September 16th, 2007 – by: estruch
After the Death Valley ordeal we were glad to see the point of the stratosphere as we approached las vegas and despite missing the turning due to it being badly sign posted we made it to The Wild Wild West Hotel and Casino. Despite the name the place did not have a wild west theme, except for painting wood brown, and it was not a hotel, more of a motel but it had just been refurbished and it was very reasonably priced.
Whilst being checked in we were greeted by some hideously drunk red necks in the queue with the female wanting to chat to will or "blondie" as she liked to call him. after a short sit down and watching a bit of cops on tv, which is a documentary and happened to be in vegas this week where they were busting prositutes on the street.
Luxor and Mandalay
We also saw on the news that OJ simpson had been arrested at the hotel a couple down from hours. I got myself a $5.99 steak dinner, which I would later regret and learnt a valuable lesson, you should never buy a steak that costs less than a mcdonalds. We then hit the strip which was a short walk away along side some busy roads but nothing bad.
Las Vegas is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is a mixture of being one massive theme park with a bit of a spanish beach resort and lots of gambling. It was amazing though. We walked up and down a bit going in to all the major casinos, the Bellagio, Ceasars Palace, New York New York. Not being gamblers particularly we skipped the $300 minimum black jack tables and headed to the slots where we found ourselves some 1¢ slots.
View from our motel
They were nowhere near as good as the ones on Worthing Peir and they never paid out but we greatly enjoyed the flashing lights and the fun noises it made. We rocked up to a cheap irish themed casino, althought it looked like every other and propped ourself up at the very cheap bar. We tried to go to some of the clubs on the strip but they were honestly the longest queues i have ever seen, the length of the queue to nemesis but slower than Dame Thora Heard on her Stenna Stair Lift. So we just kept on at the cheap bar. It also seems that all the drunk girls in america had been hiding in vegas and was a particular favourite of hen parties.
The next day we woke up and headed down town to stay in a different hotel "The Plaza" this was a lot nicer than the motel but was for the older generation, I imagined it to be something like the pinner bridge club, but with less decorum.
New York New York
Took a little dip in the pool, it was 35 degrees outside at 6pm in the evening, but the pool was freezing. Then we got our act together, admired down town which and freemont street was very nice with all its lights and was pedestrianised and had entertainment. Had a good party atmosphere and you were allowed to drink on the street. Decided to head back to the strip and went to some of the bars, they were a lot less busy. They were the bars that had hosted the MTV VMAs the week before. it was all a bit dead so we headed back early as we had a long trip to San Diego the next morning to get the car back