Iâ€™ll touch on the main places that left an impression on me, rather than a long report detailing each day, like the one I did a couple of months ago. And sorry, not quite the craziness of my last report. And yes, Iâ€™m leaving stuff out for the sake of pseudo brevity. Rather than give you a blow by blow (with little anecdotes), this is more informational for folks who havenâ€™t been to some of the places we went. This trip was with my wife, instead of the boys, so a little different vibe. When I was booking our rooms, I was determined to have a Saturday arrival to get a jump-start on our visit. (Sat-Thurs) After much searching on travelaxe for weeks, I simply couldnâ€™t find a Saturday arrival that didnâ€™t involve staying at a low rent, downtown hotel. I wanted to be on the strip. Despite all websites AND travelaxe saying they had nothing available, after a phone call, some humor and a little pleading, Barbary Coast said they could accommodate me. YES!! Iâ€™m serious. Weâ€™ve wanted to stay there for years. It just looks like kitchy, fun. So I end up getting a deal of a little over $200 for Sat and Sun, with a hotel change to Aladdin on Monday-Thurs. BARBARY COAST Iâ€™ve noticed posts from time to time asking about this place. First of all-very clean. We had different rooms both nites and I liked them both. I didnâ€™t feel like I was slumming a bit, like at IP or Casino Royale. We had a late Sat arrival (5:30 p). We go to check in and the manager immediately asks us if we want a free upgrade to a suite!! Wha?? Best we can guess is they ran out of rooms and were afraid of bad customer service with us. I dunno. I DO know that we got a BIG suite with a Jacuzzi tub, fridge, bar, bathroom and a half, stereo system, pit group of couches, two TVs, huge conference table and a view of the Bellagio fountains. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, it was, but even more than youâ€™d imagine. This room was stuck in a dÃ©cor time warp. I swear, the entire dÃ©cor was straight out of 1970. It was hilarious: The fixtures, paintings, the coral centerpiece on the table, the black and gold motif. OMG!! We were rolling. What high roller would ask to stay in THIS room? Even the bathroom fixtures were old and probably put in during the 70â€™sâ€¦.but as everything, really, really clean. So weâ€™re settling in and vegashost gives me a call, touching base. I sent him a last minute email seeing if he might be able to swing anything for me and asking him to make no special effort. Nice of him to call. He said heâ€™d try and do what he could, but DID get us on the list at Curve @ Aladdin, right off the bat. Thanks again! Barbary Coast has a nice little funbook with free drinks and whatnot. Very cool. I dug it. The standard room we had on Sunday looks just like the photos posted in the Strip Hotels thread by jenaphir under Topic: new pictures of vegas hotel rooms, specifically, here: http://community.webshots.com/album/146470717yOkSbv I really liked the feel of the hotel. Regularly saw the same staff and people were just nice, they chatted with you. I plan on staying there again. Plus we got to have our fav late night snack: The late night, quite cheap, breakfast menu in the Victorian room. Please, if you want some late night/early morn breakfast food, please donâ€™t go to Dennyâ€™s. This is just as cheap and much tastier. CURVE I now have a new fav club. You have to understand. A ton of people go to Vegas to gamble. My attraction is partying!! I fit gambling in, but itâ€™s all about getting my swerve on. Curve has the best of both worlds, ultra lounge and dance club. The BEST part about it is that there is a balcony that overlooks the strip and itâ€™s FREE to go out there. None of the VIP crap like at Risque. The place is broken up into rooms. Thereâ€™s a room playing techno/trance with a huge main bar. (I think Iâ€™ll die of shock the day I ever see a brotha dancing to techno. Reminds me of that Dave Chapelle episode talking about music and race.) Thereâ€™s a second room playing top40/rap/R&B/dance. That room was BUMPINâ€™! Kanye West, B.I.G., Jay-Z, Beyonce, Outkast, you name it. Most of the people were in here. Connecting the rooms are smaller rooms with couches where you can chill and chat, hence the ultra lounge aspect. Thereâ€™s a big VIP area just off the room with the non techno. Seemed it was a lot easier to strike up a conversation here than atâ€¦. OPM We hit this place the next night. We had passes, but they werenâ€™t good, since it was a â€œspecialâ€ night. Why was it special? Slick Rick was going to be there. Remember him from the 80â€™s? This bar played the same type music as the R&B room at Curve. Nice mix of ages from 20s-40s, though not many 40s. That was left up to us oddball fogeyâ€™s who still like to party at 40. The place is in the forum shoppes at Ceasars and let me tell you, a drunken walk to find the street was NOT fun! So anyways, the place has one dance floor, with a small VIP area next to it, and a bar on the other side. Moving a little further away, thereâ€™s a second bar, which is next to big VIP area. Due to space logistics, the big VIP doesnâ€™t allow you to see the dance floor. A major minus