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Author Topic: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC  (Read 528 times)

Offline Teejay

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2017, 02:54:14 AM »
wonderful images shez..
you crammed a lot in a short space of time ..eveb the scarey stuff ended good ...what a memory to have...
Lucy my daughter is in California right now and by the looks of it is having a ball.

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2017, 12:01:53 PM »
Thanks Teejay.

We did cram a lot in but didn't feel rushed, if that makes sense. We were worried that 7 days in LV would have been too much as most people go  for a long weekend. I can't take a 10 hr flight just for a long weekend.....pheew no way! lol  I think we got it just about right..7 days was perfect.

Hope your daughter is enjoying California. There's so much to see and do and it's very different to what we are used to. 

Offline MaryLou

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2017, 12:12:27 PM »
That resort fee is unreal!!  I read that it's mostly charged by the hotels that are right on the strip.  Also read that there are several hotels in Florida that charge $100 per night resort fee.  That is thievery at it's best!  And, there are no laws that govern how much they can charge.    As I said, we don't stay in the big hotels - they are just too expensive.  Go a few blocks in either direction and you can get really nice accommodations for a fraction of the price and no extra fees. 

San Francisco has high taxes too.  A 3-star hotel charges $100 per night resort fee, $38 per night valet parking, and a $25 per night refrigerator fee!    Can't imagine what a 5-star hotel would cost.   It's definitely robbery.   So, if you should decide to visit that city one day, be sure and check on these extra fees! 

The stolen airline tickets were a real mess.  We had to purchase new return tickets at a much higher price, then fight with the airlines to get back the difference in price.  Being a tourist used to be fun but anymore, unless you have someone local to guide you, you pay with your blood!

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2017, 12:54:40 PM »
MaryLou...we stayed in the Signature MGM Grand, which is just slightly behind the stip but not far to walk as we stayed in Tower 1.  We chose that hotel because of it's quiter location, doesn't have gaming rooms and had excellent reviews. We had a suite on the top floor...Penthouse. It was luxurious and a tad expensive (ok, a lot! lol). BUT the extra resort fee alone would have covered flights for a long weekend in Europe.

Yes it is daylight robbery and don't know how they got away with that one! 

Offline MaryLou

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2017, 03:09:38 PM »
This really is an eye opener.  I'm going to relay all of this to my daughter as she is planning a week in Las Vegas this next April.  I can't believe there aren't any laws against it!  Of course, San Francisco is just as bad.  They've found yet another way to get all they can out of the tourists.

There was a time when hotel prices were really low - you could get the best rooms for a steal. They wanted to keep you there.  All of that has changed.  Don't know why but something good always turns into something for the greedy.

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2017, 04:56:20 AM »
The travel agent notified us about the Resort Tax. It was also listed under hotel details when we booked.....in small print of course! lol

The Hotels in LV used to be cheap as they encouraged gambling and that was a way to get the punters in. Now it's a very expensive destination. What I find odd is that the casino has all the mood lighting, the restaurants, restrooms, everything you can think of to prevent punters having to leave for any reason. They even have waiting staff waiting on gamblers at every turn.

Apparently the resort fee started with just one or two hotels making a charge for newspapers and use of faxes and printing costs such as paper. I think it got to the point where it lead to confusion for hotels and customers as some hotels charged the fee and others didn't. In the end laws swayed in favour of all hotels to make it fairer by imposing a resort fee, whether you are visiting on business or not. Buiness people can of course claim the fee back on expensises whilst the rest of visitors have to forfeit the fee. The whole thing is preposterous! 

Offline MaryLou

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2017, 11:01:56 AM »
From what I read on the net is, only those on or near the strip charge that tax and that they just raised the fees again this last March.  I know they don't give away as many free drinks in the casino's as they used to. Read an article about that some time back.  Maybe people were demanding more and more free stuff so they added that tax to cover it for everyone.  Either way, it shouldn't be.  Takes the fun out of it! :cancan:

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2017, 11:13:30 AM »
I didn't notice any freebies being given out in the casions whilst we were there...not that we were expecting any but a freebie is always welcome! lol Actually "everything" was mega expensive in the casinos which surprised me. A Breakfast buffet, all you can eat was $40-$50 per person. We just wanted an average size breakfast but "average size" is not a word they use in Vegas...Mega size is the buzzword!  :elmo: My weight wouldn't tolerate eating mega size portions unfortunately.

