Another day in Las Vegas

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Jul 25, 2010

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

We got up mid morning and headed out around lunchtime to get something to eat quickly in the MGM Grand and to take back our rental car.

We ate again in the fast food hall where the food was good enough and much cheaper than the restaurants. Then we picked up the car from the valet.

Before taking the car back we wanted to drive up and down the strip whilst we still had the opportunity. The strip is a really crazy place. It is just like a theme park. Opposite our hotel is the New York, New York Hotel and you can see the imitation Brooklyn Bridge and the rollercoaster from the road. Continuing down the strip you pass all the major hotels, Caesars Palace stood out as the hotel that looked the largest, it must be cavernous inside. Maybe we'll get some time to explore it later. There was the Excelsior which looked a like the Disney castle, then Treasure Island Hotel complete with a rocky facade containing restaurants and terraces and then the Venetian which apparently has canals and gondolas inside. At the far end of the strip are two of the newest and most luxurious hotels in Vegas, the Wynn and Encore. We narrowly missed a deal to stay at these hotels before we knew what we were missing. Turning around we pass back through all the hotels and onwards towards the airport where we pass the giant black pyramid of the Luxor and the Mandalay Bay Hotel with its gold leaf windows that initially caused the building to sink until they strengthened the foundations!

We dropped the Dodge Charger off at the airport and took a taxi back to our hotel, stopping briefly to get some food for our three day trip which starts tomorrow. We then spent some time getting ready for the evening and packing what we needed for tomorrows 6am start.

We wanted to visit one of the nice restaurants in the hotel for dinner and decided on a fish restaurant called Sea Blue. We sat at the bar rather than wait for a table and ordered some cocktails. I took a Seafood Paella Tagine and Van stuck to an appetiser! The food was really good, as it should have been for the price!

We had decided to head to the Tryst nightclub at the Wynn this evening. It is one of the newest hotels and clubs in Las Vegas and one of the most exclusive and popular. We took a quick look around the Wynn lobby before we took our place in the queue for Tryst. They had a huge waterfall spectacularly lit that falls into a pool surrounded on three sides by terraces for one of the hotels bars. You can see this through a three story window from the top of a balcony flanked on either side by two curved escalators descending down to the bar. It’s an impressive design.

We got to Tryst quite early, 30 minutes before they opened in fact and got a place almost at the front of the queue. It was a good thing too as 20 minutes later it was growing and already wrapped around the sides of the hotels oversized lobby.

It seems women get in everywhere in Las Vegas either for free or at a very discounted price. Men seem to pay a hefty price tag! After doing almost as thorough a job of lightening my wallet as the Wyoming State Trooper, we were let into the club.

It was very plush inside. Red velvet and subtle lamp lighting line the walls and burlesque style waitresses lay in wait for the club to fill up. There was a dance floor at the centre flanked on either side with two podium dancers. It led impressively outside onto a terrace with a backdrop of a pool and large waterfall with the clubs name projected onto the falling water. The club arched around the dance floor on either side in a crescent shape with the far points circling the pool outside. It was full inside and out with tables available at a cover charge complete with dedicated burlesque waitresses. The table cover charge can only be justified if you’re in a large group.

Van soon found a ledge to sit on and was promptly told off. Not for sitting down, but for removing her heels! We had a few drinks and the music was really good. For somewhere so exclusive it didn’t feel too pretentious as it can often feel in London as the crowd was very mixed. The place filled up very quickly. After a few hours we made our way back to the hotel to sleep for only a few hours before our 5am alarm!
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