on hotels in vegas

by Valli

So I booked a hotel for my trip to Las Vegas this weekend to go to the NASCAR race. I’m leaving on Friday coming back on Monday. This time around I booked my reservation using Hotels.com. On Hotels.com they put the “Guest Reviews” feature right up front on each hotels profile page, so it’s very tempting to read what people who have stayed at a particular hotel have to say about their stay. Whatever you do, don’t read these things!

Because people are crazy and they complain about stupid stuff. They complain about not having a coffee pot in their room or the fact that when they came out of the elevator and onto their floor it smelled like urine. Crap like that will seriously freak you out. I’m staying at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and it’s a 4 star hotel. Now, if you read the reviews that some people have left you’d think they were talking about the HoJo near the airport. It’s crazy… Although I will say that you can get a good sense of what a hotel is like based on the reviews.

I stayed at the Stratosphere back in 2001 when I went to see Fingertight perform on tour with 30 Seconds to Mars. I read the reviews after I booked the room and I was so freaked out that I decided to book a room at The Palms just in case it lived up to all of the crappy reviews I’d read. I had a “Casino Suite” and it was big, with a separate shower and tub, plus a living room area, but you could tell it was shabby. The bed was old and flat. So it turned out to be not that incredibly bad, but it wasn’t good enough to make me not want to check out The Palms. My room at there was awesome. The decor was modern and the bed was so incredibly soft and fluffy and wonderful. Room service was great and when I left they tried to tempt me to stay with the offer of a free massage but I had to get back home because of work. ech.

Anywho, I hope the Rio doesn’t disappoint. I keep telling myself that I’m not going to be in the room that much while I’m there, but still it matters to me that the room is comfortable and nice. When I went to Vegas back in November for the Blog World & New Media Expo, I stayed at the Renaissance Las Vegas which was literally right next door to the convention center where the event was being held. The room was great, although the walls were a bit thin. I could totally hear the woman in the room next me and her entire telephone conversation. All in all I wasn’t in the room very much but when I was it was super relaxing. I’m definitely staying there again for this year’s Blog Expo in September.