to me, if youâ€™re a VIP type person. Then thereâ€™s a curving hallway with tables, so you can lounge and talk, but still hear the music. At the end of the hall is a minibar. Fun club. Now about Slick Rick. We happened to be standing next to the stage when he came out, so we had a front room seat. He comes out and starts freestyling, then goes into some of his old stuff. Of course he wearing the trademark eyepatch, covered with fake diamonds of course. Well the guy has the place going crazy. All these twenty-year-olds are singing along with every word. My wife was laughing how they were barely born when he was big. So Ricksâ€™ got the house rockingâ€¦and then he goes political. He starts talking bad about Bushâ€¦.then Kerryâ€¦the goes on a donâ€™t do drugs rant, then, he quite simply loses the crowd. You never saw so many blank faces. He instantly sapped all the energy from the room in one, quick, self indulgent, ill-advised stroke. I liked OPM. Matter of fact, the top three on my list for next visit are Curve, OPM and VooDoo lounge. My favs right now. (and of course late night at Margaritaville! ) BTW- itâ€™s funny watching what people drink. I like dirty martinis. An old guy at a martini bar turned me onto them. Itâ€™s funny seeing bartenders hesitate a bit when I order one at the clubs in Vegas. Seems itâ€™s not quite the norm. BTW2-Both my wife and I both got hit on and it was pretty funny. In one case, there was a bachelorette party there and this 6-1 redhead with the party is talking about her new boobs to the bartender. (My wifeâ€™s a redhead, too, so no special enticement there.) She gets her drink, sees me and stops. (My wife, of course, conveniently went to the bathroom) She starts smiling at me, then just starts yapping. Iâ€™m not really listening, cause, I have to admit, sheâ€™s pretty hot and she keeps inching closer to my face and I feel like the mongoose to her cobra. Or is it the other way around? Sheâ€™s doing that flirt thing. Just then my wife comes walking back. She circles around behind the girl and starts making kissy faces and smirking. We have a deal where we donâ€™t pull that â€œHeâ€™s with me!!â€ or â€œIâ€™m with her!!â€ crap. Weâ€™re big people. We can tell someone â€œnoâ€ on our own without being saved. When the redhead says â€œLook, weâ€™re the same heightâ€, then stands with her mouth inches from mine as she shows me weâ€™re standing at the same level, old fark had to grudgingly withdraw from THAT little conversation. Thatâ€™s what I love about Vegas. Itâ€™s such an ego boost. Of course, my wife was mercilessly imitating herâ€¦until this guy who looked like a skinny Sammy Sosa comes up to her and starts his rap. At one point her holds her face and tells her that she was so stunning that he had to say something to her, even if it did sound corny. She bragged the rest of the night about how Sammy Sosa found her stunning and maybe sheâ€™d have to kick me to the curb. I liked seeing her ego get lifted. When we check out places like Hard Rock, she feels a little self conscious about her age, despite weighing about the same as when I met her 14 years ago and still able to wear those damn belly shirts. Most folks guess her at early thirties. I gotta thank Sammy. Okay, I said I would get too long-winded so Iâ€™ll simply mention one more stop.. HAWAIIAN MARKETPLACE I think this area has some REAL potential. It opened a few days before we got there. Itâ€™s situated just north of MGM, across the street from Monte Carlo, south of Aladdin. Itâ€™s a little walkthrough area done up in a Polynesian theme with a boardwalk where the sell ice cream and food, have a little place to have cocktails and such and have animatroic parrots. Theyâ€™re planning to put in some restaurants. Do some web searchs to find out more about it, but I found it interesting. We didnâ€™t really stop, but added it to our â€œto doâ€ list for next time. You might want to check it out. Okay, one more thing before I shut up.. GHOSTBAR We went for their special Tuesday night â€œAlways on Topâ€ If you decide to go, get there before midnight. The place fills up quick. I hadnâ€™t been to the ghostbar in over a year. I didnâ€™t realize theyâ€™d added two little side bars to the outdoor deck. Nice addition. Fun place to temporarily post up, but I canâ€™t see making it a night of it there. No oneâ€™s really dancing (As if that place is a dance bar) when this group of four kinda heavy, not that attractive girls start dancing together. About that same time, two REALLY hot girls start dancing with each other, rubbing on each other and whatever. (I think they were trying to get the attention of a couple of dude sitting by them. They succeeded.) What I thought was cool is that no one was looking at the not-so-attractive girls and pointing or being jerks. People let them be. Iâ€™ve been places where they would have been the source of mean spirited sniping. Thatâ€™s what I love about Vegas. To each his own. Okay, Iâ€™ll shut up now. I was gonna give you my opinion of the differences in the buffets at Bellagio, Paris and Aladdin, but I wanted this report to be info on places you may not know about yet. Sorry about being my usual long winded self.