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5 Days in Vegas--Pt. 1

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Sue, Mar 23, 2003.

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  1. Sue

    Sue Tourist

    Sep 17, 2002
    Las Vegas

    My Trip Report

    Hello all! I am just back from LV and already I want to go back! Anyway, a
    little background before the actual TR. I went with my newly turned 21 year old sister over her spring break (I am 27). This was her first trip and my
    fourth trip. We are both VERY low rollers, my favorite machines are the
    penny and nickel slot machines. We were also on somewhat tight budgets.
    OK, now for the trip report.

    Day 1-Saturday, March 15
    We were scheduled to fly out of Milwaukee at 830am via Midwest Express. It was a non-stop flight which was a good thing since I am quite terrified of
    flying. ME told us to be at the airport 2 hours before our flight but we
    decided to get there at 600am, which turned out to be a good thing since we waited forever to get our boarding pass and then get through security.
    Going through security, my carry-on bag must have looked suspicious because
    I was pulled out of line and they had to hand search my carry-on. Turns out
    my 10 pounds of nickels and quarters was what looked suspicious. Man, they
    really know how to make a place feel like communist Russia (when they were
    communist). They pulled me out of line over to a small table and then the
    guy didn't say a word, just started going through my bag. Then of course
    everyone else in the security line looked at me like I was a terrorist. It
    was actually kind of funny though, because my carry-on was a backpack that
    has literally 10 pockets. Once we got to the gate, I was surprised (and
    happy) to see that they are no longer doing the random searches at the gate.
    Our flight left on time and we arrived in Vegas about 10 minutes early.

    When we landed in Vegas, I was shocked to see clouds! This was my 4th trip
    to Vegas and I had NEVER seen a cloud there before. It was also only about
    50 degrees out. My sister and I took a cab to the Luxor where we were able
    to check in early even though it was only 1100am. We had a standard room
    and it was very nice. It was a big room and it was nicely decorated. I
    asked to stay in the Pyramid even though everyone says that the tower rooms
    are nicer. I figure that if I am going to stay at the Luxor, I want to stay
    in the Pyramid.

    We both threw our suitcases in the room, changed clothes, called our parents
    to let them know that we made it to LV alive and then went out to the strip.
    We wanted to go out before it started raining. Our first stop was to one of
    the Mexican food places in NY NY (I can't remember the name), they have the
    best margarita's, so we got a yard-long. We then started going north up the
    strip. Right before we got to the Monte Carlo, it started to rain, so we
    ducked into the Coke Store and M&M store. I felt a little dirty walking
    through the stores with my yard-long margarita because we kept passing
    little kids and their parents and grandparents, but I thought "Oh well, it's
    Vegas and I sure as heck was not going to drink." After that we walked back
    down to the Luxor and unpacked and then since both of us had gotten about 3
    hours sleep the night before, we decided to take a nap.

    We woke up at about 5pm and decided to go to the Improv at Harrah's. We had
    a 2 for 1 coupon so it was only about $13 for each of us. There were about
    3 no-name comics there, but it was fun. After that we walked to the Paris
    and got their late night special-NY Strip, Baked Potato and Salad for $7.95.
    It was very good, but I was SO tired. At one point I started to doze off
    while I was chewing (it was about 12am Vegas time, which meant to us it felt
    like 2am). I asked my sister if she wanted to catch a cab back to the
    Luxor, but she (being on an even tighter budget than I was) wanted to walk.
    We got outside and she said "Look, I can see the light from the Luxor and
    Mandalay Bay, so we are not that far." I just laughed and thought to myself
    "Man, she has a lot to learn." Once we got to the Luxor, she was almost
    crying because she was so tired and she turned to me and said "Las Vegas is
    a lying-ass dog with these hotels looking a lot closer than they are!" I
    laughed almost the whole way to the room. We had gotten back just in time
    because it had started to pour by the time we got back to the room.

    Day 2-Sunday, March 16
    I awoke at 330am hearing "drip-drip-drip-drip." Our window was leaking! I
    was too tired to call down to the front desk, so I just grabbed a towel and
    threw it on the floor and tried to go back to sleep. I woke-up at 9am with
    a migraine from sleeping with a pillow over my head to drown out the
    dripping noise. I called maintenance to let them know about this and their
    exact answer was "Yup, some of the rooms leak when it rains, there really
    isn't anything we can do about it." I couldn't believe it! I thought that
    maybe it was just this person who was being lazy, so I asked to be connected
    to the front desk. They gave me the same answer! Then they went on to say
    that they would have house keeping bring us up extra towels and an extra
    garbage can so that we could catch the drips so it wouldn't make the floor
    wet. I was almost speechless. Not only were they aware that some of their
    rooms leaked, they wanted me to work to save their floor. No way! I then
    asked to speak to a manager who finally offered to move me to a different
    room. That ticked me off since we had totally unpacked the day before, but
    what else could I do since rain was forecasted for the next 2 days. I asked
    him if any upgrades were available and they upgraded us to a Jacuzzi suite.
    I was pretty excited about that since I am such a low roller, I never get
    comped anything. We re-packed and move rooms and we were out on the strip
    by 12pm and by that time it had stopped raining (although it was still
    pretty chilly).

    We pretty much just walked north on the strip stopping in at casino's and
    playing the penny and nickel machines. We turned around at Bellagio's and
    made our way south back to the Luxor. When we got back to the Luxor, we met
    up with some family friends who live in LV and they drove us back to their
    place where they grilled steak and chicken and we had some fresh fruit.
    They drove us back to the Luxor at about 9pm so my sister could change (even
    though it was only 50 degrees out, she insisted on wearing capri's) and then
    took a cab to Fremont St. Oh my god, the cab fare was $22! To me, that was
    a small fortune.

    We bummed around downtown until about 1130pm and then we decided to take the
    CAT 301 bus back to the Luxor. We got back to the hotel at about 1215am and
    played the machines until about 130am.

    --End of Part 1--
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