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Trip report: 3/17-3/24 (Aria and Palazzo)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by jayh63, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. jayh63

    jayh63 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    4 nights at Aria, 3 at Palazzo. Weather was gorgeous, low to mid 70's each day.

    Aria gets an A+ for comfortable bed, great sportsbook and excellent service. Ate at Aria Buffet (comped), the 24 hour cafe (great caesar salad), Todd English Pub (beef sliders) and Wolfgang Puck's pizzeria in the Crystals Mall.

    Rented car and made numerous sidetrips during the day times. I went to the Neon Boneyard museum where they store all the old Vegas neon signs. I'm a bit of a Vegas history buff so this was right up my alley (I did the Mob museum and the Atomic museum last year). One word of advice if you plan to take the boneyard tour, there is no shade so wear a hat and don't forget the sun screen. Even at 75 degrees, the sun was brutal. I can only imagine what doing this tour in July would be like.

    Another sidetrip was out to Hoover Dam, not to see the Dam again but I wanted to see the new Pat Tilman bypass bridge. You can park your car and walk up the canyon and cross the bridge on foot. I did both, I drove across it and also did it on foot.

    Yet another sidetrip was out to the M resort. I have a players card and they sent me a coupon for a free buffet with a linepass that came in handy since the line was quite long for a Monday afternoon. I always enjoy driving out to the M and the South Point. I lost money at M but won it back at South Point.

    Final sidetrip was over to the Orleans. During my stay on the strip, I was down around $600 in slot play. I won $400 of that back at the Orleans thanks to a Monsters slot machine. I played it for over two hours straight, getting all kinds of bonus spins (love the Monsters slot machine as a fan of the old Frankenstein and Dracula movies with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi). When I got up 400, I finally walked away.

    On the strip, I bet lots of basketball games at the Aria, Venetian and Wynn. I went 13 out of 20 against the spread during March Madness. Saturday was my best day as I went 5 for 6. It's always fun to cash some winning tickets. Aria was generous with the drink tickets. Not so much for the Venetian and Wynn.

    Palazzo gets a B- grade. Not all their fault as the Aria was a tough act to follow. Palazzo upgraded me to a mini-suite (1000 sq ft) which was great but the matress was bit too hard for me when compared to the soft matress at the Aria. People have told me rooms at the Palazzo usually have softer pillow top beds. Maybe that's why they offered me the suite for no extra cost. Overall the room was fantastic with 3 TV's but I didn't spend much time in the room to take advantage of it. However, the TV in the bathroom came in handy as I could keep track of the games when I showered.

    I like doing buffets and in addition to Aria and the M, I did the wicked spoon buffet at the Cosmo and the buffet at the Wynn. Both were excellent. I also ate at Table Ten at the Palazzo and Red 8 at the Wynn. Very good.

    Overall an excellent trip. I used frequent flyer mileage for free air on the flight out (from Pittsburgh) and it cost me $224 for the flight back. Aria was $99 per night, Palazzo was $179 for weekend rate. Lost approx $200 on slots, won $360 on b-ball. Was comped buffets at Aria and M. Stayed within my budget thanks to that Monsters slot machine at the Orleans.
     
  2. S'AllGoodMan

    S'AllGoodMan High-Roller

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    Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for posting.

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  3. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

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    Wow... for an entire week... you did a helluva job!!!! Good deal... thanks for the report!
     
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