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The Paris, Shows and Food: 4/14 to 4/19

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Calcki, Apr 19, 2011.

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  1. Calcki

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    My Trip Report

    The Paris, Shows and Food: 4/14 to 4/19

    Recaps coming up of Paris, Paris restaurants & show, Signature, MGM, Flamingo, Diego’s, Copperfield, Savard, Miracle Mile mall food, the Well Spa and other snazzy things. Met up with 12 other people that included family and friends (age group 30-70, median age 45ish).

    Thursday 4/14

    Paris host dropped the ball and did not book limo as promised

    Quick call to host on duty remedy the situation, limo arrived shortly

    Short check-in line, did not attempt upgrade as hotel was pretty booked up and the clerk was uppity

    Make it up to our room, only to find that it reeked of mold—to the point of eyes watering

    Trek down to thank host on duty for sending the limo out quickly, also mentioned that we needed a new room

    The host answered questions about CET comping, spinning his computer monitor to show the tracking screen they see and explained the math and percentages he looks at (I was weary by that time and now I’m trying to recall the exact wording of my lesson in comps)

    Head back to check-in area to get new room keys, head back up to check out new room. Strip view (partial Bellagio fountain view). While it also had mold odor, it was much more bearable than previous room. Bellman brought up luggage rather quickly

    Hunger kicked in and we wander over to Sugar Factory just off the Paris casino floor. They are obviously working out the kinks as far as staffing. They had a huge party booked and by their own admission way understaffed. Food was tasty: bruschetta for me, eggs and home fries for sister (add vodka cranberrty & diet coke, meal was about $35). The couple next to us waited over 35 minutes to be served a simple burger

    Ears opened up after hunger was taken and we were lulled in by the sounds of the machines

    Quick $40 in and nothing. On second $20, the fun began. I’ve never had anything happen like it before. Over the next hour I hit over $1600 on 3 or 4 different games (Mostly Silver Sword and Gems! Gems! Gems) on penny slots. It seemed like every machine I sat down at was spitting money. I ended up cashing out at $1660 for the night (pics to follow in next post)
     
  2. mpb777

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    Nice haul, congrats on the wins (plural)!
     
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    Great wins! Congrats! Can't wait to hear more!
     
  4. jgates8

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    Mold? Seriously? They must have had a problem in limited rooms or something as trust me, it would have affected both myself & my g.f. (different room) if we encountered it in March. (We both have super sensitivies). Her boys didn't mention anything in their rooms, but they probably wouldn't have noticed anyway LOL. So it must be something that happened!

    Wish I would have hit those loose machines on my trip.......

    Anxiously awaiting more!!!!!!
     
  5. Calcki

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    Thursday night pretties
     
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    Very Sweet:cheers: More Please
     
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    those wins are flippin awesome!!! :beer::beer::beer:
     
  8. gmoney590

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    Very nice wins. Mold...that can become a serious problem if they don't take care of it right away.
     
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  9. Calcki

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    Friday

    :wave: more detailed as I get more energy (yesterday was recoup day 1--I flew back in the morning and was at work by 10am)

    Friday 4/15

    Because it was Spa Week, sister and I were able to get a 50 minute massage for $50 at the Well Spa at the Platinum Hotel. We were too lazy to walk from the Paris so we jumped in a cab, no cab line and quick trip at 10am

    I love spas, but I’m not froufrou, so casual elegant is more my style. The Well Spa was perfect for us! After a lovely massage we relaxed in the lounge chairs and took a little nap—so very very refreshing. I’m looking forward to going back again in June (with a travelzoo coupon). I get a massage every month or so, and the therapist I had was right on par with my normal one at home.

    Hungry, we discussed our options (unfortunately my sister has difficulties deciding when presented with too many options) and decided to try HHAGG. By time we got a cab and made it to IP, our other sister called to let us know that she and her fiancée had landed, picked up their car and were starving (they were up at 3am to catch their flight). We told them to come join us, and in the meantime a friend of theirs also found their way from the airport to IP. It was a short wait until we were seated (party of 5). Again, there seemed to be a problem with staffing. We were actually too busy enjoying each other’s company to notice the slow service. Our waitress was friendly and our drinks were kept refilled, so that helped to compensate for slow service. Pictures to follow in next post. Food was actually pretty good—I’ve found that sometimes restaurants tend to serve big portions of marginal food. Bill for 5 (all with soft drinks) $101.95 (unfortunately my restaurant coupon was in the hotel room).

    After brekkie/lunch we trekked back to Paris to await the arrival of the Parental Ones who were driving in from 29 Palms where they had been staying at the most fabu B&B ever. While waiting for them, played some $10 min craps, bought in for 2 hundy, colored out at $455. Parents arrived in starve mode, so after dropping their luggage in their room, they headed over to the Burger Brasserie (corridor between Paris & Bally’s). Nice leisurely late lunch with burgers, salad and soups ordered. Bill for 5 ($89). Service was very good, not rushed-not slow.

    More slots and craps were played, keeping even for the trip.

    My dad had wanted to go see Barry Manilow, so my sister and I decided to treat the Parental Ones to the show. The last time my dad and I saw Barry was in 1978. I was a tweener and Barry was my 3rd concert. We were both looking forward to see the show. I had been looking for discount tickets for two months and finally found some that popped up on GoldStar. Ended up paying about $52 per ticket. The theatre is smallish, so having 2nd to back row was not bad at all (they were better seats than the same 2nd to back we had for Elton John Red Piano). I knew Barry would put on a great show, but I was seriously blown away. 90 minutes of pure performance. His backup singers were phenomenal, as was his orchestra. At 68 years old, he sure still has some pipes. His voice was just “Vegas-y†enough to know that he was singing live. He adjusted the register to match his mature voice and it worked. My stepmom was really into waving her glow stick and dancing. My dad really enjoyed the show and even at one point had tears in his eyes (it takes a lot to tear up a crusty ol’ Marine vet). Bottom line, I would go again and I would pay full price. That’s one of the biggest complements I can give.

    After the show, we met up with the gang (now totaling 11) at Diego at the MGM. I chose Diego because most of the group was over in that part of the strip that evening. We didn’t have reservations but were promptly seated in a privatish back room. Superb service. Guacamole received rave reviews as did the pitcher of margaritas. The food was good to great, especially if one wasn’t expecting traditional Mexican fare. Our server was phenom. Again, dinner was very nicely paced, the music wasn’t overly loud. Tab ended up being around ($280 before tip—for some reason they didn’t auto add gratuity). Great big shout out to Diego’s for a wonderful and memorable Friday night in Vegas.

    Having been up since Thursday morning, I decided the best bet for me would be going back to the room to sleep.

    **Note: we did use the monorail between Paris/MGM. We ended up getting the 24hour pass because we were going to be using it at least 4 times in the next 24 hours and it worked out being cheaper than what cab fares would have been**
     
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    HHAGG, Paris theatre & view from cheap seats.
     
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    Enjoying your TR. Will be watching for MORE, MORE, MORE.......as in, MORE WINS!!!
     
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    i wanna hear more!!!!!
     
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