1st trip What up all, im new to the site and as soon as i saw the "trip report" section i had to put mine up... better late then never right ? This was my second trip out to vegas since Aug 08 and to be honest, not much to report about that trip since it was hotter then hell and we really only went out at night. this time around it was different i gotta say both trips have been on the Budget side which isn't bad Transportation Again made the 4 hour drive in a 06 Corrola so gas wasn't a problem even with the L.A prices. We also enjoy having a car to make the rounds from one end of the strip to the other and from downtown to the strip. I was surprised that vegas has some pretty cheap gas prices which helps when your in a city that could easily go through your budget. Hotels you might ask "why in 3 different hotels" well my chick is the reason why we stayed at the Tropicana. She works at a print & sign shop and was asked to do some tranlating work. As her payment her boss said he could pay her or give her a trip to vegas from some website, so she decided on the trip. We got 2 nights free at the Tropican and since vegas kicks ass we wanted to stay longer so since the last CC stay was great we went back. As for the Royal Resort, we visited my uncle over at Henderson and i made a call into work. They told me i had the weekend off so i asked if she wanted to stay until sunday, she said yes and i made a call over to a buddy that works at Royal Resort. 10-12 we stayed at Circus Circus in one of the newly remodeled rooms with the AAA discount the CC stay came out to about 25 bucks a night.The tower room was great and people often complain that circus circus is flooded with kids but i didn't hear one kid the entire time we stayed at the hotel. Love CC 12-14 we stayed at The Tropican This was our free 2 night stay. We got lost a bit and ended up in the Garden Room section, after seeing those rooms from the outside, for sure our minds both said "we're probably going to be put up here" the rooms look like anyone could easily break in but for free we couldn't complain. To our surprise the good ole Trop put us up iin the Island Tower and we couldn't have been happier. the room actually looks like you could look out of the window as see a beach (in reality we saw the LV Airport lol). 14-15 back to Circus Circus Back to the tower room 15-17 crashed at Royal Resort After i made the call to a buddy we stayed at one of the RR studio rooms and WOW i was pleased with the room. 42 inch HD TV, HBO & Showtime, Mini Fridge, Sink and an extra pull down bed, 30 min free internet access, Gym use included. I would say that even though the hotel looks run down from the outside the rooms and service are great Gambling As far as gambling i liked the Flamingo, MGM, Circus Circus so thats where most of our time was spent. Theres a tiny spot called La Bayou Casino that still takes coins in the machines which was cool cuz we had alot of them. Im not a card, roulette, craps player so i didn't do any of that. Drinks im a beer guy so alot of what i ordered was beer and i was surprised to learn that binnions serves Sam Adams ! and a few other high end beers. Jack and coke award goes to Ceasers more liquor then coke =D. Circus Circus also has the best blended drinks top Blends pina colada & strawberry daiquiri. I found out that the bigger casinos dont serve blended drinks... Sights & Fun we did a hell of alot (considering the heat the last time around) we walked the entire strip twice. Entered every Main Casino and hit the slots for a bit. Saw the animals at the Flamingos, MGM lions & cubs Bellagio Fountains a bunch of times. walked the Bellagio floor a bit and i gotta say its the nicest looking casino on the strip or all of vegas for that matter. Saw some good band at the Fontana Bar, Coyote Ugly and The Bank were fun. Ofcourse i couldn't forget about Downtown and that sweet Fremont Vision. 11pm KISS over fremont AWESOME. Hard Rock Hotel & Store/Bar had alot of great R&R stuff to see. I also found a Movie Theater that sells tickets for $1.50!! and also has Dollar hot dogs. Fat Elvis at Barbary Coast was cool. On Friday The Las Vegas Club had a good R&B group performing. Eats for the past 2 trips ive gone to target and bought soda, juice, bread, deli meat & cheese for sandwiches call me cheap but eating in vegas can get expensive, AND the more dough i save on food the more dough i have to tip the cocktail waitresses for the drinks hot dogs at Slots O Fun $1 hot Dogs in downtown Ihop Mcdonalds Circus Circus all you can eat all day for $20 breakfast, lunch, & dinner here is great for 20 bucks. Hell if your really hungry you can go back as many times as you want 3, 4, 5 ..etc. they tell you that the pass is good for as many times as you want all day long. Are you going to get 5 star quality and preppared food ? no, but is the food good ? hell yeah ! They serve the usual breakfast eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast, french toast, waffles sausage, bagels, cereal, gritts, coffe, milk, fruit juices. Lunch menu burgers, pizza, fried chicken,nuggets Dinner Ham,Steak,fajitas,enchiladas and alot of other stuff that i cant remember. alot of deserts to choice from aswell. The Am/PM at the corner of Riviera & Paradise had some good burgers and chicken sandwhiches too !. Money Spent besides the little gambling i did and the many singles i have the ladies who brought me countless beer and jack & cokes. I hit the Outlets which is where probably 75% of my cash was spent. Dickies gear, vans shoes, new era hats at some of the lowest prices ive ever seen. GREAT TIME 2nd trip ]Last min Vegas trip, considering the other times I've gone have been 6 and 8 days this trip was a short one but I'm starting to think it turned into the best one. Hotel Stuck with Royal Resort this time around. The front desk dude was a jerk. We got the run of the mill room which was fine but when we returned from our night out we told the night manager about the dudes bad attitude and were immediately bumped up to a suite my guess was no one booked that suite this weekend so it wasn't a problem.Holy crap was the room awesome. Living room with 2 couches, 2 bathrooms, microwave, fridge, free safe, a 32inch HDtv in the living room and bedroom with showtime and HBO. Wow awesome room. The hotel also provides all guests with a gym to use and a pool with a spa. Other then the jerk that checked us in everyone else was awesome at Royal Resort. 