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Usually stay at Orleans but need some advice...

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by 1LuckyMomma, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. 1LuckyMomma

    1LuckyMomma Low-Roller

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    We haven't been to Vegas in 8 loooong years :) I'm planning a trip for DH and myself to celebrate our anniversary. We've always stayed at the Orleans, Flamingo or Gold Coast. The Orleans has always been our favorite due to the big rooms and comfortable beds. This time I don't intend to spend a lot of time gambling. We're going to do more sightseeing. The Orleans is convenient because of all the movie theaters and bowling so I'm leaning that way. Also, I want a comfortable bed as I hope to spend more time there than usual .:rolleyes2: However, when I did gamble there last time it had been taken over by a new company and the slots were really tight, comps were lower and the dealers not as friendly.

    Any suggestions? I want to stay in the $50-60 night range if possible. The need for a comfortable bed is a big one.
     
  2. 1LuckyMomma

    1LuckyMomma Low-Roller

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    Looking at Feb. 24-28 or the first week of March.
     
  3. atom

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    Orleans is probably still a good choice for you. I find their staff very friendly. The comps are good, especially if you are looking for return offers with free or discounted room rates. I can't speak to how tight the slots are, but they offer some decent paytables on Video Poker, so I would expect slots to be decent too. Statistically, according to the American Casino Guide the best slot payback percentages are out on the Boulder Strip, but that places you a lot farther from the action.
     
  4. James G

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    I booked those dates at the Orleans for $38 & $35 a night with bogo. Worked out perfect for me.
     
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    I stay and play at the Orleans regularly and doubt that all that much has changed since you've been there with the possible addition of flat screen TV's and more channels. I'd say it's still a good choice and I'll undoubtedly be staying there again soon. Also, most of the rooms at Gold Coast have been remodeled, which I find amazingly attractive. Happy anniversary!
     
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    I forgot to mention I just called them and told them I had a player card. The last time I used the card was in 2005 and I didn't play anything. Just used it for the Buffet.

    :beer:
     
  7. 1LuckyMomma

    1LuckyMomma Low-Roller

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    How did you get the BOGO? I'll be all over that if I can get it!
     
  8. James G

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    I called them. Give them a call and see what they say. I. Think the promo ended on the 19th. If so tell them that was what you were offered when you last called. Just make sure you give them your players card number or have them look you up(which is what I did)
     
  9. dewey089

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    Remember to add the $6 resort fee to each night in estimating, comparing and reporting hotel rates at the Orleans.
    I like to stay around $30 a night so the offers of 3 nights and a slot tournament for $99 appealed to me. However, what looks like $33 a night is actually after fees and taxes $43 a night.
    To add to the confusion, each time I've booked Orleans, Gold Coast, or Sam's Town on the B Connected site, I've been warned in fine print of the added resort fee, but in the end it was not charged and not due to any excessive play, just not on the bill.
    I've asked where it was, but no one can give me an answer.

    While most resort fees are a deal breaker, the Boyd fees have stayed relatively low and I consider them more on the side of places that have none, since so many casinos are now up to the whopping level of $28 a night.
    However, "doing the math" as the resort fee apologists suggest is difficult at Boyd.
    I find myself constantly in a brain glitch.
    Lately all the Boyd casinos have had these $29 deals, but what that advertised special means at the Orleans compared to what it means at the California is a difference of over 20% on rooms advertised at the same price in the same sort of advertisement.

    I can't comment much on the gambling, expecially slots. I had not read it had changed.
    The 10/7 Double Bonus signature VP is gone and replaced with 9/6 DB. Don't play it!
    How they manage to keep players at those machines is beyond me when 9/6 DDB is offered and generally just a couple machines away. Most of those I know who play VP there have moved to the 8/5 bonus offered now as the typical bar VP.
    It is just too low pay for my bankroll.
    The one I play and like is the nickle three play. 75 cents a pull for three hands. 9/7 DB with three royal progressives. Not bad.
    I don't earn many comps with my low level play, but I get a couple nights free each trip which this next time includes weekend nights. I'm always conflicted whether to book the weekend or book the senior Tuesday.
    I read that senior drawing money that is not claimed during the month all rolls into the final drawing on the last Tuesday of the month when they keep drawing until they give it away, so that is a great day to go for added senior value.
    My buddy WildBill hit that drawing once for a few hundred dollars.
    I also read the the live poker player's card is now the B connected card and integrated with all of it. Perhaps that will count a bit for some mailings.
    And you will notice a huge improvement in the hottub. It is one of my favorites in Vegas. I am not sure about the winter months, but in the cold Aprils and Novembers it is a heated way to get some water experience. The pool is icy. Gold Coast is usually heated.

