and said with a smile “The hotels!”
This guy loved the novelty of the hotels and the diversity they offered in Vegas which I soon explored.
On my only trip to date, my friend and I stayed in the Luxor hotel. With a clear Egyptian theme it was built with an external shape of a pyramid. There was also a large Sphinx outside and we could even see the Sphinx from our bedroom window.
With tales of Knights of the Round Table and other medieval times the Excalibur really adopts the character of the time. For me this was the most impressive exterior as it was styled on the castle of Camelot. (No, not Spamalot or quite anything of a Monty Python nature.) It was the most striking exterior for me and seemed like a fairytale wonder land.
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Adopting the title of the song from a city that never sleeps this seems appropriate for the casino group of hotels which pump oxygen into the gaming floors to stop you feeling tired. The hotel named after the great city sums up the element of fun with a roller coaster running inside and outside. Thankfully there is little chance of rain so it is great fun to go for a ride.
Not only is the MGM Grand famous as a stalwart Casino Hotel it is also a venue often in the limelight for other reasons. It is frequently mentioned as the venue for world title fights in various divisions of Boxing.
Violence also has been a feature in another guise for this hotel. Adopting the MGM logo of a lion, the venue opened a lion enclosure in 1999 inside the hotel. Visitors could watch lions roaming around and see feeding times. Unfortunately the occasional attack from a lion on a handler occurred (a recent incident was recorded and broadcast on You Tube in 2010).
More recently this lion enclosure was closed. This was cited as part of a major renovation project.
Opened in 1999 the Paris hotel stands out on the skyline as you look down the famous Las Vegas strip. Styled with a large replica of the Eiffel Tower the Paris hotel is easy to find. With lots of drink waitresses walking around in sexy French style outfits there is a lot of appeal about this place.
In keeping with the European theme, the Venetian holds true to Italian style and one of the countries most famous cities. With decorated ceilings much like the Sistine Chapel in Rome and canals with gondolas you’ll really feel as though you are there.
High profile exposure in the recent re-make of the Ocean’s Eleven film, The Bellagio is a real high rollers hotel. Full of fancy rooms with fabulous décor this place is true high class. The outside is very appealing too with a frequent jumping fountains water show which is spectacular in the night lights.
I also took advantage of the large sports betting area inside the casino. The large viewing theatre had numerous large screens showing live sporting events from all around the world.
Of course going to Las Vegas is not all about the hotels and gambling. There are so many shows ranging from circus acts to comedy and music, you’ll be spoilt for choice. When I visited we saw The Blue Man Group at The Venetian and it was a highly entertaining and funny show.
There is so much variety to Las Vegas holidays that every adult should find something to enjoy. Whether exploring the Grand Canyon, watching live sporting events, a show or just blowing that weekly wage on the gambling tables. You are sure to be leaving Las Vegas with great memories of the casino hotels and much more.