Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Back from Vegas!

We just spent the weekend at the Rio in Vegas, and got back last night. Towards the end of last week I was crazy writing a plan for work (I hate doing computer work because I procrastinate, I'm glad I have a job where I don't have to do it much). So I guess I haven't posted in a while, never mind, no one reads this anyway!

The suite at the Rio was the most amazing hotel room I've ever really stayed in. I did go to a party in a Presidential Suite at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC, where I got drunk and picked up a fancy urn to find it had a sticker on the bottom saying $10.99! Other guests broke a bed post - it's a story for another day! The Rio suite had a jacuzzi that sat between the bedroom and the bathroom so you could get to it from either side, it also had a beautiful peach velvet couch that felt like silk. By the end of our stay I started to feel claustrophobic and on edge in the room though, and a little bit paranoid. I think because it felt so isolated - I've gotten used to the street noise here, and to feeling connected to the world outside and aware of what's going on. The fire warning system also went off while we were in the jacuzzi on the first night, which didn't help.

Although the suite was nice, and made me wish for a bigger place and fancier stuff, it wasn't really my style. I also find the Rio's inconsistent theming disappointing. I've been reading recently about how themed casinos are on the way out, and simple luxury (think the Wynn) is in. I think it's a bit of a shame, a well done theme is so great, and Vegas is the only place you really see that kind of creativity. I often describe Vegas as 'Disneyland for adults'.

My favorite casino hands down is Caesar's; the theme is so consistent, and well executed and luxurious. I guess it helps when your theme is also an architectural style! Sure it's tacky, but the materials are so expensive, and the attention to detail is so perfect - right down to tiny medallions set in the drive way. I think it's a work of art, and we'll try to stay there next time if we can find a deal. I'm also looking out for things made of marble now!

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