Hi Beauties! Instead of bracing the traffic and cold here in Minnesota for Super Bowl 52, Erick and I spent this past weekend in Las Vegas. Cannot lie, it was hard leaving the 75 degree weather and coming back to -10 (yikes) but I missed my peanut Ronny (fur child) too much.
I posted a lot on my snapchat (andrea_babe20) and on my Instastories (HERE) while I was there but just in case you missed it, here is a recap and some tips I picked up while I was there!
Friday February 2, 2018:
Our morning started SUPER early. We boarded the plane at 5:15 am, departed Minneapolis at 6:00 am and were in Las Vegas by 7:45 am (Vegas Time). From there we took a shuttle from the airport to the car rental place, picked up our car and headed to our first stop.
First stop was Old School Vegas on Fremont Street.
This is where the Golden Nugget is, the Zipline, and the Heart Attack Grill that’s known for their Heart Attack Burger. A ridiculous amount of food and a ridiculous amount of calories. So much so that you have to sign a waiver to order it. We didn’t get it but Erick really wanted to LOL.
We spent an hour or two on Fremont Street then decided to head back to the Strip to walk around there. FYI we literally spent most of our days walking around places. Neither one of us had been to Las Vegas since we were children and there was so much to see, we just wanted to really look at all we could.
We stayed mostly towards the North side of the Strip and walked through Fashion Show, The Wynn Hotel, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Treasure Island. If you want to see expensive shopping, the Grand Canal Shops are here and it’s worth the walk through!
After literally having spent all morning and afternoon walking around, we needed to rest a little so we finally checked into our hotel. BTW, did you guys wants a hotel review? Let me know!
We spent a couple hours there lying down, watching TV, I was editing and Erick worked on some homework. Then it was time for dinner. We decided that since we would be on the Strip on Saturday at a nightclub, we should go back to Fremont Street for a more laid-back dinner and night.
I’m glad we went back to Fremont Street because at night, it’s so pretty to look at all the lights and all the people. There are definitely a bunch of “characters” out. Fremont Street also has a light show on the ceiling starting at exactly 9:00pm and every hour after.
We spent a couple hours there between dinner, playing some slots for the free drinks (see below) then finally headed back at around 11:30 pm to the hotel.
Saturday February 3, 2018:
Day 2 began with breakfast obviously, at the cutest and yummiest French Restaurant called Mon Ami Gabi on the Strip in Hotel Paris. My sister had told me to check it out because my “extra as hell” self would love it. And she was right! It is tucked right under the Eiffel Tower and it looked exactly like the French Bistros in Paris.
Most importantly though, the coffee and food were fantastic and reasonably priced. Erick got the Breakfast trio that came with oatmeal, yogurt parfait and something else and I got the three-egg breakfast with bacon, hashbrown, and a French baguette with Nutella. Seriously. So. Good.
Next we stayed in the middle of the Strip most of the day and walked through Hotel Paris, Cesar’s Palace, the Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, the Cosmopolitan and Aria.
We made a pit stop midday for some grub at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill inside Cesar’s and I have to tell you that the burger we had was magnificent. It was a lamb burger with curry steamed onions, melted goat cheese and truffle fries. Normally I do not like any of that on a burger but guys….so. good. Beware though, this burger costs $23 a pop and here is where we found out how pricey drinks could be (see below).
We walked around some more after that then went back to the hotel again, to rest up before seeing Steve Aoki. Our hotel room at a Jacuzzi inside the room so we relaxed our muscles in there for a while, took a powernap, grabbed some in and out, got ready then headed to Club Hakkasan. Let me know if you want a club review also.
The club was inside the MGM so we walked through the entire hotel until we finally got to the back. It was a five level club and with our VIP passes, we had access to all levels. Of course, we got some drinks (see below) there and danced on and off until Steve Aoki came on. Then things got real crazy fun. We were jumping, laughing and having a good time. Erick and I were right in front so I got to hold up a letter for Steve’s Instagram picture (HERE) (I’m the one on the far right LOL) and I won a free shirt too!
Finally, around 3:30 a.m. we called it quits and went to find an Uber to head back to the hotel.
Sunday February 4, 2018:
When I tell you that this morning was rough, I mean ROUGH. We slept through two alarms and finally woke up at 9:30am, half an hour before check out. We chugged some pedialyte and got to packing and cleaning in a rush, but we made it out by 10:00am.
We headed back to the strip but this time hung out mostly on the South part of the strip. We walked through the New York New York Hotel, Luxor, Excalibur, and Mandalay Bay.
Next we headed to the LINQ Promenade and the High Roller. The High Roller was seriously super cool (see below for deal). You saw all of Las Vegas and it never moved fast so it wasn’t scary at all. The Promenade was also super cute. There were so many little shops, restaurants, bars and even a Sprinkles vending machine!
So we did the high roller, walked around there for some time and then chilled at the Flamingo Hotel for a little to catch the Super Bowl Half Time show with Justin Timberlake.
The last stop on our list was the Stratosphere, which is located near the Downtown area. We initially wanted to go all the way to the top but ended up going to just below the top at the lounge. The cool thing about it is that at the lounge you can have drinks and still have the entire view of Las Vegas. I think we were like 107 floors up or something but it really was relaxing just watching the entire city and finally rest a bit after having walked again for most of the day.
