Las Vegas Reviews- The Best of the Strip

6 Jul

DINING:

**** 1/2
Seablue
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 891-3486
Seablue was really a treat, thank you yelp for helping me find it. The ambience is tranquil and sleek with illuminated cascading water fountains that make up the perimeter. We decided to a series of small plates (appetizers) instead of the entrees which are a bit more traditional in selection. The meal began with seasoned crisps and a trio of creamy feta, red pepper dip and hummus. The caesar was good, the soft shell crab was more of a salad taster (a lot going on); but my favorites were the stuffed prawns and the lobster puff.

Finally the freshly made mini chocolate truffles were to die for! 4 appetizers and 1 glass of wine came to $100 after tax and tip. Not bad for the strip and an excellent dining experience.

****
The Buffet at Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 693-7111

I have been here a handful of times. It is a really massive buffet with a ton of seafood and interesting options (not just your run-of-the-mill buffet spread). It is expensive, but if you’re going to make it your meal of the day it is worth it. I am giving 4 stars only because there was one experience where I came here before closing and the food was cold and not replenished (clearly not acceptable when you are dropping this kind of cash). Every other time however the buffet was amazing.

*****
SEA: The Thai Experience
3645 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 967-3888

What a treat; an absolutely extraordinary experience! From the moment we arrived we were seated promptly, given exemplary service and dined on fantastic food. It was not real busy as we were here for lunch, but there were two servers always waiting in anticipation for a customer’s needs. We were checked on multiple times at our table. As for the atmosphere, SEA is intimate with water everywhere. After a long day of traveling to Vegas and waiting in lines this was the perfect place to come and relax.

I don’t think I have ever had such Thai food. My friend Denise wouldn’t shut up SEA for the rest of the trip. I actually had to convince her that we needed to explore the rest of Vegas, or we would have eaten every meal here.

We ordered a yummy cocktail, the pad thai and the panang curry. It was all perfect down to the white rice that came out sculpted into a little pyramid. Can I give SEA 6 stars?

NIGHTLIFE:

**** 1/2
Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 333-9000

What can I say about Marquee? I had some doubts about my Vegas club experiences (limited to 4 others) but this one proved me wrong. An amazing friend got us on the guest list with free passes and drink wristbands for a couple hours. Like most of the hot clubs it’s better to get to Marquee early.

I will say that as a couple of white girls we were definitely the minority. But that made no difference, One floor was old school rap/hip hop (my favorite), another floor was packed with house music connecting with the pool deck, and the last floor (the library) is a great place to grab a drink, chill and play pool. We didn’t stay that long since we were meeting up with people. But then later I went back, skipped the lines (don’t know how much that cost) and danced the night away until 4 a.m.

****
Moon
4321 W Flamingo Rd
(702) 942-6832

We had a large group of ladies so our hotel concierge got us on a promoter’s guest list at Moon. This place has a great style and the look alone rivals the extensive amount of nightclubs I’ve visited. An illuminated dance floor, impressive dance floor intelligent lights and a featured led and truss ceiling. The drinks are expensive which is to be expected. And my Vegas Pet Peeve continues to be $5 bottles of water with no tap water available.

The place opened at about 11 and was packed by midnight. We ended up in bottle service and had an amazing time, met some quality people. I’m used to Hollywood clubs, so this seemed much less pretentious. Not the trendiest crowd but not shabby either. We had a blast.

****
Vesper Bar
Cosmopolitan Hotel Lobby

Vesper is more of an upscale Lounge. It isn’t the type of place you go for a crowd, but it’s a good place to wind down (or up) with a great martini. The drink menu is impressive and the bartenders really know their stuff. Trust in them if you like specialty cocktails and you won’t be disappointed. With a smile, I was mixed up a custom concauction for my tastes. Our group of 10 enjoyed the atmosphere here so much that we didn’t end up leaving to go anywhere else for the night.

SHOWS:

*****
Cirque du Soleil – O
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
(702) 796-9999

Zumanity was great, Mystere is superb, but O is the best. Can’t wait to see Ka and Love.

If you have never seen a Cirque show you haven’t experience Vegas. It’s worth the price tag.

**** 1/2
Donn Arden’s Jubilee!
3645 Las Vegas Blvd S.
(702) 739-4111

I’m not sure whether to give Jubilee 4 or 5 stars but I think because of the value I’ll go with a 4.5. The show is truly over the top, as Vegas as it gets. At a given time there are 60 performers on stage in elaborate costumes with rhinestones, sequins and feathers galore. The stage sets and lighting are just as elaborate. My only complaint is that the stage isn’t high enough. Though the rows of seats are slightly stadium style (elevated) the taller gentleman in front of me blocked a lot of the view. If the stage had been a few feet higher I wouldn’t have had a problem.

