Last weekend Zen-Den and I went to Las Vegas, a four-hour direct flight from here. He was going there for work, so I decided to tag along for a 48 hour getaway because I thought that it would be entertaining. And it was… sort of… in a “well, I guess this is better than sitting home alone” kind of way. Here’s my take on our trip.
The Good: Where We Stayed
Having been to Las Vegas many times before we wanted to see what it’d be like to stay in a non-gaming hotel, so we stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel. [Not quite as pricey as you might think when booked together with airfare on Travelocity.] The hotel was clean and quiet and stylish and refined– which was in complete contrast to the smoky and noisy and tacky and loud casinos. I liked going back to the stillness of our room after the chaos of The Strip. Very yin and yang. This was a wonderful choice for us.
The Bad: Meals. Shopping. Shows.
Meals in the restaurants were okay, but very expensive. Drinks weren’t cheap, either. Shopping was either high-end designer shops, or the “same-old, same-old” mall stores available all across the USA. The shows were stale. Many had been there for years and we’d seen them before; or they were just another one of those “Cirque du Soleil” shows that all seem the same to me. Overall, there was nothing special for us about the meals/shopping/shows, so we spent more time in the casinos playing penny slots– which got kind of old.
The Ugly: Transportation
Getting around on The Strip was slow and difficult. We didn’t have a car so we walked, used public transportation or grabbed a cab. Many of the escalators and moving sidewalks were broken. [I’m looking at you, Excaliber.] Alternate stairways were dirty. [Shame on you, Imperial Palace.] The monorail service was available but it wasn’t easy to find– and inexplicably, it no longer had a stop at the Convention Center. Tram service between casinos was arbitrary. [A few signs, clearly posted, with the hours of tram service would be nice, Mandalay Bay.] Taxis, while plentiful, were painfully slow driving up and down The Strip. We spent more time getting around Las Vegas than we wanted to and this made us cranky, tired, and not thinking happy thoughts.
I used to like Las Vegas because it was so unique and happening, but now it seems like it’s trying too hard– desperate– out-of-touch with the times. In a world with legalized gambling in 49 states — the ability to have any show delivered to my living room via Netflix — and online shopping, there’s little reason for me to go there anymore. Sure, we had a good enough time. But in the future when given the option to go to Las Vegas for a personal vacation, I’m going to pass. Too much hassle, not enough fun.
[Image above of the Iconic Las Vegas Sign from here.]
[Hello FTC! So we meet again. Just to be clear, this is only my opinion about my experiences. I’ve received no money or other compensation for this review. Are we good, FTC?]