Planet Hollywood is home away from home for our Las Vegas sojourn. Situated right in the middle of The Strip, opposite the Bellagio, which you may know from films such as Oceans 11.
For a little background, this used to be the Aladdin – mostly known for being the place where Elvis and Priscilla got married, but also known for being a little tired. That all changed with a complete makeover about three years ago turning it into a Hollywood themed hotel and casino with over 2,500 rooms. The ever faithful Wikipedia says the Aladdin was imploded, except for the 7,000 seat theatre… which hosts a Justin Bieber performance while we are there. We have other plans that night.
It’s really unfortunate that America’s Got Talent isn’t filming, as this is also the home of the live version of the TV series as well as Miss America 2006-2009. Holly Madison lives and performs at PH.
If there wasn’t enough Hollywood madness, it seems that all of the rooms are movie themed with actual props and memorabilia. That sounds awesome… as long as you get Breakfast at Tiffany’s and not Predator.
It is reassuring to know that if we get bored there’s a place to go to spend some quality time and money right downstairs. That’s right, a 1.5 mile circuit of shops. Miracle Mile (strangely not Miracle Mile and a Half – perhaps the miracle?) may require its own preview, but let’s just say that there’s everything you could imagine… and a Crocs store. If all the restaurants upstairs aren’t enough there are plenty of options here too – I’m pretty sure Cheeseburger Las Vegas deserves a visit.
There is even entertainment at the mall – my pick is Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. http://www.miraclemileshopslv.com/entertain.php?id=9. I don’t know what you think about performing pets, but these ones look so happy AND they’ve been rescued from animal shelters. Awwww. Here’s a clip. Purrrrrfect.
Photo from www.planethollywoodresort.com/. The jacket in the background was once worn by a real celebrity. Don’t think you get to try the movie costumes on.
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