My husband and I exchanged through Interval never having been to Vegas so although we had completed a lot of research, you never know how 'close' you'll really be to the strip. This location was excellent! Only 1 1/2 blocks away from the main strip. We stayed at the hotel for one week.
Transportation - The airport is located about 10 minutes from the Marriott Grand Chateau and the 'south' end of the strip overall. We make the mistake of taking the $7.00 per person shuttle provided by the airport because we thought it would be the most inexpensive way to go. Unfortunately, never having been to Vegas, the shuttle was packed and the driver (although very pleasant and amicable) thought he was a tour guide. So while dropping off the 20 persons in his mini bus, he took the long way and after ONE HOUR, he finally dropped us off. Folks, the Marriott Chateau is only 10 minutes from the airport, take the $14.00 taxi.
We arrived very early, about 11 am, and the front desk staff were very professional and courteous and immediately checked us into our 1 bedroom unit. The apartment was lovely on a midlevel floor but we were facing the parking lot. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and did mention this at the front desk and overall were quite unhappy with the view. However, when my husband called the front desk, we were immediately transferred to a high floor, mountain view, and it was perfect. The front desk was very accomodating and pleasant throughout the exchange.
The unit was in excellent condition with a full kitchen, dining area, extremely comfortable king size bed, awesome soaking tub (which I used almost daily), separate shower and two vanity areas which worked out well so that each of us had our own area to get ready. Both the living room and the bedroom each had a flat screen TV, and the living room furniture was new and comfortable (full sofa and 2 sitting chairs). More than ample room for one week. The in-unit washer/dryer was a real plus and allowed to pack lightly for trip.
After we unpacked, we went up to the pool on the roof (38th floor) and although the pool area was small (compared to the Hilton across the street which is huge), it was fine. Ample towels were provided, and although it was pretty crowded, we easy found 2 chairs and the people were friendly. We typically spent a few hours at the pool every day, and then ventured off to the strip later in the day. Weather was really fab for early May - low 80's during the day, 68 evening. We didn't need jackets at night.
During the week, housekeeping never came once, and we're not sure if they were supposed to because it was never mentioned at the front desk nor did we ask. We washed our bathroom towels a few times during our stay and emptied out our garbages. It would probably be worth asking about.
Prior to our arrival in Vegas, we weren't sure if there are supermarkets (besides the one in the hotel which is very small) to purchase a few items such as beverages, fruit, cereal, munchies, detergent, etc., so while at home in New York, we went on-line to Vons supermarket at www.vons.com and we did ordered groceries, selected a date/time for delivery, and had our groceries delivered directly to the apartment. This was awesome and easy! It was free for your first delivery (and we only needed one delivery) and perfect. We didn't have to schlep groceries around and it was delivered on time and in perfect condition according to our order. We tipped the delivery clerk and he brought it all the way into our kitchen and unloaded the order for us. It really saved us a lot of time and effort.
As a sidenote I will mention that after we walked around a bit, we did find 2 ABC stores within the immediate area (within 3 blocks), an excellent CVS, and a Walgreens. So you can get what you need in the immediate area.
Restaurants - We went to a different restaurant for lunch and dinner daily. We're foodies, and there are sooooo many excellent restaurants to choose from that the difficulty was which one to chose. Here's a few:
Bellagio - Le Cirque / outstanding perfection in every way - service, wine, food was superb - very expensive. We ate here to celebrate our anniversary and we were presented with a special 'happy anniversary' dessert and all was perfect with a beautiful view of the fountains.
Bellagio - Asian - excellent food, not as expensive. Service was very good but somewhat more abrupt. This was probably because we went to dinner very late (9:30 pm) and the restaurant's last reservation is at 10pm. Food was excellent, but we could see that the employees wanted to close.
Venetian Hotel - Zeffirino - expensive and we will never return. We booked online for 'Sunday Brunch' but they have no such thing. We asked for a special table and we were celebrating our anniversary weekend, they didn't acknowledge it - know about it (although we mentioned it online when booking) and we were seated facing the wall rather than overlooking the canal as we had asked. It was just a regular menu. The worst was the service off the maitre'd, Mr. Russo. He was just plain rude. Service was excellent by the 'servers' but the house wine was terrible. Not just bad, TERRIBLE. Caesar salad was tasteless, although the risotto was superb. It's really a hit or miss. It's not worth it because there are so many good restaurants with excellent service to choose from. Zeffirino's is relying on their 'years' in the business. Don't bother, go elsewhere.
Caesar's Palace - Spagos / superb service, food, and believe it or not - reasonably priced. Wine was excellent, oysters, risotto, and the 'spring onion soup' were outstanding. Or, you can just order an excellent thin crust margerita pizza. We would return in a heartbeat.
Excalibur - Buca di Beppo. Italian - family style. Excellent food, inexpensive. We shared an appetizer (fried calamari) which was outstanding and shared a pasta dish for two and we were stuffed. The portions were large and really tasty.
Aria - Lemon Grass / Thai - Although we arrived with no reservation, the hostess seated us. Both service and food was excellent. The basil soup is to die for.
Paris Hotel - Sugar Factory / Continental - We stopped here for lunch and it was terrific. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. We shared a 'drink for two' that was melon flavored and it was delivered, that was a show in itself. If you order one, have your camera ready. We had sandwiches and they were huge...and delicious.
