I'm off to Vegas for the weekend, to celebrate my youngest brother Alex's baptism into debauchery (aka his 21st birthday). It's the first time he's had a beer or gambled. Promise.
We're staying at Excalibur, where every 21-year-old stays their during their first visit to the Strip. It's the perfect blend of cheap and well-located, and the fact that it's a giant midieval castle is really cool your first time in Vegas. It doesn't become tacky until your second time in Vegas.
Posts will be a little slow/non-existent for a few days, so I'll leave you with a little chronology of where people stay in Las Vegas through the various periods of their lives:
Ages 18-20 - AAA Travelodge - Because at your age, it's the only place you feel comfortable.
Ages 21-22 - Excalibur - Because it's cheap, it's on the Strip, and to a 21-year old, "Thunder from Down Under" just seems very Vegas instead of very gay.
Ages 23-24 - Bally's - Because you're too cool to stay at Excalibur, but too poor to stay anywhere nice.
Ages 25-28 - The Venetian - Because you think you're bling.
Ages 29-32 - Bellagio - Because you are bling.
Ages 33-35 - The Venetian - Because Bellagio took all your bling.
Ages 36-39 - Bally's - Because you just don't care anymore.
Ages 40-59 - Excalibur - Because the kids love it.
Ages 60-up - AAA Travelodge - Because at your age, it's the only place you feel comfortable.