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Solo: Wynn/Golden Nugget/Life is Beautiful 23-28 Oct

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  1. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    First TR (hope you enjoy!)

    Background:
    Female, married, 27 from London. 13th trip to LV, 2nd solo. Official reason for visit was to see The Killers play at the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown. But really, I can't stand to be away for more than two months!


    Wednesday 23rd October:

    British Airways flight from Heathrow was at 4.45pm. Paid for an exit row seat on front row of economy, so got the benefit of some fresh air from the Club World cabin just in front and a speedy exit after a ten and a half hour flight.

    The only downside was the twats sat behind me - two men, late 30's, on a 'business trip'. One of them was sharing his wealth of Vegas knowledge with anyone who would listen. Lots of laughably inaccurate facts came spewing from his chops throughout the flight. I'm a bit of an obsessive when it comes to Vegas history, so it took all my strength not to turn around and correct him. Meanwhile, the other guys flip flopped foot kept springing up underneath my nose as he kicked his leg up and down in the aisle.

    Landed at 7.10pm. Through immigration quickly, but waited ages for my bag. Once I had that, I headed out to meet my limo driver. First time I have booked a limo. Sick to death of arguing or worrying about arguing with the taxi drivers. And now I have used the limo service, it will be a regular thing. I had only booked the cheapest Sedan car, but got upgraded to a Stretch.

    Arrived at the Wynn 8.20pm and left my bag with bell service. As it was my first time staying here, they gave me directions to the check in area. There were around six other guests in front of me and I waited about 20 mins. It seems this was a temporary check in area, next to the Lake of Dreams. It did feel temporary, with no Wynn style opulence. I asked the check in agent about it and she said she didn't know how long it would be like that, but she didn't like it. She also said the staff don't get told anything...

    Assigned room 3059 (30th floor, strip view, king bed). Very nice room. Even nicer when I discovered that I had been given $200 resort credit and resort fees had been waived. I don't know why, I didn't ask in case it was a mistake!

    So after calling for my bag, I showered, unpacked and decided I was going to be pathetic and stay in (I know, I know). Instead of heading out to the bright lights I ordered room service using my resort credit (including a big bottle of Jack Daniels). Bedtime 2am.


    Thursday 24th October:

    Awake at 7am. Didn't sleep well. Found the pillows to be quite horrible (feather, type that you lay on and they go as thin as a sheet of paper).
    I had a massage booked at the spa for 9am. I like to go down to the spa early as it's usually quieter. Got down there for 8am. The only other spa I have been to is Aria. The Wynn spa is smaller, but a lot brighter with a Thai garden theme. It has two deluge showers, which the Aria does not. I found these effective on my aching shoulder muscles.

    What I wasn't too pleased with was that I was called in for my massage 10 mins late and then it finished 5 mins early. But the costs were covered by my resort credit, so I let it go.

    Back to the room to change and grab some money. Out for some breakfast and a walk 12.30pm. Headed over to Fashion Show Mall and the Food Court. Got a slice and salad from Sbarros, but had to eat fast as the air con in there was blowing hard and cold. My pizza was ice cold by the time I'd poured the dressing on my salad!

    Over to Wynn and my first slots of the trip. Won nothing, but got a drink (bourbon rocks is my tipple). Then back to room for an afternoon nap. Much needed owing to jet lag and a bad night’s sleep.

    Woke 6pm, few drinks in the room and out to Walgreens by Venetian for some supplies. After dropping those off, out again for some casino hopping. TI, Mirage, Harrah’s. Won nothing and drink service pretty bad. Hated the vibe on the Strip that night. Decided to get back to Wynn and try to get a full night’s sleep.

    Bedtime 1am - but - club noise from downstairs kept me awake until 5am. Not a happy bunny. Mr Wynn makes such a big deal out of his hotel being a relaxing haven (on his Wynn TV channel), but those that pay $500 in the clubs get priority it seems.


    Friday 25th October:

    Stayed in bed late (until 12.30pm) to catch up. Once I'd got myself going, got some tea at the Drugstore Cafe downstairs and then headed over to FSM for my regular shopping trip to Forever 21. Dropped stuff off and then got a cab to downtown to collect my wristband for the festival.

    The driver had not heard about the festival and was surprised to hear that there would be road closures over the weekend. She dropped me on Carson and 6th where the box office was located. Got the wristband no problems and began walking towards Fremont St.

    It was around 6pm and just getting dark. The lights and the atmosphere as I was walking along Carson were just beautiful. I finally started to feel relaxed after two days in town. It was then I regretted changing my hotel stay from Golden Nugget to Wynn...

    Casino hopped all over Fremont. My husband wanted a souvenir postcard from the Binions Elvis exhibit we went to in August. Unfortunately, they had sold out of the one he wanted. I said to the guy at the booth "I've come all the way from London for this postcard!" I had to say I was kidding, as he thought I was serious!

    I won a Binions bungee cord from the swipe and win. I was pretty pleased with it as I hadn't won anything yet this trip!

    On my way to the California, there was a guy asking for change on the corner of Ogden. I gave him $5 and we had a long chat about movies (specifically Elvis and Jason Statham ones). He also told me when the mob was in charge, if a guy passed out on the sidewalk with $2k in his pocket no one would rob him, for fear of reprisal. I must have been talking to him for around 30 mins, and got some funny looks from passers-by. But just cause a guy is asking for change, doesn't make him some sort of animal that needs ignoring. He wasn't drunk or high. Just cold.

    Caught the SDX back to Strip 11.30pm. Got off at FSM, but decided to walk back up to Peppermill for some dinner. Got a veggie omelette with bagel and cream cheese and a bourbon rocks. They put me in a booth at the back, which was nice. I love Peppermill apart from the air con in there is brutal. I would have stayed longer, but I suffer from a stiff neck as it is without having it frozen.

    Returned to room 1.40am. But again, no sleep until 5am owing to the club noise.
    *It was during this sleepless night that I logged onto Expedia and booked a room at the Golden Nugget for Sunday night for $60. Enough was enough.


    Saturday 26th October:

    Slept in until 12.40pm. Felt crappy, so was slow to get moving that day. The festival started at midday, but I knew I didn't have it in me to stand in the crowds.

    Decided to walk up to Circus Circus. Theirs was one of the only player’s cards I didn't have so I signed up and spent a good few hours in there. Really impressed with the slots in there. I actually won sometimes and the drink service was great.

    I am no fan of kids, but found the casino a pleasure to be in. Ok, walking from the main casino to the West Casino was a bit arduous. Kids covering every square inch. But other than that, I really enjoyed myself. Had an excellent tuna sandwich at the Westside Deli.

    Left here just as it was getting dark. Spent some time taking photos of the neon against the twilight. I have taken these same photos before, but I can't resist when I see it. My favorite time of day.

    As I was waiting to cross the street opposite Riviera, some guy comes up by my side (sunglasses even though it's dark). Asks me where I'm from (you know, the usual). I'm polite but give one word answers and no eye contact. This usually works, and luckily does this time. I kept him in front of me walking back. He was not one to chat to about movies...

    Started to feel really fatigued now. Thought I'd have a nap for a couple of hours. But then I figured I'd pack my case for my move downtown. It would be done then and wouldn't take up any of my day tomorrow. I also emailed Presidential Limo to tell them I would need picking up at the Golden Nugget, not Wynn on Monday. They responded in 5 mins confirming the change.

    So I leisurely packed up my stuff while having a few JD's. Then decided on an early night (didn't happen - club noise).


    Sunday 27th October:

    Woke 9.45am. Exhausted, but looking forward to checking out. Picked up some juice at the Drugstore Cafe and went for a walk.

    I've been sounding really negative about the Wynn, but that has everything to do with the noise at night. The property itself is great. Casino, grounds, etc. really nice. Felt safe and secure and they don't allow strollers (hurray!).
    Anyway, called bell service for my bag to be taken down. Then call front desk to say I need to check out early. All fine and small final bill owing to resort credit.

    Go down to get my bag and line up for a taxi. Wait a long time... the VIP's were skipping the line and cabs were sparse apparently because of the festival. Finally get one. Nice driver, took short route = big tip.

    Check in at Golden Nugget around 4.30pm. Offered a free upgrade to the Rush Tower, but need a smoking room so no deal. Thanked the lady anyway. Given room 766 in Carson Tower. Immediately feel at home. Nice view of The D, El Cortez and all the way out to Boulder Station.

    Don't need to unpack as only staying one night. Leave valuables in the safe and go over to Four Queens/Magnolias for a veggie pizza and salad. Service was painfully slow and I needed to get to the festival, so I ate half the pizza and got a doggy box for the rest.

    Drop food in the room and walk down Carson to 7th to enter the festival.
    Oh, wow. It all looked great. Wished I'd made it up there the night before.
    Walked over to the main stage, stopping to take photos along the way. Crowds were light and everyone was happy and friendly.

    Made my way as close to the front of the stage as I could (around 40 people back). Stood there for an hour before The Killers took the stage. It was one of the best shows I have seen them do. They seemed genuinely happy to be playing at home, even though the crowd would be a lot less than their stadium shows. This was the sixth time I have seen them in a year (big fan!).

    I thought the festival was managed very well. Lots of security, clean toilets and good food and drink offerings. I only bought a red bull as I wanted to save my booze consumption for the free stuff! After it finished, everyone was quickly kicked out of the area. There were some after parties going on at El Cortez and along the Fremont East bars.

    Went back to the room to wolf down some cold pizza and grab some cash. Played a bit in Four Queens, where I won! Planet Moolah is my favorite and when I win on it, I really win!
    When I got back, I called front desk to ask for a late check-out. My flight wasn't until 9.30pm and I could do with a lie in. They agreed to 5pm. Result!
    Bedtime 3.45am. Slept so well. Bed was way comfier than Wynn’s.


    Monday 28th October:

    Up at 12pm. Very windy today and temperatures dropped considerably.

    Walked out of GN towards Main St, but just walking to Golden Gate I almost got blown off my feet. So decided to stick underneath the canopy.

    Got a cheap buffet at Fremont using my Boyd card. Read the Review Journal while I ate, making sure I filled up as I wouldn't eat again until I was on the flight.

    Downtown Grand opened the day before, so I went over for a look. Signed up for a player’s card and got down to some slots. It was a lot smaller than I was expecting, but I really liked it. Seemed to win a lot. As I was wasting time today, so I just kept playing. The music and drink service was pretty good. It still feels very downtown, even though it's new and shiny. Looking forward to bringing the husband there and checking out Pizza Rock.

    Checked out of GN and waited for my limo at the Casino Center entrance. Apparently, the driver had gone to the Rush Tower entrance so the bell guys did a great job getting her to come around the other side. I had been upgraded again - this time to an Escalade.

    I noticed the staff at GN were all really efficient and friendly, but without that ass-kissy treatment you get at Aria/Wynn. I preferred that, others wouldn't. The room was cosy, but quiet. I did not feel the walk to the Carson Tower was long, as I've read on some reviews. It was shorter than any walk I've had at a Strip hotel. If the tower was closer, I'm sure it would be noisier too.

    Flight home was the usual tortuous experience. Landed at Heathrow 1.45pm.

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    So, thanks for reading. Sorry for not being the most exciting, funny or interesting report you'll have read. I wish I hadn't had the issues I did - but you learn from experience. I had a wonderful time in the end and my main reason for going (The Killers) turned out way better than I imagined.

    Next trip is Dec 21st - Jan 1st. Staying at Aria, but have convinced my husband to stay at GN for three nights over Xmas. Hoping he will see it in a different light, like I did.

    And, I couldn't resist... I booked a solo trip for Feb. 7 nights - downtown.
     
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  2. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Nice report! Thanks for writing. :beer:
     
  3. agirl

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    Jack Daniels, The Killers, and Planet Moolah? I believe you are my sister from another mother!
    Good read, thanks for sharing. I'm sure it is tough to fly all that way and not be whacked with jet lag, especially when you can't seem to get even one decent night's sleep to make up for it.
    I saw The Killers here in Houston a few months ago for the first time, I agree they put on a fabulous show and it's one of the best concerts I've been to. Would have loved to see them in their home town. I love how they always put Vegas into their music.
    You covered quite a bit of ground, sounds like you know the city well.
     
  4. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    Thank you!

    It was the second time seeing The Killers in Las Vegas. The first time was at the Cosmo, and the atmosphere was not as friendly. Plus the (old) Chelsea Ballroom did not make a good music venue. Couldn't see a thing!

    Even if you're not a fan of the band, some of their music videos have some excellent scenery of the city. For instance, their newest 'Shot at the Night' and an older one 'Boots'. Both on youtube.

    I didn't actually get around as much as I wanted. Planned on going to the outlets and walking down to the south Strip and up to the Stratosphere (go up the tower most trips). But you all know what it's like - you can never fit it all in!
     
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  5. JosieCat

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    Great TR. Why didn't you call while at Wynn and see if you couldn't be moved to a room that was quiet. I just couldn't imagine putting up with that for multiple nights. I DON'T do well on no sleep.
     
  6. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    Good question Josiecat. In fact my room was facing away from the clubs and I was on a relatively high floor. So I didn't see much point in moving.

    The problem was that the big hollow bed frame was vibrating from the bass. I usually sleep with the tv on as I like background noise. But with the sounds drowning out the tv and a moving bed, I had no chance.

    I'm a regular visitor to Ibiza, so have no aversion to dance music. I really do like it. Just not under these circumstances!
     
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  7. scottydoog

    scottydoog Low-Roller

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    Great TR, I agree totally about Wynn and it being lovely but that noise, I have stayed at both Wynn and Encore and both suffer from the same problem.Last time at Encore we were on the 62 floor and you could still hear noise from the dayclub in the afternoons.

    I was there at Encore last summer, 2 comp nights and 2 at casino rate, and took my daughter (28 y.o.) and her BF, we also had 4 nights at Orleans, and my daughter actally prefered Orleans????, wish I had known, could have saved $$$$ on the rooms.
     
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    I know all TR's don't have to be positive but wow this was borderline depressing....
     
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    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I heard Life is Beautiful was a good time,and would have loved to see The Killers.

    I've read many complaints about the noise level in the Wynn rooms from the nightclubs. Just doesn't sound like a good combination when you factor in the cost of the rooms and the type of people I would assume would opt to stay at Wynn(stereotype, I know :rolleyes2:)

    Happy to hear your trip ended on a high note with the stay at GN and the upgrade to an Escalade :beer:
     
  10. justmare

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    We had the same noise problem while staying at Encore several years ago and checked out a night early as well. Loved the place otherwise, but we actually do like to get some sleep while in Vegas. lol

    Sorry you had such a hard time. I'm sure it's worse for you with that jet lag to deal with to begin with!

    Thanks for writing!
     
  11. floridavegas

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    Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed reading your trip report. Everyone experiences Vegas in their own way and it was great reading your experience.

    I commend you for flying so far so much to a place you love, lots of people complain about the 4/6 hr flight... I made Fl to Heathrow airport many times and it is tough...

    I had never even heard of The Killers before - just watched both you tube videos and cool songs, love the footage!!

    :peace:
     
  12. breanna61

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    Enjoyed hearing about your chat about movies and happy to hear you kept the other fellow in front of you while walking. I have loved my stays at Wynncore but admittedly I go to bed just before many are getting up and "full" so the nightclub noise never bothers me.
     
  13. Nevada1278

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    Thanks a lot GChrome. It was my first attempt at a trip report. You have filled me with confidence for my next one.
     
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    Thanx for trip report. Wynn club noise is a deal stopper for me.
     
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    It was just so negative...that's all, depressing was a bad choice of words...

    Cheers!
     
  16. Nevada1278

    Nevada1278 Low-Roller

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    GChrome - Ok, sorry it came across that way. Perhaps if I'd had a load of oddball experiences and woke up in a room not my own my report would have pepped up a bit...

    The truth was though, I did feel pretty pissed off the first few days because I was in my favorite place in the whole world and I didn't feel up to enjoying it to the full. Luckily, out of all my trips I've never had the flu or other illness. But lack of sleep and 8 hour jet lag can make you feel just as bad (for me anyway).

    Everyone - Thanks for your comments. I enjoy reading all your TRs as they pass the time over here in cold, damp London. (Oops, being negative again. Slap wrist!)
     
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    Nevada, I didn't get a negative vibe from your trip report at all, thanks for sharing it. Hope your upcoming trips work out a little better. If its any consolation, I was at Aria in July and it was excellent, with no noise whatsoever.
     
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    I enjoyed the report and didn't find it depressing. Even in Vegas, lack of sleep can be a killer if you are choosing to sleep.
     
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    I too enjoyed reading your TR. Sorry about your stay at the Wynn.. its a big fat bummer when you're tired and you can't catch a break....

    Better trip next time!!
     
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    Enjoyed reading your TR. I'm not the biggest fan of The Killers but my Girlfriend loves them. I've seen them once live in concert, they put on a great show for sure. Would love to see them again sometime. I will admit I'm a bit bummed to hear Wynn has so many noise complaints.
     
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