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Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Uncpeej, Oct 20, 2012.

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  1. Uncpeej

    Uncpeej Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    So this is my first Trip Report on this site, and I hope I don't bore you too much!

    Prologue: My fiance and I planned our 2nd Vegas trip about 6 months ago. I currently live in the Denver area and she's in Tulsa so needless to say we were anxious to see each other in our favorite city! This was our 2nd time together in Vegas; the previous time we stayed in Vdara and had a great trip. This time was different as we stayed for free in Harrah's (terrible experience here), but we did have another great time together.

    Day One:

    I flew nonstop to Vegas, and the fiance met me there from her flight from Tulsa. We both arrive w/in 30 minutes of each other around 9pm and hop in the cab line. Our cab line was short, and we hopped in w/in 10 minutes of waiting. I've been reading these forums for a while and this being our first cab trip from the airport (took a limo last time), I was curious to see if we were going to get long hauled. I didn't speak up b/c I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and our luck started out great b/c our fare was not more than $13 to Harrah's.

    We check in at Harrah's, and the line is very long. After patiently waiting, it's our turn and I have my $20 bill wedged b/w my ID and credit card. The check in lady was very nice in declining our request for an upgrade as she had some lame excuse for why we couldn't get bumped up. No problem for us b/c we didn't plan to spend too much in our room.

    We get up to our room, and honestly it is flat out atrocious. Our view is a minor glimpse of the luxurious Imperial Palace, and we're directly above the Carnival Court. I figured the Carnival Court would be keeping us up at night, but I couldn't have been more wrong in my thinking......it was our "Air Conditioner". The A/C would come on in 30 second intervals blasting out a louder noise than you would hear at a heavy metal concert. I was incredibly frustrated, even more so after our complaints went on deaf ears.

    We shrugged it off and decided to get drunk and have a great time gaming! We bounced around the strip at various casinos on the strip, from Treasure Island to Mirage and winding up at Caesars. The fiance and I love to play everything, and we were having a blast.......until we got to Caesars. At Caesars, the fiance was watching me play some blackjack in their gaming section with all the scantily clad women. We were having a great time just treading water when we decided we were going to go play something else. We were holding hands and saw this drunk guy walking with his girl coming toward us. I saw him checking out the fiance and was wondering if he was gonna do something stupid. Needless to say, as we walked by them he did a wind up with his hand and slapped my fiance on her butt. Naturally, I turn around and confront the guy calling him all sorts of names. I was about to REALLY confront him and get in his face when suddenly this random guy comes in and takes this guy out! He started claiming this guy stole his chips from him, and I said thanks for fighting my fight buddy. The Caesars security was non-existent and this guy was not escorted out. We cashed in our chips and left Caesars quickly after that.

    We walked back to Harrah's, and I put the fiance to bed while I went downstairs to release my frustration by playing some poker. All in all, this was not the ideal way we wanted to start our trip but thankfully it got a lot better!

    Up next: Beatles Love show, CUT Steakhouse, Cafe Vettro, and no drunk people groping my fiance!
     
  2. smartone

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    Good attitude about the room... I have a tough time letting things go when they're not up to my "expectations"... I like how you keep focus on the bigger picture!
     
  3. Uncpeej

    Uncpeej Tourist

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    Day Two:

    We wake up around 8am and decide to get some breakfast. We wanted to walk the strip for a bit before deciding on a place. It was fairly crowded on the strip with the crowd being a mix of people who have been drunk all night, joggers, and people like us who are eager to explore the town. We stroll into Aria and get in line at the Cafe Vettro. I've read some rather negative reviews about this place on the board and honestly couldnt understand all the hate. I get that the service may be an issue, but I thought our food was actually really good. I had the biscuits and gravy and my fiance (the child that she is at heart) order a grilled cheese. I thought my biscuits and gravy were fantastic, and my Bloody Mary was just spicy enough to my tasting.

    We played some video poker at Aria after, hit some random slots, and also played some roulette. We kept getting drinks and talking with all of the people at the tables. This last part is honestly my favorite part about being in Vegas. I love just shooting the breeze with random people, enjoying the company of (hopefully) a good dealer, getting lots of drinks, and just flat out having a great time on our vacation! If we win money, that's fantastic but we were here to see each other and relax!

    We hung out at Aria until it's time to go back and get ready for Love. After spending as little time as possible in our hotel room, we head over to Mirage for the show. It was absolutely fantastic! The fiance was crying and smiling, and I was just in absolute awe of how these people can do all those moves! I must give this message board credit in suggesting where we should sit. We took the advice, and the seats were absolutely perfect.

    After the show, we headed over to the Palazzo to eat at CUT. I just recently read someone's review about this restaurant, and I must say it was spot on. First, we were sat at some table that looked out to everyone in the restaurant. The fiance and I were a little weirded out that we'd be sitting on the same side of the booth basically, but it ended up being a great place to look out and enjoy the atmosphere. We ordered onion straws to start, the fiance ordered a Wagyu beef steak, and I ordered a strip from Nebraska (or so they say). Everything was absolutely outstanding, perfectly cooked, and each bite was savored. We also ordered some specialty cocktails: mine being some Samurai juice thing, and the fiance ordered a martini. We were so full that we couldn't indulge ourselves in some of their desserts.

    After CUT, we were pretty tired and headed back to the hotel. Day Two was MUCH better than Day One, and we were excited to spend one more day in Vegas!
     
  4. sybgal

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    Enjoying your report...anxious to read day 3 :) We also LOVED - LOVE - thought it was fantastic!
     
  5. jgates8

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    Confused? You didn't request a room change? Normally a polite request & an explanation of the problem will get a room change (unless they are sold out).
     
  6. Uncpeej

    Uncpeej Tourist

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    She said they were sold out. I complained the first night, but I figured since I was getting it for free I should just suck it up. Probably not the best thinking, but this is how me and the fiance roll.
     
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