We’ve all heard the name and more than likely, experienced the insanity. But somehow, each time you go back, there’s more to discover. Tim and I recently to a short, 3-day weekend trip to Las Vegas for his 26th birthday and let’s just say, it was one to remember.
The thing you need to understand about Vegas is that it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. You WILL do following no matter how short or long your stay:
- Lose some money, then win some money, then lose it all over again.
- Drink way too much (even if you barely drink in your regular life).
- Spend too much on unnecessary crap; i.e. those $70 shades from the hotel boutique.
- Stay up until 4AM gambling in the casino.
- Sleep in until 1PM.
Despite all of these things, Vegas is a blast! Take it from me, someone who rarely drinks and almost never stays out past 10PM by choice. The minute we landed, the sound of slot machines filled the air. I was immediately hooked. I knew this was going to be a LONG weekend.
We stayed at the MGM Grand, one of Vegas’ famous hotels, located directly on The Strip. The concierge offered to upgrade us to one of their newly developed suites for an extra $30 per night, which we happily accepted (WE’RE IN VEGAS AFTER ALL)! First thing you should know about the MGM is that it’s absolutely stunning from the minute you walk into the lobby to the moment you enter the casino. The entryway is filled with wide-screen TV’s spanning the length of one entire wall, an all-gold ceiling and a lion statue almost as tall as the building that happens to be completely gold as well.
As for our suite itself? It was complete with:
- A mini bar and fridge
- King-sized bed
- Huge windows giving off plenty of natural light
- An extra large bathroom with: double sinks, a shower and a bathtub
- A stunning sectional couch
- A desk with a rotating wide-screen TV to accommodate viewers from either the couch or the bed
Naturally, we were in love! We barely wanted to leave the room, but couldn’t resist all that Vegas had to offer. On day one, we walked The Strip (which by the way, isn’t exactly the luxurious, magical place you see in the movies, but still had character and charm in it’s own right). We ventured into a few stores and strolled through a few of the hotel casinos before heading back to the MGM to grab a bite to eat at the food court.
To end the night, we gambled our lives away. I won’t get into details of what we won and what we lost. Let’s just say, Tim got really lucky this entire trip. As for me, well… not so lucky!
Day two was Tim’s birthday (YAY). We woke up and grabbed breakfast at the buffet, which was absolutely delicious and totally worth the $32 per person. Don’t worry, if you find that a little too steep, there were a ton of budget friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well throughout the entire hotel.
After breakfast we took our $20s and headed to the Roulette table, which I’m ashamed to say, Tim got me hooked on. We gambled our lives away for a few hours before catching the 4PM David Copperfield magic show (also conveniently located inside the MGM). The show was all things good: surprising, hilarious, mesmerizing and mysterious. Would highly recommend if you’re planning on visiting Sin City anytime soon.
We ended the night at Drais Beachclub and Nightclub located in the Cromwell Hotel, about a 4 minute driving distance from the MGM. Drais is just as exciting and fun as you’d imagine any Las Vegas hotel being. Disclaimer: It was also just as crowded, for those of you who aren’t too keen on being crammed and sweaty. Overall, the whole experience was worth it. We saw Wiz Khalifa perform, listened to some good music and drank some good drinks. We finally crawled back into bed around 4AM the next morning.
Waking up that final day in Vegas was tough to say the least. First of all, because we didn’t want to leave the comfort of our king-sized MGM Grand bed. Second, because, well… the night before was frankly a blur.
We checked out of the hotel and strolled The Strip/gambled one last time before catching our 8PM flight. Before you knew it, we were back in LA reminiscing on what a fantastic time we had.
- If you’re looking for a quick, fun weekend trip–Vegas is the place to go (trust me, you won’t need more than a few days. In fact, you’ll be completely SPENT after a few days)
- The MGM Grand comes highly recommended by me if you’re looking for a professional, beautiful, overall pleasant hotel stay
- Make sure to bring a certain amount of designated cash just for gambling alone (otherwise you’ll end up reaching for that ATM and we all know that’s a downward spiral)
- Definitely catch a show while in Vegas; there are plenty of acts ranging from magic to artists to comedy.
Have you been to Las Vegas or are you dying to go in the near future? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!
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