Throughout the week we toured the area. We decided to do a "Hotel Hop" as all the hotels looked so magnificent and exciting, we just had to see what each one was about.
Each hotel was like a different city around the world. Caesars Palace was Roman themed, it was beautiful, the palazzo area had a mini Trevi Fountain and the ceiling had blue skies painted on it. I guess the lighting and the sky painted ceilings fooled the gamblers to thinking it was still day time!
The Bellaggio was a classic hotel that apparently was also Italian themed. The Bellaggio had their foyer and reception area ceiling filled with glass flowers, it was absolutely beautiful. These massive glass flowers were suspended from the ceiling and just filled the entire ceiling space, they were bright and colourful and really pretty. The Bellaggio also had an indoor garden that was Japanese themed. This garden is apparently the largest indoor garden, with real life plants in America. It was absolutely breathtaking, the plants were so perfectly positioned, there was a little lake with Koi fish swimming in there, there was a massive red robin, a turtle with its shell made of flowers. The photo's I took did not do this area justice, it was perfectly manicured and magical.
New York New York was just like you would imagine New York City to be like. The reception desk was set out like Central Station. The facade on the exterior of the hotel was of the NYC skyline, complete with the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Centre, Brooklyn Bridge and the Chrysler Building. It looked like the hotel comprised of separate buildings joined together, but it wasn't, it was one whole building at different heights - it was out of this world.
The Excalibur was a typical Medieval Castle, complete with turrets and balconies. It was quite dark inside, the staff were wearing medieval clothing and really got into the theme of the times. There were knights in shining armour and a jousting match that happened each evening over dinner, we didn't do this but we heard that it was awesome.
We took the monorail to Luxor, which was an Egyptian themed hotel. The main part of the hotel was an actual pyramid!! There were statues of all the deities, the Pharoahs, the Sphinx and the like. They were huge!
It is truly amazing to see how much detail the designers and builders have put into these hotels. Every thing looked exactly like the city / country you imagined it would look. It took us about four hours to go through these hotels on one side of the strip. We thought we would stop and do the other side of the strip the next day.
That night Chris and I went out for dinner. We went to Hash House A Go Go. We had no idea what this was but it seemed super popular! As we were deciding whether or not to eat there, we heard people saying "Oh wow! Hash House A Go Go, we have to eat there!" So I guess after hearing this quite a few times in such a short amount of time, we knew it was the place to be.
We ordered the signature dish which was Chicken Hollandaise - apparently this dish was the dish that Man Vs Food had to get through on his own - information that would have been better before we ordered and received our meal...s!! Before we got this meal however we were served a "biscuit", to me this "biscuit" looked like a scone with a shiny glaze on the top. Funny thing was that the tables on either side of us had couples that were holding their stomachs groaning, little did we know that we ordered just what they were groaning about!
Our plates came out and OH MY GOD!!! This thing was huge!!! Chris and I looked at eachother as though ... WTF? Where do we start and how the hell are we going to finish it all??
So, to describe the meal a little better, it was grilled chicken breast on a base of "biscuit" (scone), mash potato (hash), egg and bacon then drizzled with hollandaise sauce. It was absolutely delicious! We couldn't finish it of course, and couldn't take it away as most people did as we didn't have a microwave or anything to warm it up!
The next day we brought the kids there for lunch so that they could experience the giant serves at this restaurant. Mia had a cheeseburger with a side of mac and cheese - the mac and cheese side was bigger than the actual cheeseburger!! We also ordered a "flap jack" (pancake) which was the size of an actual dinner plate!! We literally6 rolled out of there!!
Hash House A Go Go is an absolute must to anyone who visits Las Vegas!
We completed our "Hotel Hop" - we went to Paris which had an Eiffel Tower at the front, inside there was a dancer that was dancing on a runway amongst the gambling tables. There was a beautiful Parisian style bar that had secluded and dimly lit booths - very romantic. We sat at the bar and watched the basketball with the kids.
We went to the Flamingo hotel which had a flamingo sanctuary. There were also exotic parrots that were so funny! A couple of them spoke which was cute, they were also very affectionale and vied for the attention of their handler, snuggling with him and wanting kisses!! They were so cute!!
The Venmetian was just beautiful, there were gondolas' that sailed through the canal which ran through the middle of the hotel! It was much like Caesars Palace where the ceilings were painted with blue skies. It was truly magical and really set the scene of Venice.
The Palazzo was also super beautiful, it had glass butterflies suspended from the ceiling and glass flowers as well. It looked a lot like the Venetian, so much so, that I wasn't aware that we had actually walked into another hotel!
All the hotels were huge, there were their own city!! You could sleep, eat, shop, be entertained in each hotel without having to leave the hotel! Everything is at your fingertips in these hotels, they are truly amazing, each and every one of them.
Our hotel had a rainforst with a volcano theme, there was a huge conservatory with rainforest style trees and flowers and the volcano at the front of the hotel erupted twice each night which provided great entertainment for kids and adults alike. Our hotel had a dolphin sanctuary and a mini zoo, complete with white tigers, cheetahs, panthers - it was called Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden. We went and saw the dolphin training session which was really good. The kids loved it, and although we've been to Sea World and the Zoo, it was still amazing to see these beautiful, clever creatures up close and personal.
We truly loved our time in Las Vegas, the weather was great, the bright lights were beautiful and amazing!