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Mandalay Bay/MGM trip report 6/26-7/1 (LIVE-ish)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by KevinF2020, Jun 26, 2016.

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  1. KevinF2020

    KevinF2020 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This is my first ever trip report. Please excuse brief posts and plenty of typos.

    On the 15N from L.A. and getting close!

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  2. Sam610

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    Have a great time and keep the (brief) posts and photos coming!! :wiggle:
     
  3. KevinF2020

    KevinF2020 Low-Roller

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    Thanks Sam! Will do!

    This is a familiar sight for those of us who make the drive into Vegas.

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  4. KevinF2020

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    Headed to brunch.

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    Subscribed and enjoy the trip!
     
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    Following along, looking forward to all the pics!! I'm sooooo ready for my trip!
     
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    Good Luck and have a lot of fun!!
     
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    Good luck Kevin. Always nice to see those first casinos on the drive. Looking forward to your report
     
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  11. KevinF2020

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    Thanks all!

    Sunday brunch.

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    Pretty slow. Fairly empty.

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    Good luck! What kind of accommodation s do you have set? Any shows? Any day trips? Any gaming? Sorry I guess you will get to that I'm just excited to live vicariously through you!
     
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    Well we're staying 3 nights at Mandalay Bay and another 2 at MGM Grand. Standard rooms. Nothing exciting, sorry. I'm here this time with my wife and we brought our 3 year old son so mostly eating, pool, shopping and random sightseeing.

    We'll do the usual fountains, conservatory, shark reef, M&M store, places like that. Very tame stuff. Hopefully some interesting pics though.

    Brunch review to come...
     
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    For background, we'rw buffet junkies and have eaten at nearly every one in Vegas - from Bacchanal and Wicked Spoon to the old Sahara one and the Plaza Chinese mess hall. (We never got to try the old Boardwalk travesty buffet unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it.)

    Today it was The Palms Bistro for Champage brunch.

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    Eggs benedict and french toast = meh. A little overcooked. Not terrible, but not great.

    Has browns and gravy (skipped the buscuit) = not bad. Gravy looked like vomit but tasted good. Had stong bacon-y flavor. And bacon makes everything taste good.

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    Crab legs/claws and butter were tasty. Salad = salad. What can you say? Peel & eat shrimp w/cocktail sauce was good. Simple and hard to screw up.

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    Made to order Mongolian BBQ. If it's screwed up it's probably my fault. I did ok.

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    Dessert was ok. Cream puff and chocolate thing were subpar. Cookie and rectangle chocolate fudge thing with toasted marshmallows were good.

    I did not have champagne but my wife did. She liked it and thought it was fairly sweet, which she likes.

    Our server (I think his name tag said "Ele") was very good. Pleasant and very attentive. There was also no wait to get in, so that was nice.

    Service = A-
    Ambiance = B
    Food Quality = C+
    Food Selection = B
    Value = C
    OVERALL = B-
     
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    I just got back from Mandalay. The pool is great! Just keep your shoes on. The deck area is hot!
     
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    Thanks! Good advice!
     
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    Check in chaos! So busy.

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    They're giving out free drink tix for the delays.

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    Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon are the worst times.
    Just curious, since it's a Sun-Thur trip...did you take advantage of free rooms via MyVegas? (Or other sorts of freebies)
     
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    Good to know. We're usually weekday warriors, so it's generally pretty slow.

    And yes, the first night (Sunday) is a MyVegas free night. Also got free play and a buffet. The other two nights ($59 a night) also came with a $150 F&B credit.
     
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