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Beau Rivage Trip Report (April 13-16)

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by AllieWhitt, Apr 21, 2016.

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  1. AllieWhitt

    AllieWhitt Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Loved Beau Rivage and looking forward to going back again.

    Left St. Louis via Sun Country about 10:00 am and arrived in Biloxi about noon. The seats on Sun Country seem even smaller than Southwest, but hubby and I had aisle seats across from each other so we had a little extra leg room. Free drinks (alcohol) is served on the departing flight, but not on the returning flight (only soft drinks). Heard from a previous person that games were played on the departing flight, but not on ours. Once we arrived at the Biloxi airport, busses are waiting to shuttle you to the resort. Took about 1/2 hour from airport to Beau Rivage. The resort is beautiful, and did remind me of Bellagio without the fountain, of course. :)

    There is a special check in for those of us arriving on the junket. You room number is already assigned and they present you with an envelope containing your keys, player's cards, and info about your stay. We were on the 15th floor facing the Mississippi and there was a pier where you could walk out from. We did not do this as the weather was cool and rainy all three days. We did not step foot out of hotel the entire three days. We ate at the cafe and buffet for most of our meals and the little deli-like place off the casino floor. Most of our meals were comped. The buffet was very good and when they have seafood night....they have seafood night. There were fried and peel-n-eat shrimp, crablegs, mussels, oysters, clams, various types of fish, scallops, seafood etouffee', crawfish. If you are a seafood lover, you would not be disappointed. The buffet has a nice variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The wait staff was very nice and did seem to show "southern hospitality". I liked that.

    The rooms were very pretty and on the large size compared to what I have had in Vegas. And this was just a regular room, I imagine the suites are outstanding. We did not spend too much time in our room as we were only going to be there for three days. The casino was nice and I really like they have a separate mini casino exclusively for non-smokers. Nice selection of machines in there too. My hubby and I are really sensitive to smoke, so we try to always carry the paper masks in case we are near smokers or smell smoke. We are not the "snooty" type of non-smokers, we just wear our masks when necessary. I liked both non-smoking and regular casino and spent more time (and won more $$$$) in the regular one. Great variety of machines with a mix of the old and newer slots. The only drawback was they did not have any Wild Panda (old ones) machines. We love those and have had great wins on them. We did see a couple of jackpots and people were winning on the slots, so that at least gave us hope. Overall, we played mostly on their money, and only spent about $300.00 of our own. I was given $200.00 in FP and an extra $40 for reimbursement of the $40 we paid for the flight. Hubby received $40 FP as reimbursement for his airfare. Pretty good deal in my opinion.

    There are other casinos in the area: Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, IP, and some others I don't remember and there is a shuttle that will take you them for something like $3-5 bucks. We did not do this as the weather was rainy, cloudy and cool, but looking forward to doing this next time. Someone mentioned earning points is slower at Beau Rivage than in Vegas, but we played enough where I am only 1,700 away from Gold after being about 12,000 pre-trip.

    Same procedure for returning, bellman picks up your bag from you room and you do not see it again until you land (unless you prefer to carry it with you). I really enjoyed this little junket and will take them up on it if offered again. Hope you enjoyed my mini trip report.

    AllieWhitt
     
  2. kleland

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    Sounds like a great trip. We did this junket in January and had a great time. It is a shame the host on the flight didn't play the games, it is a fun way to start and end the trip. I did enjoy the buffet while we there and I like having that little snack bar on the casino floor with drinks that are refilled free throughout the day. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. mafig

    mafig Tourist

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    Thank you for your review. We love Biloxi too and the Beau is our favorite casino.

    I don't think it's on the Mississippi though. That was the Gulf of Mexico you were seeing.
     
  4. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    That's right. Tunica and Vicksburg are Mississippi gaming destinations along on the Mississippi river, but not Biloxi.

    Glad you had a good time Allie!
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    We have been there many times. Rooms are very nice. Suites have an extra sitting room. Nice, but not "grand". We always enjoy the nicer dining options. On the expensive side, but not so bad if using Express Comps for the more degenerate among us. Great pool area if you have time.

    Really, it is among our favorite places to visit.
     
  6. sammowhammo

    sammowhammo VIP Whale

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    Those Junkets are really nice! Last time we did a "drive-by" (stayed one night while driving from Texas to the east coast) they gave my daughter a panoramic room - that was nice.
    The Beau is my favorite MGM property for exactly what you said - Southern Hospitality.
    I hope the crew on your next flight plays the bag of money - it is fun - and I won the $10 bag of money once :thumbsup:
    Nice TR Allie
     
  7. TDB Aces

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    The Beau Rivage is my favorite casino property. I've been on these trips many times and they are great. I hope to go again this fall.
     
  8. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl Low-Roller

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    I also have been on many of these trips, and in fact I am leaving the 27th of April for another. Too bad you didn't get to some more casinos. The Hard Rock is a short walk next door and very nice too.
    The shuttle you described is called the Hopper and those who have Medicare cards can ride for about 75 cents or a dollar per trip. It takes you to all the Biloxi casinos with possibly one exception.
    Glad to hear you left some casino money for me too. :eek:
     
  9. leo21

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    Thanks for mentioning the Hopper. Between that and the fact that the Beau has a rental counter, it looks like there are options to get around.
     
  10. AllieWhitt

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    I just received another invite to Beau May 25-28, but won't be able to take advantage of it. Have a family reunion in KC in July, and am planning for that. Maybe if they offer another one sometme in August, I may be able to go. Planning a trip to Vegas first week in October for my birthday....so I shall have to wait and see how things go.

    AllieWhitt
     
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