My wife and I flew out of Columbus Ohio at 9:30 am on United with a stop in Chicago. The flight landed in Vegas at 1:50 pm right on time. We took a taxi to the Flamingo where we were staying. We would use a taxi also to go to the LVH and down to Fremont Street. Taxi fare for the week was right around $100 which is what we would pay for a rental for a few days. Since we had no major excursions planned this trip it was better to let someone else do the driving.

HOTEL - This was our first time staying at the Flamingo. Check In went quick. I had 3 nights compted with my Total Rewards card. We had one of the Fab Deluxe rooms on the 14th floor. The room had a modern decor look with wood floors. The beds were very comfortable and the maid service was excellent thanks to a daily tip. We also enjoyed the Flamingo pool a couple of days. Make sure you get to the Adult Only Pool before 9:00 since the chairs go fast. I do not think people should be able to reserve more than 2 chairs. There was a group who had close to 20 chairs reserved and never seemed to use more than 10.Would stay here again.

SHOWS - We saw 2 shows during our stay. I had won 2 tickets in a Las Vegas football pool to the Trent Carlini show at the LVH. He is an Elvis impersonator and he put on a very good show.

We also used a 2 for 1 coupon and saw Defending the Caveman at Harrahs
This is a one man comedy show that deals with the differences between men and women. It was a very funny show and would recommend it for a good value show on the strip.

FOOD - For breakfast we ate twice at the Paradise Buffet at the Flamingo. We mainly like Omlettes, Hash Browns, Fruit, Bagels, Muffins, Toast, Danish, and OJ for breakfast we found plenty fo good quality food at a fair price. We also ate once at the coffee shop and had Juice, Muffins, and Danish.

For Lunch we ate at Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan. We shared a Burger and Fries and we each had a delicious milkshake. Cost was around $40 w/tip. We also ate at Noodles at the Bellagio and had chicken and fried rice and a chicken and noodle dish with Chinese vegetables. They also had some good looking appetizers but we passed. Will get those the next time. Plenty of food for $40 plus tip. On our last day we ate at Johnny Rockets at Flamingo and each had a burger and onion rings. Very filling and was perfectly cooked. Cost $40 w/tip.

For Dinner we ate at Carlos and Charlies at the Flamingo and had a couple of frozen margaritas during happy hour and topped them off with a burrito and chimichanga. Food was excellent and they had quite a variety of things to choose from on the menu. Cost $45 w/tip On

Saturday we went down to Fremont Street after the show at LVH and ate at the Redwood Grille at the Californian. I eat here every trip to Vegas but it is the first time I took my wife. I go for the Porterhouse Special and my wife had the 8 ounce Filet. Both were cooked to perfection and came with salad, potato, and vegetable. Mine came with an Apple Dumpling and Ice Cream for dessert. A great dinner for only $50 w/tip.

Our other 2 dinners were at The California Kitchen at the Mirage. We went sunday and shared a salsd and a pizza and went back Monday and I had linguini and shrimp and my wife had chicken pesto penne pasta. We had a drink with the meals and they each were around $50 w/tip.

We are not fancy eaters and I must say we did not have a bad meal this trip. All the staff were very polite and the food was fresh and cooked to order. If you look around you can still find some good values on the strip although the prices are getting higher.

GAMBLING - I like to come to Vegas in the fall because I love to spend Saturday and Sunday at the sportsbooks betting college and pro football. I also played a couple of sessions of Hold Em Poker at the Flamingo and my wife and I did very well playing blackjack at Imperial Palace and the Californian. We also played some Video Poker to get some points on our rewards cards. Overall we held our own at the tables and in the book.

OTHER OBSERVATIONS - The weather was perfect with sunny skies and highs in the low 90's and nighttime lows in the 70's.

There is a lot of construction going on from Flamingo to Harrahs. O'Sheas is completely gone and the front of the Imperial Palace is completely redesigned. I heard they are changing the name of the Imperial Palace to "The Quad".

If you are going thru Chicago O'Hare airport and are in Terminal C, look for Berghoffs Deli near gate 26. Best sandwiches on the whole trip. Forget the food courts and find this place.

Got back in Columbus Tuesday around 6:00 pm and all in all we had a great trip. I hope to get back in March for the opening round of March Madness.

VIVA LAS VEGAS













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