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Viva Las Vegas

After checking out a few more places, we have determined that the MGM Buffet is by far and away the most expensive on the Strip.

Sunday night the Lion Habitat at MGM has the male lions brought in (usually they have females) - these were a pair of two-year-old boys who were full of playful and romped around their habitat to the delight of the crowds like a pair of house cats, tossing their toys around and chasing each other and generally behaving like a couple of, well, adorable little kitties. It was totally of the cute, but I was never in a good place for pictures - I got a few okay shots, I'll have to see how they download.

The best thing about the gigantic, sprawling icebox which is MGM is we always win something - Mom got something I thought I'd never see, three Double Diamonds hit. She won $1,600. Of course, she hasn't hit anything big SINCE, but it was totally cool. I haven't won diddly, but we're having a good time.

Why is it that no matter when we come, SOMETHING is under renovation? The Spa/fitness center here at the Mirage is closed - fortunately, the Mirage has sister-hotel Treasure Island (ti, bleah) and their spa and fitness center is open to Mirage guests, so we will go there. MGM's spa is more expensive, too (even more than the Bellagio), but it's a very nice one. We're about to go to Treasure Island, we'll have to see how it is.

The vending machines here have Diet Coke with Lime. I'm happy, even paying $3 a bottle - it's either that or go out into the muggy heat (big monsoon storm yesterday) and walk a half mile or more to get them for $1.50 at Walgreens or the ABC Store in the mall.

I REALLY need to do Vegas with friends rather than Mom. I love mom, but there are just things she doesn't want to do, like the roller coaster at New York New York. (And she doesn't want to see Spamalot!, either....)



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Jul. 31st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
When I stayed with my mom, we ate at the MGM buffet and I didn't think it was very good. I thought the Aladdin's Buffet was WAY better. Just WAY better and had some of the best food hands down. But then again, this was about two years ago. My info is old.
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, the food was okay, but it was $64 for two - appalling! But today we ate at the Treasure Island buffet, $30 for two, and it was absolutely MAGNIFICENT. Best food at a buffet I think I've ever had.

There is no Aladdin anymore, it's the Planet Hollywood Hotel/Casino...

A sad loss to Vegas.
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
We have discussed going to Vegas again--in the winter, this time--without a bunch of relatives and pseudo relatives and a wedding.

The MGM is one of the hotels I was thinking of trying next time.
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
It's huge and hard to get around in, but the rooms are nice. It's far more expensive in almost every aspect than the rest of the Strip, though (and I'm including the Bellagio here).

There are lions. I always recommend lions.

I highly recommend the Mirage for staying in. Centrally located, average-expensive, plenty of good restaurants (the buffet at Treasure Island is amazing), right next to the Fashion Square mall on one side and Caesars Forums on the other, across from the Venetian. The Bellagio is a slightly better overall hotel, also a nice location (the other side of Caesars), best spa on the Strip.
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
I've never been to Vegas, but if/when I go, I'm so going to ride that roller coaster. (I'm a firm believer in riding any roller coaster that crosses my path.) Have fun, win big and eat well. :-)
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
That's why I want to come with friends! I want to ride it, but it's less fun riding alone...

When you come out this way, we should all go together! *bounce*

Aug. 1st, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes! And mark my words, I will get out your way one of these days.
Aug. 5th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
That would be SO much fun!!! *bounce bounce bounce*
Aug. 1st, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
i'd have done Spamalot and the roller coaster with you
Aug. 2nd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Aug. 2nd, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
I would love the coaster ride! And Spamalot!, and Cirque de Soliel, and the Blue Man Group... I don't know when I'll be able to take a vacation, though, because the other tech editor decided to quit and move to Dubai to be with her husband. Understandable, but that means we need a tech editor.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, see! That's why I need to get up here with buddies. Although Mom's been on a shopping tear this time out!

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