We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Which Las Vegas hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Topic
trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

hi all, just got back from a week long stay in sin city.

Will post TR in the next boxes.

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

arrived in around 9 PM Tuesday night, got rental car and headed to find a bite to eat (Stopped at whole foods just by the Welcome sign) headed to the Orleans, checked in and hit up the casino. Found an awesome new game (goldfish) dropped a twenty in and spent the next two hours playing with that. Lost my twenty by the end of the night, but had a great time, met some neat people, had some drinks with mom and got to bed around 2 AM

Wednesday morning, got up and went directly to the outdoor outlet mall. Found some awesome purses and sales at Kate Spade and Dooney and Burke.

ended the day in the casino playing that goldfish game.

Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
422 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

looking forward to the rest...anymore shopping?

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Thursday we went back to the outdoor mall.

Found some great things at Nike as well.

Spent a great deal of time there.

Went to DSW (sbout twenty mins from the strip) and shopped for shoes there... its massive.

Also hit up Sweet Tomatoes which is a part of Soup Plantation which we love.

Went back to the hotel, rested up, hit up the strip to do some wandering through the Bellagio (They were working on the Christmas display)

Went back to the hotel and played the Goldfish game until 1 AM

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Friday --- the day Mike came :)

we packed up our stuff from the Orleans and checked in at the Luxor so we were right by the start of the marathon at Mandalay Bay for Sunday morning.

We hit up Wal-Mart - always go there to get things like Aleve etc... that I can't get in Canada.

We were going to drive to VOF, but, decided since it was greyish outside that we would do it another day or the next time we were in town and drove out to Ethel M's Cactus garden instead.

We did our tour of the facilities, then wandered around the garden once it got dark.

It is beautiful.

We stopped at a mall around the cactus garden, wandered around in Macy's, bought a few things then went back to the hotel, played a bit at the games, went to the airport around tenish to pick up Mike, back to the hotel hung in the room for a half hour or so to unpack Mike, have a drink and headed downstairs to play with the goldfish again while Mike went to sleep.

Birmingham, Alabama
Level Contributor
1,238 posts
9 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

sounds like you really are enjoying that goldfish game where is the outdoor mall you are speaking of..

thanks for your report so far..

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Saturday, we went to the airport and picked up Mikes friends who came in on a morning flight.

Their luggage was delayed and by the time we dropped them off at their hotel it was about 1 PM.

We did a few errands, then picked them up and took them to the Outlet mall. Then we took them out for dinner and dropped them off.

Mom stayed at the hotel and Mike and I went to Hooters so Mike could check out the Craps and Blackjack.

I kept myself occupied on Texas Tina - fun.

I put twenty in and played on that an hour or so cashed out at sixty.

I went to Mikes table, told him I was falling asleep and ready to go to the hotel, he said he had ten minutes left to finish rolling.

I sat down and plunked five dollars into a machine which went into this weird diamond bonus thing and won just over sixty.

Took my money and left for the night ahead :)

Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
2,071 posts
32 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

the goldfish game is a hoot.

The outdoor mall is the outlet mall close to the Stratosphere - Golden Nugget area.

There are two, one you drive past Mandalay bay and continue on, and the other, you drive past the Stratosphere towards downtown.

If you search for outlet malls I am certain there will be lots of posts regarding them, exact driving directions etc...

It is a great mall - there are several new Kate Spade and Dooney and Burke purses in my home to prove it :)

Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
2,092 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Hey Cooooooper!!

Sounds like you had a blast at your "home away from home" !

I have been working at Walt Disney World for the past 5 months. I get my degree in travel and tourism in 2 weeks. Then it's off to Las Vegas!! I will be a full time student at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. I am going for a degree in pastry art.

You'll have to stop in and say hello on your next trip.

So, about 3 more weeks until i am a resident of sin city!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!!!

Acton, Canada
Level Contributor
11,585 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Hi Coop! Glad to hear from ya! I love shopping in Vegas too, I plan to hit the Premium outlests next week.

Surfers Paradise...
Level Contributor
11 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: trip report Dec 2 - 9 2008

Hi there..we too stayed at the Orleans when we were in Vegas in September... Spent the first week at the Tropicana and I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed it there... Rooms were clean and service from ALL the staff was second to none... Married there at their chapel and I have to say the oly let down with the whole place was the wedding photographer... A kid with absolutly no idea about what she was doing..Then, they wanted to charge us $2000 for the photos etc..well..you could imagine what we said!!! Moved from there to Main St Station for 4 nights, loved it downtown as we always do... Then had the last couple of weeks at the Orleans.. Just a fantastic place...We will only book here in the future.. Wheelchair friendly everything one could wish for and priced right!! Full cinema complex on the 2nd level and lovely cafes and bars!! ,,To sum it up.. BRILLIANT!!! thank you Orleans...we are back next year for 3 weeks!!!