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Trip report 6/2-6/9: M, Wynn and Mandalay Bay

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by jayh63, Jun 13, 2013.

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  1. jayh63

    jayh63 Tourist

    Feb 14, 2012
    western maryland
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    Sunday: My wife and I flew out of Pittsburgh. We’ve visited the M a number of times but had never stayed there. As a member of their players club, they sent me a coupon for one free night and a second night for only $69 (and no resort fees). It was too good to pass up so I booked the M for the first two nights of our trip. What a great experience. The staff was friendly, the room was spacious, the bed was comfortable, and the pool area was peaceful and relaxing. After we checked in, we ate lunch at Hash House a Go Go then we hit the casino. I played Roulette and Craps, my wife played the slots. I lost, she won but together we came out about even.

    We drove over to the Green Valley Ranch for a couple of hours, gambled a little, had dinner there at the GVR buffet and caught Hangover 3 at the movie theaters inside the casino.

    Monday: We did breakfast at Hash House a Go Go and then hit the pool when it opened at 10am (my only complaint about the M was the pool area opens too late. In 100+ weather it needs to open at 8am for those of us who don’t like to bake in the heat). We secured an umbrella (which was a must as there is no shade at the M pool). We loved the music they play at the M pool (nice balance of old time rock and modern day pop). The pool area was not crowded, a few women with little tots but no school-aged kids, the water was very refreshing with plenty of room to get in an actual swim). The waitresses were constantly checking up on us and were very prompt with our drink orders. By 1pm, it was starting to get too hot for us fair skinned folks so we went back to the room to shower.

    I had a coupon for a free M buffet with a line pass so we did lunch there. Then we both played the slots. I played a Spider Man penny slot for over an hour and cashed out $100 to the good. We got the car and drove over to the South Point where we played more slots. Should have stayed at the M. We were winning at the M but we both lost at the South Point. But still a fun place.

    Monday night we ate at Anthony’s Burger’s and Brews at the M while I watched the NHL and NBA playoffs. After dinner, I headed over to the sportsbook to continue watching the games while my wife played more slots.

    Tuesday: I requested a late check-out so we did the pool again at 10am until noon. Then we checked-out and headed to the Wynn where I was booked for 3 nights under their summer special for $139 per night. We were starving so we took advantage of the $50 food and beverage credit and hit the Wynn buffet for lunch (yes, we love buffets but only if the food meets our standards). Wynn was offering us triple points on all slot play so we hit the casino after lunch. Neither of us won but we kept our losses to a minimum.

    At night I wanted to watch the NHL playoffs so we ate at Zooza Crackers in the sportsbook. I highly recommend the Caesar’s salad with blackened salmon. After the hockey game, we did the lake of dreams patio and then people watched over some cocktails from the Parasol Up lounge.

    Wednesday: We hit the Wynn pool at 8am. I had the hot tub all to myself before we staked out a nice shaded area next to the European pool area. Those who have stayed at the Wynn know this is one of the best pool areas in Vegas if you like your experience to be one of peace and relaxation. My wife and I both have stressful jobs(especially her) so reading a good book while enjoying an adult beverage while lounging by a beautiful pool area is like paradise to us.

    We did lunch at the Terrace Point Café then we headed over to the Orleans. We both won on the slots at the Orleans. The place was packed, mostly a senior citizen crowd, including a live band that played 50’s music. My wife wanted to catch another movie so we hit the Orleans Cinemas and saw The Great Gatsby.

    At night we did dinner back at the Wynn at Red 8. Then we walked the strip, hitting the Palazzo, the Venetian, TI and the Mirage, doing some gambling and watching a lounge band.

    Thursday: We did the pool again in the morning, did lunch at the Wynn buffet, gambled some in the Wynn casino then we took the car downtown and hit the El Cortez and some of the Freemont Street casinos. It was hot so we stayed inside as much as possible. What we lost at the Wynn we pretty much made back downtown.

    At night we went over to Lagasse’s Stadium and shared a buffalo chicken pizza as we watched the first game of the NBA Finals. We caught a talented lounge act at the Palazzo afterwards. Overall, our stay at the Wynn was very pleasant. The slots were very tight but the room, the pool and the food made it well worth what we paid to stay there.

