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Planet Hollywood - 10 Days (Extremely Long)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by RedRiverRose, Oct 20, 2013.

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  1. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I have been a member of the board for several years and have enjoyed reading trip reports from others during those years. This will be my first trip report detailing my 6th trip to Las Vegas. This report covers ten days and will be long but I hope it won’t be boring. Please pardon any typos or grammar errors.

    My husband and I left Louisiana on Allegiant Air at 6:15 PM Monday, October 8th to Las Vegas. As you probably know Allegiant charges for everything. We paid for checked luggage, seats and carry-on bags. Because of the need for an aisle chair to assist my husband on the plane and into his seat we were among the first to board. This was not an easy process and was very painful for him. We checked his portable power chair at the door of the plane after he was transferred into the aisle chair. The flight was uneventful. Snacks were purchased and a glass of wine for me. We were the last off the flight in Las Vegas. The flight was a bit late. By the time we arrived at the baggage area the driver (Eddie) from Presidential had been waiting over an hour. He was standing at the baggage area with the sign showing my name looking perplexed. The bags from the flight still had not been sent to the claim area. He was very nice and stated Allegiant is usually late so he was not surprised. His dispatcher was not happy about the wait and instructed him to take us directly to the hotel without stopping. This was okay with me as I had not planned to stop. He explained that the plane arriving late was not our fault. I thought this was gracious of him since he knew we heard the dispatcher. Upon arrival there was mild chaos getting out of the car and getting the luggage taken care of.

    We went straight to Planet Hollywood. I had reserved an accessible room and was given a resort accessible room on the 7th floor. Upon reaching the room and putting a couple of things away I found the limo driver’s tip in my pants pocket. After freaking out for a minute thinking the driver probably thought we had stiffed him after him being so helpful, I pulled myself together and called Presidential Limousine and told the person who answered the phone what happened and asked if they could contact the driver. She got a hold of him and he agreed to come back to PH and pick up his tip. I went downstairs and waited about fifteen minutes for him to arrive.

    The bath area had a tub with the bars. The room size wise was okay with two beds, a desk, two chairs and a large table between the chairs. We had a great view of the air conditioning units on the roof if you like that sort of thing (I didn’t but I did not plan to stay in the room and stare out of the window anyway). If you looked real hard you could see the Bellagio fountains (a part of it) through an opening.

    Upon settling in we immediately went to the casino. I stopped at the Diamond desk and asked for an accessible room with a roll in shower as the tub would not work for us. The desk clerk said none were available that night but that the next day we could move to one. We moved the next day to the same kind of room on the 12th floor with the roll in shower and the same view. I also requested a refrigerator and one was delivered.

    In the casino we headed to the Earl of Sandwich and picked up two sandwiches (an Original and a plain Ham and Cheese), two bags of chips and two drinks. The sandwiches were very good and the wait was not long. We then scoped out the casino and played a while. I played High Flush (a poker card game) and husband played Pai Gow for a couple hours before going to bed.

    The next day (Tuesday) we got up about 6 AM showered and headed down to the casino. Husband went to Starbucks (a daily ritual) and I went to Pai Gow. We allowed $2000 between us per day to play. His gold card had 1 point on it when we arrived. My Diamond card had 9557 points. One of my goals during the trip was to achieve 15,000 points to keep my card for next year. I am the player as I play throughout the year at local casinos but he only plays when we go to Las Vegas (usually once per year, this year we went twice). I try to keep most of my play at CET properties to build reward credits for use when we are in Las Vegas for meals, etc.

    For brevity sake our routine each day was Starbucks for him, Pai Gow every day for him and everything for me. Over the ten days I played slot machines (the fun ones were penny Family Guy and Willie Wonka). I did not win large amounts on these however I did profit about one to two hundred dollars on each. I always started out with $100 in the machine to start. I also played monopoly (very tight) and Wizard of Oz (very, very tight). Although tight for me I did see others win on the Wizard of Oz machines as they were not far from the Pai Gow tables. I also played Ultimate Texas Hold’em and Mississippi Stud. I didn’t win much on these but I didn’t lose anything either. I did like the fact that Mississippi Stud is hand dealt. I think better cards come out with hand dealing. They have the 1 million dollar side bets on Three Card Poker and Texas Hold’em. I always bet the side bets (sucker bets people kept telling me). I guess they are sucker bets until you catch the right cards so what I am a sucker I guess.

