Welcome to Vegas!

by Andie Mitchell on July 9, 2010

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Ahhh, Vegas. So glad you could greet me in your finest neon and bling.

Daniel and I arrived in Sin City yesterday afternoon after a largely uneventful plane ride. Is it me, or is Hudson News the most profitable business in the western hemisphere? I can make fairly substantiated claims that they’ve been the lucky recipients of at least half of my life savings in magazine sales, candy, gum, and velour neck pillows. To get back at them, and the airport for their repetitive rendition of the Broadway show I like to call “Security,” I did my fair share of monkeying around. I’m not sure what the protocol is for handling reptiles in airports but I think I handled it quite well.

A cab ride later, we were walking through the bronzed doors of the Venetian. Though my experience with five star hotels is limited, I think it’s safe to say that this place is quite beautiful and upscale. Much less of that gawdy flash than, say, the Tropicana. The hotel has a glamorous, grand appeal- a bit of old world meets new. Lots of marble, molding, and decorative detail.

There’s even a “Grand Canal” running inside and out of the hotel and casino with gondolas and singing gondoliers. Having been to Venice, this is a treat.

The shops inside the Grand Canal are largely upscale. Nearly every item in the designer shops and boutiques sports a hefty price tag. A window shopper’s paradise.

The collection of cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs are all well-rated and reasonably priced for their level of quality. Vegas has such a variety of top notch eateries, that you’re sure to dine well while you’re here. Nearly every casino has a “must try.” Many of the restaurants in the Venetian and the Palazzo are owned by celebrity chefs like Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck.

Note: these pictures are taken inside the Venetian and Palazzo. The ceiling is painted with beautiful blue skies and puffy white clouds.

I really enjoy the heavy-handed Italian flair throughout the hotel. To be honest, it is quite similar to what you’d find in the boot country itself. Pillars, statues, and oil paintings. And gold. We can’t forget the gold.

Our suite is fabulous.

The bedroom overlooks a small but cozy sitting area, complete with a sectional couch, table and chairs, and a desk with a fax, scanner, and printer. For all my business needs. Or to photocopy my hand, whichever I get to first.

The room feels very modern and sleek. Those two aspects go a long way to making the space feel cleaner and swankier. I live for king sized beds. At home, Daniel and I combined sleep with five fluffy pillows on our bed. We’re verging on six, but for fear that one or both of us will suffocate in the night, we do our best to fight the urge.

See that drapery? We have a remote control to open and close it. I’d call it outrageously unnecessary, when perhaps a simple rod could do that work, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t open and shut the curtains five times upon arrival. My finger is exhausted.

See those red boxes? Those are the contents of the food portion of the mini bar. Let me talk a bit about the food contained in hotel rooms. While I generally love organics, gourmet products, and price gauged natural foods, I need my mini bar to have a Snickers. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the mixed nuts, adore the fine quality chocolate, and even praise the appeal of gummi bears made to feel gourmet in dressy packaging, I also just want two ounces of trans fat sometimes. Preferably containing a nougat center, caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate coating. Thank you.

Gold sofas remind me of my grandparents. Though theirs was covered with plastic. That way we could safely pee on it and awkwardly stick to it in the hot weather.

And my favorite room in any house- the bathroom. Love the double sink, the granite countertop, the flat screen TV, and the spa products.

That door leads to the toilet. And the telephone. Because they know I have to call my mom everyday.

Don’t even get me started on the big bathtub. It’s a blessing. Listen, I’m 5’9″, and for most of my life I was morbidly obese. For a tub to be large enough to fit me comfortably- without bending my legs, and to fill with enough water to cover what was once a buoy of a belly- well that’s just magic. Though I don’t still carry the weight, I’ll always know the importance of space.

And now, without further ado, I present to you my favorite part of the five star hotel stay: The bathrobe. I love robes. Thick, velvety terry cloth numbers with extra long sleeves. The kind that weighs about five pounds in cotton.

There’s something so special and therapeutic about taking an hour long bubble bath and slipping into a luxurious robe. I make a rule to do it every night of my stay. And then I complain about my bathtub at home for the rest of the year.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany July 9, 2010 at 2:15 am

FUN!!!

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Nicole July 9, 2010 at 6:06 am

Oh my gosh, I loved this post. Ha, ha. I love that you captured EVERY detail of the room, because I’ve never been to vegas. So it was cool to live it through you!

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Amy @ Second City Randomness July 9, 2010 at 6:08 am

Ahhh… snickers. Sometimes it really is better than all the rest. :)

And I think you’re smart for making the coffee pot purchase- people often don’t think ahead enough to justify it like that!

And you get the cute coffee mug out of the deal…

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

Thanks, Amy!!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

Oh wow…talk about awesome scenery! I loved reading this post. :D

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

Thanks, Sarah!

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Sophie @ yumventures July 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

OMG that suite is ah-mazing! I’ve never been to Vegas, or in any hotel suite like that. Live up the fabulous life, my dear!

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Anna July 9, 2010 at 7:10 am

I’ve never been to Vegas, but I want to go SO badly!!!! Live it up and have a great time!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

That is exactly how I pictured a Vegas hotel that’s not the Vegas hotel in Rain Man. Retractable curtain around the bed? Why not?