    Friday: We checked out of the Wynn and headed to Mandalay Bay where I was comped for two nights and given a $100 food and beverage credit. What a change. Kids were everywhere at Mandalay Bay. The elevators were ridiculously slow (and crowded) but our room was nice with a comfortable bed. I returned the car and took a taxi back to MB (that move saved me over $150). We ate at House of Blues (love the Juicy Lucy burger) and then we played some slots. I also kept tab on a few baseball games I had bet on at the sportsbook.

    At night, we bought tickets to see the Pettybreakers at the House of Blues (as the name suggests they are a Tom Petty cover band). The place was packed and the band was excellent. After the concert we hit both the Mix lounge and the House of Blues Foundation Room. Awesome views from both places.

    Saturday: Too hot to even think about doing the pool. It hit 112 later in the day. We took the free monorail to Excalibur and walked over to MGM. We played some slots there and then we decided to walk over to the Tropicana. I hadn’t been there since they remodeled the place. I was very impressed. We hung out in the new Trop sportsbook and watched the Belmont Stakes along with some baseball games. We signed up for Tropicana players card where they offered to reimburse you for any actual dollar losses with an equal slot credit up to $200 (half that day, half 30 days later). We didn’t need the credit because we both won money at the Trop.

    Saturday night we used up the rest of our food credit eating dinner at Red Square. I highly recommend the Beef Stroganoff. It was out of this world. After dinner, we had tickets to see the brand new Michael Jackson Cirque show at Mandalay Bay. I got sets in the last row for only $69 each. What a fantastic show. I am not a big MJ fan but this show blew me away. Next to Love, it is by far the best Cirque show on the strip (and I’ve seen them all including the former Elvis show at Aria). After the MJ show, Mandalay Bay was jumping with two lounge bands playing. We made the most of our last night, dancing and having a great time until 1am. We had to get up at 6am to catch our flight home so we were dragging the next day but thankfully it was a smooth flight home, and on-time.

    My final evaluations of the 3 properties we stayed at:

    M: A+ (my final hotel bill was $110 and that included charging a lunch and pool side drinks to my room). It is a 4 star property that has it all if you don’t mind staying that far off the strip).

    Wynn: A- (loved the hotel and the pool but the slots were way too tight. Neither my wife nor I won a darn thing. But how often can you stay at a 5 star hotel for under $170 a night, including resort fee?)

    MB: B- (Saw two great shows there and loved the high energy party atmosphere but far too many little kids running around during the day and far too many drunk young 20 something males trashing hallways and elevators (food and gum on the elevator floor, all of the Do Not Disturb signs thrown around the hallways, etc.) MB needs to have security at their elevators like they do at the Wynn. But we still had a great time there and it’s hard to complain too much when you’re being comped two nights and given $100 food credit.
  2. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

    May 31, 2008
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report. I've always wanted to stay at The M, and actually booked twice before switching to comped rooms. I stay somewhere new for at least a portion of the trip and M will probably make my list on either the front or back end of my trip (for the airport shuttle) in the next few years. I may play some VP and hope to seed a future comp or casino rate offer (their rack rates are pretty expensive without a special offer).

    I also found the MB elevators to be poor (typical 5-10 minute wait before boarding). They are worse than the infamous D elevators. TheHotel does not have this issue and I'd take a standard room at TheHotel over a standard suite at MB (stayed comped at both when MILFe was generous with comps)
  3. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

    Aug 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Every trip I tell myself I'll visit M.....and every trip I never make it. I really need to get myself over there. Can totally relate to time at the pool reading a book being paradise when you have a stressful job. My Vegas getaways tend to be anything BUT relaxing with the exception of pool time and my work life s very stressful! Wynncore is one of my favourite places to stay.....sorry to hear you didn't have any luck in the casino.
  4. Leesh

    Leesh Low-Roller

    Dec 4, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report! The new nightclub and beachclub at MB aren't doing the hotel guests any favors it sounds like! Although they are the hottest clubs right now they will never be as successful as Wynn if they don't get the security right. But then again I never want to stay at MB because of all the children either! Thanks for sharing.
  5. blizzard96

    blizzard96 Low-Roller

    Aug 23, 2011
    Rochester NY
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I saw the MJ show last week as well and it is really something to see and you are right about the lounge acts in MB...They are really good..Thanks for your report
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