How you can vacation in Vegas like ‘Miss USA’ contestants … but for cheap
By Brittany Anas
Did you catch the Miss USA pageant last night? We were dazzled by their pageant gowns and, well, who else was doing crunches during the swimwear portion of the beauty contest? The only part of the show that didn’t wow us was Miss Utah’s fumbled response to a question about equal pay for women. Awkward.
So, you didn’t get a call up to be in the Miss USA pageant? Weird. We’re guessing your phone was, like, out of range. But you can at least vacation like Miss USA.
The 2013 took place in Vegas, baby. So, get yourself a pedicure, a monochrome bikini (the choice colors in the pageant were yellow, orange or teal) and a good party dress — oh, and, don’t forget to check out our last-minute trip deals to Las Vegas and travel coupons. (Get 50 percent off last-minute deals + 6 percent cash back from Priceline.com)
Stay at a celebrity-inspired hotel: The pageant was staged at Planet Hollywood, which is conveniently smack-dab in the middle of the strip. Get in on the celebrity lifestyle in luxury rooms. Room rates for the Hollywood Hip King room start at just $59. Going with a group? You’ll want to check out the Boulevard Suite, which comes with either an in-room pool table or Foosball table.
Shop till you drop: Fashionistas, get ready for this. The hotel is attached to a mall. Ditch the casino for a bit and get your shop on. The Miracle Mile mall features 170 stores, like Bebe, Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Steve Madden and French Connection.
Enter the bikini contest: The closest experience you can get to the Miss USA pageant? Enter the bikini contest at Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure Pool. Every Saturday from now until Aug. 24, the pool hosts the contest. First place winners get $500. Second place gets a $200 bar tab and the third place gets a $100 bar tab. On Labor Day weekend, each week’s winners will be invited back to compete in the finale. Winner takes home $5,000.
The restaurants: Dine like an A-lister at Koi, which offers Japanese fare with a lil’ California influence. US Magazine has this to say about Koi: “Stars call Koi … the hottest joint in town.” Stop in for sushi, sashimi, or a Kobe beef filet mignon. The average price range is $25 to $40 per entree.
‘Play the field’: Night clubs in Vegas sometimes charge a ridiculous cover charge — even if you know someone who knows someone. That’s why we like The Playing Field Lounge at Planet Hollywood. It’s a Las Vegas Sports Book by day that transforms into a night-time hot spot. And, there’s no cover charge.
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