Posted by: kurtsh | December 28, 2011

INFO: So you’re going to CES 2012. Now what? (Part 3)

image_thumb[1]_thumbA coworker asked me to summarize some things they should look into for their first trip to CES in Las Vegas.

Here’s the continuing thread of stuff I thought of:

Things NOT to do:

  • CENTRAL HALL FOOD
    Don’t eat at the Sbarro Pizza/Nathan’s Hot Dogs/Eatery just outside of the Central Hall. There’s always a massive line, it’s packed and the food is half-cooked and terrible. You’ve been warned. Your alternatives are as follows:

      • Hilton
        There’s tons of places to eat at the Hilton and it’s worth the walk.  Plan your lunch ahead of time however and go either at 11:00AM or 1:30PM to avoid the rush to Tres Rios Cantina, Paradise Café, or Superbook Deli.
        http://www.lvhilton.com/Hotel/dining
      • Renaissance Hotel
        ENVY Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas and it’s right next door to the Convention Center.  Literally right next door.  Open from 11AM-2PM for lunch.
        http://www.envysteakhouse.com/
  • CES END OF SHOW PARTY
    If you’re interested, there’s a monster party at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on Friday. Personally, I wouldn’t bother with the end of show party because it’s hell & you probably won’t get in anyway.
    http://www.cesweb.org/events/tao-htm.htm

Other things to do:

  • CES BADGE HOLDER DISCOUNTS
    Review the CES badge holder discounts for dinner deals and stuff.
    http://www.cesweb.org/hotelTravel/lasVegas.asp#Discounts-and-Coupons
  • RESERVATIONS FOR EVERYTHING
    Make your show, restaurant, spa, whatever reservations way beforehand.
    For restaurants, I naturally use Opentable.com like everyone else.
    For shows, I personally go to Vegas.com for most of what I do because it’s the most convenient (they have a line into every show and every gig) and admittedly I’ve screwed up my reservations before and they’ve taken care of me no muss – no fuss on the phone.  Worth every penny.
  • GET GIFT CERTIFICATES
      • VEGAS.COMGo to the COSTCO in Marina Del Rey and pick up VEGAS.COM $100 gift certificates for $80.  That’s right – 20% off.  Use those for your trip and save.
      • SPAFINDER.COM – Go to COSTCO and purchase gift certificates for SpaFinder at 20% off.  These can be used at:
      • RESTAURANT.COM – Visit RESTAURANT.COM for pre-paid gift certificates for meals. (Use code SAVE to get 80% off the certificates)
        http://restaurant.com

Here’s some previous posts that I made about CES:


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