New York New York Hotel and Casino : Las Vegas
One of the First Casinos off the Strip when exiting the 15 freeway or coming up on Las Vegas Blvd. from the
airport. If you ask me this is not one of my most favorite casinos to stay at or even party at. I personally do not like the crowd. Since it is so close to Excalibur Hotel and Casino, there are many families there.
So what’s so good about New York New York?
This Hotel in Las Vegas has tons of entertainment and nightlife to keep one busy. To name a few, there’s the new sexy Rok Nightclub, Coyote Ugly, Nine Fine Irishmen, The Bar at Timesquare, and not to mention the crazy Roller Coaster! Rok is actually a very unique nightclub in Las Vegas because it’s focus is primarily Rock and Roll music. Everyone knows Rock and Roll is the dominant music in Las Vegas but not too many clubs play it as often nowadays. Other clubs generally run Hip Hop and electronic music and sometimes one or two Rock n Roll songs, but not like Club Rok at New York New York. I highly recommend checking this place out if your into Rock n Roll. If not check it out anyways.
They also have their signature Cirque du Soleil show Zumanity™ which is another great source of entertainment for you to checkout while your staying at NY NY Las Vegas.
I think New York New York is more of a hotel for people on a budget: for a middle/upper level experience on the Strip. We chose it because the rate was one of the lowest among a handful of casinos we wanted to go to, and they actually had availability at a week’s notice.
The staff was pretty helpful in letting me hang out on a lounge chair by the pool after we had checked out because I was (ahem) tired from the night before. The pool had a lot of activity and was better than I
The casino was okay for our group, but nothing too special and too many families. I’m younger and would like to see more BEAUTIFUL people.
I don’t remember much about the room as we were not inside it very much.
Choosing (Picking) the right Las Vegas Buffet
Who doesn’t love to eat? I know that I do. I love Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and American food. What better place to go eat than Las Vegas? I think it is safe to say that Las Vegas is the buffet capital of the world. When planning or just discussing about Las Vegas, one of the most talked about topics is the buffets that are located in Sin City. If you’re coming here from out of town, or a local, there are so many buffets to choose from it can be confusing. Today, I’ll be going over some of my own personal rules of thumb while choosing a buffet to dine at. I also will be sharing my reviews of some buffets that I have dined at. I always think planning ahead of time will make your life just that much easier. Hopefully, by the end of this post you may be able to choose the right buffet to fit you and your parties need.
Picture this, you’re on your last day in Las Vegas and everyone in your party wants to have lunch/dinner at a very expensive buffet before leaving. You sneak off into the restroom, to peek at your budget on hand and you’re short on cash. What to do now? It’ll just be too embarrassing to tell everyone that you are short on cash. This section is designed specifically to assist you in preventing events like this happening. Generally speaking, everyone who visits Las Vegas has a pre planned budget for all their spending whether it is $100.00 or $100,000. Allocating your money resources could be an important role while planning your visit to Las Vegas. This section is primarily for those working with a budget. If you’re one of those people who have the attitude “Money is no object”, then you can skip this buffet budget section and move on to the next. First, you have to know how many days exactly you are going to be staying in Las Vegas. Next, briefly discuss with your party ahead of time on how many buffets they are all planning on attending per day. This way you can allocate your money wisely. It’s a plus if you can find out which buffet everyone’s planning on dining at. That way you can calculate your exact costs in advance and set that amount to the side including $2.00 tip (more or less per person).
Calculate it like this:
Cost of 1 Buffet : $29.99
Individual Tax: $2.00
Server Tip: $2.00 (more of less)
Total comes to be about $34.00
Timing is Everything
The topic says it all. While you’re in Las Vegas the time just flies because you’re having such a great time (well most of the time). You have to be sure to plan a scheduled time to meet up with your party at the buffet. Why you ask? The buffets at peak times have wait time just for a table. They can go anything from a 5 min to a 2 hour wait time. I’ve been in situations when we just “wing” it at anytime we’re hungry for some food but, due to bad planning have to wait in a buffet line for 2 hours. If you just want to eat at a buffet that is not that popular I suggest picking a buffet in downtown Las Vegas. The buffets located in downtown have almost no wait time because they are competing with the mainstream buffets on the Strip. To avoid some of these long lines you may want to consider attending a buffet 1 hour earlier than the regular peak times for the buffet. Try to walk by the buffet of choice early in the day and ask them when the peak lunch/dinner is and try to make it a point to line up an hour early. Remember, going an hour early can save you from any wait time for the chosen buffet and you can have 2+ more hours to spend in the evening after dinner to do whatever you want to.
