I loved the decor, the style, the cleanliness, the HUGE rooms at the El Cortez ony thing- I could not HANDLE the noise! I was on the top- 15th floor- facing south towards the Stratosphere ...we were sleeping with ear plugs in our ears and still being awoken every few hours by sirens- the actual noise of the hotel was very minimal and didn't bother us at all- it was the outside noise! And the noise from Freemont street! My first trip to vegas- I had an awesome time but I didn't do typical vegas- we went exploring for a day in Valley of Fire, Hoover Damn, helicopter to Grand Canyon, rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon....We seen a few shows- Nathan Burton - excellent and Carrot Top - a must see. Explored some of the hotels had some cheap eats and not so cheap eats. Did a few buffets- the Carnival at the Rio was tops- Paradise at the Flamingo Ok- Breakfast at the Golden Nugget was excellent! Had Porter Houses at the Gold spike with our 2 for 1 acg coupon- most excellent! I gambled $1 of my own money at the Flamingo while waiting for the seating to open for Nathan Burton and turned it into $10 on the Kenny Rogers gambler penny slot machine- and turned my $15 comp'd at El Cortez into $30....other than that no gambling and we don't drink alcohol so can't comment on that. I thought the 'light' show at Freemont was rather cheezy- all the ones I seen were 'alien' oreinted and kinda silly. Shopping is crazy expensive- I'm use to outlet shopping in Maine and New Hampshire and the outlets in Vegas are NOT outlet prices! And I was ready to punch out all the pushy time share people....if I ever hear about the Jockey CLub again it will be the last words that person speaks! I came home with $300 still in my pocket...so what does that tell you? The race was AWESOME- it was hillarious to see the 'locals' in parkas at the track on Saturday. Sunday was brillant - we went to victory lane with Jimmy Johnson with our neon garage passes which was cool- at the same time the score of the olympic hockey game came on- Canada won- I cheered very loudly- Chad Knaus looked right at me and said you've got to be Canadian! Well of course- what a moment- Yay Canada! We had a Dodge challenger for a rental car- what an awesome car! Not bad on gas but I prefer my VW TDI Jetta for fuel mileage and the Challenger for tire burning LOL! We had no problem parking anywhere and used the valet at many places- Mandalay Bay, Flaming, Luxor, Mirage, Venetian, Golden Nugget... Seen Madame Tussards- rip off unless you have the 2 for 1 coupon... I honestly had an AMAZING time, the scenery was breathtaking- but I feel like I seen it all and right now anyway, have no desire to return.....guess I didn't get bit by the magic? Hope no one is offended. Now I"m planning our next Nascar trip- New Hampshire in June! I'm a Nascar lover not a Vegas lover!