    I agree that Boulder puts us out of the main action of the strip. However, I'm leaning more toward Eastside Cannery lately because with no resort fee and a great senior discount of $10 off rack rate just for asking, I get wifi in the room and a laundry for mid trip washing and directly across the street a Bank of America ATM with no fees. I don't play much there except live poker. For VP I go next door to Sam's Town. But for strip action, it is a 40 minute bus ride. I like that fine because for me Flamingo is becoming my new strip. I stop along there more than I do along Las Vegas Blvd and the bus is uncrowded and the easiest bus to catch as it stops for a driver break right there at the Eastside Cannery parking lot.
    I like the lounge music at Eastside Cannery too. Free or cheap and if I have to buy a drink to sit, I can get a dollar and a half Eastside Cannery brewed beer.
    I was not impressed with Sam's Town rooms. I'm not fussy, but they were not anything special. I'll stay for free if they send me a few nights. I"d like it if they sent some weekend nights that I could then tag on to weekdays at Eastside Cannery for a long stay in the same location, just as I do downtown with the Four Queens and the D or Gold Spike.
    I do like the Orleans for location. There is the free shuttle and there is also a direct RTC bus, the 201 for easily getting to the Tropicana section of the strip.

    If you like comedy, you may enjoy Big Al's club which has opened since you were at the Orleans

    The rooms are just as you remember them. Larger and cleaner than anything in that price range in Vegas. Even when I move out furniture for bed bug inspections or to set up plug systems that include my sleep apnea machine I find the hidden places, behind the side tables, perfectly clean on a consistent basis.
    It is also quiet. No rock bands, no train or car noises, no nearby motel parties, nothing. Sleeping is easy day or night.
    The food is debated often here on the boards, but I find it fairly consistent.
    I especially like the $24 full day buffet deal that comes with a bracelet for skipping the buffet line. With that I can just pop in and out for a bite of fruit, salad, coffee at anytime during the day as a break from playing live poker. I don't have to overeat once but can do a more healthy grazing.
    And Al's oyster place does not have chowder on the menu, but they will make oyster chowder if we ask them.

    Competition in live poker games is tough, but if I am staying there, I can sleep from 5 until midnight and play the late night and early hour games when the old local regulars are home and just tourists are playing.

    That calling with your card seemed to work well for one poster, but try also joining the B connected site. Is is much easier to navigate than Total Rewards and both rates and offers are posted there. It is also a fine way to start the gambling at the time of the booking. You could win $6 a night if for some obscure and unknown reason booking on that site eliminates the resort fee.

    Finally, although the Orleans is isolated from most things and walking very far from there at night is not advised, this pub is a great break from casinos with good beer, good food, and very comfortable old wooden nooks and crannies for sitting.
    http://www.mcmullansirishpub.com/index.shtml


    Potato chips are just decadently wonderful there.
     
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    If you'd like to move to the strip; contact Nicole Marshall at The Tropicana to get a good rate and have the resort fee waived.
     
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    Ballys North Tower is the only thing that comes to mind that would a bit of an upgrade in that budget range.
     
  12. 1LuckyMomma

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    Wow! Thanks for all the info. I think we'll definitely stay there again. I'll have to see if I can sign up online for the B Connected card.
     
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    If you do stay at the Orleans, please give us your impression when you get back, separate from any trip reports because sometimes those get missed. Posting it on the off strip section of the board will catch our attention.
     
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    You might want to wait until you arrive to sign up for BConnected. Casinos often offer new player sign up bonuses, so you might get a little something extra if you sign up in person.
     
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