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TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

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

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1. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

Sounds like you are having fun! Can't wait to hear the rest.

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2. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

I got talked into Rainforest Cafe last week too!! The high prices surprised me too so I just had a salad. The kid's meal was a decent deal.

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3. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

"I'd have to say that I was surprised at1)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."

Why not use valet? Especially as you have kids with you.

Thanks for the report... :-)

Edited: 05 August 2011, 17:21
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4. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

I'm with blagger - valet is usually the best way to go, and is free aside from the tip. Sounds like you are having fun.

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5. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

Excellent report so far. The Luxor is a great place to stay, IMHO. We always make it a point to visit the pyramid every stay, since that is the place we stayed on our first 2 visits to Vegas. It just feels like home!

I agree with blagger on the valet....plus your kids will probably think its neat. Sure beats circling around the parking lots looking for that "perfect" spot, and then walking in the heat!! Just be sure to tip a few bucks when picking up your car. It will be money well spent!

Not sure how familiar you are with the Luxor, but it is connected to Excalibur. Your kids might also like to see the Medieval themed stuff over there as well. If I remember correctly, there are some moving walkways on the way over there, which the kids should like as well. A good way to kill a couple hours without even going outside.

There is even a free monorail than connects Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur. I would suggest taking the monorail to Excalibur, then walking back through the connection, since the monorail does not stop at Luxor when it comes from Excalibur.

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6. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

Enjoying your TR, My very first and second Las Vegas Trips (15 years ago) were at the Luxor, loved it, and also enjoyed closeness of NYNY, Excaliber, the 'old" Tropicana, and MGM.

The hotels have changed so much since than, and i am glad i have pictures from way back then.....and some of the original Luxor hotel brochures . ( sp.?)

Hope you had great trip!!!

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7. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

It's worth a few bucks tip to valet in Vegas. Especially the summer. It's free at all but a select few, non-casino hotels on the strip.

Guess the show in the sky wasn't running at the Rio while you were there? Kids seemed to love the place when I used to stay there, and it was handy to have the fridge in the room, the room was large, and the pool had a waterfall and sandy entrance. All those kids at the pool and hanging around the balconies in the Masquerade area is one of several reasons I fell out of love with it, truth be told.

Appreciate the details about Luxor. Thanks.

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8. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

I guess we'll do valet parking if we go anywhere Sunday night (we're carless until then). I don't know if the sky show was happening at the Rio, I didn't see it but with 8000 people at the conference, it's probably too crazy for anything of the sort. The hotel looked nice and clean, just not interesting for the kids.

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9. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

Loving your TR so far. Looking forward to reading the rest!

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10. Re: TR: Vegas w/ kids day 1: Luxor, Venetian & Rainforest Cafe

Regarding the suggestion of the Masquerade Show in the Sky at Rio: 2 or 3 years ago the show was revamped. It is no longer appropriate for young children.