USA series: The Vegas Show and Bellagio Fountains

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

It is another hot 36 degree day in the Nevada desert and our last day in the wonderland that is Las Vegas. Our plans for tonight are exciting, starting with tonight’s performance of “The Vegas Show”. 

After The Vegas show we will (again) dine at Mon Ami Gabi (Paris).  Our night will finish with a front row viewing of the Bellagio Fountains.

11:30am
Alex and I have paid an additional compulsory daily “resort fee” of USD$20 to the Luxor for each day of our stay which seems to be common at all the hotels in Las Vegas.  This “resort fee” is on top off the nightly room rate and includes use of the pool and broadband.

So far, we haven’t really explored much of our own hotel and decide we should at least look at our hotel’s pool.  I have to say I am somewhat disappointed when we reach the pool area.  While the pool itself is fairly large, I quickly notice there is barely a square of shade anywhere.  It’s a concrete jungle out here and I am a white girl from Melbourne, Australia who doesn’t stand a chance against the Navada sun.

Luxor concrete pool jungle

Luxor concrete pool jungle

Luxor pool

Luxor pool

Luxor Hotel pyramid exterior

Luxor Hotel pyramid exterior

I finally find what I think seems to be some lounge chairs hidden round the corner and up the back of the second pool area.  There is a vacant and shaded pavilion with empty seats so we head there, intending only to sit for a minute before we start our last day out on the Las Vegas Strip.  We had barely sat down a minute and an attendant comes over and asks “have you paid for this bungalow?”. Ummm… “No” I reply somewhat confused.

Long story short, apparently we need to pay USD$175 per day to sit on these chairs which seem to be the only chairs in the whole of the pool are in shade.  What a screw… not happy Luxur!

1:30pm
We leave the Luxor and take our final chance to visit a few more casinos including the original Flamingo and the busy MGM Grand. 

Las Vegas Strip - daytime

Las Vegas Strip – daytime

Alex and I blow USD$100 on roulette… not happy MGM Grand.

We need to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off… and perhaps lay off the roulette tables for a while so we head back to our room to relax in its cool interior and where we can’t be tempted to gamble.

7:00pm
Tonight we are seeing a Vegas show.  This one is actually simply called “The Vegas Show” and is showing at the Sax Theatre at Planet Hollywood Casino.

The Vegas Shop according to Wikipedia:

“VEGAS! The Show recreates the greatest moments in Vegas’ history. This is the story of the most influential and exciting entertainers who made Vegas… Vegas! From vintage Vegas icons like The Rat Pack and Elvis to today’s hottest performers… this award- winning cast, big band orchestra and beautiful showgirls make VEGAS! The Show the biggest stage production on the Strip in almost 20 years.”

The show tells the story of how Las Vegas once was and brings to life the songs, artists, costumes and memories long since torn down and packed away including casinos like Stardust and Aladdin, with the oldest strip casino still standing being the Flamingo.

“The Vegas Show” is so much fun and an absolute must see.  The Sax Theatre is more intimate than some and its intimate size compliments this production. 

Intimate theatre for The Vegas Show

Intimate theatre for The Vegas Show

The Vegas Show performers

The Vegas Show performers

I have one warning about this show… it will have you smiling the whole way through.

When purchasing tickets, try for half price tickets (ours cost USD$52) on the day of the show (or next day) from the half price tickets counters located along the Strip near Planet Hollywood.

9:30pm
With smiles still etched on our faces, Alex and I return to Paris Hotel and Casino and its “casual French” restaurant called Mon Ami Gabi. 

Paris casino where Mon Ami Gabi is located

Paris casino where Mon Ami Gabi is located

There are not many outdoor restaurants on the strip, even less with such a great views of the Bellagio which translates to fantastic views of the amazing Bellagio fountains show which is a perfect backdrop our excellent meals.

This restaurant’s reasonable prices and excellent food have also brought us back here.

After dinner we head across to the Bellagio to watch the beautiful Bellagio fountains from close up.

Bellagio Fountains lagoon

Bellagio Fountains lagoon

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Bellagio Fountains display

Apart from tonight’s “Vegas Show” and our visit to the “old Las Vegas” at Fremont Street, the Bellagio fountains round out our top three Las Vegas attractions.

12:30pm
It is fight night in Vegas (Mayweather v Canelo) and the foot traffic is heavy and slow as we walk our way back to the Luxor.

Las Vegas Strip - nightime

Las Vegas Strip – nightime

Las Vegas traffic is amazing

Las Vegas traffic is amazing

We need to get some sleep.  I set our alarm for 5 hours time.  We have an early flight to our next stop… hilly San Francisco.[showmyads]

For previous USA series post see Las Vegas casinos including New York-New York, MGM Grand and Paris
For next USA series post see Las Vegas to San Francisco