This hotel room is larger than my old apartment.

In case you didn’t figure it out from my copious amounts of tweets or Facebook comments, I’m in Vegas for work this week.

I’m going to be honest with you; I don’t like this city. The gambling and the smell of cigarette smoke permeates all the hotels and restaurants.  The feeling is that of a much grittier, dirtier, and less tropical Miami.  And the cost of food  is insane – even to me, even compared to DC or Miami prices.   I just don’t get the hype with this town.

Regardless, I’m in a pretty “suite” hotel room at Mandalay Bay.  It’s probably not that swanky by Las Vegas standards, but to me it is ridiculously large.  Technically I think it’s 750 square feet.  That’s bigger than some of my past  apartments, people.

When you enter there is an entryway, then an office area and, of course, a minibar.  I’m loving the uber-organized fridge, with the little dividers for each bottle.  How awesome would that feature be in a home fridge?  Not that you normally need to store a dozen mini liquor bottles at home . . . . or maybe you do?

From the windows I have a view of the entire strip.  While I suppose this is pretty cool, I’d rather have a view of just the mountains.  I like to sleep with the curtains open, but there’s so much light pollution  that I had to cinch them tight last night.

Here’s a peek at the room, starting at the entryway.






The bed is crazy comfy.  No complaints there!   Same for the big jacuzzi tub.  That sure hit the spot last night after a long walk on the strip.

At first I thought the size of the room was ridiculous; but knowing that I’m stuck here for a week – I kind of appreciate it.  It won’t have me feeling as claustrophobic as some traditional sized hotel rooms could do.  Ok, so the size is still ridiculous.  But I’m not complaining. 🙂

So what’s your take on Vegas – love it or hate it?  I want to know!

As for me – well, it’s 10 pm here, which is 1 am East Coast time.  I worked from 7 am – 9 pm today, and I’m beat.  Goodnight!

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  • Reply Lauren Margaret at 9:57 am

    BiSC in May will be my first time in Vegas, and I have to say… the bit about the smell of smoke has me a little anxious. There are few things in life I hate more than that permeating cigarette smell.

    That is a really, really nice hotel room. I especially like that nifty sofa. I’m a sofa reader so I like high-back, padded sofas a lot! I find that I always appreciate a larger hotel room when I’m traveling for work.

    I hope you have a good trip 🙂

  • Reply Funnelcloud Rachel at 10:24 am

    You’re in Vegas for a whole week?! I don’t think I could take that! After two nights, I was usually itching to get out of there. (However, the gigantic bed and jacuzzi tub look nice – too bad you probably have to work during the day, though!) I have been to Vegas a couple of times, (though my budget could never afford a room in something as swanky as Mandalay Bay) and I don’t feel the need to ever go back. My curiosity was more than satisfied after the first trip!

    The one thing that LV has going for is it is a fairly central location for traveling out west. We took a day trip to Death Valley from LV and probably never would’ve had the chance to visit Death Valley otherwise. We also used LV as the starting point for a road trip through Utah – we spent a week hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks – both are breathtaking.

    Closer to Vegas is Red Rock Canyon (15 miles out of LV), which I’ve never actually visited, but heard is a nice hiking spot…that is if you have any free time and a hiking partner!

  • Reply Christina Leaman at 10:36 am

    Vegas is intriguing to me, but I feel like it would be a one time only thing. Once you’ve seen it, it’s kind of been there, done that. At least you have a nice suite. 

  • Reply Elisa at 12:22 pm

    That couch is pretty sweet! And I totally want to see the inside of that mini fridge. Hah.

    I went to Vegas for work this time last year. Definitely glad I got to go – fun place to explore but there are a billion other places I’d rather travel! Also, perhaps the fact that we were in an off-strip hotel that felt more like a resort likely made a big difference! If you have time check out the Freemont Street Experience, aka “old” Vegas.

    Have fun!

  • Reply Skooks at 4:48 pm

    Of all the places I’d like to visit if I had the time and $$ to travel, Las Vegas could not be lower on my list.  Just does not sound like my kind of fun at all.  And cigarette smoke makes me gag.  However, a hotel suite like that sure seems to make being there a lot more bearable!  Actually . . . any place I’m not responsible for cleaning up sounds pretty sweet right about now.  😉

  • Reply thedistractedblogger at 1:39 pm

    I don’t like the smoke or crowds, but it has some pretty great thrift stores! 

  • Reply Tara at 11:21 pm

    I am not a smoker/drinker/gambler, but I LOVE the weather, love the food (try the Serendipity Frozen Chocolate outside Caesar’s Palace), love the “themed” hotels, and love the shows. I’m surprised, but I love Vegas!

  • Reply Jsmith at 2:42 pm

    Pretty disappointed you dissed Vegas like you did! I love the clubs, the people, and the gambling!

    • Reply Jane @ The Borrowed Abode at 3:20 pm

      Hey, if you like Vegas I have no complaint about that! I just figure that different towns make different people happy. I guess Vegas is not for me!

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