6/10 Got to Vegas around 9ish traffic was low. After check in we went to the MGM for the slots ordered a cranberry and vodka AND a jack and coke. After downing both neither seemed that strong so I went for 2 coronas. I guess they were stronger then what I though because I had a good buzz going after the 2 coronas lol. After being down 15 hoped in the car and drove down to Circus Circus for more slots. For some reason me and my chick ended up liking the smaller casinos over the big ones. Our favorite ones are Circus Circus, The Flamingo, Las Vegas Club, La Bayou, Binnions and Riviera. We like the big ones for what ther are classy and elegant with great designs but something about smaller casinos is what makes us come back to vegas. Kept drinking Budlight for the rest of the time. We called it a night at 4am and headed to the hotel. Can't remember what we ate lol but I ended the night even. 6/11 We woke up late around 2pm got dressed and went to the outlets. Nothing for me but I'm sure all you know, woman will find atleast one thing to buy at a mall whether they need It or not lol. Grabbed "rocky's special" that included a Philly cheesesteak with provologne chopped peppers and onions a side of fries and a small drink. Now I hate coming down on places considering the ecomony but they gotta start adding more meat to that sandwhich. The fries were really good though they serve steak fries as opposed to thin fries. finished up the shopping trip with a footlong pretzel dog AWESOME! Went back to the hotel tryed out the spa then got dressed for Downtown we park at Binnons and they bumped up the free parking from 2 hours to 3 which is always a plus. when we get to Fremont i hear a band playing a familiar song. It ended up being a KISS tribute band "The Original KISS Army" im not sure about anyone here but im a HUGE KISS fan so we catch the last 2 songs and then i get to talk to the Gene impersonator and ask when the next show and he tells me "tomorrow is out last show at 9pm" so a 2nd trip is planned. Again hit the slots but for some reason the cocktail girls paid no attention to us. Casino hoped for awhile and no luck with the drinks ... Decided to buy a few HEY its downtown CHEAP booze went into that souviner shop that has a lot of those .99cent - 5 dollar range gifts with the You Break It You Buy It sign I was attracted to it because it said 2 for 3 16oz beer. I walk in to find that they also have 2 for 3 24oz beer too so I start looking. When it comes to beer I'm not picky the cheapest stuff is good lol. After browsing for a bit a bum grabs a can and says "This S*** will F*** you up..." i get curious and the label reads "STACK 12% alcohol" i figured that was good considering most beers are 4 - 5 percent. I finish the first can and i have a good buzz going (the bum wasn't kidding) we hop in the car and off to The Flamingo (My gf doesn't drink) i finish the 2nd can and im really feeling it so i start to drink Light beer lol. After a couple of budlights we go to Circus Circus for more slots. I get into one of the machines and im down 20 bucks but all of a sudden the machines starts to pay out and i get my 20 buck along with another 30. My gf cuts me off and im done for the night. We pick up some Mcdonalds and back to the hotel at 5am. 6/12 Wake up around 3pm feeling like crap... and after the usual hangover side effects...we head to the strip for a trip to the M&M store & Gameworks. Parked the car at the MGM and bought a pizze pretzel with lemonade. Not the best choice for a hangover but it was good lol. Nothing new at the M&M store so Gameworks is next. Got lucky with the crane game and got Triple prizes lol i love that dame machine no matter how old i get its always fun. Ended up with a Pink baby taz, The Flash, Super Girl, Superman, & Winnie The Pooh i would have stayed and tryed for more but it got late and i wanted to catch the KISS tribute show. We head to downtown and NO drinking for me this time around. KISS Show was awesome the band took beaks 2 breaks for the jumbo screen shows. after the show we hit the Las Vegas Club, Binnions, 4 Queens and the Golden Nugget. We get hungry so we try the Binnions Cafe and ironically ive been craving the Hangover Burger so i get that and my gf gets the Club Sanwhich. I gotta say that little Cafe cranks out some great food... the burger was great aswell as the fries and the club was fantastic it was honestly the best turkey and ham i had tried in a long time. After the late dinner we get out of Downtown and have one last go at Circus Circus i blow threw my 30 dollar winnings and decide to bow out ... but then i get tempted and win $10 bucks lol i quit early and i ask for a beer ... cant even finish it so i drink cranberry juice the rest of the night. We end another great Vegas trip around 5am. Fun time all around like i said it was a short but sweet trip probably the best out of the 3 times ive gone... cant wait to go again!. THANKS FOR LOOKING !