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No Outside Food or Beverages

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by smartone, Oct 12, 2013.

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  1. smartone

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    I called Marketing yesterday to place my reservation for my November dates instead of thru my host (he's on vacation) and so was given the standard speech about resort-fee, security charge and now emphatically, "No Outside Food or Beverages may be brought into the hotel". It ought to be interesting to watch how well that goes over at the Hard Rock!

    The pavement between the HRH and the CVS across the street is well-worn from the people returning with cases of beer, water, Gatorade, etc. I'm not aware of this previously, but also have been reserving via e-mail to the host for a long time. The roller-bags coming in are about to get a whole lot heavier I suspect!
     
  2. casinoboy

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    they say that at all the hotels but dont enforce it. i think it will be harder to enforce at hard rock then most hotels because people who stay there are younger and trying to save money and bring a lot of alcohol. we always bring alcohol to pregame and never hide it but no one ever said anything. :peace:
     
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    Pretty much in the fine print everywhere.
     
  4. smartone

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    Correct, but there was a post on another Vegas board recently that actually spoke about booze and food being turned away at the elevators at the Hard Rock. I coupled that with this being the first time I was ever told by an HRH rep and again, rather emphatically, while placing my reservation and thought it'd be worth a post. She had my players number and knew of the frequency of my visits, but still HAD to state that directive.

    They installed a card system at the elevators a couple months ago that require a room key insert to go above the bottom floors and have always parked security guys around the elevators in the evenings.

    If they do enforce this as emphatically as the lady sounded on the phone what a "cluster f#*k" it could turn out to be around there.
     
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    I don't remember being told this at any hotel in Las Vegas in recent history. Good luck trying to enforce it!

    The last I recall anything like this was at the Riviera years ago, where they had a big sign posted at the hotel desk saying that pizza delivery people were not allowed to deliver to the hotel rooms.

    At the Cabaret Lounge at Paris I saw a sign on the last trip saying that outside beverages were not allowed but I walked in carrying a bottle of beer and they sure did not say anything.
     
  6. Starz22

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    I had Vonn's deliver to the Flamingo in June. The bellman brought us a luggage cart and loaded up our water,food and booze. He brought it right up to my room without a word.
     
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    Venetian Too...

    Though it was a couple years ago the bellman at the Venetian declined to take our case of water to the room from the valet area when we arrived to check in. He simply stated that Mr.Adleson does not allow outside beverages in the hotel.

    I said OK, took my bags back off the cart and self parked. I can understand if you are loading up a couple condensation covered disposable styro coolers and cases of beer but a flat of water seems pretty reasonable. ( apologies to the locals but I don't do well with Vegas water )
     
  8. g8rb8k8

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    I think this is wrong on so many levels. What is their next move...banning you from leaving the hotel/casino to gamble/eat/drink wherever you wish? They have another thought coming to them if they think I'd ever pay $7 for a bottle of water. This is what Vegas has become since they have put in the hoity toity hotels and have people that don't bat an eyelash at paying $200 a night (the same that don't bat an eyelash paying 7 for water).
    I know, I've seen it all said before....Las Vegas 200 dollar rooms are cheaper than lots of other big cities, and thats why I stay away from them... and lots of those places were not built up on the premise of gambling.
    I made my first voyage to Vegas 20 years ago (back when coffee makers and fridges in the rooms were the norm) and loved it. I went back in April after a hiatus of about 10 years and things sure have changed.
    If they start enforcing the "no outside food" I'll keep my butt here in florida with the beach just minutes from my doorstep and settle for a "staycation" and go out on the gambling boat LOL
     
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    I don't understand this policy...is it just that you aren't allowed to bring food and drinks to your room? People wander from hotel to hotel with open containers all the time. I usually buy a few michelobs at Casino Royale and have never been refused entrance to another casino (though O'shea's wouldn't let me sit at their bar with a drink I bought from another casino....I doubt they would have noticed if it was Heinekin or Bud Light but the Michelobs were a giveaway) This policy seems counter-productive somehow though I'm sure the bean counters have done their math.
     
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    I always view these types of policies as something the hotels keep in their back pockets and enforce only when it becomes a problem. HR is obv a party place, we were there in June and people were zombie bombed, worst I had ever seen in a LV casino. I would imagine bec they draw a younger clientele they are more likely to party in their rooms and only enter the hotel casino when they feel they have sufficiently "pre-gamed".

    THey are probably trying to reign things in a bit.
     
