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Vegas Hotel Tour with a splash in the pool and a football game (Aug 28 to Sept 1)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by djen, Sep 12, 2012.

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  1. djen

    djen Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Headed to Vegas on Tuesday night Aug 28 arriving just before ten. With only a carry on, it was straight to the car rental shuttle. No cab, as I had to get to the game on Thursday night. Avoided the Budget up sale and took the Hyiundai Elantra. The car rental sight was nearly deserted by this time. Good thing I avoided using all my free drink coupons on the Southwest flight other wise I would have been cabbing it.

    Golden Gate downtown was the the destination for night one. With the GPS set finding my way was easy, right to Valet so he could park my car about 100 feet from the entrance and onto check in. Again no line, trip is off to a great start. Did I mention the room was comped, free no charge. Went to the room to drop my bag and down for a bit of gambling and a tour of Fremont Street. Lively as usual, though I thought the number of vagrants was up a bit. Swung through the D for a quick look and to the second floor coin in area, where I found Sigma Derby all alone, sitting down I reached into my pocket for a few quarters and dropped them in. Played it through winning a couple but missing when the 34 to 1 hit. Small crowd up there. Walked by the long bar and it is long. I did think the D is looking up and pretty good.

    On my way back I stopped at four queens for food and beer. Stopped at the Chicago ???? I forget the name for a quick bite and a beer or was it three. Then it was back to the Golden Gate, for more gambling and observing the dealers and dancers. For the night I was down about 30 bucks, not bad for the money I had put in with my friends at The Hangover slot. After a long day it was up to bed, at about 2:30 am. Rooms at the Golden Gate are noted as being a bit noisy from the street, and my room was when I dropped my bag, yet, by the time I was ready for bed all was quiet, or I no longer cared. View from the room was of the Plaza.

    Time to get up about 9:30am and down to DuPars for breakfast and a chance to use my food voucher. Breakfast was good, service at the counter was good, and did I mention the fresh squeezed orange juice. Saw it with my own eyes, as she cut the oranges in half, that was quite enjoyable. Only hiccup was paying and getting the server to charge the room to use my credit. Back to gamble, the Gold Fish was good to me though overall I was down about 30 bucks.

    Overall I would say the room itself was nice, small yes, but nice and comfortable. As often talked about the bathroom and shower are small, and a bit dated, yet the bed was great, there was a good size flat screen tv. All in all quite good. Overall I enjoyed my night and would have no issue staying here again.

    Day two I was off to the Jockey Club, where I had a 1 bedroom suite booked. I made my way to buy a few things on my way. I had read about the parking deal at the Cosmo and sure enough it was true, Jockey Club guests can park on the third level at the Cosmo in the reserved section and take an elevator straight to the Jockey Club or casino. One neat thing at the Cosmo Ramp a sign tells you how many available spaces and each space has an indicator light (red or green, you can figure which means which) whether spots are available way down the row.

    Check in was smooth no hard time share sell. Though if I had wanted I am sure the lady hawking time shares would have helped me out. I was in the back building, sixth floor with a great view of concrete grey wall known as the Cosmo. Room was spacious, much bigger than I needed, at about 950 square feet, with two bathrooms and a full kitchen to keep my beer and water cold. Time to checkout the pool, "Sorry sir but the pool is closed, but you can access the pool at the Cosmo on the 14th floor." Umm, yah I will take that, so I went and checked it out, nice pool area, fairly quiet yet crowded, with some unique view of the Architecture that surrounds the hotel.

    Time to gamble and get my Identity, Identity card that is. I was offered the 15 buck Zappos deal yet asked about the if I lose a 100 buck deal, where if I accomplish that feat by midnight I get a 100 dollar slot credit. I was up for the challenge, yet my hopes where quickly dashed as the Wheel of Fortune slot was determined to not allow me to succeed, by delivering a couple nice wins for a nice $250 upside. Hmmm, I figured, my slot credit was history I will take the cash. Drink service was quite good at the Cosmo.

    I was meeting a friend and gave him a quick tour of my "sister to the Jockey Club" property. The ameneties of the Cosmo with the price of the Jockey Club.

    (To be Continued)
     
  2. Reed

    Reed High-Roller

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    Too bad you didn't get to redeem your $100 slot credit.:evillaugh

    Looking forward to the rest of the trip report.
     
