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THEHotel July 15-21, 2013

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by eloisegirl, Jul 15, 2013.

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  1. eloisegirl

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    My Trip Report

    Heading out this evening to LV and we will be staying at THEHotel for our second comped visit there - our original visit was at Mandalay Bay and my travel friend is a slot fanatic who will be in a tournament. I have an extremely detailed agenda planned out with lots of gambling. We have lots of MyVegas rewards and we have the MichaelJacksonONE show booked, and we will do our first downtown visit as well. Nice to see the weather has cooled down to 105-107 F. ;)

    Will try to update if possible. Good luck to everyone!
     
  2. Mitkraft

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    I have stayed at MB before and really like it. In a few months I will be staying at TheHotel (as well as traveling with a dog) for the first time so I would love to hear anything you have to report. Thanks!
     
  3. eloisegirl

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    Lessons learned this trip:

    1. Do not go in the summer. It was 104 on one day when we were outside and I nearly vomited from the insane heat when walking outside. For this reason we did not go to Fremont as I wanted to avoid any heat. Turns out it was a good thing as that was the night of storm where power went out and hotels were flooded and Mirage's roof caved in. At the MB casino, we had an alarm go off, like police lights, and I honestly thought someone had won a huge jackpot. Later an announcement came on telling us there was a situation and they were looking into it. The AC stopped working and it was humid in the casino, but it was fixed relatively quickly. I had no idea all these things were happening until the next day.

    2. In the summer, there are many many children and lots of crowds. When we were there in February, the weather was a pleasant 65F and no crowds at all. I will never go to LV between June and September again.

    3. Michael Jackson ONE show deserves all the praise. Magical! Our host had comped seats in 205 (99.00 seats), and really I cannot picture any seat having a bad view. Regular proscenium arch with a large screen on either side. Fireworks, acrobats, walking up the walls, swinging from the ceiling, trampolines, lighting, all kinds of things that dazzle the mind. Really recommended! I had goosebumps and tears and all of the feelings.

    4. Slots at MB casino seemed really tight. I had a couple of good hits the first night and then it was a slow hemorrhage until the last day, when I had a couple more good hits. However, down a large sum of money (for me) and I did not notice other people winning either. So I'm glad I could help pay for the new carpet.... not. We had stopped at Bellagio and I played Wonder4 all Buffalo on Min Bet (1.60) and won 140.00 on screen 1 - it really let me play, as did Pompeii. We would have played longer but we were on a schedule.
    Cosmo slots were not bad. I finally lost the hundred dollars and had to redeem the offer. At last I got to try the Buffalo clone, Jaguar Mist, and then the Buffalo machine kept hitting well, with the spewing gold coins.

    5. Had a hooker interaction/sighting. I was walking back to my room around 3 am, and was walking about 20 ft behind a guy. Leaving the hotel was a very beautiful young leady, a total dead ringer for Naomi Campbell, and she must have just finished work. Buddy touches her arm and says a word, and she turns right around and starts chatting him up, but he acts like he is not into it. I'm totally excited to see real prostitution unfold in front of me, in Vegas! Eventually he slows down and she cuddles up, and they start walking toward the elevator. She's really beautiful so I can see why he chose her. We all three get in the elevator and he leans against the wall, pulling her toward him from behind. She smiles at me and grinds into him, while I am thinking, What is the etiquette here? What would the Queen do? So I nod back with a polite smile and then he reaches down into his pocket and I am thinking, OMG, is he adjusting wood? But no, he pulls out a wad of cash and then the elevator reaches my floor so I have to leave. I smile at the two of them and wish them both a good night (because manners, y'all!) and feel quite entertained by the upclose and personal view of this interaction.

    6. One of the most satisfying moments was at the airport waiting for our flight which had been delayed by thunder. We were waiting to fly to Toronto, and the gate beside us was going to Vancouver. Four little entitled Britneys were drinking their budlight and being annoying with their vocal fry, their cellphone use, and posing for us as if they are Kardashians. Finally their flight is called and we are relieved to see these annoying girls leave. Friend and I go off to gamble in smoking lounge (our flight was delayed another two hours) and when we return from our play, we pass an escalator area with an alarm going off and we see two of those four girls behind the locked glass doors. In walk two of LV's finest, a couple of strapping officers with gleaming bald heads, and Britney/Ashley/Madison/whoever are thinking how cute they must look behind locked doors. One girl lifts her index finger to the officer as if to start some cutesy explanation but he is Not The One, he does not want to hear a word. "Get. UP." he barks and the look on her face when she realized that cute and young and flaky will get her NO WHERE with the law was so satisfying. They took the two girls elsewhere, but we later asked an airport employee what had happened. The girls had been denied embarkation to their flight for being disruptive so they missed the flight. Can't imagine how proud Mom and Dad will be. Airport guy said, "Yeah, it's Vegas, but we have laws here too!"

