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Downtown Observations

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by marv, Aug 31, 2014.

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  1. marv

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    We just came back from a Sun through Friday trip (Sept 24th to 29th). Here are some thoughts on downtown places. Comments are coming for a sixty-some guy, so….
    This really isn’t a trip report so I am putting it in downtown hotels thread and if it doesn’t belong here , I’m sure it will be moved.
    We have stayed downtown probably 15 or 20 times over the years at 4 or 5 casinos, however haven’t been in Vegas since 2006 or 2007.

    Stayed at the Nugget –
    Checked in on a Sunday at about 7PM took all of about 5 minutes. North Tower room (Gold Tower) was clean, close to the elevator and a lower floor, all we could ask for. Staff was friendly.
    Table games the dealers friendly, at crap tables I think the stick guys, dealers etc are instructed not to interact with customers unless needed. $5 games early turned to $10 plus in afternoon.
    Slots better than I remember at the Nugget. No massive winning but they allowed you to play awhile.
    Drink service in the casino was good.
    Ate at the Buffet a number of times, food was fine however selection was less than I recall from other trips. They have great Ham for breakfast and brunch.

    Fremont –
    Dealers were friendly. Games $3 early turned to $5 - $10 plus in afternoon.
    Slots OK, not bad not good.
    Drink service in the casino was good.
    Ate at the Dinner Buffet a couple time and the food was fresh, tasted good and price was right. Prime Rib was good.

    California –
    Vibrations good, slots and table ok. Friendly staff and friendly dealers.
    Dealers were friendly. Games $5 early turned to $10 plus in afternoon.
    Market Street Prime Rib dinner is very good and the wait staff was great. Don’t recall what the wife had but she liked it.

    MSS –
    Dealers were friendly. Games $5 early turned to $10 plus in afternoon.
    Vibrations good, slots and table ok. Friendly staff and friendly dealers.
    Our next trip we will probably stay at MSS or California

    The Grand –
    Went noon’ish on Wednesday or Thursday.
    Clean nice casino…with no players. There were tables open without players. Few slot players.
    I have no opinion other than with customers I would think the place has potential.

    The D –
    Remember I am old. The music is way, way too loud in the main casino area and the young girls dancing, need dancing lessons.
    Second floor was great. Sigma Derby still running with people cheering on their selections. Slots real good and great drink service.
    The lower portion at the northeast corner of the casino, the music is ok. Service sucked on drinks but I won a bunch on the slots

    El Cortez –
    Spent a few hours, nothing bad or nothing remarkable.

    Binions –
    I still like playing here. Wife liked the poker room better than GN.
    Drink service fine.
    Was banned from shooting on the Crap table for a few rounds. My throw hit the mirror prior to hitting the back wall and they called that a no-no. I and the guy next to me were up a number of hundreds and if II recall Binions has a habit of be “disruptive” to winners.

    Four Queens –
    Still one of my favorites.
    Good overall place to spend a few bucks.

    Plaza –
    Ok overall, the piped in smell was slightly strong.

    Fremont Street –
    Don’t like much about Fremont Street. The light show is old, the overhead wire distracts and the “performers” suck big time. This is why we will probably be staying CAL or MSS next trip.

    If you have specific questions, let me know.
     
  2. northerngirl

    northerngirl Low-Roller

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    Agree with your observations. I have been staying downtown exclusively since the early 90's. Your comments are why we stay at the CAL and play 80 percent between the CAL and MSS.
     
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    Thank you for posting - good info!
     
  4. smartone

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    Yep... appreciate you taking the time to share a bit of the trip with us... Question: Curious, why a lower floor? I always request the highest floor available at any hotel I stay at... I think it's quieter up there. Though it sucked in Denver when I had to walk down the stairs during the fire-alarm!
     
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    "the young girls dancing, need dancing lessons".[​IMG] I love it!!!
     
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    Got to agree with The D's drink service. I think I had about 1 drink every 30-45 min, and the ones I got weren't that strong.
    As for the music, it wasn't that loud where I was at. Or maybe I just didn't notice it at the craps table.

