My husband and I just got back from our first trip to Vegas. We had a great time! I just thought I'd share a few brief notes about our stay so as to inform/entertain anyone who might be so inclined to read it. We stayed at the Monte Carlo. Our trip was a Mon-Fri stay. We realy liked the hotel. The casino was a bit "perfume-y", but that was a welcome change after a while. The pool area was nice, but there were too many kids (sorry, but we have no kids). We used Wagerworks comps at Mirage for the buffet, which we thought was good, but overrated. We also saw the Dolphin Habitat with our comp. Nice. We also used a wagerworks comp for the buffet at MGM; much better than Mirage (surprisingly). The food was hotter and there was more of a variety. We had free tickets (thanks to Las Vegas Advisor)to see the Schintas at the Rio. Excellent show! They sang and did impressions; they were very funny, but I wouldn't recommend them for the PC-minded One of the highlights of our trip was the gondola ride at the Venetian. We did the outside ride. Our gondolier had a great voice and a good sense of humor; he even sang Happy Birthday to me and another rider, as our birthday's were that weekend. I do have one regret: I accidently dropped a fifty dollar bill out of my purse as I tipped the gondolier ; I didn't realize it until I was buying a shirt an hour later. I really enjoyed seeing the various hotels/casinos. My favorites were: Bellagio, Aladdin, Venetian, and Tropicana (hey--I'm a teacher, so those free cards can be put to good use in math class ). We also visited some places I didn't like: Circus Circus (appeared dirty and a bit "shady"), Riviera, and Hard Rock (attitude was a capital A!). The best non-buffet meal we had was at the Yukon Grille in Arizona Charlie's (off strip). Again, we had a coupon from the Las Vegas Advisor for $25 off the bill. The prices were very reasonable (similar to an Outback), and the steak was excellent. The service was great, as well. Their casino had great video poker machines (higher payout schedules), which was an added bonus. If you're planning a trip to Vegas, I strongly recommend getting the $50 subscription to the LV Advisor. If possible, Wagerworks is great, too. We had such as great time, we're planning another trip as soon as possible.