Sugar Factory - Candy shop / immediately next door was over rated. The most impressive thing was the swarovski lollipop which are ridiculously expensive although cute for a special occasion I guess, really - no big whoop.
Mandalay Bay - the aquarium was small but fun, and we really enjoyed the lounge. At night, you can enjoy a couple of drinks and listen to a live band which was excellent. They also have seating (facing the stage, far right) where you can sit and do not have to order anything. We had a few drinks and enjoyed watching the live band (for several hours) and just a great place to veg out and relax. We also saw Carlos Santana at the Blues club here and he was fantastic!
Cosmopolitan - we went here and popped in for a late dinner (around 10pm) and drinks. Walk around and check this place out. We enjoyed a good dinnner in a clublike lounge and the drinks were good, service was excellent.
Aria Hotel / Chocolate / Jean Phillippe - I have to mention this because it was just such a pleasant suprise. Jean Phillippe has a chocolate shop in both Aria's and Bellagio. Go to them both. We purchased dark chocolate toffee sticks which were superb, a beautiful chocolate 'shoe' as a gift, and dark chocolate cacau 'bits' - they call it caviar which were heavenly. If you like chocolate...
Fashion Mall / Chocolate - Ethel M. - we purchased a few morsels at her shop in the Fashion Mall. Very good chocolate and we enjoyed it. Most of it was milk chocolate which is not our thing but the quality is really top notch. It's not Jean Phillippe, but it's very good.
Things to do - tons of restaurants, Madame Tussaud's at the Venetian which was fun, and so was sitting at "St Marks Square" and having lunch. We also had mini 'sculpture's' made at St Mark's Square by two artists although we regret how difficult it was to carry these items home. It was more cumbersome that we thought because they have to be carred in a frame. However, we did enjoy lunch and a great 'Opera' show at the square. Gondola rides too if you so desire. Cirque du Soleil has 5 shows here - we went to see "O" and it was magnificient! Elton John at Caesars Palace was great, but Elton was in such a foul mood that he kept throwing his water and bucket (3 times!) and his staff had to keep coming out to mop up. What a turnoff. And he cut out at least 1/2 hour from the show and not one encore. The tickets were just too expensive for Elton to do that to his audience - Elton should consider retiring. Carlos Santana was excellent at the Blue Club, and there are so many great comedy shows, etc., to choose from. Be sure to check with the hotel concierge because every week there' a new list of shows to see and you can really get some 'same day' excellent deals.
Bellagio Fountains - water fountains choreographed to music. A sight to see. There are a total of (7) different presentations. We make the effort to see (6) and would do it again in a heartbeat, just beautiful.
Shopping - I've never seen so many high end stores - not even in New York, seriously. Bellagio, The Venetian, Wynn, The Palazzo, Caesars Palace, have more than 1500 high end stores between them. It was amazing.
If you'd like to do some shopping - check out the Fashion Mall. It's an excellent mall (mainstream and high end stores) and has more than 350 stores within. Comfortable with great AC, with its anchor department stores of Macys, Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, and others. A suprisingly excellent mall. Marriott has a shuttle bus service to this mall. Also, check out the Mircacle Mile Mall which is directly across the street from The Marriott.
Getting Around - It took us a bit, but we figured out how every hotel basically connects to one another through a walkway and/or tram (trams are free but the 'monorail' is not) and to try and stay away from the traffic and people and the heat of the strong sun, we took the backroads of each hotel and connected and connected to get to our destinations. Here's a few of the connection tips starting at the Southern End - Mandalay Bay.
Mandalay Bay has an air conditioned tram that will connect you to the Luxor Hotel with a final stop at Excalibur. Then, you can walk across to New York - New York, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and go to Monte Carlo where you can take another tram between Monte Carlo, Aria, and last stop The Bellagio. This was our favorite tram because it was air conditioned and brand new. Walk through the Bellagio - over the cross walk and straight into Caesars Palace.
When it was hot outdoors, we almost never had to go 'outside' - walk around the hotels, look for 'tram' or ask a hotel employee. They will be happy to tell you how to connect to the next hotel. Cut through the casinos, they all connect.
On the other side of the street heading NORTH:
Start with the the Miracles Mile Mall which is located directly across the street from The Marriott. This connects you to The Paris Hotel, which connects you to Harrahs, then The Flamingo, then to The Venetian, then to The Palazzo, then to The Wynn. Connect, connect, connnect!
Worse case scenario - you can buy an 'all day' bus ticket to get on and off the bus that goes up and down the strip all day. We walked and stayed cool within the hotels...
Safety - overall, we found that Vegas has a lot of transients but it's safe overall. We didn't walk around opening our wallets on the street, and showing off a lot of bling. We dressed nicely for special dinner and shows, but overall, the place is quite casual. Lots of folks wearing shorts/polo shirt for walking around but special dinners at the high end restaurants expect you to dress high casual.
The Marriott is located right across the street from the Mircacle Mile Mall (again...another short cut to the Bellagio...) and we so appreciated that it was one block away from the main strip when you realize how crowded and loud The Vegas Strip is. It was great to escape that at night and go home to peace and quiet at the Marriott. Nothing being smack in the middle of it, but one block away ended up being a blessing in disguise.
We didn't rent a car and go to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and do that sort of stuff because we weren't here for a sightsighting type of trip although you can do that too. There were families, but mainly adults. We loved Vegas and definitely plan to return to the Marriott Grand Chateau!
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