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TI 9/2 to 9/6

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by rje, Sep 8, 2008.

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  1. rje

    rje High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    In the early planning stages, this was going to be a “budget†trip. With a trip to Europe in the works for next summer I had no immediate intentions on a Vegas trip until I received an offer in June from Treasure Island for three free nights. After throwing in frequent flyer miles into the mix, four nights and hotel ended up costing me about $250. How could I not go?

    There three of us on this trip. Myself, my friend R and his wife G. About two weeks before we left, R emailed me a link to Vegas Passport www.vegas-passport.com we ended up buying their Ultimate Club Hopping package. On the website it sells for $120, but I also saw it on Expedia for a few dollars cheaper. I was able to buy it through my HR website at work for about $110, including shipping. I have to say it was well worth it. Basically you receive a plastic wallet with several business card sized “VIP-No Cover†passes that allow you to go to the front of the line and get in. At all the places we went to they worked, and where there were lines, we did not have to wait. Given that cover at most of the clubs runs about $20.00, you get your moneys worth.

    Tuesday

    After an uneventful flight on American, and a very short taxi line, we arrived at TI around 11 AM. Since the room was booked with a players club offer, I was able to go to the invited guest line. No wait. I slipped a $20 between my ID and credit card and requested a room with a view and was given a tower deluxe room on the penthouse (36th floor). The rooms, having been recently remodeled/redecorated were very nice. The hallway still had a new carpet smell. As seems the trend in Vegas rooms now, the bed was very comfy, as were the pillows. There was also a flat screen TV. However, my only gripe was the lack of the i-pod radio as promised on the website.


    After getting settled in the room we headed down to the casino and gambled. We made our way to the Mirage, Caesars Palace the eventually to Margaritaville at the Flamingo where we had some quesadillas and a few drinks. By this time was getting close to 7 pm so we headed back to TI via O’Sheas and Casino Royale to get ready for the evening.

    Around 10:00 we headed over to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand. When we first arrived it was empty. We were maybe three of twenty people in the place. On the bright side, no wait at the bar! Anywho, by 11:30 or so there was a nice crowd and good music so we were on the dance floor. By the time we left a few hours later I was totally s#&$-faced. I stared the evening drinking $12.00 vodka cranberries, then realized they charged the same for a Knob Creek Manhattan so I switched and have several. (On a side note, my brother in law got me hooked on them last year- before that I really did not drink whiskey save for an occasional Jack and Coke.) The time between leaving MGM Grand and arriving at Pure is a total blackout. For all I know we arrived via a Magic Carpet ride…

    From what I recall, Pure was a good time. But it was packed. I lost R&G in the club…turns out R had left to take the porcelain bus for a spin. After they left, I went back in for a little while longer then headed back, with a detour to McDonald’s. When I got back to the room, I out the McD’s on the nightstand and laid down for a “minuteâ€. Next I know it’s six in the morning. I went under the covers and woke up around 11 am or so the with bags of quarter pounders still sitting there.

    Wednesday

    While I was thankful not to have a pounding headache, my stomach was churning the better part of the afternoon…
    I slowly made my way out of the bed and to the shower. Once we were all ready we walked to Planet Hollywood for lunch at PH Changs. I was hoping some food and a bit of the hair of the dog (a mojito) would help, it did not. Although the food was good as always afterwards I headed back and took a nap.

    Finally by late afternoon I was feeling better. We headed down to the TI casino for some gambling and drinking. Before heading out for the evening, we stopped at Isla for some cocktails and a few appetizers. Both food and drink were good, but a tad expensive for what you get. This time we paid for the drinks, but if you sit and gamble at the bar top video poker machines, the drinks are comped.

    After Isla we had a round of drinks at Mist in TI then headed to Mandalay Bay. By this time it is about 11:00 or so. Our first stop of the evening was Mix. This was a pretty cool place… glass elevator ride up, and an outdoor patio area with great views of the strip. There was a good crowd, but it was not packed. While the seats were only for bottle service, there was a nice ledge and small tables where you could at least rest your drinks. I think we were there maybe an hour or so before heading over to LAX. This place was packed! The passes came in very handy here as we did not have to wait in line. We just walked in. Ordered a $16 martini which in short time was all over my shirt, pants, shoes and floor as someone bumped into me. We danced, or rather bounced in place as that was about all you had room to do, a while then headed out. Our intention was to walk over and head back up to Mix, but the Cathouse caught our eye and we decided to give it a try. Compared to LAX, this place was empty, but still had a decent crowd and plenty of seating. It had more of a feel of a nice “ultra lounge†rather than a night club. (Although this was a Wednesday night, not sire of what it’s like on a Friday or Saturday night). We pretty much spent most of the evening, or rather early morning here before heading out around 4 am.

    After leaving Cathouse we headed over to the MGM Grand. Not sure why, I think our intention was to see if Tabu was open?? Nonetheless we played a few machines, enjoyed a “free†cocktail then headed back to the food court for a snack. I was hoping for some Chicken McNuggets, but McDonalds was only service breakfast. So I had a slice of pizza from the place next to it. Horrible pizza. But, I was drunk and hungry so I ate it anyway. From the MGM Grand we walked back to TI as the sun rose. It was all out sunny before we shut the curtains and crawled into bed.

