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Trip overview - work trip Feb 9-16

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by HoyaHeel, Feb 19, 2013.

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  1. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    My Trip Report

    Not a very exciting trip - no show, very little gambling, but I did take advantage of a couple places that have been discussed or recommended that I wanted to comment on.

    We were in town for a trade show - for the first time it was held at Sands instead of Mandalay Bay. While I appreciated being at a different end of the Strip and staying & eating in new places, the convention center itself was not great. Parking was horrible, signage bad, load-in & load-out were awful, etc. Sadly, due to $, I think we'll be at Sands the next time the show is in Vegas:cry:

    Transportation: We flew Delta, checked bags, rented a car from Budget.

    Hotel: We stayed in a Petite Suite at TI. Nice room, lovely 2 large bathrooms with separate closets, one has a mini-fridge & safe in it. We faced north strip, Fashion Show Mall, and the mountains/hwy to the West. While I liked the room, the hotel, casino & restaurants did nothing for me. And the "coconut" smell drove my husband crazy.

    Food: We didn't have any fancy meals. For breakfast, we ate at Hash House a Go Go (in the Quad). Eh. I had biscuits & gravy - neither were very good (I'm pretty particular about my biscuits & gravy!) Kahunaville (ugh, just unpleasant) Grand Lux (the one in Palazzo) also so-so, and the woman seated next to me dumped her grapefruit juice on me...The TI buffet (we had a couple of 2 for 1 coupons) and the TI coffeehouse (not great, and Grand Lux is surprisingly cheaper!) By far the BEST breakfast we had that trip was at Jamms. So so so good. I didn't want to stop eating. On the day we left, we ate at Rubys diner at the airport.

    For work days, we brought a salad for lunch. Went grocery shopping at Trader Joes and Super Walmart the day we arrived. Got drinks for the room too (wine, beer & water). We had drinks a couple of nights - Parasol Down at Wynn - the wonderful bar snacks and calm atmosphere make the $14-18 cocktails totally worthwhile! Checked out Bourbon Room at Venetian a few times but although the cocktail menu looked wonderful - the music was always really loud - even when they open at 2pm - and that did not appeal to us. We had a beer at Public House (the Venetian one) and while the meat & cheese tray was amazing, the service was terrible. And of course it was expensive, but that's understandable. It was a quiet time when we were there but our server was awful. I was trying to read the taps (the draught beers aren't in the menu and it was dark...) The server apparently didn't want to help me and my husband was already talking to the bartender. I should have asked the server to come back, but she started asking "do you want something light, do you want something light". No, I said, I prefer a malty Belgian Ale. To which she responded "do you want something light?" I finally found something that looked good, but what she brought us were two IPAs. I told her my beer did NOT taste like a belgian ale (I can't remember what I ordered - it was a new beer & brewery for me, so I didn't know what it *should* taste like, just that it shouldn't taste like an IPA....Which is what my husband had ordered. The server looked at me like I was an idiot for telling her that the beers tasted the same....But she went to the bartender, he told her he never poured whatever beer I ordered - he poured it and she returned with it - but then she REMOVED the wrong beer. We have NEVER seen that happen. When a bartender screws up a beer order, they always leave the wrong beer. They have to dump it anyway, so....

    As interesting as their beer taps might be, I cannot recommend this place for the attitude & idiocy alone:nono:

    Had happy hour at RA sushi one night, had sushi carry-out another night. Had Grimaldi's pizza (FSM location) and happy hour at El Segundo Sol. Finally ate at Maggianos (no, I don't like chains in Vegas; yes, I ate at them anyway this trip because we were exhausted and my husband was being cheap:ssst:) Happy hour at PJ Clarkes - great oysters! And had dinner at the Mirage one night - Cravings Buffet, I bought the $40 for 2 voucher that included wine/beer. We also had dinner at the TI buffet (another 2 for 1 that came with the room) and I would never pay full price for that buffet. It almost wasn't worth half price, but considering what you would pay for anything else around.....

    When the show ended, we went shopping - Premium Outlets North, as well as the gold/coin store and a Home Depot (rows & rows of irrigation supplies that our stores don't stock!) On Friday I went to an off-Strip spa (A Touch of Las Vegas) and my husband went to try a couple of guns he was interested in. He dropped me off at the Spa (on Dean Martin, other side of I-15 from Bellagio) and they shuttled me back to my hotel. I had the monthly special - massage and a facial (50 min each) for $138. I think you need to spend a minimum for shuttle service, and confirm when you book they have time to do it. I still prefer a hotel spa for maximum relaxation, but in this case - the value was great and I didn't feel like lounging around in a hot tub or sauna so it made the most sense to try it out.
     
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  2. thecarve

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    Love those snacks at Parasol Up/Down! The trick is to not look at the bill when it comes.

    Glad to hear that the oysters at PJ Clarke’s were good. I’ve been meaning to try that happy hour. I love me some oysters, but the $3.50-4.00 a pop that most of the restaurants on the strip charge is something that I can never get past.

    Sorry about the incompetence at Public House. That’s another one I’ve wanted to try. Unfortunately my tolerance for ineptitude is low…that one might have to wait.

    Good report!
     
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  3. gpenguins67

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    Thanks for the TR Hoya..... sounds like a so-so trip but at least you were in vegas.
    I hit PJ Clarkes on my last trip and the oysters were phenomenal then too, but I think they rotate what they use for the happy hour oyster of the day. But either way you can't complain for a buck a peice.
    I was questioning the biscuits at HHAGG too. I tried the one in the Plaza on my last trip and the biscuit was like a rock... it was dense and lacked flavor.
     
  4. hammie

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    Nice TR, thanks for the write up! Oysters are great, even better when they are buck a shuck.

    I love trying new brews, but can't stand it when I ask for a beer menu and the server replies "what would you like"?:grrr: I will immediately ask for some obscure beer like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Taddy.

    Message to beer bars: Print up a feckin' beer menu or get a crayon and write in on a blackboard, preferably with good lighting!

    Pretty funny the bartender asking repeatedly if you want a light beer! You were just profiled!
     
  5. HoyaHeel

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    Yeah, anyone who knows me (or has read any of my posts on beer here:beer:) KNOWS I do not want a freaking michelob ultra. Nor does a place like Public House offer that beer, nor should it profile me. Grr.

    I know it's partially my fault - I should have sent her away and talked with the bartender. But I made an assumption that a server in a place that advertises its cicerone should at least train everyone in beer. And service. And I was wrong.

    Re-reading my report, it does seem a little terse - we didn't have a bad trip! IT's just that it was business and 80% of the time there was working, and it's hard to make that exciting:eek: But a trip to Vegas is still a trip to Vegas! We walked from TI through the Forum Shops and over to Bellagio - saw the Conservatory but were too early for the fountain shows:cry: Saw Harrahs/Quad construction, etc. All sorts of things we hadn't done in a while since we hadn't been to that section of the Strip in a while....

    Oh - and yes, the oysters at PJ Clarkes do change for happy hour specials, and I asked what I was having that day, but I didn't make a note and have since forgotten:ssst:
     
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    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    PS If anyone goes to New Orleans - go to Luke for happy hour on Sunday (?) for 50c oysters on the half shell. SO GOOD!!!

    (the trade show was in New Orleans last year and I enjoyed that happy hour!!!)
     
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    Thanks for Tr and tips on oysters..:beer:
     
  8. ardee

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    Thanks for the info in your report, HoyaHeel.

    After reading of your reference to Jamms, I looked it up and it is now on our
    list of to-do places for breakfast on a future trip. Sounds delicious.

    Glad you got in a little fun time on your trip.
     
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