In March last year Lloyd and I went to Las Vegas for a week and it was one of the best holidays of my life! We had so much fun! I posted a little throwback on my Instagram a few days ago and I received a number of messages from people asking what we got up to, where we stayed etc. I did a lot of research before we left because I wanted to make sure we made the best use of our time, so I’ve decided to put together a quick blog post to show you what we got up to. There is so much to see and do out there, with new places popping up daily, it can get a bit overwhelming deciding what to book up. So I hope this blog post gives anyone travelling to Vegas anytime soon some inspiration.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in one of their wraparound suites. In our opinion, the hotel is in the best position along the strip as it’s pretty much central to everything. Our room was unbelievable, with the most insane view of the strip and bellagio fountains. I never got bored of that view at sunrise and at night when everything is sparkling.
After visiting all of the main hotels along the strip, our favourite was the Cosmopolitan! The casino is probably the smallest out of them all, but the choices of restaurants, clubs and bars makes up for it!
Things To Do
Walk The Strip
On our first day we wanted to find our bearings so we took a walk along one end of the strip whilst popping in and out of bars, shops and casinos. We had a mooch inside each of the hotels as we passed them so by the time we reached the Luxor hotel, which isn’t even at the end of the strip, we were knackered! It doesn’t look far on the map, but trust me, walking in the desert heat really takes it out of you! I’d advise wearing the most comfortable shoes you own, I wore new trainers and had to stop for plasters a few times.
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Caesars Palace
We stumbled upon this wonderland inside the Caesars Palace hotel by accident, and I’m so glad we did! The conservatory and botanical gardens transport you from Las Vegas to a Japanese Spring and is the perfect spot for an Instagram snap!
As you walk through the Caesar’s Palace casino, you turn a corner and enter golden hour in Rome and a bustling street lined with shops. The ceiling looks like a bright blue sky and you can hear the sound of water falling from fountains. It’s all inside, but gives the illusion of being outside in the open. It’s truly magical! There are tons and tons of shops around each corner, including Christian Louboutin where I lusted over a number of gorgeous heels. Make sure you stay for the fountain show, it’s a bit cheesy but you have to watch it!
You can pay to go to the very top of the hotel for the most incredible view of the strip. A little tip – don’t wear a skirt or dress! I was wearing a dress and it was ridiculously windy outside so it’s safe to say I went around the swinging doors and straight back inside again!
There are some rides you can go on at the very top, but they were closed on the day we visited due to the wind! I don’t think I would have been brave enough to go on them anyway!
Visit Venice inside The Venetian Hotel
This place was truly magical and I could have spent hours there! You can hear the men on the gondolas singing from the top of their lungs before you even enter, filling the entire place with the sound of music. The ceiling is looks like an early evening sky with the clouds sparkling. Have a ride on a gondala along the canal and then grab some gelato whilst you wander around.
See a performance at the MGM
We saw Lionel Ritchie perform at the MGM and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to! The venue is much more intimate than I expected which made us feel so close to the front. There is always something going on at the MGM – click here for tickets.
Ahhh I’ve just clicked on the website for this show and it’s started playing the music, and now I can’t stop clicking and dancing! I want to go back immediately!!! If you love jazz music, please book tickets!! Lloyd and I are quite old souls when it comes to music, so this show was a must for us. The guys looked just like The Rat Pack and sounded like them too. They performed all of the favourites and really interacted with the audience too.
Lloyd’s friend who was living in LA at the time flew to Vegas to spend a couple of days with us, so when he arrived we booked a spot at Topgolf. I’m not a huge fan of golf, but I was really surprised by how much fun I had.
The place is absolutely huge and the atmosphere is buzzing!
I’m not going to lie, we spent probably only about an hour exploring around Fremont Street because we felt a bit scared, haha. It’s an experience to say the least, and definitely a must when in Vegas. I’ve heard it’s better in the evening when everything it lit up. You can also zip line down the entire street!
You simply cannot go to Vegas, and not see Big Elvis at Harrah’s!!! It’s a must during the day. Such a fun performance!
Cabo Wabo Cantina
On the second day that Lloyd’s friend was with us, we wandered along the strip and found ourselves in Cabo Wabo Cantina. Now, I’m not going to lie, this is where my memory starts to fade slightly haha. We spent a good few hours there sitting in the sun, drinking pitcher upon pitcher of Strawberita, and eating the biggest plate of nachos. It was such a laugh!
Marquee Pool Party
After far too many Strawberitas at Cabo Wabo Cantina, we found ourselves at Marquee for a pool party! The weather in March is unpredictable and although I was boiling hot sitting in the sun at the previous place, by the time we got to the pool party it turned chilly so we propped ourselves at the bar for more drinks and people watching. I can’t wait to go back one day when it’s warmer and spend an entire day there!
Drinks at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel
The most stunning bar in Vegas! It took my breath away when I first saw it.
Places to Brunch/Lunch/Breakfast
Brunch is huge out in Vegas, with every hotel offering something different and bigger than the other. Our favourites were:
This was our favourite brunch spot. It was so pretty, the food was delicious (and all you can eat), and we got to explore The Wynn afterwards too.
The one isn’t very glamorous and less instagrammable, but if you’re looking for a feast, this is your place! They have different stands offering foods from all over the world!
French breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi
This is the ultimate spot for people watching! We had breakfast here on our last morning, sat on the terrace overlooking the bellagio fountains. The pancakes were delicious!
There’s a little French theme going on here, I promise it wasn’t intentional! We stumbled upon this place on our way to the Aria casino and it didn’t disappoint. From what I can remember I had their equivalent, and far more posh version, of a McDonalds sausage and egg muffin and it was unbelievably good!
SO many people told us to visit this place, and we were so happy to find out it was inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Although it’s called Secret Pizza, we thought we’d walk past it at one point and pop in, but we couldn’t find it until our last day!! We had to ask someone where it was, and finally found it down a little alley inside the hotel off the beaten track.
This is the perfect place for a drunken pizza slice when you stumble out of Marquee or one of the bars!
This is another reason why I loved staying at the Cosmopolitan so much…Egg Slut! We wandered down from our room to this place so many times at silly o’clock in the morning when we were either up early from jet lag or hungover from the night before and in desperate need of food. So good!
We were hesitant to book this restaurant at first, as it’s such a tourist spot in Vegas. But I’m so glad we did as both the food and atmosphere was incredible. We had the most romantic table in the corner at the window, overlooking the bellagio fountains which lit up and danced every hour. I would definitely go here again next time.
Beauty & Essex
We had dinner here on our first night, and it was the best food I had all week! It’s located within the Cosmopolitan hotel, and you enter through a secret door in a pawn shop. So cool! I didn’t manage to grab any photos because it was quite dark inside, plus we were so hungry because we’d just arrived that I didn’t even think about taking a photo before I ate!
This is another place I cannot wait to revisit next time I’m in Vegas! I loved everything about this restaurant, the vibe, the food, the cocktails, the music! We had a table booked in the club for afterwards but unfortunately Lloyd wasn’t feeling well that evening so we decided to eat and go back to the hotel.
Hakkasan is the perfect spot for an evening out in Vegas. Food, cocktails and then dancing afterwards! Check the website before you go to see which DJ is performing and to book tickets.
There were tons of other little places we popped into during our week in Vegas, but these were some of my favourites. The great thing about Vegas is you can wander around for hours and never get bored. There is always something to explore and discover!
Even though we were there for a week, there was still so much I wanted to do. For example, visit the Neon Museum and the Seven Magic Mountains! There are also so many new restaurants, bars and clubs popping up all the time. It’s the perfect excuse to come back, and I’m already excited!!