Las Vegas: It’s All About the Hotels

I usually see a hotel as being there simply for sleeping and convenience. But in Las Vegas everything revolves around the hotels.

Las Vegas hotels are amazingly lavish.

They each have different themes that can transport you to all kinds of exotic locations around the world.

I stayed at the Excalibur near the centre of the Las Vegas Strip. Not surprisingly, this is themed on King Arthur and Camelot and takes the form of a colourful medieval fairytale castle. I loved it.


Compared to the action outside, the hotel room was modest and basic. But it was absolutely fine. Clean  and comfortable. The view was not quite as understated. After hearing screams resembling the sounds that usually come with a theme park, I glanced out the window.

Directly opposite was the New York New York hotel which actually has a rollercoaster attached to it.

New York New York

Also nearby were the MGM Grand and the Luxor, which is shaped like a pyramid. This is a great place to go for a delicious buffet style breakfast. The restaurant design creates the atmosphere of ancient Egypt with an abundance of pharaoh statues and hieroglyphics.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel, located just off the strip, has free shows aimed at recreating the Rio Carnival and Mardi Gras.

Brightly coloured floats filled with dancers regularly circle the ceiling. Rio beads are thrown into the crowd. By the end of the day, these beads are like gold dust. Everybody wants some. This hotel is so much fun and circus performers keep people entertained on the casino floor as well.

A carnival float at Rio All-Suite

The Bellagio Hotel is the epitome of luxury. While my budget could not extend to staying here, I did sample the delights of the hotel’s ice cream parlour and watched the free Bellagio Fountains show from the outside.

The Bellagio Fountains show

Other hotel quirks to look out for…

  • Caesar’s Palace Hotel has a weather changing ceiling, painted like the sky, which makes you feel like you are outside.
  • The Stratosphere at the end of the strip has a huge tower with some adrenaline-fuelled rides at the top.

Have you visited Las Vegas, which hotel did you stay in?



  1. February 3, 2012 / 17:56

    Love Vegas! Last time I was there I stayed at Mandalay Bay and hardly ventured away from the hotel because everything I wanted or needed was right there.
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  2. February 4, 2012 / 18:16

    I know, the hotels are massive and have so much going on in each of them. Wasn’t bored for one second in Las Vegas!
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