See that? It’s a picture of Hoover Dam (or at least the bridge over the gorge). Last weekend Scott and I took a little getaway trip to Las Vegas. We had some free tickets on Southwest (which recently started flying direct to Las Vegas from Dallas) and were able to score a great deal at a new hotel on the Strip. My mom agreed to watch the girls and we were off!
Three nights of no bedtime! Three mornings of sleeping in! Many meals where I didn’t have to cut up anyone else’s food! And hot coffee! These are the things that a parent of wee ones looks forward to on a weekend off–our first getaway since before Evie was born.
We stayed at the new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. This hotel is at the very northern part of the strip (close to the Stratosphere) and quite far from the other casinos. Thankfully it is directly connected to the Monorail so we actually spent very little time at the hotel. The price was certainly right–the hotel just opened a few months ago so is running great deals and upgrades–but neither of us enjoyed the feel of the hotel or casino. The SLS was renovated from The Sahara, but if I understand correctly the shell of the hotel remained intact. While the beds were comfortable and the shower was amazing (according to Scott), the rest of the room felt meh. Looks cool enough from the picture–the wall decorations are actually just giant hung sheets of material.
The hallway leading up to the room was…I don’t even have words for this. The whole hotel just felt weird. I hate to write such a negative response to a place we stayed (it was clean at least), but it really dampened our time there. The casino floor was incredibly small, the hotel was oddly decorated (maybe we just aren’t hip enough to understand), and we didn’t feel transported or wowed. When one goes to Vegas, you expect to be amazed. Which we were. Everytime we left the hotel (Paris is my favorite, though we didn’t make it to the newer or more luxury type hotels in the middle of the strip).
However. I found a Travelzoo deal for a massage and facial at the SLS Ciel Spa and both services were ahhhhhmazing. This is me, totally blissed out post treatment. Totally totally blissed out.
Ok, besides the rain one day, I’ll move on to happier news. We had a blast in Vegas! Even though we aren’t terribly big drinkers nor gamblers. We did spend quite a bit of time at the penny slots, having fun seeing how long our $5 could last us (sometimes quite a long time!).
I bet if I ask Scott his highlight of the trip (I won’t because then he’ll critique everything I’ve written), he would say The Blue Man Group. We saw this zany trio on our first full night in town. It was an unexpected and entertaining show–if a bit loud at times. And kind of awkward. But fun. And it made Scott laugh. So.
The below Blue Men are not real. But they had me fooled for a while. I might have had to poke one in the eye just to make sure. I was convinced he would jump at me!
On our second day in Vegas we headed to the Classic Car Collection at the LINQ hotel. The collection was really neat–lots and lots of old cars and even some famously owned ones (I was partial to Jayne Mansfield’s pink car). Definitely worth checking out if you are a car enthusiast. Plus it gives you a break from the gaming floors if you aren’t a big gambler. Obviously from our $5 jaunts, we are not big gamblers and can feel a bit lost during the day while in Vegas.
The night we went to see Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil at the New York, New York Casino. Poor Scott hated this show, even though he was a good sport by not letting me know that until after we’d left the theater. I knew that the show was going to be a bit sexy, a bit risque (perhaps both of those terms are slight understatements), but apparently I had not warned Scott well enough–to be fair, I did give him a choice between Cirque du Soleil shows and that’s what he picked (I even showed him some video clips). Ahem. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend it if you aren’t sexually timid. Wink wink.
Because of the cold and the rain we didn’t spend too much time waltzing up and down the strip. We haunted Paris Casino for the food and Bally’s for the penny slots. We really should brush up on our “real” gambling since slots have the absolute worst odds in Vegas, but my personal highlight was when I spent over an hour and a half playing $20 to only end up losing 70 cents–and only because I wasn’t paying attention to my betting amount when I walked away.
Who am I kidding? The real highlight was being able to sleep in as late as we wanted. Or not having to share any of my food with littles. It’s a toss up.
So if we don’t gamble, what do we do in Vegas? EAT!!! We ate noodles and dumplings at Paris, Tex-Mex at New York New York, Italian at the MGM, pizza at Paris.
And breakfast. The below is the best part of our stay at the SLS Las Vegas. Except apparently the day we left is also the last day this restaurant was open. The Griddle Cafe is fairly well known in Los Angeles and it was certainly a yummy treat in Vegas.
Don’t worry–not all of the below food is from one trip. We ate there all three mornings in Vegas.
But listen. Pancakes filled with strawberries, champagne, and chocolate? French pressed coffee at each table (it was a first for me and it was a bit strong for my taste but pleasingly unbitter). Scott usually opted for the ham and eggs (you can barely see it in the middle picture…obviously I was more enamored with my pancakes). Whole grain toast with cream cheese (my favorite thing I ate all trip). Thick slices of delicious French Toast. Eggs Benedict with ham steak and stuffed potato skins. I mean holy cow you guys.
So if you’re ever in…Hollywood…check out The Griddle Cafe. Good stuff.
And the rest? Well, that stays in Vegas. Just kidding. It was a great trip. Very relaxing. Loads of fun. But those kiddie hugs when we returned home? That’s where my heart is.
Have you been to Vegas? What’s your favorite thing to do there?
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