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Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Blvd. S.) Off Strip Downtown Henderson
*Caesar's Palace
*Circus Circus
*The Cromwell
*Four Seasons
*MGM Grand
*Mandalay Bay
*Monte Carlo
*New York New York
*Planet Hollywood
*Treasure Island
*J.W. Marriott
*Alexis Park
*Az. Charlie's E.
*Az. Charlie's W.
*Gold Coast
*Hard Rock
*Palace Station
*Red Rock
*South Coast
*Westin Casuarina
*Downtown Grand
*Four Queens
*Golden Gate
*Golden Nugget
*Las Vegas Club
*Main St. Station

Boulder Hwy.
*Boulder Station
*Nevada Palace
*Sam's Town
*Green Valley Ranch
*Ritz Carlton
*Sunset Station
Boulder City
*Railroad Pass

Northern LV / North Las Vegas
*Jerry's Nugget
*Fiesta Rancho
*Santa Fe Station
*Texas Station
First, Some Good Advice
Before trying to book a hotel room in Las Vegas check the convention schedule and special events schedule. You can find it at lasvegas24hrs.com This will direct you to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority web site. It is virtually impossible to get a booking during major events such as COMDEX and the NATIONAL FINALS RODEO. Unless you want to pay $400 for a room, that is.

The cheapest hotel rooms can be had after the Rodeo and before Christmas, the two slowest weeks of the year. Remember, a lot of shows and lounge acts will be in hiatus during that time.

If calls to hotel reservations are fruitless try the following: call one of the private booking companies. They reserve blocks of rooms in various hotels to which the hotels themselves have no access. So, even if the hotel tells you rooms are not available they might in fact be sitting on vacant rooms.
Las Vegas Hotels (some more advice)
Read this, you might learn something!

When I started this project I did not want it to be like any other Las Vegas website, which are merely lists. I want to give you a short commentary about Las Vegas hotels. After having lived in Las Vegas for almost thirty years I thought I knew it all. Until I started research for this project. Then everything changed. The reality is: there are only a few hotels/casinos in Las Vegas that deserve my green check mark as measured against my bench marks. Quite a few are built only as overnight warehouses for gambling patrons. I guess they weren't expected to spend any time in their rooms, but most of their time in the casino. Look for the red mark for examples of that type of hotel. I gave the green check mark to those hotels that I thought had the most well rounded package of gambling/entertainment/food. Click on the link where provided for more on facilities and amenities, and to make online reservations.

Some friendly advice (for free):
  • Avoid using your room telephone. Some hotels charge a dollar for local calls, even for 800 numbers.
  • Should your room get burglarized, call the police. In-house security will not do anything but take a report. No telling where those are filed. Publicity, you see.
  • Do not change foreign currency at the hotel cashier cash. Use a currency exchange instead. You will get better rates. Some hotels do not know the difference between the Euro and the Euro-Dollar. So, watch your step.
  • The Wynn beats them all. In room faxes $8, last time I checked. They want to nickel and dime you.
{short description of image} Linq
The High Roller
. The tallest observation wheel in the world (550') is the anchor of a new venue called "LINQ". It is located in the small street between the Flamingo hotel and the Quad hotel (formerly the Imperial Palace). This street used to be populated by several vending carts and assorted hawkers. It is now a very attractive entertainment and shopping venue. We put the emphasis on the word "attractive." This writer (the webmaster) likes it a lot. There are bars, restaurants, shops and a Brooklyn Bowl, a really amazing place.
Alexis Park Resort
375 E. Harmon St., Tel: 702-796-3300
Beautiful boutique style non-gambling hotel about three blocks from the strip. All Mediterranean style construction (I call it California eclectic). Small gift shop with high prices. I guess their clientele doesn't mind. Food is good, gourmet style. Conventioneers hang out here for the most part. Expense accounts I guess.
{short description of image} Arizona Charlie's East
4575 Boulder Highway, Tel: 702-951-9100
Small, non-descript.
. Bally's
3645 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-739-4111
Huge is the watchword here. Is connected by private monorail to the MGM Grand and has a walkway to the Paris which is next door. Features one of the first in-hotel shopping malls in Las Vegas. I was a chef in this hotel from 1975-1980 when it burned down. Not that I set the creme brulee on fire. I was at home at the time. At that time food, working conditions and pay were absolutely fabulous. Food is still very good. I can't say anything about the other stuff.

- BLT, Steakhouse.
- Big Kitchen Buffet.
- The Sidewalk Cafe - American.
- Sea, the Thai Experience. I
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.

The Cromwell
3595 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-737-7111

The former Barbary Coast - former Bill's - has been remodeled and rebranded into a boutique hotel that promises personalized service.  The hotel has 188 rooms - miniscule by Las Vegas standards - and aims to make every guest at VIP in plush surroundings.  Rooms in the $200 and up range as of this writing.  We think it's a good approach for this property, which has always been something of an anomaly with its small size right on the corner next to Bally'sand the Flamingo.
. Bellagio Hotel
3600 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-693-7111
Steve Wynn allegedly spent almost a billion and a half dollars to put this place up. Fantastic water works, fountains and gardens. Everything here is upscale, including the pricing. Don't miss the million dollar chandelier in the lobby. For my taste this place is overdecorated but to each his own. It also has a nice art gallery and a conservatory loaded with flowers. I would rate this a must see even if I don't agree with the interior desecrators. If you want to get rid of your shopping dollars fast this could be the place for you. I would not miss this place for any money. It is fabulous. For shopping you can select from the following: Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Moschino, Prada and Tiffany.