What do you like to eat?
Make sure you know what you want to eat. If you like seafood, then go to a seafood buffet. The seafood buffets in Las Vegas have very fresh seafood boiled, steamed, and even fried to your liking. If you’re a seafood lover, do consider looking at the Carnival Buffet at the Rio Hotel and Casino. Find out which casinos specialize in what. If you don’t care what the buffet has then just go with the flow of the group your with.
Don’t forget to check your comps if you’ve already been gambling. Try to obtain comps for your lunch or dinner buffets if you do gamble. To find out if you qualify for comped buffets just ask the Pit bosses to check for you or ask the rewards program area for that specific casino.
Do you smoke?
Do you dislike smokers or are you a smoker yourself? If your smoker your all out of luck here. There is no longer any smoking inside any Nevada Casino Restaurant.
Do you drink?
If you enjoy drinking while you’re eating, then make sure the buffet you are attending serves alcohol. Most buffets in Las Vegas server wine and champagne.
Lastly, I’d like you remind everyone who has passed the first tier of any Las Vegas Rewards program to remember to flash your “silver” “platinum” whatever the color of your second tier card. Showing this “status” symbol will allow you to bypass almost the buffet lines for that Casino.
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Las Vegas Casino: Excalibur (Brief details)
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
P.O. Box 96778
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109-6778
Note: This Casino seems to revolve a whole lot of family bonding. If your there with just a couple college buddies or friends who just want to party, I don’t recommend staying here. However, if your traveling to Las Vegas with a family, do consider staying at Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas Wynn Casino Facts and Simple Stats for you all.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Opening date: April 28, 2005
Desert Inn (which includes Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, ITT Sheraton Desert Inn, and MGM Desert Inn)
Life Imitating Art
No. of rooms: 2,716
Total gaming space: 111,000 ft² (10,200 m²)
Luxury Sports Car Dealership
Lake of Dreams
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
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Las Vegas Strip: Map
I created this simple map of the Las Vegas Strip for everyone on the net. Hope you enjoy it! You can print it out and bring it along with you on your trip and cross out each casino that you already visited. Enjoy!
North towards Fremont Street
|Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Convention Center Drive
|Fashion Show Mall|
|Wynn Las Vegas|
Spring Mountain Road
|Treasure Island||The Palazzo|
|The Mirage||Casino Royale|
|Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon|
|Project City Center|
|New York-New York||MGM Grand|
|Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay|
South towards Interstate 215
to McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas Strip Map Part #1
The large yellow street in the middle of the map is Las Vegas Blvd also know as the Strip.
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Finding your way around Las Vegas can be confusing at times. I have compiled a simple list that I hope you all enjoy using as a guide on your trip to Las Vegas with your friends and family. These means of transportation are all FREE! Las Vegas free transportation times may be different up til this point because of gas pricing. To find out quickly, walk by any employee or visit any Casino lobby employee and find out (should take 1-2 minutes).
1.) Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, Orleans shuttle
Shuttle bus runs every 20-25 minutes to each of the above mentioned casinos between 9:30a.m. and Midnight. Catch the Barbary shuttle at the side entrance on Flamingo Road. Use the Barbary Coast to the Gold Coast shuttle and you can walk to the Rio which is located beside the Gold Coast.
2.) Harrah’s to The Rio
Shuttles run on an approximate 30 minute schedule to each property between the hours of 10 a.m and 1a.m. Loading at the Rio is at the side entrance, loading at Harrah’s is at the entrance at rear of casino next to the check-in counter.
3.) Sam’s Town shuttle
Shuttles run from Sam’s Town on the Boulder Highway to several Las Vegas locations every 45 to 60 minutes between the hours of 8 a.m and 11:30 p.m. depending on which route you are using. Shuttle run from Sam’s Town to the following properties, Stardust, Fremont, California, Bourbon Street, San Remo and Harrah’s. Although the Sam’s Town web site says that a room key may be required we have never heard of anyone being asked to show a key.
