Note: The view of the nightlife of Las Vegas shown here is exactly as it looked from “The Nazarian Suite”, where John J Nazarian stayed.
Southwest Airlines has to be one of the best airlines in the world, yes the world. The flights are almost always right on the money and the staff, friendly and always accommodating. Talking about accommodating, I came to the Four Seasons to get some work done and to get a little rest. While I am doing that I also figured I would work on my awards points at the casinos or in my case, my donations to the next building fund! When you arrive at what I truly believe is the best hotel on the Las Vegas strip, the Four Seasons, Mr. Sunil Narang and Matt Romero are always around with a friendly smile and the never ending effort to make sure you are pleased and all will be to your liking. Checking into most of these monoliths it is a process of being evaluated as to how smart you are and if they can stuff you into some ‘freebee’ room, that YOU are paying for! This has never happened to me at a Four Season’s property.
My suite that I generally use ‘the’ Nazarian Suite had been all refurnished and decorated with nothing but the best, materials, the new carpets and the linens, it was very nice. Since my last visit the Four Seasons had a complete makeover. I loved my suite before, this time I damn near did not want to leave the room. When you move into the Four Seasons you do not feel like you are in a ‘hotel’, no it is almost like a nice condo. And that my friends is the trick, for me and my family where we stay has to be as close to home as possible. Las Vegas Four Seasons is a great hotel and it is due to great management people like Mr. Narang and Mr. Romero and all the others that make Four Season experience happen. If I cannot stay at the Four Season when in Las Vegas I won’t go, unless I am staying at an appropriate private residence.
And before I forget, getting things done while visiting a Four Seasons resort is important to me and should be for you too. The people to make my stay even better are no secret, Patricia and Cara at the concierge desk are the people you got to get to know. Please stop by and meet Patricia Vevers. Ms. Vevers got me tickets and the right seating for Blue Man at the Monte Carlo. I am sorry, people like Ms. Vevers have all the knowledge and insight when trying to see a few shows. After all this is what she does, you want reservations, you want to go see something? Patricia is better than Google! Oh and before I forget, good service should be recognized, don’t be cheap and be sure to give a generous tip, can I suggest $50.00 and above.
To my faithful followers if you want to have a wonderful steak dinner with all the fixings you have to visit the Charlie Palmer Steak House, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas 702-632-5120 and yes, that too is right here at the Four Seasons. I had the aged strip steak bone in and it could not have been more perfect, my son had the ‘surf and turf’ and that too, perfect. Our waiter, Jimmy Aviles was on hand to see to it that the order was taken and served with perfection. The potatoes au gratin, one bite and I swear I thought I could hear an opera! Broccolini, Lemon Citrus Blanche Asparagus, never had it? Try it, another creative dish from the genius in the kitchen. I have eaten Caesar Salads all over the world and at Charlie Palmer’s you will have an incredible surprise, what I think is the most unusual and tasty Caesar I have ever eaten. The price, $17.00 and the creativeness and taste? Worth every dime, as was the entire meal. Do it right, $80.00 per person (no alcohol). Be sure to leave Jimmy a great tip as it is right for great food and even better service. Be nice to Jimmy, he is soft spoken and you can tell he loves his job, I liked him at ‘Hello’. Before I forget, there is a little surprise at the end of the meal that could not have been more perfect, Thank You again Jimmy for a great evening!
Note: Prior to my dinner at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse my son and I decided to take a walk from the Mirage going back to the Four Seasons. The ‘oldness’ and ‘dirt’ and ‘filth’ along the strip is depressingly evident. Gone is the bright colors of fresh paint and construction, New York New York is depressing from the outside, nothing that a wrecking ball could not fix. It is odd, I recall the fan fare of the opening of many of these places and how everyone wanted a reservation….many of these places have a great deal of ‘mileage’ on them and it is too late for a ‘retread’.
The criminal element is also present as you walk what could be at times a gauntlet of low lifes, pick pockets and scam artists. We witnessed a group of young people being challenged to a fight by a local degenerate. I so wish I had a baseball bat and was 30 years younger. These young men were obviously taken aback by the verbal aggression being shown by the local street scum.
While playing at the casinos and visiting the hotels and resorts I feel very safe and almost cocoon like as you know that everything is being watched and video taped for the pleasure of the casinos. My closing thought of my take of the Las Vegas strip is that of an old hooker with cheap makeup being caught outside in the brightness of the day……not pretty.
It was getting late after the Blue Man show and we decided to grab something light to eat at ‘CITIZENS’ located in what appears to be a low end food court. The food was terrible and the noise was off the chart, IF you want to enjoy your high school cafeteria level food, I suggest you eat outside. One shrimp cocktail, three shrimp, well chilled, $14.50. BAM right between the eyes! My Cobb Salad had the taste that it had come right out of a bag after spending a weekend in some closet. The bacon on the Cobb, that too tasted old and cold and rancid, $17.00 just terrible. Avoid the ‘CITIZEN’ as you would with any long walks along the Las Vegas strip aka ‘Hooligan’s Alley’.
Note: Another hurtle trying to get around is the damn taxi drivers, they love taking you for a ‘tour’ at every chance….why go direct if they can bag you for a bigger fare? If ever a city should look at its taxi service, Las Vegas would be in tie for Rome, Italy! And the condition of these taxis? I think the clever bastards in Rome have them beat….I recall refusing to get into a taxi as the rear seat was not even fastened to the floor….and shit for brains from Somalia was offended! LMAO!
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May 6, 2013
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