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Las Vegas Acommodation Options part I

Las Vegas is one of America’s most popular travel destinations and remains a strong favourite even in the face of the ongoing recession. Nearly everything in this city revolves around tourism and customer service, so visitors don’t need to work hard to arrange all the details of a fun getaway to Sin City.

With more than 130,000 rooms in Las Vegas, it’s rare to have trouble booking a room in the hotel of your choice. The Strip certainly fills up during big holidays like Memorial Day and New Year’s Eve or whenever a major prize fight or business convention comes to town. But the rest of the time, it’s a buyer’s market, especially as overall visitor numbers continue to slump.

The recent trend in the Vegas lodging sector over the past couple of years is low rate package deals and freebies. To try and keep their thousands of rooms occupied, the major hotel resorts go out of their way to woo tourists with complimentary show tickets, meal coupons and credit in their casinos. There are good savings available on multiple-night stays as well, so be sure to ask what special offers are available when making a booking.

Las Vegas accommodation is one of the biggest components of any visit to Sin City. The terms resortand hotel are used interchangeably among the big names on the Strip, but all of them boast some entertaining attractions and plenty of fun. As a general rule, a resort is a luxury, all-inclusive environment while a hotel primarily offers rooms along with basic amenities like restaurants, shows and gambling.

Choosing the best casino in Las Vegas and the right place to stay is something to carefully consider when planning a trip here. Location, budget, amenities and proximity to specific entertainment venues should dictate your choice. The majority of the world’s top 10 largest hotels are located on the Strip, which is undeniably the most entertaining and convenient part of Las Vegas to stay at. First-time Vegas visitors should not consider staying any place else.

At the top end of the budget scale are resorts like Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Encore, Aria at City Centerand the Bellagio. Even standard rooms at these immaculate properties go for hundreds of dollars a night. But they’re well worth it considering the level of luxury, attention to service and world-class amenities. You will find incredible spa facilities, fitness centres, restaurants and nightclubs in these resorts, all of which thankfully are open to anyone willing to pay for the privilege.

 

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Las Vegas Entertainment part I

It’s never a problem finding a show in Las Vegas. The only concerns are whether it’s already sold out and whether you can afford a ticket. This is a city that literally plugs itself in after dark and doesn’t even shift into third gear until after midnight. If you’re not a night owl, you had better take a nap in the afternoon so that you can really experience the fun side of Vegas.

Taking in a show is a fundamental component to any Las Vegas holiday. There are dozens to choose from all along the Strip and around town, ranging from major headliners to struggling lounge acts. Entertainment is the fuel that keeps Vegas running, so you’ll never have to worry about boredom after dark.

Every hotel in town has at least one dedicated lounge that usually hosts live music of some kind. But the free-wheeling days of Sinatra and Sammy are long gone, and the hotel lounge has been largely relegated to the bottom drawer. Occasionally you’ll stumble across a decent singer or act but for the most part, this is free entertainment. Hunting for the worst lounge act can be a fun adventure in itself, as kitsch is still king in Vegas.

The current trend of Las Vegas shows is away from home-grown talent and towards major stars and big-time productions. Any show worth seeing is going to have a recognisable headliner and a production like something from Broadway or the movie lot. Unfortunately, this means ticket prices are accordingly expensive. While it’s still possible to catch a decent show for a reasonable price, the cheap shows pale in comparison to the surreal magic of the likes of Cirque du Soleil.

The shows in Las Vegas offer assigned seating or have a maitre d’. It’s highly suggested to make reservations or purchase tickets well in advance of any show, especially if it is a weekend night or one of the more popular productions. A tip for the maitre d’ is the best (and perhaps only) way to get a really good seat if not pre-arranged. You can easily find the details of every show in town online.

 

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