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Trip Recap: Aria and Downtown Grand 12/6-12/9

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by WWGB, May 1, 2016.

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  1. WWGB

    WWGB Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    It's late, but I still felt compelled to recap this trip before reporting on my more interesting April trip. I'll stick with simple category summaries for this trip.

    I had thought about arriving earlier and attending the Junior Achievement Suite Holidays event, but they raised the price to $175 (!) and it wasn't clear if my brother would be able to join me. Sun Country had a sale, so I settled on December 6th-9th for trip number 12.
     
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    WWGB Low-Roller

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    Flights

    Last time I forgot my watch at the TSA check point; this time I forgot my suitcase! In another security highlight, a TSA agent commented that I looked like Richard Dreyfuss. He quickly amended his statement to a "young" Richard Dreyfuss. On the flight back, I fell asleep before take-off and woke up halfway through the flight. That was a first!
     
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    WWGB Low-Roller

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    Hotels

    My first reservation was for the Mirage, but later MyVegas came out with some 2-night rewards that were available for booking that week. I booked a free 2-night stay at Aria, followed by 1-night in a suite at the Downtown Grand. I loved my room at the Aria and hated my room at the Grand.

    See my rant at http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?126759-Downtown-Grand-quot-non-quot-smoking-rooms

    It was not just smelly, but noisy, too, with noise from across the street and something on the roof that caused vibrations in the room. Even had an ice machine across the hall.

    Avoid this room:
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    WWGB Low-Roller

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    Meals

    Cosmopolitan "Secret" Pizza: My first meal of the trip lived up to the hype. If I'm staying at a neighboring hotel again, I'd love to go back. I had a slice of the "white" pizza and a slice with meatball and ricotta. Both were great. I ate the pizza in the gaming area and picked up souvenir art for my kids from the vending machines.

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    Mon Ami Gabi: I ate breakfast here the first morning. That made three trips in a row. I had a breakfast crepe that was good, but not great. I followed that up with another crepe at Payard at Caesars later that day. Two might be too many crepes in one day!
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    Earl of Sandwich: I ordered my usual holiday turkey sandwich, but got it to go and ate it in my room. Very convenient staying across the street! All meals that day were paid for with Total Rewards points from the Social Rewards program.

    Aria breakfast buffet: I ate here on moving day. It was my second time here, both times courtesy of MyVegas. This time I made sure to show up in time for breakfast foods. The omelet and fruit were great, but the only breakfast potato I could find had some weird orange sauce drizzled on it. The highlight for me was the red velvet pancakes. They have gigantic pancakes stacked on each other, and carve out a piece like it's a slice of cake. I would return for this another trip. Sadly, no desserts at breakfast. They must not bring these out until lunch. Aria and Bellagio are clearly the class of the MGM buffets, but I give the nod to Aria for slightly fresher food and the nicer dining room.

    Triple George Grill: I had the chicken parmesan, which was highly recommended on Vital Vegas. I didn't find it remarkable, but I'd be happy to return and try something else. The place has reasonable prices and a nice atmosphere, and I'd be equally comfortable in jeans or dressing up.
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    I ate breakfast at the California Pizza Kitchen at the airport. The breakfast pizza was not good. I made sure to book a later returning flight for my next trip to avoid breakfast at the airport.
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  5. WWGB

    WWGB Low-Roller

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    Shows

    I saw Paranormal at Bally's. Great show! Mac King would still be my first choice for an afternoon show, but I'd put Paranormal second. I bought a voucher for the show on LivingSocial.
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    WWGB Low-Roller

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    Gambling

    After 3 consecutive winning trips, I wasn't sure I could pull off a 4th. I did not. Even armed with $180 in combined freeplay (MyVegas award, Las Vegas Advisor booklet, check-in coupon at DTG, and offers from SLS, TI, and the D), I finished down $400 for the trip. I did have one good session playing 8/6 Bonus Poker Deluxe with STP for quarters at Aria and hit more than my share of quads for a net win of $200. I also broke even playing 8/5 Bonus Poker at Bellagio for quarters. Nearly everything else was a loss, including a bad stretch of losing $250 on a combined $2500 coin-in on 8/5 Bonus Poker at the D and Downtown Grand. I also popped into the Luxor, only to observe that they downgraded my beloved progressive machines (http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?126794-Luxor-VP-downgrade). I did manage to win $5 at the airport playing a penny version of Top Dollar.

    A sad sight at the Luxor:
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    Final thoughts

    I loved Aria, Secret Pizza, and Paranormal and hated Suite (War of) 1812 at the Grand. I wish I had splurged a little and simply paid for a third night at Aria. On the only other trip when I split my stay, I spent one night at the Grand and ironically loved the regular room but disliked the West Wing room at MGM Grand. Oh, and a winning trip is more fun than a losing one. Excluding royal flushes, some quick estimations gave me a 7% chance of experiencing that kind of beating on my final $2,500 coin-in. I had around $6,500 coin-in over the entire trip, pretty consistent with recent trips.
     
  8. casinokid68

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    Thanks for the December report. I am arriving to Cosmopolitan on Saturday, and the first meal will be Secret Pizza as well. Looking forward to that. Also, not too bad only losing 400 bucks overall. I would be happy coming home next week and only losing 400 bucks. LOL Looking forward to the April report!!
     
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