    7. Lots of good eats: Bellagio lunch buffet from MyVegas was good - someone had recommended the creamed spinach, and I concur. Other standouts: Ribs, prime rib, nori salad (blackseaweed and sesame) but the crab legs were still half frozen. Burger Bar at MB shoppes, and I had the Hubert Keller burger with goat cheese, spinach and caramelized onions. So good but so big I could not finish it all. Highly recommended. Fleurtinis at Fleur were tart and tangy, courtesy of MyVegas. Shark Reef was MyVegas and took about 20 mins; if you have a DSLR, research how to photograph through glass. My pocket camera could not catch the fish at the speed they were swimming by. Amazing to be three feet away from sharks. The Jellyfish were awesome, and the touch tank was fun, despite the employee who was obviously very bored repeating instructions to "only use one finger". (Words to live by!). The rays feel very smooth and soft.

    More to come as I remember. It was not a bad trip but after 3 trips there, the slots were the worst they'd ever been. That definitely colours perceptions!
     
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  4. ardee

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    Thanks, eloisegirl.

    Great report.

    I love stingrays so I guess we'll have to make our way over to Shark Reef to get a touch on one of our trips. With one finger, of course.

    Glad you had a good time. Sorry about the heat sickness.
     
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    Great report! Hilarious description of hooker sighting.
     
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    I took the family to Newport Aquarium last weekend. (Across the river from Cincinnati). They allow you to use two fingers in the touch tanks there.....if you're interested.
     
  7. eloisegirl

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    Somebody find me a three-finger aquarium touch tank, and I am THERE, buddy!!
     
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    Well, you did mention the black hooker...:wink2:
     
  9. eloisegirl

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    Put up my review on TripAdvisor but am copying it here for those of you who like long insanely detailed trip reports.

    Review, THEHotel July 15-21, 2013

    Arrived at Pearson at 5:20 PM and checked in for Westjet 1118 but were sad to discover there was no lounge available in our Terminal. Flight was 4hrs and 45 mins to LAS and you could rent a tablet on WJ for ten dollars, with lots of movies, TV shows, etc. but there were no screens in the back of the seat or drop down screens for entertainment. Instead, I partied for free with Angry Birds on my tablet as well as staring at the inside of my eyelids. Always bring a sleep mask, ear plugs and gum/hard candy for takeoff and landing.

    Beautiful sight of LV Strip all lit up as we arrived at 10:30 PM LAS time. Heat was like a blast furnace when we went outside. Gold stretch MGM limo took us to THEHotel and we tipped $20 which I had been advised was the proper amount; at VIP we had asked for a smoking room but one was not assigned. They said we could switch the next day then we went up to our room and tipped $5 per bag. Room on 28th floor was a little knicked around the edges with chipped furniture, flattened sofa seats and the TV was pretty dated but as always the beds and pillows were heavenly; the AC was like a meat locker, just the way we like it. THEHotel will be converted into a Delano within the year so these problems are not forever. Room was louder than last time, as we heard people and housekeeping opening doors all the time. We also noted the music from the club upstairs. However, that night I did not come back to the room until 8 am, after gambling all night on my Freeplay. That was my best night of gambling, it was all downhill from there.

    First day we had room service for about sixty bucks for breakfast, I had a giant waffle for fifteen dollars, friend had eggs benedict, coffee, OJ. We basically started every day at noon to factor in sleep and some work that needed to be done. (You’re never really on vacation if you are self-employed!). We went to MLife and checked how many Express Comps we had, my friend had nearly $200 and I had about $45 and then we spent the day gambling like nuts. Came upstairs to find our host had kindly sent up a cheese tray and a bottle of red wine. Every day we’d schedule in some nap time as the heat is very draining. Be sure to drink lots of water, even if you don’t go outside.

    Weds 17 around one PM we took a cab to Bellagio and played a bit before the buffet. I played Wonder 4 with all four screens on Buffalo and had a stampede for $140.00 on a .40 screen; also played Pompeii and had a ten-dollar hit on a quarter bet with the dolphin symbols. My friend won 80 free spins on a nearby machine. I finally got to experience a famous Bellagio Bellini which was more like a peach slushie but still very good. We did the buffet courtesy of MyVegas and it was a good buffet. Ribs were amazing, nori seaweed salad, fresh sushi, creamed spinach was divine but the crab legs were still half frozen. Lots of desserts like pecan pie, carrot cake, chocolate mousse, cappucino mousse “shooter”, lemon meringue, and flan.