    Most of my time was spent on High Flush and Pai Gow. Over the ten days I hit these memorable hands:
    Pai Gow – 2 straight flushes (Two $500 hits and 1 $750 hit) and 1 four of a kind for $375). This is fortune Pai Gow and I bet the bonuses heavily. That is the only reason I play the game. Husband hit 2 four of a kinds for $125 and 3 straight flushes for $250; $500 and $750). He only played Pai Gow the entire ten days.
    High Flush – I hit three four card straight flushes at $625; $900 and $1500. I also hit two 6 card flushes at $1500 and $2000. I hit numerous 3 card straight flushes ranging from $70 to $350. The payouts for these hands are 4 card straight flush pays 60 to 1; six card pays 100 to 1 and 3 card flush pays 7 to 1. There are other payouts however I did not hit these hands such as 7 card flush 1000 to 1 or 7 or 7 card straight flush pays 8000 to 1. The object of the game is to get flushes 3 to 7 cards. Straight flushes 3 to 7 cards pays more. Flush and straight flush bets are optional. You get 7 cards (like Pai Gow). No other poker hands count only flushes. It’s amazing what great Pai Gow hands you see on High Flush that you don’t see while playing Pai Gow and vice versa.

    After playing many hours each day one of the days my husband went to the restroom and came back to the table. He has a portable power wheel chair (folds up to 50 pounds) and the pit boss was trying to direct him on how to get back into his end spot at the table. During this exchange of him listening and watching the pit boss and not what he was doing his chair and the control on the arm went under the Pai Gow table and got caught. To my dismay (I was at the High Flush table across the aisle) I looked up in time to see him dragging the Pai Gow table out into the aisle. I almost had a heart attack since we come from Louisiana and everything is a huge deal (talking about your cards; wasting a drink on the table; forgetting to bet, etc.) at the casinos. I thought they might 86 from the casino. It was all taken in stride and everyone got a good laugh. He was able to turn it off until they got him untangled and the table back in place. I guess this gives new meaning to let me win or I am taking something with me like the entire Pai Gow table chips and all.

    As stated earlier we were in Las Vegas ten days. I was set for Mon thru Sun at PH and them moving to Ballys for Sun thru Friday. I got lazy and contacted a host to remain at PH the entire ten days. This was taken care of so we did not move. We also got $100 in free play at PH. We were set to get a $100 Miracle Mile gift card at Ballys but did not get the card since we did not move. Each casino has different promotions.

    We only left PH two times in ten days. Friday evening we went to the seafood buffet at Bellagio. We arrived around 3 PM and were seated and told to linger eat and drink (and save $40) while we wait on the crab legs. During the wait we observed them put out four kinds of caviar at the table next to us marked with a reserved sign. Shortly afterwards one man showed up and several of the chefs came out and talked to him. He took a bite of each and left. The chef immediately came back and removed the caviar and the reserved sign. I had champagne and sampled the other buffet offerings until they put the crab legs out at 4:30 PM. They were put out at the cold area but we were told they would heat them in another area. I was actually not impressed with the crab legs. They were small. They were split which made them easier to eat but you still had to fight with them because of the size. The clam chowder on the buffet was excellent.

    Sunday night (10/13) husband (who was in a motorcycle accident last year and hospitalized ten months lost his leg, broken pelvis, broken arm and bleeding on brain recovered to a certain extent) was sitting on the side of the bed in the hotel and went to sleep causing him to fall out of the bed. I was asleep in the other bed and hear a thump. I tried everything and could not get him off the floor. He was a dead weight. Of course he fell on the hip that was already injured. I ended up calling security to help me get him off the floor. They were very prompt but I swear the sent the smallest security officer I have ever seen. Between the two of us we got him up and on the bed. Needless to say each day afterwards was an adventure in determining how to get him in the bed (they are very high) and out of the bed each day. I was tempted to try and rent a lift. We made it work and were able to continue to enjoy the vacation.

