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I did not love Vegas my first visit

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sco5123, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    Was this the case for anyone else? Did Vegas have to grow on you...before you established a strong love for it?
     
  2. JWBlue

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    I have to say, that is strange.

    Especially for a vegas junkie. I would be surprised if anyone else on this board answered yes to that.
     
  3. smartone

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    Not me... I love a party atmosphere and Vegas was the mecca for that the first time I went there and every time since.
     
  4. Oskee2001

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    Yeah for me it was pretty much a love at first sight type of thing. My first time in I landed at night and got the landing approach that follows the strip. The view is jaw-dropping!
     
  5. bswim

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    Being able to wander the strip people watching while drunk with drink in hand? I'd found heaven!! :beer:
     
  6. bswim

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    I guess it would depend on one's first trip. We arrived late (around midnight) I walked out the strip side of the MGM and there was NYNY all lit up. Was almost magical....... :nworthy:
     
  7. thecarve

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    I didn’t love Vegas on my first trip either. I had fun – don’t get me wrong. But I was a very broke college kid and I didn’t have all the interweb resources we have today that can help you navigate LV on a tight budget.

    If I were 21 today (if only…sigh:cry:) and making my first trip on a similar budget, I’m sure I would have had a much better experience.
     
  8. LolaDoggie

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    It can happen. At least you gave it another chance with an open mind. My husband liked our first trip fine. It wasn't until this past trip that he turned into a Vegas Monster.
     
  9. Sonya

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    The first time I was in Vegas, I was passing through. I was 18 and stopped to get gas. I was near downtown and looking at a billboard for "Nudes on Ice!". I could only shake my head and wonder who would go there for vacation.

    About 10 yrs later I went there on vacation and was instantly in love. Now I wonder who WOULDN'T go there for vacation. :wink2:
     
  10. JosieCat

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    No, but I have had casinos that I didn't like the first time I stayed there - that I have developed a love for - Flamingo for one.
     
  11. sco5123

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    Yes, I was in Vegas in 2010 in Stratosphere for 7 days with my lovely sister.

    I can be cheap but my sis is not only cheap, she also does not like to move around on vacation.
    Do you know what that meant?
    For the first 6 days of my first vacation in Vegas, I spent it all inside of Stratosphere.
    I can't even remember what we did, or how we lasted that long inside especially considering she does not gamble.
    I remember us being ready for the day 1:30pm every day.
    When I gambled, she relaxed in the room.
    I had a ton of fun gambling, winning so much on my first wheel game, roulette and blackjack. But then ultimately losing every dollar I had to play with.

    We also enjoyed these amazing milkshakes at the cafe...which I still believe is the best I have ever tasted.
    We strolled at the stratosphere shops, did an aqua massage, and went to both pools everyday (they had both a general and an adult pool back then).
    Worked out at the fitness center every morning (though it was ill-equipped and packed, this was a very fun part of the day).

    Only watched a show because I won it on the wheel game; otherwise we would not have watched a show. Too expensive. We ended up having an amazing time at American Superstars for free.
    Only ate at the buffet at Stratosphere for the day-pass because my sis was all about saving money.

    When I think about it now, we had a ton of fun. But being there so long in one place probably was overkill. We became easily bored with the place.

    Funny, it was not until our last day that we took the deuce to the strip! OMG, we were blown away!! We walked around and saw all the free shows and took pictures. We did not go inside any of the casinos.
    While enjoyable, none of these free shows was worth flying over to LV to see.
    Then we went downtown. Nice, relaxing feeling but otherwise not much for us to do.

    I had planned for months before the trip but when we got there, my sis wanted to do the things that were free and cheap.
    Can't blame her; that girl is going to be sitting pretty one day (on all the money she does not use). lol
    What's worse, earlier that year my sister and I had come back from a quite terrible first trip to Cali which was overpriced and a tad boring. We left the West coast for the second time feeling cheated.
    My sister felt so eh about Vegas when we left and her attitude rubbed off on me.

    The same is true about my trip in 2011 to Vegas with my boyfriend. Same thing except this time we explored other things Vegas had to offer by casino hopping.

