Sadly another trip to Las Vegas has come and gone. Unsadly it was a great trip! We made our annual summer trek to the Holy Land on July 31 for 7 glorious nights under the bright lights. I usually write a detailed daily time lapse type report of everything we did, but I’m not going to get into a super detailed report of daily actions for this one... the plan is to try to do a 'brief' recap of some of the highlights of the trip. I’m going to break it down into sections, we’ll see how that goes Part 1 - Rooms Our first 3 nights were on a comp at Mandalay Bay in a Strip View King on the 29th floor. The last 4 nights of the trip were on a comp at Aria in a Deluxe King on the 32nd floor. I was very happy with the room at Mandalay Bay. It was our first time staying here... we stayed at Delano last summer and although the room there was really nice we both actually preferred the room at Mandalay Bay. The location of the room in respect to getting to the pool area and the casino was also very much better. Of course the best part of the "Strip View" King room is the "Strip View"... Here is the view of the magnificent Strip from our room... Loved waking up and seeing this... The common complaint regarding staying at Mandalay is the location. Being at the far southern end of the Strip it is inconvenient to get out and explore. It is for this reason, and this reason alone that it may be awhile before we are back at Mandalay Bay. However, everything else was absolutely great. The room is nice and spacious, bathroom is large with a tub and separate shower, toilet in its own separate room and the large double sink vanity provided lots of room for both of us to get pretty before starting our days. We spent a couple mornings down in the pool complex and I have to say it’s one of the best, if not the best in Vegas. We hung out near the lazy river both days having a float around it a few times each day. The only negative thing that can be said about the pool complex is the number of kids in and around the lazy river and wave pool, but it’s a minor complaint as there are a few other pools that basically had no kids near them. So it was our decision to be around the kids or not. And given the wave pool and lazy river it’s not a surprise that this would be a popular spot for a family vacation. What I assume added to the amount of kids is the fact that they allow non-hotel guests to pay to use the pool facilities between Monday and Thursday (we were there Wednesday and Thursday mornings). I’m not sure how many ‘outsiders’ there were, but I’m sure it added to the number of people at the pool. On the Friday we moved to Aria in a Deluxe King. I’ve stayed at Aria in the past a couple times and like this time thought the room was great. Definitely more than adequate for our needs. However, to be honest I would say the room at Mandalay was a little nicer. They are basically the same size, Aria at 520sq ft and Mandalay at 550sq ft, but I definitely noticed the 30sq ft difference. Of course having everything controlled electronically in the room was a nice feature, it was tough having to open and close the curtains manually at Mandalay But I still liked the Mandalay room a little more than Aria’s, which is a feeling I wasn’t expecting to have. Here’s some pics of our view from the room... The next installment will be… Mmmmm Food!