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First Vegas trip - Bellagio

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by mlsoregonhills, Jul 22, 2013.

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  1. mlsoregonhills

    mlsoregonhills Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Hi everyone. Made it to Vegas for my first visit 7/14-7/17. Flew from Portland, Oregon to LAS on Southwest, simple and quick. I had a vacation package, which I thought was a good deal.

    Arrived at LAS around 2pm, and waited on my traveling companion, J, to fly in from the Midwest. I had a Presidential limo booked to pick us up at her arrival. Her flight was an hour late, and by the time her baggage arrived, we'd eaten up 40 min off the limo time. I thought that was a bit crappy. But, the driver Wilson was super cool, and got us to the liquor store as well as the hotel without any gripes. Kudos to him. Return trip Presidential driver was Gabor, very nice young man. Won't do the stretch limo again, just too much for me. I think a taxi will be fine the next trip.

    Bellagio is beautiful. I'm glad we stayed there. Waited 20 min to check in, and was not able to upgrade. Offered $60, but she politely told me to ask the next day. That's ok, I thought the resort room was just fine. Nice beds!

    My traveling companion does not gamble. When I say I'm not a gambler, I mean that I do enjoy gambling, but I don't spend a lot of money on it. I also enjoy watching people at the tables, but she had no interest at all. So, I didn't get to do any gambling except some bar top BJ. That's ok, gives me more reason to go back. lol Husband was very surprised I came home with 30% of my spending money left. Damn that no gambling!

    We did a lot of dining. Yellowtail the first night, Julian Serrano (Aria), Olives, Noodles, and in-room breakfasts. They have very good coffee at Bellagio. Their breakfast burrito is delicious, lol.

    Spent Tues at the Spa, love their facilities. Did not visit the pool at all, was too hot for me. Actually, only went outside to take the tram to Aria; next night took taxi over to MGM Grand, then back to Monte Carlo. The only bad experience happened at MGM -- a bartender derided me when I asked for a Mojito, telling me no one drinks them anymore. Peckerwood went on and on about how only Europeans order those, mint was disgusting, etc. I asked him if he thought anyone would mind if I drank a Margarita - we drank up and left. :Þ

    Went over to Monte Carlo and I played some .25 bar top BJ, until my friend got bored sitting there. Then back to Bellagio, for their terrible $1 BJ, which didn't even have split or double down. :rolleyes2:

    (On my first play, I'd stared with a $50 in the machine. I wasn't paying attention and hit max bet, which was $50. Lucky for me, I got a BJ -- I was so happy! Until I realized those machines only pay 2 to 1. Whatever. Down to $2.50/bet after that. :eek: )

    Asked for a late check out on Wed, stayed until 5pm for extra charge. Limo picked me up at 5:45, got to LAS early, and then sat around, hung over, thinking I'll never come back here again!!! Spent all day Thursday recuperating. Friday I was awake and excited to tell hubby all the fun I had.

    Basically, it was a very laid back trip. A simple girl's getaway. I had a great time, although I was hung over Wed from my 5 drinks on Tues. LOL I am not a drinker. Each night I had about 4 drinks, as well as cigarettes, which I do not indulge in at home. I'm a fairly healthy person, but my body was feeling about 65 instead of 45.

    Funny note to ladies: I was worried about my outfits. Oregon is very casual, so I wanted to step it up a bit. However, I realized that I was almost over dressed. I was worried for nothing,and could have dressed down. I saw plenty of bare midriffs leading people around. :)

    I would go back to Bellagio in a second. Every single person working there was polite and seemed genuinely happy with their jobs. No surly people at all.

    A week later, and I'm thinking of going again next year. I think for me, picking one resort and staying there is the way to go. I'm not interested in lots of taxi rides, walking, or sight-seeing. Next time, I'll make sure to travel with hubby, who enjoys gambling.

    :peace:
     
  2. robert m.

    robert m. High-Roller

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    Thank you for the very nice report!

    You sound like a good sport, and I bet that you will enjoy your next trip even more.

    I had to laugh about the mojito. Since I have never had one, I was thinking about getting one next trip.
    Guess I won't order one at the bar at the MGM! Haha!
     
  3. eloisegirl

    eloisegirl Low-Roller

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    We had a brief trek to Bellagio and thought it was very nice - staff was great. Bellinis were yummy, like peach slushies. Never travel with someone who does not gamble if you are a gambler; I always end up feeling like a degenerate in their eyes and it harshes the gambling buzz.
     
  4. Kickin

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    The max may have been well over $50 but that's all you had in the machine. The first time I ever saw video blackjack I threw in $100 out of curiosity. It said it was a $5 game and I never played any slots/vp so didn't really think in terms of credits and just hit max-bet thinking that's what I was supposed to do. I kept doing it for a few hands and winning until I realized I was up to $800, I had no idea I was betting $100, $200, $400. So the max was at least $400 or more.

    By the way blackjack doesn't pay 2 to 1 on those machines (that would be great), it pays 2 FOR 1....which is just a bullshit sneaky way to say even money.
     
  5. LV_Bound

    LV_Bound VIP Whale

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    If you have only 30% of your bank roll it sounds like you still got in a decent amount of gambling.

    It would be hard going to Vegas with someone who doesn't gamble. I can see why you are so eager to return.

    Taking a limo from the airport and cab to the airport is the way we roll which matches the Vegas theme. Basically you arrive in style (limo) and leave broke and in a dirty cab. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Dean Martin

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    Thanks for the TR:nworthy: That's exactly how we do Vegas....I hate wasting my vacation time in a stinky cab or hiking up and down the strip. We used to do that all the time when we were younger and first going to LV though so that's probably why we're pretty much over it now.

    I don't know if you recall the thread I started a while back but...Any thoughts on the casino music and vibe at Bellagio?
     
  7. breanna61

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    Have fun planning your next trip with your husband; sounds like you have he Vegas bug now!
     
  8. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    What a strange (and ignorant) bartender. Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. goldil

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    You'll have to include Fremont Street (downtown) in your next visit if you're more interested in gambling than in sight-seeing.
     
  10. lotso-bear

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    Glad to hear you had a good trip! :)
     
  11. clubsoda

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    Indeed. Usually when a bartender doesn't want to make a mojito they'll just tell you that they are out of mint.
     
  12. higgiel

    higgiel Low-Roller

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    I would not plan a Vegas trip with a non-gambler, unless they were satisfied to sit at the pool while I played in the casino.

    I hope you didn't tip that stupid bartender.

    Many years ago I did that "max bet" thing at a casino in Germany and it was all the credits (=/- $50) and I didn't hit anything. :eek: Very disturbing. You are lucky you hit.

    Thanks for the trip report and enjoy planning your next trip. :wave:
     
  13. billyinpg

    billyinpg Low-Roller

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    Awesome TR. We too did the Presidential limo on 7/14 and also had Wilson as our driver.

    Funny story regarding that.

    I set the limo up as a surprise for my girlfriend and was at the baggage claim at LAS looking for the driver holding the sign. I saw him and tried to keep myself between him and her so she couldn't see my name on the sign. I guess I didn't do a good enough job because she did see him and the sign with my name on it. I took a couple of big steps forward to meet him just as she made a grab for my arm. It also was trippy for her as her last name is .........you guessed it Wilson.

    She wanted to tell me that there was some guy on our flight with the same name as me.:evillaugh: She was blown away with the champagne and the rose, I almost thought Wilson was get a hug for that LOL. She's already told me that we will be requesting Wilson on future trips as she liked the eye candy. :eek:
     
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