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Vegas Trip March 2010

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by rje, Apr 4, 2010.

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  1. rje

    rje High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Just got back from a Vegas/Roadtrip. Had a great time and not looking back to going to work tomorrow. I flew out on United Friday night after work. Uneventful flight that arrived about 40 minutes early. My friends, who drove out there on Route 66 picked me up and we were on our way to The Hotel. This was our second time staying there. As in last November, great room and great service. No complaints.

    After freshening up and having a round of drinks in the room, we went down to the casino. We walked to the Luxor and Exclaibur dropping a few dollars here and there and having a few drinks. Cocktail service left something to be desired at all three places (a theme for the trip). Just found it easier to buy drinks. They were stronger and didn’t have to wait around for it. After a few hours we decided to grab a quick bite and call it a night. We stopped at the Food Court at the Luxor in hopes to get some nuggets. The line was long and not moving so decided on splitting an order of chicken fingers at Nathan’s instead. Fourteen dollars later we called it a night.

    Saturday

    Was up and out by about 10 or so. Started out the day with a walk up the strip from Mandalay Bay to City Center. Beautiful place. Played a few slots in the casino then went to check out the rest of the place. While up by the Elvis Theater we decided to check ticket availability. $500 later we walked out with tickets for Sunday night. Before we left City Center we had a few rounds at the bar in Mastro’s. Pricey but great drinks.

    From there we headed up to Paris for a round of drinks and a small lunch at Mon Ami Gabi. We split the short rib grilled cheese sandwich. Pretty tasty, although the drinks left something to be desired. From Paris we headed to the Ceasars Palace and walked off lunch. Ended up at the bar at Planet Hollywood in time for happy hour and had a few more rounds. We had dinner reservations, so we headed back to The Hotel. After freshening up we headed out to Circus Circus for dinner at The Steakhouse.

    Food was very good. If I recall correctly, I had the NY Strip, a side of fries, and 2 Martinis. With tip, my tab was about $100. As in the past, I would highly recommend the Circus Circus Steakhouse. After dinner it was back to Mandalay Bay for what was going to be a few rounds at Red Square. A friend of mine who lives in Vegas met up with us. The drink of the night was the Chernobyl. Very good, and very dangerous. Before I know it, I am totally smashed and we’re closing out the bar. Everything else is pretty hazy, but it involved more drinking and gambling. I know I was up a few dollars, but I got drunk and stupid and gave it all back and then some. It was fun though! We were back in the room around 5 am or so and passed out.

    Sunday

    Sunday morning came fast. I woke up with an unexpected amount of energy. As my friends were sleeping, I headed down to the fitness center for an hour or so on the treadmill, then walked around the pool a while. By this time it was close to noon and my friends we still in bed. So I grabbed some chicken nuggets at Mc Donald’s. I think I was still drunk when I woke up because as the afternoon went on I really started to hang. By 2:00, we went down to the House of Blues for Happy Hour. We lasted all of 30 minutes. By 2:30 or so we were in the room for a nap. We had tickets to see Elvis at 7:00 and wanted to be rested for the show. The naps did us good. We walked to City Center. The show was just “OKâ€. If it was a $50 ticket, I would call it great, but for what we paid, I have to say I felt a bit ripped off. The music was great, but there was no continuity to the show, It seemed like in part it was going to be a biographical tale, and in part circus acts set to Elvis music. There were some great sequences, but I feel the show still needs work.

    After the show we headed to dinner at al Dente in Bally’s. This is one of my overall favorite restaurants in Vegas. Great food, great service and reasonably priced. We took advantage of the $19.99 fixed price menu. I had a mixed green salad to start, rigatoni bolognaise, then tiramisu for dessert. All great.

    After dinner I was feeling much better and was ready to drink! Walked the strip down to Cabo Wabo for a few Mojitos. Very good (but for $11 a pop they better be!) After Cabo Wabo we walked down the strip back home towards Mandalay Bay. After a few more drinks and a few more dollars in the slots, we called it a night around 3 AM.

    Monday

    As the previous night was pretty low key, and we did not drink nearly as much as we did on Saturday, we were up and ready to go on Monday. As we had a car, we headed out to Mt. Charleston. About 45 minutes later we were up in snow covered mountains, minutes from people sking. It was pretty cool. We happened upon the Mount Charleston Lodge and stopped for a round of drinks and lunch. The drinks were very reasonably priced, but the food was on the expensive side.

    After our trip to the snow capped mountains, we were back in the desert heading towards the Red Rock Casino. After an hour or so there we headed back to Mandalay Bay to kick off our last night in Vegas.

    After washing up, and changing we kicked off the night with a round of drinks up at Mix. Great views. We sat out in the patio section, took in the view, and a few $16 Martinis. From there we headed to TNT (Taco’s and Tequila) at the Luxor. I had previously purchased a $25 Restaurant.com certificate for this place. The food was great, and the margaritas were great. Well worth the price even without the $25 certificate. After dinner we cabbed it up to Encore, then to Wynn for a few rounds at the Parasol bar. More great pricy drinks. The cherry bombs are great. We watched a few of the shows on the “Lake of Dreamsâ€. They are just OK. Nothing too exciting. Kept on waiting more more to happen, that never did.

    On ward and up ward. Not much more to report. We just drank and gambled our way to the Palazzo, Venetian, Mirage, O’Shea’s, Bally’s then cabbed it home around 5 AM. I, as in Saturday night, got pretty f-ed up! Blew more money than I would have sober, but did have fun doing it. I guess that’s all that counts, right??

    Tuesday

    We were pretty slow moving, but were out the door by our 1 PM check out time. Loaded up the car and grabbed lunch at Terribles. We had noticed the sign for the $9.99 specials and decided to give it a try. This was my first time in Terribles. I have to say it was pretty nice. For lunch I had the $9.99 NY Strip dinner. For 10 bucks, no complaints. While the service left a lot to be desired, the food was pretty good. After donating a few more dollars in the slots, it was time to move on. The road trip home was about to begin!

    About 4 hours later we were in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Eventually made it home to Chicago late Saturday afternoon via Albuquerque, NM, Tulsa, OK, and St. Louis, MO.

    Great time.

    I plan to be back to Vegas again this year. Perhaps in the fall. As of now we are planning a trip to Boston in August.
     
  2. richardinbc

    richardinbc Low-Roller

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    Thanks for your report rje, I enjoyed it.
     
  3. lvchic80

    lvchic80 Low-Roller

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    I agree with you on the drink service(lack, there of) Much easier to just buy drinks. Glad you had a great trip :)
     
  4. SloppyJoe

    SloppyJoe Tourist

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    Great Road Trip
     
  5. Retinyl

    Retinyl Low-Roller

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    Sounds like good times! What's in a Chernobyl?
     
  6. rje

    rje High-Roller

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    What's in a Chernobyl? Vodka and tasty goodness!
    The best part is the candy three-eyed fish garnish... kinda hard to see in the picture, but you get the idea...

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  7. gotavegasjones

    gotavegasjones VIP Whale

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    Thanks for posting your TR.

    later, GVJ
     
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