The Sugar Factory @ Paris Hotel
“Get a seat on the patio”
“Get a seat on the patio”
I went here for dessert and had a seat on the patio. The view is perfect to view the Bellagio fountains. The only thing about that is the music from outside of the Sugar Factory is louder than the fountain music, so it is difficult to hear. The desserts are great and overpriced, but it's Vegas, what do you expect? The variety of desserts is actually overwhelming. The atmosphere is fun and they have all kinds of food, so you can go any time you want.
Sidewalk Cafe @ Bally's
“Drinks aren't included in the breakfast buffet”
This is the typical hotel cafe that serves food all day. Since Bally's doesn't have a dedicated daily buffet, this cafe serves a breakfast buffet for $10.99. You can add orange juice for $2. Coffee is an extra $2.99. It seems like a good deal at first especially considering that everything else on the menu is about that price. The buffet itself is okay. One day they had pancakes and they were terrible. Another morning they had mini waffles and they were good. The buffet is not extensive but it does the trick. It's comparable to a Hilton Garden Inn type of buffet.
Le Village Buffet @ Paris Hotel
“Still good French food”
I ate here once before about 7 years ago and was blown away by the quality then. I went again this week and it's still very good. It's an even greater value if you buy the 24 hour buffet pass. I ate here for dinner with a party of 9 and it was no problem getting a table. The crepe station is awesome with both savory and sweet crepes. Make sure to look at the entire buffet line all the way to the bathroom so you don't miss anything.
Spice Market Buffet @ Planet Hollywood
I ate here for breakfast as part of the 24 hour buffet pass. There is a huge selection and it is all pretty good. I would advise that you look at everything first because for example they have potatoes many different ways (steak fries, potato pancakes, hashbrowns etc) in several different locations.
“Better than expected”
I booked this hotel at something like $72+ tax/night with my total rewards card. I stayed Monday through Thursday and was given a room in the North Tower even though I booked the South Tower. The room was very nice and much nicer than expected. It's about the same as an MGM Grand room from about 7 years ago. One thing about the room is that because the windows are old, the room gets really hot if your room faces south like mine did. The air conditioning can't keep up. I can't imagine what it would be like in the middle of summer. Actually the room never felt all that comfortable. It was either stuffy or hot. It could've been my room though. It seems like this hotel gets a lot of convention/meeting business since it is connected to Paris. The overall experience here was good and it's a very good value especially since they don't charge the absurd Vegas resort fee. The location is great even though the hotel is a bit dated and tired. The shuttle to the Rio Hotel is convenient and runs every 30 minutes.
World Carnival Buffet @ Rio
“The choices are overwhelming”
I hadn't eaten here in about 9 years until this week. It's still very good. I ate here with the 24 hour buffet pass. There are so many choices that you can't possibly eat everything. I tried to work my way from one end to the other but got sidetracked by some of the offerings because the quality was so good. I was not impressed with the desserts though. Everyone liked the gelato, but the cakes and other sweets weren't as great as everything else. They were good but not great. Take a look at the whole buffet line before deciding on what to eat.