    We then proceeded to the Cosmopolitan to play the $100 Identity Play promotion; I had won last time so still could redeem $100 if I lost it, which I did this time. Played my reimbursed money on Buffalo There is also a spin the wheel promotion for freeplay but you cannot do both on the same day. Had a Raspberry Lemon Drop martini and it was delicious – this is a classy casino with great drinks and great drink service. Because of the heat, we took a cab to CVS as the heat was impossible (a relatively cool 104 F for Vegas but insane for me, a plump menopausal lady). CVS is a great stop for souvenirs at low prices as well as chilled drinks (2 BudLight on ice for $7.00/large selection of beers/liquors). We ended up walking on the shady side although the heat was still hellish so from Excalibur we took the tram back to Mandalay Bay. (We had planned to do Fremont on Friday night but the heat was too much so we decided then and there to rearrange our schedule to stay on the hotel grounds). Friend went up to the room while I sat and rehydrated at a Buffalo machine, before meeting up to see Michael Jackson ONE which had been comped by our host.

    Michael Jackson ONE was my first Cirque du Soleil and my first Vegas show. It had me in tears as well as covered in goosebumps, feeling all the feelings and jamming out in my chair. Amazing costumes, set design, choreography, and of course, MICHAEL (video and music). I grew up loving that magical little boy, and just lost it when they had video of I’ll Be There. There is a hologram of Michael near the end of the show where he interacts with the dancers, and then he turns into young Michael. The entire audience went “Awwww!” at the same time. You will see things you have never seen in your life, the Billy Jean routine was amazing with dancers walking up the walls, their LED suits flashing in different colours. There was a female singer in an Erte-style golden costume sitting on a half-moon; the dancer who does Dirty Diana is beyond sexy and definitely a crème-de-la-crème Vegas dancer; the male dancer who wears black and gold and does the moonwalking is like dancing gelatin, moving all over the stage like liquid. Can’t recommend this enough. The former Lion King theatre has been redecorated for the show with the doorways decorated like braided military jackets; the wallpaper is gold with all the song titles printed on it; the ushers have Michael military uniforms; the entrance is paved with crystal door frames. Great shop for mementos as well. Our seats were in section 205, for $99.00 each, about three rows back from the front of the section; there are really no bad seats.

    Thurs 18 Slept in late to recover and we had room service lunch of Ruben sandwich with Swiss Cheese and Club Sandwich, both of which were excellent, then a nice day of gambling until 7 pm registration at Eyecandy for my friend’s slot tournament. I heard their music nightly while gambling and there is a great DJ playing top 40/hiphop with some 80s mixed in. We saw our host and gave a gift of classic Canadian ice wine and maple fudge. Speaking of great music: there is a great live band that plays over at the bar near Bayshore Buffet. Classic rock of the 70s and 80s such as Bon Jovi, Heart, Bryan Adams, Van Halen, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Led Zeppelin and the like. Great band – record perfect note-for-note and talented vocalist.

    Fri 19 The tournament took place at 12 noon and 3 pm and in-between we went to lunch at Burger Bar which is located at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. This is a Hubert Keller restaurant and it was a substitute for In’n’Out which we love, but there was no way I was going out in that heat again. I had the Hubert Keller burger which was buffalo meat on ciabatta bun, with spinach, bleu cheese, caramelized onions and a shallot/red wine sauce, accompanied by “skinny fries” (which are just delicious slender fries). This signature burger was so huge and flavourful that I could barely finish and since I was starved, you really get a bang for your buck with this burger. It was $21.50 and worth every penny.

    Off to the Shark Reef courtesy of MyVegas where we saw the crocodile, the komodo dragon, and tanks full of sharks. Beautifully designed like an ancient temple with great big tanks of sea creatures. The jellyfish remind me of James Cameron’s Avatar film. One tank is as if you are standing in a shipwreck of a pirate ship, and there is a glass floor below you where the sharks will swim. Hard to photograph the fishies as they are pretty fast-moving. Gift shop has some cute onesies, t-shirts and stuffed toys for children, as well as shark teeth and glassware. $18 per adult and there is a touch tank where you can stroke the horseshoe crabs and rays with one finger. (Use two fingers and they feed you to the sharks.) There were two people on staff to talk about the creatures if you had any questions.

