This is our annual trip with Mom to Vegas, my brother and I (mid 40’s) take her every year. As usual we had a blast. Last year we stayed at Bill’s, it was good, but just too much walking for mom down on the strip. Besides the walking, we found ourselves missing downtown, we just like the gambling down there better, but in May, there has to be a pool in play. I like the Golden Nugget, but there is something about paying for a deck chair, or fighting for a decent spot at the pool that bugs me. So, all things considered, we decided to go with the recently remodeled Plaza. 5/12 (Saturday) Flight down on Alaska Air, no problems; pick up a mid-size car from Alamo ($50 for 3 days, crazy good deal, always keep checking your rates!) and head for the Albertsons out on Eastern for supplies. Decide we need a late lunch/early dinner and it just so happens that a place I have always wanted to try, Capricotti’s Sandwich Shop is right there. My mom and I really liked it, but my brother was not as impressed, as he doesn’t like having the cole slaw on the sandwich. Get our supplies, and it is off to the Plaza. Here is my Plaza review: The Plaza with its remodel has become one of the best places to stay in Downtown Las Vegas. Check in (and check out) was easy, our room was clean and comfortable, and every step of the way the staff was friendly and helpful. The bathrooms are still small, and the pool deck area (which has a ton of potential as it overlooks downtown and is huge) is a bit run down. A decent gym, a fun casino, and a Hash House a Go Go. If you are looking for an inexpensive room in the heart of the downtown action, the Plaza is an outstanding option. I will be back. I forgot to mention in the review that on the positive side, they have a free safe in the room, but an odd negative, the soap they give you is the size of a large button, it’s tiny! Not a big deal, just strange. Check in was no problem, however one of our 2 rooms was not clean upon arrival, so it took about an hour to get that sorted out. We were in the south tower, very quiet save the occasional train. Finally around 8p, we are off to gamble, spend the evening at the Golden Gate playing craps and blackjack (mom on the slots), and some at the Plaza, but to us, there isn’t a better place to gamble than the Gate. 5/13 (Sunday) Mom is off to play the slots, so my brother and I head to the pool. Again, the pool area is not fancy, but there is a great view of downtown from there, the water in the pool is wet, and the sun is plentiful (if you are a shade lover, bring your own, there is none). I like it, it works for us. We have late breakfast/lunch at Du Pars on a food comp, great pancakes, good service. Do some afternoon gambling and then back to the room for a break before an evening out. We are trying to figure out what to do for Mother’s Day dinner, last year we went to the Pasta Pirate, which is awesome, but we wanted to do something different. Mom says she would like to go to the Buffet at the Main Street Station, which is always a decent call, but we get over there and the line is super long. How about the 777? Yeah, not exactly the perfect call for a mother’s day, but better than waiting almost an hour for a buffet. As usual, the 777 does not disappoint, everybody loves what they got (Chicken Strips, Ribs and Fish & Chips I think), and I have never had a bad meal there. Then, like a broken record, we are back out to the Plaza and the Golden Gate having a great time gambling the night away. 5/14 (Monday) More pool time (oh yeah, beware the astroturf on the deck at the Plaza pool, it will attempt to give your feet 3rd degree burns if you let it!) and some lunch form the just opened Pop Up Pizza. Decent pie, nothing amazing, but a good quick slice it that’s what you are looking for. We poke around downtown a bit more and debate a show. Carrot Top (always great), Penn & Teller? A production show? Mom gets to make the call, and since we are all doing well on the gambling front, she doesn’t want to spend most of the last evening on the trip in a showroom, so we settle on the 4pm Pet Comedy Magic somethingrather show in the Miracle Mile V theater at Planet Hollywood. It’s a bit over an hour, and it has its fun moments. I wouldn’t do it again, unless I had my kids with me, but I didn’t think it was a waste of time, just a cute little show. So now, dinner, we decide to go somewhere that I should have been to already, but amazingly enough, even with 30 visits to Vegas, never had been. The Peppermill! And I know it’s going to be blasphemous for this forum, but we weren’t overly impressed. The food was decent, but kind of pricy for what you get IMHO. I did peek in to the lounge, it is pretty cool in there, and I am glad I finally made it into the place, but not the great experience I expected. Perhaps a product of expectations? Anyway, head back downtown, and yup, you guessed it, back to the tables at the Golden Gate. 5/15 (Tuesday) Our flight isn’t until 4p, so one more quick run to the pool, and mom hits the slots one last time and hits a $300 jackpot playing quarters! For us low rollers this is huge! Check out of the Plaza (no line, no problems, they even knocked some $ off my mom’s room for her play, she played at the Plaza much more than my brother and I), and then a late breakfast/early lunch at Du Par’s (on another food comp). I really want to try something different, but darn it, I never eat pancakes, and these are the best I have ever had, so I have to get them again (with a side of bacon). Back to the airport, fly back home, no problems. Another great trip. If you have any further questions, feel free to fire away.