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Reflections from November (Stratosphere and Golden Nugget)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ClownHo, Apr 7, 2015.

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  1. ClownHo

    ClownHo High-Roller

    Mar 29, 2004
    God's country
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    A few observations from my last trip to Vegas (Nov. 2014) … not so much a trip report, but a trip reflection, if you will.

    Two weeknights at Stratosphere …. forgettable.

    Didn’t plan to eat there a lot, but we did eat at Fellini's Ristorante. People like it, I didn’t dislike it. We bought a discount meal voucher from a major online discounter. With a little wine our meal was not cheap. Nice overall, but I have no interest in returning and paying menu prices for that place again.

    Saw “Pin Up” while we were there. If you’re taking advantage of one of the easy-to-obtain discounts, it’s a fair price for a show. I expected it to be cheesy and simple… the music and performance was nicely done. The show’s hype revolves around whomever the former Playboy playmate is that appears in the show, but she’s more of a bit player. I wouldn’t call it must see, but it was entertaining, and well done.

    As a paying guest of the hotel, access to the observation deck is free. I remember visiting the top 15 years ago, and there were lines of people waiting to get up there. The bloom is off the rose. Even with free tower access to hotel guests, there wasn’t much of a wait during the week. Not so surprising for mid-November, but damn, it’s way too quiet around there. The people working those shops seemed awfully lonely. By the way, plenty of space available for rent in that “mall.”

    The casino wasn’t too lively, either. Some genius thinks that gambling at an isolated casino is a privilege, therefore all blackjack tables in the main casino (no idea about high limit tables, if such a thing exists) should pay 6:5. Thanks Strat, I might have played for a few hours while I was there if you didn’t disrespect the gambling customer. I gave my play to other casinos instead.

    Two nights at the Strat were followed by two nights at the Golden Nugget. Room was a prize I won. I had never stayed there before. Nice room in the Gold Tower. Didn't end up gambling there, don't plan to make it my regular downtown resting place, but I can see why people pay extra to be there.

    It wasn’t hot, but it was sunny and near 70F on Saturday afternoon, so we enjoyed some time poolside, and a swim. Despite claims the pool is heated, I wasn’t convinced. The upper deck “pool” that is for adults only was closed. I rode the celebrated water slide, one time. It seems cool, going through a shark tank. But since you have to lay down, and are going so fast, you don’t really get to appreciate the perspective. One time was enough for me.

    Saw the Gordie Brown show while we were there. Terrible. Old references that seemed like they were often lost on the old people in the audience. Occasionally clever, but usually not. His “impersonations” weren’t all that spectacular. He’s like a poor man’s Weird Al. Thank God I didn’t pay for those tickets. Nonetheless I’d have liked that hour back.

    Went to El Cortez on Saturday for that wonderful old-school shave people rave about. The service was good, it seemed. It took quite a bit of time, but hours after the fact you wouldn’t have known I had shaved at all that day. And I figured this little barber shop would be some swanky room that harkens back to the day when the El Co was the place to be seen downtown. Nope, it looks like some ‘70s era barber shop tucked away on the second floor. Nothing really nostalgic or novel about it. Needless to say I’ll stick to my swanky disposable razor next time I’m downtown.

    Final show of the weekend was Le Reve. Expensive, but as you all know, it’s quite a spectacle, and not something they can take on the road, so it’s worth the premium pricing.

    If you enjoy ‘80s rock, Spandex Nation, which was playing downtown, was better than your average ‘80s tribute band. Such bands are a dime a dozen. These guys were a great band. Visually they didn’t do anything extraordinary, but they weren’t just another cover band playing old tunes everybody knows.
  2. Mooda

    Mooda Low-Roller

    Nov 24, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Thanks for the trip report.
  3. Tellafriend

    Tellafriend High-Roller

    Feb 8, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Enjoyed your candor, thanks!
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