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Trip Report Review Aug 20-26

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by phade, Aug 28, 2014.

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  1. phade

    phade Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I've been to Vegas a times and posted TRs. This time around I thought I would stick to impresisons, experiences, etc. and just review them as we (my wife and I) experienced them. This might come out as random ramblings, but if it applies to you for a spot you are visiting, then hopefully it helps. We are an early/mid 30's married couple.

    Excalibur - We stayed here. My wife wanted to stay in the castle and I got a deal. Normally we are mid-strip people. I relented as good husbands do. We got the basic Tower 1 room. I opted not to go the contemporary route as my impression was the place wasn't going to be full base don the email blasts I got right up to our trip date for cheap rooms. I planned the $20 trick. Denied by an older Asian lady. I felt like I got kicked in the nuts. I should have just paid the contemporary room prices but was still in shock the trick didn't work. It not only didn't work,but it didn't even seem like it had a chance of working with her. My wife wanted to just stick with the room we got and honestly, it grew on us over the week. Not great, not horrible, but nothing a deal breaker. Poker tournament there was soft - 30-35 players for the morning event and I finished top 5 each time, and I only play poker in Vegas, no home games. Gambling sucked there. Pitiful. Place had alot of kids. Pool was suprisingly decent though...kids well behaved and certainly not a party pit kind of pool setup, but not bad. Always easy to find a lounger.

    Luxor - Chonga Bar at Taco and Tequila - great place for slushie drinks. Normal price to buy first time around, but refils of the 32oz mugh were $4.86, compared to 12-14 bucks at Fat Tuesday and other place. Fantasy - really enjoyed the show. I wouldn't say the performers were top of the line as there were some misques and a timing issue once in a while. But, I didn't walk away disappointed. Brunch buffet was good, minus the bacon. Would eat there again.

    SLS - I want to like this place, but just find it kind of "meh". The monorail directions are on signs up high that are double sided. One sign is misplaced leaving you to think there is another hallway leading outside. I wish I took a pic to show it. It was pretty funny when I realized it, but some might find it annoying. The casino was packed and the layout wasn't bad for the shops/restaraunts. The location is hard for me though, but the monorail makes it easy.

    Tilted Kilt - Worst meal of the trip. Again, I really really wanted to like this place. Thought the servers and hostesses were nice. Thought the layout was nice. Food was terrible though. Absolutely horrible. Chicken wings were dry, small, and kind of bland. Buffalo chicken dip was the worst I have ever had anywhere. Runny, hardly any chicken. Wife got flatbread and it was so soggy the flat bread was limp like a NYC style slice.

    Monte Carlo Buffet - Second worst meal of the trip. Everything was dry and not tasteful. Amongst the worst buffets I've had in Vegas in my trips. Monte Carlo Pub - we stumbled in on the dueling pianos and had a good time. I had wings, which were cooked perfectly; however, the sauce was wimpy for Buffalo. It likely could have just been Franks Red Hot sauce. Wife had shepard's pie. We liked the atmosphere. Prices to me were high though. Two Bud Light specials, one chocolate martini, a single order of wings, shepard's pie, and spinach artichoke dip came to $70. At $50, my impression of the place would have been much better, esp consdering the BLs were $2 each.

    Harrah's Bufffet - Middle of the road. Some things were OK. Prime Rib was dry. Carrots were very good. Everything else was just OK.

    PH Spice Market Buffet - My wife and I really enjoy this place. We had an all you can drink groupon and apparently they are no longer going to offer it. The server commended me on buying it before the trip as it is not available and won't be. Let me tell you, I wish I had his name. He had a caravan of Corona and wine for me and the wife. He literally filled a pitcher up with ice and kept a full Corona in it while I drank my current beer. Same with the wife's drink. Food was superb, save for the carrots which were a little tough. Prime Rib was cooked nicely even and moist. Potatos were buttery and smooth. We will continue to visit this place and even without the all you can drink option.

    Ketchup Burger Bar - Good place for a lunch. Burgers were big and tasty. Not a memorable atmosphere, but enjoyed the novelty of trying the different ketchups.

    Earl of Sandwhich - Another good place for lunch or a late meal. We both had the cheesesteak and it was perfect portion and tasty.

