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THUMBS UP FOR THE ORLEANS!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by lookoutvegas, Sep 1, 2002.

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  1. lookoutvegas

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    My Trip Report

    Okay, we got back on Thursday night, but I really had to get some sleep before writing this!

    Thanks to everyone for all your input regarding hotels and stuff before we went! We chose the Orleans and will definitely stay there again. The only complaint we had was that the Seattle's Best coffee is $4.00 and not very good. There are no coffeemakers in the room. We also got stuck in the elevator room while they were checking the fire alarms...pretty uncomfortable..a steel door comes down and you are stuck in there with no window (only the elevator doors facing you). The new wing was supposed to open yesterday, so they shouldn't be testing anymore.

    The first thing you HAVE to do is join Club Orleans and get a slot card when you arrive! They are GREAT about giving you comps for the buffet. We never paid for a meal the entire 5 days! You really don't have to spend a lot of money. I think we both lost a total of $300.00 while we were there but we played almost the entire time! Get a pit card if you play the tables. Don't hesitate to ask for comps, even if you only buy in for $40 or so. As long as you are there for a couple of hours, you'll probably get a buffet comp out of them. I usually buy in for $100, but my sister bought in for $40 and we got the same comps.

    The dealers are very friendly there. I learned to play Let It Ride. What a fun game!

    The flights back and forth were smooth as silk on United. We arrived in LV about 10:00 on Sunday morning. Made it to the orleans via the shuttle ($4 person) by 12. Shuttle area was very disorganized at the airport. But, we were coming in the same day with about 90,000 other people for the MAGIC convention.

    Once at the Orleans, it took me 3 minutes to check in (our room was ready and it was very, very nice with an excellent view of the strip)-#1020. It was about half way down the hall. Next time I will ask for something in the 1040's because they are closer to the elevators but it really wasn't too bad of a walk to the room.

    My sister hit a poker machine for $240.00 while I was checking in. Off to a good start! We hit the room, unpacked and went downstairs to play. By the end of the night, I was up $280.00 playing roulette.

    2nd day we lost and lost and lost, it was pretty dismal.

    3rd day we were back up about $100.00 each.

    4th day....I really don't remember much....not enough sleep...too much fun! 2:30 in the morning, we're sitting at the roulette table, my sister has given up..she's down about $300 so far. She goes to get a keno ticket and I make fun of her because it seems so boring and she never wins more than $4. She then proceeds to get 6 out of 7 (3 different ways) and ends up with $564.00!

    5th day...I'm buying a keno ticket! My lottery numbers seem to keep coming up. Lose 4 games out of 5 and figure we'll check the ticket when we come back from the show before we leave to fly home. My sister checks the ticket when we get back. I WON $167.00! Now, I'll play keno all the time! At least it seems to take my money slower than craps and those awful wheel of fortune machines do. Came home with over $200 in my wallet. Yes, I still donated over $300 while we were there, but all of our meals were comped, taxis paid for, etc. Found some great things for my store at the show and we had a great time.

    My kids are running around covered in beads..they give them to you at the tables. I saved all of them and we had enough to give the neighbor's kids too when I came home.

    Tried the buffet for breakfast the first day-it was marginal but it was free. The crepes and the pastries and fruit were the best part. Lunch was great! Crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, mexican food, lots of choices. Either Monday or Tuesday was steak night and it was very good as well. I'm a big shrimp fan-they had peel and eat shrimp and fried shrimp to go with steak and potatoes. I think the buffet was $5.95 breakfast and 9.95 for lunch and dinner. Desserts were fabulous! Carrot cake, chocolate cream pie, banana cream pie, eclairs...you name it. We ate a LOT! It's a good thing we did so much walking at the show during the day.

    The maids are very persistent about coming into the rooms in the morning. Make sure you put the little sign in the door slot so they won't disturb you. They woke us up twice. Play all night....try to sleep in if you can. We kept forgetting the DND sign!

    Tipped the maid $2.00 a day and got tons of shampoo and stuff to bring home. They have great oatmeal soap in their bathrooms. Perfect for those of us with allergies....oh and speaking of allergies....make sure you pack your medicine if you are sensitive to smoke. I lived on Benadryl the entire time we were there. All of the casinos we were in seemed to be smoke filled.

