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"Oh one of those TRs" Off the beaten path with kids :P Palms 4/20-4/23

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by carolineno, Apr 30, 2015.

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  1. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Hey everyone! Thanks for all the great reads! For better or for worse, I'm chiming in with my own TR :p

    This was a very odd yet enjoyable off strip, road based trip that almost didn't happen. Family turmoil and illness, as well as a last minute smash of our parked car, nearly derailed the whole thing. I thought of shitcanning the trip many, many times. But, tickets were non-refundable, and the kids were into it, so off we went, direct on Jetblue to LAS.

    The day out was a continuation of chaos. Despite my calling the day before to make sure there were no problems, my dog's boarding papers were never signed by her vet, and it was a holiday, so nearly no one was in the hospital to help out with a clue. Now my dog already has major separation anxiety issues, so having to have her wait nearly an hour in the lobby of her least favorite place was not fun. Eventually they took her and my $200 and off we went to Logan. The flight was delayed by nearly 2 hours, of which we were notified in small increments. And the English teacher that my daughter is deathly afraid of was on our flight too, so that was a bonus. A rainy day, Grumpy Cat, our mascot, was less than thrilled with the customer service. IMG_20150420_191452.jpg

    The flight was rocky but fine. Got a gin and tonic. Little did I know it would be my last for days :( . Alamo was quick and easy, and it was a quiet night at the Palms. Didn't bother with any special request or $20 tricks. We were placed on the 26th floor which was high enough. The light was out on the top of the Luxor - it was that late. I noticed we could see into the bowling alley suite at Palms Place - not occupied, but lit up. We all finally relaxed now that we made it, and promptly fell asleep on the Palms' awesome beds. IMG_20150421_003513.jpg IMG_20150421_020338.jpg
     
  2. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    Day One

    I woke early and enjoyed the view from lounger and my starbucks via coffee (just used the coffee maker to heat up some water). Our room had a nice view of the pool and of the distant south strip. With the recent griping about the raised prices, and a profound lack of welcome coupons from the Palms, we decided to bypass buffets this trip. We walked to the Rio for Hash House a Go Go, which was excellent as usual. Got to quickly pass the pool at the Rio, looks nice, lots of palm trees and water falls. On the way back I picked up a new players card at the Gold Coast and played in Penny Lane for a while. Noticed the "Hippie Pit" in the gaming area - never saw it active when I was there so I'm curious as to what this is all about! Brightly colored tables look neat! Anyway, I tried a LOT of new machines. Flintstones, Batman and a bunch of 88 cent ones. I had a lot of luck that first day at both the Gold Coast and the Palms. Sadly it didn't last, but this was not meant to be much of a gaming trip. More of just a "hey I'm still alive" tap on the players cards, just to see what shakes loose. IMG_20150421_070638.jpg IMG_20150421_070648.jpg IMG_20150421_070725.jpg SAM_0229.jpg

    In the afternoon we used the Palms pool. I was going to avoid the party pool and go straight to the Palms Place pool, but this one was closer to our room. It wasn't too warm yet and things were not in full day pool mode, so we oldsters felt comfortable enough, EDM was ok, no trouble getting loungers. Having cushions on the loungers is genius - I wish other properties did this! Hot tub was very nice and the bar was close - none of the drinks appealed to me though. Some of the stones surrounding the pool were very slippery, so be careful if barefoot. IMG_20150421_133810.jpg

    Later we drove to In-n-Out burger. Busy as usual. My daughters were on a mission to have as many milkshakes as possible on this trip, so we got those and burgers and fries. Pretty good. I'm not in awe of the place but everyone else loves it so that is fine with me. The lack of sleep is catching up with me so I just played a little bit in the Palms, enjoyed the views yet again, and drifted off to sleep.
     
  3. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    Day Two

    Everyone but me was sleeping late so I went down to the food court and grabbed some breakfast grub. Earl of Sandwich is 24/7 there, so I got 2 sandwiches, one of which I used my online sign up coupon for, no problems. Of course I gave the slots a few passes while I was down there. Ugh the new Superman slot killed me - what a tease! Must have almost-bonused 20 times before I gave up. Grabbed some McDonalds and we were off to the out the outlet mall, all at the request of my kids, looking for the Hot Topic Outlet. Uh, I flew 5 hours for this? LOL anyway they had fun, and I got some Alice in Wonderland earrings, kids got band crap, and my husband got a great deal on Levis, the only denim he will wear. There were some cute light up dog collars, harnesses and leashes at one of the carts, but I didn't think I could get replacement batteries, so I passed.

