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Low roller Excalibur and Orleans March 9th - 15th

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by 20hof, Mar 20, 2016.

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  1. 20hof

    20hof Tourist

    Mar 2, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    4th trip, first attempt at a trip summary:

    Our last 2 trips we flew out from the airport 15 minutes away, but found a cheaper flight from one an hour north and took that - fly out at 6 our time, connect in Detroit with just an hour layover and arrive at 10 Vegas time(3 hour difference).

    So this trip started off rough. The night before the text comes saying the flight is delayed til 9:30. As most would agree, losing anytime in Vegas is disappointing, but what can you do?
    We arrive to find the airport fogged in and the flight delayed another hour. Ugh. Then comes the announcement that the plane circled 3 times and can't land - another hour delay.

    I go to the agent to get the lowdown. No confidence about going anytime soon. How about switching and going out of our original airport? "Sorry fog there as well, I don't think they will go for awhile."
    Me: "Any other options?"
    Her: "Well you could drive to Green Bay(2 1/2 - 3 hours) connect in Salt Lake City. That's what I would do, it's such a beautiful airport with a view of the mountains."
    Me(in my head) "Why do I give a shit about the view in Utah? I'm going where I love the view and just want to get there today"
    Then I ask about another small airport 1 1/2 hours southwest. "Yes you can make that and stop in Minneapolis." (I missed the part about the 4 hour layover there)

    So we're off(5 minutes out of the airport the fog cleared, it was just hovering there, last I heard the flight may have left at 6:40 that night)
    Uneventful from there on. Get to Vegas roughly 10 hours later than originally scheduled.

    Cabs: No long hauls. 2 of the 3 drivers had me thinking that these companies must replace the brakes monthly.

    First 4 nights at Excalibur(3 comped). I know alot here hate it, but I'm the type that only uses it to sleep and shower, so as long as it's clean, I'm good.
    My previous 3 trips have all been there on the 1st or 2nd floor. One decent view of New York,New York, otherwise the air conditioners.
    This time the view was great though on the top floor looking at the Luxor. Mandalay Bay and Delano.
    Finally being on a higher floor had me experience elevator waits, though.

    Last 2 nights at Orleans(comped) 1st time at anyplace other than Excalibur. Rooms were fine and will definately be back, but(and I'm sure there will be some eyerolls) I think Excalibur room was a little better.

    I've seen Ka and Zumanity thru MyVegas previously. I enjoyed them.
    I wanted to see Love this time, but couldn't ever get the award, so Zarkana it was. Not my cup of tea, left after a little under an hour and maybe should have been sooner.

    Raiding the Rock Vault: $44 from TixforTonight. Really liked this one. Only complaint was the ex member of Quiet Riot. Had a distinct voice that would work for a couple of songs, but he sang too many.:evillaugh

    Also did the 3 for $57 - Bodies, CSI, and Titanic.
    I liked CSI and Titanic, but wasn't big on the bodies exhibit.

    Once I start drinking, I don't eat, so one or 2 meals a day.
    Monte Carlo lunch buffet: 2nd time I've had this and liked it both times. Good selection and flavor. One complaint was ham was kinda fatty.
    Luxor lunch buffet: average, not great, not terrible
    MGM breakfast: It was decent, good flavor, but I was disappointed. Had it last year for around $18-19. This year they added the champagne, $12-14 and seemed like a few less choices.
    Orleans breakfast: very good and great price.
    Orleans Sunday brunch. A+++ Probably the best buffet I've had. Everything was so good and alot of variety -
    Awesome baked or rotissierie chicken, ham, prime rib, New York strip highlighted it for me. Even the pizza was better than most you get on a buffet. Disclaimer: I don't eat seafood, so I can't comment on that, but looked to be a good selection of that as well.

    Also a plus to Shake shack - great burger.

