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Ever had fondness for a property hit you like a ton of bricks?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sco5123, Jul 17, 2012.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    This recently happened with me and Flamingo.

    I have not been fond of the back areas where the concierge is, but so many goodies about it hit me like a ton of bricks. Dining, entertainment, pool, location, bars/lounges, room...I hated the Go room (based on pics alone) for so long but now I look at it and my eyes sparkle. Weird. I had a phase where rooms with the color brown in it got crossed off my interest...until I saw Gold Coast's brown room and fell for it. I guess then my eyes opened! :thumbsup:

    The same thing happened to me with Mandalay Bay except the prior issue with MB is that I had little knowledge of its existence. Now I avoid it because of the "kiddie" pool (which would have otherwise been a highlight for me) lol. Still an excellent, beautiful, Grade A property.

    Did you one day look up and see a property so differently...for the better?
     
  2. Thadeus

    Thadeus Low-Roller

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    Glad to hear it, hope it happens to me at Flamingo as I have my first trip scheduled in the fall.

    NYNY is my favorite, just fell in love with the atmosphere, the generally compact size, food options, bar/food options (minus Coyote Ugly). It is surrounded by other good resorts. Just for my trip with a VV I want to be closer to mid strip.
     
  3. xizor

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    I know what you mean. For me it was the Monte Carlo. After years of just being "that place with the naked statues out front", I actually spent some time in there about a year ago. Had a blast at the craps table, the lady in the gift shop went out of her way to help me find stuff, the Dragon Noodle staff being so friendly to a loner loser guy eating alone, and ending with some drunken karaoke. Now it is a must stop in for me every trip :peace:
     
  4. JessicaSarahS

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    I was like that with Monte Carlo. At first I shrugged it off because it looked older and I preferred Aria/Bellagio/MGM. But whenever I'd stay at Aria, I'd wind up spending nearly half of my time in Vegas playing at Monte Carlo. They have very attentive staff, their dealers always remember me, great selection of games and their casino is relatively quiet, even though it is busy. My kind of place. :thumbsup:
     
  5. ardee

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    Wynncore for us. From the minute we first set foot in the place it felt like home.
     
  6. smartone

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    Yep... for me, it's been the Hard Rock! I just feel really comfortable there, the staff treats me VERY well and I love the energy of the place. I know it gets little "love" from many of the posters here, but it suits me just fine.

    I like the off strip location, as it's easy in and out for me to go to my regular meetings during my visits. The valet guys always keep my vehicle right up front. I prefer the HRH Tower, but lately have staying in the pool-villas (Paradise Tower) with their own patio, fire pit and TV outside and of course, direct pool access. I rarely am in the Casino Tower cause even I don't like that much "energy".

    I'm primarily a bar VP player and though the payables are a little tighter than I'd prefer, my drink is NEVER EVER empty... in fact the first one is usually sitting at the machine as they see me walking up!!! I LOVE being a loyal and semi-regular customer!!!
     
  7. billduhcat

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    Love at 1st site = the 1st time my wife and I stayed @ Venetian, back in 2002-ish. I was wowed by both the room, and the property as a whole.
     
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  8. JillyFromPhilly

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    Yes - Palazzo. On our last trip.

    We'd always enjoyed it as Wynn's next-door neighbor when staying there - always usually ventured over at least once each trip for a meal & some shopping, but never really considered staying there - but won big there on day trips on our last two trips - and after getting a VIP tour of the facility & some of the suites from my host, we were totally sold on the place - and are now booked & looking forward to staying there next trip!
     
  9. ButterflyMtn

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    Can the whole strip or just being in Vegas if even downtown count? I feel at peace there whenever I go, just relaxed and just me...:peace:
     
  10. xmarksx

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    Back when it was a newer property, my wife and I stayed at Rio. I know it does not seem it, now, but it was a great property. Sand bottom pool with zero entry, really nice rooms, great places to eat, reasonable rates. We loved it.
     
  11. heatherlovesvegas

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    Oh yea! For me right now it's Trump and Vdara, I used to always say "blah blah, they don't have any restaurants!! or a casino! why would I wanna stay there?"

