Ironic isn’t it? In 2017, I did something I never thought I’d do: visit Las Vegas. And yet, just a year later, I find myself in Sin City once again. So let’s get into my Las Vegas 2018 introduction post.
Last year I went to Las Vegas for the first time. It’s somewhere I thought I’d never want to visit, though, with so many great dining options, I’m not sure why I felt that. But, I liked Sin City way more than I thought I would and couldn’t wait to get back. And, as it turns out, I ended up needing to be in Vegas in early May 2018 for a conference. Of course, this means I was able to experience some new things there, while I also made it a point re-visit some of my favorite spots around town.
For my outbound flight, Mrs. Island Miler and I decided to take Hawaiian’s redeye flight. This was a first for us, especially since Hawaiian’s service differs significantly on redeyes. Oh, and this was the first time I also experienced Hawaiian’s refurbished A330 interiors.
For my flight home, though, I decided to do something completely different. I didn’t like Hawaiian’s departure times, so I decided to fly Alaska Air home. More specifically, I flew pre-merger Virgin America home via San Francisco. And that ended up being quite the adventure in itself.
Originally I was planning to arrive in Vegas on Sunday. But, when Mrs. Island Miler decided to join me, we decided to arrive a day earlier. However, the Saturday we were scheduled to arrive was Cinco de Mayo. And, I had no idea that the holiday is one of the largest in Vegas. That meant that when I tried to add the night to my conference hotel, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the rate more than doubled. So, no thanks.
As a result, I set out on a mission to find a less expensive hotel for our first night in Vegas. But, damn, the rates were high across the board. And I didn’t want to stay in downtown either because I try to avoid a large concentration of Hawaii people when traveling. So, I ended up booking a night at the Delano. It wasn’t much cheaper than the Cosmopolitan, but I wanted to try the hotel anyway. Yeah, the Mandalay was way cheaper, but I’m not a fan of the rooms there.
This time around we made it a point to eat at some of our favorite places and try some new ones. Of course, some of my meals were limited to conference food, but I did what I could. Places we returned to included Jaleo by Jose Andres, Milk Bar, and Shake Shack. Jaleo and Shake Shack weren’t appreciably different, so I won’t be reviewing them again. At Milk Bar, on the other hand, I tried a bunch of different things, so I’ll re-touch on them. In addition to Milk Bar, I’ll also be reviewing Sage at Aria, Rose. Rabbit. Lie, Egg Sluts, and Flock & Fowl.
Like last time, I rented from Silvercar once again. However, Silvercar has moved in the last year, and their rental process has changed some.
Las Vegas 2018 Introduction, Final Thoughts
This past trip to Las Vegas has been a fun, but brutally busy one. And like our last trip, there simply wasn’t enough time to do everything. Yes, we were there for five nights, but when a large chunk of that time is taken up by work, five nights isn’t all that long. But even given more time, Vegas is an expensive town, so budget becomes another limiting factor. So, needless to say, another trip to Vegas is in order. When? I’m not sure. But for now, I hope you enjoy my last journey to Sin City.
Las Vegas 2018
- Hawaiian Air HNL-LAS Red-Eye
- Silvercar Las Vegas Revisited
- Delano Las Vegas
- Eggslut Las Vegas
- Sage at Aria Las Vegas
- Seven Magic Mountain
- Cucina by Wolfgang Puck
- Milk Bar Las Vegas
- Rose Rabbit Lie
- Flock & Fowl
- The Club at LAS Terminal 3
- Virgin American Main Cabin Select LAS-SFO
- Virgin America Main Cabin SFO-HNL
I’ve found quite good value using Hyatt points a MLife properties during big events in LV. Nothing available on Cinco De Mayo?
Island Miler says
You know, I didn’t even bother looking. But the rate ended up not being so bad when I factored in all the inclusions, so I’m happy with it. What I did forget to do, though, is attach my World of Hyatt number to the reservation, but not a total loss. I at least earned Mlife credit.
Out of curiosity, why avoid groups of local people when traveling? If you visit Bali, presumably it’s not to meet Australians.
Island Miler says
Christian, I should clarify. What I mean by “local people” is people from Hawaii, as that’s what we say here. My intent, when traveling, is to not surround myself with people from Hawaii, which is basically what places like the Cal are.
There are many great options for fun free things to in Vegas. It gets significantly less expensive once you drive off of Las Vegas Blvd.
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