    We went to Fleur by Hubert Keller to redeem our two MyVegas cocktails and we each had a Fleurtini made of Absolut ruby red vodka, Pama liqueur and grapefruit, in a martini glass rimmed with blue sugar. Very nice service with a cheerful young blonde lady, and we sat in the front lounge area, gawking at the people (busy walkway due to Matchbox 20 concert that night). Back for some gambling and then we met at Bayshore Buffet for dinner, courtesy of MyVegas. Sadly, I was still full from my burger so I did one plate of food and one plate of dessert. Flank steak, salmon, crab legs (proper temperature!), pizza, sushi, all the regular goodies, and unlimited wine/champagne with your meal. Dessert was basic, simple square pieces of cake, crumble and cookies.

    That night there was a huge rainstorm in Las Vegas and the alarm went off in the casino. I thought somebody had won a huge jackpot! In reality the AC was down from the storm and had to be repaired. Other hotels had it much worse, with Caesar’s having a flooded gaming area and the ceiling falling down at Mirage. We were very glad we had not gone to Fremont Street in that storm!

    Saturday the 20th was our last day and my friend played in her last two spots of the tournament at noon and three p.m.. They offered a dinner to all participants and their guests at Rick Moonen’s Seafood starting at 5:30 PM. MLife really puts on a show for its participants, the slot area was decorated in a Japanese theme with four-foot-high pink foo dogs and the lucky cat with a waving arm going up and down; the dinner had Japanese drummers, acrobats, a geisha and very generous waiters filling us up on lychee mojitos. These cocktails contained cucumber and lemon slices, Soho Lychee and St. Germain Elderflower liqueurs, vodka and sparkling water so it tasted like weird sweet lemonade and waiters were very generous in refilling glasses. Starter: Edamame (soy beans) with sea salt and togarash, then California Roll and Miso soup with enoki mushroom, green papaya salad with grilled chicken, and beef filet stir fry with broccolini, paquilla peppers and cashew raisin soy butter, as well as bok choy with sesame and citrus, and green beans with hoisin and plum glaze. Dessert was a green tea and white chocolate panna cotta with pineapple and macadamia nuts. Delish and one of the best meals ever in Vegas. Some of these items are regular items at RM seafood but others must have been custom for the evening. Presentation and service was outstanding and I would definitely try this restaurant for a regular meal.

    We played more slots until we left and took the limo at 9:15, and then we went through security at the airport, only to find our 11:30 flight was cancelled until 1:50 a.m.; however, once on board it was not a bad flight home despite turbulence, and I actually slept.

    Mandalay Casino: Slots were the tightest of my past three trips other than some good hits on my first night there. Cocktail service is great (Mitzie is a charmer). Nice to gamble while listening to the house band. They had many newer slots such as Pawn Stars, Beach Boys, Haunted House, Carnival in Rio, Nascar, Michael Jackson. Would have liked more Aristocrat games. Tournament was fun with prizes and we sat with the tournament winner at the dinner, who won 50,000 in Freeplay. (You have to be invited to the tournament). Very clean casino with housekeeping staff emptying ashtrays, vacuuming carpets, and there is good ventilation throughout. Did not see a lot of obvious working girls although rode up in the elevator with one girl and her client, which was my up close’n’personal look at Sin in Sin City.

    Overall: We will not go back June to September due to the heat and the crowds, noting that we enjoyed the weather and people so much more in February. Waaaay too many kids running through casino with their floaties on the way to the pool. If you are a VIP, there is a VIP desk at THEHotel where you can get your morning coffee, water or juice. Several times at the regular check-in they had liveried staff handing out waters, cold facecloths, and Ignite, a peppery vodka cocktail with green chili and orange. VIP Staff is very good at this hotel, in person and over the phone.
     
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    Ha, we are just the opposite.
    We don't mind the Vegas heat at all even when it hit 113 the one time we were there.
    Our previous trip was in Feb and believe it was one of the colder weeks they had.
    Not sure if we will ever plan a trip to Vegas anytime between Jan and Mar. :peace:
     
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    My wife wants to see this show and will have to let her read your review.
    Just wondering, was Smooth Criminal one of the songs? That is one of my favorites. :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes, they did Smooth Criminal. The dancers were in white suits, like MJ wore in the video, and they even do the "anti-gravity" lean that he did as well.

    I walked out of there singing, "I Just Can't Stop Loving Youuuuuu...." which began to annoy my travel partner after about Hour Three. ;)

    The whole audience went nuts at the end of the show - it was like being at a concert. Guarantee you will walk out of there feeling happy!
     
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    Nice report. Love the nearly :vomit: reference.
     
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    Enjoyed the report especially the hooker encounter and the Britneys at the airport.:thumbsup:
     
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