Las Vegas site yields jackpot of bargains and information
Commercial Appeal, The Online Traveler
November 24, 2002
By John Garrett
Las Vegas's reputation as a travel destination is well known, but is it bigger than New York, bigger than the entire state of Florida?
As a Web presence, at least, it is, according to a survey by research firm Media Metrix. Media Metrix found that Vegas.com is No. 1 among city sites, ranking ahead of such sites as New York Citysearch and Los Angeles Citysearch, even ahead of Florida.com, which covers the entire Sunshine State (although not as well as FLAUSA.com, the state's official tourism site).
Vegas.com's popularity is easy to understand. Besides offering deals on hotels and travel packages, it has information on just about any subject that might interest a visitor to the gambling mecca.
One of the site's best features is the dining information, which you access by clicking on the "Entertainment" tab at the top of the home page.
The most valuable section if you're counting pennies or want to save your money for the tables or slot machines is labeled "Dining Bargains." It lists several dozen Steak Specials, Prime Rib Specials, Breakfast Specials and Drink Specials. The only negative is that is gives only prices, with no hint of quality.
There is a link to "Best Restaurants" on the left side of the Entertainment page. Click there and you get a page with the editors' picks of the "best" of not just restaurants but just about any category you could think of. You'll find the best lounge singer, the best comedian, even the best hotel parking garage.
Of course, there is also the best buffet, but those serious about stuffing themselves with quality food will be better served by RateLasVegas.com.
The leader there, as ranked by visitors to the site, is the Spice Market Buffet at Aladdin, with the Gold Coast's Ports O' Call Buffet in second place. My favorite, Le Village Buffet at Paris, came in fourth, still well ahead of Vegas.com's pick, The Buffet at Bellagio.
It was interesting to see that Rio's Carnival World, for years one of Vegas's most acclaimed buffets, had slipped to 20th.