The routines and music are a bit dated in parts, but since the show is known for being one of the Vegas originals I suppose they don’t want to change too much.

There was a buy one get one free coupon for the show so tickets in the middle were about $42 each after taxes. We went to the early show (not topless) so I think the performers had more energy than they would have at the late show. The show lasted about 90 minutes.

HOTELS:
*****
The Signature at MGM Grand
145 E Harmon Ave
(877) 612-2121

We booked ahead and got a great weekend deal for a magnificent 2 bed/ 3 bath suite with a great view. Our stay was incredible and the hotel is conveniently located on the strip. There is a Starbucks at the bottom of the elevator and you get access both the private pool as well as the MGM Hotel’s massive pool facilities. Room service food was yummy with good selection and promptly delivered, even at 3 a.m. The Signature is a nonsmoking hotel which was such a nice retreat after a day/night walking around the casinos.

Our group stayed at the Signature for a Bachelorette Weekend and I didn’t hear a single complaint about the room. The concierge even got us on guest lists for nightclubs made our dinner reservations. and The only complaint I have is that they did not offer us late checkout because someone booked the room the day of checkout. So we had to leave by 11 a.m. which in Vegas is pretty early. All and all it was a wonderful stay.

*****
THE BELLAGIO
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S

The Bellagio hands-down remains my favorite hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. It features prime location, great restaurants, shows, nightlife, beauty and the best concierge in town.

Bellagio is situated right in the middle of the strip, convenient to everything. Next door is the new Cosmopolitan Hotel, which ranks as runner up favorite hotel on the strip. Bellagio features Cirque du Soleil’s: “O” in my opinion ranks as the best of the three Cirque shows I have seen.

Las Vegas is known for its fine dining and Bellagio is no exception. Even the Buffet at the Bellagio outdoes the rest. The hotel features 5 Fine Dining Options (a great assortment of Seafood, French, Chinese, Spanish, and a Steakhouse) as well as 6 other midlevel restaurants, and even more casual dining options. There is truly something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters at the Bellagio. Yelp rates both Picasso (French/Spanish) and Le Cirque (French) as 4.5/5 stars.

If you aren’t a high roller or you are finished with playing the tables, there is lot’s more to see still at the Bellagio. There are the unforgettable fountains, Botanical Gardens, Art Galleries and an enchanting blown glass ceiling by famous Artist, Dale Chihuly. Shopping consists of 7 high end shops and boutiques. And Bellagio’s hot nightclub The Bank features 8,000 sq. feet and VIP rooms to accommodate up to 75 guests.

Can’t afford to stay at Bellagio? Stay next door at Caesars or across the street at Bally’s. Bally’s connects with Paris, another great hotel to explore on the strip.

*****
COSMOPOLITAN

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S.

Cosmopolitan is the hot young neighbor to move to the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Imagine a sleek boutique hotel on a much grander scale.

The Day and Nightclub, Marquee includes a breathtaking pool (See my review). Other lounges including Bond, Vesper Bar in the Lobby, and Chandelier Bar (a 3 story lounge with the perimeter enclosed by giant crystal chandeliers). Cosmopolitan may not host Cirque du Soleil daily but they do boast an impressive changing lineup of Top Performers. A weeklong stay almost guarantees you could catch a great show.

14 restaurants include Scarpetta, an Italian Restaurant yelp rated as 4.5/5 stars. The rooms are minimalist yet elaborate and you can snag a 1,000 sq. ft. suite with 1.5 bathrooms and a view many weekends for $600 a nt. Second to Bellagio this is the place to stay on the strip.

*****
WYNN

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S.

The Wynn lands third best hotel on the strip. It is connected to the Encore, and the two hotels combined total more than a dozen choices for fine dining. La Cave, is a very highly rated wine/tapas bar. The Wynn also features La Reve, the acclaimed show. There is more to to than eat at the Wynn, the hotel has some of the hottest nightlife on the strip including Clubs Blush and Tryst. For a more casual atmosphere the Parasol Up, Parasol Down Lounge is very highly rated as well.

With a massive Golf Course and shopping that totals nearly 30 high end stores (including Ferrari); why would the Wynn only be the third best hotel on the strip? Distance. The Wynn, Encore and Mandalay Bay are further from the midst of the Vegas Strip than they appear. For a more romantic getaway, or if content without experiencing the action a few hotels dowm. the Wynn will do just fine. As for the rest of us, Bellagio and Cosmopolitan are more centrally located.

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