4.) Hard Rock shuttle
The Hard Rock shuttle picks up passengers about once per hour between 10 a.m. and 7p.m. Shuttle stops at the Forum Shops at 10 past the hour, Fashion show Mall at 15 minutes past the hour and the Stardust at 20 minutes past the hour. The friendly Hard Rock drivers will stop and pick you up if you flag them down between stops.
5.) The Palms shuttle
The Palms hotel offers a shuttle service runs on a loop to the fashion show mall, from there to Caesars Forum shops, then it’s off to the Aladdin passage shops before returning back to the Palms.
Schedule is as follows:
Departs The Palms (west entrance near sports book) at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Departs Fashion Show Mall (Saks 5th Ave entrance) at 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Departs Caesars Forum Shops (downstairs valet entrance) at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Departs Aladdin Desert Passage (downstairs valet entrance) at 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
6.) Green Valley Ranch Shuttle Service
Green Valley Ranch offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from McCarran Airport and the Las Vegas Strip. This is a white, ten-passenger van with the Green Valley Ranch logo. It is available to the first ten people at each destination.
McCarran Airport to Green Valley Ranch The shuttle picks up and drops off guests at the Zero Level. The Zero Level is located down the escalators behind the Baggage Claim Information Desk. The shuttle will pick up and drop off across the driveway (to the right) across from stalls #21 and #22.
Green Valley Ranch to the Las Vegas Strip The shuttle picks up and drops off guests at the Mandalay Bay Tour & Travel Lobby
All these shuttles are a free service, a tip of $1 per rider to the driver will be appreciated.
1. Tram that runs from Bellagio to the Monte Carlo hotel runs every 10 minutes 24 hours a day offers indoor boarding platforms.
2. Excalibur to Mandalay Bay tram operates 24 hours a day with non-stop service on the southbound trip. The same tram on the return (northbound) trip from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur provides a stop at the Luxor for those wishing to visit there.
Here’s a quick list of all the Las Vegas Casinos that you may or may not want to visit while your visiting good ole Sin City:
List of Casinos/Hotels (On the Strip Only):
- Bill’s Gambling Hall
- Caesar’s Palace
- Casino Royale
- Circus Circus
- Imperial Palace
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- New York New York
- Planet Hollywood
- Slots-a-Fun (Casino Only No Hotel)
- Treasure Island
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The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
3700 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino is a very nice all suite hotel located on flamingo blvd west of the interstate (the means not on the LV Stip) the only draw back to this hotel is it’s location. There’s a alternative, they offer a free shuttle to harrahs on the strip. if you dont mind dealing with the this type of transportation issue the rio is an excellent value.
Every one is a “suite,” which does not mean two separate rooms, but rather one large room with a sectional, corner sofa, and coffee table at one end. The dressing areas are certainly larger than average and feature a number of extra amenities, such as fridges (unusual for a Vegas hotel room) and small snacks. Windows, running the entire length of the room, are floor to ceiling, with a pretty impressive view of the Strip, Vegas, or the mountains (depending on which way you’re facing). The furniture doesn’t feel like hotel-room standard, but otherwise the decor is fairly bland.
The suites here are huge! This is benefitial if you are attending Vegas with a large group of friends on a budget and need to fit everyone in one room (not advised but I’ve fit 10 people before) The rooms feature king or queen sized beds with a sitting area. The couches in the sitting area can pull out to accomodate even more people.
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There is a Starbucks conveniently located once you step foot out of the hotel room elevator on the second floor. It doesn’t get more convenient than that if your in need of some caffeine after a long night of gambling or partying.
(Inside Harrahs Room Art Wall Hangings)
(Picture of Harrahs TV in basic room)
Found in the insides of Harrahs Casino Las Vegas is nothing spectacular. The decor on the inside floor of the casino is totally Mardi gra style. Since there have been linked up with The Rio Hotel and Casino, but casino floors are flooded with a Mardi gra theme. Unimpressed with the decor in this hotel casino floor along with the room. Rooms have an aging like decor that makes younger people feel “blah” about it. (nothing a few drinks can’t fix)
(Basic Room Refrigerator inside Harrahs)
Harrahs Pool Area
The pool area is very outdated and there is definitely nothing special about it. The metal hand rails to get into and out of the pool were very dangerous. They got extremely hot (desert sun heat) and it was nearly impossible to touch them when trying to get out.
This is a good, economical bet.
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