    We went to Paris one evening to eat at Le Provencal as my husband loves the bouillabaisse. I had lobster but the soup was excellent. The other places we ate were all at PH. We tried Yolo’s Mexican Restaurant. I loved the chicken tamales. I also love anything the is super, super hot so I asked for some dip that was really hot but was informed that they charge $10 for their hot diablo sauce. I passed on this. Husband was not thrilled with his burrito; he said the flour tortilla was gummy. We both went nuts for PF Changs. Their dumplings were to die for. We ate there four times and got room service from them once. The service (Dedrick) was excellent. The manager was real nice and gave us gift cards since we came in so much. One night we tried the four course meal for two which was very good and you have several choices from each course. Their egg drop and hot and sour soup are really good as well. We tried Planet Dailies twice and each time it was not good and the service was not good either. One night we went to the Strip House. I was not impressed with the menu which is limited. The service is good. I presented my total rewards card for payment and the waiter asked if I had enough points to cover the $163.00 charge. This annoyed me so I snapped either I do or I have a lot of dishes to wash. Neither he nor I was amused. I must say their gin dirty martini was very good. The sides are expensive and everything is ala carte which was not surprising. I paid $12 for a side of string beans and $18 for a side of Romano potatoes. The calamari appetizer was good at $18. Husband had lobster linguini $54 and I had steak and lobster $58. The ½ lobster was boiled and no taste, the steak was good. Husband took one bite of the pasta and shoved it to the side. Probably won’t go back.

    I have to say that everyone at Planet Hollywood was very nice and helpful. Usually you will run into at least one person who is having a bad day. This never happened with any of the Planet Hollywood employees in ten days. We received excellent service with a smile from everyone we interacted with from housekeeping to the casino manager.

    Well we are at the Thursday before we leave (Day 9) and decided to stay up all night and play until time to go to the airport. I wanted to allow a lot of time to get in and out of the car (this is never easy) and get checked in at the airport so I had Presidential Limo set to come at 4 AM for the flight departing at 7:15 PM. Glad I did. Anthony was the driver and he was wonderful. Very helpful in helping husband in and out of the car. He listened when he was told how to help. I cannot say enough good things about Presidential and their drivers and service. I highly recommend them. We hired a sedan not the limo. The cars are very clean and they offer very professional service.

    One thing worth mentioning that husband was adamant about posting was that every time he went to the bathroom in the casino someone was in the handicapped stall that did not appear to need the handicapped stall. We know that some disabilities are not always visible but hope that everyone who does not really need the handicapped facilities would keep them available for those who do need them.

    At the airport, got the boarding passes and on to the security checkpoint. Didn’t have to pull off our shoes (wow). Husband had an extensive check in his chair. TSA was very nice but thorough. Husband goes to Gate A8 and sit. I sit at the first slot machine I see and say I will be there in a minute. A minute turns into over an hour. I played the Dolly Parton machine and got nothing but I enjoyed the songs. I went to another machine (can’t remember the name) and broken even. I ended up on a Bubbles machine (pennies) and won $300. Headed to gate A8 and it was a long, long way.

    Friday 10/18 flight home was on time and non-eventful. We had the aisle chair issue again however the Allegiant attendant was excellent. Got husband in seat quickly and did not hurt him at all. This was such a blessing. Everything usually hurts. We got to the airport at home and waited for the aisle chair (last one off). Unfortunately one of the airport employees was very impatient and somewhat rude with husband and rough movements that hurt him. I held my tongue and got to the elevator thinking good thoughts about Las Vegas.

    We had a great time and yes we had fun losing money (I know that is hard to believe).

    Now I am waiting until April and we will go back.
     
  2. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    I forgot to add at the end of the trip husband's Total Reward Card had 3664 points and my card had 26,211 points.
     
  3. sam

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    Very nice trip report. I really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to Planet Hollywood on our next trip in May. We have stayed there numerous times and have always enjoyed it. It sounds like you packed a lot into your ten days.
     
  4. RedRiverRose

    RedRiverRose Low-Roller

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    PH was awesome. Thanks for reading my report.
     
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    Thanks for your TR !! I enjoyed the read and really admire your sunny attitude regarding your & your husband's challenges on the trip. Sounds like you both ended up having a good time.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your well-written report. It was a nice read. :peace:
     
  7. RedRiverRose

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    We did. We just improvised and overcame. He is alive and getting better each day. Next time (April) we should really by ready to roll. We will have a system in place that works. I can't tell you how fun it was. We are still talking about it. I am also happy that some board members are reading the report. I had this fear that no one wold want to read it. I hope I didn't come across and a whiner. I am proactive and a get it done person. Overcome all obstacles and move on. I love Vegas.
     