    Every new casino I entered blew me away.

    We stayed at Mirage for his birthday weekend but it was a winter month. So I never got to experience much good people watching or the true vibe of Vegas especially center strip because it was so cold.

    I also never got to see any pools, nightclubs on the strip that trip or the previous trip either except Stratospheres (which were fairly nice though).

    We watched several shows and went to attractions and they all were just flat to me.
    He relaxed while I gambled as well.
    He ended up not being crazy about Vegas and again the feeling also rubbed off on me.
    Funny thing is all the things I love now about Vegas, I still had no idea about by my second trip.
    It was not until I stayed for 4 days at Mandalay Bay with a close friend of mine and I took 1 solo day away from my lovely friend to do my own thing that I went bat-sht crazy!!! about Vegas.

    MB was so beautiful and luxurious and my friend enjoyed herself (though she did not gamble) and I got a slice of solodom....next trip was solo and the story of my obsession truly begins there.
     
  12. Bossplayer21

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    @Sco5123,

    ahh yes it appears to me that you fell victim to the horrible Vegas travel partner syndrome. If you scour these boards you will find many stories about people taking the "wrong" Vegas travel partner with them and how it ruined their vacation. This is why many on these boards prefer solo Vegas trips, they don't have a travel partner that shares the love of Vegas so they now travel solo.
     
  13. sco5123

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    Certainly. That is the correct diagnosis.

    So happy for the cure: solo trips! :D

    I figured it would be rare for people on vmb to have disliked their first trip. But it happens.

    The real question is why I kept going back when I clearly had an issue with Vegas lol. It still was an inexpensive vacation, and I appreciated that long before I appreciated Vegas in and of itself. lol
     
  14. Bossplayer21

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    My first trip wasn't the best either, but that was more due to my own errors. I had a childhood friend that lived in Vegas, so me and my GF went to vegas for the first time for New Years and stayed for free at my friends house. He lived about 15min from the strip. We'll long story short, he worked most days we were in town so we dropped him at work and we got to use his car while he worked. But we had to leave the strip eveyday at 4pm to go pick him up from work. Then, he wouldn't want to go back out to the strip because that was old hat for him since he lived there. When we talked him into taking us back to the strip, he would want to go home around midnight. New Year's eve night he wanted nothing to do with the strip, so we spent it at a local off-strip property and didn't get to enjoy the festivites on the strip. We left Vegas without getting the whole experience. We felt cheated and agreed we should of just paid for a hotel and visted my friend once or twice during our stay. I didn't blame vegas though, I blamed myself. Glad I gave it more chances, I love VEGAS!!:beer:
     
  15. jr7110

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    MY first trip to Vegas was a complete disaster from start to finish.

    I arrived Memorial Day Eve 2004 and checked into The Bellagio. I dropped my bags in my room and the friend I was traveling with and I decided to hit the town and explore. After a few hours, the lack of sleep and 90 plus degree temperatures took their toll. I went back to the hotel, I ended up calling into a deep, exhausted sleep, clothes and all, on my bed. The next thing I know, I hear my friend screaming my name. Groggy, I fought my way up through the layers of sleep and could hear a loud alarm sounding, with a female robotic voice saying “The source of the alarm is being identified” over and over. My friend shouted that there was smoke in the hallway. I immediately snapped awake, put my shoes on and ran over to the safe, grabbed everything out of it and threw it in my carry on. My very first night in Vegas, not even in town for a full day, and my hotel is on fire!!!

    Let me tell you, it is a very surreal feeling to be running through a hotel hallway filled with smoke as alarms are sounding, lights are flashing, and you are desperately trying to find the exit stairs.

    The exit stairs led somewhere outside the hotel and myself along with dozens of other fleeing guests (some in bathrobes and other sleep attire), had to trudge back to the main entrance.

    We got varying reports from the front desk - one said it was a trash compactor fire and someone said something else. The scary part was that no one in the packed casino level had a clue as to what was going on in the guest rooms upstairs (I am sure they did not want a mass panic on their hands, as it wasn't a major emergency). We never did get a straight answer as to what was going on, but it was an extremely scary "Welcome To Vegas" to wake up and find that the hallway outside your room is filled with smoke, alarms are sounding and lights are flashing. It took a while for them to clear the smoke, but eventually we were all able to go back to our rooms.

