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How to Explore the Luxurious Side of Las Vegas Like a Concierge

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Luxury experiences in Las Vegas are one thing Norma Cabrera loves to share with her guests. The concierge at The Mirage has lived in Las Vegas for 14 years. Here she shares some of her top tips for a picture perfect vacation in Las Vegas. 

Tell me about one of your favorite places to send first-time Vegas visitors.

Downtown is such a great place to visit, especially at night. Everything is cheaper, lots of great restaurants, and don’t forget to check out the bar scene in Fremont East.

The view from Skyfall Lounge (©MGM Resorts)

I want to update my Facebook photo. What should I have in the background of my selfie?

You want to have something vibrant! Skyfall Lounge at the Delano has, in my opinion, the best view of the Las Vegas Strip. Fremont Street Experience is a great shot as well especially during the light show at night.

Tell me about your favorite hidden gem in Las Vegas.

Any true hidden gem will be just a bit off the Strip. Herbs & Rye has amazing steaks, cocktails and just one of the best happy hours in town. This speakeasy style restaurant is just a little over two miles away from the Srip. Totally worth the drive.

Aureole (©MGM Resorts)

Where should I eat if I want to celebrate a special occasion? How hard is it to get a reservation while I’m in Las Vegas?

Aureole inside of the Mandalay Bay is just breathtaking. This American-seafood restaurant has a beautiful four-story wine tower in the middle of the restaurant with more than 10,000 bottles and even a swan pond in their backyard.

I always recommend reserving at least a few days in advance. During big conventions and major holidays, most everything gets sold out, so try to plan out at least a week out.

What’s the most unusual request you’ve had as a concierge? What about the craziest request?

I don’t always remember the craziest requests, but I do remember the sweetest. A guest told me his story that he had surprised his girlfriend with a trip to Vegas earlier that morning. I helped him prepare the whole weekend for them including reservations to our spa, show tickets, the best restaurants, and even rose petals and Champagne for one of the nights.  

Who is your favorite Las Vegas celebrity chef?

It’s a tie between Michael Mina and Tom Colicchio. You know they’re good when they have multiple restaurants.

Mob museum exhibit
The Mob Museum (©Jeff Green)

I want to experience classic Las Vegas. Where do you recommend that I go?

The Mob Museum over in downtown is the best place to get to know the roots of this great city. And not too far from there is Oscar’s, which is a classic Las Vegas steakhouse.

Where do you like to do some people-watching in Las Vegas?

Definitely The Linq Promenade! It’s full of restaurants, bars and great picture spots so it brings in crowds of people from all over the world.

Cirque du Soleil peformers
"The Beatles Love" (©Cirque du Soleil)

What’s the must-see show in Las Vegas right now?

Any Cirque du Soleil is amazing. But hands down "The Beatles Love" is my favorite. If you’re not a fan of the Beatles now, you will be after seeing this show.

What tips do you give first-timers?

The Strip itself is about 4.2 miles and even though our hotels may look close by, the walks are long. Wear comfortable shoes and consider taking public transportation such as the Deuce bus.

Describe your perfect evening out in Las Vegas.

A helicopter ride is perfect at sunset. Whether it’s a simple tour around the Vegas night sky or one that takes you to the Grand Canyon and back. It’s a beautiful view you’ll never forget.