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The D. Would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by thatguy1976, Jan 20, 2016.

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  1. thatguy1976

    thatguy1976 Tourist

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    Hello,
    I'm still debating on where I want to stay for my downtown Vegas trip in April. I am now considering The D, as I have read some nice reviews about their rooms. Does anyone know how their video poker is and how generous they are for future stays as far as mailers and comps go (based on play). Also, How is their drink service? I appreciate the input!
     
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  2. BayouBengal

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    The video poker is pretty good. Drink service is quick at the bars and never waited long at the tables. Never stayed the night so no input on room.
     
  3. Hogman

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    I like the casino but it gets very loud at night.
     
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  4. Funkhouser

    Funkhouser In Charge of the Big Door

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    Depends who you talk to will gauge your response. Many regular downtown visitors like The D and consider a well heeled mid tier grind joint with reasonable rooms and good VP tables. The place is definitely nicer than what the Fitz was.
    Now the question then becomes are you used to the Strip and rooms of major hotels? If so then you will probably be disappointed with The D rooms. IMHO the place is just okay for the following reasons:

    - Furnishings in the room are a low grade furniture not much better than what you might find at Walmart (some people like the Walmart stuff). I felt like the furniture is what you might find in a Days Inn. The D suites have better furnishings so I am told. The Plaza, Downtown Grand, and Golden Nugget all have better rooms IMHO.
    - Longbar is pretty cool with number of TV screens and a lot of people like the atmosphere. My personal experience has been lots of cigarette smoke, historically bad run on VP I mean 8 out of 8 losing VP sessions, have not hit a quad on those Longbar tops 3 years running. Drink service good. Paytables average for downtown. Casino a little loud for my liking.
    - Dining options limited at The D, but The D grill was pretty good.
    - Upstairs Vintage casino used to be cool with the coin droppers, they swapped these out with a bunch of slot inventory they picked up from the Riveria. Now its just a crappy space with worn slots and one cool Sigma Derby machine.

    Not sure what your budget is, but I would pick Golden Nugget or Downtown Grand over The D if I was going to stay downtown. If price is your main concern then you will get a semi decent room at The D and if you don't like the casino you can move down the street.

    Slot club is competitive for downtown and most people report getting bounce back offers for match place, dining comps, and free play fairly easy. The slot club isn't as competitive as some of the larger neighbors on the strip.
     
  5. Guy

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    I think Funky has it nailed. The D is solidly mid-tier (for good or ill). I quite like the red/black design they redecorated the place with.

    They've put in some new elevators recently which fixes one of the big criticisms they received. It's a good system where you enter your floor number into a console in the lobby and it tells you which of the 6 elevators to get into, and then there's no buttons inside the elevator itself other than the door open/close ones.

    I believe they are refitting some/all of the bathrooms as they were unchanged from the Fitz days. The old ones weren't dirty or broken but definitely old fashioned.
     
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  6. LoveDowntownVegas

    LoveDowntownVegas Low-Roller

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    All depends on what you like to do and how much you like to party.

    I enjoy the property, the music, the vibe, etc. Rooms are fine but i'm not in the room much and when I am, i'm asleep.
    I prefer the D over GN because i'm not a fan of gambling at GN and I typically like to play where I stay.
     
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    I think the first sentence says it all. IMHO, to me the D is more for the "younger" crowd that likes loud music. Also helps with all the scantily clad dealers also.

    I'm not a fan of the D basically because I don't like my ears blown out by the loud music but if you like that kind of atmosphere then go for it. As others have mentioned, I like the gaming at the D over the GN but I think the rooms at the GN are probably the best downtown.
     
  8. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    I am CET 7* but in 2013-2014, the D was my property.

    Rooms are OK, the suites are HUGE!

    If you give them play, they will take good care of you. At the high point, I was getting:

    Per month

    4 free nights
    $150 FB
    $200 FP
    $150 Match play

    Warning, the casino is LOUD. 24/7

    The comp program is VERY generous, you earn comps AND cash.

    Conveniently located near the Deuce if you want to go to the strip.

    Visited there last trip and they've made an effort to upgrade the machines.

    I have never had to wait for drinks.
     
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  9. shacktown

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    The D is probably the best party atmosphere downtown. Lots of boozing, loud music and girls dancing. Golden Nugget is the classiest joint downtown and always has a lot of people too. I've stayed at GN, never stayed in The D so can't speak to the rooms. But I prefer to gamble at GN but go the D for drinks
     
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    The D wins in the atmosphere category if you're looking for fun, upbeat and loud.

    Other than that I don't think it wins in any category. It's a solid property all around, but you can find better value, rooms, restaurants gambling etc. elsewhere downtown.
     
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    I'd recommend The D. I like to play there, friendly staff.
     
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    I loved the D. The rooms are nothing special. Decent accommodations but nothing special. It was perfect for a guys trip where all we were doing is showering and sleeping. Rooms were clean and comfortable. I really liked the casino. I thought the drink service was excellent and the half clothed dealers and 3/2 blackjacks were a winner. It was easily the most fun casino I played at this year. It IS loud if that bothers you.

