Savvy Stews: Layover

Las Vegas, Baby!

Las Vegas, Baby!

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”

— but what happened to us in Vegas was so much fun we just have to share it with you!

The Savvy Stews flew into Las Vegas’  McCarran International Airport.  From the minute we deplaned we could feel the Vegas vibe.


Slot machines fill every terminal. (Some Vegas regulars say they have good luck on these machines, so if you are a player save a few $$ for some spins on your way out of town.)  If bling your thing, or if you are looking for a handbag, jewelry or last-minute souvenir McCarran has a variety of shops and boutiques which include a mix of shops that reflect the unique spirit of Las Vegas. You will also find a good variety of food and beverage options. But, DON’T STOP! Save your airport browsing for your return.  After all, Vegas is waiting!

McCarran recommends all passengers arrive at least two hours prior to their flights because the security can be very crowded, so it is likely you will have time to shop on your way out of town.

Follow the other passengers towards the tram that takes you to baggage claim and ground transport. You are in Vegas, baby!  Limo, rental car, airport shuttle, taxi, city bus – you are spoiled for choice here.  You can consider your options at McCarran airport’s ground transport page:



We were met by a limo from Las Vegas  Luxury VIP because hey — it’s Vegas – and we arrived at our hotel in true Vegas style.


Where to stay in Las Vegas?

Vegas is a popular destination and you are spoiled for choice of hotels.  You will want to do your homework to find the best deal. We took advantage of the great rates found at  for a stay at the fabulous Venetian.

Centrally located on the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Venetian hotel and casino will pamper you in luxury all the while surrounding you by the sights and beauty of Venice, Italy.  One of the first things you see are the authentic Venetian gondolas plying the Grand Canal, wending beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies and though a vibrant Venetian streetscape.  (Be sure to make time for a gondola ride.  Night rides are especially romantic.)  And look — there is the Campanile tower! At 315 ft. tall it is only eight feet less than the original.




The Venetian lobby features 25-foot-high columns made of solid Botticino marble, imported from Italy.  The colonnade’s marble floor is hand fitted and modeled after the floor of the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario in Venice.   Impressed? Wait ‘til you get to your room!


Venetian Las Vegas lobby

The London Sunday Mail called The Venetian’s 36 story, all-suite resort one of the seven “Grandest Hotels in the World.”  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel.   The Venetian’s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas suite, prompting the Guinness Book of World Records to call it the “Largest Standard Hotel Room in the World.”  Even the most modest room features a plush king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and a sunken living area complete with dining table, private work area with personal printer/scanner/copier, dual-line telephone and high-speed Internet access (wired/wireless), as well as 130-square-foot bathroom featuring a 17 inch flat-screen HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower. All rooms provide a safe and fully stocked refreshment area. In other words – you are living the good life!

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Combined, The Venetian and  adjacent sister property, The Palazzo,  house more than 2.3 million square feet of meeting space, 1 million square feet of retail space, and more than 30 restaurants. From weddings, honeymoons, corporate events to your family vacation, the Venetian will give you a stay to be remembered.

There is always so much to do at the Venetian that it is truly a resort destination on its own.  During our stay we took in several special events.


Every winter a holiday transformation takes place at the Venetian.  From November 18, 2013 through January 5, 2014 you can enjoy this extraordinary celebration. Bask in the enticing aroma of hot spiced cider as you listen to strolling carolers and enjoy the enchanting glow of holiday lights. Special culinary events hosted by the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, as well as wine tastings with renowned sommeliers, cooking and mixology competitions, and two unbelievable food festivals will create lasting memories for years to come. Catch a world-class show, browse boutiques from coveted international designers and then return to the lavish comforts of your luxurious suite.

venetian winter in venice

This is Vegas, after all, so if it is casino action you seek you will find it all at the Venetian.  Make sure to stop by the Grazie desk inside the casino and obtain a player card before you play.  The Grazie loyalty program rewards guests of The Venetian and The Palazzo for staying in their lavish suites, dining in their exquisite eateries, shopping at their fabulous boutiques, and of course, gaming in their extravagant casinos. The points you earn as a loyal guest entitles you to outstanding perks. So don’t forget to sign up! (You can sign up on line in advance of your arrival, and pick up your card when you visit the casino.)



Home to four Broadway-style theatres, The Venetian and Palazzo form the entertainment capital of Las Vegas. The biggest names in comedy and music headline here year around.  During our visit we took in the two resident shows, Rock of Ages and Human Nature.

venetian rock of ages

Rock of Ages is the “insanely fun” (Time Out New York) worldwide smash hit that features a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes.  Set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This hilarious, feel-good love story celebrates the great rock songs of the ‘80s including such sing-out-loud songs as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and more.


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Human Nature is a must-not-miss, high energy show with faultless vocals, funky dance moves and plenty of humor on the side. Originally a pop group from Australia, the four Ozzies rip up the Las Vegas strip to the sounds of Motown, and get the audience on their feet along the way. Anyone familiar with the Motown era will be able to sing along to the tunes – and you will!  Voted best singers by the Las Vegas Review Journal and Trip Advisor’s #1 show in Las Vegas, Human Nature: The Motown Show is one show you won’t want to miss.

We had the honor to speak with Smokey Robinson about why he brought HUMAN NATURE—THE MOTOWN EXPERIENCE  to Las Vegas (watch the segment to hear what Smokey had to say).

Ready to book your visit to the Venetian?  Before your visit check out the special events happening during your stay at


We asked  to show us a good time, and they outdid themselves!  Las Vegas Luxury VIP is a concierge service that introduces you to the best of Las Vegas’ hotels, restaurants, limousines and entertainment options.  One call and everything will be arranged for you. Have a corporate event or large party? No problem! From start to finish Las Vegas Luxury VIP provided Savvy Stews with flawless service.

We recommend: Earn your wings at Las Vegas In-Door Sky Diving

We love to have fun and to fly so our hosts from Las Vegas Luxury VIP  knew exactly where to take us: Vegas Indoor Skydiving.  Here you will thrill to the excitement of body flight during a simulated skydive.  The experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls.  No plane, no parachute needed.

Savvy vegas skydiving

Prior to donning your flight gear you will enjoy a brief training class. Then, get ready…3-2-1  JUMP!  You won’t believe the fun and exhilaration! The entire experience takes about an hour — and is an hour you will never forget. (See us fly by watching the segment)


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