Hi there! This is my day 1 trip report of my 4-day trip to Las Vegas with my husband & 2 girls (6 & 9). My husband is here for a conference so after today we don't really plan to see him until Sunday evening, so it's just the girls and I :-)
We drove from LA to Vegas, stopped at the alien jerky place which they kids enjoyed (jerky was good if overpriced).
We tried to check into the Luxor at 1:30 PM (Thursday) but they didn't have any rooms high up in the pyramid and they told us to return later. We did around 3:30/4 PM and we were able to get a room in the 26th floor. We tried the $20 (or actually, we did a $40) trick for an upgrade, but it didn't work. We also couldn't manage to get a complimentary fridge (they are $25 a day ). The people at reception were all-business, they just wanted to get through with their jobs. Lines for check in were quite short.
Our pyramid room is nice enough. Girls like the Egyptian decor and the furniture is in good shape. Beds are comfy, but I think they are not Queen size, they feel more like doubles to me. The rug has some stains but nothing terrible and the room is clean. There is no bathtub, but shower has good water pressure. They don't offer conditioner (just shampoo/conditioner). The room has only wired internet, but we attached a wireless router to it, so we have internet on all our wireless devices. The connection is quite decent. We explored the lobby of the hotel and the girls LOVED it, in particular my 9-year old Egyptologist wannabe :)
We went to the Rio for dad to check into the conference and explored it a little while he was in line (long line). Kids liked looking at the lobster tank, but other than that there wasn't much for them to see. I wouldn't stay there with kids.
My 9 year-old has been asking us to go to the Rainforest Cafe for months, so when she found out there was one here she insisted we go. I didn't want to pay those prices for dinner, so we stopped at in-n-out for burgers first and then went to the Cafe. My daughter had a fetuccini alfredo kids meal ($10 w/ drink), which she enjoyed, and we all shared a "volcano ($15)". The volcano was huge, we couldn't finish it among the 4 of us, and really, we didn't want to. The cafe itself was quite small, the animatronic animals were rarely on and in all wasn't nearly as nice as the one in SF. My daughter was happy, though. Service was great, but eating here would be too expensive - entrees are in the high 20's.
We then went to the Venetian just to walk around. My oldest LOVED it, in particular the fake sky and the feeling of being outside. I was surprised at how small their canal shops area was (but I guess I was expecting everything to be huge). It was after 8 PM by then, we were all exhausted, so we went back to the Luxor.
I'd have to say that I was surprised at 1)how hard is to find a place to park at all the casinos and 2)how far you have to walk between the parking lot and your destination within the casino (plan on 10' on average). It was super hot, over 100F even at 8 PM, but it's dry heat so it's bearable.
I got some milk at 7-11 last night, which I put in a cooler filled with ice, so breakfast this morning is cereal and milk. We plan to go to the pool later and then explore the strip. I'll report back tomorrow.l