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july 2 -7 at orleans and thehotel

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by wam, Jul 8, 2005.

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  1. wam

    wam Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Got great rates on Jet Blue out of JFK for $260 each. Left on Saturday and stayed at Orleans for two nights at casino rate, average of $65 per night before checking in for three nights at $149 per night at thehotel. First two nights were okay, orleans quick check in, room okay on 14th floor old wing with a pool view, starting to show its age. Gambling limits still at $5 and $10 for both blackjack and pai gow poker and plenty of tables available at all times at The Orleans.

    Checked into thehotel on Monday and got a great rate of $149 per night. This place is very classy and the rooms are the best in our opinion. Rates were obtained by monitoring this website and normally these rooms run $300 per night. This is quite the bargain. Staff very professional from check-in, to bars, valet parking etc, etc. Starbucks is right in their lobby, a great thing.

    Meals: China Grill in Mandalay Bay, okay, not great, Downtown to Hugo's Cellar for a great prime rib and rack of lamb and excellent service, over to Great Moments Room in the Las Vegas Club for an average meal due to reduced wait staff, food was okay, and filet was warm but tasty. Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris for an outstanding dinner before seeing "We Will Rock You" with what we still believe to be the best french onion soup we have ever had.
    The bread and the carrot slaw at Mon Ami Gabi is also marvelous.

    Did okay gambling, no luck in Mandalay Bay at all, did okay at The Orleans, some guy splits tens at the $5. blackjack table, so we move to another table and do okay(the negatives of sitting at a $5 table). Played at the orleans sportsbook, a few baseball parlays, a few drinks at the bar(free coupons)and some real nice people and great conversation. Did well gambling downtown at the Fremont and on slots at the orleans.

    The strip was so crowded we used paradise and I-15 to go north and south with no problems. Too many kids, infants, etc. We love kids, but at 1am to see one parent holding a two month old child in the restaurant area of the mandalay bay is too much. I think these parents should stick to disney, hershey park, great adventure etc. Las Vegas is for adults. Sorry for my bluntness.

    Ate at Burger Bar at Mandalay Place and had one of the best burgers ever. Expensive but excellent and great service, $40 for two with one beer each but cooked to perfection and the ultimate in freshness. Next time I will try the Kobe Burger, I think it was $18.

    Overall a great trip even though the temperature averaged 105 degrees.
     
  2. HardEight

    HardEight Low-Roller

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    Wam - thanks for the trip report.

    I've stayed at The Orleans several times and at THEHotel once. Not much of a comparison there. You get what you pay for.

    I was wondering how you received the casino rate at The Orleans? I have a pit card there and have used it many times, but have never received anything for it at the casino (free meals, room discounts, etc...). Who do I need to contact to ask about receiving a casino rate and what would my amount of play need to be in order to receive this rate?

    Thanks for any and all suggestions from anyone...
     
  3. wam

    wam Low-Roller

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    hard eight, this is what the wife and i do. wife plays a ton of pai gow and plenty of slots, i play blackjack. the key is to buy in for $200 at the table games, and leave after you have lost your plan, whether it be 50, 100, 200 or more. whenever you buy in always go for $200 buy in but we never lose that much and always give them your pit card. as you know, you can play pai gow at 5 or 10 tables for a long, long time and push plenty of times. when you call for reservations as to speak to someone in the pit and they pull up your account,look at your action and hopefully you can get the casino rate for the rooms. be careful though, do not put all of that table money into action. good luck.
     
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