Restaurants: Reservations 693-7223
- Le Cirque - contemporary French. 693-7223.
- Buffet - 693-7111.
- Cafe Bellagio - coffee shop. 693-7111.
- Jasmine - Hong Kong Cantonese. 693-7223.
- Noodles - Hong Kong bbq. 693-7111.
- Olives - Mediterranean. 693-7223.
- Picasso - art and food. 693-7223.
- Prime - Continental. 693-7223.
- Michael Mina - seafood. 693-7223
- Fix - Classic American. 693-7223
- Sensi - international dining.693-7223
- Yellowtail - Japanese
- Petrossian - tea and caviar 6927223
- Pool Cafe - closed in winter. 693-7111.
- Circo - Italian -
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
{short description of image} Boulder Station
4111 Boulder Highway, Tel: 702-432-7777
Part of the Station Casinos group. They own a bunch of them around Las Vegas. Specializing on the local trade mostly. They have a place for you to drop off your kids (Kids Quest), they have a large Multiplex movie theater, an Arcade with games for the kids, Bingo, buffet, Mexican dining, Coffee Shop, Italian, Steak House, 99- Margaritas, etc. Also very ample parking. Watch out for the parking structure out back. I have heard reports of robberies occuring there.

- The Feast Buffet
- China Express
- Starbucks
- Boulder Cafe
- Pizza Palace
- The Broiler
- Viva Salsa
- Guadalajara Bar and Grill
Caesars new tower Caesars Palace
3570 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-731-7333
As of 02/01/01 the hotel/casino has been renovated. New facade etc. Very attractive!
A large jumble of casino areas, shopping, bars, restaurants, hotel towers etc. I don't like it but perhaps you might. I remember in the old days their parking lot was so large they staged automobile races on it. And the Flamingo wash ran right through it and periodically swept cars towards Lake Mead. This wash then runs underneath the Imperial Palace and down the center of the small street behind that hotel. It drops down a grating just before Koval Lane and comes out on the other side of it. Boy I have seen some good sized floods going down that wash. One time a lot of cars got swept down from the Caesars parking lot and wound up at the Imperial Palace. Cadillacs, Lincolns and what have you. They have flood control now. Those days are long gone. It still is extremely popular (Caesars Palace) and pretends to be the class of the strip. Watch out for parking, it is in the rear. From the strip use the tunnel that runs underneath the hotel. An easier way would be to use valet parking in the tunnel. You will be right at the entrance to the Forum shops. If you want to self-park you would be better off to use Industrial Rd. That is the one behind Circus-Circus. That way you do not have to fight strip traffic.
Bette Midler now headlines in the showroom, following Celine Dion's successful run of several years. Elton John fills in several times per year.

Restaurants: Reservations 731-7731.
- Serendipity - Casual. (877) 346-4642
- Mesa Grill - Southwestern.702-731-7731
- Cypress Street - interactive (?) casual.
- Empress Court - Cantonese. 731-7888.
- Nobu - Japanese 1-702-785-6628.
- La Piazza Food Court - various.731-7846.
- Payard - Bistro. 702-731-7292
- Rao's - Italian.702) 731-7267.
- Central - American casual. . 702-650-5921.
- Old Homestead - steaks.(702)731-7558.
- Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill - English pub.
- Beijing Noodle #9 - Chinese. 877) 346-4642.
- Munchbar - American casual.888-686-8624.
- Restaurant Guy Savoy - French.
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Circus Circus Circus Circus
2880 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-100%-0410
Thousands of rooms, shopping, midway, RV park, wedding chapel, reasonable prices. You have to be able to put up with all the kids. If you do travel with your kids you really should consider staying here, if you can get a room. The prices are right and there is lots to do for them. Stuff that won't cost an arm and a leg. They also have lots of shopping with interesting items. Check out their clown display at the gift shop next to the entrance (Exclusively Circus). I always find this hotel to be a very nice, exciting experience.

- Blue Iguana - Mexican. 100%-0410.
- The Steak house - 100%-0410.
- Stivali Italiano - Italian. 743-0410.
- Buffet - 100%-0410. --
- Pink Pony - coffee shop. 100%-0410.
- Pizzeria - 100%0410.
- Barista - coffees. 100%0410.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
{short description of image} Cosmopolitan
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000.
One of the newest places on the Strip. Good location, right in the center of everything.

- Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill. (877) 551-7776
- China Poblano. (877) 551-7776
- Comme Ca.(877) 551-7776.
- D.O.C.G. (877) 551-7776.
- Estiatorio Milos. (877) 551-7776.
- Holsteins. (877) 551-7776.
- Jaleo. (877) 551-7776.
- Overlook Grill. (877) 551-7776.
- Rose, Rabbit, Lie. (877) 551-7776.
- Scarpetta. (877) 551-7776
- STK. (877) 551-7776.
- The Henry. (877) 551-7776.
- Va Bene.
- Wicked Spoon Buffet.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Excalibur Excalibur
3850 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-597-7777
The "castle" is truly a fun building and a fun theme for this resort. They have a large entertainment area for kids downstairs, shopping and more show on the second floor. Plenty of restaurant choices in the middle range. This is one place to stay if you bring your kids, it is more family oriented than many other hotels.

- Buca di Bepo - Italian - 597-7777.
- Dick's Last Resort - American eclectic.
- Camelot - steaks. (702) 597-7449
- Buffet - 597-7777.
- Baja Fresh - Mexican.
- Village Food Court - Krispy Kreme, McDonald's etc. 597-7777.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Flamingo
3555 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-733-3111
Invented by Bugsy Siegel. He got his'n in California by a shotgun. Now the place is run by the Hilton people. Pretty good food. Check out the park out back. Real live penguins! I have one objection: every square inch of that property has been put to use. Looks pretty bleak. They call it profit enhancement I guess. There is a sizable shopping mall and a nice pool. Otherwise mostly slot machines.

