I haven't posted here much, but lurk quite a bit. Thanks for everyone for sharing so much. I'm a 42 year old guy with a wife and 3 kids. I live in Southern California and have done several Vegas trips a year for at least 15 years. Every trip has been a different kind of fun (Single guy with buddies, bachelor parties, weddings, just me and the wife, a few other couples, even brought the kids a few times). I have had classy trips and down right filthy trips. I've stayed in nearly every hotel on the strip and quite a few downtown (Wynn, Treasure Island, Frontier, Cosmopolitan, Mandalay Bay, Harrahs, Ballys, MGM Grand, Four Seasons, The Hotel (when it was still called that), Aria, Vdara, Paris, Bellagio, Luxor, NYNY, Mirage, Palms, Hard Rock, Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, The Plaza, Fitzgerald's, Caesars, Venetian, Rio, Silverton- I think that's it). I've been inside most of the casinos that weren't named above. Maybe it's my age and realizing the value of a dollar spent, but I think I'm officially done with Vegas. Let me explain. When I came to Vegas 10-15 years ago, we'd get a decent room, we'd get a decent meal, we'd gamble, we'd go out to a nightclub. It was fun and wasn't crazy expensive. You could do all of the above without having to stress your budget too much. I'm not a high roller, but I have a decent income. I'd bring $1,000 for the weekend and that would cover 2 nights of all of the above without worrying if I got killed at the tables or not. And the service was pretty decent. Now it costs 3-5x that amount. Now I feel like whenever I go to Vegas the only way to get good service and have a nice time is to pay exorbitant amounts of money for things AND slip someone a little "something for the effort" at every turn. Meals are overpriced. Rooms are in the $300 range on a weekend. Cab lines are crazy long. Night clubs have gotten ridiculous. Table minimums are too high (I like Blackjack and like to play for hours on end. I've had some good nights and some nights where I've gone back to the ATM several times). The prices aren't really what bugs me the most though. I like a good meal and a nice room and don't mind paying for nice things. What really gets me is the level of service that you get these days. Waitstaff seem to be annoyed that you ask for a napkin. Valets take forever to bring up a car. Front desk people are the least friendly and least accommodating of anywhere I've been. I tried to check in early on my last visit. Rooms where ready, but they wanted to charge me $40 to check in early. I also called for a late check out (check out time was 11:00 am. Most places are noon or 1pm) and they wanted to charge for this too. This past weekend we stayed at La Quina Resort in Palm Springs (A Waldord Astoria resort). Every single person that worked there was accommodating and helpful. Nobody expected a tip for holding open a door for you. Rooms were about the same price as a busy weekend in Vegas. Food prices at the resort were reasonable. They extended our check out until 2pm for free. They waived fees for our friends room that needed a roll away bed. The adults went to dinner at their fine dining restaurant on Saturday night. We got the kids a pizza to eat "picnic" style on the lawn in front of the restaurant. The restaurant waitstaff brought the kids (free) soft drinks without us asking them. The restaurant closed at 11pm but we wanted to hang out and drink a bit more. They left the lights on outside for us and let us bring in our own drinks (for no corkage fee on the wine). If we forgot something in our car, the valet refused a tip for grabbing it out for us. It was 5 star treatment in every way and the cost of that treatment was built into the room fees. There was no "minimum food and beverage spend" for a party of 12. Maybe I'm just too old and cranky these days. I think I'm breaking up with Vegas. It was fun for a while.