    But, I've stayed at both now, and Oh my gosh, SPECTACULAR experiences at both. I mean come on nearly 1000 sqft rooms, fantastic views, easy in and out, the staff recognizes you. Truly great experiences. The trump has 2 full bathrooms with 2 showers, lifesaver if you have more than 1 girl.

    Besides, I always drive and I always end up at a million different places eating at specific restaurants and gambling and shopping at certain places, I realized it didn't really matter if my specific hotel had the most amenities. But these hotels with their huge rooms and great views really made me feel special to stay in a huge reasonably priced suite.

    Also I have an odd love affair with Mandalay Bay. I love it! I don't really know why that place specifically considering there are definitely more impressive properties.
     
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    What xmarksx said!!!
    The Rio was my spot also before the clowns from Harrahs trashed the place.

    Now I'm all about Aria.Sky Suites got me on my last trip.
     
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    The New Frontier. Seriously. I always just walked through the crummy casino but one day I wandered back to the hotel and was blown away by how nice the hotel area was. I knew it was low budget but always thought the hotel would be horrible just based on the casino. So I planned to stay there on my next trip. A short time later...

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  14. PSM

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    I wouldn't say it hit me like a ton of bricks...more like quad aces with a deuce kicker at Excalibur. :thumbsup:

    But seriously, it was the first morning of a 6-night trip with my uncle to relax and cheer up after my ex of 5 years and I broke up, and I was already up a little bit financially from the previous night when we got there.

    We wanted to play poker that first morning but there was only one seat left, so I let my uncle take it and I went off to hit the VP machines (still fairly new to gambling and my 3rd trip to Vegas). I dropped a $20 in and hit quad aces with the kicker about $10 into playing, which paid for my flight and my half of the room, plus some more spending/playing money.

    The whole trip continued to go well with me up a little more every day, so ever since that trip, Excalibur has held a special place for me. We were also pleasantly surprised with the quality of our Widescreen View room, so that was a bonus.
     
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    Pretty much every trip I've taken was like that... even my first trip where I stayed at the Imperial Palace :)
     
  16. Dean Martin

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    Yes....Encore. The first time we went over there (from the Mirage) I thought it was way TOO much red and had funny looking chandeliers that looked like crab legs:poke:

    Our next trip we stayed at Wynn but ended up spending more and more time over at Encore. Now I love the place and it feels so warm and welcoming when we arrive....like Ardee said, it feels like you're home when you walk in the door:licklips:
     
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    The MGM, although I could seriously do without the huge "Reno" project going on right now! However this property has something for everyone i.e. From the low roller, mid-level roller, to the high roller, from the very young to the older generation, from the gambling, to the pool, the shows/entertainment, from fine dining to cheap eats, it's clean, along with the MGM being in an excellent location.
     
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    Ditto......I never spent much time there when V/P was still showering me in comps. Once my V/P comps stopped, I spent a really fun afternoon gambling at Wynn, received my first comped offer from them shortly after and have been staying there regularly since on comps. Love the place now.....I did most of my gambling at Wynncore during my June trip.
     
  19. worldtraveler661

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    PH did that to me in 2010-2011. It was my favorite spot. I stayed at PH at total of probably 45 days within those 24 months. LOL.

    I've gotten over PH for the meantime though. I've spread my stay between Aria, Cosmo and Encore. None of those have become a "total package" so far. I think Cosmo may become one but the rates arent that great there yet compared to Aria.
     
  20. DMSCR

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    First time I stepped into the Wynn which was October 2007 for a walk thru visit. I was like I am definitely going to have stay here the next time. Totally mesmerized by the place. I was staying at The Signature MGM at the time with co-workers and it was my first ever trip to Vegas. Love the bac tables at the Encore. First time I play there never felt so relaxed and the dealers were great to interact with.

    The baccarat tables at MGM Grand. First time I stepped into that area I was surprised as everyone is calm, cooperative and not annoying like the ones I ran into at Foxwoods and other East Coast casinos.
     
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