Las Vegas 2007
3/31/2007 2:53:07 PM Link 0 comments
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We arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon after a delay on US Airways from SFO (seems to be a regular thing lately - in December we had a four hour delay returning from Vegas - a maintenance issue!)
Because there were six of us - we decided on a limo right outside of baggage claim for $65 to the Imperial Palace. We would have had to take 2 cabs (apparently there is a 5 passenger limit on cabs is Vegas) at $15-20 per cab or there are shuttle buses outside of baggage claim at $7 per person - the downside being that they stop at other hotels along the way to your hotel - so they may take a little longer.
Now we seem to be Vegas veterans in the last few years - there always seems to be a travel trade show, or a 21st birthday or a Jimmy Buffet weekend at the MGM. This time it was another 21st birthday (my daughter's boyfriend), so we were here with my son and his girlfriend, my daughter and the birthday boy and my husband and I.
We chose Imperial Palace because of it's price and location. It is a budget property, but has a great location on the strip. If you are not careful - the least expensive rooms are located not in the casino towers, but out the back door of the casino, through the parking lot and in a motel-like building. I don't know the history but it looks as if maybe they built the parking lot and decided to keep the cheap motel that was located in the alley behind the hotel for additional bedding ?!!?
Any way - the rooms are basic but large - we ended up with 3 smoking rooms - two of which had small balconies, large enough to stand on. The other (unfortunately mine) had a window opening up to a great view of the rooftop and air conditioning unit. This is a 'spring break' hotel - we were awoken two of the three nights to young people yelling down the hall and slamming hotel room doors at about 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning.
They do have a luau on Thursday nights that sound like a lot of fun - but we always seem to miss it - as we did this time. The Luau begins in May - after the weather becomes warmer. I'm looking forward to seeing it some day.