- Center Cut - steaks, prime rib.702-784-8821 .
- Tropical Breeze - American.(702) 733-3111 -
- Paradise Garden Buffet - 733-3333
- Carlos and Charlie's - Mexican. 702-522-9254
- Margaritaville - for Parrotheads.(702) 733-3302
- Hamada of Japan - Japanese (702) 400-3345
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
{short description of image} Fontainebleau
Here it sits, the planned "Fountain Blue" as it is known, another victim of the recession. The exterior is dried in, the interior unfinished. I hope it can get finished, you are talking $1.5 billion sitting here.
Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay
3960 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-632-5000
A five star hotel, very elegant and quiet. It has a separate entrance from the Mandalay Bay itself. It is farther south. There is a golf course adjoining. And a beauty it is. Check my golf pages!!
Gold Coast
4000 West Flamingo. Tel: 702-367-7111
Bowling, dance hall and movie theater. Other than that just another casino. It is as plain as it possibly can get. The bowling alley is pretty large though. I used to hang in the western dance hall there. But now there is a very confusing format. Some nights country and some nights ballroom. There is a large bingo room but it is very busy, hardly any chance to win anything. Food is lousy.

Restaurants: All tel: 367-7111
- Mediterranean Room - Italian and seafood.
- Buffet -
- Cortez Room - beef, poultry, seafood.
- Monterey Room - coffee shop.
- Kate's Korner - desserts.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Green Valley Ranch
Opened 12/18/01. Located off I-215 , at the Pecos off-ramp. About 5 miles east of the I-15 interchange.
This is the newest hotel in the Station Casinos chain. Typical Station Casinos architecture: lots of detail, nice materials and an upscale atmosphere that is a bit more relaxed than the strip casinos. The neighborhood is brand new too, and has been built with strict design guidelines and lush landscaping to provide an elegant mood. The casinos has several nice restaurants that will not disappoint you, and a good buffet where you will wait in a long line on Friday nights and weekends. Take a step back into the ultra-mod 1960's at the Drop Bar, with its cool, white-molded-plastic decor and starburst chandeliers; or visit the very authentically decorated Irish pub, Fado. The casino does not feature Bingo, Keno or Caribbean Stud. Next door is the District, a new shopping "village" designed like an old-fasioned Main Street , with medium to upscale stores, bars and restaurants, and often outdoor entertainment that has become quite popular as a place for normal people to hang out. The stores are nice, but nothing too out of the ordinary except for the sporting goods store.
Dotty's at Lake Mead
in Boulder City, about 2 miles from down town on Highway 93.Tel: 702 293 5000
The first thing one has to say about this hotel is its remarkable location. It is actually inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is about 3 miles from Hoover Dam itself and about two miles from Lake Mead. In fact it overlooks Lake Mead. Some people may not know this but this lake is the largest man made lake in the Western Hemisphere. Very popular with the fishing and boating crowd. You simply cannot get any closer to this lake and stay in a modern, comfortable, affordable hotel at the same time. I recently had the opportunity to have dinner (and lunch also) at the newly remodeled buffet. And what great food it was too! A large salad bar, plenty of hot dishes and a great selection of desserts. All at a very popular price. I am a beer fanatic and was presently surprised about the quality and selection of brews at the bar. Exotics on tap. You don't see that every day. All in all an outstanding and pleasant experience. I can heartily recommend this hotel/casino. Here is a little inside info for you. They have an ad in the yellow pages. All you have to do is to mention it and you will get a 10% discount on your room rate.
. Hard Rock
4455 Paradise, Tel: 702-693-5000
Gamble amidst rock paraphernalia. Mostly populated by younger people. The parking lot is very confusing. There must be a better way. Try the entrance off Harmon. Paradise Road is so busy these days. They issue collectible casino chips every once in a while, depending on which band is playing. You might try to get some back issues. I like the Black Crowes and the Halloween chip. Very collectible. Lots of Japanese visitors who are picking up souvenirs from the gift shop.

The picture is of the Hard Rock Cafe.

- Steaks and 35 - Steakhouse. 702.693.5500
- Fu - Chinese.702.522.8188
- Pink Taco
- Hard Rock Cafe. -
- Culinary Dropout - American.702.522.8100.
- Noby - Japanese.
- Mr. Lucky's - Diner.
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Harrah's Las Vegas
3475 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-369-5000
I knew Bill Harrah in Reno when he was a small operator. What have you wrought Bill? All in all a pretty mediocre place by Las Vegas standards. Don't dine here, the food is horrible. Unless you are a steak/eggs/potato guy. This casino is so large you can lose your way inside. The buffet is inexpensive but way below standards. Just like slopping hogs.

Restaurants. All tel: 369-5000
- KGB - Burgers.
- Ming;s Table -Chinese and Asian1-877-346-4642.
- Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill - American.
- The Cafe - coffee shop.
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse- steakhouse.
- Buffet
- Starbucks - specialty coffees.
- Oyster Bar.
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Hooters
115 E. Tropicana Av. Tel: Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 (702) 739-9000

formerly the San Remo
Across the street from the MGM Grand and next to the Tropicana, one block eastof the strip. This place has absolutely nothing to offer but rooms and gambling.
Oh, I forgot, there is that coffee shop called, what else,"Hooters".
3000 Paradise Rd., Tel: 702-732-5111
Elvis's old hangout when it was the Hilton. They've removed that Star Dreck (excuse me Star Trek) experience ride. From what I hear the VP in charge of that project had to take an earlyout. They have an old Elvis suit in a glass case on display.

