I just got back from my annual trip to Vegas. My two sons and brother came with me for the second year in a row, my sons really enjoy the city!
I would like to share some of my experiences with your readers. At the top of my list is the “Viva Elvis” cirque show. It was fantastic!! Great musicians, singers, performers, and sets. It shows Elvis great respect, and honors him and his music in a modern way. My sons, ages 23 and 22, also enjoyed the show very much. The one thing that bothered me was seeing empty seats. I hope everyone sees this remarkable show, so that it is around for a long time.
We visited Sahara casino. The dealers and staff were very nice and friendly. I was expecting some hard feelings with the recent announcement of it’s closing. Dealers were friendlier than most other places. Although I must say that overall the dealers were much friendlier this trip compared to last year at all of the casinos.
We stayed at the Tropicana, it was very nice. Much better than several years ago. Casino is beautiful! Our room was very nice, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The Nikki cafe has excellent food.
I always enjoy the breakfasts at Ellis Island and La Salsa Cantina. Inexpensive and good. We love the $3.95 breakfast special at La Salsa especially.
Last thing, we flew Southwest airlines. Everything was great, I recommend paying the additional $10 to receive an early boarding pass grouping!! Viva Las Vegas!! Viva Elvis!!!!!
Gary from Northern Illinois
Viva Elvis (tickets) has gotten nothing but rave reviews from our readers. No question that the fact it is a different kind of Cirque show, the glut of Cirque shows in town, and the Aria location are affecting attendance. I believe it will be around quite some time. CityCenter is slowly gaining momentum, people who stay there really enjoy it, and convention bookings (making up those likely to stay in CityCenter) are showing a nice rise throughout the next couple of years.
It is very unfortunate that (so far) The Sahara hasn’t undergone a Trop-style renovation. We’ve been over to the Tropicana twice in the past week or so and no question, it is super-nice, new-feeling, clean, updated, upgraded and well worth checking out. Nikki Cafe is a really pleasant place to eat or just have a drink. Especially their back patio now that the weather is warm. Note to smokers: They have an outdoor seating area where smoking is permitted as you dine.
Ellis Island (Koval and Flamingo, kitty-corner from The Westin) has some great specials. Most famous — their complete steak dinner (10 ounce steak, potato, bread, veggies, and a beer) — is only $7.99 and served 24/7. It isn’t on the menu, so you must ask for it. Note: Ellis probably isn’t a place you want to be once it really starts getting late. If you want to hear a LOT more about this place (both an overview/review and some pretty interesting late-night stories), make sure to head over and watch Living In Las Vegas Episode 101 – A Different Kind Of Island
Happy to hear that the roof of your Southwest plane stayed on!
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