This is a great little airport -- if you are close enough to use it over LAX, then by all means, do it! One of the few places where you can board and de-board a plane from the front AND back, so you can get in and out faster. Everything here seems to go very quickly.
Parking is sometimes an issue, as they have many lots and you always have to take a shuttle to and from the airport -- but they are very short rides, and the shuttles tend to come by frequently. The new addition of the "valet" service has become a sore point for increased traffic around the terminal, but I guess it really helps those who are in danger of missing their flights.
Another note of interest, Burbank's runway is shorter than most, which makes the landings a bit more abrupt than most, because they have to put on the brakes right away to keep from overshooting.
Terminal A, Terminal B -- whatever. This airport stinks due to its horrible layout.
When departing, The security lines spit you out right into the midst of a busy aisle, so you have to juggle all of your belongings while walking with your shoes half on to an empty chair to get your life together.
Renting a car here is a nightmare, as you have to walk the length of a football field (through a garage) just to get to the bus stop (where you wait up to 20 minutes if you missed the last bus), then proceed to the terminals to pick up more people. Each stop takes a few minutes, with the driver telling people that drinks aren't allowed on the bus. Then everyone proceeds to cram in. Then you have to drive all the way around the airport and across a short bridge just to get to the rental area, which they separate yet again into 2 separate stops: the "first class citizens" get off at the Hertz and Avis stop, then for those poor souls who don't want to spend a bundle on a rental car, the "second-class citizens" get the second stop.
I have never been to an airport where you had to drive for miles just to get out of the dang thing. Once you get your rental car (unless there's a huge line out the door, in which case you wait even longer), you get to circle around the airport on the "scenic" route before proceeding to your destination. 3 hours after you land.
PROS: it's an airport
CONS: the layout!
For my wedding last year, we used these guys and everything turned out alright. Though a couple of our larger groomsmen had a few alteration problems (slightly large coats), they generally get things right. Just make sure you go over all the details with them and double-check the order, and you'll be fine. They have a decent selection, and the employees here are very helpful.
A tip: if you're ordering for a wedding, make sure you sign up for a bridal show around the area (they're usually free, or cost very little to attend). Men's Wearhouse is always there offering their "Show Special," basically a free tux rental for the Groom, and discounted Tuxes for groomsmen at $59-$69/pop (though it depends sometimes on your selection). It's worth it to go just for this, as it saves everyone a lot of money!
Went here based on all the rave reviews posted here, and I wasn't disappointed! I ordered the Cheesesteak with onions, mushrooms and peppers, and after watching them take the fresh raw beef and cook it up on the grill, proceeded to chow down. The sandwich comes piping hot and juicy, with melted cheese seemingly inside the ingredients, not just on top. Very filling, and very good.
Edit: Do not come here 2 days in a row, or even within 3 days of your last visit...space them out a minimum of a week. Cheesesteak piled up on cheesesteak in your stomach is a natural disaster. Your stomach will not forget it within a week, either. I don't know what I was thinking.
This place was packed on a Wednesday night -- signs that it must have something going for it. The sushi was good! They had some unusual names for some of them, like the "hot dog" (a roll with fried yellowtail mix) and the "chili dog" (spicy tuna roll). As a hot dog connoisseur, i was slightly disappointed that it wasn't really 'hot dog sushi,' but only slightly so ;) Their side dishes were pretty good too, get the agadashi tofu and the chawan mushi.
These are crazy cupcakes. The frosting is out of control. So sweet, and so yummy...I'm still on a sugar high from the one I ate, and it was over an hour ago... I ordered the "Happy Day" cupcake, which was a vanilla cupcake with sprinkles baked inside, then with vanilla frosting with the sprinkles again on top.
It made me...happy. Think I'll go run around the office and knock over some books.
I think this is my favorite hotel on the strip. The rooms are great, their large suites are even greater, and every detail in this place is just grander than anywhere else in Vegas. Walk in and you're treated to beautiful views of the painted ceilings and grandiouse hallway leading from the lobby into the casino. Their shopping/restaurant area is an experience as well as you walk along the nicely recreated Venice canals, and their occasional singing gondola operators who drift by (they are all quite good).
Great restaurants with great food, great shopping and gambling. Very spacious with lots of places to just sit and watch people or look at the details of the place. The location on the strip is fairly central as well.
The ambience here is the best in my opinion. The feeling you get in there is what Vegas is all about -- immersing you into an idealized version of the real thing.
This place used to be all kid-oriented (if that's possible in Vegas) with its pirate/skull & cross bones theme. Now, they've refocused and gone all sexy-like. They've latched onto a modern look, simplifying their logo and initializing their name to just "ti" like KFC did, and changed their mascots to scantily clad women posing as "sirens." All this so they could attract the more hip and modern middle-aged crowd, as opposed to the pirate lovers that "treasure island" brought. Sure, that works for me.
Anyways, the hotel is pretty good -- their rooms are nice, and we had a great view of the pool. They also split up the elevators nicely so that there is never a long wait to get to/from your room and the casino. They've also added a connection to the large fashion mall, so you can get your shop on if you wanted. The restaurants are pretty good too -- we had the "Dishes" breakfast buffet and "the Coffee shop" desserts and they were tasty. I wish there were a tram connection somewhere to other places, however. You're right across the street from the Venetian, but if you wanted to go anywhere else, you'll have to hoof it outside (in the summertime, this hurts) or take a cab.
This place feels like one of the older casinos on the strip, but they've kept it up and renovated enough to keep it current. Their standard rooms are larger than most in terms of square footage (I checked this with others just to make sure), and their master suites are huge. This makes a great destination for bachelor parties and such, if you don't mind not being at the "hippest" and "hottest" places on the strip. You'll certainly pay less for these rooms, and they're nice -- just not extravagant or incredible. Bally's has a good location on the strip too, and is directly connected to Paris. If you wanted to head anywhere else, it's easy to do. Head here for more relaxed and less pretentious atmosphere than the rest.
Mandalay Bay is priced higher than most Vegas destinations -- A lot of it has to do with their famous pool area with the wave pool and the "lazy river" where you can float around on inner tubes. This is all probably great Sunday-Thursday, but come on a weekend when it's busy, and this experience turns sour as you wade through the masses of people and their families and watch in horror as little kids pull down their pants and just start to pee in the open on the concrete floor (perhaps an isolated and hopefully one time incident, but it scarred me for life). The rest of the time at the pool was spent dodging puddles of water and making sure my mouth was closed in the wave pool, where once again you have to dodge bodies as they fly towards you whenever waves come in.
Anyways, besides the pool, their elevator system is horrible due to the fact that they don't split up the elevators into sections (higher levels and lower levels). So basically, it is a pain to get up and down to your room because sometimes you have to stop every 2 levels on your way up/down (higher levels thus become a "bad" place to get, due to the longer waits coming down).
Their facilities are nice otherwise, their rooms are decent, and the casino is top notch. Their Sports and Racing Book is nice and large (a tip here, if everywhere you go is crowded for food, there is a small burger/sandwich shop here where you can get quick and reasonable eats --try the corned beef sandwich, so good).
Location is not so good for the strip, it's on one of the ends. So if you wanted to go anywhere else, it's not very convenient.
PROS: good casino, nice to visit, not stay
CONS: crowds on weekends cause lots of problems