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Trip Report!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Aggie07, Mar 13, 2008.

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  1. Aggie07

    Aggie07 Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Okay, this is my trip report for March 8-11, 3 night stay at Venetian..I apologize if I ramble, go too far into detail, spelling errors, or if you find my trip boring..read at your own risk.
    **If someone can give me directions on how to post pictures I would be more than happy to put some up (the file sizes are too big now)**

    Day 1...
    After taking off from Houston 1 hour late, we arrived in Vegas at about 1:30 (I have never had such rude flight attendants in my life...Continental). We were greeted by our limo driver from Presidential Limousine at baggage claim, he was very happy to try to grab all of our bags, although with 4 people we did have to share the responsibility. Limo was ready with champagne (driver opened for us), roses for the girls, and water...which I managed to spill on myself within two minutes. I did panic slightly as we left the airport because we took the tunnel..but I remembered thats only a no no for taxis. We got to the airport between 2 and 3 (I already began to lose track of time at this point) and we went to check in. I attempted the $20 trick at check in. I gave the lady (30s) my sandwhich (card + $20 + ID) and she took out the $20 and responded, "Um...so did you need change" I laughed and said no, that I would like to check and see if she had a room with a good view of the strip and that would be for her. She started typing and mumbled "well I might have some view rooms for an extra charge per night but let me check your reservation". She then said, "well I do see that you requested non smoking and a view room". She typed some more...and said sorry..she didnt have anything and gave me my money back. FAILURE! O well...So we make our way up to our room. It was amazing. Huge layout, 3 flat screen televisions, space to move around. Just good all around..We left the room and headed off to the Canal Shops to eat lunch...at this point all I had all day was a margarita and champagne so I was ready. After wondering around the hotel and casino and playing a few slots for a while, we got dressed and went downstairs and ate at Grand Lux..only a 5 minute wait and great service..after dinner, we hit the casino some more, (sorry to report I did not do well this whole trip so I will not be referencing my gabling skills much)..and then off to bed.

    Day 2
    At this point we had endured two time changes, once from Houston to Vegas, then daylights savings time. I was up at 7:30 Vegas time which has to be against some sort of vacation law. I opened the blinds, with the remote control I might add, and had everyone up with me. We walked down to Denny's which is adjacent to Casino Royale. We got sat quick even in busy breakfast time and prices were normal which was nice. After breakfast we walked down to Harrah's and caught the monorail down to MGM to begin our walk back to the Venetian. We stopped at New York, New York to ride the roller-coaster (I would recommend it, only if not hung-over), hit the Coke and M&M store, Paris (where our other friends called it quits and went back to the hotel), Bellagio (they were in the middle of re-doing the gardens so bummer for my friend but she'll get over it), Caesars, The Mirage (they moved the white tigers and are re-modeling the front where the volcano is) and back to the Venetian. Just for the record..I hate, HATE!, the people that want to give you show tickets at the entrance of every mall. We took a quick nap and decided that we wanted to grab some show tickets for our last night for Le Reve. Only myself and Katie wanted to go so we left the other two sticks in the mud at the hotel and walked to the Wynn to get tickets. At this point I regret not going through the Palazzo but we had walked so much I was just looking for a direct shot. We got to the Wynn and got two seats (excellent mid seating, $137.50 each). FYI...if you are arguing with someone...walking from the Wynn to the Venetian makes for a looooooooong walk. We had all decided to hit the Rio for our night out since if we had to pay to get in, we at least would have a great view. We caught the shuttle from Harrahs to the Rio, it was $20 bucks to get into Voodoo and we got there before 10pm. It was worth the view and we got good seats outside for about an 1 hour and a half before having to move for a private party. It made for great pictures and a fun setting although the crowd (NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE) was an older one. I remember taking the elevator back down to the casino and watching the show in the sky before we left but do not remember getting back to the Venetian...so this is where day two ends.

    Day 3...
    Slept in late...grabbed a bite to eat downstairs at the restaurants next to the casino and then headed to the pool. The Venetian pool was very calm and not crowded at all. It was nice but if your not directly in the sun it was freezing, if you were in the sun, it was hot. The bar didn't open until noon and the bartender said he was pulled out of the casino becuase the hotel had not planned on opening the pool area that day?!?! What...why would they not open the pool bar?...long line at the bar but I think he finally got out of the weeds. There was no pool service that I saw...you had to go to the bar to get a drink. After the pool I headed to harrahs to meet up with friends that had skipped the pool scene. Slot machine etiquette question..Is it okay to constantly look at the persons machine next you everytime it makes a sound? This lady kept getting all up in my business and it was pissing me off. After an afternoon of playing...we ate an early dinner, again at Grand Lux, and then split up so Katie and I could head off to Le Reve. The show started right at 9pm...and it was awesome. I dont want to ruin anything, but it is a water stage in the middle where sometimes its solid and sometimes its water. Thats all I will say...after the show, headed back to the hotel where I headed downstairs and gambled some more by myself until an overly-friendly slot machine neighbor started getting extremely personal and I had to peace it, which sucks because I was doing half-way decent.

