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The Hotels/Casinos

In my last post, Never Give Up, you got to hear about the business/serious side of my first-ever Las Vegas trip. Now you get to hear about the fun side! I’m going to break this trip down into several posts because I don’t want to leave anything out and there are just too many things to tell you!

Comfy clothes for an early flight!

Early morning selfie!

The hubs and I were up at 4 am to catch an 8:30 am flight from Philly to Vegas. The trip was about 5 hours but because of the time difference, it was only 10:30 am when we arrived so we still had the majority of the day to go exploring. We arrived two days before my Beachbody Summit began and this was part of our 3-day mini-vacation (the third day was the day after Summit was over). We got to the MGM Grand,  unpacked, and met my friends Will and Caleb for lunch. I know them through Beachbody and we’ve been “Facebook friends” and have either FaceTimed or Zoomed but this was the first time we met in person so it was exciting! In case you didn’t see my last post, here they are again…

Will and I

Will and I

Caleb and I

Caleb and I

My brother-in-law said we needed to walk the strip and check out all the hotels because they were so different and so beautiful (most of them anyway). I wasn’t really into that because I’m not a gambler and I just assumed the hotels were going to be tacky since that was my perception of Vegas. Well, he was right and I’m glad we did it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot in Vegas there that can be classified as tacky but there was also a lot that really is beautiful and classy; which is what I decided to showcase. 

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

First things first. This is where Summit was being held so this is where we stayed. It wasn’t my favorite but I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Our room was cute and comfortable, we had great meals at the restaurants, and saw a fabulous Cirque du Soleil show.

MGM

It was hard to capture the height of the buildings.

MGMNight

Our hotel was green at night!

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Our home away from home for the week.

The view from our room. I loved to look at the mountains.

The view from our room. I loved to look at the mountains.


The Venetian

This is the one with the gondolas. Inside the hotel. Seriously, you can actually take a gondola ride on the second floor of the hotel. The ceilings are painted to look like a beautiful blue sky so you feel like you are outside. We didn’t take a ride but I will next time. We did check out Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and that was so much fun! More about that in another post.

Venetian

This was only a small part of the hotel.

The ceiling of the lobby

The ceiling of the lobby

Gondolas

It was hard to believe that this was indoors!


New York New York Hotel and Casino

I didn’t spend that much time here. The hubs went to see a show on one of the nights I was out so he got to explore it a little more than I did. It was designed to look like the streets of New York with little shops and restaurants. It was pretty cute and worth a walk-around.

The Big Apple Coaster is on top

You can ride the Big Apple Coaster here too.

A small version of the Brooklyn Bridge outside on the strip

A small version of the Brooklyn Bridge outside on the strip.

I had to get the Ballroom Dancing sign

I had to get the Ballroom Dancing sign!

It really looked like a small NY street

It really looked like a small NY street.


Bellagio

Ahhh, the Bellagio. We just took a quick walk-through but it was really pretty. This one had a more laid-back atmosphere than some of the other hotels. We got the see the famous fountains during the day and at night. They run all the time so if you’re walking down the strip, it’s worth stopping for a few minutes to see them.

Entrance to the lobby

Entrance to the lobby

Ceiling near the lobby

Ceiling near the lobby

Hand-blown glass on the ceiling of the lobby

Hand-blown glass on the ceiling of the lobby


Rio

This one is going to be short and sweet. We didn’t actually see the inside of this hotel. It’s slightly off the strip and we didn’t have time. Penn and Teller  have their live show here but they were off during the week we were there. Sooooooo bummed! Honestly, that was the ONE show we really wanted to see.  Oh well, that just gives us an excuse to go back 😉

The Rio is on the right

The Rio is on the right

This was as close as we got :(

This was as close as we got 🙁


Wynn

This had the most calm atmosphere of any hotel I walked through while in Vegas. It was also the most beautiful and luxurious. Oh, did I mention the curved escalator? Yeah, go ride on it. We did. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking…

In all its glory

In all its glory

One of a few waterfalls

One of a few waterfalls

Hot-air balloon made of flowers

Hot-air balloon made of flowers

Carousel made of flowers

Carousel made of flowers

I fell in love with these ceiling lamps and took an obnoxious amount of pictures of them

I fell in love with these ceiling lamps and took an obnoxious amount of pictures of them. This was also at the top of the curved escalator. There was a cute bar once you got down to the first floor. And also, the hubs.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

One of the gorgeous walkways in the lobby

One of the gorgeous walkways in the lobby

No, YOU took a picture of the super-fancy bathroom

No, YOU took a picture of the super-fancy bathroom

 Sometimes pictures don’t do a place or experience justice but I hope this gave you a good taste of the places I visited. I took almost 400 pictures so it was hard to narrow it down to just these for this post. More to come on the food and shenanigans of Vegas…

Stay fabulous! xoxo 

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