My husband and I took a 16 day road trip down to Southern California and spent the last 4 days of the trip in Las Vegas. Day One July 29th We got an early start (9am) from Irvine, California and didn't hit any traffic getting out of the city. I saw all the sites on the drive that I have read about here. We stopped in Barstow to refuel at Love's. We gassed up the Edge and then went in to use the restroom and get a cold drink. We like Love's because the restrooms are cleaner than other places. I noticed when we got back to the car that there were handprints and forehead prints on my passenger window that weren't there when we went in. It seemed as though someone thought about breaking in. However, my lovely husband remembered to lock the car and the only thing I left out was my MP3 player from 2006. Guess they didn't want that! :evillaugh We arrived at the Palazzo at 5 pm and self parked to get our bearings and took the elevator up the casino. We found the check in desk and there was only one person in line. There was a very nice gentleman who was a bellhop or greeter of some sorts who asked us what our name was and walked us up to the agent at the desk and gave her our name. That was a nice touch. We got checked in very quickly and decided to upgrade to a strip view which made the suite $199 a night not including resort fees. We were asked if we wanted a $50 dollar food credit if we took a survey about their bed linens so we said sure. We got the key and quickly headed up to room 42-700 to check out the room before we went to the car and got our stuff. Now if you have never been to the Palazzo you are in for a treat. All the rooms are suites and they are beautifully decorated. We had a nice view of the TI and a partial view of the Mirage. It was definitely worth the money to upgrade. I couldn't stop looking out the window. My favorite part of the room were the 3 flat screens and the remote controlled blinds. The bed was heavenly and the linens were soft. We went down and hauled our stuff up to the room and quickly changed into our swimsuits so we could hit the pool before it closed at 8 pm. We went to the main pool at the Palazzo and snagged two nice padded lounge chairs up front. The pool was nice but there were too many kids in my opinion. Went back up and changed and went to Grand Lux for dinner. I had the Sicilian pasta and a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and husband has pasta telefono. Both were delicious and we had a great server. Took a walk after dinner on the strip. Headed down to "character row" as I call it. I love to look at the pathetic characters on the strip however I was impressed with the "Alan from the Hangover" who has upgraded to an almost life size plastic tiger as part of his props. The worst character is definitely the Homer Simpson one that hangs out by the fountain as well as the Joker who is just plain creepy. Anyway, we kept walking and crossed the street to the Flamingo and I sat down at the Grease machine. Put a $5 in and won $18. I used that to gamble at the table top VP machine at the Flamingo but didn't win anything except 2 Coronas. I needed a bathroom at one point while we were there but couldn't find one. The one I did find which I believe was by the front desk had a line of about 15 women for 4 bathrooms. At the time I was unaware of the plumbing issues the Flamingo was facing but once I did find out that explained the smell and the long lines. Also checked out the Quad since I hadn't been there since my very first Vegas trip back in 2005. The Quad is an interesting place and it is very smoky. Smoke doesn't bother me usually but it was overwhelming in the casino. I don't think I could stay here now. The Dealertainers were also mildly interesting however I didn't think many of them looked very much like their counterparts and I had some trouble figuring out who some of them were impersonating. At that point I decided I had enough and went back to the Palazzo to go to sleep. It was about 1 am. However I forgot to buy bottled water so I got stuck drinking tap when I got back to the room. The water from the faucet is awful by the way. However I did get to fall asleep in a very comfy bed so it all balanced out. Stay tuned for day 2!