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Las Vegas's Makeover

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To say that room rates vary is one of the few understatements you can make about Vegas. Expect to pay less than what's listed—ask for special rates—unless there are several conventions going on.

Hotels
Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888/987-7111 or 702/693-7444; doubles from $159.
Caesars Palace 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/634-6661 or 702/731-7222; doubles from $149.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/632-5200 or 702/632-5000; doubles from $200.
Hard Rock Hotel 4455 Paradise Rd.; 800/473-7625 or 702/693-5000; doubles from $75.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/632-7000 or 702/632-7777; doubles from $100.
MGM Grand 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/929-1111 or 702/891-7777; doubles from $79.
Regent Grand Palms and Regent Grand Spa Resort at Summerlin, 221 N. Rampart Blvd.; 877/869-8777 or 702/869-7777; doubles from $195. Opens in June.
Venetian Hotel-Resort-Casino 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888/283-6423 or 702/733-5000; doubles from $159.

Restaurants
Aqua Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7223; dinner for two $110. Catchy combinations: tuna and foie gras, shrimp wrapped in prosciutto.
Aureole Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-7401; dinner for two $130.
Border Grill Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-7403. Opens in May.
Chinois Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/737-9700; dinner for two $70. Wolfgang Puck's Asian fusion.
Le Cirque Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-8150; dinner for two $165. Two words: lobster salad. Two more: Reserve early.
Coyote Café MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/891-7349; dinner for two $80. Mark Miller's Southwestern watering hole.
In-n-Out Burger 4888 Industrial Rd., and four other locations; 800/786-1000; lunch for two $7. Order a Double-Double Cheeseburger and ask for grilled onions.
Olives Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7223; dinner for two $84. Try the flatbread pizza with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and balsamic fig jam.
Osteria del Circo Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-8150; dinner for two $96.
Prime Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/693-7223; dinner for two $100. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's gorgeous steak house.
Smith & Wollensky 3767 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/862-4100; dinner for two $90.
Spago Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/369-6300; dinner for two $110. A casual café and formal-but-informal restaurant.

Indulgences
Atlantis Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/893-4800.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub Venetian Hotel-Resort-Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888/288-5228. Opens in May.
Liberace Museum 1775 E. Tropicana Ave.; 702/798-5595. Pay respects to the world's largest rhinestone.
Buccaneer Bay Pirate Battle Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/894-7111.
Manhattan Express Roller Coaster New York­New York, 3790 Las Vegas Bvld. S.; 702/740-6969; $7.

Nightlife
Chicago Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/632-7400 or 702/474-4000; tickets from $55.
EFX MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/929-1111 or 702/891-7777; tickets from $49.50. Starring Tommy Tune.
Jubilee! Bally's, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/739-4111; tickets from $49.50. Eat your heart out, Showgirls.
Mystère Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 800/392-1999 or 702/894-7722; tickets $69.85. Cirque du Soleil's original Vegas show.
O Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888/488-7111 or 702/693-7722; tickets from $90. More cerebral than Mystère, but that's okay.
Studio 54 MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/891-1111; men's cover is $10 weeknights, $20 on weekends; women get in free. Dress to the nineties.

Candy Land
At M&M's World (3785 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/736-7611), you can buy M&M's to match your curtains. There are 21 colors; purple is the most popular.

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