Attraction To Skip

In the Excalibur on the floor below the casino apart from several booths where you try to win stuffed animals is a motion simulator ride. The ride is called the Magic Motion Film Ride and its not worth the money. It used to be $10-12 a ride for a long time and probally was good for the time but now it looks very dated. A few weeks ago when i was there it was down to $2 per ride with coupon.

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Transportation: Strip Trolley

One way to travel the strip is via the Las Vegas Strip Trolley. First of all it isn’t a real trolley they are buses made to look like trolley cars. The trolley stops at most of the strip hotels and is $1.75 each way exact fare only. It runs from Mandalay Bay at the south end of the strip to the Stratosphere on the north end of the strip. I have taken it a few times and it never seems too busy. One reason why i don’t take it more is because most of the stops for it are at …

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High Rise Condo Mania

A few years ago a high rise condo with four towers was built called Turnberry Place. More recently luxury high condos are being built all along the strip with many more planned even downtown. These gated luxury condo’s often have pools, private clubs and gyms inside the complexes. All of these high rises are changing the skyline of Las Vegas and are sure to add the traffic. Donald Trump is building one and his former wife Ivana has one planned next to the Saraha as well as many others people have planned or are under construction. Maybe one plus for …

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Transportation: Las Vegas Monorail

Traffic on the strip is bad and at peak times can be a parking lot, one alternative is the Las Vegas Monorail. Soon after it openned it was closed for many months but is now reopened. The route of the monorail is on the back side of many of the large hotels on one side of the strip. It runs from the MGM Grand to the Saraha with stops also at Paris/Ballys,Flamingo,Harrahs/Imperial Palace,Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton. Because its behind most of the properties the stations for most are at the back of the hotels. The fare is …

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San Remo To Become Hooters

Several of my friends stayed at the San Remo recently and said it was a little run down. It is going to be remodelled and reopened in Feb 06 as The Hooters Hotel & Casino. The fact the hotel is being remodelled is good but my question is about the new theme. Its named after the restaurant chain that has “Hooters Girls” who serve the food and drinks in uniforms of tight orange shorts and tight white t shirts. Myself being a single guy it sounds good to me but with all the options to stay or gamble in Las …

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Hotel Review: Binions Formally The Horseshoe

Binions is a downtown property that for years was known as Binions Horseshoe. Binions Horseshoe got in financial trouble and was closed for many months in 2004. Harrahs bought the property and reopened it bringing a historical Las Vegas casino back to life. One of the things Binions Horseshoe was famous for was The World Series of Poker which always drew good crowds. Harrahs moved the tournament to a off strip property it owns The Rio and this year only the last two rounds were played downtown and this was only because the mayor asked them because this is Las …

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Imperial Palace bought by Harrahs

The Engelstad family recently sold the Imperial Palace on the strip to Harrahs for $360 million. Harrahs hasn’t decided what they are going yet with the hotel; Most likely they will knock it down and expand the two properties on each side. The Imperial Palace is an older property and the rooms were okay but the big advantage for visitors was the fact you could get a room for a decent price in a high room rate section of the strip. With Harrahs taking over i can see these discount rooms not being available anymore. I enjoy going to the …

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My Preferences

I visit Las Vegas several times a year for business or pleasure. First of all i should tell you that i prefer to stay downtown or at the smaller properties. I’m not a big fan of the huge crowds at some of the strip hotels. I also don’t like long check lines or taking half an hour to get to your room from the strip. I mainly play blackjack and a little slots and other table games.

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