Had it not have been for a friend’s 30th birthday, I am sad to say I probably never would have visited Las Vegas. The idea of a huge amount of drunk bogans in an over-commercialised city with cigarettes and alcohol at every turn did not entice me. However, I was actually shocked at how much I loved this crazy place! OMG, does that make me one of the bogans?! Oh well…
It’s unlike any other city I’ve visited before. It felt like I was in a computer game. Bright lights everywhere and insane buildings mimicking land marks around the world, like the Egyptian Pyramids, Eiffel Tower and the London Eye. Having driven the 4hrs from Los Angeles with a stop at Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner for a vanilla malt milkshake, we were ready to check into our room at the fancy Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas. Hands down, the best view of the strip was from our amazing room. I haven’t stayed somewhere this fancy in a really long time. We could even see the infamous fountain show at The Bellagio next door!
Another thing that shocked me was the fact that there’s an 8 lane highway running down some of the strip. I’m not sure what I expected, but certainly not this big! Having walked around and checked out plenty of other hotels, I think the Cosmopolitan was the best. It certainly suited my taste!
The great thing about Las Vegas is that it doesn’t have to be expensive! Compared to just about every other city in the USA, it’s relatively cheap. My hot tip would be to stay central! As a rule of thumb, The Bellagio is the centre of the universe, and I would definitely recommend The Cosmopolitan. We only had a City Room which was the lead-in category, so just imagine what it would be like if you spoiled yourself! Taxis everywhere are cheap as well. Although I’d watched The Bellagio fountain show many times from my room, I wandered down at night to view it from street level, which was magical. Las Vegas looks best at night!
On our first night in Las Vegas we were on the VIP list at Hakkasan, the club at MGM Grand, to see Calvin Harris. The atmosphere was full on in this club and drinks were incredibly overpriced at US$20 for a basic! Although it was a good experience, we visited much better clubs (in my opinion) the next night. On our party bus with Party Tours Las Vegas, we visited Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay, Foxtail at SLS Las Vegas, and Chateau at Paris Las Vegas and had an absolute blast! 25 travel agents surrounded by unlimited free-pour alcohol…what could go wrong?!
After some big nights in Las Vegas, waking up to the buffet at The Cosmopolitan is possibly the greatest thing on the planet. We literally spent 2.5hrs eating all the glorious food on offer. It’s US$35 + tip and runs until 3pm, so you don’t have to worry about getting up early. BEST. Apart from a bit of shopping at Planet Hollywood and a ride on the rollercoaster on top of the Stratosphere hotel, we were ready to leave Sin City and head to Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon!
City Room at The Cosmopolitan: We paid AU$180 per room per night
The Cosmopolitan buffet breakfast: US$35 + tip
Party Tours Las Vegas party bus (including transport, VIP entry to 3 clubs, unlimited free-pour alcohol onboard the bus): US$70 + tip
(prices & room views are subject to change depending on when you book and what season)