Sheila Gallant-Halloran

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Vegas, baby

It seems when folks are looking for a quick getaway, they look to Vegas. No small feat to get from Ottawa to Vegas. There are few direct flights (although Westjet has two a week now til the end of April – Thursdays and Sundays), and, as expected, the air costs from Ottawa to Nevada can be a little daunting. Driving to Montreal, Toronto, or even Syracuse can sometimes offer savings on air, while sacrificing your precious time.  But the Vegas holiday is one that should be planned and savoured – not just booked without any thought.

My clients are often amazed to learn that many Vegas resorts charge daily resort fees.  This can be an increase of $15-30 dollars per day on your hotel bill, and the amount is collected at destination.  I often recommend that my clients consider the Caesar/ Harrah’s entertainment hotels. Harrah’s Entertainment has eliminated daily resort fees at all of its Las Vegas properties: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, PH Towers Westgate, Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and Imperial Palace. So, you can save the extra $100 or so add on in fees – which will get you a nice meal, or maybe a show. 

Course, the Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian, and Mandalay Bay all offer their own terrific architecture, entertainment, wild landscaping, and charms. A stay at either of those properties is certainly worth the additional resort fees.

After fees, don’t forget there are no all inclusive packages in Vegas. But then again, why would you want there to be?  There are plenty of dining options. Vegas is the mother of all buffets.  I can sign you up for the Buffet of Buffets – $44-49 per person for 24 hours of buffets at all Caesar Properties.  Or you can dine around Vegas, at some of it’s fantastic top notch restaurants, such as at Wynn http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/dining

Shows are key too. I can sign you up for an All Stage Pass  which gives you 48 Hours – 18 Shows $99 (most shows are $50-$80 each), and you book the shows you wish to see yourself at Planet Hollywood.  Included are shows like Smokey Robinson presents Human Nature .  But the primo shows, like http://www.celinedionlasvegas.net/, are not included in this (however, if you buy the pass you get discounts on the big shows). 

I work with destination specialists and can plan your itinerary to perfection. We can get you to the Grand Canyon to tour, or maybe see the Hoover Dam. http://www.touchthesouthwest.com/Where_We_Go.html

Vegas, baby – much to see and do… and we haven’t even touched on the gambling. If you can only go for a few short days, make the most of your vacation, and give me a call to help you plan it right.

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April 12, 2011 - Posted by | Lush Life Destinations, Lush Life Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

2 Comments »

  1. Great Vegas tips Sheila. I went there a few years ago and stayed at the Wynn. It was pricey but a great experience. Had dinner at the Daniel Boulud (sp?) Bistro at a table overlooking the pond in the back. They had an animated show every 15 mins that just had to be seen.

    Are prices better in Vegas in the summer?

    Comment by Danny Starr | April 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Danny. If you want the Westjet direct flights, they’re only running til the end of April right now. I have many clients willing to hop in their car and catch Sunwing charters (also direct) from Toronto – prices aren’t too bad for 4 nights in May. But air is still biggest part – have to assume it’s ~$500+ per person, taxes in. Lots of great pricing on the hotels, though, and I’ve access to some terrific suppliers (as well as hotels directly).

      Comment by Sheila Gallant-Halloran | April 12, 2011 | Reply


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