Stayed and gambled at The Plaza this weekend, will try for a full trip report in the coming weeks but wanted to get a few thoughts down while they are fresh on my mind. Group of 4 guys stayed Friday (October 10th) through Tuesday (October 15th), will provide some general observations below and again, will provide a more detailed trip later. I will try to address some of the previous concerns that I have seen on the boards. Rooms – for a guy’s trip, the rooms were fine – beds were comfortable and the room was clean. The air conditioners worked great and the rooms were cool. We were all on the 18th floor in the South Tower…..Friday night I heard the music from Fremont street, but between the a/c and my white noise app it didn’t bother me a bit. None of the other three guys in our group heard the noise at all – I recognize that I am a light sleeper and always use the white noise app when I travel. We had nonsmoking rooms and there was no odor from someone previously smoking in the room. Bathroom is as small as was reported – toilet and shower are extremely close and the door swing comes very close to the toilet. Whatever, it didn’t bother me a bit, probably wouldn’t have noticed it had I not read it on these boards previously. And the sink is higher than a normal sink – again, whatever – water came out of the faucet and then went down the drain, worked fine for me. One of the frustrating parts for several of us was that when you change channels on the TV, it took 3 or 4 seconds for the channel to change. Seems like I am nitpicking, but it was frustrating when you were looking for a certain channel and had to go through the entire selection and wait between each channel – I know, first world problems. Bottom line for the rooms, I would certainly stay there again. If you think it is going to compare to the Cosmo or Wynn, then you will be disappointed. If you set realistic expectations that you are staying at an older location and just need a clean place to rest and take a shower, then you should be pretty satisfied. Casino – spent a lot of time in The Plaza and Las Vegas Club. Based on some of the reviews (particularly of the LVC), I was worried about what to expect. As it turns out I had nothing to worry about – enjoyed playing at both places. I play 80% craps, maybe 15% blackjack and 5% slots. The craps tables were relatively full most of the trip and the pit bosses and dealers were all very professional and accommodating. It was nothing like I expected and we very much enjoyed gambling at these locations. I cannot report on the video poker paybacks – not my game, so could not even tell you where these are on the casino floor. I will say it again; if you are expecting a higher quality strip casino then you will be disappointed. If you enjoy a more casual atmosphere and realize that you are actually downtown, then you should be happy at The Plaza and LVC. I also realize that I am fairly easy to please, just want a clean place with a dealer I can banter with while they take my money. All the dealers were not perfect, but the majority of them were – particularly at the craps tables. Food – Spent some time at Hash House each morning for breakfast. Nothing but positive about this place, huge portions and great food. Highly recommend. Ate the Pop up Pizza, it was meh – nothing bad, nothing great – satisfied us for a quick lunch one day. The Mexican food place was about the same, similar to the chipotle or freebirds but not quite as good as those places. We ate at Oscars on Sunday night – great steak and atmosphere in the restaurant. Not a cheap meal, but if you want a great steak and are downtown, I would recommend it. My NY strip was just under $50 and sides were like $6 each. Pretty typical prices for a good steakhouse – I would eat there again. Lastly, our friend Curt that frequents this board was there and actually the reason that we originally decided to try The Plaza. Curt is as advertised, he did everything that he indicated he would do and is a nice guy to boot. The Plaza is lucky to have him and his participation on this board helped them bring in 4 new customers that will definitely be back. Fortunately for them, we were extremely profitable customers for them this weekend, hopefully that will change in future trips. Almost forgot that on 3 separate occasions we did notice The Plaza security politely escorting (what appeared to be) homeless people out of the building. We rented a car and parked in the garage and never felt unsafe at any time. In summary, thanks to Curt we had a great time at The Plaza and will certainly make it one of the places we stay at in the future. It was clean, comfortable and the staff was friendly. Was it as “nice” as The Venetian? No but we knew that going in and did not have those expectations. I will be glad to try and answer any questions that you may have.