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Vegas Rough Guide Book Review

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Vegas Rough Guide Book Review

I recently ordered the Rough Guide to Las Vegas which was issued April 2011, stating a first edition. I have to say that if that's the case I'm very surprised one hasn't been written before.

Personally Rough Guides are my favourite of the main stream travel books, I like the familiarity of the layout, and previously when travelling we've found some really good bars and restaurants we'd have certainly missed if they hadn't been Rough Guide recommendations.

Things I liked about the Vegas version. Having a description of all the strip hotels, with their main amenities in one place I found helpful. Even though I've had one short trip to Vegas last year and read this forum religiously I still sometimes get confused as to what bar/restaurant is where. Previously to this I'd struggled to get a guide book with enough detail that was also small enough to carry around easily.

I also like the fact that they have floor plans of the larger casinos, and after getting hopelessly lost in a few last year I'm sure these will be a great help in 4 weeks time.

The chapters are broken up by topic, as you would expect in a Rough Guide, bars, restaurants, outside the city, gambling, shopping etc. However, I would have liked more detail, especially a wider listing of bars and restaurants, although the fact they wrote about the basic rules of casino games I think will be helpful.

Although they have the publication date as April 2011 I'm afraid it's already out of date, and really needs to be used in conjunction with a topical website such as TA. They mention the Cosmo but say it was yet to open at the time of publication. Claim that the only direct flights from the UK are with Virgin, and yet we're travelling direct with BA this summer, still have the Titanic exhibition in the Luxor as open, and of course no mention of the closure of the Sahara, although they do mention it could be in the cards in the future.

All in all not a bad book, I'm glad I bought it and I'm sure it will be useful on our trip. But be careful of some of the details and use a more up to date media as well.

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I love buying guides but have checked certain details before buying e.g. some still don't include City Center, even with a 2010 publishing date - an April 2011 book would have been finished in 2010 or, at the very latest, Jan 2011 but the actual writing would have been finalised months before that. I always check the map before buying as they often forget to update them which highlights other problems.

My favourite guides are the AA Spiral books but the one in the shops at the moment still has the Aladdin in it! New one is out in July but I'll check it in the shops before buying it, just in case. Travel guides are very hard to keep updated but Vegas is harder than most places because it changes so often. I'm now checking for City Center, Miracle Mile Shops (some still call them Desert Passage) and the Liberace Museum before buying anything.

One book I looked at didn't even have Paris or Bally's on the map of the Strip and many leave out Bally's (and others) completely so you don't get a fair choice of hotels if you don't already know Vegas and don't think to use places like TA.

I like the Vegas Mate App which updates regularly but still love buying guide books.

Edited: 24 May 2011, 10:04
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Apart from the issues I mentioned most of the book was as up to date at it could be. I know from reading TA that the restaurant in Vdara has now closed and that was there as a recommendation, and I'm sure there were a few others that I missed or didn't know about, but it was only the Cosmo, in respect of hotels where there was no info, except to say it was due to open.

Information on Downtown could also have been expanded upon a bit, with places that are mentioned on TA frequently e.g. Vic and Anthony's not mentioned in the restaurant listings. All in all though a pretty good summary of what Vegas has to offer, even though some things struck me as odd, like the Luxor shown in the number one spot of places recommended to see and also as a Rough Guide recommends (with the little running man next to it) hotel.

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Quaffed - is Vegas Mate an iPhone app? I've had a look in the Android app store and can't see it there

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Yes, it is. I used it on my iPod Touch - sorry, didn't even think to see if it were an Apple-only app. How annoying. I discovered it after reading about it on TA and it's very handy, especially linking to menus although there are a few design glitches e.g. if you look up the restaurants via the restaurant listing and not clicking on them via the hotels listings, you can't always work out where to find them!

http://www.vegasmate.com/

Keep an eye on eBooks for travel guides, there are some amazing plans at the moment so, not only will the details be updated, but you get extra features - very exciting. I'm such a book nerd!

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The Viva Vegas Baby app on itunes is fantastic & regularly updated by the owner. Costs about £1.79 but is the best i've seen on Vegas!

It was a great help on our last trip!!

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Does anyone know of good Vegas apps to use on an Android phone?

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