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Review – Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas

 

The last time we were in Las Vegas was 2009. My family and my hubby’s cousin and family stayed in Excalibur Hotel which is situated near the famous MGM Hotel. And after 8 years, here we are again and this time with my dear Auntie.

My husband arranged for this short trip and he booked us in Tuscany Suites and Casino near The Strip. It is reminiscent from those beautiful villas in some Italian village with fine stucco finish. The Tuscany Suites and Casino is exactly that, a beautiful big villa with clusters of other sleeping quarters in a compound.

 

What I like:

The room we have booked is a Junior Suite. The room was very spacious with two full double beds. It is huge!

The big room has a sofa or seating quarters, and a kitchenette with a decent dining table and chairs.

(I took this photo standing from the edge of the bed and the room is really huge!)

 

The sofa doubled as a sleeping bed for my husband.

The welcome note on the TV screen. Not all hotels we have booked in the past, even the most new and modern had welcome notes as you enter.

The beds are super comfortable. I slept like a baby!

Our room has a nice view. I can see the winding alley that leads to other sleeping quarters, the main hotel building, and the pool area.

 

It is a quite hotel.

There are ice vending machines in our floor.

There is an in-house casino.

There is a restaurant, a coffee shop and even a souvenir shop inside the hotel.

There are ample parking spaces for visitors and they are free.

The location is great and there are plenty of souvenir shops nearby.  The Strip is also walking distance from the hotel if you feel like walking.

Free wifi, and fast connection too.

It is very near McCarran Airport.

The food in the Tuscany Gardens restaurant is really good!

The bathroom is clean. The bathroom is very spacious, and the toilet is enclosed.

 

The lobby area and the beautiful passage between sleeping blocks. 

 

What I don’t like:

 

The main hotel and different from the Casino entrance although they are connected. You have to park near the main entrance of the hotel so you don’t have to walk much  towards the concierge, especially if you have luggages. We didn’t realize there were 2 main entrances so we parked in the entrance which was the Casino entrance. We had to carry our luggages back to the car and drive of to the other parking area nearest to the main hotel’s lobby.

There are several building blocks for sleeping quarters. You have to walk outside to reach the main hotel. It’s not a long walk though and passing by the nice alley behind several sleeping quarters is really not that cumbersome. I just thought it would be nice to just have all the sleeping quarters in one area. But hey, this is just my opinion. The whole compound where the Tuscany Suites and Casino is really a quiet and relaxing one.

And before I forget, it didn’t appeal to me that they don’t have any microwave so we could heat our food.

 

Nearby attractions:

Howard Hughes Center
The Bellagio
LINQ Promenade
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Monorail the plies around the Strip
Outlet malls nearby

 

My recommendation: 4 out of 5

I would have given this beautiful, clean, and homey hotel if it wasn’t for the main hotel’s entrance confusion, I would be happy to give this hotel my five star rating.

I highly recommend this property if you are heading to Las Vegas and you want a quiet place to relax, and still have a good time when you want to. The location is perfect for us. You can walk or take a drive to the Strip if you like because it is just around the corner from this hotel.

 

The Tuscany Suites and Casino is located at 255 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169, United States of America.

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Westin Tysons Corner in Virginia

It wasn’t a long stay but it was pleasant and worth it. That is how I will describe our stay in Westin Tysons Corner in Virginia last April 21 – 23, 2017.

I was initially adamant to book here because it is in Virginia and we are landing at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. However, the hotels in the city center of D.C. are very expensive and budget is a primary concern. So I asked my hubby to check areas near the Dulles International Airport, and this hotel came up. I am glad we stayed here, and here are the reasons why:

What I like

The nice and friendly staff.
The free infused and super refreshing water. We arrived past 1:00 p.m. so it was a bit hot and had to lug luggages from the side parking lot all the way to the central receiving area of the hotel. The infused water with berries was a welcome treat!


Fast check-in and check-out service
Fast and strong wifi connection
Quiet hotel in good location, just near the 495 Interstate
Starbucks inside the hotel’s premise
The hotel is easy to find. It’s right beside the Stratford University.
There are plenty of shopping complex around the vicinity if you need some retail therapy.
Many restaurants around too.
Few minutes drive to Washington D.C. tourist area

 


Room is big enough for 3 adults
Hi-tech coffee maker with really nice Starbucks coffee granules for guests in the room
Huge closet and you can put your several big luggages inside
Very comfortable bed
Spacious bathroom


Vending machines for snacks and drinks
Free gym and pool usage and gym is open 24/7!
Pets are allowed but you have to check with the hotel prior to bringing your pet
There’s an ATM inside the hotel
Clean hotel

 

What I don’t like

The paid parking even for guests. It was a turn off. I was thinking they provide free parking for guests who are staying in the hotel for several nights.
Starbucks does not operate 24 hrs. It would have been nice if it did.
Wifi is only free in the public areas but our booking rate already included the payment for the wifi usage
Our room didn’t have a good view

 

Nearby attractions (reference: Booking.com)

Most popular landmarks
Tomb of the Unknowns – 12.7 km
US Marine Corps War Memorial – 12.8 km
Air Force Memorial – 13.6 km
The Pentagon – 14.5 km
Walter Reed Reed National Military Medical Center – 14.5 km
Phillips Collection – 14.6 km
White House – 15.5 km
US Holocaust Memorial Museum – 15.9 km
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – 15.9 km
Jefferson Memorial – 15.9 km

Closest airports
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – 16.4 km
Washington Dulles International Airport – 20.6 km
Baltimore – Washington International Airport – 56 km

Closest landmarks
Tysons Corner Center – 1.5 km
The Galleria at Tysons Shopping Center – 2.1 km
West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metro Station – 2.3 km
McLean Shopping Center – 4.1 km
Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station – 5.8 km
Fairfax Circle Plaza Shopping Center – 6.8 km
Kimball Theatre – 7 km
Upton Hill Regional Park – 7.5 km
George Bush Center for Intelligence – 7.7 km
Oakton Shopping Center – 7.7 km

 

My recommendation:  5 out of 5

Despite of the few negative feedback I have about this hotel, all in all, it is still a very good one to stay at whether you are on a business or leisure trip. I like the fact that the hotel is clean and the room is spacious for 3 adults. The bed is so comfortable that you feel like sleeping in rather than going out. I like the location too because you can drive to the nearby Tysons Corner Center for food and retail or drive further to visit famous landmarks in the Washington D.C. metro area.

The price is also perfect because this is a high quality property from the Marriott Group of properties.

Address:
The Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22043, USA

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