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Best Diamond Experience in Vegas?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by JR Swift, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. JR Swift

    JR Swift High-Roller

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    Curious what experienced individuals have to say about this. Obviously, if one has a strong history of play with a particular Total Rewards casino or a longstanding relationship with a particular host, it would color their experience but I am thinking more in a general sense. Obviously, the higher end properties such as Caesars or Cromwell would likely provide more amenities but are also likely to attract more Diamond players. On the other hand, the lower level properties like Harrahs or Rio would not be as appealing overall but might be more likely to value such players because they don't see as many. Have heard that complimentary upgrades are fairly common for Diamond players and would assume they would also be more available at a lower level property. Is that true? A separate check-in area is apparently available everywhere but do some properties offer a better experience? Most also have a Diamond Lounge but are some better than others and are some so popular that you would end up waiting for access? Diamond (even Platinum) seems to allow you to skip most lines but are there hotels where Diamond status gets you other perks that might be property specific.

    Just to be clear: I am aware that the quality of my room offers are going to be based almost exclusively on my ADT and not on my card status. I think I am also aware of most of the specific perks ($100 dinner, free monthly shows, etc.) that you get with Diamond status. I will also say that I am pretty indifferent to perks related to hotel spas or to the quality of the hotel's pools as I am not a pool or spa guy.

    Hope this doesn't come off as just another "What do I get for Diamond" thread as there have been several of those already this year. It is more along the lines of what property has seemed to most value your stay and your play. A bit vague but I know some of you will get what I mean. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. RHT27045

    RHT27045 Tourist

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    I just done a quick check for a room in October in Vegas. The only "suite" I could get was the Indigo Tower suite at Bally's for 5 days (comped). All other locations was just the normal room. I also tried it adding my wife's diamond status and received the same results. Only Diamond Lounge I been to in Vegas was at the Rio. And it was to get away from the casino floor with a few friends and have a couple drinks. We going to start staying at different CET properties in Vegas until we have visited them all so we will have a first hand experience at them and know our self which ones more suit our needs/wants.
     
  3. jgates8

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    For Diamond Lounges, I found the food at Harrahs to be the most complete. However, I enjoy the atmosphere at Paris most & then Caesars. Flamingo is probably the least 'classy' atmosphere - that being said I really liked it as it was bright and nice when I wanted to just sit & read my kindle while snacking. If I remember right, Rio had an outside view which was a nice surprise.

    I have only used Diamond check-in at 4 locations (Flamingo, Harrahs, Paris & Ballys). I actually like Ballys the best for some reason. Although I did stop at Rio once & they took my phone & charged it behind the counter for me - so that was nice of them.

    I think the complimentary upgrades might be a bit harder at times to get now with occupancy levels so high. I normally just book the room type I am happy with to start with. Last couple of trips I have been told the hotel was actually sold out. (I'm sure they have a few high roller rooms & emergency ones - but to general population they were sold out).
     
  4. JR Swift

    JR Swift High-Roller

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    Hey! Thanks for the feedback. I almost forgot that I had posted this thread since it didn't exactly light a fire under the board. :) Right now I am trying to decide between a Jubilee Tower room at Bally's and a Classic room at Paris. Thinking the room would be somewhat better at Bally's but that the overall hotel/resort experience would be better at Paris. Of course, since they are attached, I guess it doesn't matter that much. Since I will staying Monday through Friday, I am still hopeful for a comp upgrade. Other hotels I've considered are the RIo, since I've had a pretty good relationship with them for a number of years and the Linq, since I am very impressed with what they've done with that space and the videos I've seen of the rooms seem pretty cool. Will probably check on the the Lounges at most all of the casinos since I will be there for 4 nights and will share my impressions as a Diamond "newbie." Anyone else have any thoughts?
     
  5. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    If you can stretch your stay over two months - you get to double up the free show thing.

