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Quick TR: Aria, downtown, Ellis Island, 6/22-6/26

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by gradytripp, Jul 2, 2014.

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  1. gradytripp

    gradytripp Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    My wife and I stayed at Aria, four nights. We seem to be making a circuit of the center strip (we've gone from Bellagio to Bally's to Paris to Planet Hollywood).

    Some thoughts:

    + Our four nights were divided into three separate reservations: two comped nights through MyVegas, one 25% off night through MyVegas, and one night through an emailed promotion which included a $100 resort credit. I expected this might take a few minutes to sort out upon check-in, and it did. Also, upon returning home I realized that the $100 resort credit hadn't been applied. I emailed Aria guest services with the relevant details and within 2 hours the credit had been applied to my credit card. Check-in lines seemed long throughout our stay, actually.

    + Overall, we really enjoyed Aria. It took us a few tries to get the hang of the in-room technology. The blackout curtains do not really black out the room; this was probably exacerbated by the fact that we had an east-facing "city view" room, so we got the brunt of the morning sun. That's the only real quibble I had.

    + We're not pool people, really, but two mornings we hung out at the Aria pools, in the shade, drinking mimosas, eating Jean-Phillipe Patisserie pastries, and reading the paper. Very relaxing and chill. Once the sun reached us, we were out of there.

    + My wife had never been south of Monte Carlo, so we cabbed it down to Mandalay Bay and walked back. Had breakfast at the MB buffet, which was... just okay. Not bad, just okay. My wife visited the Lush store at the Mandalay Place shops while I took the elevator down to the Luxor $5 blackjack tables and quickly lost $100. Maybe that affected my perception of the place, but Luxor just seemed pretty grim. As did Excalibur. We spent about 5 minutes there then moved through NY/NY. Tried to play the full-pay VP by the NY/NY check-in desk until someone started smoking a really gnarly cigar two spots down from us, with the smoke drifting right over us. Then we left and were checking out the Hershey Store (meh) when my wife realized she'd left the Lush bag at the VP machine. So I ran back through the casino and miraculously it was still there.

    + Visited downtown and played at the Downtown Grand. I'm in the minority, but I like the place. (The guy at the taxi stand at Aria had never heard of Downtown Grand, which seems like a bad omen for them.) I'm just getting too old for the Fremont Street insanity, I guess, but I really preferred the vibe at DTG. We played $5 3/2 blackjack for a couple of hours and finished up $100. (I guess I'm not helping DTG make any money...) Headed to 4Q to have prime rib at Magnolia's, then made our way through the crowds to MSS.

    + Found the full-pay $.10 VP machines at Cosmo and played there a couple of times. Again, not helping them make any money, but it was fun to hang out with all the beautiful people. The Cosmo casino seemed very busy, even on weeknights, and to my eyes a lot of the tables were actually pretty full.

    + $10 blackjack at Monte Carlo and Bally's are still 3/2, thankfully.

    + Ate Five50 Pizza twice at Aria--I thought it was better than Secret Pizza at Cosmo. We had the Gotham and the Forager and both were delicious!

    + We revisited other traditional dining spots: the Creperie at Paris and Tequila Bar at the back of Bally's. Cabbed it to Ellis Island ($7 plus tip) three times for $5 blackjack and $8.99 steak special. EI fans should know that Ellis Island has remodeled its restaurant--it used to have lots of cheesy-cool paintings of 19th-century naval battles. Now it has a generic faux-brick thing, which is classier but boring.

    Heading back in November--we'll see if my ten-cent VP at Cosmo gets me an offer there. (I assume not... probably back across the street to Planet Hollywood.)
     
  2. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    nice trip report.......next time skip the cab and just walk to ellis island from ballys
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Maybe if you played all 100 lines...:evillaugh

    Nice job finding the cheaper low edge games on the strip!
     
  4. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Sound like a great time. Thanks for posting!!
     
  5. gradytripp

    gradytripp Low-Roller

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    Actually, when I said we cabbed it three times, I meant that we cabbed it back FROM Ellis Island to Aria twice (late at night) and TO Ellis Island from Aria once (at the hottest time of the day).

    Otherwise we were walking; I think over the past few years I've worn a groove in the sidewalk between Bally's and EI...
     
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