First Time to Lake Las Vegas

Trip Start Jan 25, 2009
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Trip End Jan 26, 2009


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Loews Lake Las Vegas

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Monday, January 26, 2009

We made the LONG drive to Lake Las Vegas...well, OK--it seemed long. I fell asleep with Pasha, our 9 mos-old puppy, on my lap as we rolled through the desert. I woke up in time for lunch at the Mad Greek, a dinosaur of a restaurant in Baker, California. Definitely a popular spot, busy as all get outs.

I drove from there to where our hotel, Loews Lake Las Vegas, is located. It was nice to take the freeway right around the strip and pass it by.

The hotel is in a "compound" of other hotels, a shopping center with stores and restaurants, and home communities. It's quite pretty, but I wouldn't like it much when it's 115 F!

We checked in, and Pasha got her little "Welcome" bag: two bowls, a bowl mat, a collar charm, and a box of "Scoopies." Loews is a very pet friendly hotel chain. It costs $25 per stay for up to 2 pets per room. They even have a room service menu for pets!

After we got into our room, we walked around the property and looked at the lake. It's a really nice resort without a one-armed bandit in sight!! :) We walked back by the golf course, and DH let Pasha off her leash (something *I* wouldn't have done). But Pasha loved it; she ran like a rocket--and there were no plaid-covered golfers in this wind and cold. The only problem came was when she found a dead bird. EWWWwwwwwwww grrroooooooosss! We had to chase her to get her to drop it. She thought that was oh so fun.

We went back to our room and just relaxed some, which was so, so nice. I was thumbing through some trash celeb mags and DH was reading his book, Poshie was lying next to me snoozing. But then every 10-15 minutes POUND, POUND, POUND, POUND, POUND. Uh, what was that?

Crap. When we checked in I told the lady that I'm allergic to dogs and cats and that I was a little concerned about staying in a "Pet Room." I also told her that Pasha doesn't have hair, so she asked management if we could have a regular room. They were also doing construction by the Pet Rooms, so I was really hoping it would work out. It appeared that they put us in the worst room in the entire hotel! (Our view was of hotel roofs).

Anyway, DH called and told them about the noise. We've heard that noise before...it's some sort of thing hotels have in their engineering rooms or something, and if you are in a room nearby it's annoying as hell. So we nipped that in the bud right away. They moved us to another room immediately.

The second room had no crazy noise. Yay. As a bonus, it had a nice view of the pools and the lake. Really, I only cared about the noise...sleep is much more important to me than what I see out the window. We found out later that the hotel was only 30% full that night, so why on earth did they put us in that horrible first room to begin with???

We finally decided we were ready for dinner. Originally, we were going to eat at Bouchon at the Venetian, but cancelled that so we wouldn't have the drive into Las Vegas proper. So then I had made a reservation at the Sonoma Cellar Steakhouse in Henderson. But after the porter had told us we could eat in the lounge with Pasha, we decided to just keep things simple and do that.

We had one whole part of the lounge to ourselves with our own tv. We ordered some great snackie foods: hummus with pita, cheese plate, and olives, etc. Totally yummy. I fed Pasha green beans I had brought for her so she wouldn't feel left out. The server was totally nice and just loved Pasha.

We had started to watch the Last Templar while we were eating, so when we went upstairs to our room, we finished watching that. DH had read the book. It was pretty good.

That was our first night...no wild partying here. We just wanted a quiet, good night's sleep!
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