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    Thank you for taking the time to read it. We had some issues but we had more fun than issues. Vega is the place to be.
     
  9. waverunner

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    Thank you RRR for the report. As a long time Vegas visitor (30 years), i had to abruptly hold off of my passion for Vegas in 2011 due to a mild stroke. In early 2012, i was able enough to go back and have been a few times since then (i will be in Vegas again in a couple of weeks). My stroke isn't anywhere near what you and your husband have endured (my therapy has brought me back to almost the way i was before), and hopefully in April your next trip to Vegas will be even more rewarding.
    Your trip report has been inspirational to me.
     
  10. Electroguy563

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    Thank you for the Trip Report. I'm glad that you both had a great time despite the obstacles that faced both of you on the trip.

    Many times people forget how difficult being handicapped can be, and at times are not as understanding. Kudos to you and your husband for not letting these things bother you on your vacation.

    Here's wishing both of you lots of luck and good times on your next trip in April! :beer::thumbsup:
     
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    Been on this board for years and over the years reading various posts and trip reports, yours is the one that made me feel like I wanted to meet and gamble with people like you and your husband. I so much enjoyed the report especially that amusing (well, you made it sound amusing) episode at the pai gow table. I admire the fact despite all the problems one encounters, it didn't stop you from doing your favorite ........ The Vegas vacation. Your trip report was a great read and I enjoyed every word of it! Thank you RRR!
     
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    I also very much enjoyed your trip report!

    It seems like every journey I take to Las Vegas also has a few "glitches". Now, I am able to tell myself that it is not worth getting annoyed about them. You did an excellent job of "rolling with the punches".

    Your husband is absolutely right about keeping those disabled stalls open at all times! I do not require one, but I believe that is rude & selfish to use the disabled stall if you do not require it. His point is well taken.

    I, for one, thought that you helped some of us with your restaurant reviews. I will keep P.F. Changs & Earl of Sandwich in mind.

    Thanks for taking the time to write, and best wishes for your April trip!
     
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    Nice report and thanks for taking the time to write. :thumbsup:

    That sounds like a terrible bike accident! I guess my fear of something like that is why I never bought one, but my wife had one for a few years, back when we were young.

    If you don't mind me asking, how old is hubby?
     
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    He is 70 years old and has been a biker for over 50 years. I am 13 years younger. He was a young 69 at the time of the accident. Never a dull moment always doing something or on the go. He has over 2 million miles on motorcycles. We always came to Las Vegas (over 1400+ miles one way) on his bike the past 5 years (he was the first to bring me to Las Vegas) but had the accident last year. The normal "I didn't see him" was the reason the other driver gave on the police report. Middle of the day, downtown 25 mph one way street. The famous left turn in front of him across three lanes of traffic. At any rate he lived but no more bike riding which was his whole life for many years BUT we still have Las Vegas. I am so ready to go back.
     
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    Very sorry, but you both seem to have a very positive attitude! :thumbsup:

    Maybe our paths will cross in April.
     
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    That would be great. Wish I could figure out a way to get back before then but with the holidays and all probably won't happen.
     
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    Enjoyed reading your TR, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Really enjoyed your TR! Liked your detailed (and varied) information- e.g. enjoyed hearing about High Flush. Like others have stated, I felt your easy going attitude throughout.
     
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    Very nice report RedRiverRose! Your report was very useful. Your info on the roll in shower room was helpful, I was put in a tub room at NYNY once, but I travel with my shower chair in my bag, I assemble it when I get to my room, so I took the tub room, just put my chair over the tub. I did not know they has Resort rooms at PH that had a roll in shower, next time I will ask, although I am Platinum. I got hurt on a motorcycle accident in '79 and have an SCI. (Spinal Cord Injury). Kudos to the security guard for helping your husband into bed. I enjoyed your report!
    I to like staying in the middle of the action, like PH or Paris or even Bally's so I can easily access the Bellagio Buffet, you called it seafood night, from what I remember, they always serve seafood at dinner. Nice report!
     
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    Nice report! :) I had an incident where I needed the PH security staff a couple of years back and was very pleased with their service too.

    Good Luck and Best Wishes to you and your hubby.
     
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