Not a very exciting trip - no show, very little gambling, but I did take advantage of a couple places that have been discussed or recommended that I wanted to comment on. We were in town for a trade show - for the first time it was held at Sands instead of Mandalay Bay. While I appreciated being at a different end of the Strip and staying & eating in new places, the convention center itself was not great. Parking was horrible, signage bad, load-in & load-out were awful, etc. Sadly, due to $, I think we'll be at Sands the next time the show is in Vegas Transportation: We flew Delta, checked bags, rented a car from Budget. Hotel: We stayed in a Petite Suite at TI. Nice room, lovely 2 large bathrooms with separate closets, one has a mini-fridge & safe in it. We faced north strip, Fashion Show Mall, and the mountains/hwy to the West. While I liked the room, the hotel, casino & restaurants did nothing for me. And the "coconut" smell drove my husband crazy. Food: We didn't have any fancy meals. For breakfast, we ate at Hash House a Go Go (in the Quad). Eh. I had biscuits & gravy - neither were very good (I'm pretty particular about my biscuits & gravy!) Kahunaville (ugh, just unpleasant) Grand Lux (the one in Palazzo) also so-so, and the woman seated next to me dumped her grapefruit juice on me...The TI buffet (we had a couple of 2 for 1 coupons) and the TI coffeehouse (not great, and Grand Lux is surprisingly cheaper!) By far the BEST breakfast we had that trip was at Jamms. So so so good. I didn't want to stop eating. On the day we left, we ate at Rubys diner at the airport. For work days, we brought a salad for lunch. Went grocery shopping at Trader Joes and Super Walmart the day we arrived. Got drinks for the room too (wine, beer & water). We had drinks a couple of nights - Parasol Down at Wynn - the wonderful bar snacks and calm atmosphere make the $14-18 cocktails totally worthwhile! Checked out Bourbon Room at Venetian a few times but although the cocktail menu looked wonderful - the music was always really loud - even when they open at 2pm - and that did not appeal to us. We had a beer at Public House (the Venetian one) and while the meat & cheese tray was amazing, the service was terrible. And of course it was expensive, but that's understandable. It was a quiet time when we were there but our server was awful. I was trying to read the taps (the draught beers aren't in the menu and it was dark...) The server apparently didn't want to help me and my husband was already talking to the bartender. I should have asked the server to come back, but she started asking "do you want something light, do you want something light". No, I said, I prefer a malty Belgian Ale. To which she responded "do you want something light?" I finally found something that looked good, but what she brought us were two IPAs. I told her my beer did NOT taste like a belgian ale (I can't remember what I ordered - it was a new beer & brewery for me, so I didn't know what it *should* taste like, just that it shouldn't taste like an IPA....Which is what my husband had ordered. The server looked at me like I was an idiot for telling her that the beers tasted the same....But she went to the bartender, he told her he never poured whatever beer I ordered - he poured it and she returned with it - but then she REMOVED the wrong beer. We have NEVER seen that happen. When a bartender screws up a beer order, they always leave the wrong beer. They have to dump it anyway, so.... As interesting as their beer taps might be, I cannot recommend this place for the attitude & idiocy alone Had happy hour at RA sushi one night, had sushi carry-out another night. Had Grimaldi's pizza (FSM location) and happy hour at El Segundo Sol. Finally ate at Maggianos (no, I don't like chains in Vegas; yes, I ate at them anyway this trip because we were exhausted and my husband was being cheap) Happy hour at PJ Clarkes - great oysters! And had dinner at the Mirage one night - Cravings Buffet, I bought the $40 for 2 voucher that included wine/beer. We also had dinner at the TI buffet (another 2 for 1 that came with the room) and I would never pay full price for that buffet. It almost wasn't worth half price, but considering what you would pay for anything else around..... When the show ended, we went shopping - Premium Outlets North, as well as the gold/coin store and a Home Depot (rows & rows of irrigation supplies that our stores don't stock!) On Friday I went to an off-Strip spa (A Touch of Las Vegas) and my husband went to try a couple of guns he was interested in. He dropped me off at the Spa (on Dean Martin, other side of I-15 from Bellagio) and they shuttled me back to my hotel. I had the monthly special - massage and a facial (50 min each) for $138. I think you need to spend a minimum for shuttle service, and confirm when you book they have time to do it. I still prefer a hotel spa for maximum relaxation, but in this case - the value was great and I didn't feel like lounging around in a hot tub or sauna so it made the most sense to try it out.