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    I wonder if it has something to do with age also. Trip before last, we stayed at Mandalay Bay and I had bought an 18 pack of Bud Select. As bellhop was getting bags out of our car, I ask if he could bring that in with our bags but told him it was ok if he couldn't. He said that's not a problem and loaded it up on the cart with our bags. Yes I tipped well!!!!:beer:
     
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    I don't see how the casinos could really enforce this silly rule. It's not that hard to cover up what your "sneaking" in. Even tho I bring provisions to my room...I still spend money at my host casino and many others. I like to wake up have a V8 or tomato juice that does not cost me 5 dollars a glass. I don't have to wait for room service and pay the extra fees. I can have a banana and a muffin and juice for 6 days for what it would cost me for 1 day buying it from my casino.
    If casinos would bring their prices down more people wouldn't have an issue buying from them.It's the basic wants that they charge so much for....water,beer and alcohol. A cheap ass bottle of Korbel champagne would have cost me 50 dollars if I got it from Flamingo...I got it from Vonns for 11 dollars. Hell ...they should be happy! Me getting my basics from Vonns gave me more money to spend in their casino! And no....I didnt eat every meal in my room. I still ate at Caesars buffet...Ramsays...Harrahs oyster bar...Flamingo buffet...Circus buffet....Paris buffet...and snacks at other places.
     
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    Wynncore also has the same rule but on any given (especially weekend) day in the summer you can see kids in their early 20's lugging cases of beer on their shoulders right past check-in and the elevator security guard.

    Definitely a nice touch for a 5 star hotel...:poke:
     
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    The last comment about beng a nice touch for a 5* resort got me thinking.

    I have travelled all over the world, and with the exception of hotels with a rating, lets say four stars or above, people bringing in cases of beer doesn't faze me at all, and no one blinks an eye or cares. I mention beer because those bringing in bottles, you wouldn't see. But in Vegas, I don't think it matters if you are staying at Circus Circus or Venetian, what you bring in. I don't think the star rating matters. It's just Vegas, and everything goes. Now, plop Venetian down in Manhattan, and watch someone walk in with a case of PBR, and it would take 1.32 seconds before its noticed and acted upon. It's one of the unique aspects of Vegas we all love.

    But I absolutely agree with other that posters, Hard Rock might be trying to tone this down. Stating it and enforcing it are two different things, but if they are stating it on the phone, and also now have signs up, obviously something has changed there.

    :beer::beer::beer:
     
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    It's Vegas. I'd be more worried if they weren't bringing in beer.
     
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    We had our kids out for a few days in Vegas. Before they arrived, we took our roll aboard down the street and bought a case of beer, some bottles of stuff, etc. Put it all in the carry on to make it easier to carry. We were not even trying to "hide" it going into the hotel, but that sure would be so easy to do. Nobody is ever going to open your suitcase to look.
     
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    You'd have to be pretty lost to stroll into the HR carrying a beverage from another casino.

    I don't recall that HR has a beverage store on the premises. If not, maybe they're missing a chance. You won't see a lot of booze brought into South Point or Orleans because you can get it at decent prices right there.
     
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    Actually, they now do, but good point, that may be driving some of this too. They opened a small "7/11 like" place they call Fuel down the hall by the shops and a smaller Fuel Express right at the entrance to the HRH Tower. Their prices on water, Gatorade, soda, chips, etc. are very reasonable, but the booze is still pretty steep.
     
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    After reading this thread
    I have something to add to this conversation from the other side of the country.
    Just came back from Harrahs Atlantic City. We have been going there for years and know every inch of the place, well enough to notice when something changes. They now have large signs at each level of the parking garage where you enter the building about bring outside alcohol into the building. Similar signs were also posted at the elevator banks. Although they referred specifically to alcoholic beverages, and not food, these signs are new, they were never there before. This may have always been the policy at Atlantic City resorts (seem the same signs at Caesars AC this trip) but sure seems like they are making a lot of effort to let you know about it.

    Our they enforcing it? Yup. During the last two trips I have seen people who had cooler or cases of beer stopped by security as they entered the building and each time they instructed to leave and take the cooler with them.
    On the way out last week we had to walk around a couple at the bottom of the escalator (which is the connection to the parking garage at Harrahs AC) who were arriving with suitcases and one of those Igolo cooler on wheels, they were stopped by security and the woman was forced to go back up the escalator with the cooler as the man went on ahead, assumedly to check-in. The woman rode up just few step behind us and she was not happy about having to take the cooler back to the car. I seen the whole thing unfold and the security officer never looked inside to see if alcoholic beverages were involved, his stand was that the cooler had to leave the building.
    I noticed this because when we arrived, our small suitcase was filled with beverage and snacks because we like to have them in the room. Seeing the new signs and the folks with the cooler, we remarked to each other about when they were going to start checking suitcases TSA style.

    Something is changing. Maybe some new hotel legal thing, but something is changing across the country.
    Don't know if there a connection to the stories in Vegas but I thought I post it anyhow.
     
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    Wow, I never noticed folks bringing in coolers in Vegas are AC (I've been there much more).

    I wouldn't even think of it.

    On the flip, I like to get a half gallon bottle of Henn and/or Captain for the room day 1 to have for the trip. Also some Coke and water.
    We like these things to be there and we aren't spending an arm and leg for it.

    We still buy lots of drinks out but I think this rule is for the utter ridiculousness and even the look of bringing in coolers. It looks low-class, frankly.

    Hell, I'd love to see security stop me from bringing up a long Evening Call frozen drink to my room.

    I don't think it's about that.

    With that being said, I will just pop my half-gallon bottle into my luggage bag the first night. Me and the missus like to walk out with a cocktail in our hands.

    It's Vegas ffs.
     
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