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Trip Report - 9/5-9/8 (First Trip)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by karlanee, Sep 10, 2007.

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  1. karlanee

    karlanee Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    It sucked. I'm never going back. How about that for a trip report?
     
  2. mctrees02

    mctrees02 High-Roller

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    Thanks for the input. Maybe you should go post a great report over on tripadvisor. You wouldn't be the first over there...
     
  3. sunni

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    My goodness. Vegas sucked ? More details please..
     
  4. ghetto71

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    Sounds like someone came home light in the wallet:ssst:
     
  5. DonD

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    There have been a few times that I've felt the same way. Time seems to find a way to heal that. :)
     
  6. Coaster Kikky

    Coaster Kikky Tourist

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    Vegas has something for everyone, but not everyone is for Vegas. Probably a good thing, or it'd be even more crowded.
     
  7. gmoney590

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    Sorry to hear that it sucked for you.
     
    Back where we belong
  8. paigowCY

    paigowCY Low-Roller

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    Does anyone have that friend who you really like, but in no way would you let them go to Vegas with you? Hmmmmm...................
     
  9. Hoopswife

    Hoopswife Low-Roller

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    OMG. I can't believe you didn't like it. I'm really sorry to hear that, I guess it isn't for everyone, but it is definately for me! I hope you post details at some point.....
     
  10. vegasdrea

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    We would like to kniw *why* you didn't have a good time. Hope you decide to share some details.
     
  11. yuelulu

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    Several years ago, I went to Vegas with some friends. One of them complained the whole time...."I didn't come to Vegas to spend the whole time in a casino" :blink:
     
  12. hula96717

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    youre probably so irritated that you dont even wanna write huh? but you cant leave us hanging like this!! :eek:

    Im especially concerned because i see you stayed at the Luxor...

    So sorry you had a bad trip... maybe the company? Hopefully that wont ruin your taste for trying it again...

    aloha,
    Kel
     
  13. GRAMPA J

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    No trip is perfect.There is always something (minor or major).But you
    sounded so excited prior to your trip.Please let us know.Was it the gambling,
    the hotel,food ,poor service,some surly dealer?We have all dealt with those
    at one time.Please,if you can,provide details.
     
  14. sin

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    Sorry you had a bad time, but you should provide some reasons why it sucked. I mean, you did post something, so don't take your bad time out on us with such a teaser and tell us why you are "never going back." Was Vegas just not your cup of tea?
     
  15. tnkc

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    Yikes! Talk about keeping someone in suspense.

    Could be bad service, bad gambling, bad food, bad room, bad drinks, crime happened, not their cup of tea?????

    Wife and I definitely have a group of friends who would be going crazy following us around in Vegas. It seems like there is something there for everyone, though? You could avoid the gambling and just eat and look at all the "stuff" there, I would think, and still enjoy it?
     
  16. karlanee

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    The hotel was fine - didn't have a problem with the Luxor. Not sure what all the complaints are about on the Luxor. The room we got was very nice, very clean - except the bed was the worst bed I've EVER slept on. So hard I would wake up with tingling limbs from the pressure on my pressure points. Other than that, the hotel stay was fine. The timeshare people? They seem to have abandoned the Luxor and went next door to the Excalibur!

    I think Vegas just isn't for me. We really tried very hard to put a lot of planning so we'd know what to expect and looked forward to it, and we really tried to like it.

    We got home on Saturday evening - this is Monday - and my throat still hurts from the cigarette smoke - and normally smoking doesn't bother me at all. So that's one minus.

    Secondly - even though I was prepared for a lot of walking - I wasn't prepared that there wouldn't be a single free place to sit down. If you didn't want to sit at a slot machine, or sit in a restaurant, there was literally no where to sit. I mean I have been in hotels all over the country and several out of the country and never have I seen a hotel lobby without seats - yet not a single hotel in Vegas that we went to (and I went in most on the strip) had seats anywhere that wasn't a slot machine, a restaurant or a gaming table. That's just ridiculous.

    The main thing is the commercialism of the whole place. The "sin city" part didn't bother me at all - drinking, gambling, sex - that's just Vegas. But it was the overhyped, commercialism that just drained me. I also understand that tourist "traps" are always more expensive, but to me Vegas has gone way above and beyond the limit on that.