But I have to say, my favorite line was this: Though theirs was covered with plastic. That way we could safely pee on it and awkwardly stick to it in the hot weather. HAHAHAHA

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

Love that you referenced Rain Man. Wish that were the case

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

The Venetian is gorgeous. It’s a lot like Venice, but newer, not sinking, not humid, and doesn’t have the smell of fish and the sea lingering in the air. Oh and the gondoliers can actually sing well at the Venetian.

Try the Mario Batali restaurant. I’ve never eaten there but my dad said it’s awesome (and judging by how well his recipes always seem to turn out for me, I bet that’s true)

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

I love Mario Batali. You’re right- I bet his restaurant is amazing! And the gondoliers actually can carry a tune! Ha!

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Kelly July 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

FUN FUN! I have never been to Vegas but my husband swears I would hate it because I don’t gamble, drink or like to stay out late. haha!

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Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life July 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

I’ve never been to Vegas-it looks like so much fun!

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foodiefresh July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

Aw! Too bad about your camera! That really stinks. I probably would have done something drastic and tantrum-esque like throwing it off the balcony. Don’t you just love nice hotels? It’s really the small things that make you feel comfortable. I wish all hotels understood that. Have a fabulous time in Vegas! :)

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Ashley S July 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

OH you MUST eat at Trevvie’s at Cesears Palace if you enjoy Margarita Pizza..It’s to die for! Oh and visit Encore, that’s where stayed. Awesome hotel!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the recommendations! I love Caesar’s Palace! And awesome about Hungry Girl book tour!

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Ashley S July 9, 2010 at 9:42 am

http://book.hungry-girl.com/tour_dates/2

Not sure if you are interested, just thought I’d send this along…lol!

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Shanna, like Banana July 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

That room looks divine! I’ve wanted to stay at the Venetian and now I will make it my next stop..love the room :) AND Venice is my favorite Italian city so I’d get a 2-for-1.

Be sinful girl, be sinful!

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Tina July 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

I would love to go to Vegas one day! I can’t wait to hear more about it.

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Cindy July 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

I don’t care one bit that there is not a to die for recipe today….I want to go to that hotel…and die there! it is so beautiful! we would have gone and bought a coffee pot too. perfect-o!

I also want to go play with that big gecko thing. love stuff like that!

tI have seen pics of that “sky” cieling and I thought it was outside! oh my gosh, someone can paint!

ENJOY, and hopefully when you get back, I will have remembered to find your book! so sorry…home life is busy and my day brain and my night brain don’t communicate!

have fun for us all!
xoxoxo

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

Ah Cindy I wish you were here! We could lounge. Or actually, I could play in the pool with your son because I want to kidnap him. But you could relax! Please don’t worry about the book- you are one busy lady! Hope all is well with you!!

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Leah @ Why Deprive? July 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

“That way we could safely pee on it and awkwardly stick to it in the hot weather”

That line totally just made my day! :)

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Michelle July 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

Fun fun fun and your room looks absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to next installment …

PS – love your airport pic on the iguna. I have one of those too :-)

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

Yay, so glad someone else took a pic like that. Even the little kids were staring at me.

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greensandjeans July 9, 2010 at 10:43 am

I can’t believe that they didn’t have a coffee maker in the room! I’m pretty sure even Motel 6 has a coffee maker!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

Mad, I was devastated. I think they’re trying to be all upscale and snooty about it and wanting guests to order room service. I called and they were like “we’d be happy to bring you some coffee…” Um. not for $16, thanks!

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Lara (Thinspired) July 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

This is deja vu…my husband and I just got back from Vegas less than a month ago, and stayed at the Venetian in a suite just like that (but flipped). Very smart to go buy a coffee maker! Whatever you do, don’t go to the continental breakfast if you have the coupons…it’s in this shady back room and all they offer are gross pastries and red apples. Yuck.

Have FUN!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

Oh, Lara, thanks so much for the advice! I contemplated it but I was nervous what the offering would be. And what is it with these mealy, no flavor, Red Delicious apples??? They’re everywhere and I hate them. The Venetian is great- glad you liked it too!

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Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

That hotel looks amazing! You are so lucky!

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Decor Girl July 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Cute post. It reminded me of when my hubby and I stayed there, your commentary was on point. Those are great rooms.

Maybe they got rid of it, but did you also notice the piped in scent in the lobby and hallways? A bit much.

Olives, the Todd English restaurant at the Bellagio is awesome. For pure design eye candy, head over to Mix at the top of Mandalay Bay. Evening only and dress appropriately or they won’t let you in. Enjoy!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

OH MY GOD! I can’t believe you pin pointed it- that smell that fills the air- a mix of baby powder and febreeze. It was terrible! Thanks for the recommendations!!

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Christie {Honoring Health} July 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I saw you tweet about the coffee maker and totally cracked up. Now I am cracking up again. But I feel you. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Amen, Christie.

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lequan@luvtoeat July 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Hilarious about the wrapped sofas! My parents wrap their TV remotes too.

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kenzie (Healthy Purpose) July 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

have fun in vegas! went there 2 years ago. wild city!

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kenzie (Healthy Purpose) July 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

a trip to walgreen’s on the strip?? lol

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