Vegas – a place where one of the first sights when you step off the plane is bright flashing gambling machines. Vegas is a place of over indulgence, excess and a multitude of fake Elvis.
Vegas was our homebase for about a week, with a few days on the Strip staying at the infamous Imperial Palace. While this hotel may be famous for its bad reviews, rabbit warren layout, Deal Entertainers and slow lifts, I discovered that if you go with extremely low expectations, you’ll be (mostly) pleasantly surprised.
We took the opportunity to watch a number of shows, including the very enjoyable Penn & Teller and the Mac King Comedy Magic Show, both of which we have watched before on our last Vegas holiday but wanted to watch again as they’re one of our favourite magicians.
We also discovered a number of Vegas buffets, courtesy of our accommodation package which gave us access to seven buffets over a 24 hour period. In order of good to the not-so-good, we managed to try:
- Caesar’s Palace – good food, but even lovelier desserts
- Rio – the noodle bar was good, desserts were great with prettily decorated cakes and gelato
- Paris –lots of crepes (not as good as a certain little place in Melbourne, Australia), food was generally good
- Harrah – ordinary to say the least, but the fairy floss made in front of your eyes was pretty cool
We explored The Cosmopolitan, a newish hotel that was in its early construction period on our last visit (2008). Wandering through the lobby and various floors, we discovered an eclectic range of art, from steampunk devices, to giant stilettos, to abstract pieces. What I love about this place is the various themed lounging areas that can be found around the place, interesting interior design, free wifi in some areas and interactive pieces (such as an “altered art” foos ball table).
Early on in the trip, I thought I may have to experience the US health system, due to intense pain in my left arm. I was having trouble using my left arm and had trouble feeling some of my fingers. We stopped passed a Walgreen to pick up some pain killers and found that they had an on-site doctor! He asked a few questions but determined that it was likely to be a pinched nerve and I just needed rest. Thankfully, the pain subsided over a number of days, in time for The Amazing Meeting!