Vegas Tips for ASM/GEH/CEC Attendees

I had a comment on my last entry regarding some tips for some of my Las Vegas bound colleagues.  We have three big internal meetings here this year (starting this week-end) with thousands of Sun folks coming to Sin City. 

Taxi Service:  If the queue is long (it almost always is), do the following:  Grab a Sky Cap (porter) and ask them for help with your bags.  It doesn't matter if you only have carry on luggage.  They will walk you right up to a waiting taxi and you bypass the line.  Tip $5-10 per person.  The longer the queue, the bigger the tip.

Departure: It depends on when you leave but if you have a Sunday or Monday morning departure, plan on being at the airport 2 hours early (at least).  If you luck out and there is no line, you can always play the slots.  :)

Shows: Must see shows include Love, O, Blue Man Group, Penn and Teller, Wayne Brady, and Lance Burton.  You probably can't go wrong with any Cirque show, but I wasn't a fan of Zumanity and have heard the same about Ka.  Have heard the Celine show is great, I won't tell anyone if you go.  OK, maybe I will.  I will however camp out and see who I recognize going to Barry Manilow and I will blog that.  See who is going to be in concert that week and you might want to go see one of those.  However, keep in mind that you will pay a premium for seeing the show in Las Vegas.  You also probably can't go wrong with many of the comedy shows in town. 

Eats:  If you want a local taste find a Robertos Taco Shop or Faustos Mexican Grill (same menu/food).  If you like Subs find a Capriottis (also on the east coast, same family).  For some of the best pizza in the world (yes, the world) find a Metro Pizza.  If you get a chance try the buffet @ Bellagio.  Expensive, but amazing.  There is so much good food here, just leave a comment for with your tastes and I'll try to find something good.  We also have this little local coffee shop we are proud of, it's called Starbucks (I joke, I joke).

Finer Eats: Prime (Bellagio), Picasso's (Bellagio), N9NE (Palms), Antonio's Italian Ristorante (Rio), again just too many to choose from.  There a lot of cool trendy places, especially @ the Hard Rock.  Try the Pink Taco or AJ's if in the mood for a Steak.

After Hours:  Almost every resort has a stellar and crowded nightclub.  The Rio has the Voodoo Lounge, The Palms has the Ghost Bar and Playboy Club.   Both are close. Dress nice, not geeky.

Other things:  Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam.  Worth seeing both.  If you have access to a car, Valley of Fire and Lake Mead are pretty cool too.  Pretty much any thrill ride (like at the Stratosphere or NY, NY) are going to be fun.

Fitness:  If the Rio Fitness/Spa isn't up to your speed and you want a real gym, Golds Gym and Las Vegas Athletic Club have a lot of locations.  Some pretty close and if you come to the Golds on Eastern & Serene around 5:30 AM we can work out together.

Things to avoid:  Cheap shows (non-headliners i.e. Splash, American Superstars, etc), strip bars, etc.  Not that I should have (or want) to mention this, but prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas.  I only mention this because I hear so many comments to the contrary.  I'm not trying to blog morality here, just trying to keep my fellow colleagues out of trouble.  If you are into that type of thing make sure you are not in Clark County.

Golf:  Too many good courses to choose from, all expensive.  There are a few local gems and if you pay for me, I can get us a locals rate. (Hint, hint)

I'm sure I missed some topics, if you have a question just drop me a comment and I'll respond as best I can.

 


 

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