Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and Caesars Palace, 2021At the heart of the strip are Caesars and the Flamingo (across the street behind another casino... strange), the center of luxury and the high end of gambling. Bellagio the king of elegance, Caesars the big roller capitol and Cosmopolitan the party castle, all on the same side of the strip, next to each other for people not wanting to wait an hour for a ride.
ArrivalI drove south down I-15 to the Flamingo exit and turned left, then right a couple times to the free parking at the Cosmopolitan. It was a weekend and they were going to lock the casino to only guests after 8 (but if you're already in, you're golden). The parking lot valet is something, marble all over everything. But I kept driving down levels to an open spot then over to the elevators (which were NOTORIOUSLY difficult to find at the end of the night) into the casino.
The CosmopolitanDefinitely the place to party, be seen, and drink. I chose the Vesper Lounge to start with since well, I have a Bond thing going on.
BellagioThe Fancy casino. Everything is up a couple notches from most in the entire area. Swank, elegant, low pressure, but for the most part, expensive at every turn.
CaesarsThis is the perennial home of the high rollers. Pretty elegant, definitely geared towards a total experience with the Forum Shops to allow you to indulge in many things besides gambling.
SummaryYou want to be seen? You want to party? You want to drink? You want to spend 2 full days and nights in one area? This is your Vegas spot.
Bring your money though. The food is definitely $$$$ pricing. The shops are quite expensive. The gambling is about the same price as everywhere else unless you want more unique games with better odds, then the minimum bet is much higher ($100 a spin for European roulette).
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