    We made it to Caesars, Ballys, Venetian, Barbary Coast and the Orleans. Spent most of our time and almost all of our money at the Orleans. After hubby heard about the cocktail waitress uniforms, he's ready to go back with me in 2 weeks!

    Going back to the Casino Royale to play craps next time! I didn't have a chance this trip but we loved the frozen margaritas they give for FREE!

    The shuttle from Orleans to Barbary Coast runs every half hour. It's a great way to get to the strip! It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The blonde lady that drives is very nice! Don't hesitate to ask her questions.

    I still have 4 comped meals to collect! WOO HOO!

    [ September 01, 2002, 11:01 AM: Message edited by: lookoutvegas ]
     
  2. Michele

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    LookoutVegas,
    I'm very glad that you had a great time. it seems that Keno was good for your family. Keep up the good work. Now, is the Orleans right on Tropicana on the right if I'm coming from the stip near NYNY? If I go towards NYNY, I won't have to worry about missing it, will I? I mean, I don;t go on I-15, I just go under the overpass or is it over the underpass? I'm sorry, I seem to think I went by it once while it was raining and I had lost my bearings. Thanks for any help you can give me. Michele
     
  3. HoyaHeel

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    Orleans is on the OTHER side of I-15. If you're at the airport going toward the Strip on Tropicana, you'll pass NYNY (on your right) then go under (?? I think) I-15, and then hit Orleans. If I recall correctly.....
     
  4. Steveinohio

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    The one by NYNY your talking about is Sams Town I beleive. I maybe wrong, I keep getting the feeling its a diffrent name, I just cant think of it.
     
  5. LVRon

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    Thnaks for the Orleans report. I am still trying to decide if we will stay there or not.

    The Orleans is on Tropicana, one mile from the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd.

    How were the beds? I need a soft bed for my back.
     
  6. HoyaHeel

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    Isn't Sam's Town on Boulder Highway, WAAAAAY to the East of the Strip?
     
  7. Michele

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    Thank you so much Hoya Heel. I really appreciate the direction help. Good luck on your dissertation. I know how hard you're working. I just finished my masters in Education. Also, thank you to LVRon and Stevein Ohio as well. It's so nice to know that there are so many nice people whom are knowledgeable and personable. Have a great Labor Day. Michele P.S So, after I go past NYNY, I just stay on Tropicana going west and I don't have to get on I-15, right?
     
  8. LVRon

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    Thanks right Michele. I think you go OVER I-15 and not UNDER it. After you pass I-15, at the 1st stop light is an In-N-Out Burger. (good eats!) Keep going about 3/4 a mile and the Orleans will be on your right.
     
  9. vegasbound

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    Lookoutvegas: Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, you both had some luck with Keno...I gave that up along time ago, I've never had any luck.

    Sams Town is on the east side off boulder highway.

    Orleans is really fun and easy to get to. As said before head west on Tropicana and you will go over I-15 you'll see it on the right hand side of the street.
     
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  11. LVRon

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    Men use maps? [​IMG]
     
  12. HoyaHeel

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    Glad you posted the online map. I was about to get my AAA map of Vegas out :D
     
  13. Michele

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    Thanks everyone! You guys are so nice. Very funny but true LVRon. I can't understand the crnging look men exhibit when I have just rolled down my car window and asked for directions. It's looks like a very painful experience for some of you fellas. I would much rather admit that I need a little help than to continue in the wrong direction and then fight about it later.I think someone should begin some sort of classes for men who suffer extreme anxiety over asking directions. Have a great week. All kidding aside, your the best. Michele
     
  14. HoyaHeel

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    It's not just men--I hate to ask for directions too ;) I'd rather just look at the map and pray it works out the way I want! If we are lost, I try to make my husband get out and ask for directions....
     
  15. Michele

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    Hoya, I guess you're right about that. It's good that you have such an easy going husband.Michele
     
  16. HoyaHeel

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    Notice I said I try to get my husband to get out and get directions. Sometimes he refuses and makes me do it..... :rolleyes:
     
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