    While you can find nicer rooms, I like having a decent casino below me. The Nugget rooms are nicer (and a lot more expensive) but the casino odds are terrible. I really liked the Grand and hear they have nice rooms but with their casino issues I probably wouldn't stay there.
     
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    Just got back had comp night at both the D and Plaza. Like gambling more at the D. Plaza still takes awhile to get used to smell when you walk in the door. Found vp better at D, better odds and more machines. Beer 5 at longbar and 4 at Plaza.
    I used to stay at gn but comps dried up and vp was horrible. The 2 new elevators really helped cut down wait times and casino is still loud at D. Remodeled bathrooms where nice ( got rid of shower/tub combo for a walk in and new sinks).
     
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    Excellent news, that's what I was most curious about.

    Thanks for the update, jwkick :thumbsup:
     
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    I am 27 and find the casino to be too loud to be in there all of the time. Sure I dont mind popping in there when that mood strikes. The Longbar is constantly crowded and you earn 1/2 the points for your video poker if I can recall...because you are getting the honor of sitting at Longbar :rolleyes2: ... imagine if they did that at bars like Bond etc.

    I find it to be very "bro-ish" in terms of the tables, especially at night or during peak times. It doesn't feel welcoming - big groups of dudes hanging in packs, yelling at eachother because the music is so loud. Yeah the party pit thing - does that count downtown? Most of them look pretty worn out, but hey who am I to judge what gets you going ;)

    I have been tempted to stay based on some B1G1 free offers I have been sent for my hit and run playing - but the customer service I have received from them when trying to book rooms has been ridiculous. I want to pay more to have a high floor corner room - but you pay the upgrade charge on the comp night? Look, that makes sense when I am staying at a 5* property going from a City Room to a Terrace 2 Queen Studio because I am getting a hell of an upgrade. I have also had some lame dealings with the hosts as well. Overall - I don't think I will ever stay there with Fremont having the Boyd properties, DTG, and Four Queens for some classic Fremont fun.

    The hosts at Downtown Grand are completely more sincere and even though I don't really love the place - the rooms are fresh, the casino while small - is a nice retreat from Fremont Street. To each their own though!
     
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    I find the D very generous with their comps, which is why I am a repeat visitor. I usually stay at the Plaza and the D on my trips now.(with a few days more spent at the Plaza due to the comfort and quiet of their rooms and the wifi.)
    I have never had to wait long for a drink. I find the rooms comfortable. I have on occasion, heard my neighbours but it wasn't too troublesome. As you should with ALL hotels, bring a tiny flashlight and check the seams of the mattress for any evidence of bedbugs.

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    I am still not a big fan of the elevator system. I would prefer regular elevators. They added two more but one is for staff, the other is for visitors.

    To me the casino seems to have three distinctive areas. The areas near check in and the one over towards Walgreens, aren't quite as earsplitting as the area around the table games. Sadly for me, my favorite machines are in the loudest area. Strangely enough, if I am winning I find myself bopping to the music.
    If I am losing I hate it. lol.
     
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    Everyone has pretty much summed it up. It gets pretty loud there at night, but it's a big party. It's a little quieter during the day. If it's too loud for ya, move over to Golden Gate. It's another fun place, but the music isn't a loud.
    The rooms aren't huge, but they're not bad. They're larger than the slandered room at most of the other places downtown. I haven't stayed in any of the suites, but hear good things. I'll be in one of their corner king suites my next trip.
    They do have nicer comps than other places I've played at downtown. After just my first time playing there they were giving me 3 nights, $25MP/$25FP/$25food. After my last trip my host is giving me $200food/$50MP/$50FP, and a limo.
     
  18. VegasL0ver

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    How many $ did u spend, or what was your average bet and time to get these comps? Really curious about that! Will be staying at the D in March.
     
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    Even though I mentioned it was loud in my above comment I don't think it's too loud. A lot of people seem to think that it is though. It's a party atmosphere so if you're not looking for that I'm assuming the casino isn't for you. With the comped drinks flowing however I continually had a blast in there.
     
  20. Funkhouser

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    Just a little FYI...
    Fun is a tricky word to apply here. I think if you want to get throw down drunk, and you are oblivious to your behavior, then yeah The D is probably the coolest place downtown.
    If your like me, a middle aged guy who enjoys a couple of drinks, some eye candy, and gambling while avoiding the obnoxious drunk factor, then your not thinking The D is a lot of fun.

    I can deal with the party crowd up till the point its in my face and I can't avoid the drunks at the tables, bumping into me spilling cocktails, and really obnoxious behavior. At that point the fun ends. If you stay long enough at The D you WILL run into people like this, at least at the strip its kept in check better at some properties. It's the same reason I avoid PHo and Cromwell on the strip after a certain hour. CP suffers from it as well once Omnia lets out into the sports bar and front entrance at Caesars.
     
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