    I'm mostly a penny slot guy in the .80 - 1.50 range
    In the first leg of the trip most gambling was at Excalibur and NY,NY, with a few bucks at Luxor, Monte Carlo and MGM. Numerous hits in the 50-150 range, with the best being a $400 hit at Excalibur on some asian themed machine betting 1.76 and at NYNY- $400 betting 2.00 on hot 8 I believe. Monte Carlo I just dumped money as usual. In 3 stops there I don't recall ever having a decent hit. I did play dollars the morning we left Excalibur and had some luck.
    Saturday we went downtown. Had some decent hits at El Cortez, Not much anywhere else. Played 100 at the D on 3 card poker.
    Last couple days the gambling was mostly at Orleans and a trip to Sam'sTown and Eastside Cannery.
    Some decent hits at Orleans with the highlight being $200 on a ChiliFire? .90 bet and then I got a full screen of bonus symbols(Flying fortunes maybe?) for 600 spins betting .80 the end result was 630 spins and $601 final tally. I came ahead 300 on a session of 3 card poker there.
    Wasn't long at SamsTown but had a couple of decent hits - one machine I came ahead nearly 200 on. The Cannery was pretty awful to me.

    Miscellaneous/Sum up:
    The weather was great other than a few minutes of wind I thought might start blowing people off the crosswalk.

    I've been on Prilosec for years now, and while I might get heartburn once or twice a year, I had the worst case I've had since I've been on it Thursday night - thought I was puking up my stomach lining.I actually had to wait til 4:00 the next day to start drinking, what an outrage!

    This was the first time I was in a casino when a fire alarm has gone off. It went on for about 1/2 hour - 45 minutes at NYNY. Not sure what to do at first, I just looked at the dealers and saw they were still dealing, so I kept playing.

    Saw a guy passed out face down on the lawn of the Luxor at noon still holding his beer bottle.

    I almost faceplanted walking in to the D or the Nugget as I didn't see the step. Thankfully I only spilled half my beer.

    I spent a little less than 2/3 of my bankroll(that's everything beer, food, tips, cabs, shirts,etc) I would find it impossible and have no urge to keep gambling separate from other expenses.

    So other than the start with the flight and the bout of horrifying heartburn. It was a great trip.
    See ya next year Vegas!
  2. br549

    br549 High-Roller

    Jul 23, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice report. I hope the guy who was passed out on the Luxor lawn at least drank all of the beer before he hit the ground. LOL
    Last Trip of 2016 - Trip moved up 3 days
  3. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

    Mar 24, 2009
    portland, or
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Tks for the report. If you're like me,and I've taken Prilosec for years also, the airport fiasco probably got your heart burn going you just didn't know it yet !!! On the Excalibur, I say to each his/her own, if you like it and it's free, all the better.im going in a few weeks and can't wait to eat at shake shack again, it's a really good burger and it's fun to eat it outside on the strip watching everything going on.
  4. Tammy58

    Tammy58 Frugal Slot Jockey

    Jun 16, 2004
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the great report! No eye rolling here ...Excalibur and Orleans are just fine with me.
  5. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

    Jun 25, 2007
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Was trying to figure out your location. Did you end up flying out of Wausau at Central WI airport?

    I'm hoping my mid-April trip leaves no weird lingering snow melts & fog banks from that.
    Fun with friends!
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

    Jan 21, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice summary! I need to learn to write my TRs more like this. haha

    Glad to hear you think Excal was nicer than Orleans because I'm "frugal" and I thought Orleans room was nice enough. And definitely agree on Sunday brunch; it's great for the price. It's decently better than their normal buffet. I had to layover in SLC once, it was my nicest layover ever to/from LAS. Not for the view though (I didn't even notice that), but for the Squatters craft beer! :beer:

    And the worst heartburn I ever had was in Vegas in Dec. 2012. I had been drinking for days in a row and had overspiced Panda Express for the day. I really thought in my mind that I was going to have a heart attack walking back to our room at Bally's from the Mirage. Fortunately my g/f who is a nurse gave me a Tums and I was significantly better after that.
  7. 20hof

    20hof Tourist

    Mar 2, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the replies!

    @br549 - I also hope the guy didn't get his wallet lifted

    @marcianofan - loved eating outside the Shakeshack on the patio

    @Tammy58 - Thumbs up

    @jdgates - I'm from the U.P. so the flight ended up out of Iron Mountain

    @Tring - not a marked difference between the two rooms, the bigger shower/bathroom at Excalibur probably the difference. Of course there was a couch at Orleans and none at Excal. Definately liked the fact that beer/pop/water was 1/2 price in the Orleans gift shops as opposed to the Strip gift shops/kiosks.
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