I am amazed by all the buffet prices. Would you say the food at restaurants were better back then or now?
Far far better now, no comparison. The only
really good deal were the cheap breakfast
buffets, compared to now. They haven't changed
much, breakfast food hasn't changed.
For dinner, it was mostly American food at
the buffets. You didn't see a Mexican section,
and Chinese, and Italian, like you do now.
It was roast beef and ham and fried chicken and
meatballs and pork chops. Buffets in general
had half the food choices that they offer now.
It started changing in the late 80's and into
the 90's it really took off. In the 70's, as you
can see from the marquees in the pics, the
shows were mostly well known comics and
singers. You checked in about 5pm at a Strip
hotel, took a nap, gambled awhile, dinner, go
to bed. Next day it was breakfast, gamble
a bit, a couple hours by the pool under an
umbrella reading a book. A short nap, dinner
in a jacket and tie, gamble a bit, see the show
in your hotel, gamble some more, off to bed.
Check out on Sunday.
You never left the hotel, that was the point.
They had shops, everything you needed.
If you were lucky, in the mid 70's, it was
Sinatra or Dean or Bobby Vinton you were
seeing. Everybody played Vegas.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail."