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Slept in the airport again... say it ain't so

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by LushLife, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. LushLife

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    My Trip Report

    Wednesday:

    We woke up on Wednesday quite a bit worried about if we would make it out at night. I had to go out and shovel out the driveway. Our flight was at 6:05, direct from BWI (Baltimore/Washington) to LAS. We got to the airport pretty early to have a bite to eat and a few beers from DuClaw before we entered security. Eventually we noticed that all flights were cancelled after 6:05. I figured they would be able to get us out of there. We boarded the plane. It was thunder-snowing, and our flight was pushed back until 6:50. Now it was too late, snow was falling at a rate of a few inches an hours. Apparently a plane was struck by lightning, and we weren’t going anywhere.


    We went to get food before all the shops closed up. We were now booked on a flight at 2pm the next day. To make a long story short, this is the second time in a row I’ve had to sleep at the airport.

    Thursday:

    We ended up going to a bar in the AM and killing time there. Bar tender was a beer snob so we discussed good beers. Flew out of BWI at 2pm to make a 30 min (same plane) stop in Birmingham, AL.

    We got in to Vegas at 6:30pm and I had planned to go to MESA grill for dinner. We checked in to PH. Had a regular Hollywood Hip room. We had a Handicapped room but it didn’t matter. It was the “Volcano” room. Cool memorabilia, comfortable bed. It was pretty nice. We were on the 22nd floor. Started it off with a Fat Tire Ale.

    We went to Bobby Flay’s MESA grill. My girlfriend had some pink drink, and I had a Blue Chimay. Wanted a Duvel but they were sold out. I was a bit surprised at the beer prices. I think the small Chimay was about 10-15 bucks. We were seated and were basically right next to the next table. Ordered the fried quail for appetizer, it was okay. I’d never had it before. GF ordered the Pork, which was in a spicy rub, but she was very disappointed by it for the price. $36 dollars. It didn’t have a lot of flavor. I had the 16 spice chicken which I think was priced fair for 30 dollars. My girlfriend was visibly upset as this was her birthday dinner, and was really let down by the quality of the food and spices for a Bobby Flay restaurant. The servers seemed really busy, and were willing to help, but we wanted another drink, but they didn’t get around to us until much later, so we decided not to spend any more money there. Our server took off GF’s meal, as she didn’t really eat much of it. I tipped her well as it wasn’t her fault that the meal was lacking, and that was a pretty good thing to do. We were going to go out to a nice bar, but we decided we needed sleep after sleeping on a bench the night before.


    Working on part II
     
  2. Joe

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    I don't handle even a two hour delay well. I can't imagine how berserk I would go over an over-nighter:cry: And then for this to be the second one:nworthy:
    I give credit to all of you who can just take it in stride!! Just another reason I want to only fly non-stop. Of course, not that a non-stop would prevent a weather delay.
     
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  3. bratkar

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    I'm with you Joe. I've only once had a flight cancelled once and I had a complete melt down on the lady at the desk. My father yelled at me and told my husband to take me somewhere far away and find me something strong to drink. I still feel bad and I am sure the lady still tells the story of me completely freaking out. Ended up on a non direct flight home, which sent me into another melt down. It was a day I will never forget and fear it will happen again in my life. (and I cant even blame it on weather it was 80's in April in Birmingham and we were coming home after racing for the weekend at Talladega). And it was the LAST time I flew with Continental.

    It's one of the few things in life, I can't just take in stride. I dont know why either!

    Kelli
     
  4. gwenshack

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    Oh wow. Good for you for not going bananas. Enjoying your trip report, even though it got off to a rocky start. I'm sorry Mesa was a disappointment. I've found they do lunch way better than dinner.
     
  5. Joe

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    Coming back from Vegas on 12/28, we ran into a very nice couple, at the bar of course. Anyway, that was after either the first or second time the East Coast got pounded. They were flying to JFK and got to the airport at 5 am for a 7am flight. The last update before we left for our 2pm flight was that their flight was scheduled to leave at 4pm.
    I couldn't believe how well they were taking it. Maybe those 20 oz, "cheap" airport beers, they were drinking had something to do with it:beer: But it's not me.
     
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  6. LushLife

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    part two is better! i just realized part 1 looks like a pity party lol.


    Anyways, yeah i racked up a 150 dollar bill on drinks at the airport lol. We did have free southwest drink tickets, so that was saving some money, but we saved money because we couldn't find a hotel room, so that evens out haha.


    I'm fine now but at the time I really was weighing out if I should ever travel again... and then I got to Vegas lol.:beer:
     
  7. LushLife

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    Part Deux

    Friday:

    We were going to wake up after a short nap, but thought better of it, so we slept until about 6am and went out. We decided to walk up to Imperial Palace to try out HHAGG. We loved it. IP is still the biggest dump, but HHAGG is a hidden gem in this place. I had the Hash with the Meatloaf which was great, and eggs. GF had another meatloaf and a big bloody mary. I had the Stone Pale Ale, which I was surprised they served. I had to have the Bud in the Bag they sell so we got that to go. The amount of food they give you is crazy. I don’t even think I ate half of it.


    We went up north to stop by the Wynn and stop in the Venetian. Stopped by Casino Royale for beer and margarita. Lost a few bucks at the tables at the Encore. We went up to the gift shop too just north of the Wynn. Stopped by RockHouse on the way back to get a 80z guitar, and GF had one of the tall drinks. The guitar was a hit. We headed back to get lunch at La Salsa Cantina at PH Shops. We went to get in the pool. The pool was chilly but the hot tub was great. We headed back to the hotel to take a quick nap, and then get ready for our show.

    We went to Tony and Tina’s wedding. I don’t want to ruin this for anyone but it was hilarious, and I specifically thought Joey was very funny. Sterio-typical Jersey type of wedding. The food was buffet style, was pretty basic catered Italian food. Very much enjoyed this show, and I had bought the tickets for 50 a piece so you can’t beat that. GF wasn’t feeling good and it was her birthday so I stayed in with her, ended up working out because I got good sleep, and we had a great day on Saturday.



    Still more:
     
  8. codingkw

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    How far are you from the airport? I would have gone back home. I live like 10 minutes from the airport. I live in Glen Burnie. This is why I am going to Vegas in April that way I don't have to worry about snow.
     
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  9. GolferTrav

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    That sucks about getting stuck in the airport. I've been there before and it is NOT fun.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't impressed with MESA grill. When I tell people that, for the money, it's not that great, they think I'm crazy.

    Hopefully the rest of the trip made up for your flight & meal.
     
  10. Dutchy

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    Sleeping at the airport a nightmare for me. Last year I had to wait 6 hours @ NY NW. That was allready horrible.

    Few weeks back they provide beds ( by the redcross ) at the airport Schiphol/ Amsterdam, because of snowstorm. Hundreds of people used those beds for a few nights.

    But keep on writing about your trip!
     
  11. LushLife

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    Saturday:
    We went to the south end of the strip. Started walking south, had a few beers, and ate at America in NYNY. I was craving a burger, and the burger was really good. The map sculputure they have with each state is pretty neat too. Then we went to Pour 24, GF had a redbull vodka (only 6 bucks there) and I had a Stone Ruination IPA. I’ve never had the Ruination before, but it was fantastic, although served (as most bars) a little too cold. Anyways Stone Ruination was the best beer I had in Vegas for those who care. We walked around the strip and then went to Bill’s to play a little craps and roulette. 5 dollar minimums. We had read about the cool dive bar/casino behind the Flamingo/Bills called Stage Door Casino. The place was pretty neat. It says 19 years left on the lease. Apparently Harrah’s owns the land, but can’t do anything legally about kicking them off. I’m glad this place is there. They have 3 dollar food ( we didn’t eat it, although I heard the hot dogs are good). They have a bottled Busch beer and a shot of Ancient Age Bourbon. A big shot none the less for TWO bucks. The bartender was very friendly, and she answered some of our questions, as we plan on moving out to the Vegas area in about 5-7 years.

    I mentioned Ellis Island to GF and she wanted to try the special, we weren’t hungry yet, so we went to the Westin Casuarina, which was empty. The craps table and the roulette table were closed. No one was gambling except one or two people. Sports book guy looked friendly, and no wait so we put money on the Pack (for GFs dad). Hopefully they don’t close the place before next week (and I say that with a small honest feeling it could be closed whenever). It’s the history in the places I like to see, so to see the Maxim before it is gone is kind of cool. We headed down to eat at Ellis Island. No wait, which was good, except for the mediocre service but the food makes up for it. I’ve been to Ellis Island probably 8 or 10 times. The steak was a little fatty, but still good, the green beans are to die for. And the salad is flooded with dressing, just the way I like it. Had the house beer Amber ale, which was pretty good, and the GF had the Hefe. I didn’t like the Hefe, but I’m more of a hoppy guy myself. We asked for togo glasses, and the guy said to take the glass ones with us. So we saved them.

    We went back to the hotel, and we had wanted to hit up the pool, but it closed at 4 this time of year, so we just went up to shower and get ready for Zumanity. We had first row balcony seats. The show was fantastic, funny, and very provotive. I’ve seen O, Mystiere, Ovo, Love, and the one in Disney world. I’d say this one was probably my fourth favorite one, as there weren’t as many stunts in the air as I’ve seen before. Still very good, and well worth the money. I had their slush drink called the “blue balls†and popcorn. After the show we stopped by Nathan’s in NYNY for a hot dog.

    We went to Coyote Ugly as my girlfriend wanted to go, and it was 5 dollar cover for me to get in. She talked me in to getting in for free. I was standing in Coyote Ugly in a tie, dress slacks, and a jacket. The main bar girl (Coyote who wasn’t ugly at all) called me up, called me out for having a tie. Tied my shirt up in a knot and made me dance. It was worth it because she poured me a shot. It was obnoxiously loud with the music in there, so we stuck around for a few mins. GF wanted to dance on the bar, and then we headed down to THE hotel and Mandalay Bay.
    I love THE Bar in THEhotel. I like their beer selection and I love having a 22 oz Duvel there. It’s a classy joint, and I like that scene. The Duvel was served in a Chimay Chalice after the explanation that the Duvel tulips weren’t clean. Plenty of head on this beer to stack up above the Chalice. The Duvel started my buzz, and I was feeling good. Headed back to PH for GF to change out of heals. We went back down to Stage Door Bar to have a few more drinks. Talked to a few locals about the life out here. They were playing some popular rap songs, which were okay. Had a shot of some apple shot, and then went back to our hotel at about 3am.

    I wish we would have done more stuff out, and there were some things that we didn’t do that we wanted to. We do like dive bars, so the Stage Door was a cool find. I like places that “stick it to the man†in this case Harrah’s. Never made it to Toby Keith’s unfortunately.


    Sunday:
    Woke up and finished packing. Went to check out and buy a Fat Tire Ale at the PH store in the lobby. It was only 2.50 which seemed cheap for a Fat Tire. We went downstairs to kill time before the Champagne Brunch at Spice Market Buffet at PH. Got a few drinks at the table, basically got blasted for requesting a good beer lol, and turned 20 in to 70 in roulette, and then back to just one dollar, which I kept, and when I go back in August, I’ll start out with it. Got to the Champagne Brunch at about 10:50. Not a big line, and had a bunch of the food. The food was good. The chicken at Mid-Eastern station was a little dry, but was delicious. The applewood bacon was great too just a heads up. Champagne was alright. They brought glasses to the table. Had to rush afterward to head outside to get picked up.
    Bus was supposed to pick us up at 12:15. By 12:45 they hadn’t come yet, we called a few times, and I have to blast SHOWtime Bus company because they kept saying they were running a few minutes late. I understand 10-15 mins late, but that shows that they forgot to send us the 12:15, as I’m sure it runs every 30 mins. I wanted to get to the airport so I took a cab. Cost about 13 bucks, I watched her route and it was the fastest. Everything else went swimmingly. Stopped by Jose Cuervo’s Tequilarita restaurant and had a few beers. Our flight left at 2:50, 20 minutes late because the computers went down at the airport… oh joy sounds safe. Anyways, I didn’t realize that LAS had computers based on their 1980s styling LOL.

    Flight home was fine. Got home and saw all the snow everywhere. After getting in the pool and not wearing a jacket except at night, today was a mighty big wakeup call for remembering winter is still around.

    Good trip. We’ll be back in August for a week or a little longer, if not sooner. Thanks for reading.
     
  12. LushLife

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    I'm about 30-40 mins. I was hoping we could get on standby for the morning 7:30 am flight, which is why we didn't wanna go home. We didn't drive either we were dropped off, so we would have had to have a friend pick us up.

    MESA was O.K. for me. I'm not very picky. I eat bland and I eat spicy. I had read the reviews and felt that we should go somewhere else, but my GF likes Bobby Flay a lot, or should I say "liked" him until now, so she was originally excited lol.

    I was only provided the wonderful pleather Southwest benches, but at least no arm-rests LOL.

    I feel that I have experienced sleeping in an airport twice and that is like getting struck by lightning twice, hopefully not a third time LOL
     
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    Great trip report. I am flying out of BWI in early May and already crossing my fingers that there will be no thunderstorms in the area that will give an hour or so delay. I couldn't imagine being shut down for the night. And I totally agree with the others regarding keeping your cool when they killed your flight. I couldn't if it was me.
     
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    Why doesn't it seem to work out that we get stuck in Vegas for a longer period...??? For the most part, it seems like it is always on the getting there part of the trip that is delayed. I totally agree with Joe & his comments. Thanks for posting.
     
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    great report thanks for sharing! I hear there is more snow heading that way this week.
     
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    I have been lucky enough to avoid delays, but there is always a chance when flying out of Indy in the winter. I always say I hope it is the plane back that gets delayed - I am never against spending some extra time in Vegas!

    Thanks for the great trip report.
     
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    Thanks for the report

    I am almost always disappointed in these FOOD CHANNEL CELEB restaurants. Probably because I expect something spectacular and it never meets my high expectations.

    Think of all the people that are going to Vegas this week if this storm turns out to be what it is supposed to be. Flights already delayed and they are offering vouchers already.

    For me, I am currently in a BLIZZARD warning for the next TWO Days. Oh joy.
     
  18. LushLife

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    Well, today it was icy around here again. Slid down my driveway, it was more fun than anything lol. I'm tired of these storms lol.


    I noticed in my email today my girlfriend and I EACH got a 100 dollar voucher on a Southwest Flight in the future. They give me a whole year to use it. I thought that was nice because normally weather cancellations aren't reason to give money out.

    I just so happen to be flying out sometime in August to Vegas, so this helps when the prices are high.
     
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    UPDATE: Pictures


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