Rourke and I just returned from one of our favorite destinations, Las Vegas. We thought we would give you some insights of how we do Vegas without breaking the bank!
If you are flying to Vegas, we highly recommend you download several episodes of your favorite Netflix show or a few movies. It makes the flight go by so much faster.
Also, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove for security.
Once getting into Las Vegas, stop at a CVS or other convenience store first to buy necessities like bottled water, drinks, snacks, etc.
As far as resorts to stay in, there are some beautiful properties on the strip, like The Wynne, Bellagio and Aria. But, we love everything about The Cosmopolitan. If you missed our post on The Cosmopolitan, you can view it here.
Not only is it centrally-located on The Strip, but it has the best all-around restaurants, clubs, and pools. The rooms are amazing, too.
If you choose to book at The Cosmopolitan, you should definitely become a Marriott Rewards member. The Cosmo is currently a Marriott property. Also, Marriott just merged with Starwood Resorts. If you are a Starwood member, your points should automatically combine with any accrued Marriott points.
If you are a Gold or Platinum Marriott member, you have access to the private Autograph lounge. You can check in and out quickly here, as well as get free bottled water and Starbucks coffee.
Also being a Gold/Platinum member gets you 1:00 checkout and free premium internet during your stay.
We also recommend you join The Cosmopolitan’s Identity Rewards program. So, while you are staying at the resort, points are earned through dining, drinking, and gaming. There are different levels to work towards, each having exclusive privileges, like free buffets and free room nights. We actually enjoyed a nice dinner at Jaleo using our Identity points earned from our previous stay.
Here’s the best part: if you charge everything to your room, you will be earning Marriott points AND Identity points. You can convert your Identity points to Marriott points or use them during your next stay.
Wherever you are staying, we do not recommend paying for a buffet. They are terribly pricey, plus you feel like you need to get your money’s worth and eat as much as possible. You will end up feeling like a blown-up whale, miserable, and not wanting to don a swim suit at the pool afterwards.
We do, however, recommend you take advantage of a free buffet offer, especially if it’s The Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan.
As for shows, we recommend anything by Circus Soleil or the adults-only, Absinthe or Opium. The latter two are by the same producers, Spiegelworld. (Don’t go to these last two if you are easily offended.) We usually buy our tickets at Vegas.com.
You must also take advantage of the free musical entertainment at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. each evening in The Cosmopolitan.
We do not recommend taking a cab or uber to Fremont Street. It is very touristy and dirty. Save your $ for lunch at one of the many new food court options in The Cosmopolitan instead. Or a couple of slices of pizza at The Secret Pizza hidden on the third floor of The Cosmo.
For pools, get to the pool of your choice early and put your towels down to save your spot, especially if you are looking for a place in the shade. I usually would go put our towels down, and then we would go get coffee and breakfast.
So, next time you are planning a trip to Vegas, we hope you can use these tips we shared.