    The next day, Memorial Day, I had dinner reservations at Circo. I ate some dish with scallops and promptly came down with a terrible case of food poisoning. I would be violently nauseous and ill for the rest of my stay.

    The following day, Tuesday, I was awakened at 7AM by jackhammering, pounding and sawing in the room directly above. It seems that renovations were being done to the room above.

    At this point, completely traumatized, I called Guest Relations. I had tried to call them the day before about the fire (before food poisoning) and was told they were out because of the holiday. I finally got a woman on the phone who rudely informed me that I should have "stayed in the room" until I was told it was ok to leave. I ripped into her, informing her that I was from New York, where the Twin Towers went down, and she was nuts if she thought I was going to sit in my room with fire alarms blazing if there was a chance I could get out. I also told her I knew exactly what had happened directly across the Strip in the early 80's when the original MGM Grand fire occurred and all of those people lost their lives. I was livid and demanded to speak to her supervisor.

    She put me through to her supervisor, who immediately moved us to a Penthouse Suite and comped us for several days in the Penthouse Suite for a future stay and a F/B comp as well. It was the right thing to do, and she handled it very well. Still, at that point I was so done with Vegas that I never wanted to see it again. I spent the next several days trying to force myself to eat at places on the Strip even though I could barely choke anything down because I was convinced it was the last time I would ever be there.

    The final straw came on the flight home - I guess my resistance was lowered because of the food poisoning and I came down with a nasty bug that left me without a voice for nearly a week.

    It was only because of that comp that I returned to Vegas again, reluctantly, the following year. The Wynn had just opened, and I decided to stay there for a few days and then move over to The Bellagio. I ended up having the time of my life, a complete 180 degree turnaround from the nightmare of the year before. And of course I have been going ever since and love it more each time I visit - but since that first trip, no matter where I travel, I always make sure I am aware of exactly where the fire exit is located.
     
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    First day/night we both knew we would be back!!!!!!:nworthy:
     
  17. booker

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    There was a reason that I HATED my first Las Vegas trip … I had booked a 4-night stay at the Sahara on the first day of the big culinary strike. (I didn't know! this was B.I [Before Internet]). Besides lousy service, no room service, restaurant closings, my room was infested with ants.
     
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    My first trip to Vegas, I fell in love with place the minute I hit the strip. Now this is not to say that this happens to everyone.
    I had a co-worker who would go on a cruise every year. I convinced her to go to Las Vegas one year. She came back and said she never needed to go back again because Las Vegas did nothing for her.
    Everybody is different and not everybody loves Vegas.
     
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    My first visit I went with my best friend from college (yes, the same one I still go with to this day) because all his guy friends backed out/cheaped out on him at about a month out and I'm always up for an adventure. We went to celebrate his graduation in the winter of 2003. We did research our hotels ad nausem- back when Cheapo Vegas was informative- and finally settled on the Bellagio because his parents were paying! However, we did just about everything else wrong, and because of that, I stayed away for a long time. After I got rid of some dead weight personally, and got a better job, we went back on a whim in 2009. (I called him on a Friday afternoon "Let's go to Vegas" and we were on a plane at 6am Saturday.) Since then, the bug bit hard and the VMB only perpetuates the addiction. :)
     
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    My first vegas Experience was flying in at at night what a sight I was always a gambler so i new it would'nt take me long to fall in love but first we had to check in as an unexperienced vegas guest we stayed at the mardi grai for the first night as it was free its 10.30pm when we check in walk way the hell down to the room only to notice when I opened the door there was a couple riding hard on the bed we scared the shit out of him as as he jumped up in his birthday suit only in vegas I guess they sold our room cause we came in so late we got lots of free stuff for the mishap and thought it was funny but im sure he or her were'nt amused we went and got another room That's how I fell in love with vegas and the wife hit the 1000 qaurters on wheel of fortune that night I just got back april 12 and I was going to book for this weekend for a solo trip I might still make it there if things work out I miss it already
     
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