So our lavish home for the week was at one of the original hotels: New York- New York! Opening in 1997 it has one of the most impressive exteriors, including of course, a roller coaster, as well as a pool, arcade, spa, theatre and indoor streets mimicking New York cafes and bars. The casino and hotel are one of the smaller buildings on the Strip (small being 2024 rooms) but the casino floor area has high ceilings and the open plan design means it’s far less clastrophobic than other larger casinos.
It also plays host to Hershey’s World, where you can get a snap of the Statue of Liberty made out of twizzlers and jelly beans (I mean why not), but if you just want the chocolate it’s far cheaper to cross the street and got to the local ABC shop. Coyote Ugly is a great dance bar for everyone (free shots if you’re a gal 🚺) and Times Square bar is the place to be for karaoke. Brought the kids? Not a problem, it’s got a whole floor of arcades for them and a day pass on the roller coaster for when they’re not in the pool.
There are your standard tourist shops inside but don’t go mad as soon as you get there. Across the street there are lots of tourist shops that sell the same stuff for less and where you can get you daily snacks without having to pay hotel prices. Invest in one of the refillable cups ($9 with free refills on the day of purchase and $1 any day after and there are 50 shops where you can do this).
Although the strip may look walkable be warned, just because you can see it does not mean it is close! You lose your sense of scale, so though you can see Caesars Palace from the hotel it’s over a mile walk away and in the heat it’s a mission. But not to fear, there is a great bus route (get the three day bus pass) and two monorails. One from behind the MGM ($5 one way or $12 for 24 hours) and goes up the east side of the Strip or get a free monorail which runs on the west side from Excalibur to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay, from which you can walk to the Vegas sign (20 mins).