    Hoping to hit up some of the other ones down there, like Golden Gate, and Freemont.
     
  7. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Marv, just for clarification, on the Boyd properties (Cal, MSS, Fremont) were the 5 dollar tables that turned to 10 dollars in the afternoon craps tables? They usually keep 2 tables at 5 dollars then open a third one at 10 dollars. It happens but very rarely will they make all the tables 10 dollar tables. (Last time this happened was the Golden Arm Tournament in April at the Cal).

    Thanks for your report. I too am "old" and don't care for the loud music at the D. I can tolerate it but my ears aren't like they used to be so I would have a hard time hearing the dealers. Other than that, the D looks like a cool place.

    The "young girls dancing, need dancing lessons" is spot on. I spilt my drink laughing at this!
     
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    Marv, just for clarification, on the Boyd properties (Cal, MSS, Fremont) were the 5 dollar tables that turned to 10 dollars in the afternoon craps tables? They usually keep 2 tables at 5 dollars then open a third one at 10 dollars. It happens but very rarely will they make all the tables 10 dollar tables. (Last time this happened was the Golden Arm Tournament in April at the Cal).

    Thie above statement from electroguy is something I meant to ask. We played between the CAL and MSS at the blackjack tables and, even on weekends, the majority of the tables were $5.00 minimum. Maybe the craps tables is what you are referring to?
     
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    I think you meant Aug. 24th to 29th?
     
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    $5 tables were available most or all the time at Boyd properties. Too much cut and pasting in my first post.
     
  11. marv

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    Yes, the trip was in August not September.

    Boyd properties had $5 table at all times, to much cut and paste in my original post.

    Noise is not a problem at any room in the GN that I have had. Wife likes lower floors as we happen to be at what was the old MGM, now Bally's (Directly south of Flamingo Road) the day after they had a major fire, back in the early 80's.
     
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    I always appreciate these type of "reflection" posts. Thanks for the update!
     
  13. Tree DA

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    Glad to hear the $5 tables remain intact at MSS. I'm staying there in a few months and the $5 tables and the microbrews are the main reasons why.
     
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    Here's to $5 craps !..........:drunk:
     
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    We were in LV staying elsewhere (the good ole Westward Ho) at the same time, just a couple of days before the fire. For many, many years after that we would not stay in a high- rise hotel. We stayed at Westward Ho, the 3-story buildings behind Circus Circus, Flamingo Garden Rooms, etc. Finally about 20 years ago I got brave enough to stay in a high-rise, but requested a lower room (as if jumping from the 4th floor was safer). Now we just take what we are given. Guess I finally put my big girl panties on!
     
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    He ain't kidding. I was in Vegas last weekend with a few guys for the opening weekend of college football. My buddy had never been downtown so naturally we had to show him around. The dancers at the D were young and having a good time, but god damn they could not dance.

    When we left downtown we went to the Hard Rock. The HRH go-go dancers were pulling off expert Cirque-esque moves on 12 foot stripper poles. NO CONTEST.
     
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    Nice report, Marv. You and I feel much the same way about the spots downtown, although I usually stay at 4Q. I am very tempted to move to MSS or Cal, but I don't get comped there...and I try and concentrate my play there as much as I can.

    I also agree that upstairs at the D is much better for most of us, ahem, more mature patrons.
     
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    I would enjoy the view much better in a high rise room, but this whole fire thing is not to be ignored. Climbing down from a 4th floor window (if you could even get the window open to begin with) would be much easier. Just the comforter to a desk, a bed sheet to the comforter, a fitted sheet to the bed sheet, and so on. You might have to make a few foot drop but you could escape relatively unharmed. Not so on the higher floors.



     
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    Thanks for the tip. I will brush up on my knot tying skills. BTW, I wish all windows opened. A little fresh air is always good.
     
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    If you need a room on a low floor, check out the Riviera's Monte Carlo "tower", I think it only has 4 floors. The rooms are not remarkable, but they were clean, decent sized, and the AC was good.
     
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