I think for anyone visiting who is unaware of the resort fee will be shocked. Fortunately we did know and it didn't stop us going. The money could have been better spent though.  :elmo:

Offline MaryLou

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2017, 02:38:19 PM »
I don't think I"ll be going back there in this lifetime!!  That's such a shame too.  I think a lot of what caused the prices to increase so much is at one time. Nevada was the only place one could go if they wanted to gamble.   Then some years back, they allowed gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey (which is now virtually a ghost town), and other states started jumping on the bandwagon and allowing casinos.  In California, we have a number of them.  They are all owned and operated by Native American Indians.  There is one about 30 minutes from me and another maybe 45 minutes away.  I've only been to each one time.  However, they are going to be building a huge hotel/resort/casino that's going to be like 6 miles from me.  I suspect I may visit there now and again.   

Anyway, all these other states allowing gambling really cut into the Nevada profits.  I think that's why they've upped the costs so much.

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2017, 11:30:25 AM »
I think that's a valid point MaryLou..gambling has taken off in other areas and has had a knock on effect in Las Vagas. Reno I think is another gambling area.

Apparently it was a quiet period for Las Vegas whilst we were there. Remarkable as we thought it was very busy and chaotic! lol 

Next door to Whiskey Pete's which is just on the border of California neighbouring Nevada is a Lotto store. The queues of people waiting for the store to open so that they could buy lottery tickets was unbelievable. Apparently, it is not possible to buy lotto tickets in Nevada, as it's illegal.  I was quite surprised about that! lol What a Goldmine that store is!

What I also found odd is that if you want a quick divorce, just take up residence in Las Vegas for 6 weeks and hey presto you can get a divorce in a matter of hours.

The idiosyncrasies of Nevada laws are astonishing! lol

Offline MaryLou

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2017, 01:19:10 PM »
Yep!  You got it right about the divorce thing!  That's why so many Californians are married so many times. Divorce is so easy!  I do believe though, there is a waiting period before one can re-marry but not positive about that.

I  love Reno!  It's much more laid back and homey. The casinos are all older and there's not nearly the glitz that Las Vegas provides but it's not nearly as expensive either.  They have some great shows.  There are other interesting places to see.. Carson City for one and even Elko, which is where Leenie lives.   

You should be in Las Vegas when a convention is happening.  When they have the electronics convention each year, there an additional 40-50 thousand more people in Las Vegas!  They have a HUGE convention center to stat with but they overflow into the hotels for various activities and after parties.  Those after parties are really extravagant!  That's where I saw my first real ice sculpture. I was fascinated with it!  I went every year for about 8 years.  My boss had his own plane so he, his wife, and I went every year.   Have been a number of other times with family.

I don't know why people in Nevada cannot buy lottery tickets - could be the gaming commission won't allow it because of the casinos.  I would love to have, as my income, the amount of the monthly utility bill for just one hotel!   I could live like a queen!!

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2017, 04:32:00 AM »
We were planning a trip to Reno but decided against it purely because of time restraints. My brother visited there a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

No conventions on whilst we were in Las Vegas, but it got very busy last couple of days we were there as people started to arrive in readiness for the big fight.  Glad we weren't there whilst that was on. It was interesting to see the venue during a tour on the Big Red Bus. 

I would love to see some Ice Sculptures and if I am not too premature think my husband may be planning a surprise trip to Iceland for my 60th birthday in February. We have never visited Iceland and I've always fancied visiting. Rebecca visited a couple of years ago and said it was wonderful, very different and very beautiful. They have Ice Hotels and Ice Bars there so I may get to see some Ice Sculptors...hope so. I have never fancied staying in a Ice Hotel but would love to spend some time in one of the Ice Bars they have.

Oh my goodness, can't imagine what a hotel utility bill would cost but suffice to say it would be a staggering amount. lol   Talking of Queens...I did know what the Queen earns, a hell of a lot. It's public knowledge but have forgotten now.

Offline Teejay

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2017, 01:04:28 AM »
dont start on the queen and her miscreant brood of brats....   :laugh8:

Offline SherylCTopic starter

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2017, 01:11:30 AM »
 :elmo:. If I hear anymore about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, think i'll go nuts..........so what and who cares?  :elmo:

Offline Teejay

Re: Photos of Las Vegas - SherylC
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2017, 01:18:31 AM »
ohhhhhh   good grief i havent heard and dont want to ..
i think what really finished me off was the other one marrying the stripper/model...she could be the future queen for crying out loud :thud:

 


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