I hope I don't bore you all writing this as we were first timers to Vegas and needed to learn the 'errors of our ways' on our own! :-) I hope some of you will enjoy this!
Day 1- We arrive at the airport and take a taxi to the Wynn. Upon check-in we are not surprised to be told we must give a credit card for "incedentals". We don't use CC's so we tell them we will pay cash for any such things. This immediately changes the happy face of the desk clerk. Again, expected. We are a cash only family so we expect not everyone, in fact most people, might not be familiar with not using or carrying a credit card. Anyway, the desk clerk leaves to go to a back room to talk to his manager. Comes back a few minutes later and says he has 'good news' that we can put $300 per day in CASH to hold the room. We have already paid for the room...$300 per day in our cash will sit in their bank...wow. I tell him I want to talk to the manager myself that this seems terribly high when we just want to pay cash for any room service, or other hotel charges. Desk clerk leaves and comes back with said manager who speaks with DH for a few minutes and decides we can check into our rooms for much, much less than $1200 for the 4 nights. Not the best way to start the vacation! But, oh well!
Room at the Wynn is on the 21st floor facing the strip, which is lovely. We walk across the street to Strip Burger for a much needed meal! We order very good chips with guacamole and a fantastic Butterscotch milkshake. The milkshake is the highlight of the meals for the rest of the day, for sure! Forget the burgers and order the shake, it is so good and I don't even like Butterscotch!
From there we head up towards TI and Mirage via the tram. While walking through TI a man approaches us with a card for $20 in FREE play with the chance to win much more if we get their card. We go to the card desk and get the darn card and after 30 wasted minutes of trying to get the card to give us the $20 we leave because they can't even get it fixed, not sure what the heck that was about! Anyway, we head over to the Gardens at Mirage and see that they have the 3 for $54 deal for tickets to things we wanted to see. There is a short line so we decide to get the tickets right then. We purchase Titanic, Bodies and the Dolphin/Tiger exhibit. Then we head into Mirage to explore for a while.
We go back to Wynn and have just enough time to get dressed for dinner downstairs at The Country club at 8pm. I did a separate review of the restaurant here on TA if anyone's interested but suffice to say it was not great. The service was worse than the food. We waited too long to get drinks, too long between courses and way too long to get the bill to get out of there! Not what we had expected!
After dinner we head over to get our RedCards and play our free play after talking with the casino desk for some time...very nice people there, very helpful. We have a few free drinks while playing the slots and then head back upstairs as we are crazy tired and those Wynn pillows were calling our names! Seriously, those pillows are like floating on the clouds...found out you can actually buy them and they aren't super $$$! There are two pillows one very large one and a smaller pillow on top...together they are the perfect amount of support and comfort for a great night's sleep. Trust me, use them BOTH! Slept like a baby, (not a newborn cuz they don't sleep much, but say a 6 month old here...).
Sleep is important here so you can walk your butt off during the day to get ANYWHERE on the strip! Leading to DAY 2!