- Benihana Village - Japanese. --
- 888 Noodle Bar - Chinese.
- TJ's Steakhouse
- Vince Neil's Taluado Restaurant and Cantina - Mexican.
- Teru Sushi - Japanese. (702) 732-5755.
- Burger Bistro - American. --
- Buffet
- Paradise Cafe - coffee shop.
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to makereservations please visit our dining page.
J.W. Marriot - Las Vegas
221 N. Rampart Bl., Tel: 702-869-7777
(formerly Regent Summerlin). Brand new resort in an out-of-the-way place. On the far west side of the valley. Several good golf courses nearby. Also nearby is the Suncoast hotel.
Hilton Lake Las Vegas
at Montelago, 101 Montelago Bl., 702-567-1234
Actually in Henderson rather than Las Vegas. On top of that it is not in Henderson proper but quite a bit east. Very exclusive, very new, very elegant. At a man made lake. Golf course adjoining. If you like privacy this would be the place to be. Has the advantage of being connected to the Hyatt world-wide reservation system. Allegedly 5 stars.
- Tajine An American fusion restaurant. --See detailed review
- see their website

3900 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-262-4000
The only pyramid shape hotel in the US, so far as I know. Because of its shape you take inclinators rather than elevators. And if you are at the wrong entrance you cannot get to the right inclinator to your floor. So, watch it. Very interesting inside and lots of stuff to see. Arcades and rides for the youngsters. I like to visit from time to time and look at things. Don't forget the shops downstairs. Interesting stuff.

Restaurants: All tel: 262-4000.
- Tender - steaks.
- Public House - Americn.
- Buffet
- Backstage Deli
- Pyramid Cafe - coffee shop.
- Rice - Japanese.
- T & T - Mexican.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Mandalay Bay
3950 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-632-7777
I have to admit it. Of all the hotels in Las Vegas I like this one the best. The pool area is out of this world. A brand new golf course is adjoining. There is another one up the road a short distance. And check out the bars and restaurants. Wolfgang Puck has a place in here. There is a Russian place (Red Square) with a statue of Lenin out front and about 50 kinds of Vodka. Another restaurant has a wine tower so large it takes a person in a wire harness to retrieve bottles of wine, all visible from the outside, cool!

- Aureole - formal, french gourmet. 632-7200 --
- Border Grill - gourmet Mexican (what's that?).632-7200
- Burger Bar
- House of Blues - Southern. 702.632.7601.
- Charlie Palmer Steak - 702.632.7200
- Citizens Kitchen and Bar - Comfort food. 702.632.7405
- Hussong's Cantina - Mexican. 702.632.6450.
- Kumi - Japanese. 702.632.7200
- Mizuya - Sushi. 702.632.6112.
- Rick Moonen's Seafood - 702.632.720
- Stripsteak - 702.632.7200
- Raffles - coffee shop. 632-7777.
- Ri Ra Irish Pub.702.632.7200
- RX Boiler Room - Comfort food. 702.632.7200.
- Lupo - contemporary Italian. 702.632.7200
- Bay Side - buffet. 632-7402.
- Noodle Shop - Asian .702.632.6071
- Fleur - Bay Area haute cuisine.702.632.7200.
- Red Square - Russian classics (some).702.632.7200
-.Mix - night club and dining 702.632.7200
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Mirage
3400 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-791-7111
Home of the white tigers, Siegfried and Roy, the Dolphin Encounter, and a mini-rain forest, the Secret Garden, the superlative aquarium behind the front desk Siegfried and Roy's hidden garden, and more. A real nice buffet and lots of nice restaurants. A MUST see for Las Vegas visitors.

Restaurants: reservations
- BLT - Burgers.
- Carnegie - Deli.
- Heritage Steak -
- Fin - Chinese.866.339.4566.
. Japonais - Japanese . 866.339.4566
- Portofino - Italian. 866.339.4566
- Stack - American. 866.339.4566
- Samba Grill - Brazilian (steaks).866.339.4566
- Buffet
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Roasted Bean - coffee and pastry.
- To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Monte Carlo
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (888) 529-4828.
Aside from the gaming, the micro brewery is the best feature. The beer and the atmosphere are wonderful. Noisy but fun. One of the first hotels to provide a fast food court.
Restaurants: and reserations.(877) 2-DINE-LV.
- Andre's French Restaurant,
- Brands Steakhouse.
- Diablo's Cantina - Mexican.
- Double Barrel Roadhouse - American.
- D'Vino - Italian.
- The Cafe - coffee shop.
- The Pub - Pub fare.
- Dragon Noodle Company.
- Yusho - Yakatori (Japanese street food).
- 800 Degrees - Pizza.
- Food Court - Nathan's, Sbarro, McDonald's. 730-7000.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
New York New York NewYorkNewYork
3790 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-740-6050
A must see for all visitors to Las Vegas. It's all here, the statue of Liberty, the stock exchange, old New York etc. Everything but the muggers. Check out the giant roller coaster all around the building. I recommend this place highly and I am not on their payroll.

Restaurants: reservations can be made by calling these numbers. 866.815.4365, 888.693.0763. There is a $10 fee. (that sounds pretty greedy to me).
- America - eclectic.-
- The Sporting House.- sports pub type.
- Gallagher's Steakhouse,
- Gonzales y Gonzales - Mexican, Mexican.
- Chin Chin - Chinese.
- Il Fornaio - Italian.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
{short description of image} The Orleans
4500 West Tropicana Av., Tel: 702-365-7111
A couple of miles west of the strip. Not much here, but the buffet is good. I eat there quite regularly. Check their show listings for classic and has-been rockers.

Restaurants: reservations 365-7550
- Big Al's Oyster Bar
- Bones, The Rib Joint
- Canal Street - American food.
- Don Miguel's - Mexican.
- La Louisiane - Cajun.
- Courtyard Cafe - coffee shop.
- French Market Buffet.

