Post-Vegas Update: what a trip. I’m ready to go back.

My first experience in Vegas was fun, but now that I’ve set my foot down there, I’d like to have a more planned out trip for my next visit. This visit was unplanned and we just went with it. While this is fun, it was spring break. It was packed and all the DJs we planned on seeing had sold out shows. With a little more planning and thinking ahead (partially my fault), next time will be a blast.

Some highlights:

The Hardrock Hotel

We stayed at the Hardrock and I loved it. The pool rocked (pun intended) and so did the food. We were regulars at Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky’s. FU wasn’t bad either. I also liked the room- it was clean, updated and the beds were extra soft. Perfect place to stay, just off the strip. We walked a few times to the strip, about a mile. Not bad if you’re in shape!

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The Bank at the Bellagio

On our first night, we got to experience The Bank. New to the Vegas club scene, I thought it was wild that it had it’s own escalator (I later found out many clubs have this kind of entrance). I felt I was about to enter the Rolls Royce of night clubs. We got together with a couple behind us in line who were also from Texas and bought bottle service. This was definitely the way to go: no waiting in line, no pushing people over for a drink at the bar, and the best part of all: a body guard to keep out all of our over-intoxicated “peers” from our table and VIP area. The club experience for me now is different than four years ago. I don’t necessarily enjoy being shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of sweaty, wasted twenty-somethings (or fake-id holders). So having our own table, a place to sit and an unlimited supply of drinks was more than ideal. I can’t wait to go back.. I know the nightlife gets even better than what I got to see.

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The Venetian

On Sunday afternoon, we explored the strip. One of our first stops: The Venetian hotel. I am the cheesy type who saw a post on Pinterest about their gondola rides. So we definitely hopped on one of those bad boys. We floated along the inner (air-conditioned) channel and were serenaded by our talented coxswain. After our float on the Venetian river, we enjoyed a delicious slice of pizza on our way out.

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Oh and I met Justin Timberlake.

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The MGM Pool (Almost Wet Republic)

After hearing all the buzz about the Wet Republic, we walked almost a mile through the MGM to get to our destination. We arrive at the pool and were directed down a path leading the daytime pool club. Half way down the path, we notice an opening to the pool. Thinking we just skipped the line and overpriced cover, we immediately split to find drinks. Our friends eventually met us and we felt accomplished: we are at the coolest pool in Vegas, and we got in for free!

…wrong. It seemed like a pretty poppin pool? We were listening to a DJ and the pool was packed. Come to find out (after asking around), we were at the marvelous MGM pool! Wet Republic was right behind us, slightly above us and out of our vision. All we could see from where we sat was the bouncer who checked IDs.

Here’s us almost at Wet Republic: (just to the upper right of the pic is where it really was…) There’s always next time.

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The Cosmopolitan

After a little touching up after the pool, we headed straight to the Cosmo via limo! I wanted to see the chandelier bar and wanted to have a “Cosmo” at the “Cosmo”. I loved this hotel and would love to stay there next time we visit. I also hear it attracts the younger generation, which is fine considering I’m the prime target for this hotel. The chandelier bar was beautiful! I swear the chandelier was never ending. Although I didn’t get a “Cosmo”, I enjoyed a nice glass of champagne.

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Planet Hollywood

Our last stop on our last night was Planet Hollywood. Although I wished I could see Britney Spear’s show, I could at least admire all the memorabilia since, after all, her residence is at PH. Our limo driver told us her show hasn’t received great reviews and is a waste of time. I really don’t care. It’s Britney Spears. I just want to hear all her songs in a live (lip-synced) concert. Don’t get me wrong- I haven’t forgotten about my number one favorite singer who has real vocal talent. The amazing. Christina Aguilera. I can only dream she gets residence in Vegas one day. Probably not. But I can dream.

Back to PH: We ended up getting another bottle service which was perfect for our last night. We relaxed, danced, enjoyed VIP and ended our stay on the right note.

Vegas, it was nice meeting you. I’ll be seeing you again.

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