If you've been following my tweets, you'll know I'm planning a girls weekend in Vegas to celebrate my birthday this month.
I have been on the hunt for weeks for the steals and deals on the best in Vegas. Which is possible, it just takes a lot of time!
When searching for accommodations for 6 of us--I wanted to keep the price around $100/pp for 2 nights, stay close to the strip, stay in a hotel that is clean, nice, and got good reviews, and be a place we can relax (preferably with a pool). It was a tall order!
I searched TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Yelp, for 3-4 star hotels in our price range. A hotel I'd never heard of kept coming back up in the search results: The Desert Rose Resort
It was rated 96% on trip Advisor and 4.6/5 on Expedia. It was SO affordable, and so cute. I had originally had my heart set on staying at a themed hotel like New York, New York, or The Luxor, but the reviews were just appalling!
We booked a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite for a ridiculously low price (we came way under budget)
The site won't let me copy/paste photos of our room, but if you want to check it out,
Click here, then view photos 22-27.
Once that was squared away, I started to look at Vegas shows. I wanted to see a Cirque Du Soleil show, and I heard really great things about KA.
I waited and searched online for ticket deals and had finally resigned myself to paying $108 for seats in the nosebleeds. I called last Wednesday to make my reservation and this amazing lady at MGM Grand told me to wait just a little bit longer. I checked over the weekend and the released this fantastic Summer of Cirque special. I ended up getting seats worth $130 for $60.
Thank you awesome lady at MGM Grand!
The next thing it was time to worry about is FOOD. So this week I'm doing a bunch of research on places to eat.
We need to pick restaurants for Friday night (for only 3 of us), breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and a light lunch on Sunday (we're going to make breakfast in our kitchen suite on Sunday morning)
My ideal situation would be:
Friday dinner: cheap casino dinner (but still good!)
Saturday Breakfast: Cafe (possibly the Grand Lux at the Venetian)
Saturday lunch: possibly ethnic food like sushi or thai? or diner like BLT Burger at the Mirage?
Saturday dinner: Vegas Buffet (our show doesn't start until 9:30pm)
I would love to get some recommendations from people who have been, so please chime in if there's a place you feel we HAVE to check out! (and thanks for those who've chimed in already on Twitter!)
Have a splendid weekend!
I am going out with my in-laws for an early birthday celebration tonight, heading to Encinitas for lunch and a visit to Lou's records tomorrow afternoon, and then attending a year-end softball game and barbecue where E and his classmates will take on graduating seniors and faculty.
I'll be back on Monday with more wedding recaps :-)