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05-04 to 05-06 Short trip at Vdara and Cromwell

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by DharmaForOne, May 10, 2017.

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  1. DharmaForOne

    DharmaForOne Tourist

    Nov 28, 2015
    Trips to Las Vegas:

    My Trip Report

    Here is a summary of my trip last Thursday through Saturday. Unfortunately, I lost my phone as soon as I got home, so I have no pictures .

    I'm happy that I was joined by my beautiful Dominican lady on this trip. She mentioned to me that she loves the atmosphere and energy at casinos. Me too! The most recent of her two previous Vegas trips was 10 years ago.

    Did you know that Spanish music has as many sub styles and genres as Engish music? Probably more. I'm learning a lot from her! Well, she mentioned that one of her favorites is a Colombian singer named Carlos Vives. Last month I checked his touring schedule, and what do you know - A concert in Las Vegas on May 5. Let's go!

    Day 1:

    We flew American out of Hartford, CT. I think any flight from Eastern time to Pacific is brutal, but this was worse because there weren't any direct flights and we had to do a layover. American messed out our luggage on the wrong flight, so we had to wait an extra 1.5 hour to get it. I guess that's why they put slot machines by the baggage claim.

    We had a reservation for Yellowtail at Bellagio. We called them and they moved it back a half hour, but we still missed it because of the luggage ordeal.

    I like Vdara. The room was spacious and beautiful. The staff were friendly too. We ate at the Market Cafe downstairs. I was very tired and can't remember what I had for the life of me. I had purchased tickets for Diplo at Intrigue before the trip. We were both feeling exhausted and decided to rest for a little before heading out. Well, I set my head on a pillow, and when I opened my eyes the sun was rising. No matter. Friday was going to be busy.

    Day 2:

    I read on numerous forum posts that Mon Ami Gabi is a good place for breakfast, so I had reserved us a table. The walk from Vdara was just right. It was not too hot in the morning and the distance was comfortable. I liked Mon Ami. The atmosphere was pleasant and bustling. We weren't outside, but the main dining room still felt open and breezy. I enjoyed the food. They give you big portions. My lady said the coffee was exceptional.

    Next, I had made an appointment at the Vdara spa for her. This coincided with a call for work that I had to participate in. She said the spa was great, although the masseuse didn't use as much pressure as she wanted.

    We low rolled on the slots at Aria for a few hours. It was fun. I'm not much of a gambler and she shies away from any slot machine over a penny. For us, it was more about fun and dreaming of a jackpot than winning or losing.

    Now it was late afternoon and time for us to move hotels to the Cromwell. There was no line to check in and they treated us like celebrities as we got out of the uber. Great customer service with this hotel. They have you sit down at a little desk for check in instead of standing.

    Now it was time to get ready for dinner and the concert. On this evening, we went all in on getting dressed up. I arranged for a makeup artist to come and do my lady up like a Hollywood star. The artist was Sara from LeiV Agency. Sara gave my lady a great, glamorous look which she really enjoyed. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a makeup artist in Las Vegas. When we mentioned the Carlos Vives concert, it turned out that Sara had been hired to do his hair for a photo shoot the next day!

    Our dinner was at Alize at the Palms (which was also the site of the show). We enjoyed a terrific 7 course meal, with even more delicious items served to us in between. Perhaps in another testament to Sara's skill, the waiter was confident and normal with me, but he was super nervous talking to my lady. He talked fast and sputtered and stammered like Porky Pig! Alize is a fine dining restaurant where you want to linger and enjoy. I made our reservation 2 hours before the concert, but 2.5 would have been smarter. We had to rush through dessert and missed the first song of the show.

    And the show was a lot of fun! I did not really know the songs but I liked them and found a few on YouTube when i got home. This is a Colombian style of music called Vallenato. It is very energetic and upbeat. The Pearl Theatre was pretty hot though. They could use some better ventilation.

    After the concert, we goofed around on the Palms slots for a bit before heading to Omnia at Caesars Palace. I had purchased tickets in advance, which came with $100 bar cards and easy entry. I recommend this to anyone going on a busy night (Calvin Harris was playing). The line was super long but with the tickets we were basically able to walk right in.

    We danced until around 5am before emerging to the casino floor and drunkenly hitting some more slot machines. Did I mention how bad our luck was? It seemed like the machines just took the money sand didn't even tease us with anything back. No matter. There's a 24/7 bar at Caesars that also serves food. I think the name was Americano. We ordered some wings which were surprisingly good.

    Next we went Drais After Hours, conveniently located in our hotel. This round of dancing took us to 8am, by which time the other guys in the club were getting too grabby/aggressive (even though they could see me with her, geez!) so we headed back up to our room.

    Day 3:

    By about 2pm we were ready to go out again. This was going to be an easy day without too many plans. We durdled on some Flamingo slot machines and tried a bit of blackjack. Then we took an uber to downtown. My lady had only been to the strip on her past trips, so downtown was a new experience. She loved it and felt it was more fun than the strip. It's nice to introduce somebody to a fun place for the first time. I also must brag a bit and mention that random guys on Fremont asked to take a picture with her three times! She's a real beauty . They were respectful to her (unlike the dudes at Drais) so it was no problem.

    Time went so fast and it was already time for dinner. We had dinner at Pizza Rock, which was delicious. It's another place i learned about from VMB. A 12' classic pepperoni was just right for two people. Our return flight was at 11p, so now it was time to go back to the room and get ready to go. After we called up an uber to the airport, my lady realized she had lost her phone. Well, it turned out she had just mixed it into her suitcase. But I wanted to mention this because when I called Pizza Rock to check if they had it, the guy I spoke to had a really attentive, good attitude. So props to him.

    Home again on American, and that was the trip. Honestly, the flight coming in felt longer than our time in Vegas! I'm already wishing I was back.
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  2. Vegas Erica

    Vegas Erica VIP Whale

    May 15, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    You treated your lady right! Sounds like an awesome trip.
  3. insin

    insin Speed Spender

    Aug 26, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great TR!
    It's a shame you lost your phone though =(

    I know if I lose my phone, I'd still have pics.....
    .....it's always backing-up/uploading/syncing to the cloud.
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  4. Big dan

    Big dan High-Roller

    Jun 9, 2014
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Damn! You two must have been hungry to eat a 12 foot pizza :p
  5. Niteshade

    Niteshade VIP Whale

    Nov 17, 2013
    Abilene, Texas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Nice report - glad you had a nice time.
    I like the Vdara too. Beautiful rooms and something different
    than being in a Casino. Sounds like a nice trip.
    Thanks for sharing.
  6. Robdude

    Robdude Low-Roller

    Feb 11, 2017
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report and write up! Sounds like you had a great time with your lady... Dancing until 8 am would have done me in for a week though.
    Pool time since our beaches are closed
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  7. guapoxxx

    guapoxxx High-Roller

    Jul 24, 2007
    Jersey Shore
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Great report and thanks for sharing! If you find your pics on the iCloud, please post :thumbsup:
    Annual Golf Trip (Rescheduled)
  8. emmas

    emmas VIP Whale

    Jun 18, 2014
    Sounds like a great short trip. I'm sure your lady appreciated all your efforts.
    Hopefully third time is the charm
  9. breanna61

    breanna61 Super Moderator

    Aug 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Alize is one of my favourite restaurants. Did you check to see if you can get your photos through "the cloud"?
    Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban Concerts
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