    The trip wasn't all bad - I can say I visited Vegas. There was no issue with the hotel, other than the bed, as I mentioned. We did see a show that we enjoyed (Zumanity) and nothing really surprised me - because of the advice I got here on the boards. The timeshare people didn't sucker me in - although they did almost get DH when we first walked in the door of the hotel (the 1 and only time we were ever approached at Luxor) but I knew what the trap was. But going through the Excalibur to get over to NY NY and beyond, was like wading through a pool of hungry sharks. Every entrance, inside and out, was covered by at least 2 timeshare sharks and more behind them at the desk. To be expected - but also very exhausting.

    So the deal is - Vegas may be great for some people - I just found it very boring for all the "glitz" and "flash". For all there is supposedly to do, if you don't have an unlimited budget or don't want to spend your entire trip going blind and deaf in front of a slot machine, there was very little to do other than walk from hotel to hotel and eventually catch onto the fact that they are all the same - just with different themes.

    Another complaint? You go there with the impression that it's a 24/7 city. Really? If you're a morning person - you'll find out just how little there is to do, and how hard it is to find a decent meal or something fun to do before 10 or 11 am. So the city that never sleeps, also doesn't tell the truth. LOL

    I will chalk this up to experience and I can honestly say - I know my not liking Vegas is simply my own personality and quirks. Vegas is what it is, and I know now not to waste my money going there. So that's always good to know anyway.

    And I must thank everyone here for the advice given in the past few months of planning. I wasn't totally surprised or caught off guard by anything. Disappointed? sure - but not because I was uninformed. So thanks for all the help.
     
  17. karlanee

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    Okay, now that I have depressed everyone with my tirade of what I didn't like - here are a few things I DID like.

    We ate at Burger Bar right after we got settled into our room (after I checked the entire bed to ensure it was bug free. LOL it looked like a pretty new mattress, I slept well knowing I had checked the bed, the headboard and the surrounding floor.). Anyway - we loved the Burger Bar. Really nice server, really great burger and the bill wasn't too bad.

    Loved Zumanity - wasn't sure if I would get tickets for this since I have a prudish side the struggles to overcome silly notions about sex (comes from how i grew up). Well, the 30 minutes in line at Tickets 4 Tonight was worth the wait - I got 7:30 show tickets for at least $20 off. We had great seats - close enough to see - far enough back not to be picked on during the show. I'm glad I overcame my fears/paranoia and got the tickets.

    Loved the Paris and the Venetian. If I ever were to go back (when pigs fly over the blue moon) I'd stay at one of these resorts.

    Bartenders - wow there are some great bartenders in Vegas. We didn't get to go to any flair bars as we wanted - part of my hating the trip was also because of DH who got blisters on his feet within 3 hours of us arriving and quickly became the downer of the party, but was in such pain that he couldn't walk much by the 3rd day. But what drinks I did have were awesome.

    International visitors - I love other cultures and so being in Vegas and hearing so many other languages was really cool.

    Taxi drivers and Shuttle bus drivers - we took a taxi one morning up to the Venetian and the two times we rode the shuttles the drivers were really great. It was a lot of fun talking with them.

    The best part? No dishes. No cooking. No cleaning. No phone calls. No work. No dog duty. You get the picture. LOL
     
  18. tnkc

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    Thanks for the clarification. I "get" how it isn't for everyone and understand what you're saying. I don't think anyone needs to try and talk you into giving it another shot...you probably have other destinations that would suit you better.

    As far as the timeshare sharks, wife and I figured out the perfect comeback; it was actually given to us by one of "them". They always ask "are you folks in town tomorrow?" Well, when we're approached by them, whether it is the first day or the last, it is always "no...we're on our way to the airport in an hour." At that point, you're no use to them. Then they see you the next day :evillaugh But they are annoying.
     
  19. karlanee

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    tnkc - yeah it was kind of fun coming up with new and varied excuses. Sometimes I just walked right by without even responding - but DH felt he had to say something. I was a telephone solicitor in college - selling travel club membership - so I know all the lines to get them to shut up. LOL
     
  20. sin

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    Thanks for the additional posts! Vegas is not for everyone so you are certainly not alone. I'm glad that you did enjoy some parts of your trip and that you felt you got some value from the info on this board. At least you had a break from the "everyday."
     
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