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January 1-11, 2009 Wynn, Mirage, Caesars, Encore & Excalibur

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Viva Las Vegas, Jan 18, 2009.

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  1. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    My Trip Report

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  2. blackjacknut

    blackjacknut VIP Whale

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    Nice TR...full of information in a compact report.
     
  3. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

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    nice TR. thanks for posting.
     
  4. Thor

    Thor Beer Drinker

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    did they offer that upgrade to you at caesars and was that for two nights total? i'm going there in march and have the classic room, but would love to get upgraded, either by reasonable amount or free! thanks:beer::beer::beer:
     
  5. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    I tried the $20 trick (usually don't for a 1 night stay) based on the horror stories read here regarding the "Classic" Rooms. I was pleasantly surprised the "legitimate" upgrade was $30 when if I originally booked the same room I would have paid $60 online with no guarantee regarding view. I probably would have been fine in the classic room (especially since it was only one night) but I really feel I got my money's worth with the excellent Augustus Tower room including the fountain shows.

    My advice to you is to ask at check in. If many rooms are available they may upgrade you for the $20. Have a specific room (tower, view. etc.) in mind while asking. If they cannot upgrade you for the tip, ask what Harrah's will charge and you may be pleasantly surprised (upgrade at checkin cheaper than the same upgrade booked upfront). Many people bail after the $20 trick fails but I always ask what the additional cost is for my own knowledge and if it is reasonable and I really want the upgrade I'll take it.

    I love the $20 trick for several reasons but the main reason is you cannot guarantee squat (view, room type, bed, floor, etc.) when booking your room.

    If rooms were like tickets to a ballgame, you would know exactly what "seat" you were purchasing (with a seating chart). If you could click a specific room and pay more (or less) for the specific room you are looking for (or less if you want to save money and do not care about view or bed size or smoking / non-smoking), that would be better for the consumer and the casino could make additional money based on this scheme.

    However, people who pay upfront an extra amount for their preference many times get a inferior room vs. someone who walks in and either asks and or asks and tips for an upgrade. Therefore, I rather know exactly what type of room I will get before paying more (either to the clerk and or hotel). I tipped the clerk for letting me check in early and her service on top of the upgrade charge from Harrah's. I rather have the clerk get extra money than the casino but that's just my viewpoint.
     
  6. gmoney590

    gmoney590 VIP Whale

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    Wow, that's a lot of casinos you gambled in. I'm always in awe of people that can keep track of what and where they've gambled.
     
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  7. nyr2

    nyr2 Tourist

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    thanks for sharing such a detailed report. Great job.:thumbsup:
     
  8. Thor

    Thor Beer Drinker

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    thanks for the further info viva!:beer::beer::beer:
     
  9. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    I have detailed records from my fifth trip forward. I just keep track on a small piece of paper after I am done gambling for the session as to game and result. The only guestimates are drink tips if I have several plus during a longer session.

    Here are some views from my rooms from the picture linked above:

    Wynn 5137 - Odd Numbers are Strip View. 51st Floor (Out of 60)

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    Mirage 23030 "Pool View" 23rd floor (out of 26 floors+ 4 penthouse floors total IIRC)

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    Caesars - Augustus Tower - Bellagio Fountain View (Room 3586 (35th floor out of 60 or so)

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    Encore - Room 2632 (Mid Level - 60 Floors IIRC. Even Numbers are Strip View)

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  10. ghetto71

    ghetto71 Tourist

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    Nice TR and pics.:peace:
     
  11. gotavegasjones

    gotavegasjones VIP Whale

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    Thanks for posting your TR and pics. Enjoy your upcoming trips.

    later, GVJ
     
  12. TheVegasVisitor

    TheVegasVisitor MIA

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    Great pics! I was at the El Co in September, has it had any work done to it since then because it looked like a tub of crap when I was there. Also, the Western is my favorite casino in the world. They should run a shuttle bus between there and Encore.
     
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