We stayed at the Aladdin from July 8-11 (a nice quick vacation from Southern California) and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We got a great deal through LVTB (Las Vegas Tourist Bureau) and that made our decision on whether to stay there or not. Our first time there, we read some reviews on this website in anticipation of our trip and were quite excited.
First things first, make sure to take advantage of the COMPLIMENTARY valet. It'll cost you a couple of bucks tip when picking up your car, but we made the mistake of self parking the first night and realized that we had to almost hitchhike through the whole casino to get to check-in. We looked pretty funny with all our bags wandering through the casino looking for checkin. We were sure to use the valet after that fiasco.
Checkin was fairly smooth - we usually try and upgrade for the price of a smile, but they were already ready with a list of upgrade options and were pretty stern about not upgrading without the extra fee. Being a miser like I am, I was not too happy about it, but my husband was clearly excited about upgrading to the "Fountainview Room" (yes, view of the Bellagio Fountains) for $30 extra per night. We were on the 31st Floor and yes, the view was definitely worth it if you are going to spend any time in your room at all. One night we even prepared cocktails in the room and pulled the chair over to the window just to watch the fountains for an hour or so. One other note, the Aladdin provides an internet terminal in all the rooms for only $10 per day - just don't make the mistake we did and assume it's a regular computer - we couldn't download Instant Messenger or any ICA clients to check our work webmail - make sure you are only surfing because that is all you will get.
Once we figured out how to use the valet, navigating the hotel/casino was definitely pretty easy. Our time in the casino walking from here to there was pretty limited and as we were there to party and pig out on buffets and not gamble, this was a plus. We don't smoke, so the limited time in the casino was also a plus in that we didn't smell like cigarettes by the time we hit the hay every night.
Ate at the Spice Market Buffet the first night and was very impressed. We are on the Atkins diet and there were so many beef/chicken/seafood dishes that were so yummy, we had no problems staying on our diet and loved every minute of it.
We also ate at the Commanders Palace - there in the Aladdin. An upscale, creole dining experience - expensive, but worth it if you have the time and money. My husband had the Allegator cordon bleu for appetizer and Crab Cakes for main dish - while I had the "Creole Favorites" (one price for the specials of the kitchen which in my case was the Turtle Soup for appetizer, Pecan Crusted Whitefish for dinner and Bread Pudding (to die for) for dessert - all for $39). My husband also had two glasses of fairly inexpensive wine and our total for food, tax and tip was right around $150. I don't even like bread pudding but fell in love with this concoction - try it if you go!!
We also did the Dinner, Show, Drinks and Attraction package at the Stratosphere one of the days for entertainment. There is a advertisement for it in several of the coupon books circulating throughout town - quick summary is $44 per person for Stratosphere's Courtyard Buffet, tix to American Superstars show, two drinks, and tix to top of Stratosphere Tower. We spent most of the day there and had a great time. (Tip - when going up the Stratosphere tower, stop off at floor 107 (the bar) and grab a Strip-view table and enjoy a few cocktails with the most gorgeous view of the strip - afterwards, head up a few more floors to the top and enjoy watching people freak out on the rides that sit on top of this tower).
Only one other quick note - we did the Bally's Sterling Brunch on Sunday and were blown away. For us, this was the best buffet on the strip for quality food. Expensive at $58 per person, it was worth every penny for us as we went away stuffed off of broiled lobster, mushroom ravioli, belgian waffles with all the fixings, plenty of peeled shrimp prepared in several ways, sushi with caviar, full salad bar, mustard-crusted lamb, cedar-plank smoked salmon, bananas foster station, full omelette station, much much more, and all the good-grade champagne we could muster. The desserts were also heavenly and the best we've tasted at a buffet in years. The amazing service also was a perk and we tipped generously. Full price for two - food, tax, tip came right around $150. I wasn't expecting to do two expensive meals this trip, but it was worth it. In the future however, this Sterling Buffet will be our expensive meal for the full trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience celebrity first hand at the "House that Fame Built" - Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino. With star-worthy accommodations and an upscale atmosphere, you never know who you might see. Dine in style at Gordon Ramsay BurGR Las Vegas, the acclaimed chef’s latest Las Vegas hotspot; at Koi, where Japanese tradition meets California innovation, or at Strip House Las Vegas, the critically acclaimed NYC-based steakhouse. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, stop by the Spice Market Buffet, featuring fare from around the world, or at Ringer, where you can feast on wings and tenders, all-beef sliders, New York-style pizza and waffle fries while watching and wagering on your favorite games. On the casino floor, Heart Bar and The Pleasure Pit ensure non-stop excitement each with their own brand of fun. You can also discover the latest trends at the Miracle Mile Shops or socialize and sunbathe at the Planet Hollywood pool, home to dozens of cabanas and the only Las Vegas pool with a FlowRider wave machine. For those who’d rather relax indoors, the Spa by Mandara hosts a bevy of rejuvenating services in a calm, serene setting. ... more less
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