I went with a group of 7 to celebrate my 40th birthday in Vegas. A big thumbs up to the entire city. Here is my report. We were all rookies to Vegas. I felt very prepared because of Trip Advisor. Thank you to everyone for answering my numerous questions before hand.
First of all: Pet Peeve: It is very annoying how nearly no one in Vegas will split a bill on a party. I know Vegas is big and they have to flip tables. But I think it is ridiculous that someone in the group gets stuck with $800 on their credit card from one meal because an establishment will not take the time to split a check. Where I am from it is common practice to split checks even in the larger cities. Ok, rant over.
Airport: got you in and out of there quickly no problems. Awesome.
Limo to Flamingo: as some had suggested we got a limo through Presidential. Our driver was very nice and the experience was awesome. However, we were told the $70 gave us the limo for an hour. We all wanted to see THE sign and take pictures. Our driver told us that would probably take us over the hour. We had to pay for an extra half an hour just to take pictures at the sign. I don't know about 1 hour and 15 minutes for the pick up, pictures (10-12 minutes), and drop off at the Flamingo as we did nothing else. I guess it was worth it.
The Flamingo: when I read the reviews on here there were a LOT of bad ones. We are not frequent travelers and are not super picky. The Flamingo wasn't bad BUT after just a 20 minute check-in at about 10:30 on Friday they sent us to an unmade room! They told us they would send a maid right up (sure). Twenty-five minutes later no maid. I went down to check-in and she gave us a room higher up (which was a little nicer) but the maid was still making up that room. We waited on her for about 20 minutes. Not a good start. However, the rest of the stay no complaints. The elevators were creaky but not bad. Pool was awesome. Everyone there was pleasant. Loved the location. Would probably not stay there again just because we would want to try somewhere else.
Margaritaville (at Flamingo) everyone in our group loved it. Good live music, dancing, and specials. We were there several times. Didn't really eat here.
Stratosphere and 107 Club: LOVED IT! Food was delicious! Loved the view. Got to see a thunderstorm come in. Happy Hour at 107 Club was nice. Was very expensive for us but loved it.
Battista Italian Hole in the Wall: I had New York Strip $48. Most tasteless steak I have ever had. I know it is Italian but a restaurant has to be able to cook and season a steak. My wife and shrimp pasta which she thought was ok. Some in our group liked it.
Ellis Island: Thanks for this suggestion Trip Advisor. Prime Rib Dinner and beer for $13!! Tasty and cheap! Loved it!
Show: saw Mystere and loved it. Got our tickets from Tix4Tonight. Got there at 9:30 and waited till Tix4Tonight opened at 10 a.m. I would suggest getting there early because people will line up. Took our Voucher to Treasure Island to get our seat assignments and then ate at Treasure Island Buffet. It was lousy (as many of the reviews said it was)
Fremont Street: we stopped here after eating at the Stratosphere and walked around. We were all full of good food and dressed up. Walked around but didn't go in anywhere. We didn't give this place the chance it deserved. If I ever get back I want to explore more.
Leaving: took the shuttle to the airport which wasn't bad.
Overall: Loved it! I don't gamble and didn't while I was there. Several others did and won a little. If I ever get back I think I would like to two stay at a couple of different places while I was there so that I could experience different locations more. We didn't get outside of the center strip very much at all. I would love to take in more shows. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to give suggestions! Much appreciated.