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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by orbit55, Mar 22, 2011.

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  1. orbit55

    orbit55 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    4/5-4/8 @ Aria

    More updates to come...
     
  2. orbit55

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    Changed my dates... 4/1 - 4/5 @ NYNY

    Hotel prices became an issue and pretty much got screwed by cancelling a Hotwire package. Downgraded to the NYNY and now my $180 roundtrip ticket is only enough for a one-way with the dumb $100 change fee. Flying out of one airport and returning to another. This will be my first time on Allegiant. My sister is now on the fence even though she has a $200 non-refundable ticket.

    Previous VMB meet up is now void due to the change of dates. Will be looking into another one soon.
     
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    I'm going to do my best to embrace NYNY. Wynn/Encore and CET let me down. My CET page has like every property...

    COMP
    COMP
    COMP...

    When I go to book they say not available with this offer. Blah. Since funding for Aria fell through, NYNY was there with 2 free nights and weekends at $49. Not bad! I really wanted my sister's first time to be in a really nice hotel but oh well. The only thing she has her heart set on is meeting Holly Madison.
     
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    It's getting closer... Stopped looking at hotel offers as I think the NYNY offer is the best I will get for this weekend. 4 nights with 2 nights comped and 2 nights at $49/night is not bad with $50 in free chips. All the other MGM/Mirage hotels are not really working with me and well with HET it's either $300 for the Paris or free nights at the Rio but since it's my sister's first time, we need to be on the Strip.

    I'm kind of pumped for NYNY. Cheap food. Pour 24 looks like they have my New Belgium favs and Nine Fine Irishmen looks to have a decent happy hour.

    I still need to trade-in my old MGM/Mirage card for the new mlife one. I hope they don't take the old card...

    I don't think I will try the $20 trick for a different room. Park Avenue seems okay. I can get a Broadway Deluxe right now for $5 more per night but who needs 50 more square feet? I'm also being offered a Players Suite but not really into the NYNY suites as they look kind of old school and require the deposits for incidentals.

    More updates to come!
     
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    Well another hotel change... 4 nights @ Palazzo for $600. A lot more than I wanted to spend but seems like an "okay" deal and I really want this trip to be special for my sister. She's a stay at home mom and goes to school full-time so who knows when she would be able to go back to Vegas. She actually did not want me to cancel the NYNY because these are hotels she remembers seeing as a kid but I told her the difference in rooms would be night and day. I hope she appreciates the significant upgrade.

    I know there has been a lot of Venetian/Palazzo hate on here since they pulled free rooms but this offer did come with 5,000 Grazie points and a few 20% off restaurant coupons. I'll try to make those work the best possible.

    I guess the way I look at it is my sister may never be able to stay in a nice hotel like this for a long time and if we zero out the daily bankroll for the day, what room would I rather sit and chill in until the next day...

    I'd like input on this move for all who are reading this.
     
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    Posted this twice...
     
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    Hmm. I have to admit up front that I've never been a big V/P fan, but I will admit that the place has a more powerful 'wow' factor on arrival and room-wise than NYNY does (unless you use a suite at NYNY - I called MLife and got an 1100sqft Ziggurat for $160/nt on low-roller action). That room probably wouldn't be ideal for you (since it's a single-bed arrangement), though.

    I agree with your choice for introducing (kind of since she was there years ago) your sister to Las Vegas. Access to NYNY would be easy (ok, fairly easy) on the Deuce, so your hotel switch wouldn't keep her from enjoying the NYNY environment if she specifically wants to do that.

    As for zeroing out the bankroll and needing to spend a day in the room - of course how you gamble is your business - but I would recommend using daily bankrolls so that a catastrophic session couldn't put a damper on the rest of the trip (the rest of the day perhaps, but the next day would be there ready to play).
     
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    Just don't present the old one, and they can't take it. :)

    I would just go to the MLife desk, give them your ID, and ask for a new card. They can look up your old account no problem.
     
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    Sister and I have Vegas in our blood. Way back when we were in elementary school our grandparents took us to Vegas every summer when Vegas was "kid friendly". This was the last time she has ever been to Vegas or even on an airplane. So she is very partial to Luxor, NYNY, Excal and places like that. I have explained to her that Vegas has changed, more adult oriented and less themey.

    I want her to have the best experience possible and see the big WOW factor. I took my brother-in-law to the Palazzo like 2 years ago so I don't want to be cheap on her trip.

    Not to get into too many details but she turned 21 in December and spent it at Chilis. She has a 5 month old baby boy and her husband (my brother-in-law reference above) works at a burger joint. They recently gave up their $400/month apartment and moved back in with my parents to save on bills.

    So I mean this is a limited opportunity for her. I'm sure she would be happy at NYNY but when would her next chance come to stay at the nicer hotels?


    I've taken a few girlfriends to Vegas. I am not a high roller but hotels rooms are important to me. I once stayed at the B in the Spa Tower and was so freakin' mad. You think Bellagio and you think the rooms must be nice but my room had a window that looked like a port hole of a submarine and the bed was harder than my bed at home.

    I don't want my sister sleeping on some sleezy bed at NYNY when I could treat her to the Sofitel or W Lakeshore in Chicago for a fraction of the price.
     
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    You're a good big brother :)
     
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    I try. This is the most excited I have been for a Vegas trip in awhile. My sister is a Vegas virgin but it's kind of like I am, too! Haha

    Well there will be a daily bankroll so when that goes, no more gaming until the next day. If I can go the whole trip without an ATM trip, that would be awesome! :thumbsup:
     
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    I booked Palazzo via an email offer. If I call and ask for a host to comp me a limo from the airport will I get laughed at?

    I know you don't know until you ask but I don't want a host at all, just a comped limo.
     
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    it never hurts to ask. however, unless you're at least RFB or it's specifically declared in your offer, they usually don't send a limo for you.
     
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    Can't hurt to try! If anything, they might offer it at a cheaper rate than presidential or whoever else does limo pickups.
     
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    Have a great trip!
     
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    I'm sure your sister will love her stay at The Palazzo. V/P has been my "home Casino" for the last 4 or 5 years and I'll miss staying there now that they've pulled the comps. I may stay a night on future trips, but will probably moved to comped rooms after and not give V/P much play....but hands down for accommodations, V/P is my favourite!

    Staying at the Cosmopolitan in a wrap around terrace suite for the first time in August, so maybe I'll have a new favourite.
     
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    I agree, you are a great older bro!! I am excited to hear your trip report. Have a great time. You will make wonderful family memories!!
     
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    Thanks for the replies :)

    I'm getting ants in my pants. I mean I've been like that all week but just 1 more night!

    This will be the longest my sister has ever been away from her little boy so I think she's a little apprehensive at this point. I know she is excited and think the break from being a mom will be good for her.

    So far the plans are to take a cab to Palazzo. I decided this over the limo because in case she ever goes back on her own, I want her to see how the cab system works. Going to try the $20 trick which looks promising from what I have read on the various sites. Palazzo has like a 95% upgrade rating. And then plan on having dinner at SushiSamba.

    More updates to come!
     
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    Looking forward to "seeing" Vegas thru her eyes!
     
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