To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Palms Resort
West Flamingo Rd.,a few blocks west of the Strip across the street from the Gold Coast.
Well, here we are and the newest hotel in Las Vegas opened around 11/15/01. Talk about bad luck and bad timing. After the events of 9/11 and the reduced visitor volume in Las Vegas this hotel had the misfortune to open. I just hope business picks up quickly enough for them to be able to fill their rooms. We dropped by on Thanksgiving and it seemed as if there was quite a bit of business on that day. I hope it holds up. I like the architecture of the building. Quite unlike any of the other hotels in Las Vegas. It sort of looks like Art Deco but somehow modified. Very pleasant indeed. The interior is also quite detailed, from the bamboo canopies above the bars, the outrageously rich decorated oriental restaurant and the Brendan movie theaters. Unfortunately the places I really came to see - Nine and the Ghost Bar, were closed. Well, some other time.

- Gardunos - south of the border.
- Fantasy Market - buffet
- Nine - steaks.
- Sunrise Cafe - 24hr American.
- Little Buddha - oriental.
- Blue Agave - oysters and chile favorites
- Alize - French gourmet
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Palace Station Palace Station
2411 West Sahara Av., Tel: 702-367-2411
A very popular locals hotel just off the strip on W. Sahara. Has great give-aways and incentives. I urge you to obtain the Station Casinos players card.
. Paris Las Vegas
3655 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-946-7000
A bit of France in Las Vegas. Complete with a 3/4 scale Eiffel Tower. Next to Bally's with which it is connected via a walkway. Had one disappointing meal experience when they first opened, but since then the food has been very good. And the restaurants are pricey. The tower is open for (paying) visitors. It's worth a walk through. I rode up to the top of the tower. It starts out harmless enough but gets scary real fast. Try it anyway, you'll like it.

- Burger Brasserie
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant - French. (702) 948-6937
- Gordon Ramsay Steak - (877) 346-4642
- Mon Ami Gabi - coffee shop/French steak house.
- Jean Jacques Boulangerie - sandwiches, pastries. 946-7000.
- Le Cafe Ille St. Louis - sandwiches, coffee. 946-7000.
- Le Village Buffet - 946-7000.
- Martorano's - Italian.
- Sugar Factory - American.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
. Planet Hollywood
3667 S. Las Vegas Bl., NV 89109, (877) 333-9474

This is the former Aladdin which went under (poor management and poor design). The modern theme is new for Las Vegas, and worth a walk thru.
It has a large shopping mall as advertised, which isn't earth-shaking, but interesting , with some nice decor (it is an imitation middle eastern outdoor market) and some nice restaurants. Some of the restaurants listed below are in the PH itself, others are in the Desert Passage Mall adjoining the hotel and accessible from the hotel.

Commanders Palace - Creole and New Orleans. $25-35. 892-8272.
- Earl of Sandwich.
- Gordon Ramsay Burger.
- Koi - Japanese. (702) 454-4555
- P.F.Chang's - Chinese.(702) 836-0955
- Spice Market Buffet
- Strip House - Steaks.(702) 737-5200
- Yolo's - Mexican. (702) 785-0122
- The London Club - fusion (Asian, Middle Eastern - and - European.
- Planet Dailies - coffee shop.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
the quad
3335 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-785-5555

This is the erstwhile Imperial Palace.

. Railroad Pass Hotel/Casino
2800 S. Boulder Highway, Tel: 702-294-5000
This is a good spot for truckers coming in off Route 95/93. There is a huge parking lot and everything is dirt cheap. Part of the Circus-Circus group. Other than a large parking lot there isn't much else they have to offer. The gift shop is full of trite trinkets available just about anywhere else in the universe. For heavens sake let's have some originality.
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
11011 W. Charleston, 702-797-7777 or 1 (866) 767-7773.
Station Casino's brand new foray into the upscale market. Huge place with modern architecture and impressive interior design. Station Casinos focuses on the locals market, and this is still a locals' casino for the upscale Summerlin mega-development. So new that it is usually crowded, parking is a hassle, and forget about dinner unless you have reservations. This stretch of Charletston used to be so far out of town that it was a two-lane road in the desert with a asphalt bike path to Red Rock. No sign of that now. Dining options include the Salt Lick BBQ, a long-time Texas operator that is generating a lot of buzz around town; a creole Oyster Bar, an Italian place, a Mexican place, a heavy-duty steakhouse, and Stations' usual Feast Buffet (always excellent) and Grand Cafe. Worth a visit if you have been to Vegas numerous times and are ready to explore the locals' casinos.
3700 West Flamingo, Tel: 702-364-9192
A little bit west of the strip. Could be reached by walking but I recommend a cab. I really do not know what to think of this place. They always place very highly on readers' polls etc. but I sure don't like it all that much. Very unique in that they have entertainment coming out of the ceiling. You got to see this one! They put on airs about their food but some of the restaurants are pretty shaky, especially the one on top of the building. I have had several meals there and they have been disappointing, considering what I paid. Well, to each his own. The Italian place was good but I haven't eaten there in about a year. The buffet I do not like at all, typical mass feeding and the room is uncomfortable. They could do better.

