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My first solo trip! Nov 24-27

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by heatherlovesvegas, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. heatherlovesvegas

    heatherlovesvegas VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    Hey Guys!

    I just got back.. my 5th trip this year.. yikes :thumbsup:. I did a lot of new things this time around. I went solo, so I got to do somethings my friends or family wouldn't necessarily of wanted to.

    First on Saturday night I stayed at MGM Grand. The only time I stayed there was my very first trip to Vegas, probably 20 years ago when I was a little kid. I added Saturday night at the last minute, it was $65, didn't seem to bad. First off, it took OVER an hour to get through the check in line, that's ridiculous. If they had an MLife line I didn't see it... (I'm still only Sapphire). Overall though it wasn't that bad, they have these screens where you can tweet things to it. Everyone was tweeting about the line haha. My favorite was in the #Copperfield tag, someone said "can you make this line disappear?" hahaha.

    The upgraded rooms were nice. I had a new Grand Queen room. I didn't know they had combo bath/showers there, I was looking forward to taking a nice bath in a nice tub, but this one was tiny so I skipped it. But overall the remodel was GREAT. I liked the media hub in the TV cabinet. Nothing worse than not having a place to plug in your phone. There was no shortages of outlets here. A few gripes would be the new fancy "electric" shades first closed by themselves at like midnight when I was half awake.. scared the crap out of me! (I had it like 3/4 the way down as to not have it pitch black, it decided to finish closing it). Then at 8am, it opened both the shade and the sheer WIDE OPEN. Haha, well GOOD MORNING then. I didn't like the super heavy down comforter they had on the bed. It's VEGAS. It's 110º in the summer, and it was 70º that day.. that was WAY too warm, and no other options than sheet only. Also, their parking is a cluster, it's difficult to navigate, and it's really far from the entrance. My biggest dilemma of the night was I wanted Earl of Sandwich for dinner, so do I leave the parking here for the even more ridiculous parking at PH? Hahaha. I did, and it was delicious.

    Also I am not one to complain about resort fees, but with tax, it's $28 at MGM.. I mean I understand at Aria, but MGM? seemed a bit excessive, considering their reasonable room rates... overall not bad, but I was hoping to be more impressed. I did have a great breakfast at 'Wichcraft, they had some great breakfast sandwiches. Pretty reasonable too.

    The next morning I went to Sugar Factory for breakfast. I was a little disappointed they changed their menu! They took off 90% of the ridiculous chocolately items and coffee drinks for breakfast. How boring. It was basically regular cafe food, what's stopping me from eating at the cafe in Paris instead then? I did have Red Velvet Pancakes which were yummy though. After that I went over to Red Rocks. Spur of the moment decision to get me the hell away from gambling for a little bit. GREAT decision. It's about a 20 minute drive from the strip. Then for $7 you can enter the park. There is a 13 mile scenic drive you can take, and that was amazing. There are stops every mile or so to get out and take photos. It was stunning. Great way to spend the day. You could go hiking or jogging.. or have a picnic if you wanted. Here's a photo I took.

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    Then after that I went to the Red Rocks casino, very nice place! I was impressed, it's rather large. I went to the movies there, nice theatre. I would definitely like to stay there sometime. Also in my never ending quest to move to Vegas, that area in Summerlin is definitely where I want to live. Reminds me of my hometown.

    Then I headed to Flamingo. The construction didn't make things that difficult. It was a little weird how you had to get in though to the parking though, it was all torn up back there. Also their parking garage has to be the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. Ew Ew EW! On a side note, out of all the places I visited this trip. The MGM properties and the Venetian are MUCH better taken care of.

    Ok, the check in there was easy. They had a "gold Total Rewards members line" with nobody in it, score. After the MGM fiasco I was excited. There was maybe 50 people in the regular line so I went and checked in. The lady offered me a mini suite for $20 more a night.. I declined. It's just me anyways. That would of been a good deal I think. Then I had reserved a GO room with 1 king, she told me they only had queens, I said that was fine. But I thought that was a little odd.. it's only 5pm with hundreds of people checking in and you don't have any king GO rooms?

    The room was as great as I remembered it last year. My only thought was the hallway and the room had a little stank to it.. you know like the one if you don't clean your house for a while and your family has a little BO? It wasn't unbearable, but a little icky. Also the toilet kept running. Wasn't too annoying though. Overall I liked it, and a BARGIN at $20 a night. My only major gripe is I would of liked Wifi, but I paid $20 for my room, wasn't about to spend $13.99 on Wifi haha. Can't win with the resort fees. But I would of gladly paid it there for some wifi and for them to power wash the parking garage LOL.

    I paid a visit to the Margaritaville Casino! While not that exciting it was nice and new with new games, unlike in the actual Flamingo casino. I spent way too much money on the new American Idol slots (my favorite tv show!)

    On Monday I went to the Neon Museum! That was fun. It's a little bit of a trek to get out there, through some unsavory parts of town. But I enjoyed it a lot. It's $18 to get in. If you are going on a weekend I'd definitely reserve in advance. I got there at like 1:55 and had to wait till the 2:30 tour, but that was fine. The tour guide had lots of stories and knew a ton about Vegas history. Made me a little sad to realize a lot of these places indeed closed to make way for something new that never materialized :( Here's the old Stardust sign.

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    Also did a little bit of shopping at the usual places Fashion Show and Town Square. Lastly for dinner I ended up at Carnegie in Mirage. I hadn't been in the Mirage in a while either, classy place! Everything looked really nice. Also I happened to have enough express comps to pay for my matzo ball soup haha. Good to know 5 trips to Vegas later, I could get some free soup haha :rolleyes2: I see you caring about my business Vegas!

    Overall a good trip. Not sure I'd want to go alone again, but it was nice to do something different.
     
  2. Dutchy

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    Great start of TR. Allready waiting for the other parts !
     
  3. booshie73

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    Love Vegas Solo!
     
  4. Adam

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    I would love to go on a solo trip, but being from the UK and a newlywed, not a chance! So envious right now...
     
  5. jpm1603

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    Great report! really enjoyed the picture of the stardust sign
     
  6. heatherlovesvegas

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    It was a little weird! Then being a lady, I didn't want to be out on the strip too late. But overall I enjoyed it. The worst part though, nobody to stop you from gambling!!! That was difficult haha. Literally I went to Red Rock and the museum so I would stop haha.
     
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