    After that we cruised the strip back to the hotel, regrouped, Mom lost some more and began to notice a lack of drink service at the Palms. Eventually gave up on slots, got some shrimp Chronic Tacos , yum! as well as pizza, and went off to see the E.T. Highway, another kid request. Rural Nevada is really rural. The land is very different from New England so we enjoyed the ride - for a while. We made it past Rachel but then decided to turn around. Met some cows, listened to the native american radio station, saw some things, it was fun. Just cruising around Vegas at night is pretty great. There is a Sonic Burger near the Palms and they had a 1/2 off shakes special after 8 or 9 pm, so we ordered a load of junkfood, went back to the room, ate and watched American Dad. We don't have cable so it was a novelty - a few days of cable and I remember why I don't have it anymore :p I gambled a bit more just to get a drink, which never arrived. Didn't even get to order one! Now I'm annoyed at the drink service. I did finally get a bonus round on the Walking Dead for the first time in my life, so that was cool, around $50 on 75 cent spins. Later, we debated going out to use the High Roller groupons I had bought, but everyone was too tired. Oh darn, I will have to come back to Vegas before October to use them. What a burden ;) IMG_20150421_194148.jpg MMS_PICTURE_1429729870394.jpg SAM_0239.jpg SAM_0238.jpg SAM_0244.jpg SAM_0255.jpg SAM_0283.jpg SAM_0259.jpg SAM_0263.jpg SAM_0293.jpg <<< is this an actual ET in this photo (or a sunspot? :p )
     
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  4. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    Day Three and last day
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    This the last day, but our flight leaves at midnight, so we have the room for the whole day and night. This is the day of the water main break. As I said in another thread, it didn't effect us too much, just sort of held things up and added to the anxiety level of it all. Eventually we made it off the 26th floor via the service elevators and there was a continental breakfast waiting for the guests. We grabbed some water, coffee, and donuts and were off. Today started with a Savers trip. We all got some crazy clothes that we wouldn't normally get in Boston (I got a martini blouse) and then ventured off to Ethel M. Mars candy and cactus museum. I love this place and oddly it was the highlight of the trip for me. Many cacti were blooming and it was just lovely. The kids loved the little lizard fellows darting around and I think they enjoyed this a lot more than any of us thought they would. The candy factory was cool too but they were not yet in full production mode. I knew the candy stand at the airport would be closed by the time my flight was going to leave so I bought some chocolates there to take home as gifts. We passed Wayne Newton's Shenandoah on the way out, so yes, 20 years ago I really did see that place and didn't just dream it up in my head lol. SAM_0297.jpg SAM_0298.jpg SAM_0328.jpg SAM_0324.jpg SAM_0333.jpg SAM_0320.jpg

    Next was an impromptu trip through Red Rocks. Could have lived without it, having just done the E.T. and Red Rocks we did the last trip, but it wasn't exactly hard - just some driving. We saw a group on a Vespa tour which was intriguing. These women were, uh, average body types, so don't go around thinking you are too heavy for a Vespa! I think they were having a lot of fun. Seems like a great way to see the landscape. IMG_20150423_122936.jpg

    We hit another savers then used the one and only MyVegas purchase on this trip - free fish and chips at 9 Fine Irishmen. Seemed absurd to come from Boston and then go to the Vegas version of an Irish bar, but my daughter loves fish and chips. But today she didn't want that. Ugh. The menu is a bit eclectic for teens but we managed with some chicken wings - no sauce for them - they were pleased with it. My husband got the fish and chips, a black and tan, and I got the cheesesteak and some kind of martini. Too weak, but at this point I was desperate for a drink dammit! All the food was great and I have to admit I did like the decor. I will certainly go back for the happy hour sometime. At $11 a pop I wasn't going to order another weak and overly sugary drink, so we got the check. Only $44 with the discount, pretty awesome. And we made it to the strip. On the way out of NYNY I looked longingly at the Twilight Zone slot, but we were off again. IMG_20150423_141419.jpg

    The kids and Dad hit the pool one last time, but I like it roasting hot and it was only in the seventies, so guess what? I hit the Gold Coast and Palms again! I was going to head to the strip to use a groupon for Serendipity 3, but I bought it for the kids mostly. Didn't feel like drinking alone at a girly/kid place during the day with a groupon, so I just gambled. Tried to find a growler or craft beer at the Gold Coast liquor store, but they only had one non-6 pack. It looked kinda lame, and it was $14. No deal. I played, had little luck but for the Batman - Catwoman bonus round. Then repeated the same drift down at the Palms. No big deal - I lost around $150 total. I definitely felt like I had lost some IQ points this trip with all the slots I played. The original plan was to hit the high limit room only, but the early luck on the pennies kept me out of there. Oh well. Next time it's just poker and maybe a bit of cash in a $5 a pull slot. That should be enough to keep me busy and happy.