We picked up some gifts at a gift shop nearby, returned our rental and finally went to the airport to head home. It was so much fun Erick and I have already decided that we need to go again!
Tips and Recommendations:
While we travel, I am always excited if I can find some tips or tricks to save money and time. Luckily, while I was in Vegas I picked up some tips to share with all of you!
DO NOT buy alcohol in restaurants, casinos or nightclubs. Why? Simple, they are SERIOUSLY overpriced. Erick is a Miller/Bud light type of guys which normally runs you $4-$6 a can since it is a domestic beer, in Vegas however, a can was $11 at most places we went to! Sure drinks at nightclubs are always more pricey but in LV they are seriously pricey! I’m talking $48 for 2 Redbull Vodkas pricey. Below are some recommendations of what to do instead.
In the city of Las Vegas (includes the Strip and Fremont Street), the law is that you may carry an open container and consume alcohol on the street as long as it’s in a plastic cup or a can.
Convenience Stores: Most stores like ABC and Walgreens have alcohol in Vegas and buying it at one of these is the cheapest way to drink while you’re there. Especially if you’re not driving you can buy a bottle and some mixers, fill up your plastic cup at your hotel and walk about while you sip. There are also some convenience stores that offer a “Buy two cans, get a free shot” special for about $8. If you or your partner is a domestics beer drinker like Erick, then this is your kind of deal.
Fat Tuesdays: There are quite of few of these sprinkled around the strip and Fremont Street, but if you like mixed drinks, slushies, margaritas and daiquiris, visit a Fat Tuesdays. Here you can buy a yard for $15 of any one of these mixed drinks and when you’re done you can go to any Fat Tuesday and have them refill it for $10 bucks.
Casinos: If you didn’t know most casinos offer free drinks if you’re gambling regardless of whether you are staying at that casino or not. If you’re like us and not big on gambling, look for the penny slots. Pop in $1, get your free drinks and entertain yourself for just a bit. Also sit near the bar or server stations to get your drinks faster but be aware that they can take quite some time to actually get them. I think we were on a machine for 20 minutes before our drinks came.
Parking & Uber:
In Vegas, parking on the actual Strip and Fremont Street is a no go. And like most big cities, there is very limited free parking structures, most parking has to be done at an actual hotel and some are more expensive than others.
Uber: If you’re staying on a hotel on the Strip, you can simply walk from one point to another since most hotels connect. If you want to go from one end to the other end though, take an Uber. For under $10 you can get from one end of the strip to another. Though it doesn’t seem like it, the Strip is too long to walk from one end to the other. Uber is probably your best bet. If you don’t have Uber just download the app and use code: andreap4654ue and your first ride is free!
Fashion Show: If you rented a car like we did and you are looking for some shopping or to be near the Venetian and the Wynn, park at the mall Fashion Show. Since it is a mall, parking there is free! We parked underground at Saks Fifth Avenue and just walked up to get to the street.
Affiliated Hotels of Cesar’s Palace: If you’re wanting to be right in the middle of the Strip where Hotel Paris and Cesar’s Palace is, parking at one of its affiliated hotels on the right side of Las Vegas Boulevard is your best option. You get the first 60 minutes of parking free, $7.00 for 1-4 hours, and $10 for 4-24 hours.
One of the most popular things in Vegas to do is the Stratosphere. You get to go all the way to the top and overlook the entire city of Las Vegas. Seeing the city all lit up is cool not gonna lie but its $20 a person just to go all the way to the top to see it.
What most people don’t know though is that the stratosphere has a lounge up there right below the observation deck on floor 107. Best part of all, it’s free! If you don’t mind going almost to the top, you’re over 21 years old, and you want to save yourself $20+ just ask to go to the lounge when you get to the tower ticketing information. And if you go for happy hour, you get to see the entire city lit up and 2 for 1s on all mixed drinks all for under $20.
Another popular attraction is the High Roller. It’s like a huge Ferris wheel except you’re in this big bubble and up higher. Super cool views definitely and I’m sure it would look gorgeous at night with all the lights up. It does come at a pretty penny however, $40 per person to be exact.
If you are one that wants to see the views more than the city lights at night, I recommend you go before 5:00 p.m. The price drops from $40 per person to $25 per person and if you park in the LINQ hotel parking next door, the ticket you get for parking gives you an additional $5 off per person.
Ladies, I am mostly talking to you, but men can also take this tip. When you go to Las Vegas, please for all that is good in the world, bring COMFY SHOES. Seriously, even if you’re a pro in heels and even if you have a pair that is comfortable you are going to be doing so much walking that by the end of the day your feet will kill. I brought my Adidas All Stars and even though they were super comfortable, my feet still hurt every time we got back to the hotel.
Not to mention at the nightclubs, there is NO place to sit down. None at all, unless you buy a VIP table that starts at $500. I brought 3 inch heels because I know myself and I know that my feet hurt so bad after the club if I wear anything higher, but had I known that I would be standing ALL night, I would have brought flats. I’m telling you. No bar stools. No high tops with chairs. No lounge sitting area. Nothing besides leather seating areas for VIPS. My feet hurt soooo bad after that night I was walking like an idiot through the hotel but I gave 0 f’s LOL. You have been warned.
Were any of these helpful? Do you have any tips or deals you’ve picked up? Let me know!0