When we were in Las Vegas in April 2012, we stayed at the beautiful Elara hotel with our aunt & uncle, Jake and Janie. (Pictures from that trip here!) While we were there, we saw that the next reasonable available week of timeshare was available 19 months later, so we booked it! (I was pregnant with Adele, so technically, she had already been there once!) Finally, the time had come and we headed off to Vegas to stay there!
If you’ve seen the documentary “Queen of Versailles“, this is the hotel featured in the film. It’s got a great location on the strip, is very chic and comfortable inside, and doesn’t have a casino directly attached (translation: no smoke). We love it there!
We were on the 29th floor and had great views of the south side of the strip! Adele was looking at the cars below shouting “Beep Beep!”
A city girl, always!
By the way, we can do pig tails in Adele’s hair now. I die.
It was awesome because we never had to worry about Adele getting into trouble in the room. We brought a ton of toys that we conveniently put away in the cabinets each day. She had a blast taking them out one by one and putting them back . Babies love opening and closing doors!
17 months old. One word: Bubbles.
We had a two bedroom suite (Irving’s grandmother was in the second room), which allowed us to have a lot of space. We traveled with our pack n’ play and Adele slept 12-13 hours straight through EVERY night. Love her. We put her down in it in our room, and when we were ready to go to sleep, we wheeled it into the bathroom and she never woke up in between. We’re so sneaky. That’s my biggest tip with traveling with a baby…give them their own dark, quiet room if you can… even if it’s the bathroom!
We love having a full kitchen because it saves money and time. Irving and I can wait until 11am to eat breakfast when we travel… but Adele definitely needs to eat on more of a schedule. We bought some eggs and scrambled them with cheese for her most days. Other days were toast, fruit or cottage cheese. We also bought a gallon of milk to have on hand during the week. We rounded it out with a few dinners (pasta, pizza, chicken, salad, etc).
One thing we did splurge on was coffee. We had starbucks or Dunkin Donuts every day we were there. Mmm coffee.
I’m curious to see if traveling with Adele will get easier or harder, but it’s still pretty easy for us now. Sure, it’s a lot of extra baggage (portable crib, high chair, milk, bowls, spoons, clothes, diapers, wipes….) but once we’re settled, we find it pretty fun.
Where to next?
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