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My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

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My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

I've been back for a week already, here is the review I promised, finally! I appreciated all of the advice from this forum, so hopefully this will help some other newbies!

I'm not going to outline each minute of our trip but will instead mention some of the highlights, and the kinds of things people ask about. Note: we are more into sight-seeing and shows than clubbing, fine dining, gambling etc. so if that is your kind of trip, you may not find my review useful! The nice thing about Vegas, is it's whatever you want it to be.

1. GRAND CANYON $89.99 BUS TRIP WITH LOOKTOURS

This trip was pretty good, for the price. If you are able or want to pay much more and do an air trip, you might be happier, but if you are bound to a bus it was pretty good. The stops at the Canyon were at nice locations and gave a decent amount of time (just under an hour each). Warning: the "stop" at the hoover dam on this particular trip is only that, about 2 min. to take a photo, not even on the "good side". The lunch was just ok, but there are stops along the way to get snacks if you want. We got back just after 8pm.

2. FLAMINGO HOTEL

We arrived on a very busy night, checked in at airport which was great. We had requested a room high up with strip view, king bed, non smoking. We had to take a smoking room for 1st night but they moved us afterwards. Our 2nd room had a pool view which I actually preferred to the strip view, as the Flamingo pool area is so nice. The Flamingo was fine -- we had a good rate & I can't really complain. If you're looking for something "posh" or themed, it's not so much, but it's in a great location and has everything you need. We only ate at the buffet for breakfast, which was not bad, but not as good as Paris or Aladdin, which were fantastic, for the same price. In the Valet lobby there are some intersesting pictures & write-ups on the wall about the history of the hotel, if you are into that kind of thing.

3. MYSTERE (CIRQUE DU SOLEIL)

This was our first Cirque show & it was amazing. Definitely worth the price. We sat in the upper section and did not regret it. As mentioned many times on here, there is a lot going on all around you, not just on the stage, and if you want to have the best "view" it's not necessary to be close up. It's best to be central but also not necessary.

4. ELTON JOHN THE RED PIANO

The show could have been longer but was very very good. Elton sang a great selection of songs and the videos were interesting. I would have liked him to tell a few more "stories" but this was more of a "show" than a regular concert, so that's ok. We sat in the first row, pretty central, in the 2nd balcony (cheapest seats). Our view was not bad despite being high up, except the very top of the video screen was cut off. I would think that if you can afford to pay the price to sit in the first few rows, it likely makes the show that much better, but I wasn't willing to pay that much.

5. SECOND CITY COMEDY AT FLAMINGO

Very funny but again could have been longer. Worth the price if you get the 2-for-1 tickets in the little magazine in the stand on the street. (Vegas Values?) If we'd paid full price I think I'd be disappointed. I would go back on the all-improv night -- the cast we saw were quite good at the improv, but only did improv for about 1/3 of the show.

6. PARIS & ALADDIN BREAKFAST BUFFETS

We only did buffets for breakfast, allowing us to skip lunch, as we were so full after each, we practically had to roll out. These two breakfast buffets were both delicious and had LOTS to choose from, for $12.95 each. I liked Paris best (mmm crepes) and my husband liked Aladdin best.

7. BELLAGIO FOUNTAIN SHOWS

I have to mention these because hubby and I were both blown away by how something that sounds so simple, is so amazing! We watched 4 of the "shows" and loved them all, especially the Chicago "All that Jazz" one. Also saw the Elton one from above, in the Paris Eiffel tower, which was neat to see. If/when we are back, will try to catch as many as possible.

8. EIFFEL TOWER AT PARIS HOTEL

Went up at night, line wasn't too long, amazing view & actually was able to get some good photos. $2 coupon in one of the little free magazines. Glad we did this.

9. FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE

To be honest we found the laser shows kind of cheesy. I think kids would enjoy them. We were more interested in the "Neon Museum" pieces along the street -- old neon signs that were true "vintage Vegas", with explanations of where they came from. (like the old "lamp" from the Aladdin) Cool. Also found good cheap souvenirs here (best prices were at the ABC store).

10. MANHATTAN EXPRESS ROLLER COASTER AT NYNY

Cool & fun but we got stuck at the very back, so it was kind of bumpy. If I were to do it again, I'd wait until I could be closer to the front. Note: $4 off coupon in the free Showbiz magazine.

11. GAMBLING

We did not do much -- mostly slots and the guys tried some black jack. My best was winning $40 on $2 roulette at Fitzgerald's on Fremont. Fun! And I'm Canadian, so after exchange that's $50! woo hoo!

12. BAND AT INDIGO LOUNGE IN BALLY'S: "CAT DADDY"

If you want to see a good free show, this band was very good. They play blues, motown etc. and we were quite impressed. Most nights after 11pm I think. There is a signboard outside the lounge saying when they play.

That's probably long enough.... We did lots of other stuff but these are the highlights. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks again to all who offered advice in planning.

Happy travels!

Sherry

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1. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

Thanks Sherry, I enjoyed reading your report and am glad you had a good time.

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2. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

Thanks for taking the time to post. We were at the Flamingo for our first time (I usually stay downtown) from April 3-8th. I agree about the buffet--okay. We did eat there one evening and the price was around $17/person. Luckily it was comped as it was overpriced. Thanks for the review of Elton John as he is next on "to do" list.

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3. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

I enjoyed reading your trip review! We are leaving next Wed. Staying at the Flamingo where my brother's wedding will be held in the gazebo. We have Mystere tickets for Thursday at 7:30. Glad to hear all seats are good as ours are in the upper section as well. I'm interested in seeing the Bellagio Fountain Shows - especially the Chicago one. Is there a schedule so we don't miss them? Also, did you eat at Margaritaville - isn't it right at the Flamingo? Did you have dinner at T.I. before Mystere?

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4. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

thanks nibbles, blackjackqueen & gracej, glad you enjoyed the review. Sorry so long. I figured the headings would help with scanning & skipping :)

Grace: sounds like the wedding will be very nice! Re fountains: Unfortunately there does not seem to be a schedule for the fountain shows -- on the Bellagio website you can see a list of all the songs, but not in any order. I think it's random. But you could always try to call the hotel in the morning & see if they can tell you what's on that night? No idea if they will, but it's worth a try.

Sorry, we didn't eat at Margaritaville or TI.... we saw the 10:30 Mystere so had eaten earlier in the evening (since we'd skipped lunch)

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5. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

Just bumping up my review.... I spent enought time writing it, I hope some people read it! :o)

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6. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

I'll bump it again. Enjoyed the report - good information.

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7. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

Hi Sherry

I've really enjoyed reading your trip report.

I'm particularly interested in your trip to the Grand Canyon. I thought I wouldn't get to see it as all the trips (air) are very expensive and we dont' really want to drive there. So hearing about your $90 trip gives me hope. Can you tell me where it leaves from, and can you be dropped off at your hotel afterwards?

I look forward to hearing more - if you have any photos that you could share perhaps you could 'photobucket' them?

Thanks

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8. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

I'm adding to my previous post: I've done a quick search for coach tours to the Grand Canyone but they are all 12 hour long and cost $150. Could you direct me (if possible) to the company you used if they have a website?

Thanks

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9. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

http://www.looktours.com/bus1.html

the bus trip is buy one get one free at the mo, they also have discounts on the air tours. i think we're gonna go with them - they've had good reviews on the forum.

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10. Re: My trip review - Flamingo, Elton, Mystere, LookTours canyon...

Thanks for the great review sherry. I will be at the flamingo in June. Just curious, did you try the pool? I thought VM or VHM said the pools are basically just wading pools and not really deep enough for swimming.

J