Getting to the strip was easy with the monorail located just outside my hotel. In fact, I learnt very quickly that the monorail was specifically designed so that regardless of where you’re entering from, you basically need to walk through a casino to get to the monorail entrance, sometimes this was around a 10 minutes walk. Clever designers!
Considering the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino was rather boring, I decided to go to what is probably Vegas’ most famous casino, Caesar’s Palace. Walking across an overpass to get there I looked around to realise that the casino was much larger that I anticipated. With three tall buildings, more smaller buildings, lots of fountains and columns, and large open spaces, I could already see why this place was so famous.
Inside Caesar’s Palace casino was much nicer than the Hilton’s. Of course, everything was themed to match the décor of grandeur Ancient Rome, and I loved it. Because I went during the day, there weren’t that many people there but it was still reasonable busy.
Not really knowing how to play card games, I stuck to the slot machines in every casino I went to. I think I gambled about $20 in total and lost about $10. Being on the last leg of my trip I was very money conscious and definitely not willing to gamble any more than that, besides, I was sober!
One thing that annoyed me here, and most other places as well, is that smoking cigarettes is allowed in gambling areas. Not to generalise, but the kind of people playing slot machines during the day I found were also the type of people to smoke really strong cigarettes. Sometimes the smell was inescapable and this was another reason I spent little time gambling.
I walked from the casino to the Forum Shops, which is basically a high-end mall within Caesar’s Palace. The exterior of the boutique stores were all decorated appropriately to match the theme and the ceiling above was painted to look like a blue sky with wispy white clouds – as if you were shopping outside.
Moving on, I went to a few other casinos just to check out what they looked like, not really wanting to gamble a lot. Even though I had just spend a month in New York, my other favourite casino was the New York, New York. The exterior of which is a collaboration of iconic NYC buildings all squished together, making it look like a cartoon city.
Inside in the restaurant/shopping area, the floor was made to look like pavement and each shop had an authentic-looking NYC façade. I think they did a really good job of replicating the city. I kind of felt as if I was in a cartoon version of the city, and that was really awesome.
The city of Las Vegas is much more attractive and appealing at night, when all the lights are bright with beautiful colours, the streets are lined with pedestrians and everybody in a happy mood (probably because they’re drunk!).
I don’t think I really got into the expected spirit of Las Vegas. I utilised my cheap accommodation and comfy bed for late sleep-ins. I didn’t have a drink in my hand at every moment like most people did, nor did I lose a lot of money gambling. I think this is all party because of knowing I would soon be going home, and again, quite money conscious. I think this would be a great place to spend a few trashy nights with some close friends, when time and money are no objects.
This being said, I still enjoyed my trip to Vegas, and although my adventure there probably sounds rather tame I do actually have a few tales to tell, but – you know what they say …