Luxor – Las Vegas, NV

This was my first time out to Las Vegas. The Luxor is beautiful. The registration lady offered us an upgrade, which we didn’t take because we barely spent anytime in the room anyways, and offered us the towers or the pyramids. This I found very nice, that they would offer us a variety of room choices.

Our room was nice, and the bathroom spectacular (I took a nice warm bath in our tub). We always came back to a clean room and fresh towels. However, in the casino, we didn’t win much and you had to specifically look for a spot where you saw a waitress to actually be served drinks. Most of the waitresses seemed to stick around the high rollers. The Pharoah’s Buffet was spectacular. I must have gained a million pounds!

Midnight Fantasy was okay, I would suggest going to see it. It was my first topless revue. The arcade was pretty suitable for all ages. If you start getting cranky from losing money, go to the arcade. It was a little hard to navigate, and they didn’t have as much shopping potential as Caesar’s or Venetian, but all in all, I would stay there again. Oh, and it is at the end of the strip , so if you plan on walking around the strip, pack some good gym shoes. I didn’t, and boy was I hurting. Excalibur , we found, had the most winning potential and great service. The New York New York ride was fun, but gives you a headache. Not enough padding around the upper body area, so you do get banged up.

The Bellagio fountain show is fabulous, and almost makes you want to cry when they play I’m proud to be an American. Caesar’s and Venetion were beautiful and shopping potential -AWESOME. The Treasure Island show was funny.

We paid a ridiculously low price of $35!


Holiday Inn Express – Santa Clara, CA

This Holiday Inn Express, located at 1700 El Camino Real is beautiful! It’s close to the airport, the Great America Theme Park and Santa Clara University.¬†Several restaurants are within a five-minute walk.

The facilities look fairly new, they have granite-top bathrooms! Roman tubs, great water pressure and shower heads! Guests can take advantage of complimentary passes to the nearby Club One Fitness Center. Every morning, they serve a complimentary Express Start Breakfast Bar with hot items like scrambled eggs and sausage. They also offer package deals to Great America!

The staff are fantastic! Try the breakfast buffet in the morning…it rocks! I highly recommend this hotel. I think it’s one of the best in the area for the price.