Enjoyed Peepshow Las Vegas Twice – Holly Madison Really Nice

I’ve read two pieces on Holly Madison, one from a reader (I think) and one link “Holly – The New Paris”. I’ve got to say, I’ve seen Peepshow twice and really enjoyed it both times. I did the meet and greet twice, and noticed how nice she was to everyone (even me), she wanted to know if everyone was enjoying Vegas and how we liked the show and what other shows we had seen. I generally sit in VIP right up against the stage, you get a great view but sometime miss things because of sitting so close, which made it more fun the second because then I caught some of the things I had missed the first time.

Some people who have said she can’t sing or dance, if they had paid attention, within the first few lines of dialog she says “I don’t know how to sing and dance” (not completely true) to which another cast member says “Don’t worry honey, we’ll do that” (or something to that effect). The show is fun, and she seems like a nice person, at least she has some talent, unlike the people who are so critical.

John from Minneapolis

Ted Responds:

Holly has taken Las Vegas by storm, and in a good way. She’s worked hard, is super-nice to everybody, and is involved in various charities on a regular basis.

Peepshow isn’t trying to be the Nevada Ballet Theatre. It is just a really fun, sexy show (suitable for couples as long as they realize they will see boobs, but in a fun way). The long run it is having (despite the economy) is proof that you aren’t the only one who enjoys it!

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

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Las Vegas Shows and Tours, How Far Out To Book?

Hi, love reading your column. My question is regarding the double-decker tour bus I saw that only Feb and March are available. Are those the only two months it is offered? I was thinking about coming in May.

Thanks,

Colleen in Florida

Ted Responds:

Good Question: Tour availability and prices can be subject to change. Same can happen with some Vegas shows. Our advice? Book a show as far out in advance as possible for best seats. Yes, the economy has many shows not selling out. But isn’t your Vegas vacation worth planning ahead enough to get an awesome seat?

As for tours, keep an eye on a tour you want every week or two until your travel window is offered.

We see the double-deck British buses all the time (which have a celeb-impersonator as your fun tour guide), and it always looks like people are enjoying themselves! (Something else for my short-term to-do list). For those wanting more info, click over to Las Vegas Double-Decker Bus of the Stars

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

Just Returned From Las Vegas: $20 Trick Worked, Loved Viva Elvis, Too Many Kids

I have been receiving your newsletter for some time, and I enjoy reading it every week as it has lots of helpful information. We just returned from four days in Vegas, and I would like to make these comments:

1. The $20 “Sandwich Trick” worked great at our hotel. The young man at Bally’s was very appreciative and immediately upgraded our room to a Diamond Level room in the North Tower.

2. Don’t believe what the critics say: the Elvis tribute show at the Aria City Center is fabulous! Our entire party thoroughly enjoyed it, and we plan to go again the next time we’re there.

3. There are WAY too many children running around the casinos, sidewalks on the strip, and restaurants. There were children on the edges of the casino floors as late as midnight — their moronic parents pulling and tugging them along! I have always believed there is a time and place to take children on vacation, and Las Vegas is definitely NOT the time nor the place!

Thank you,
Kathy
Gatesville, TX


Ted Responds:

Thanks for the great report. Bally’s Las vegas is often overlooked but it is still a decent hotel with an incredible location!

Since a few people still don’t know what the $20 trick is:

The “$20 Rule” is always worth a try. Many Las Vegas hotels charge a premium for a Strip view, higher floors, better rooms, etc. The desk staff often has some latitude on upgrading guests. Place a folded up $20 bill on the counter partially under your ID and/or credit card so that the denomination is visible. As you slide them across, ask if a room with a Strip View or other upgrade may be available.

If they can’t accommodate you or insist on an extra charge you can simply retract the bill (they will only pick it up if they can take care of you). If they accommodate you, a small price to pay to see one of the most famous views in the world out of your window. If not, you are out nothing. You came to Las Vegas to gamble!

Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis is getting a 100% thumbs-up from all our readers. Critics didn’t seem big on the show when it opened, but what really counts is what the audience thinks.

While some parents will argue that they can do a successful vacation with their kids in tow, let’s face it: Las Vegas is a LOT more fun if just you and your special sweetie. Take the kids to Panama City Beach. Leave them with grandma when you come to Las Vegas.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

Las Vegas Discount Ticket Booths A Marketing Scam – Buyer Beware

Editors Note: This was originally a comment to the post What Are Free and Cheap Activities To See In Las Vegas?

Just got back from a week in Vegas one thing that isn’t a deal is Tix 4 Tonight. They have grown from a discount ticket vendor to a marketing scam. Wanted Price is Right Tickets. Big line in front of Bill’s, 30 people at least around 9AM. No one would be specific comments like yes they are showing today no mention if they have discount tickets available just the price if they would have them.

Asked a worker where the closest next Tix was and he informed me Casino Royale but at this time of day all will have lines. Took a chance and started walking. Wow, right in the door way at O’sheas was a Tix, 2 guys and not 1 customer. They had no discount Price is Right Tickets ($49 regular price only). Obviously the Tix guy at Bill’s was less than honest. Long story short: went to Bally’s where I was staying for $27 a night great room, showed my player’s card and got a 25% discount ($38 a ticket — 1$ less than Tix advertised discount). Buyer beware.

Marcus Liggett


Ted Responds:

No question that you get what you pay for when it comes to show tickets. First off, there is a good chance (and I don’t know it for a fact, but I know how the town works) that the people at the discount ticket booths are on commission. Or get bonuses for selling certain shows over other shows (certain shows pay a higher bonus). I’d never ask them for a recommendation as they might steer you to the show they need to sell. Not the one you’d like to see.

Side Note: We’ve always avoided this practice. Some of Las Vegas’ top shows are our advertisers. You’ll see them on the right sidebar of this page. However, that doesn’t determine our show suggestions. We try to guide each person to a show they would most enjoy.  Cirque du Soleil (for example), is not an advertiser at the present time. However, if someone asks me about Cirque’s Viva Elvis, I don’t try to steer them to Jersey Boys (although if you enjoy one, you’ll probably enjoy the other). I tell them that our reader feedback for Viva Elvis has been 100% positive (and it has).

The second thing to remember is this: There is a reason the shows are at the “day of show” discount booths. Either the show isn’t selling well, or the few tickets left for a bigger name show are towards the back. Remember, these are the leftovers. So, either they will try to talk you into a show you weren’t really interested in seeing. Or, you’ll get tickets for a show you wanted to see but the odds are they won’t be good seats.

Third thing to think about: Your time in Las Vegas is valuable. Most of you are only here for a few days and when you factor airfare (or gas) and food and hotel costs into the number of waking hours while you are here, you’ll often find out that each hour is very valuable. Is it worth it to line up in the morning at one of these booths (hoping to grab the good stuff)? You didn’t come here to stand in line! They are necessary evil at check-in or buffets but you don’t want to spend half your vacation in line.

We suggest buying your tickets as far in advance as possible. Even if you have to pay more (or gasp… full price). You’ll be all set up, you’ll get the best seats, and won’t have to spend part of your valuable vacation time scurrying for tickets.

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

Loved Viva Elvis Cirque du Soleil Show At Aria Las Vegas

Loved Viva Elvis Cirque du Soleil Show At Aria Las Vegas

We returned from our third visit to Vegas, had a fantastic time as usual. Highly recommend the Viva Elvis show.

First time we have been in February, usually go in August!!! We will be back next year.

Dave & Sarah from UK.


Ted Responds:

Our email is running pro-Viva Elvis.

FYI, I have not seen it yet. (Had to pass opening night invite… not feeling well). Probably not my cup of tea from what I can see.

But it is connecting with people. All the notes about it have been strongly favorable.

Tickets Available Now: Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com