Day Nine, Hotel Inspector

Trip Start May 09, 2012
Trip End May 22, 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Still in Las Vegas today, so I have had the opportunity to experience a full 24 hours in this crazy city. Having only slept for 3 of those hours (don't worry, tomorrow is a driving day, so I'll have plenty of opportunity to catch up on sleep then).

So, some more thoughts about Vegas:

I think its odd that a tourist's main experiences in this city revolves around exploring hotels. I don't think that really happens much elsewhere? Certainly not on this scale. Yes, I know Vegas is all about the gambling, but each casino is really just a hotel with bells and whistles attached.


The day began with another tour of the Strip, only this time it went well. The history behind some of these hotels is just fascinating, from mob money to eccentric billionaires. And something I hadn't considered before I arrived was just how much renovation work goes on here. They really only expect a hotel to last much beyond 50 years (sometimes less) and then they tear it down and put up something new and different, which sparks another hotel design trend, and so some other poor building gets torn down, remodelled, rebuilt, and renamed just to keep up with the times. Hotels go out of fashion here.

After seeing many hotels from the outside over the last couple of days, I decided to wander around inside for a bit. So far I have checked out four hotels: The Stratosphere (of course, as that is where I'm staying), New York New York (sadly the roller coaster wasn't open when I was there), MGM Grand (they've got rid of the famous live lions and they're redesigning the entrance so there's not much to see), and the Venetian (wow the replica of St Mark's Square is impressive! You almost feel like you're stood outside, when really you're in a very tall room, with the sky painted on the ceiling).

These hotels are very, very cleverly designed, they draw you in and then make it difficult to leave, there are no exit signs in the casino sections, and very few directions. It's incredibly easy to get lost. Which is actually really frustrating when all you want to do is have a look around.

After buying an ice cream at the Venetian (actually it was a green apple sorbet, and it was delicious), I headed back to my hotel, grabbed a bit of lunch and I am right now deciding whether to take the bus down to the centre of the Strip, head 800 feet up to the top of the Stratosphere tower, or maybe try my hand at one of the slot machines? I've yet to use my self-imposed $10 gambling allowance.

UPDATE: I went for the Stratosphere tower option, and I'm glad I did, because there was an amazing sunset, as well as some also amazing pizza.

Until next time,
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