Today I am back with my Las Vegas guide and have everything you need to know about spending a week in the City Of Sin. I also have a shopping haul video on my YouTube channel if you would like to see what I purchased on my travels.
I hope you all enjoy,
Until next time,
How to get there
We flew from Dublin to Manchester and caught a connecting flight from there to Vegas. We were travelling for about twelve hours so were pretty tired on arrival. We went for a small bite to eat and headed to bed. Do keep jet lag in mind when booking your flights. We arrived about six in the evening so managed to avoid confusing our bodies too much but if you are arriving earlier don’t plan to do too much on that day.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the beautiful Marriott’s Grand Chateau which is situated just a half block from the main Vegas strip. The hotel is rated number 7 out of 246 hotels in Vegas and I can see why. The interior is beautiful and the staff were incredibly friendly. We stayed in a vacation villa which was like a home away from home with a spacious dining area, bathroom and en-suite.
The hotel’s design is inspired by the South of France and you really get a sense of that when having a drink at the poolside bar.
Our villa had exceptional views of the strip and was also just a two minute walk to the Miracle Mile Shopping centre.
What we did
The main attractions in Vegas can pretty much all be found on the strip. The strip is like a theme park for adults full of casinos, shops and cocktail bars. It is also home to some of the most exciting hotels in the world. We managed to visit a lot of these hotels and see what they had to offer. I’ve listed some of my highlights below.
If you visit Vegas you are bound to see the Bellagio fountains. More than a thousand fountains dance in front of the hotel to enchanting music and the water soars to an incredible 460 feet. The fountain show can be seen every half hour during the day and every fifteen minutes from 7pm to midnight.
The main foyer of the Bellagio is also well worth a visit and if you are planning on gambling during your trip, why not do it in the Bellagio’s beautiful casino?
The botanical gardens are also a really spectacular sight. We ate in the Bellagio Cafe which looked out over the gardens.
You will be familiar with this one from movies like The Hangover and it does not disappoint. You can spend hours walking through the huge shopping centre of Caesars or visiting the aquarium.
We ate in The Cheesecake Factory during our visit.
This hotel pays close attention to detail and really lives up to expectations. You can take a gondala ride through the Italian looking streets or have an ice cream as you walk around St. Mark’s Square.
We finished our visit with dinner in Tao, one of the best Asian restaurants in Vegas and a favourite spot of the Kardashians. If it’s good enough for Kim K…
New York New York
Did you even go to Vegas if you didn’t take a spin on the New York New York roller-coaster? I loved this so much and would definitely recommend it.
We also visited the Hershey’s store while at New York New York and had a Hershey’s martini in the chocolate bar. It was delicious!
Our first day in Vegas was St.Patrick’s Day and we went to a Bloq party at The Linq hotel. We got Shamrock daiquiris and went on the High Roller. The High Roller gives fantastic views of the strip.
We also spotted a Cupcake ATM and the cupcakes were delicious!
Luxor Hotel / Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
We took a bus to the southern end of the strip to see the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
On the way back we stopped at the Luxor hotel. This hotel is inspired by ancient Thebes and is a beautiful hotel to look around.
The Bodies exhibition can also be seen here.
You might recognise this hotel from the movie Last Vegas. We had a fabulous meal in The Aria hotel. Julian Serrano brings his delectable Spanish fare to Vegas in this tapas style restaurant. We shared a Paella and drank sangria!
We also ate at The Cosmopolitan in a restaurant called Beauty and Essex. This was such a treat. The restaurant’s forefront is a vintage jewellery shop and you can browse the shelves before you take your seat. It is a busy restaurant with a young vibe and also hosts burlesque nights during the week.
Other things to see and do:
Fremont is a really lively hive of entertainment and definitely worth a visit. We went to see the oldest casino in the world, The Golden Nugget.
There is a light show every evening and the street is closed to cars so that pedestrians can stand and look at it.
I also did the zipline while we were there. It takes you right over the whole street and was a really exciting way to see downtown Vegas.
Catch a show
Going to a show is a rite of passage in Vegas and we were lucky enough to be there at the same time as The Backstreet Boys. My fifteen year old self could not believe it!!
The Grand Canyon
We went on a Grand Canyon tour by helicopter which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I will be doing a post on that next week.
We also went on a day trip to Death Valley.
We visited the outlets on the outskirts of Vegas and did a lot of shopping! Check out what I bought on my channel.