Not a stop on Route 66 but a tour of the Southwest USA wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas is all about tourism and there was plenty to do on our 2 nights stay in at the Wynn Hotel and Casino on The Strip. The accommodations at the Wynn Casino were 5 star all the way. I haven’t been able to blog about the trip because someone was able to breach my computer through the Wynn Hotel and Casino WiFi connection. This unknown someone put spyware on my computer to enable them to log into my computer whenever I was online. This meant that every time I went on the computer someone else was able to log on with me. We found that they were trying to hack into my bank account. This is something that I have never experienced before.
Patrick, my tech guy, has beefed up the computer security (as much as he could remotely) and hopefully removed the spyware from my computer.. I reported the breach to Wynn Security. I was told that there was not much else they could do besides take a report because no crime had happened yet. I gave them a written report but I have been battling with the problem since I first discovered it. There was a $29 a day resort fee for the internet service. I do intend to take that charge up again with the hotel when I get home.
I am still gun-shy about being on line even now. I am going to research this issue more when I get home. Since I plan on continuing to travel in the future I definitely want to avoid this happening again.
Now some of the highlights of our stay in Vegas. The Wynn property is spectacular. From the moment you arrive to the minute you leave, everything is first class. Every request was met with the remark “It’s my pleasure.” Not only did they say it but it sounded so genuine and then delivered quickly and efficiently. The hotel/casino interior is beautiful. The Wynn experience is phenomenal!
I want to make this very clear that this in not a paid review for anything I mention in this post. I paid for my own trip. My stay at the Wynn was because of an offer through my players club card. I was offered a two-night stay in the tower suites with a buffet for two and two tickets to the show, Le Reve. No, I am not a big gambler! My tip to getting this offer is the players club. I apply for and use the players club cards offered by the casinos I want to stay in. Several years ago I got the Wynn Red Card while in Las Vegas. What little gambling I did while I was there I used that card exclusively instead of splitting up my gambling budget. In fact this trip I did not even set foot in another casino.
We took it easy on our first full day in Las Vegas. We started our day with little gambling and then early lunch in The Buffet. The reviews on tripadvisor.com rave about The Buffet. We enjoyed our lunch. It was free, but i won’t rave about it. It was our least memorable experience in Las Vegas. There are 15 live-action cooking stations with tastes from around the world. I did enjoy the sweetshop station was nice but I am a sucker for desserts/ If the buffet had not been comped I would definitely tell you that for $23.99 a person I would seek out somewhere else to eat.
I had several museums in mind for visiting while in Las Vegas but it turned out that we only had time for one – National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement – better known as The Mob Museum. In a word – WOW! This is a not to be missed attraction. The tickets are a little pricey and you need to plan on spending 2.5 to 3 hours here. It is located in downtown Las Vegas and is housed in a historic former federal courthouse and Post Office. The high-tech exhibits chronicle the battle between organized crime and law enforcement and are packed into the three stories of the historically significant building. The building is famous as one of the sites of the Kefauver Committee hearings, the series of hearings that marked the exposure of organized crime and the beginnings of federal prosecution in the early 1950s.
I must admit that I had never heard of the Kefauver Committee hearings before I went to the Mob Museum. But in a nut shell, from 1950 to 1951, the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime were held in 14 cities around the United States. In Las Vegas, the hearings were conducted in the courtroom in this very building on November 15, 1950. The courtroom has been recreated to appear as it did back then. As a visitor, you get to experience this courtroom for yourself and be immersed in the story of a time when” the mob ran the town” of Las Vegas.
Our first day ended with the 9:30 show of Le Reve – the Dream in the Wynn showroom. It is a beautiful venue! The performance is theater-in-the-round and I really believe there are no bad seats. We ended up with the best seats in the house – in VIP Champagne Seating. This happened because I have difficulty navigating stairs and an usher saw that I was having trouble with the 7 -8 steps down to our original seats. She came to me and offered to re-seat us in the VIP section. This is another example of the first class service at the the Wynn.
Unless you have seen the show it’s difficult to describe it to you. It has incredibly talented aqua acrobatic dancers and high divers and spectacular choreography, The sights, sounds, acrobatics will astound you. The lights and water show add so much to a “cirque-type” experience. But for pure entertainment and amazement, this show rocks!
Researching a trip in advance and taking advantage of the specials and discounts makes a trip more fun and affordable. There are other attractions I would love to have visited while in Las Vegas but I will leave that for next time. Our next day in Las Vegas was spent outside of Las Vegas and it was even fuller.