We are in couple in our early 60's. DH was attending the SHOT show, so I decided to get a vacation out of it as well.
We arrived at the airpot at 11:00 in the morning and took the Executive shuttle to the hotel. We were the last ones on so there was no wait. We stayed at the Imperial Palace as it is mid strip and I got comped with a special email offer combined with my HET comps. We had breakfast in their buffet the first morning even though it is generally panned on this forum. I should have heeded the forum!!! Did not eat there again. We did dine at Embers on the 5th floor one night. It was a very nice dining experience in a fancy restaurant. Other meals were taken wherever we happened to be at meal time.
The IP is really showing it's age. We stayed there on previous trips in the 90's so we expected what we got. The staff were all first rate. Check in was quick and easy. We arrived at 11:00 a.m. and our room was ready which was great. The check in lines were horrendous during the evening hours when we passed the desk. It must have taken those folks over an hour to check in.
We went to Fremont Street one afternoon and stayed the night at Fitzgeralds. It too is quite dated and although clean our room had furniture that was cheap, old ,scratched, broken etc. It was OK for one night but would not want to stay there for longer.
The fountain show at Bellagio is certainly still a must see and we saw it several times over the week.
The Deuce bus and the express bus were a good deal. It looks like a fairly new system with clean buses and good times. We took the 24 hour pass for $7 and used it to & from Fremont Street and to & from the Hilton to the strip.
We saw Nunsense and it was good and we saw the Phantom and it was awesome!!! For Phantom phans, the chandelier going up was spectacular but coming down was a big disappointment.
Slots at all casinos were loose by the standards of the ones we have here in Canada, so although I did not come back a winner, I only spent half my gambling budget....so that makes it a winning trip.
We took a cab back to the airport . It was $20.00 and we did not want to rely on the shuttles and be late.
We found Vegas to be a lot less friendly to our age group than it was 12 years ago. The music is now aimed at the 20 somethings, the Sirens at TI and the show at RIO are both no longer family friendly and the porn slappers are sure in your face these days. It never was a place to bring your kids even though they tried to make it that way back in the 90's. But Vegas is Vegas and we had a blast!!