    I get back and the sun is getting ready to set. One more trip to In-n-Out burger. We have reached the point in the trip where the bickering starts. On the way back we stop at the Walgreens near the Orleans for gin, beer, and flight snacks. Well they only have beer and wine. FML. I get some kind of lemonade thing that says it has alcohol but does not. Back to the room, down time, then gas up the car and back we go. We all slept pretty soundly on the flight back.
     
  5. marcianofan

    marcianofan Low-Roller

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    What the heck is that cow doing, not being fenced in?? That wouldn't fly here in Oregon!
     
  6. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    Closing thoughts:

    At first, I thought we didn't do a whole lot on this trip, but actually we did a ton. Just not all of it was depraved, but, that's life with kids. I wish we had been motivated to go to Mac King or Serendipity 3, but my kids have had a very rough school year so I guess they did need to simply relax and enjoy some mild weather.

    Next time I will consider paying a bit more for an AM flight. Normally I can jump off the Jetblue "Lucky 777" flight and start in on the fun, but the stress and flight delays knocked me out. Guess I'm getting old :p Will try to stay longer too.

    Absolutely no regrets about Ethel M. Loved it!

    Nine Fine Irishmen was great, would do again for sure.

    I think I like my Vegas scorching hot, so future non-poker trips will be in the summer only. If I'm playing poker mostly, I can enjoy the city in any weather.

    Palms was a perfect sized hotel for this trip. Casino was a manageable size so I could be found if needed, and the food court is a nice option with fussy teens. I forgot to mention the coffee & crepes place near the front desk - kids loved it and the service was great. Many daily deals to be had there so worth taking a peek to see what tomorrow's deal is. I very much wanted to buy the novelty sized martini glass they had for sale in the gift shop, but I didn't think it would fly well.

    Cannot forgive not getting offered a drink at the Palms when I wanted one. I have a theory that if you don't order a drink when you first hit the slot room floor, the girls remember it and don't come around to you. I'm generally a one-and-done drinker, but I was so fixated on it towards the end that I made a giant gimlet when I got home, just to make up for all the missed g&t's.

    Great customer service at the Gold Coast. I temporarily lost my "vintage" cellphone while slot degening, but the staff found it for me. Thought it was gonna be a days long affair but they had it right there. Got the name of the staff members and gave them a thumbs up to GC managers online - hope they get a bonus or day off, or something.

    And lastly - already reaping rewards of this trip. Just was offered 3 comped nites at a variety of TR casinos - just for inserting my players' card with my Hash House a Go-Go bill!

    Future goals: Frank the Man, Big Elvis, Vegas the Show, Wynn Poker Room, Twilight Zone slot, martinis, sunburn, and High Limit Room wins!


    That's it, a bit tame, but very glad I went. Thanks for reading :)
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  7. thecarve

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    Where did your long hair go? Where is the girl I used to know?

    Okay, sorry...:rolleyes2:

    Good stuff. Thanks for all the great pics. Sorry about the weak drink service (I'm starting to shake just thinking about such a fate!:eek:) I think you're spot on about the CWs ignoring you if you don't order on their first go around.
     
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    That's one of those "free range cows"
    /send in BLM! omg omg!
     
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    Nice report! Totally missed palms again this trip! Wouldn't be staying there long term unless I got better drink service!
     
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    Thanks for the T/R and pics....
     
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    I'm spending 3 nights at Palms later this month and the servers typically bpring them faster than I can drink them. I'm not a one and done though, so I tip $5 on my first drink and they always find me....probably doesn't hurt that they remember me from past trips and most remember what I drink. I'm going to check out that hippie pit at Gold Coast. I hope Grumpy Cat enjoyed the trip. I'm going to get a Vegas mascot. Thanks for reporting and photos!
     
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