We’ve made more than 25 Las Vegas trips by now.
Call us crazy, but this beautiful city never bores.
There is so much to do, so much to discover and so much to experience in Sin City, that the hunger for more is never satisfied.
On every return flight, we look at each other and say: we’ve had enough for the time being. A few months later it starts itching again. After a couple of months more our next trip is planned, curious as we are about the new restaurants, new shows and sometimes also new hotels.
At the same time, we also notice ourselves doing several things over and over again. It feels so good and wonderfully familiar.
These kinds of rituals complete our Vegas trips.
These are the 5 things we do on every Vegas trip.
1. Feed a $ 100 bill to the first Wheel of Fortune slot machine we see.
We make sure that we always have $ 100 bill in our pockets when we arrive at the airport. A $ 100 bill plus some loose change to be precise, the shuttle bus driver gets some tip money as well.
As soon as we touch down, we aren’t looking for the luggage belt. No, we’re looking for a Wheel of Fortune slot machine. One with a progressive jackpot of a few million dollars. Who cares if the chances of you winning are only minimal? You can’t win if you don’t try.
Usually, our $ 100 bill does not even last 5 minutes, especially if it turns out to be a $ 1 or $ 5 slot. And no, we have never won the jackpot. But that first adrenaline rush when you feed this crackling $ 100 bill into the slot: wonderful.
2. Book a room in the Cosmopolitan with a view on the Bellagio fountains
Our favourite hotel in Las Vegas by far is the Cosmopolitan Hotel. And our favourite view is on those beautiful Bellagio fountains, with the blue hot air balloon and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel across the street.
By booking a Fountain View Room or sometimes even a Terrace Suite at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, we combine the best of both worlds: a beautiful room at the fabulous Cosmopolitan Hotel with the most gorgeous view in the world: those unique, majestic fountains of the Bellagio Hotel.
3. Shoot some dice at the Craps table
In our opinion, craps is the most entertaining table game there is. Chance would have it that Las Vegas is the craps capital of the world bar none.
We can’t wait to dive into the casino in Las Vegas and find a craps table.
The unique thing about craps is that you collectively play against the casino – even more than in case of live blackjack for instance. When you win, the whole table wins with you.
This creates companionship at the table that allows you to become best friends with someone you just met 5 minutes before. It becomes even more fun when you are allowed to throw the bones (the dice) yourself, and a “hot roll” comes up.
Then it happens – the magic of craps.
Somehow, you are miraculously able to avoid throwing that dreaded seven. With every roll, your confidence increases and pretty soon you feel unbeatable. Now you are not only earning money for yourself, but you are also filling the pockets of the others. It may just happen that you become the hero of the evening.
Don’t be surprised if, after the inevitable “seven out”, you get some chips tossed to you by other players in gratitude for your performance.
Forget Blackjack. Forget Roulette.
Craps is our number one game in Vegas.
4. Have dinner at a super-duper fancy restaurant
Sure, Las Vegas is known for it’s all you can eat buffets. From mountains of crab legs with melted butter and fresh sushi until you drop to endless desserts. You can eat until you feel like you’re about to burst.
We have discovered, though, that Las Vegas has a lot more to offer than just buffets. Nowhere else in the world can you find so many starred restaurants as in Las Vegas. Okay, maybe in New York, but other than that nowhere else really.
Dinner in a celebrity chef, high-end restaurant is an experience in itself. From the perfect service and delicious food to absurdly beautiful interior design: it may cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s worth it all.
Restaurants like SW Steakhouse, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Bazaar Meat will create unforgettable memories.
5. See a Cirque de Soleil show
It may be a huge cliché, but a Cirque de Soleil show is an unmissable part of our Vegas trips. One, Love, Ka or Le Reve (officially not a Cirque de Soleil show, but equally excellent) are a real feast for the senses.
The music, dancing, acrobatics and the special effects: it doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a clue what is going on with the storyline. So much is happening, and the performers are so talented that there’s nothing you can do but sit back in awe and enjoy it to the fullest.
Runner up: Quickly score a Double Double at In ‘n Out Burger
The burgers of In ‘n Out have a near-mythical status. The menu is minimal, everything is prepared fresh, and the restaurants are kept spotless. What’s striking, too: the staff is always cheerful. In ‘n Out seems to appreciate – and reward – its staff particularly well.
We cannot help but have a Double Double at In ‘n Out Burger when we’re in Vegas. Regardless of what time in the day.