Just got back from a great trip yesterday and talking about planning our next trip already! Thought I would write up what I'm sure will end up being a pretty long trip report to share. Background: This was our third trip this year. I had never been before our first trip in March and my GF had been a few times before. We are both in our early thirties and our focus is on trying to get alcohol poisoning, drinking a lot, eating good food, floating our livers in whiskey, drinking a lot and gambling. We play mostly penny or quarter slots, a fair amount of roulette and I usually try to play poker once each trip if time allows. On our previous trips we had stayed at the Cosmo in a Terrace One Bedroom with fountain view and a split between the GN and Pallazzo. This trip was split between three hotels. We booked our first two nights at the Cosmo in a wraparound suite using the awesome Cyber Monday special. This included two nights in a Wraparound suite and $500 f&b credit for $500. We weren't originally planning on staying at Cosmo but couldn't pass up the deal. After that we checked into the Flamingo for the next four nights in a GO deluxe room. We also double booked for Saturday night in a new room at The D downtown. So here it goes! WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5TH Our flights went smoothly enough, although long and we arrived in Vegas at about 1pm. We didn't check any bags so it was straight out the doors and into the cab line. The weather was perfect for the GF and a little warm for me but still very nice. We got a cab almost right away and made our way to the Cosmo. I told the driver, who was an mid-twenties stoner type to please not tunnel us. He said lots of other drivers did that but he just "didn't get down like that". Our fare ended up being about $17 door to door. We tipped him a five and made our way in. The check in line was fairly long and we waited quite a bit. We were hoping to get a certain check in clerk, a younger guy, and luckily we got the one we were hoping for. Some of the others looked pretty mean.... On our first trip I had tried the $20 trick and we were upgraded to fountain view with early check in. I neglected to try it this time for some reason. He offered us fountain view for $30 a night but for some odd reason we neglected to take him up on this. We were just too tired from our flights and our brains weren't working properly. He did give us what we requested though aside from fountain view. I wanted a southeast facing room in the east tower and he obliged. It was only 31st floor but still high enough for some nice views. I believe it was what they call an "82" series room. Here are a couple pics of the view and room We were really excited to see the suite at this point and hurried up to it. It's a pretty impressive entrance and upon walking in we were definitely excited. I checked out the balcony right away and the GF did her obligatory bed bug check. I wasn't sure what hotel we would switch to if she found any! Unfortunately this is where our good experience at Cosmo comes to an end for the most part. After our initial check of the room and balcony we started to notice how dirty the room was. There were crumbs on the floor, stains and marks nearly everywhere and even crumbs on the bed! The bed was freshly made and the room appeared to have been turned over but it was just not in very good shape. If I had paid the $400+ a night they normally get for this room I would have been PISSED. I cant imagine paying the $1000+ they ask on some weekends. It's not worth it, especially if they cant even run a vacuum over the carpet. We considered going down and asking for a switch but we had already been in line for 30 minutes or so, on planes for nearly eight hours and just didn't want to spend anymore time screwing around. I cracked open a nip of 18 year old Glenlivet and smoked a cig on the balcony instead. After hanging out for a few we hit up the Walgreens for some vodka for her, Buffalo Trace bourbon for me and some waters for drinking. The prices on booze seemed quite a bit better than at the ABC store. We also stopped for some perfectly serviceable sandwiches at Earl Of Sandwich. One of the best deals on food on the strip. We dropped our stuff off and went off to start wandering, whiskey and vodka in hand. We also had a $500 resort credit to use in basically a day and a half and we had to figure out what to do with it. We played some Clue, Wizard of OZ and some of our other favorite slots and shopped around restaurants, drinking at a moderate pace for most of the time I'm the more adventurous eater of the two of us and we had originally planned on playing it safe and trying Scarpetta. We had a bad experience at China Poblano on our first trip but for some reason just decided to give Jaleo a shot. So we're a little buzzed at this point but pretty hungry again and decide to go put on something nicer than sweats for our dinner. JALEO The food was fantastic. The best meal I have ever had. I couldnt believe how well prepared the food was, the ingredients were superior and the flavors just perfect. We had: -Jamon serrano -Bread with tomatoes and manchego cheese -Brussels sprouts with grapes, apple and ham -Chicken croquettes -Potato wrapped fried chorizo -Iberico pork ribs -Cod loin with basque sauce and grapefruit -Skirt steak with piquillo pepper The highlights were, honestly, all of it. GF had Sangria and I had a whiskey drink. We figured we had ran up about half of our resort credit and were completely satisfied with that amount. He brought the bill over and it was only $165. Win! Afterwards we walked down to Bills, possibly our favorite place on the strip (RIP). We played slots, roulette and got plenty more drinks. We eventually made our way up as far as the Mirage. We stopped all along the way playing slots and roulette. Neither one of us lost or won very much overall but it was a great first day! We returned to our room fairly lit up with large chunks of our daily budget left over and ready for sleep Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to come soon!