    Morning Day 4...
    Up early to do some souvenir shopping, limo pickup (presidential) was on time and took us to the airport. The biggest hoopla of the whole tripped happened here when Katie realized she packed all of her liquids in her carry-on, luckily we noticed before we hit the security line and all was well. Rode back to Houston with the A&M quaterback, Steven McGee, and had a non-eventful flight home.


    All in all, minus the losing money, the trip was fun...wished we would have come across some more people our age but I think the combination of where we stayed and the time we were there worked against that.
    If anyone has specific questions about anything I might have come across let me know, I'll check back at this post.
    Thanks for everyones help before I left, I appreciate it.
     
  2. texas_aggie_girl_93

    texas_aggie_girl_93 VIP Whale

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    Nice report. Thanks for posting. Sorry I can't help with the pictures question, but I'm sure someone will if they haven't already.

    Sorry about the rude flight attendant. I usually fly out of IAH on Continental and have never had a bad experience. Very cool to be on return flight with McGee.

    Hope the gambling works out better for you next time.
     
  3. gmoney590

    gmoney590 VIP Whale

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    Very nice; and, unfortunately I can't help you with the photo posting question either. What type of room did you have at the Venitian?
     
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  4. 1quick1

    1quick1 Tourist

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    To attach pics, look at the bottom of the post window. There is a button called "manage attachments" click on that. Then click on browse. Now just find the pics and attach them.
     
  5. OnTheHorizon

    OnTheHorizon Low-Roller

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    Great report!

    Two questions - we're going in April - where do you pick up the shuttle at Harrah's to go to Rio? Also...do you have to have a room key to get on the shuttle?

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
  6. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

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    good TR man, glad you had a good time.
     
  7. Aggie07

    Aggie07 Tourist

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    Answers to Questions..

    First, someone sent me a private message but the system says I am unable to send private messages so I can not reply. I will post the answer here but if someone can let me know what I need to do, please do.

    1. Our toom type was the Venetian Bella -- non-confirmed view, we could see The Mirage and The Rio from our window.
    2. The pickup at Harrahs was in the back near the parking garage, I beleive that Ceasars and Paris also have shuttle service, just follow the signs.
    3. The shuttle trip is free, no room key required, they just want you in one of their casinos.
    4. For the person who pm'ed about the price of the limo and who we booked through--I booked the limo online, it was $116 for round-trip airport service (to hotel and then back to airport) with champagne, water, and roses for the ladies at pickup (champagne gave me a headache), and then just the ride on the way back. I let my friends tip since I paid for the limo. You have the limo for an hour both ways so if you want to stop somewhere don't hesitate to ask, I wish we would have taken advantage of this. Also, I booked my room directly through the Venetian, I constantly checked as the prices went down and was able to get the lower price as it went down. I also figured if something went wrong I would be able to deal strictly with the hotel and not a 3rd party booking service.
    5. And..no one asked, but the Venetian smells like soapy water all the time, some people love this smell, I did not.
     
  8. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

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    I think you need 10 posts before you can send PMs.
     
  9. judy

    judy Low-Roller

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    Slot machine etiquette question..Is it okay to constantly look at the persons machine next you everytime it makes a sound? This lady kept getting all up in my business and it was pissing me off.


    I liked your trip report! Especially the part about leaving the "sticks in the mud."I feel ya, girl! You must go on without them!!
    As far as this question goes about the staring lady. Were you winning?
    Just smile smugly and say, "yeah......I'm lucky!"
    What can you do ?People can be weird-maybe she was drunk.:evillaugh

    for attaching photos they may be too large so go in your 'edit pictures mode' and resize them. Sometimes if you right click on the .jpg (the photo) and say 'send via email' the outlook program will ask you if you want to make them smaller.they you can grab them from the sent mail and attach them.
     
  10. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    yea, those thirty-somethings really kill the vibe for me...enjoyed your TR!!
     
  11. RockChickX51

    RockChickX51 Tourist

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    Yeah as far as the personal people with the slot machines go, that crap is so annoying. This old lady kept doing that to me at TI and after about 5 times of her going "Oh did you get something?" I turned my back to hear and leaned on the machine so she'd leave me the F alone.
    I swear, sometimes you just want to bust out some pepper spray.

    "Did you get something?"
    Why yes I did ::spray::
    And then casually walk off....
     
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