Sunday, May 19, 2013
Monday, May 06, 2013
Friday, May 03, 2013
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Great photo essay on Las Vegas' best pools.
Best Pools in Las Vegas - Articles | Travel Leisure
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There was a time, long ago, when this local could use any Las Vegas pool (to do laps) without showing a room key or an ID. Sweet freedom! Alas, the hotel pools are now charging 10, 20 or more bucks for the hotel residents to use their own pool. Now some hotel pools are opening up to charge people staying at other Vegas hotels to usetheir pools. This is called PROGRE$$ ...
Las Vegas: You can take the plunge at another pool - latimes.com
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Friday, April 05, 2013
Welcoming in the Vegas pool party season ! (photo from The Satorialist)
On the Scene…..Pool Party at Viva Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Vegas adult and topless pools continue to make a splash
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Las Vegas attractions go way beyond gaming, shows and night clubs. Drive a hot car at 120 mph, pay to operate construction machinery, play a Titanic passenger. USA TODAY's Kitty Bean Yancey samples some offbeat offerings...READ MORE:
Fast cars, big bulldozers – and an A-bomb
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Interesting trip report about Resort Fees at Caesars.
Vegas' Resort Fees Killed Our HotelTonight Booking Buzz || HotelChatter
Las Vegas resorts are putting the money on resort fees | Washington Times Communities
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration: Monday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun News
Rock in the new year with Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve 2013 celebration filled with nonstop entertainment. From 6 p.m. - 3 a.m. the ultimate New Year’s Eve street party will feature... ( continued )Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration: Monday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun News
Friday, December 14, 2012
EDITORIAL UPDATE 05/03/2013:
Due to a review of current reviews of this property and recent personal bad experiences with the staff, I can no longer recommend the Hacienda Hotel to anyone for gaming, food, or lodging. I have kept the original blog entry below intact and will be updating my review on Yelp.If I had only depended on reading the Yelp reviews, I would never have come here. But it does overlook Lake Mead and is near Hoover Dam. And I have always found the staff (especially the cocktail waitresses) to be friendly and courteous. And, big bonus for me, the food is very reasonable and mostly very good. And there are raft tours of the Colorado River that originate here. Also, for a price you can walk a short distance from the hotel and ride a helicopter to view the lake and beyond, including the Grand Canyon.
I have never stayed here, but I would imagine a room on the top floor of the tower would yield a wonderful view of the lake. Maybe we will do this over New Year's, since the room rates are so reasonable !
There is even a modern movie theater with two screens on the premises, so unusual for a small property.
There is free live music entertainment every Wednesday thru Saturday night. The quality of the entertainment is often surprisingly good, since some quality bands tour here from Arizona and California. Two fully stocked bars exist, one on each end of the casino, for those who care enough to pay for their drinks. (I never do.)
The casino is small, but has an interesting variety of slot and penny games and live gaming for a place of its size. The gaming club ( called the Matador club ) is quite generous, offering both free play and points for food, gifts and gasoline ( gas station is across the street ). I am not a big gambler, but on occasion I have accumulated enough points for a free buffet, with not that much expenditure.
So, Yelp is a good thing to read for pointers, but the way you experience a place is greatly colored by your expectations and tastes. After all, this is not the Bellagio. If the only reason I ever went to the Hacienda Hotel & Casino was to enjoy the fine dining at the Hacienda Steakhouse that would be enough for me. A good meal there, followed by a relaxing scenic drive through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area ( I have a lifetime pass ): that would be enough for me !