The Wynn has one of the best buffets anywhere. There are fruit loops, waffles with syrup, and chocolate cake on this plate. Low blood sugar?
The day began just as any other day in Vegas: hung-over, tired, red-eyed, and hungry for more. Or maybe just hungry. Our first stop was the Wynn hotel for their champagne brunch buffet. We passed up the long line of people to go to a private room, which was absolutely worth the splurge for a special event. The room was beautifully decorated in the Vegas/Wynn lavish style, the seating arrangements very comfortable, and our mimosas refilled punctually. The Wynn buffet has 16 live cooking stations offering pretty much any kind of food you can think of. The sushi station was fresh and the sushi plentiful. Italian station boasted multiple different pastas and sauces, as well as multitudes of pizza. The regular eggs and bacon seemed boring when you could pile your plate full of pasta, cake, meats, waffles, and chinese food, and top it all off with a big mountain of fruit loops.
Pool at Caesar's
The desserts all looked too good to be real. I have read some good and bad reviews of the Wynn, but we must have gone on the right day, because the buffet gets a two-thumbs-up from everyone in our group. Tip number 2: When at a buffet, set yourself limits. Even if it's just a "I'll stick with only one food ethnicity", it's better than eating everything in sight. At the Wynn, all you can eat should be called more than you should ever eat.
Then off to the pool at Caesar's Palace to digest after the feast. The pool is very upscale and nice, even fun, but not quite the hot spot of Mandalay Bay or Hard Rock Hotel back in the day. That's Ok since we didn't have that much time anyway before we had to start our shift-showers to get ready for another night out with gambling, the dinner at N9NE, and any other shenanigans we can think of.
N9NE Steakhouse at Palms
N9NE is a steakhouse in the Palms hotel, and in Vegas style, very expensive, chic, and did I mention expensive? I had a petit filet, and shared some sides with a few girls, as well as had a couple of cocktails, and my bill was well over $100. The filet was good, cooked to my liking at medium rare, but definitely not worth $100. For a hundred bucks, I expect my steak to dance the polka, sing the national anthem, and serve me a few drinks while I'm eating. The atmosphere as great though, ultra modern with straight lines and simple design. We did have a great time. Tip number 3: if you are not willing to shell out a $100 a head for some moderately good-eats, stick to the buffets.
After some donations at the casino, off to Rain! Rain nightclub has some of the best hospitality out there.
Cristal + sparklers = good time...
Palms knows how to throw a bash!
As soon as we entered the club, we were ushered to the VIP section, where we were provided all the refreshments as well as body guards to keep the riff-raff out (I've always wanted to say that!!!!!) of our VIP section. After making friends with some folks in the next seating area, we decided to merge the parties, and make it just one big VIP extravaganza. We enjoyed unlimited bottles of Cristal (this stuff RETAILS at about $300 a bottle, I don't even want to know what it would cost at a Vegas hot spot) courtesy of our new friend Stan the man. They bring out Cristal with sparklers, so it's quite an event. Our servers were fantastic and fun, and their orders were to get us anything we wanted. So somebody ordered a couple of shots... like the unlimited bottle service of premium vodka, tequila, beer and whatever else wasn't enough! I think a couple of us may have had a smidge too much becuse we were pouring our own drinks.
Hugh Hefner Playboy Sky Villa. What a view! And Vegas is nice too...
.. dangerous - not one of us is a bartender. Tip number 4: If you have a choice between making your own drink and having a professional bartender make it, you may be better off letting the professionals do their job. If it's between you and some random guy who has been your best friend for the last at least 40 minutes, you are definitely better off making your own drink.
We proceeded to party and dance the night (well, actually by this time, the next morning) away, and ended up in the Hugh Hefner Playboy Villa on top of Palms. For the few who don't know what this is, it is the Palms version of the Playboy mansion in 9000 sq ft, complete with an eight foot rotating bed, a Playboy infinity-pool overlooking the Las Vegas sky line, and a pricetag of $40,000 per night.
Tiina and Christy at the Hugh Hefner Playboy Villa.
We figured we might as well work for our stay, so one of us took over the job of bartending. Again, not one of us is a bartender. The Cristal flowed, and so did grey Goose. Before we knew it was 6 am and some of us had flights to catch at 8 am. Oooops! Tip number 5: If you have a flight to catch, set an alarm! Stan was generous enough to give us his limo and his driver to cart us back and forth from Palms to Caesar's and then different groups of girls at different times to the airport. What a gentleman - Stan that is, and I guess the limo driver too. Last, and most important, tip: If you meet anyone called Stan, make sure you're damn nice to him. He may just be our Stan the man! Here's to Stan the man!