I recently took a quick trip to Las Vegas with a guy I’ve been dating. We got our room comped from a friend of his at the Paris Hotel for three nights, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It was the first time either of us have been to Vegas.
Our plan going into it was to see and do as much as we could, with a really big emphasis on eating amazing food. We each made a list of thing that we’d like to do out there, and made a rough itinerary.
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Day 1: Thursday
We left Pittsburgh on a 6am flight with a quick layover at LAX before arriving in Vegas around 1pm. We quickly collected our bags and headed to our hotel to check in. Driving down the strip, you can really see just how huge each hotel is. Before going, people told us not to try and walk everywhere because places aren’t as close as they seem, and that was REALLY evident on our drive in.
Our hotel was right next to a CVS, so after we dropped our bags, we headed over to pick up some alc and snacks for the room. This was definitely crucial. Highly recommend stocking up on alc for your room so you aren’t spending all your money on drinks in the casinos.
We were pretty hungry from traveling all day, but headed to an early dinner so we grabbed some sushi in our hotel. It was AMAZING. I never really found sushi to be different from place to place until we ate here. It was so good that we actually went to it again the next day.
After our late lunch, we headed up to our room to get ready for dinner. We made reservations at The Top of The World restaurant in the Stratosphere. The restaurant had a happy hour with half off drinks so we used that as our pregame.
This dinner was BY FAR THE BEST MEAL I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. And I don’t say that lightly. Everything from the ambiance, to the service to the meal was perfection. This would be my TOP RECOMMENDATION for anyone visiting Vegas.
They were offering a special four-course special, so we split that and then added on a 22oz. Bone-In Prime Ribeye. Our selections for the four-course meal were Caesar salad, crab cake, Filet Mignon and spumoni.
After dinner we headed to Fremont Street, which is also known as Old Vegas. It’s basically a freak-show in the best possible way. We got tickets to the Shotzilla (zip line that flies over Fremont Street) for 11pm.
The later part of the evening wasn’t planned perfectly. We originally got the tickets for the zip line at night so we could see watch all the drunk people below and see the lights better. But our reservations for dinner were earlier than we had hoped for based on their availability. So, we had a few hours to kill on Fremont before we could do the zip line. (Even though we got the insurance on the zip line tickets, they didn’t let us change times or dates or even cancel without a doctors note LOL.) This all would have been fine, but I was wearing four inch heels and a dress in 40 degree weather. So, I ended up buying a pair of $30 Vegas sweats to keep warm, and make sure nothing hung out while flying through the sky.
The zip line was actually really fun. I’m glad we decided to go because if we didn’t, I don’t think we would have made it to Old Vegas.
Day 2: Friday
Our plan for Friday was to visit as many of the hotels as we could. We were out the door by 10am, and started off with the ones within walking distance from our hotel. We hit the Bellagio and Cosmo before our left-over steak wasn’t enough to keep us full so we headed back to the Paris for more sushi and quick hour nap.
Bellagio: Really fancy, older crowd, everything was spread out and not in one big open area. My parents stayed here, and I think it’s the perfect place for those that want somewhere nice without the party scene.
Cosmo: New, fun, perfect for someone in their 20s-30s. The Chandelier Bar is the perfect photo opt.
After our nap, we Ubered over to the The Forum Shops at Caesars. These shops have every high-end store you can imagine as well as some pretty unique ones.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the bar by the Fountain of the Gods which had pretty good food and happy hour deals. Then, we headed over to the Venetian. The Venetian was probably my favorite hotel, and where I would stay next time if we didn’t have comped rooms.
The gondola ride was on our to-do list. When we went to get tickets, they told us that the outdoor gondola wasn’t open, only the in-door one was. We decided not to do it because the in-door ride was really short and lack-luster considering that we had just walked past everything that we would have seen on the ride. Not to mention, everyone we saw riding it looked pretty miserable. lol
After traipsing through all the shops and hotels, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and club night. We were expecting Friday night to be our favorite night, but we ended up being a little disappointed with our plans.
We heard about this amazing four-pound lobster dinner at The Palm in Caesars. People told us to make sure we got a male lobster because they have more meat on them. So, we called ahead to confirm that they had males in stock.
Upon arrival, the host stand was a mess. It also took a long time to get our drinks and food order in. We also notified our waitress that we wanted a male lobster, but when it came out, she told us that they didn’t have any. There was hardly any meat, and it wasn’t filling at all. It ended up being around the same price as dinner at the Stratosphere, and we got 1/4 of the food. Our waitress knew that we weren’t happy, but instead of trying to make our dinner better, she ended up just avoiding us more. All, and all – bad meal, and I wouldn’t recommend.
After dinner, we stopped at a lounge in Caesars to grab a few more drinks before heading over to Omnia Nightclub. We ended up getting on a guest list through a friend of a friend so we didn’t have to pay to get in. However, I have to warn you about the line you have to wait in to get in, list or no list. They told us to get in line at 9:45pm, which seemed ridiculous to me, but it actually isn’t. They make everyone form a huge line that wraps around the building outside (no doubt to make it look crowded). The club doesn’t even open until 10:30pm so you’re just standing there waiting. I highly recommend you bring a few drinks with you while you’re waiting, because there isn’t any option to buy any in line.
Once 10:30pm rolls around, andyou think you’re finally moving, you’re quickly surprised by another long lineyou have to wait in inside. Then the mandatory coat check. Then, the drinksinside. $48 for two vodka waters in small rocks glasses. All and all, the clubwasn’t worth it at all. We ended up waiting in line longer than we spentinside. I think if we had had a bigger group, and had gotten a table, I mighthave liked it better, but to me, it was a waste of an evening. I much ratherwould have liked to see a show or concert.
Day 3: Saturday
We had a pretty late start onSaturday. Those expensive vodka waters did me dirty. We headed to brunch atHexx, at our hotel around 12pm. (Hexx was one of the number one recommendationsfrom you guys when I polled you on IG.) We had an hour wait so we headed up tothe Beer Park, which is an outdoor bar that sits on top of Hexx. It was totallymy kind of place with big high-top tables for group and tons of games like pole,Jenga and flip cup.
Hexx is the perfect place topeople watch. Ask for an patio seat so you can watch an endless stream ofentertainment. The service was pretty slow and the food was nothing too special,but being able to sit right on The Strip, made it worth it.
After lunch, we walked acrossthe street to watch The Fountains of Bellagio. I’d recommend seeing them atnight, because they have lights and music, but it didn’t fit into our nightly schedule.We had a few hours to kill before we wanted to be back up in our room to packand get ready for the evening so we headed over to Planet Hollywood. No joke,we got so lost and ended up walking round in circles three times, so that wasn’tsuch a great experience. I have no idea how you’d find your way out if you weredrinking. Lol
Saturday night consisted of seeing Cirque du Soleil, which was AMAZING! We saw Mystere, but I really don’t think you could go wrong with any of the shows they have out. It was the perfect way to wind down the trip after shuffling around nonstop.
We ended our trip with dinner at a restaurant that I was pretty hesitant to go to, if I’m being honest. The website does absolutely nothing for this place. And, it’s off the strip so, I was seriously doubting it, but a friend of his kept preaching that we had to go. I’m beyond glad we did. I can honestly say this was the best Italian food I’ve ever had.
Between the live music and the decor, it feels like you slipped back into time. It kinda felt like we were in an old gangster movie.
There are two places that we both agreed that we would 100% go back to every time we visited, and they are dinner at The Stratosphere and Casa di Amore. It’s honestly a little sad to know that food that amazing exists out there, and I can’t eat it every day. LOL