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Sticking with the Bellagio, it is probably the one of the few hotel casinos that could provide family entertainment and still be inexpensive to do.

Besides the fountains out front, there is also the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  It is something to see!  Located right off the hotel lobby check in desk, it has plants and flowers, real and faux, designed to look like  animals, other plants, and objects, depending on the theme.

The theme will change almost every other month if not sooner to keep in line with the season.  You have Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Chinese New Year, Summer, etc.   You could drop in almost every month to see something different.

Tip:  Because this is free and in a convenient location, it gets very crowded in the early evening.  Taking pictures can be a challenge as there are so many people, but most are courteous to stop to let you snap your memories.  Later in the evening and late night will have a smaller crowd.

And to top it off with a dessert and something else to look at in awe, there is “the world’s largest chocolate fountain” in Jean-Philippe Patisserie located in the Spa Tower of the Bellagio.

You could watch as a continuous flow of light, medium and dark liquid chocolate flows from the upper level down to the lower levels.  All of which prompts you to turn around and buy an ice cream cone or piece of chocolate candy from the adjoining store.

Breaking from the Routine Part 3; my review of the Golden Nugget

I have written here about staying at a Downtown Las Vegas hotel in previous posts.  I find it convenient to stay Downtown instead of the Strip mostly because I can easily walk from one property to another.   Anyone who has stayed on the Strip will know that a property that states they are “right next door” or “right across the street” from another property is actually a long walk.

Besides staying at the California, Fremont, or Main Street, I have often stayed at the Golden Nugget.  This is another hotel casino that has been around for a very long time.   It is the largest hotel casino property downtown and, in my opinion, the classiest.

The Golden Nugget has three towers; Carson, Gold and Rush Towers.  In the order I listed them according to cost per night.   The rooms have been re-modeled a few times and they are very spacious rooms compared to other downtown properties.

The property has several restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s Steak House,  Claim Jumper, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Red Sushi, the Grotto, and of course, the Buffet to name just a few.

The casino floor was under partial renovation when I was there in February 2016, but what I love about it is very easy to maneuver your way through and the ceilings are very high so that the cigarette smoke can waft way upwards from those of us who don’t smoke.

The casino also exits onto Fremont Street so you are right there in all the action at night.

For the value, I would say that the Golden Nugget is one of the few in Las Vegas that will give you the best experience and value, if you don’t mind staying downtown.  Remember, there are people who will only stay on the Strip.  I would recommend you stay there when you get the chance and sign up for their player’s program.  I always find e-mail promotions from them, more than other casinos.  Promotions for shows, special room rates and events.


Breaking from the routine part 2; the Downtown D Casino

I wrote a few days ago about staying at The D Downtown Las Vegas and now I want to  continue on about my experience.  The lobby is small and has only 4-5 stations to check in guests, compared to Strip hotels that  have 3x the amount of stations.

After getting your key, the room elevators are pretty much right behind you.  The elevator system is one I’ve only seen at this hotel, but I’m sure it’s elsewhere.  You go to one central key pad, enter your floor number and the screen tells you which elevator to enter.  You really by pass a bunch of floors this way.   When you enter the elevator, there is no push buttons for which floor because you already entered it on the central keypad.

Once in the rooms, they are clean and comfortable.   Beds were very comfortable and cleaned daily.  The showers have the type of shower head that gives you the rain feeling.

Overall, I say staying here is worth the money and the experience.