- All American Bar and Grille - mesquite grill. 252-7767 --
- Antonio's Ristorante - Italian.(dress code). 252-7737
- Bamboleo - Mexican. 252-7777.
- Buzio's Seafood Restaurant, 252-7697
- Fiore Rotisseri and Grille - steaks, seafood (semi-formal). 252-7702
- VooDoo Cafe - Creole/Cajun, entertainment. 252-7777.
- Carnival World Buffet, 252-7757
- Star Deli & Bakery. 252-7777.
- Rio Java - coffee shop.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Hilton, Lake Las Vegas
1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway, Henderson.
Elegant and much more sedate than casinos on the Strip. Mediterranean architecture on a hillside above an artificial lake where there are often art shows and outdoor concerts. Interior decor right out of Architectural Digest. I have had two meals here, and both should have been better for what they charged. The little "Italian" village of shops in the back, on the bank of the lake with a few cobblestone streets, is a pleasant place to stroll when the weather is cooler. The village has some nice restaurants, galleries, knicknack shops and a real gourmet convenience store for the people staying in the condos above the shops. The "Italian" buildings are sort of a cartoon version of the real thing, much like the District in Henderson, as if the detailing needed to go one step further. The landscaping is gorgeous, and this hotel is worth seeing and strolling through.
Riviera Riviera
2901 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-100%-5110
A formerly nice place. Now it is huge, uncomfortable and poor quality. I just don't see how you can squeeze so many buildings on so little land. Profit enhancement I suppose. The buffet is really lousy here. One of the few places where I can make that statement without flinching. If they were to charge maybe $3-4 I could see it. But for what they charge it ain't much. One good thing - the cocktail servers in the casino are on the ball. Very good service in that area.

- Kristofer's Steakhouse, 794-9233
- Rik Shaw's, 794-9537
- Ristorante Italiano, 794-9363
- Kady's - full service deli. 794-9318
- Buffet. 100%-5110.
- Under Hound Doggies - hot dogs, shrimp cocktails. 100%-9403.
- Food Court - about five different fast food places.
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Sahara Sahara
CLOSED, being rebranded and renovated
2535 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-737-2111
{short description of image} Sam's Town
5111 Boulder Highway Tel: 702-456-7777
Western themed, complete with a western facade. Has recently undergone major restauration. Bowling, good buffet, western dance hall and movie theaters. You should see the indoor atrium! It has an animated western themed light and sound show complete with howling wolves and a waterfall. Very impressive. In between shows this atrium has trees, running water, a waterfall, singing birds in trees, etc. Free to the public and very nice. Also a 50's diner with low prices, bad food and huge portions. Part of the Boyd group of casinos. A huge expansion and renovation is under way as I am typing this. In the course of remodeling they have taken out the western dance hall. None of the renovations seem to cure their problem with stale air.

- Billy Bob's Steakhouse, 45408031
- Papamio's Italian Kitchen, 454-8041
- Willy and Jose's, 454-8044
- Smokey Joe's, 456-7777
- Mary's Diner 454-8073
- Buffet
To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
Silverton Hotel Casino
near the intersection of I15 south and Blue Diamond Rd. about 5 miles south of McCarran Airport.
Has recently undergone major renovation. Has a huge sporting goods store (fishing and water sports). Also a very large fish tank with tropical fish and underwater performances by scuba divers. A large buffet and the obligatory array of restaurants and coffee shop. I recently tried the buffet and I can sum up the experience in a single word "forgetaboutidd" There ar better ones around. Especially considering the price.
. South Point Hotel Casino
Originally opened at the southernmost end of the Strip as a Coast casino, pretty much a clone of the other Coast casinos.
This place is a giant when it comes to special events. They even have an indoor events center capapble of hosting rodeos, motocross, giant truck competitions etc. Truly remarkable. Not only that, they have events going practically every weekend of the year. So, if you like that kind of thing, South Point would be the place to be.
{short description of image} STARDUST
CLOSED and demolished. Steel for a new place has been up for some years now.

How would you like to have a couple of billion Dollars sitting around, uselessly? The steel is up, has been up for some years. A fleeting look is all I have for now. I have had some good laughs about this place in years past. For instance when millions of Dollars in slot coin winnings came up missing one year. So, someone, overnight, took off with millions of coins? Can you imagine the weight? Yes, back when we played with actual money and not with plastic. Or that time the two new investors drove up from San Diego but only one made it here. The other one, a woman, has never been found so far as I know. Or that time Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal left town in a hurry because his car got blown up. Yes, those were the "good" old days.
Latest intelligence has it Resorts World Las Vegas will begin work on a $4 Billion, ( yes, you are reading it right it is Billion). megaresort from Genting Group.Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Panda Exhibit. You get the drift? I guess they want to capture the Asian market. Listen to this, 6,583 rooms, 22 VIP villas, 34 aqua suites, and lots of attractions. This is more than mega, even for Las Vegas, this is "super" mega. I'll keep you posted.
Stratosphere go see!Stratosphere
2000 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-380-7777
Tallest building in Las Vegas, maybe in the west. Has two extraordinary rides on top. One is a roller coaster, the other one a kind of a rocket that blasts you up to the very top of the tower and then rockets up and down a couple of times. Real, real scary. Check out the dining room at the top. Pretty good food, pretty pricey. I also hear from other people they like the food up there. Bring plenty of cash or a good plastic card. There are quite a few vending kiosks leading up to the entrance of the tower. Also has a viewing area.

Restaurants: reservations 380-7711
- Fellini's Tower of Pasta
- Montana's Steakhouse
- Roxy's Diner - American.
- Top of the World - fine dining(?)
- Stratosphere Buffet.
- Triple Crown Deli.
- Hamada of Japan - sushi.
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. Sunset Station
1301 West Sunset Rd., Henderson, Tel: 702-547-7777
About 15 m east of the strip. Very nice hotel with a very good buffet (recently remodeled). Outdoor concert venue with lots of big (but slightly dated) acts. .
{short description of image} OK!Treasure Island
3300 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-894-7111
An adjunct to the Mirage which sits on the same piece of land. They are connected by a tramway. You must see the sea battle that takes place in a moat outside of the hotel every two hours or so. One of the highlights of anyones visit to Las Vegas. Watch out for pickpockets during the show. There are quite a few, the cops are constantly getting complaints. One thing about these hotels: there is alway plenty of good parking available. Very good planning.
The Sea Battle is now gone. They are replaced it with a mini - shopping mall. Too bad, I liked that feature. Also, Gilley's Western Dance Hall and BBQ. now occupies a huge part of the front.

