I had a touch of headache when i woke at 6am, I'm pretty sure it was the altitude as I'm in my room in Vegas typing this up and feel good! Lori, Ralph and i had booked a town car to take us to the airport for 7:15am The airports a good half hour away and all three of us flew to Vegas at 10am. Today was the busiest travel day in the USA, the day before Thanksgiving. I remembered last night that when i booked this flight in the UK many months ago i realised what day it was and id aid the extra for priority check in and priority security, this was a great move as the lines even at 8am were pretty long!
I made my way to the United Airlines lounge and had some breakfast. it only took me 15 minutes from being dropped off by the town car to being sat in the airline lounge!! Ralph and Lori were flying a different airline so were at the Eats side terminal and i would meet them at some point when they got to Vegas. The flight wasn't even a couple of hours and after falling asleep for the take off i sat and watched the latest episode of Gossip Girl so I'm all caught up now:)
The lines at Denver airport.
The first thing i saw when i got off the flight was the slot machines!! Vegas is nuts, the only place there aren't any is in the bathrooms and i bet there's some bathrooms that do have them!
What looks like a casino below is actually the airport!
I first came to Vegas about 15 years ago, have been 5 or 6 times since and the last time was for Rogers shows in 2006. The first thing i noticed when we were coming in to land was how much bigger and spread out the houses and business's had got!! the second thing i noticed was the airport, it was HUGE, it wasn't this big the last time i came and even has a huge car rental facility about 5 miles south of the airport now. its incredible how quick this place has grown and still is!
I went to pick my rental car up from Thrifty and managed to get what id been wanting for a while, well not the one i wanted but my second choice of a Dodge Charger. I love these cars and really wanted the Camaro however they didn't have any in when i picked the car up. I did notice its only the 3.5ltr though and not the 5ltr Hemi one but hey its American muscle:)
My rental car!! Viva Las Vegas! Back on the west coast Oh my!
I hit my hotel in the tom-tom favourites, drove the 5 miles to my hotel and checked in. I have in the past always stayed on the strip and have stayed at Treasure Island, MG, Luxor and a couple of others however i went for something a bit more classy this time and as i would be here for three nights i thought id enjoy it while i was here so i booked the Trump International. Its a beautiful hotel and the service within seconds of arriving is second to none. I got a great deal on hotwire for it too.
I did the $20 trick when i checked in as well, I've always done this in Vegas and had great results. Just fold a $20 bill up and when you hand the check in girl your id and credit card just show the $20 underneath as you hand it to her and ask her if there are any upgrades available it works 4 times out of 5!! I was originally in a city view room that was a small parlour room as she put it but she moved me to a strip view with hot tub and real nice living room area!
Walk in shower TV built into the mirror! Jacuzzi tub closets on the room
The sundeck The pool area Encore and Wynn hotels The cabanas
View of the strip from my 49th floor room
I went for a wander round, had an In and out burger for lunch and walked it off walking round the Fashion show mall across the street from my hotel. I need to do some laundry at some point but can get by till Saturday and do it at my friend Gail and Joes place in Phoenix when i get there i think.
Just gonna chill out in the room tonight, I've just sat in front of the floor to ceiling windows for the last hour or so while typing this entry and never tire of seeing this view below from my hotel room!