7 Top Tips for Leaving Las Vegas, Dignity Intact

Las Vegas is the land of excess – money, gambling, drinking, flash cars, rock stars…

So unless you have a massive budget to spend and no pride, you need to think wisely about how much money you want to come home with, and what exactly you want to bring with you – dignity anyone?

I’ve been to Vegas twice now, and survived, so here are a few tips to ensure you have fun in Las Vegas, right up until the second you leave.

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1. Don’t get too drunk

Drinks are free pour in Las Vegas, and even though they’re mega mega expensive, they do give you a lot. The drunker you are the more you’ll want to spend – simples. I have heard some stories of drunken shenanigans in Vegas, that’s all I’ll say. Once you’ve been to Vegas you’ll see that The Hangover is actually quite believable. 

2. Book your tickets in advance 

My friend and I finally decided that yes, we would fork out $200 to see Celine Dion at Caesar’s Palace, and then when we went to book it was totally sold out. Cue us spending that kind of money on Tequila instead. Gutted. 

I ended up watching Ka, a Cirque du Soleil thing which although impressive didn’t give me the butterflies of excitement old Celine would’ve. 

If ever I go back I’m definitely going to see the Love show by The Beatles, and I’d love to see Britney too. Make sure you time your visit right for the shows you want to see if you’re there for less than a week, and book yourself in as soon as you book your flights.

3. You can get hotels for £20 

The hotels want to get you in their hotel rooms and down to their casinos, this means there are some amazing deals available. I stayed at The Stratosphere in 2013 for £20 for the whole room for two. Aaannnnd then didn’t spend a cent in their casino, but I did go to the theme park on the roof…

4. Get high

When I stood up on the top of the highest skyscraper in Vegas, going on a rollercoaster definitely wasn’t the first thing I wanted to do. But I’d already spent $20 on the ticket so there was no way I was backing out. And so, I went up the Stratosphere skyscraper, and on the Big Shot.

“Big Shot!
Touch the sky as this ride propels you 160 feet in the air at 45 miles per hour! With breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley, this 921-foot high platform will be sure to elevate your senses!” 

5. You can drink for free, but it takes ages 

The legend that you can drink for free in the casinos in Las Vegas isn’t entirely accurate. You can stand at the gamblers and request drinks but they’ll be super slow at bringing you what you want if you don’t gamble much, and you need to tip. I guarantee they’ll be watching.

6. Get brunch 

Most hotels will put on OTT breakfasts where you can eat anything you could ever possibly imagine. I had an amazing brunch at the Terrace Point Cafe at The Wynn the first time I went to Vegas.

Last time I went to Sin City I stayed at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino and honestly, their breakfast was just ridiculous. So much food. Grotesque, OTT, unnecessary – so I got stuck in. My group were there so long eating everything after the night before that they started bringing out an equally OTT lunch. You could eat all day long in Vegas, and some people do. 

7. Look round all the hotels 

The most picturesque hotels in Vegas are The Bellagio, The Venetian, The MGM Grand and Treasure Island. You can stroll around the ground floors as much as you like – so even if you’ve taken up one of those £20 hotel rooms you can still get the pics in the posh ones for the Instagram. I’d strongly recommend you go and have a look around. And I’m sure you’ve heard the fact that you don’t even have to go outside if you don’t want to, all the hotel casinos run into each other. 

My 7 Top Tips for Fun Times in Las Vegas

There are happy hours, special deals and trips out of Vegas all in a bid to help you spend your money. I’d strongly advise you to decide on a budget and stick with it though, whatever happens. They don’t call it Sin City for nothing!

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2 Comments

  1. by Chadwick on September 4, 2017  10:03 am Reply

    I loved Vegas! For a few days at a time. A week would be too long for me - I think the appeal of Vegas is the non-stop madness. If you find yourself with time to wonder what to do next, it's time to leave.

    We stayed in the Luxor. I think the first time, if you can afford it, it's great to stay in one of the iconic casinos. As you say, they're all interlinked by monorail, so it doesn't matter where you stay - you can get to everywhere else on the strip really easily.

    What else would I tell a first timer?

    The Bellagio fountains are magical. Different song every hour (every 15 mins at night I think). Great in the day and at night. Great view from the cocktail bar on the first level of the Eiffel Tower opposite. Do get the monorail to the Bellagio. It arrives at the back, so you get to walk right through the entire hotel. Check out the chandelier in the front hotel foyer. Don't mention my name - I took them down with my $100 win. Eat your heart out Clooney.

    The pirate boat show at Treasure Island is free. It is cheesy but so over the top it's worth seeing. It won't delay you more than an hour.

    The Titanic exhibition at the Luxor is world class, if you're interested. Recreations of the ship's interior as well as the usual array of artefacts raised from the seabed - including a huge section of the hull.

    Love is a great show. It's Cirque du Soleil (they all are!) so you've got all the acrobatics set to a kind of remixed Beatles medley. You can buy the Love album to relive the dream whilst jumping on your sofa at home. We got last minute tickets from a booth on the strip at a discount.

    Do have a go in a casino. Work out how much cash you're prepared to lose and look for a table with the lowest minimum stake. You won't win as much, but you'll be able to play for longer before the money runs out. Roulette is easy to understand. Only play cards if you know the rules (by which, I mean you know how to achieve the best odds. If that doesn't make sense, then you don't know the rules). You don't need to exchange chips first. Just rock up at an empty seat and put your money on the table (etiquette tip - don't give it to the croupier). The croupier will change it for chips. Change back when you leave the table and always leave a chip as a tip for the croupier.
    Don't take photos on the casino floor. You might get away with iphone selfies, but taking pictures of other gamblers is a no-no.

    Some of the casinos sell used decks of cards in the gift shop. I thought that was an iconic souvenir idea.

    It's a long walk up the strip, and Vegas is hot. After you've walked from Luxor to Caesar's Palace once, you'll take the bus (look for the Deuce - it runs up and down the strip) or the monorail next time.

    The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is at the bottom of the strip, beyond the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. Be prepared to queue for your selfie. Touts will offer to take money off you to queue jump, for a 'permit', or just to take your picture - none of this is legal.

    They drain the canals at the Venetian every few years to clean them. Check before you book to stay there. Otherwise, a visit to the Venetian is a must-do. It is one of the most impressive casino hotels on the strip.

    The hotels are big. It can take 20 minutes to walk straight through.

    Vegas doesn't sleep. It gets busier at night. It doesn't stop in the day either. There is noise everywhere.

    There are plenty of street entertainers (including every version of Elvis). Watch out for the budding musicians who invite you to listen to their latest album - which you can then buy of course. I have two future chart toppers languishing shamefully in my CD collection.

    • by Vicky on September 5, 2017  8:18 am Reply

      Wow, thanks for the advice Chadwick. I think your comment is more useful than my blog post! Definitely going to take those points on board if ever I go again :)

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