So today was our first full day here, Dad is currently snoring and I decided to pay for one day of Internet so I could update things and check up on the online world a bit.
The Aria is pretty amazing. it is a VERY nice hotel. There are tons of restaurants. They have a piped in scent that is a Vanilla/Sandalwood kind of thing that really masks any smoke in the air. That is -amazing-.. that and I’m not allergic to it at least.
By the way Vegas sucks with a cold. It really does. Saps my energy like woah.
Today we set out and walked up to Bally’s, showed Dad where we were for NAB, I finally put down $1 and won $5; Dad plunked in $2 and lost $2. 🙂 Still, we can say we gambled. Yay. (nevermind that I’m now only $3.20 up. Silly penny slot machine with 80c minimum. oh well, i pushed the button.)
We walked through Bally’s and Paris, i’ve been taking pics the whole time. We went through Miracle Mile, stopped at a few stores to drool (I want sooooooo many Bettie Page dresses it is insane.), bought a few things here and there, and then walked down and back to the room to sit down for an hour or two. We then walked down to Excalibur, caught the Tram to Mandalay, went to the shops there (helloooooooo Lush, I ❤ you), and walked through Luxor and Excalibur, NYNY, more pictures everywhere, crossed over to MGM Grand and ate dinner at Hard Rock. This is I believe my 10th or 12th HRC. Their food is still very solid. The drink? not so much, but it was totally fun anyway. Walked a bit more, and came back to the hotel to just relax. My ankle/foot has been very much bugging me again and it's liking to lock up. NOT FUN.
Tomorrow we'll head back north, head to Caesar's, Imperial Palace + car show, walk around a bunch up there and make sure we're at Excalibur by 5:30 for Tournament of Kings. I CANNOT WAIT. We actually are sitting almost exactly where I did last time.
I will update more on food and such later when I actually want to think about it. I'm full at the moment.. 😉
I got my picture taken with Yellow M&M and Pikachu so far too.
Let's see.. Viva Elvis was pretty amazing from 6th row center. (yes… yes yes yes yes yes the tickets were amazing!). It was just very fascinating to see how they did it all.
But the only thing that has bugged me is the pretty heavy discrimination / picking out / general rudeness of the Aria Staff themselves.
Last night, walking back in a group from Viva Elvis, heading to the elevators, a guy literally YELLS at us to show our room key… not only completely startling me, it really embarrassed me.
Before ANYONE says ANYTHING about how this "is common" i will call bull on that immediately. I came out for NAB, ran around most of the hotels, and never once was asked anywhere for my room key when I was heading to elevators. Not once. I didn't stay at Aria.. but still.
It wouldn't be bad… ok maybe if it had happened one time.
It happens EVERY TIME WE GO TO HEAD UP TO THE ELEVATORS. It doesn't matter if we walk up alone or walk up with 15 other people. We're always the only one in our group to get stopped, and the worst part is I've still not seen anyone else stopped as rudely/loudly as us. One guy stepped in front of me really fast and I had to stop and almost ran into him because of it (which probably didn't help my ankle)
Dear Aria – your service right now would make me not want to come back (and makes me happy I didn't spend money to be insulted). Your staff really could use some manners and common decency. Either stereotype everyone or no one… I know, I don't spend money in the Casino, my shoes are worn, my hair is fluffy and I wear cargo pants instead of ass hanging out skirts, but still. Have some basic respect. It's a really HUGE turnoff to a hotel that otherwise is very very nice. I'm trying not to let it bug me, but it does. And yes, I'm taking it a bit personally because I hate it when people stop and stare at me. I'm self conscious.
Thankfully, we still have a day and a half here, and hopefully tomorrow will be better.
I should go curl up in the comfy bed with my 7 pillows and really comfy everything now.
But overall it is a blast being a tourist and Dad is having a ton of fun as well. 🙂