Stratosphere, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Excalibur, New York, Paris

Staying in Startosphere comes with the advantage of free access to the tower, advertised as “the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi”. The line was quite long, but we finally made it and enjoyed the city from 350 meters.

Later we met Yalda, then Soheila and Kaveh to have lunch at Pyramide Café in Luxor. We took advantage of the Luxor’s guests (Soheila and Kaveh) to see parts of the hotel restricted to regular tourists. This hotel overtook Caesar’s Palace on my list of the nicest Vegas hotels. Most of the other hotels we visited were disappointing. Mandalay Bay looked nice as a building but didn’t have anything special inside. We saw a couple of lions in MGM Grand, but – since we didn’t go there for a circus – nothing to be impressed about. Excalibur looked like a nice-little castle (especially at night, with its lights on), but only from the outside. New York was the worst, especially its outdated Times Square caricature. Walking so much – with the excitement level dropping lower and lower – put us in the mood to relax our senses with the Bellagio’s dancing fountains. The last hotel we visited, Paris, was ok, I’ll give it the forth place on my list.

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This is part of our Christmas vacation in Southern California: Las Vegas by night | A tour of Las Vegas hotels | Another tour of Las Vegas hotels | Almost visiting Hoover Dam | A windy day in San Diego | A sunset in La Jolla | Downtown and uptown Los Angeles | Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood

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Bellagio, Venetian, Wynn, Mirage, Treasure Island and Caesar’s Palace

While visiting several hotels, we realized that Las Vegas loses some of its glamour during the day. The biggest disappointment was Bellagio, whose kitschy interior could not compare with its tasteful exterior. Because of its elegance, Venetian became my favorite hotel – at least for a while. Wynn was also elegant, but didn’t seem to have anything special except for rumors regarding its pricy rooms. Mirage is worth visiting especially for its futuristic interior decor. After giving thumbs down to Treasure Island, we finished the day in Caesar’s Palace. It was too late to see the statues moving, but we enjoyed the walk through its shopping center. At the end of the day, my list of favorite Vegas hotels had Caesar’s Palace on the first position.

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This is part of our Christmas vacation in Southern California: Las Vegas by night | A tour of Las Vegas hotels | Another tour of Las Vegas hotels | Almost visiting Hoover Dam | A windy day in San Diego | A sunset in La Jolla | Downtown and uptown Los Angeles | Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood

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Las Vegas by night

It was already dark when our plane approached the Las Vegas airport. We saw the city lights and recognized the Stratosphere – the hotel where we would spend a few nights. After taking the shuttle and settling in the hotel room, we went for a walk along the Strip. The pictures below tell almost all the story except for the allergy that hit Lida when we expected the least. After meeting Yalda at her hotel (Alladin), we walked back to ours.

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This is part of our Christmas vacation in Southern California: Las Vegas by night | A tour of Las Vegas hotels | Another tour of Las Vegas hotels | Almost visiting Hoover Dam | A windy day in San Diego | A sunset in La Jolla | Downtown and uptown Los Angeles | Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood

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