I don’t gamble and I’m not a shopper. I came to Las Vegas for three days to see what it was all about. On my first day here, I discovered that the Strip is all about scale. The hotel complexes are HUGE. The exteriors are GRAND and OVERSIZE and the interiors are VAST. Lobbies are GRANDIOSE, shopping corridors are LONG and WIDE, casinos are as LARGE as football fields. The spaces are OVERWHELMING and filled with HUNDREDS of people. High rise towers loom above in a BIG sky. The hotels are spaced at least a city block from each other and the major streets are ten lanes wide. And all of this is situated in a flat basin at 2000 ft. above sea level surrounded by Sierra Nevada Mountains about 35 miles away.
All hotels have casinos (more in next blog) and most have several restaurants, a food court, a spa, wedding salons, many shops, convention meeting rooms, entertainment auditoriums, digital build boards flashing their entertainment, pools and health facilities. The Wynn has a golf course and New York New York has a roller coaster. There are medium priced hotels (under $100 per night) and very high-end, luxury hotels.
I stayed at the Excalibur Hotel with a medieval theme – I was not impressed with the architecture or decor, but it was convenient and comfortable place to stay. It is located at the southern end of the Strip. I was on the 28th floor looking north.
From my window I had a view of the Strip looking north. The main part of the Strip where hotels are located is about 5 miles in length.
This is night view I took from the internet. The replica of the Eiffel Tower is 2 miles away from where the photo was taken.
I satisfied my curiosity on my first day by traveling by bus and on foot up and down the Strip. I took pictures of the hotels that have the most interesting exteriors and some of the interiors.
This is just part of the NEW YORK NEW YORK complex that fills an entire city block
This is the LUXOR. The pyramid is much larger than it appears here.
The BELLAGIO is one of the most upscale hotel complexes.
This is the entrance portico for the Bellagio where there are five lanes for vehicles to drop off and pick up guests.
The Bellagio is famous for its water fountain show in the large pond in front of the hotel. (photo from internet)
The Bellagio has a huge glass enclosed atrium with a display honoring the Indian celebration of Holi, a Festival of Love. There are two 14 foot elephants with blankets made out of 20,000 artificial roses.
Caesars Place reflected in windows of high rise.
This is the canal in front of the VENETIAN. There is also a canal on this interior, second floor. I was very impressed by the extent that the hotel carried out the theme in its architecture and decor. It is large complex of buildings covering about 2 city blocks including a tower and bridge not included in my images.
This is the interior canal with a painted fake sky.
The Wynn hotel had a glass enclosed atrium with festive display made out of paper.
On the right is a sample of a delightful carpet design.
There were many corridors with mosaic patterned floors. This fellow is the official repairer of the mosaic floors. Below is his inventory of mosaics.
More in the next blog post – stay tuned.