Hi there! So if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll probably know that I was in Las Vegas last week. Why would I – a person who is admittedly not a big gambler and isn’t drinking all month – go to Vegas at the beginning of the month right after the holidays? Well friends it was for work.
I don’t go into depth about my job here on the blog but essentially I am a magazine writer who writes about the entertainment business and tech. The biggest tech conference in the world takes place every year in Las Vegas in January – CES. It’s a massive showcase of all the new technology that will affect the market in the next year (not all of it is released some of it is gimmicky or just for show). Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Nevada for the conference and this year – I was one of them.
This isn’t exactly going to be a detailed account of what to eat and do or where to stay in Vegas since that’s really not what I was there for. I was on a company budget so I stayed in the hotel that wasn’t insanely expensive.
But I managed to fit a few wild moments in between meetings and thought I’d share them with you.
I arrived on the Sunday night but my flight was delayed so I didn’t get into my hotel room until about 2 am PST (I’m from the east coast so this is 5 am EST for me) and was dead tired. I slept for a bit then got up and headed to the Venetian for a meeting.
The Venetian is an incredibly grand hotel with a gondola tour running through it and out the front. On the second floor there are rows of shops with a fake sky painted on the ceiling. As grand as the lobby of the hotel is, later in the week I got to walk through the guest area, past the pool, to head up to some suites for meetings and oh my gosh. It was like a palace – the pool was decked out like the gardens of Versailles. It was opulence on opulence.
After finishing my meeting and walking around the show floor a bit to get the lay of the land (the event technically didn’t start until the next day) I went off in search of the one food I wanted to try while there – In N Out.
I’ve never been to the West Coast in the US so had never had a chance to try it but wow did it live up to the hype. I’ve heard a lot of dissenting opinions on the issue but it’s the best fast food burger I’ve ever had. The fries are a bit meh but get them animal style and it’s life changing. I went back later in the week for a second meal.
After lunch I wandered around the strip a bit looking at the outside of hotels and then made my way to the Las Vegas Convention Centre to see more of the pre-show layout. Afterwards trekking back to my hotel to get some work done before heading out to the Mirage for a press event.
The Mirage was a stunning waterfall out front and Tom Coliccho’s restaurant (which I need to go back to) but otherwise it didn’t wow me. Suddenly all casinos are starting to blend together and look the same.
The next day things got a little crazy. I had 14 hours of meetings and really don’t have any photos from that day but I do have a little clip of the Wynn lobby. Beautiful hotel lobby, man next to me started smoking a cigar and I will definitely be getting that blazer dry cleaned now.
Also got to a level of tired where I couldn’t find anything and my words started blurring together. Yes that’s what I mean.
The following day was again all about meetings. I ate at the convention center, the venetian food court, and room service at 10pm while writing a story so not a lot of food recommendations to give you. I saw a lot more cool tech, and sat in on some talks.
I had meetings that day until 7pm and before heading back to my hotel to write a story I decided to wander a bit.
I checked out Caesar’s Palace, Hell’s Kitchen, the Flamingo and the piece de resistance – The Bellagio. When I left for Vegas I told everyone I only wanted to do two things while there: eat at In N Out (check and check) and see the Bellagio fountain.
Turns out it is a lot more crowded and commercial than the Ocean’s 11 movies would make you think. But it was still a beautiful show and I’m recommend checking it out if you get a chance.
The next day I basically had breakfast at the hotel and headed to the airport. I’m still in awe of the mountains and couldn’t keep my eyes off of them.
That’s basically it. A whirlwind Vegas tour that is anything but what you would expect from that city. No drinking, no gambling, no shows, no clubs. I’m very fun I know.
That’s it for now – have you been on any work trips that were a bit like this? Where you only see the inside of hotels? Where have you taken work trips? Have you ever been to Vegas, do you have real tips?
Let me know and be sure to follow along for some upcoming travel posts – right now my plans include quite a bit more of the US this year.