    Thursday

    I think we were out of the room around 2:00 or so. We cabbed it over to the Bellagio and just casino hopped the afternoon and evening away. Before heading out we had a quick bite to eat at Canters Deli in TI then headed over to the Rio. We were meeting up with a friend of mine who lives in Vegas, so we went to Voodoo early to avoid paying a cover. At 9:00 PM it was dead. But, it was nice to be able to sit down and chat a while. Around 11:00 we headed down to the casino, had a few drinks at the Ibar in the Rio, then made our way to the Palms. The first stop was Ghostbar. It was crowded but not packed. Enjoyed the view for a while then headed down and over to the Playboy Club and Moon. (Your cover to one, covers the others as well. We did not pay as we had the passes, otherwise cover was $20.00).

    Moon was packed, but not as bad as LAX was the night before. We were up there a bit, then headed down to the Playboy Club. This was a cool place. Not only because of the bunny dealers, but it was not overly crowded and we were able to rest our tired feet while sitting on a nice leather couch. I am not sure how this place would be on a Friday or Saturday night, but the couches we were sitting at may very well be reserved for bottle service.

    For those who have never been there, the Playboy club is more of a gaming lounge. It has a few blackjack tables, a roulette table and video poker/blackjack/keno machines. The lowest limits I saw at the tables was $25. (I am not sure of those playing the tables were comped drinks, you don’t get comped playing the machines… or at least we didn’t! We did play the machines a bit and I walked away up $10, so that covered most of one drinks (drinks here ran about $12 each at the bar.)

    We left the Palms around 3:00 then cabbed it back to TI. Not quite ready for bed, we headed across the street to Blush at Wynn. There was not too much going on at this hour. We had a round of drinks then headed back to TI. I ordered some chicken fingers from room service then went to bed.

    Friday

    Our last full day. Always bittersweet. By this time all the drinking and last nights were beginning to take their toll. R & G woke up around 9:00 am to head over to Bare, the topless pool at the Mirage. I could just not muster up the energy that early. So I slept until 11:00 or so then headed down to relax at the TI pool. I gave R&G a call, thinking about joining then at Bare, but did not feel like spending $140. Basically, for guys, the cover was $40.00. If you wanted to sit in a lounge chair, it was a $100 minimum you had to spend, each, on food, drink, or items for the gift shop. So, their 3 hours at the pool cost them $240 plus tip. They said it was a good time, but boobs or not, $140 (for one) seems awfully steep. Especially, since it was so hot, they only lasted the 3 hours. I’d consider going on a future trip if the weather were milder… so you can at least all the pool has to offer a few hours more!

    After the pool, it was nap time (again, all the drinking and not much sleep was catching up!) By 7:00 or so we were out and headed over to the Mirage for dinner at Onda. Before we were seated we were able to par-take in a free wine tasting. Dinner was good. A bit pricy for what you get, but I would recommend it.

    After some gambling we made our way to Prive at Planet Hollywood. Not one of my favorites… I’d go back if I did not have to pay a cover. We then headed over to Triq in the Miracle Mile shops. There was a special “Rockabilly†event going on that night with many girls dressed a Bettie Page and some guys in 50’s garb. Not what we were expecting, but a good time nonetheless. Plus, drinks were only $9! And the feature was 2 for 1 Bombay Saphire drinks and 2 for 1 cans of PBR Beer. Quite the bargain compared to some of the other clubs. We were there until around 2 am I think. We went back to the TI, the blew that last of what I was willing to gamble then went to bed.

    Saturday

    Not much to report today, we packed, headed down to the casino to gamble at bit more, had brunch at the Buffet then we headed out. After basically a four day bender, we were feeling a bit tired to say the least Saturday morning. Yet, it was hard not to notice the glimmer in peoples eyes as most of them there were just beginning their Vegas trips….

    After an uneventful flight home, I went to bed and slept until noon on Sunday.


    Gambling wise this was not a winning trip, for any of us. But what I did not gamble away I spent on drinks at clubs. Not sure what cost what, but between food, gambling, drinks, taxi rides etc. I spent about $1200 over the course of 4 ½ days. Of all the trips I have had to Vegas, this was probably the most fun.

    Oh, and I think this was the first time my next Vegas trip was booked while I was still in Vegas! My friend who lives in Vegas and who met us at the VooDoo lounge sent me an invite to his Chirstmas party which is in December, for the heck of it I checked some rates and saw I had an offer from Harrah’s for two free nights at the IP. So I booked with the idea if I find a good airfare I’d go back. My old college roommate who I have been to Vegas with many times did not want to come on this trip… after all the text messages and pictures I sent him he became jealous and asked if I wanted to go in December. Of course I sad yes and a few hours later he calls saying he bought the tickets. So I have three months for my liver to recover and do it all over again…
     
  2. angel81chick

    angel81chick Abuelita

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    Thanks for getting back to us on the VIP pass package deal...I'm glad that it worked out...maybe that should be the recommended site to get these type of passes from.

    Anywho, sounds like you had a good time, and even though your liver paid for it :poke:

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

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    Nice write-up. Thanks for helping me procrastinate some of my afternoon away.
     
  4. keno

    keno obsessed with countdown timers

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    Thanks for the TR!
     
  5. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the trip report; 2 more sleeps and my liver will be going into Vegas shock, lol:eek:
     
  6. sunni

    sunni VIP Whale

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    Four day benders are for the very young ...:wink2: fun report. :wave:
     
  7. gotavegasjones

    gotavegasjones VIP Whale

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    Nice write up. Thanks for posting.

    later, GVJ
     
  8. rje

    rje High-Roller

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    A few photos

    TI Room shot:
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    TI 36th floor elevator lobby:

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    View from room:
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    Strip view...i think from Ghost Bar:
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    Another view from Mix:
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    Paris from Bellagio:
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    Strip from NY NY to MGM bridge:
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