Wednesday, August 29, 2007

July Vegas Diary

Treasure Island Hotel. Small, easy to get around hotel with comfortable beds. Would definitely stay there again. Only downside, check-in/check-out line was ridiculous - I waited a good half-hour just to check-in. Good Mexican Restaurant called Isla inside.

Saw both Cirque du Soleil's Mystere at the Treasure Island hotel and O at the Bellagio hotel. Mystere was much better in my opinion. O got rather boring after the first 20 minutes. Would not recommend O in terms of pricing for a good seat at $150 / ticket vs. $90 /ticket for Mystere.

Shortly after Vegas, I caught Barnum and Bailey's Ringling Brothers Circus in Los Angeles. There were many similarities to the Cirque Mystere show, but of course, Cirque was more artistic and better coordinated.

I have now seen a total of 3 Cirque du Soleil's (also Delirium which played at the Staples Center). I was not impressed at all.

Go see Mystere. See parts of Mystere in the movie "Knocked Up".

After much research for a reasonably priced restaurant, read good reviews for Mon Ami Gabi (Parisian Food) at Paris Paris. Was absolutely terrible. Filet mignon ($30) and fish dishes ($20) were bland. Felt ripped off. Would never ever go there again.

Would recommend Isla Mexican Food at Treasure Island. $15-25 /entree.

Also, a Starbucks small coffee inside Treasure Island was $3. So expensive. The price for a small coffee here in Los Angeles at Starbucks is $1.60.

Vegas has gotten very expensive. Also tried Wynn Hotel brunch buffet which was $30; dinner was $40. I would pass on the Wynn brunch buffet-had large selection, beatifully presented.

Ordered a cake for a B-Day celebration from Treasure Island Room Service, 3 days prior to arrival. Room service General Manager, Kathleen Franco, provided excellent service. Cake was picked up by Manager of Isla Restaurant from Room Service Department in TI. Many different cake options. Prices vary by size. Cake was precisely what I ordered and delicious.

6" cake, serves 6: $26

8" cake, serves 12: $33

10" cake, serves 16: $40

1/4 sheet, serves 24, $60

1/2 sheet, serves 48, $100

Vegas Hotel Specials Website:

Also previously stayed at MGM, MGM Signature (no smoking, no casinos, no self parking-valet parking only) and Bellagio. Stayed at Bellagio when it first opened. I absolutely loved the Bellagio room I was in-very memorable. Deserves 5 star. MGM Signature was disappointing. The location was a 10 minute walk to the MGM casino/strip (Las Vegas Blvd). Oversized bathtub was weird. Couldn't really find any affordable places to eat in MGM. Most MGM restaurants were very, very expensive.