Well do a seperate report for gambling and comps. We started our MGM trip on an offer for 3 nites comp and 100 free play. Trip was uneventful except it has been years that we have left LA on a Thursday late morning. We usually leave our home around 4-5 am in the morning. It normally takes us 4 hours to get there as my hubby just zooms through but this time there was traffic and chp's every couple of miles. So it took us 5 hours. Once we hit the freeway in Las Vegas it was packed. I could not understand all this traffic as it was bumper to bumper. It turns out alot of it was rush hour. They really have a congestion problem. I was in January and stayed at the Monte Carlo and did not notice alot of people. After this weekend I realize that the construction at the Monte Carlo is hurting them big time. The parking issue is really bad. For the last 2 trips I honestly thought Vegas was dead. I was looking at Monte Carlo and figured that all casinos were dead. I usually gamble in the hotel I stay so I saw the other casinos busy but never really took notice till now. Checkin had no line and we were given a room. I originally booked a spa suite at an extra 110 a nite. Got to the room and it was very clean. Big and the bed was very good. Plenty of pillows also. Bathroom had shampoo, conditioner, vanity kit, body wash and lotion botles. They appear bigger than the Monte Carlo. It had 2 airconditioners-one on the bedroom side and one on the living room sitting area. Some lites did not work but I did not complain. I figured I would use another lite. The room had 2 big windows. I was on the 16th floor and had a city not strip view. It was okay. At nite it was nicer as the nite lites were pretty. Thanks to a fellow poster I got a line pass at checkin I asked for it when I went to get my players cards at the players club. There were no questions asked. I am not sure if he saw my play in January at the MC or what. Now my play in January was 2 nites at 10,000 points-Fri sat sun. My husband basically likes coffee shop, buffet or room service. This trip we tried just the coffee shop and buffet. Buffett- Was okay. Line pass was great. There were lines every time we went and we got in and seated within 5 minutes at the most. Buffett better than MC, Luxor, TI for sure. They had steamed and cold crab legs. The others have just cold crab legs. It seemed though that they do not have different menus. It appears to be the same thing evey day. Maybe a change hear and there. Italien, Mexican chineese, sushi, sald bar and seafood area are all standard every nite. The flan was better than MC also. It was actually baked and not instant. We do not have kids anymore but I noticed they had a kids line also. It had chicken fingers french fries, corn dogs, cracker jacks, gold fish, animal crackers, macaroni and cheese etc. Very well put together. They make these potatoe pancakes and you can get them loaded with anything and they recook them to melt the cheese etc. Those are very different. Breakfast also had pancakes, french toast and waffles. Some buffets do not have all of these at the same time. Coffee shop- I had broiled lobster and their creamed corn. Was very good. Hubby had the steak and that was good according to him. Had a drink called the cable car at the pool and ordered it here and they serve it martini style with a sugar rim glass. If you like sweet drinks this is really good. More to come.