TRIP REPORT 9-16 OCTOBER GENERAL This was our 17th trip to Vegas and the 13th different hotel in which we have stayed. We chose the Suncoast Hotel this time as we had had a brief look on our trip in June and were suitably impressed. I had also visited as many sites as I could find to read otherâ€™s reviews. I booked our 7 night stay through an executive slot host and was able to obtain a casino rate of $45 weekdays and $75 for Friday and Saturday. The difference between this rate and those offered on the strip in essence paid for my car rental. Rather than give a daily diary of our trip, I will concentrate on rating the Suncoast,the Airline and the car rental company. FLIGHTS We flew on Continental for the first time from Totonto to Vegas. I was very impressed with the staff both on the ground and in the air. All our flights and connections were on time and the inflight service was prompt courteous and efficient. We will certainly fly with them again. We did not experience any difficulty with the extra security,either going or returning home. In fact we donâ€™t believe it took any longer than normal. CAR RENTAL Had reserved afull size car from Alamo via their website and opted for Quickrent. Arrived via the shuttle at the rental station and went directly to the Quickrent kiosk. To our surprise there was a lineup. It seems that due to a reduction in their fleet, there were more cars reserved in certain classes, then there were cars available. Nevertheless, after about 15 minutes we got what we reserved. Full size Buick for $131 everything included for the week. At the end of the week the return was done in less than a minute and we were on the shuttle to the airport. I have rented from Alamo almost every visit and will continue to do so until a better rate is offered elsewhere. SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO It took about 25 minutes from the airport to the hotel.Slower than normal due to construction and heavy traffic on #15. Used the valet and left our luggage with the bell desk while we had a quick drink and joined Club Denaro, the Suncoastâ€™s slot club. We received 1000 points for joining and I got some bonus points as my Birthday was close at hand. Also received a 2 for1 pass for the Buffet. Went to our room which was on the 7th floor, north side. The rooms are huge. The entry way has sufficient space for at least 4 sets of golf clubs. The main room has a large closet(including iron and ironing board) a desk and chair, a large armoire which contains the TV, a dining table and chairs, a large sofa and a King bed with night tables on each side. Floor to ceiling windows afforded a superb view of the Angel Park golf course, the Regent and the mountains. The bathroom contains 2 separate areas. One area has the toilet, tuband shower, while the other, which is about 60 square feet has a large counter and 2 sinks. The room is decorated in moderate tones and the furniture is of good quality. The bathroom has lots of towels, the usual bottled stuff and a phone and hairdryer. Our room was made up promptly every morning and although we never needed help, there always seemed to be someone on the staff in the hallway. The only thing we didnâ€™t like was the various charges for phone calls. A small point but nevertheless an irritation. There are several restaurants in the hotel. We visited the Italian and found the food to be quite good. A free bottle of Chianti is given with the order of 2 entrees. The other restaurants include a steak house, an oyster bar and a Mexican restaurant. There also is a Seattleâ€™s Best coffee shop, an ice cream parlour, a snack bar where you can have a hot dog, fries and a soda for $2.45,and a snack bar at the bowling alley. Our preference was to eat at the buffet. Although not up to the standards of the Bellagio, the Aladdin or Main Street station, the food was good and the value for your dollar outstanding. Breakfast is $4.95, lunch$6.95 and dinner $9.95. There is a seafood station, a far eastern station, american, mexican and Italian. Wednesday is steak night when you can eat all the Tbones or New York strips you want for$10.95. For the first couple of mornings we had the buffet but noticed a line outside the Sienna cafÃ©, a 24 hour food stop, and couldnâ€™t figure out why people would eat there with the buffet so reasonably priced. Only when we went for a sandwich and saw the GRAVEYARD specials did we understand. From midnight to 9am you can have 2 eggs(cooked to order), bacon or sausage, hash browns and toast for 99cents!! If you want steak with your eggs add$1.00. Truly a bargain. Needless to say we had breakfast there for the rest of our stay. The casino is a video pokers players heaven. Every game and variation you can imagine and everything from1 cent to $5.00. There is a good mix of other slots, although not the same variety as one would find in a strip hotel. All the usual table games were available including 50 cent roulette. The slots were loose enough and we met many locals who play at the Suncoast quite often. Their slot club (Club Denaro) was recently voted the best in Vegas by the Las Vegas review. They work on points for money won rather than money played and are quite generous with their paybacks. I guess our favorite thing about the casino is that it is all paper. No coins. When you cash in, the machine gives you a receipt which can be cashed at any cashier or can be used by inserting into another machine. No more buckets of coins, no more waiting for hand pays or refills. Itâ€™s great!!!! We are only slot players and what I would consider at the low roller end. Nevertheless, based on our play over the week, we were comped very generously. CONCLUSION As was mentioned earlier this a locals hotel which was quite active for the entire 7 day stay. When we visited the strip on 3 different occasions it seemed dead by comparison except on the weekend when it appeared almost normal. Some might say that the Suncoast is too out of the way. We would respond that if you are on vacation and are so pressed that 20 minutes is going to make a difference, then perhaps you should have stayed home!!.There are several ways to get to the strip. You can use the Summerlin Parkway, HWY 95 and 15; or you can do as we did and use Rampart to Charleston to Durango and then turn onto Sahara. Flamingo or Tropicana depending on where you want to be on the strip. It is really no hassle. If you are looking for a high class hotel away from the hustle and bustle for an oustanding price this is it. We will certainly go back. If any one has any questions please email me and I will answer as best as I can. Note to Sonya. Sorry this is so long but as not many members had been to the Suncoast I wanted to give a detailed description.