Vegas Hotel Shopping: Robbery or a Steal? (pt 2)

December 7 2006

Half these places have a fake sky, and that isn’t the only crazy thing about shopping in Las Vegas.

If it’s any mammoth Las Vegas casino hotel shopping complex complete with themed performers and props for your amusement, then it’s likely they also took the trouble of putting a fake sky for heaven knows what. Aladdin’s Desert Passage, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Le Boulevard in Paris Las Vegas, The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian — oh, yeah, look up and see.

Hey, I’ll take it, painted clouds and all. Whether going for the ultimate poker babe or fashionista look, hotels have some of the hottest Las Vegas shopping deals. Plus it’s doubly fun to shop in the company of Venetian human statues, Parisian mimes, animatronic Roman deities, and Arabian belly dancers.

Best of Las Vegas Hotel Shopping

Aladdin, Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, Harrahs, Hilton.

Hooters. There is no big deal about a pair of gift shops within hotel premises, but any girl with a big pair of best friends will find something to love here, not excluding the invisibly necklined tank tops and visibly short shorts famously worn by Hooters Girls.

Luxor, Giza Galleria. Music videos reassure me black-eyelined punks wearing blinding metallic and aping Queen are never out of fashion, and so neither is shopping in a bazaar straight out of Ancient Egypt. There are fountains, statues, and stores called like Tiny Tuts and Treasure Chamber. Open 9 am to 11 pm, or midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Place. It puts the hop in shopping with a 100,000 sqft complex situated on a sky bridge connecting Mandalay Bay to sister hotel Luxor. Many of the over 41 specialty shops and restaurants are found rarely or nowhere else in Las Vegas, like 55 Degrees Wine + Design, Max & Co., and The Art of Shaving. Open 9 am to 11 pm, or midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Also: Mandalay Bay’s hotel shops includes the House of Blues store and Mamma Mia! store.

MGM Grand, Star Lane Shops and Studio Walk. Shopping takes a celebrity turn at the 115,000 sqft shopping promenade Studio Walk, and the Hollywood-themed Star Lane Shops featuring 15 booths and specialty shops done like a movie set. Open 9 am to midnight.

The Mirage, Street of Shops. I am still coming to terms with the combination of a Pacific/tropical-style casino hotel and European-style shopping boulevard but whatever. On your way to Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE, distraction of the good kind awaits at stores like the DKNY Boutique and Shoe Salon, D.fine, and Actique. Open 9 am to midnight.

New York-New York, Soho Village. Sample the city that is among the world’s top fashion capitals, without the rushed walking like you’ll never run into anyone you know, in a selection of New York themed fashion and gifts shops. Plus drop by the I Love NY-NY Signature Shop at the hotel.

Paris Las Vegas, Le Boulevard. From one fashion capital to another, here is the shopping wet dream of any Francophile (who isn’t in France), with its cobblestone sidewalks and replica French boutiques and Parisian apartments that are actually shops peddling breads, cheeses, and wines. Over 20 specialty shops and restaurants include Clio Blue, Judith Jack, and L’Art de Paris, not to mention, a menagerie and boulangerie. Paris Hilton in Las Vegas may be a no-show at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards but this one is a do-visit. Open 10 am to 11 pm.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino hotel shopping.

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