Restaurants and reservations: 1-866-286-3809 1-702-894-7223
- Phil's Italian Steak House - mesquite grill. 894-7223.
- Seafood Shack.
- Gilley's BBQ.
- Francesco's - Italian.
- Pho - Vietnamese.
- Senor Frog's - Mexican.
- The Coffee Shop - coffee shop.
- Starbucks - coffee
- Ben & Jerry's - ice cream
- Kahunaville - Mexican and tequila bar.
- Kahunaville - island bbq restaurant and party bar

To learn more about these restaurants, their opening times and to make reservations please visit our dining page.
 The New Tropicana
3801 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-739-2222

- Biscayne Steakhouse
- Beach Cafe -American and Buffet.
- Bacio - Italian
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Yes, the Trumpster is represented in Las Vegas. It is a hotel only. No gambling.
. Venetian/Palazzo
3355 S. Las Vegas Bl., Tel: 702-414-1000
They bill themselves as the world's largest. Maybe I am missing something here. I thought the MGM Grand was. Some nice architectural features. There is a canal inside with boats and singing gondoliers. Kind of laughable though, 1500 ft. of canal hardly a boat ride makes. But the atmosphere in the restaurants along the canal is enjable, though pricey. I enjoy the imitation Plaza San Marcos inside. I think this is the ONLY major hotel in town that does not have a buffet. Very strange! Or is this a new trend? It has a fast food court instead. Overall well worth a visit. Lots of shopping and restaurants. The place never seems to be quite finished. I'll have to go back and check again. Bring some credit cards, it ain't cheap.

They are building a 1000 room addition. Maybe it will be the worlds largest!
- AquaKnox - Seafood. : 702.414.3772.
- B&B Ristaurante - Italian. 702.414.2220
- Buddy V's - Italian-American.702.607.2355
- Bouchon - French. 702.414.6200.
- Carnevino Steakhouse -702.789.4141.
- Casanova - Mediterranean.702.414.6207
- Cut - Modern American.702.607.6300
- Dal Toro Ristorante. Italian.702.437.9800
- Delmonico - Steakhouse.702.414.1992
- Grimaldi's - Pizza.702.754.3450.
- ILove Burgers - American.702.242.2747
- Lagasse's Stadium - American702.607.2665.
- Lavo - Italian. 702.791.1800
- Morels - Steakhouse. 702.607.6333
- Noodle Asia - Pan Asian.702.414.1444
- Otto Enoteca Pizzaria. 702.677.3390
- Public House - Pub grub. 702.407.5310.
- Rock House - American.702.731.9683
- Sushibamba - Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian. 702.607.0700
- Table 10 - New American702.607.6363.
- Tao - Asian bistro. 702.388.8338.
- Taqueria Canonita - Mexican. 702.414.3773
- Tratoria Reggiano - Italian. 702.369.2053
- Canaletto - Northern Italian. 702.733.0070.
- Grand Lux Cafe - coffee shop. 702.733.7411.
- Postrio - menu changes daily. 702.796.1110
- Canyon Ranch- Healthy Spa cuisine. 702.414.3600
- Zine - Pasn Asian.702.607.2220.
- Taqueria Canonita - Mexican. 414-3773.
- Zeffirino - seafood. 702.414.3500.
Do not go near the Venetian, do not enter their parking garage during one of their periodic conventions at their adjoining convention center. In contrast to other hotels on the strip they are short on parking. The situation is especially bad during the twice yearly ASD show. They also charge for parking at the adjoining lot. Last time I checked it was $10 with no in and out privileges.
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Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa
160 E. Flamingo Rd., Tel: 702-731-4300
This is the old Maxim Hotel.Strange how time flies. I arrived in Las Vegas in 1975, just when the Maxim was being built. It didn't quite last 30 years. The 1970's glass box was stripped and reworked into a 2000's postmodern with vibrant colors. The hotel has undergone extensive remodelling inside as well and is now a small, upscale boutique hotel. Very attractive! Still a small place, with a revue show, not on the top of the must-see list but pleasant if you are looking for accommodations in hotel that is not gigantic.
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702 770-7000
and the "Encore" adjacent.

The $2.7 billion hotel/casino on the strip where the Desert Inn once stood, that you have to see because everyone will ask you about it when you get home. Feels like the Bellagio except with lots of skylights letting in soft, natural light (a nice touch). I predict skylights will become the new trend for every casino built in the next thirty years. Tons of architectural detail inside. The inferior desecrators (interior decorators) went hogwild in here, hardly a flat surface anywhere. The corridor to the meeting rooms reminds me of the Palace of Versailles. But I thought for $2.7 billion it could have been a little different. And why do people get in line to see the inside of the Ferrari dealership? No life in my opinion. I spotted a $5000 slot machine and several $100 slot machines. And fifty feet farther are the nickel and penny machines. That is quite a contrast.
A quick glance at the restaurant menus had me thinking their prices are about 15% - 20% higher than elsewhere. The buffet charges about $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner. There is no bowling, roller skating or ice skating, but there is golf.
Had lunch at a French restaurant there. Down the escalator and to your right, Daniel Boulud. Slooooooow service, hiiiiiigh prices. Had a Crock Monsieur. That is French for greasy sandwich with ham and cheese and then fried, with more grease in the form of french fries (freedom fries, ahem). Twenty bucks. But I also received a cup of soup. Pretty good too! I ordered hot tea, six bucks for that. My friend was a lot smarter. She ordered iced tea. Only $4.50. I call that a bargain. The setting is nice though. In front of this waterfall and pool with a real nice patio. and landscaping. That needs to be paid for so I didn't think the pricing was excessive. Total tab came to about $60 for two, tip included. I probably should not have tipped considering the snail's pace of the service.
4/17/06. I have more to report (nice things) about two more trips there. As soon as time permits.