    Keep in mind that Diamond Lounges open at noon on Fri and Sat. 4 pm other days

    Other than that - nothing else for Diamonds
     
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    /End Thread...
    That's really all there is to say...We are "diamond" players, and can't even get a free night ANYWHERE
     
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    The Diamond perk that I like/use the most is the Diamond lounges. Caesar's lounge is nice, but there usually is a long line to get in. I like the lounge at Harrahs: Their buffet selection is usually good, not too crowded during the week and the bartenders Orhan and Robert are two great guys, lots of TV screens scattered about the place. The lounge at Pho has some nice big TV screens for watching ball games and the drink service is pretty good. The atmosphere at Paris lounge is very nice and relaxing. The Rio usually is never very busy, their buffet is kind of hit or miss. My least favorite place is the Flamingo lounge; the service and food are good, but it has no vibe or atmosphere.
     
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    I concur with everyone here--our opinions are very very similar regarding Diamond lounges. But I will never go to Flamingo again. Felt like a bad hospital cafeteria.
    I have also done diamond checkin at Caesars--once & the line was LOOOONG. Situational I'm sure. Caesars is also the only Diamond lounge where I have encountered a line--seems weekends about 4:30 (when the hot food comes out) encourage a line.

    Regarding Ballys Jubilee room vs. Paris classic there is NOOOO contest--go Ballys. MUCH nicer, bigger room. Just be sure to ask for a QUIET room...nightclub noise can be an issue.

    Tim--I do not understand why you cannot get a free room. (especially since by play DH & I are gold; I am diamond due to Founders Card & we have gotten free rooms, even at Caesars, for years)
    Do you check the TR calendar when booking? I get VERY few email offerings for free rooms, nor do many show up in my offers on the TR site. But when I use the regular booking feature, or look at flexible dates, we are comped most Sun-Thurs nights at several properties, sometimes weekend nights.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Wow. Are you looking at offers or just logging in and trying to get a room? Weekends or weekdays?
     
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    Abuse plain and simple...we originally did DIAD, losing $1500..got back $3000 in freeplay..sucked it out as $2800 cash...booked a shit ton of free rooms everywhere, never really played after that until this April..where we've put in six 1000TC ($300 theo) days...We're still on the "naughty" list...but it's all good...it was our own fault..I'll fix my ADT with a reset next year.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Not sure if on a list, but you surely killed your ADT, which puts you in the wrong "bucket" for sure. Not sure how far back they go, but I have heard the magic number is the average of the last six "visits". And of course, just about anything you do in or near the casino will cause a "visit". Pretty sure if you stand in front of Paris Hotel with your card in your pocket,it will trigger a "visit" and add another no-play day into your average.
     
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    Ohh there's a list...and a couple people I know are on it.
    Like I said, I'm gonna reboot my ADT next year, so that should fix it.
     
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    When does the ADT reset? I think I've gotten myself on this list as well lol
    i only have 1 or 2 comp offers now, whereas I used to see 5-6. Anyway I've moved to Cosmo for now :D
     
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    ADT itself does not reset. It is generally an ongoing/rolling average. So, if you had a few low/no play visits... you would need 6 good visits to get them out of the mix.

    Also... I have noticed that a certain point they figure you are going to visit no matter what the offer. Or so it seems.
     
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    Bally's Jubilee is indeed superior to the basic room at Paris, plus I find their tower much more accessible to the strip (go into the casino and it's literally a 1 minute walk to the back right if coming down the escalators). To address Tim's point- I'm only Platinum and get rooms at Ballys for example, any day (normally 3 days is all I ask) that isn't a major holiday/event throughout the year so that's strange.
     
  16. JR Swift

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    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. I decided that my best option for this trip was Bally's. They were willing to comp 4 nights in the Jubilee Tower with a Strip View. Based on most everything I've seen, this was my best choice. Funny but I just realized two things: I haven't stayed Center Strip on any of my solo trips ever and I haven't had a comped room anywhere on the Strip for almost 20 years. Should be interesting. Between Southwest Airlines, the Orleans and Bally's, the whole trip is free and, with over $300 in Reward credits, I should be able to eat well. Thinking I'm going to use my free show voucher for Penn & Teller, assuming it is available in September.