Posted on February 14, 2015 by scottyvegas
Not because they’re both “castles”. It’s because Excalibur may not be your first choice, but in the end it doesn’t leave a bad taste either. It has its purpose and that purpose for me is inexpensive consistent lodging. The rooms are clean, bed and pillows comfortable. We usually end up here when conventions or major events are going on causing other preferred options to go through the roof price wise.
Tip: I’ve stayed in both towers and Tower II rooms are, in my opinion, nicer/better condition.
Tip: Food Court upstairs offers many less inexpensive food options.
Never chilled pool side but it didn’t look bad from the 25th floor.
The casino and castle grounds could use some modernizing like neighboring properties New York New York and Monte Carlo.
In the end, a solid choice for budget conscious visitors (Stayed 1/2015 in tower II room 25-251)
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Posted on February 9, 2015 by scottyvegas
Lemon Chicken with great mash potatoes
I don’t know if it’s “Fresh from the Farm” but it is large and tasty. If you are hungry and strolling mid-strip do yourself a favor and go upstairs of the “new” Linq (Formally the Quad, Aka. Imperial Palace) and belly up for some Go Go lov’n. Keep your eye open as you’re escorted to your table for large, I got to have that, eats. Service was great by our nearly 60 y/o waitress. She was knowledgeable and more than willing to share her thoughts about Hash specialties.
BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Tip: Visit the Las Vegas Hash House of Go Go Facebook site. Give them a like, then E-Club Join under more to receive a coupon for Buy One, Get One Dinner Entrée (coupon good for a year).
Tip: By joining the E-Club you will also receive a Buy One, Get One Dinner Entrée (coupon also good for a year) in your Birthday month.
Food prices were surprisingly much less than other strip options making this a great deal coupon or not. (visited 1/2015)
Oh you bet I will be returning!
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Posted on February 8, 2015 by scottyvegas
This was our first ever visit to the Excalibur buffet. Freshly re-opened 12/2014, so everything was shiny new. The buffet itself offered a good selection of breakfast and brunch foods. The made to order omelet was large and delicious. I couldn’t help to indulge in the crepe station. The fresh baked muffin wrapped in a napkin was wonderful on the flight home. The buffet has a self-serve drink station with a nice variety of options. Weekday Buffet price was $17.99 each. (Visited 1/2015)
Monte Carlo buffet
This is a middle of the road buffet option in the land of buffets. Went for a weekday brunch and the breakfast items were of decent temperature and quality. Lunch items were disappointingly cold, when they were supposed to be hot. Selection was limited but adequate. It was very slow when we visited so maybe this contributed to our experience. Neither a fan, nor a hater on this one but the Excalibur, Orleans down the road, and Palms has it beat hands down with price and quality. (Visited 1/2015)
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Posted on January 11, 2015 by scottyvegas
Stay tuned! Coming soon… my thoughts, tips, observations for the following:
- James Turrell’s ‘Akhob’ exhibit in the Louis Vuitton at Crystal’s mall – Looking to explore a bizarre trip into an abyss of color
- Hash House of Go Go at the Linq – Massive portions await with my facebook BOGO coupon!
- Peppermill – repro neon hotspot with a famous breakfast and the best strip video poker pay tables.
- Madame Tussauds Las Vegas – Armed with my Groupon I’m ready to explore the new Hangover Experience!
- High Roller – I passed on it this last September/2014, but it’s a new year and the first visit of 2015. Thanks to a holiday promo code, I got a great deal through living social for a happy hour (all you can drink) ride.
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Posted on January 10, 2015 by scottyvegas
Visiting the Valley of Fire State Park has been on my Las Vegas to-do list for many years now. Though I’ve only heard wonderful things about the park, for one reason or another I always failed to visit until our October 2014 trip. Getting there from the strip took just over an hour. Once there, plan on at least two hours to drive through the park and getting out at most stops. To really explore, and there is a lot to see, plan on more time. Walk out and see some of the petrified wood, really cool! Take the time and walk the steps to the Indian petroglyphs. The traveler cabins are also another must see. Many, many, wonderful photo opportunities can be found.
I would recommend turning around at the exit of the park and returning to the strip the way you came. The alternative is beautiful, but takes much longer and there is literally nothing or no-one around for miles and miles. We didn’t have cell service for the majority of the return trip.
I will definitely return to further explore the valley on future visits.
Tip: make sure you have plenty of gas and water before entering the park!
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Posted on January 10, 2015 by scottyvegas
Monte Carlo has made some wonderful improvements over the last couple years most recently with the casino entrance from the strip. They replaced their old, cold, entrance with one that’s more inviting. They now have outdoor seating (great for morning coffee), chess and corn hole bean bag games anyone can play and for the time we were there (September/October) nightly outdoor entertainment. The casino itself has a good vibe. The Hotel sits in a good location with connecting hallway to Aria. The rooms are middle of the road, but they’re better than Excalibur or Luxor. Monte Carlo is becoming my new go-to budget accommodations.
Note - Monte Carlo has a nice pool area with a small lazy river and wave pool among others amenities to enjoy
Tip - The Monte Carlo self-parking structure is pretty straight forward to navigate, making it a good option to park in that area of the strip
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Posted on January 9, 2015 by scottyvegas
Don’t Be”LIE”ve this Cirque du Soleil LIE. This show is NOT an “illusion spectacular” nor are there 40 “mind-blowing illusions”. This was a slow and boring let down. I’ve seen KA, Mystere, Zarkana, and Zumanity, I would, and have recommended each one of these. If you want to see Criss Angel save your money instead go to youtube and watch his video’s, then read his Wiki page because that’s what you will see at the show…. Seriously!
This “fast paced” show was horribly slow. The I’m so cool Criss brings a 16 year old on stage, and then has an older woman tease the kid, so Criss can make “jokes” at his expense. This show was extremely awkward. It left many people looking around in disbelief. To be fair, some people, but very few, did seem to enjoy this miserable show. I think the overwhelming majority were to stun at the only illusion Criss and Cirque managed to pull off was to make the money paid for this show disappear.
This show stung so bad that we won’t be attending another Cirque du Soleil show doing our next Vegas trip. We decided instead to explore other Vegas offerings for a while. Listen to the reviews and pass on this show!
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