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First trip in 5 years; 5/11 - 5/17

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by cphllps, May 18, 2014.

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  1. cphllps

    cphllps High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    We used to go to Vegas twice a year until the bottom fell out from under us in July 2009. Well this year we were finally able to go again.

    We got 5 nights comped trough our Total Rewards (CET) and opted to stay at Bally's this trip as our favorite Paris couldn't comp as many nights.

    DAY 1: We flew out on Soutwest from Flint, MI (excellent choice) and arrived Sunday the 11th around 5:30 PST. Having gotten the Total Rewards Visa we were doing this trip as first time Platinum members and proceeded to the Platinum check in line. As DH (husband) is the member I had schooled him on the $20 trick and we were able to upgrade to a Junior Suite with refrigerator in the older tower as the Jubilee tower was full. We had a view of The High Roller along Flamingo, Room 1909.

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    We went to our room and then headed for the Le Café Ile St. Louis at Paris for dinner (our favorite in Vegas). After dinner we headed out to procure a 12 pack of Pepsi for DH and came across the new Walgreen's next to PH, what a busy place. I think we may have hit the casino at Paris for a bit then headed up to the room trying to stay up until 11 PM Vegas time. Coming from EST that first night is always the hardest.

    Day 2: Breakfast at Le Café Ile St. Louis for the two of us. After breakfast we played a bit in the Paris casino. This day was probably the most fun I have had in Vegas at the slots as it seemed I could do no wrong. I was hitting jackpots, fairly good sized all day. After an hour or so we decided to check out City Center since we had been watching it being built but missed the opening. First up was The Cosmopolitan. What a gorgeous casino. Signed up for their rewards card and I hit a few slots and one paid out nicely. DH decided not to play as he was liking the $5 Three Card Poker tables at the CET properties. Next we walked back to Aria through Crystals. Another beautiful area, loved the details, like the floral peacock.
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    Had lunch at the Aria Cafe, the stone walls were interesting. The food was decent. From here we decided to head to NYNY. The strip feels so much more connected and everything closer together with the completion of City Center and the new things built in front of Monte Carlo. On to Tropicana to check out it's renovation and they did a really good job, it felt fresh even with the low ceilings. Time to head back to our hotel with a few stops along the way for a bit of shopping for a forgotten item. After changing for the evening we decided to head over to check out the LINQ and then onto Caesar's as DH likes to play there, me not so much as their slots are limited and the variety lacking. After a long day and tired feet we returned to out hotel and we were both so amazed at all the changes and thrilled to be back.

    DAY 3: The day my trip home will become a little more difficult.

    Spent the morning close to the hotel as I was meeting a friend who lives in Vegas for lunch. After lunch as Burger Brassiere, loved the French Onion Burger and the Onion Rings dusted with Cheetos Powder, I tracked down my DH at Harrah's. After a day of travelling and a day of walking the strip I decided it was time to hit the pool for a little sun and relaxation. After having lived through the worst winter in history in metro Detroit, I feel that this was well earned. The pool was just what I needed to rejuvenate from the horrible winter that was. After spending an hour or so, I decided not to overdue it in the sun on the first day and headed back to the room to get ready for the evening. We had a Groupon for Spice Market and decided that was were we would head to dinner, but not before hitting the casino floor at Paris first for a bit of fun and games. We head over to PHo and enjoyed the perk of the Platinum Level line and were seated rather quickly in a booth where it was awkward getting in and out and my feet didn't touch the floor. While in Vegas I usually use a crossbody bag and at one point I took it off and set it on the seat next to me. When I got up to go back to the buffet and went to pick up my purse I noticed that my TR card was on the seat. I didn't think too much about it and just picked it up, put it back in it's slot and zipped up the bag. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the buffet this trip. As it was our daughter's birthday I decided to try the cannoli cupcake, which was not good. The meatball, breadstick and sauce were a much better dessert. After dinner we headed north on the strip and stopped in The Cromwell to check it out. I wanted to play 13 on roulette as our daughter was born on Friday the 13th so we played there. 13 didn't hit but I won about $70 on 3 bets. :) From there we ventured down to Harrah's where I checked out their slots and DH hit the Three Card Poker table. After I expended my allotment of cash for the day on the slots, I checked out the dueling piano guys while waiting for DH to finish his play. It was then back to the hotel. I was going up to the room but DH wanted to play at Paris awhile longer so DH asked if I had my key. Knowing I had put it in my purse along with my Driver's License and TR card when we left the room I said yes, but when I started looking for it I didn't have my license or room key, which as in the tyvek sleeve in which my license is kept since it is an enhanced license (meaning I can travel by car or boat to foreign countries, such as Canada, without a passport). We think that my license had also slipped out of my purse when I noticed the TR card, but I didn't think to look to make sure everything else was where it should be. Well DH never did get to play more that night as he took of the PHo to see if he could find the license, but it was gone never to be found while we were there. We figure someone just swept it up into their dustpan and just dumped it in the trash never looking to see if anything of value had been swept up.

    To be continued......
     
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  2. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    Glad you were able to make it back to Vegas! Thank you for sharin' the trip with us...
     
  3. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Wow....lots of changes during your 5 years away. Really looking forward to hearing more about your trip!
     
  4. carrie_dave_and_cody

    carrie_dave_and_cody Low-Roller

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    My husband and I went 10 years between visits before our visit last year. It is amazing how fast things change, I can't wait for our next visit in July!!! I can't wait to read the rest of you trip report.
     
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