Destinations USA

The Best Of Las Vegas

Las Vegas

For years we had avoided Las Vegas thinking it tacky and far from glamorous. After taking the plunge and visiting Vegas a few years ago it has now become one of our favourite destinations. We can’t wait until the Autumn for our fourth visit.

Yes it is tacky and tasteless but brilliantly tacky and fantastically tasteless. You just have to embrace it and enjoy Las Vegas in all it’s glitz and glory.

The service is excellent, the hotel rooms are big, luxurious and are superb value, also the number of outstanding restaurants and stylish bars are growing every year.

Here is a whimsical selection of our Las Vegas favourites.


Best Place To Stay

The Venetian, despite it’s size, excellent service from all staff. Helpful valet, easy check-in and polite and efficient porters. Great location and utterly over the top, wonderfully Las Vegas.

Best Bar

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, Mid Strip. Stylish and romantic with friendly professional staff, exactly what you would expect from a Mandarin Oriental. Good views over the strip but you need to book to guarantee a window seat.

Best Place To Have Coffee Next To Somebody A Bit Strange

Freemont Street Vegas
Starbucks on Fremont Street, a good place to people watch, just don’t make too much eye contact.

Best Place To Marry Your Vegas Wife

Graceland Wedding Chapel
Graceland Wedding Chapel, where could be better to marry your new Vegas wife. Getting married by an Elvis impersonator to a girl you met earlier that night, ticks all the boxes.

Best Place For Dinner

Bellagio Hotel Le Cirque
Le Cirque at the Bellagio, first class French cuisine without the attitude. A whimsically colourful dining room with views over the Bellagio fountains. Attentive service, great wines and unusually for a French restaurant, there is a selection of vegetarian options.

Best Place To Be Besieged By Flyers For Girls

Las Vegas Top Trumps
All along the strip but especially at some junctions there hordes of little old men and women giving out flyers for Girls, Girls, Girls direct to your room. It doesn’t matter who you are with, wife, kids or granny you’ll get these flyers thrust in your face.
Don’t ignore them, just collect enough for a game of Top Trumps back in the hotel bar.

Best Excursion

Lake Mead Gran Canyon
Helicopter tour over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and of course the Grand Canyon. A great way to see the natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon and to appreciate it’s size. Look out for the white bath tub ring around the edge of Lake Mead which highlights the serious lack of water.
Most of the tours offer hotel limo pick.

So if you have never been to Las Vegas make sure to put it on your list. There are so many brilliant things to see and do. You may love it like us or experience a lost weekend of ‘Fear and Loathing‘, but you must give it a go.

If you have already been to Vegas or if you are a regular visitor then share your experiences, tips or curious story.

Viva Las Vegas

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  • Chris
    May 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I love reading posts about Vegas! I’d definitely agree with you on the Best Excursion point, however for me, the best place to stay is MGM Grand. After staying on a few resorts on The Strip we found this was the best one for the Lazy River, and also, they allow you to take in your own drinks poolside without any charges

    That doubled up with the frequent PPV Sporting events they host its a winner for us every visit!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      We have stayed in the MGM Grand and the Lazy River and pool area is good. We only went poolside in the morning as it was really hot when we were there (my iPod shut down by 10.30 as it overheated). The only problem was that our last day coincided with a Justin Bieber concert. We vacated the elevator to be greeted by a sea of ‘Beliebers’ !!!

  • April J Harris
    May 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I love how you describe Vegas as brilliantly tacky and fantastically tasteless – you are absolutely right but somehow it works! We loved Vegas – and I totally agree that The Venetian is the best place to stay. We’ll have to try Le Cirque for dinner next time we go!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 28, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Vegas has some really good restaurants but you need to be on a winning streak to afford some of them. But saying that, you are on holiday so you have to indulge yourself.

  • My Life As A Mummy
    May 25, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I have always been in awe of Las Vegas. I would really love to go. Obviously it would be really helpful if I had unlimited funds so I could go nuts in the casino’s! I also think it would be really fun to get married over there!

    Laura x x x

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      We have some friends who got married by an ‘Elvis’, they had a fun time. Maybe not the most romantic, but fun.

  • Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)
    May 30, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I SO want to visit Las Vegas! I love these tips and the starbucks on Fremont Street – Don’t make too much eye contact haha. Le Cirque sounds great, French cuisine, mmm. Great post. xx

  • MissPond
    June 2, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Vegas is very high on my bucket list of places to visit in America, I will be book marking this post for tips 🙂

  • LaaLaa
    June 2, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Oh I’d love to go to Vegas, the land of the Mob lol. It’s definitely one of those places to try & go too. Love your tips on where to go xo

  • Angela Bethea
    June 27, 2016 at 12:35 am

    We’re looking forward to moving in Vegas in about 3 years from now. I will make sure to show this to my hubby. Thank you so much for this fun feature. xx

    • Mr and Mrs W
      June 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Moving to Vegas, Wow! When you are in Las Vegas you forget that people actually live there. Good luck with the move.