Las Vegas, Treasure Island Hotel Review

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Raymondo's review of Las Vegas, Treasure Island Hotel

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“Vegas is big, bold and brash, 100% fake and tack but...”

Written on: 29/02/2004 by Raymondo (5 reviews written)

Good Points
Centrally located. Nice swimming pool. Large rooms, comfortable beds.

Bad Points
The Pirate Show is no longer happening; we now have the Sirens of TI but it was still being built when we were there, so nothing was happening.

General Comments
Vegas is big, bold and brash, 100% fake and tack but nice with it. Everything is huge and over the top and we loved it!

Vegas in August is extremely hot, so the air-conditioning was most welcome in the hotels, the cars and even outside! Yes, many restaurants have fine, humidy misting systems spraying out ice-cold mist on its patrons and pedestrian as they walked by!

Gambling is in your face ALL of the time, 24 hours a day from the moment you step off the plane. Even sat at a bar, you'll find a slot machine sunk into the counter in front of you.

We are not big gamblers but had a lot of fun winning some and losing mostly in these glamourous casinos. No dressing up here, you can enter casinos wearing whatever you like as long as you've got money in your pocket! We saw quite a few families around but I must say I do not think Vegas is for kids. Sure, there are a couple of hotels that have kids entertainment (Excalibar & Circus Circus) but, if you have kids with you, you are prohibited from stopping in ther casinos (you can walk through them, but you must keeping walking).

But of course there is so much more to Vegas than just gambling. There are the shops. And every Hotel tries to outdo each other with bigger and better shopping arcades. And we talking BIG! The shopping arcades are bigger than some of our Town Center complexes and to think that they are contained within the hotel gives you an idea of their vastness.

There are bargains to had here in Vegas, but you have to look for them. Generally things are not that much cheaper unless you take a trip out of town to the numerous Factory Outlets where you will get bargains.

Do take in a show or two. They leave London show productions standing!

Fancy golf? Well, being in the middle of the desert, what can you expect to get? I'll tell you, lush greens, fairways, streams, lakes and palm trees and absolute first class service. Expensive? Of course, well certainly where we played (Bali Hai @ 150 GB pounds per round). Let's face it Vegas is a city designed to relieve you of your cash as quickly as possible but ever-smiling as it does it!

Lots of restaurants around, mostly serving the traditional fast food. Treasure Island's restaurants are very good and have a good choice of menus.

Things to do and see? Well, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam are spectacular.

Walking "The Strip", you'll get a good idea of how big the hotels are when you've walked for 15 minutes and haven't reached the next hotel! Each hotel has its own theme and everything is OTT. Ceasars Palace was having an extension built and whereas we have plain plywood sheets/shuttering around our building sites, Ceasars had the shuttering artexed to resemble Roman pillars. Total class!

The Bellagio and its fountains are a must, with water being sprayed 140ft into the air. The fountains themselves are set to music and it is totally incredible to what the show which is free and happen every 15 minutes.

The Mirage has a huge volcano outside of its entrance which erupts every 15 minutes. Best seen at night when the flames are shot into the air and water around is a sheet of fire. In fact the whole Strip is best seen at night; the light shows are out of this world.

The 1000ft high roller coaster at the Stratosphere Hotel is not as bad as it looks. We took a ride on this and also "The Big Shot" which shoots you up a further 100ft in 2 seconds flat! Thankfully it comes back down again for you to pick up your guts!

Downtown Vegas with the Golden Nugget and the Fremont Street experience is also another must-see. The spectacular overhead light show which spreads over a mile is mind-boggling.

Having visted all of the hotels on "The Strip", our favourite was the Venetian, right opposite Treasure Island. Plucked straight out of Venice, this hotel has a canal running right through its middle, complete with singing Gondoliers (Just one Cornetto!)

We spent a week in Vegas which was about right; any long and we'd have started to get bored, or have gone bust! We flew out with Virgin Atlantic directly into Vegas. So much better than all that chopping and changing. And quicker too!

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