Aladdin Hotel and Casino
The first thing that happened to me in Las Vegas, in fact, the first thing that happened to me in America (Las Vegas was where I spent my first night on American soil), was I got ripped off by a taxi driver who pretended he couldn't speak English. But I was too jetlagged to argue, and somehow found myself at my hotel.
The Aladdin Hotel and Casino sits colourfully on The Strip, like a beacon to passing aircraft. Very soon it will be changing its name to the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, and work is currently underway converting it. This means the lobby is full of workman, and certain areas are off-limits, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run.
The 24 hour reception has stark, minimalistic decor, but the staff are well presented and friendly, happy to help with any matter (including problems with the phone at 2am... which turn out to be your fault anyway. How was I meant to know which way up to hold it?).
My room was classed as a delux suite, and certainly lived up to its name. The huge King Size bed didn't take up all that much space in the 450 square foot room. A marble bathroom with spa bath helped ease my tired muscles, and the room was tastefully decorated with movie paraphernalia. There was a blow dryer, wireless internet connection, and an iron and ironing board in case you decide to take your washing with you on holiday. Valet parking is included, and there is 24 hour room service, as well as all the other services you would expect in a high class hotel.
As the name suggests, there is a massive casino downstairs, one of the most famous in the city. There is also a huge shopping mall, with hundreds of shops and several restaurants and clubs. There is also a theatre to catch the latest live shows in town. The ceiling of the shopping mall appears to be the sky, but a closer inspection reveals it to be a giant projection, making one feel as though you are in a strange fake universe. Well, guess what? This is Las Vegas, baby, everything is fake!
Rooms at Alladin/Planet Hollywood cost between $100 and $500 a night. [more]
Further Ratings (Average 3.5 of 5):
- Tripadvisor: 3.50 of 5
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