    Main Street Station 777 Brew Pub - We always spend one day/evening downtown for FSE. This was my first time going to MSS and the 777. Wow! Wow! Wow! What a gem that place is. The atmosphere is enjoyable. Their flaship in-house brew is awesome and the food was solid pub fare. The margarita flatbread appetizer was amazing. I feel kind of ripped off that I hadn't been there before and will be there again during my next trip.

    Daniel Tosh - We saw him Saturday night. He is one of those love/hate comedians. We happen to crack up at his schtick and his stand-up was worth his expensive ticket price to us. We really enjoyed it.

    Gambling in general - I usually bankroll $2-3k to gamble and did so this time. But, I don't think I hit my 5th benjamin in my pocket. The gambling on this trip was atrocious. My wife and I didn't hit anything above a $10 winner on the slots until day three. I'm a red chip BJ player and I didn't get a single BJ in three sessions that lasted about an hour each. By day three, we had both burned up about $200 in losses and we could both tell that the other was in the same mindset that we're not hitting crapola. Our bankroll bleeding slowed down dramatically because we slowed down our play big time from that point on. Put it this way, downtown, I felt like I robbed Golden Gate when I threw a $20 down at the BJ table and walked away with $35 of their money. That was literally the highlight of our gambling this trip. I've never had such a bad experience gambling. Losing money is one thing...not getting a win at all for the first two-three days amongst two people is another. At least I came home with a good chuck of my bankroll in tact. My wife did pull $30 out of $30 in free play at TI. That was her highlight of the trip. Other than that....nada.

    We did a few MyVegas rewards. I didn't play much but was able to get the Luxor and MC buffets for free and a twofer on Fantasy. My return on time spent was right around $5 an hour playing it in the background of my computer. Not bad. It was somewhat of a pain to redeem them at the Mlife desks, but whatever. It was free. Since we are once a year LV visitors, we probably won't play it again as by this time next year, it'll be a game with even less reward/value.

    I was longhauled for the first time in Vegas. Dammit. Not even an airport longhaul. We took a cab from Strat to DT. $9.90 down the Blvd. He was nice and got a decent tip. Return cabbie got me for $16 to SLS via the highway from the same dropoff point as our arriving cab. I had a few drinks in and didn't even think about a longhual at that point. Once we were on the highway, I realized it and told him that I'd pay the fare exactly and that he should not expect a tip for being a giant d!ck for trying to longhaul a DT-SLS route. He didn't say a word the entire trip. As I got out, I leaned over, gave him the money, and pulled out my phone and took a pic of his cab credentials. His face was worth the $16 fare at that point.

    Overall, we had a good time. We've been there now three times together (ive been more pre-wife days). Not gambling as much the second half of the trip led to a more lowkey relazed trip and I kind of liked it.
     
  2. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Sounds like a great time! Thanks for sharing!!!
     
  3. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

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    Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear about the bad gambling luck....sounds like you were in town the same time as the rest of the VMBers who took a beating as well. The gambling gods were not good to the VMB crew!
     
  4. Joe

    Joe VIP Whale

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    Nice report!
    No secret I'm a MSS fan and even though 777 has a few detractors on this board, I think it is solid pub fare. Also, some of their dinners are very tasty. I enjoy the ribs and strip steak.
     
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  5. Hobofrank

    Hobofrank Prime Minister of Idiocracy

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    I didn't take a beating, but just like Phade after -$500, I knew which way the wind was blowing and chilled out
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good report! I'm impressed with your discipline if you brought $2k to gamble with and you quit at -$500 when you weren't feeling it. I'm more of a loss chaser...:grrr: Hope next trip treats you better in that regard!

    And yeah, I wish we had finalized our plans for Vegas sooner than we did. We usually buy the Spice Market Groupon. But we have 25% off from the ACG book I suppose...
     
  7. phade

    phade Low-Roller

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    Yes, we slowed down dramatically on our gambling after day 3 of the 6 day trip. I got more frustrated than anything and my wife was as well. It wasn't even fun at that point. The good news was that our shows were on the back end of the trip so that helped fill up the evening, and then after, we just went to the bars.
     
  8. bshowell

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    Nice report. Like it broken down like that. I think you're one of the first on here to visit SLS.
     
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