  3. djen

    djen Low-Roller

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    Part 2 and final

    Yes it was unfortunate I did not get my hundred dollar comp credit at Cosmo, but I made it work.

    Continued the trip with some gambling and drinks at the Cosmo, before meeting some people at the PH for craps. The night came and went finally ending back at the Cosmo for a night cap and back to the hidden elevator to the Jockey Club at about 3am.

    For some reason even with the late bedtimes I cannot sleep in in Vegas, so over to the Cosmo for a morning snack in a glass and try the slots again. Prior to noon I figure I would give my next reservation a shot over at Bally's. Time to move the car to Bally's and give it a try. Who puts a parking garage as far away as they do at Bally's, as I would find out later the designers of PH would. None the less a bit after noon I make the move to checking. The nice lady reminds me check in time is four but she will see what she can do. I give her my ID, and get the "oh your from Minnesota" as we strike up a conversation, before I know it I am headed to my room in the North Tower for an extra 10 bucks a night.

    Room at Bally's was great, large, clean, and quite comfortable, With a great view of the back side of Bills. Hey a strip view room, sweet right. Friends want to go to Steak and Shake at Southpoint and since I have a car, why not. We head done there, taking the strip to show em the sights, past the Welcome to Vegas sign, thinking hey we gotta stop there sometime. Find Southpoint and Steak and Shake, who would of anticipated a line at the Southpoint Steak and Shake. Any way food was good, we walked around after but no gambling.

    It was time to head to the game at Sam Boyd Stadium to watch the Gophers and Rebels play some football. about a twenty minute easy drive from the strip. Hey beer sales at college football, something restricted back home. Good thing my friends wife had volunteered to drive back. Boring thru four quarters, yet overtime was fun, Gopher victory in three overtimes.

    Back to Bally's drop the car at Valet as far as I remember and time well um, drink more. We stop at the bar by keno, and drink (4 dollar taps) and play a few rounds of keno. Man the numbers were against me. Over to Paris to watch some craps and back to Bally's for more slots and keno, who knew keno closed at 2am or so. So what's a fella to do, how bout a beer and slots, and before I knew it it was bed time again, at about 4am.

    Spent some time Saturday, in front of Bally's people watching, including the hot mother nursing her baby as she walked. I am still against kids on the strip even in that circumstance. We headed up to the Imperial Palace to Hash House for breakfast. Talk about a wait, holy cow, there were people lined up. Bloody Mary was good and so was the food. Good place and eats. The pancake alone could feed a family. Renovations are well underway, and I will say the new bathroom at the IP (lol) are quite nice. Well much better than they were. The place was quite busy even with the labyrinth of a hallways to get in there.

    In wind down mode on the last day, we headed over to the PH pool. Nice enough though nothing special. Question of the day was, why does drink service suck so bad when you are paying 7 bucks for a beer and 12 for pretty much anything else. Pool waitress stopped by about 4:30 and well I did not have 20-40 minutes to wait for a drink so I told her no.

    Decision was made to see Peepshow if we could get tickets for a good price, I figured I would try while Holly is still in the show. So I went down and asked the price and am told tickets start at $66. "Yah that's what it says but what can I really get the tickets for." I ask her and she says we do have a 2 for 1 on the 76 dollar seats. So show it is then, half price for asking.

    Wanted to try The Range steakhouse at Harrahs and their 7 before 7 thing with appetisers and discount beers. Food was good, beef satoy, duck rolls and bruschetta. As good as the food was service was great. Larry the bartender from Cambodia took care of us. We stayed for a couple rounds of White Russians and Larry did take care of us. "Thank's Larry"

    It was to be an early night yet off to Peepshow. Overall show was fine, better than expected, and I stayed awake the whole time so all was good. To bed by midnight as my flight leaves in the morning.

    Up and out of my room by 5:30am in time to see the women in their short dresses trying to pickup the trio of guys before their night ended. Time to see if the Valet remembers me and get my car to return to the airport and head home.

    Thank You, Las Vegas, for another good time.

    Thanks to the readers I hope you enjoyed.
     
  4. AliGee

    AliGee Low-Roller

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    I did enjoy it, thanks for posting.
     
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