I wanted to share a trip review since i have really enjoyed all the reviews i read while preparing for our trip. We had a wonderful time in Vegas and just want to return the favor! Thanks for all the help. Not sure how this will go, as it is my first TR.
We Went to Vegas for DH's 40th bday. We had only been to Vegas once before in Sept 2011. We had so much fun we decided to return.
Day 1 Travel Day
Now when we booked our flights it seemed like a good idea to leave at 6:30 am and arrive in Vegas at 8:15 am. We would get there early, have the whole day, etc... We didn't even consider the fact that we needed to be out of the house at 3:30 am!!!! So needless to say we didn't get much sleep, but whatever, we were headed to Vegas! We flew southwest and booked early bird check-in. We did have A30 boarding passes, so no issues sitting together & where we wanted. Flight went off on-time and was pretty uneventfull with the exception of the strange characters we were surrounded by.
I had booked a presidential limo to surprise DH per recommendations I saw on here. Now their policy is you have an hour from the minute your plane lands to do any side trips and get to hotel. Well our flight actually arrived about 15 min early, but unfortunately the plane at our gate had not pulled away yet, so all we could do was sit and wait. That ate up about 20 minutes of our limo time. Our driver was there with our sign, DH was very surprised, we waited around for about 10 more minutes for luggage and now we are off. He asks if we want to go to liquor store and of course DH says yes. Now in my mind I had thought we could go to Las Vegas sign since we never made it last trip, but at this point I'm thinking maybe liquor store is more practical option. The liquor store stop goes very quickly so I kindly ask if we have time to go to sign. He replies that unfortunately we only have 2 minutes left of our limo time, and he isn't able to take us. Oh well maybe next time!
We arrive at the Vdara and head for check-in. Now I realize Vdara isn't a popular choice on this board, but we stayed there last time and were very satisfied. Originally we were planning on staying somewhere different this trip, to get the whole Vegas experience. Our other options included Venetian, Bellagio, Cosmo or Aria. We have a friend who is a travel agent that books our trips for us. When she came back with prices, it was a significant discount if we stayed at Vdara again. We are not big gamblers and we don't smoke, so Vdara was the easy choice.
Now it's very early for check-in and of course we have several requests! We have 3 other people arriving later in the day and we would like all the rooms on the same floor. And we would like them all to be on a high floor with a nice strip/fountain view. She told us as long as we were willing to wait, she would see what she could do. Took our phone number and our bags and we were off.
We went immediately to Bellagio to check out the conservatory, then wandered through caesars as we had dinner reservations at Mesa Grill on Friday and were not sure of it's location. Did a little shopping in the forum and moved on to the Venetian.
On our last trip our first meal was at taqueria canonita and it was excellent. We figured we would start this trip the same way. Now we were waiting for 2 of friends to meet up with us, so we requested a table for 4, and grabbed a couple of beers. While we waited we ordered chips, salsa and guacamole. The service was extremely slow and there was only a few other tables since they had just opened. Our friends arrived and we ordered lunch. By the time our food arrived I really wasn't even that hungry, so all I had ordered was the ceviche appetizer. It was good but not as good as I had originally remembered from our first trip. They also mixed up my husband's order. He ordered the taco trio w/chicken,fish and pork, however they brought steak instead of fish. It took so long to get it in the first place, we didn't even mention it. Overall everything was just ok, not as good as last time we were there.
As we were leaving we received the phone call from Vdara saying they had our rooms. When we get outside it's raining, so we jump in a taxi and off we go to Vdara. They were able to get us 3 rooms on the 30th floor with 2 fountain views and one city view. We get checked in and head to the room for a nice long nap, as traveling from the east coast is catching up with us.
We wake up and DH and friends are hungry, but just want a quick bite. We decide on earl of sandwich at PH. We grab some sandwiches and just do a little bit of wandering around the strip. Nothing too eventful for our first night. Had some beers and checked out cosmopolitan, Bellagio and aria. Then back to the room for a couple drinks and off to bed.