Best Smart Phone Apps for your Vegas Vacation

Smart PhonesAn unforgettable trip to Vegas always starts with a little research. Whether you're doing that research weeks prior to your arrival or as you're waiting at the airport's baggage claim is all up to you. Either way, a great smart phone app is procrastinator and planner friendly! A helping hand from modern-day technology can assist you in arranging your dream vacation at M and around the fabulous city of Las Vegas. Did we mention you can do this all from the pocket-sized screen of your Android, iPhone or BlackBerry?

The first step in visiting Vegas is actually getting here (we know everyone's not lucky enough to actually live here.) If you're catching a flight to Sin City, chances are your local airport has its own free app waiting to be downloaded. You can get Las Vegas' airport app be downloading "Live Airport - Las Vegas McCarran" app (currently only available for iPhone) from iPhone's App Store. It gives you flight status, maps and airport info, allowing you to breeze through terminals like a seasoned traveler.

You've probably seen the movie "21" by now or maybe even dreamed of taking the gaming tables by storm and pocketing a hefty share of casino chips. Brush up on your black jack skills (and kill some time on your flight to Vegas) with a black jack app on your phone. "Blackjack" in iPhone's App Store, "Blackjack Classic" in BlackBerry App World and "Real BlackJack" in the Android Market are free (yes, all free!) apps that will prepare you for playing like a pro at the tables. All three apps allow you to play the simple game of black jack without worrying about breaking the bank, so go ahead and bet $1,000 on that next (virtual) hand.

After you've arrived in Vegas and finished perfecting your card playing skills (and actually tested them on our casino floor) you might want to get out and explore the city. Though we'd love for you to stay at our resort during the duration of your trip we know there's a lot to see out there and the "Vegas Mate" app ($1.99, iPhone) can help you see it. "Vegas Mate" is an interactive, location-based city guide complete with tourist tips and information on restaurants, shows and nightlife in Las Vegas. For Android users, "Vegas Casino Maps" ($0.99) can help you navigate casino floors from our very own resort all the way to casinos north on the Las Vegas Strip. We know at some properties (not ours) it can be hard to find that restaurant you're looking for or even the nearest restroom and this app helps solve that!

One of our personal favorite things to do in Vegas is spend a little quality time at the spa. M is home to our very own four-star rated spa, Spa Mio. It's the perfect place for getting that relaxation and TLC that we all need when away from home. After a soothing treatment (or two) you might want to keep that relaxing feeling with you all day, simply turn on the "Relaxing Spa Music" app (free, Android) and keep yourself in that spa state of mind even when you can't be at Spa Mio.

We're working on a very own smart phone app of our own for M, so tell us what do you look for in an app and what would you like to see in ours? In the meantime if you're on the go and need your M-info feel free to pull up our blog on your mobile device, this blog is phone friendly!