Restaurant and restaurant reservations. 702 770-7000
- Andrea's - Asian.
- Bartolota - Italian.
- Botero - Steaks and seafood.
- Country Club - Steaks.
- Lakeside Seafood.
- Mizumi - Japanese.
- Sinatra - Italian.
- SW Steakhouse.
- Tableau - American.
- Wing Lei - Chinese.
- Allegro - Italian-American.
- The Buffet.
- Drugstore Cafe- Light fare.
- La Cave - Wine and food.
- Red 8 - Asian.
- Society Cafe - Comfort food.
- Terrace Pointe Cafe. - American.
- Wazuzu - Pan-Asian.
- ZooZoocrackers - Deli.
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Las Vegas Downtown
When us locals talk about downtown Las Vegas, what we are trying to say is a few blocks of Fremont Street, parts of Ogden, Las Vegas Blvd, a bit of Main, and that should be about it. Make no mistake, downtown Las Vegas has undergone a tremendous change in the last few years. A great deal of the credit should go to Tony Hsie, the founder of Zappos, a shoe retailer. If a few years ago downtown was a sorry and bedraggled looking place, quite the opposite is true now. We would like to present a small picture gallery to show you how lively and vibrant Las Vegas once again is. Oh, did I mention Oscar Goodman, our cocktail swilling (at least that is what he likes us to believe) ex mayor. He apparently is a great guy, I've never met him in person, but I have followed his career from the mid-seventies when he was a so called "Mob Lawyer". Oh, those were the days of the "Hole in the Wall" Gang, Tony Spilotry, Frank (Lefty) Rosenthal, Sheriff Lamb and others. I actually enjoyed it. Never a dull moment. Hookers on the corner of Flamingo and the strip. Flamingo dead-ended a couple of blocks West, at the I15. I lived a block away on Koval Lane. That too is long gone.
{short description of image} California Hotel
12 Ogden, Tel: 702-385-1222
Part of the Boyd Group. They own a bunch of places. Here we are back in downtown Las Vegas. I can say without hesitation that most hotels downtown are sub-par, with the exception of the Golden Nugget. Some are so bad I don't even list them on the hotel page. Places like the El Cortez, the Westerner and others. You do well to stay away from them. Strangely enough the California has a lot of business from Hawaii, so get your lomi-lomi, pipikaula, cracked seed and haupia right here. A skywalk connects it with the Main Street Station across the street, part of the same gaming group. I would not rate this hotel very highly as far as convenience, food or shopping goes. I noticed too that most of those hotels do not have a decent gift shop. Just the basic stuff, booze, papers and cigarettes. Quite a difference from the strip.
301 Fremont St.
Downtown Las Vegas. Has a large hotel tower and parking adjacent. Other than that no distinguishing features
This is the old "Fitzgeralds", refurbished and rebranded. -
{short description of image} Downtown Grand
206 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (855) 384-7263.
Triple George Grill. LUNCH Monday-Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm, DINNER Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm. 702.384.2761. Red Mansion,Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm -10:00pm Friday-Saturday 11:00am- 11:00pm. The Spread, 24/7,
{short description of image} Four Queens
202 Fremont St.Tel: 702-385-4011
No special features here just the usual gambling. Practically all downtown properties with the exception of the Golden Nugget, look run down, this one included.
{short description of image} Fremont Hotel
200 Fremont St.Tel: 702-385-3232
No point in going there unless you have your own private reasons to be there. The food is poor. The casino is large and without any personality at all. Just rows of slot machines. Pretty grim. Also owned by Boyd Gaming. Unless you get a room dirt cheap or comped you shouldn't stay there. There is a buffet but it is pretty much no account too. Besides, the food is not very tasty.
{short description of image} Golden Gate Hotel
1 Fremont St.Tel: 702-385-1906
Sits on the corner of Main and Fremont, downtown Las Vegas. One of the original downtown hotels.
{short description of image} Golden Nugget
129 Fremont St, downtown Las Vegas Tel: 702-385-7111
Has recently undergone a series of ownership changes and is now owned by the Landrys restaurant group who have indertaken a huge renovation and upgrade of the property.
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202 Fremont St.Tel: 702-385-4011
No special features here just the usual gambling. Practically all downtown properties with the exception of the Golden Nugget, look run down, this one included. Food here is pretty poor. Needs improvement.
Coffee Shop.
{short description of image} Main Street Station
200 N. Main, Tel: 702-387-1896.
Developed by the same entrepeneur who developed the one in Orlando, FL. Beautiful antiques throughout and a real good buffet. I mean REAL GOOD. Somehow they manage to keep the vagrants and panhandlers outside. We are talking downtown Las Vegas here.
This property is now owned and managed by the Boyd gaming group (Sam's Town, Stardust etc.)
{short description of image} Plaza
1 Main Street downtown Las Vegas., Tel: 702-386-2110

Our esteemed ex-mayor, a certain Mr. Goodman operates a steakhouse inside of this hotel. Pretty popular too. I like Oscar Goodman. I used to get a lot of laughs out of him when he had to defend the likes of Spilotro and other made men. I don't know off hand if he also defended Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. Oh man, those were the days.
We are adding a few more pictures to let you have a feel of what is going on in downtown Las Vegas these days.
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